Sight-Size Articles


To The Manor Born

Darren R. Rousar   January 17, 2018

Did you know that you were born into a manner? So was everyone else. Your manner is that which you naturally do, untrained. Even when trained, much of your time is spent compensating for that manner. Of course, I’m writing about seeing, drawing, and painting. And whether you are aware of it or not, the goal of learning how to see is to release you from that manner.


Learning To See And The Feedback Loop

Darren R. Rousar   December 20, 2017

Most art students first set out to learn how to draw. It’s a good goal, and succeeding at it will lead to many good things. But that’s not the full story. You must first learn to see. And if you want to learn how to see, then you need to perfect the feedback loop.

Tools Of The Trade

Darren R. Rousar   November 22, 2017

Learning how to accurately see is at once a simple process and a complicated endeavor. The process is simple because all you're really doing is aligning your eye to a visual standard. But complexities arise because your eye tends to believe itself far too easily. Therefore, over the centuries artists have devised numerous tools of the trade to help overcome this.


Ten Years Later

Darren R. Rousar   November 11, 2017

On November 12, 2007 I released Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach, the first book to be focused exclusively on Sight-Size cast drawing. On the same day I inaugurated Since then I have written and published five other books, produced a DVD, and republished three books that were then out-of-print. It is now ten years later.

The Two Faces of Velazquez

Darren R. Rousar   October 11, 2017

Through the other articles in this series I have described the two main approaches to modeling as well as presented some of the history behind them. This article focuses on a single artist who managed to model using both approaches, each during two different stages of his career: the two faces, or periods, of Velazquez.

Artists of the Mind – Artists of the Eye

Darren R. Rousar   September 27, 2017

The previous articles on modeling dealt with the practicalities — how one goes about modeling via form over value, and value over form. This article explains the history and reasonings behind those two approaches. I refer to their adherents as the artists of the mind and the artists of the eye.

Modeling: Value Over Form

Darren R. Rousar   September 20, 2017

Most Sight-Size trained artists model using the value over form approach. Modeling in this way helps the artist maintain the big-look (which is representing the image as a whole ensemble), as well as the unity of effect. This approach naturally reduces the chance of falling into piecemeal seeing.

Modeling: Form Over Value

Darren R. Rousar   September 13, 2017

Modeling is the act of turning form through value or line, a process which is integral to representing your impression of the scene as well as the illusion of form. Although there is some crossover, there are essentially two approaches to modeling: form over value, and value over form. As its name implies, form over value modeling tends to prioritize the representation of form over that of value. The opposite is true for value over form modeling.

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