It contains a set of almost two hundred masterful lithographs of subjects for copying by drawing students before they attempt drawing from life or nature. Consequently, it is a book that will interest artists, art students, art historians, and lovers and collectors of drawings. It also introduces us to the work and life of a hitherto neglected master: Charles Bargue. The Drawing Course consists of three sections. The first consists of plates drawn after casts, usually of antique examples. Different parts of the body are studied in order of difficulty, until full figures are presented.
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If you plan to do the Bargue Drawing Course, you need to buy the book. It explains pretty much the right way to do the course. So, word to the wise. Do it the right way and the jump to painting in black and white and then color is a breeze. They might even charge you more for enlarging it. In fact, it was totally absurd. I bought the book. Some plates needed some tweaking because they were too dark or not dark enough.
Some needed to be cleaned up to be usable. They are incredibly perfect copies of plates student artists did of them — back in the s. Finally, I had to create a PDFs for each size of paper, rather than each plate, so that the printer could run them off easily.
Just run it off and be blessed. They wanted to see the legal proof, which I showed them in the front of the book, but after that it was all fine. I was really happy with the black and white. I looked at a couple prints in color. They were lighter overall, but had nice gradation.
That would be a really good option too. Not everyone wants to do the full course. After that, all you have to do is tape them together, and voila, you have your full-size plate to copy. I went for the image. Do you really want to pull out more charcoal paper to get a line drawing of an eye correct? It certainly made correcting mistakes a breeze. Save your charcoal paper for more finished drawings later on.
In Part 3, I sometimes had a tiny section left and was too cheap to put it onto another page. The course was designed to build upon itself, and take about a year for each part. Part 3 can be challenging because you have to get the gestural drawing right and then fill in the blanks. Some people talk about spending 50 hours getting one drawing right. I get that. It was a design course, for designers! If a full scale charcoal rendering takes 50 hours, it takes 50 hours.
But, the course was created to make drawing easy, effortless, and natural. For those of you ready to get started, be aware that some of these files are quite large:.
C. Bargue Drawing Course
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