Learn how to create a cast drawing to historic levels of excellence in this in-depth, 8-week course that shows every close-up detail of rendering a classical cast drawing with graphite.
In this course you’ll watch atelier instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra demonstrate drawing a cast of the ancient Greek Venus de Milo sculpture, using the classical methods introduced in Intro to Classical Drawing and Bargue Plate Drawing.
The study of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was the foundation for Western art instruction from the Renaissance through the 19th century. Ateliers and art academies held collections of plaster casts of ancient sculptures so students could study them in preparation for figure study in the life studio.
Ian spent over 120 hours creating this drawing, and we’ve edited it into eight lessons showing in-depth, comprehensive video footage of each stage of the drawing. The entire process is documented from beginning to end, including hi-resolution closeups of Ian’s masterful shading technique in more detail than is observable even in person.
Purchase an affordable “Feature of David” cast to create your first cast drawing. Advanced students who are ready to invest in a more complex cast can choose from a variety of sizes, complexity and price ranges.
For information about how to acquire your own cast, see Sadie’s blog post:
Cast Drawing at Home: How to Purchase, Set up and Light a Beginner Cast in your Home Studio
Sadie’s Ecorche Horse Cast Drawing
Sadie’s short video clip of her cast drawing has gotten a lot of views on YouTube and social media, and many people ask if there is a full video of this drawing. This drawing was completed very slowly over a 2.5-year period of time, created alongside her students while she was also teaching, so there was no practical way to film this process. The short YouTube video clip below is the only video that exists. However, the process Sadie used to create this drawing is the exact same process using the exact same materials used in this cast drawing course.
For those who are able to practice 10-20 hours a week, the course can be completed in about 8 weeks. There are no due dates or deadlines for our courses, so students can start at any time and work at their own pace.
Please note: This course includes detailed written instructions and video recording of every step of the classical cast drawing process, but unlike most our other courses, there is no recorded voiceover. This course builds on the skills taught in Classical Sketchbook for Beginners, Intro to Classical Drawing, and Bargue Plate Drawing.