Would you like to draw better?

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Then you must develop
an accurate eye.

FIND OUT HOW!
 
 
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John Collier

Darren R. Rousar   July 11, 2014

John Collier (1850-1934) studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany and at the Slade school under Edward Poynter. He was a respected portrait painter and painted many of the famous people of his time.

 
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Beware, the bed-bug line!

Beware of the Bed Bug Line!

Darren R. Rousar   July 23, 2016

As was his habit, when Philip Hale left his classroom he declared, "Beware of the bed bug line!" The classroom in question was the cast drawing room at Boston's Museum School. The warning was meant to assure that his students never forgot to pay attention to the line which defines the division between the world of light and shade.

 
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Richard Whitney

Darren R. Rousar   October 4, 2015

The subjects in Richard Whitney's portraits seem as if they are alive, they are masterfully done, without being overly rendered or colored. He is a prolific landscape painter as well and nobody paints spring tree buds and apple blossoms like he does.

 

Do you want to learn how to accurately draw, paint, or sculpt?

First, learn to see.

Sight-Size is the best way to do that because it allows you to directly compare your artwork to nature.

The result is a visually accurate 1:1 comparison.

Educate the eye before you educate the hand. The hand will become cunning soon enough when the eye has learned to see, whereas if the hand be educated before the eye one may never see.

Carolus-Duran (1881)

John Singer Sargent


Sargent, when he painted the size of life, placed his canvas on a level with the model, walked back until canvas and sitter were equal before his eye, and was thus able to estimate the construction and values of his representation.

Sir William Rothenstein (1931)

Richard F. Lack


To see is the student's first and last concern. Without a well-trained eye a student can never rise above mediocrity. If there ever was a secret of the old masters, it surely was their extraordinary ability to see.

Richard F. Lack (1975)

Philip de László


I set my canvas beside my sitter, but what I put on that canvas I judge from a certain distance [so as to see] my subject as a whole. When I stand back I am recording mentally what I am going to put on my canvas when I walk up to it.

Philip de László (1934)

Sight-Size.com exists to help you learn to see.
And, by extension, to draw, paint, and sculpt.
-Darren R. Rousar

Darren provides helpful tips that only an active, involved teacher can provide. It's clear he has worked with students who tackle the problems he addresses when learning to see values and shapes correctly. Each problem is addressed with a solution, helpful tips and encouraging advice.
-A. Champlin

 

Darren R. Rousar is a master teacher and made the whole process so simple and easy. Everything you need to get started is right here.
-Dianna H.

 

What you will learn from Rousar is a way of drawing that is focused and sure. It is like having him there beside you as he walks you through an approach to skill development in drawing. He is one of those rare teachers, formed from the studio tradition, who understands the how and why, and can explain it and do it.
-David P.