Bargue Drawings

     There comes a point in an artist’s life when you just get stuck. Whether it’s a lack of inspiration, a need to improve, or a readiness to take the next step. This when it’s time for… A Bargue drawing. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, I would suggest going here. Basically Charles Bargue was an artistic mastermind who lived during the 19th century. You can also learn more about him on my favoritest blog by my favoritest artist, Meghan N. Sours. I am actually featured on this blog… because I’m just that amazing. And I’m her sister. But whatever. Anyway, here’s a little picture of me from this particular blog post.

     Lookin good. Ahm, I mean the drawing. So, when this picture was taken last year I was actually at William Whitaker‘s house. I had the amazing opportunity to study under him along with my sister. That was probably the best time of my life. Not only did I get to meet one of the most amazing artists ever, I got to study under him. I’m actually leaving in June to go back for this summer as well, I have a countdown going. 
     Bill had me start a Bargue drawing, and after almost a year, I still need to finish it. I will admit it sat for a while… but I have been working on it more. Some tips for working on a Bargue drawing:
  1. Get an easel. It’s tempting to watch Doctor Who while drawing, but it really requires your full attention. Here’s a picture of the setup over at Bill’s.

   2.  Sharpen your pencil. It changes everything.
   3.  Take. Your. Time. Mine spanned over a year. It took 3 weeks to get the outline perfect, that’s about how much time it should take. That’s working about 5 hours 5 days a week.

   4.  Layers. Layers. Layers. Someone asked me how my shading on my bargue was so perfect, the answer is doing almost invisible layers and picking out imperfections with a kneaded eraser.
   5.  Perfection. My Bargue is my prized drawing. Perfection is the only thing that will cut it. If I suddenly see a big mistake that could be seen even after erasing or is just huge, I’d start over.
   6.  Train your eyes. Flick your eyes back and forth several times to see differences.

         Happy Sketching!

    – Jackie