Barge Drawing Course Plate I5 – Attempt #1

Barge Drawing Course Plate I5 – Attempt #2

So as I said in my last Art School post, I decided to go back to some of the earlier plates in the Bargue Drawing Course to learn a bit more about what I’m doing before investing more time into more complex drawings. These images are my first and second attempts at plate I5.

My first attempt has some sizing issues. After getting it to where it is, I measured it with a ruler compared to the original – it’s wider and higher. I also made the same mistake I often do, which is to start drawing dark lines before I’ve had a chance to make corrections. What happens then is I can’t erase fully, moving things becomes a pain, and it’s better to just start over.

For my second attempt, I decided to use a combination of sight sizing and using my pencil to compare my drawing to the plate I’m working from. I think it is a bit more accurate, but I won’t measure it until I’m further along. I can already see some issues, particularly in the toe area. I managed to keep all the lines fairly light this time, and now will go about refining the details and completing the shading.

I didn’t time the first attempt, but the second one has taken about 1.5 hours so far, in three separate sittings. I find it is much easier to see and correct my errors when I take some time away from the work and come back later. I have also switched to a smoother paper, and I am looking forward to seeing how it fares when it’s time to complete my shading.

Considering that this process of improving my draftswomanship requires multiple iterations and several sittings for what seems like a simple piece, I sometimes find myself working on anything but drawing.

Do you ever find yourself running and hiding from projects you claim to want to do? Why? What do you do to push through it?