Cast drawing and painting is a tried and true method of learning how to draw in a classical manner. It forces a student to acquire new perceptual and conceptual skills in order to complete the given task at hand. Normally, the process takes several months of slow, carefully measured steps. The results are usually pretty striking and satisfactory.
But my question to you is, what if you don't have a few months? What if you have less that two months to get together a portfolio for college?
At Teaching Studios, we help students who are working under a tight deadline to get several pieces together for a portfolio, for college or otherwise. With paintings and drawings that are of high quality despite being produced in a short amount of time.
One of them, we call Rapid Fire Cast Painting. Here's a step-by-step breakdown to illustrate the concept that was done by one of our Brooklyn-based students. The lesson took six hours. Others take less, some take longer. I'd welcome the chance to answer any questions about the demo and our Portfolio Development / Classical Drawing and Painting Program. Let me know what you think,
|Student Exercise: One Day Rapid Fire Cast Painting|
|The block-in stage. The cast is simply divided into linear shapes,
using vine charcoal directly on canvas. Shadows and light
shapes carry equal weight.
|An acrylic wash of earth red is applied.|
|Four value stage. The student then mixes up a four value scale
of dark, transition, light and highlight. Then the student applies
those values where present on the cast.
|Eight value stage. Further refining the painting, the student mixes up
four more intermediary values and applies them between the four values
already present. This results in smoother, more sophisticated
transitions and a great fundamentals piece for a painting portfolio.