Bargue Plate 49 WIP

I found a video tutorial for Bargue Plate 49 on the Academy of Realist Art (Toronto)’s site:¬†https://realistartonline.com/courses/drawing-the-bargue/ So I decided to jump ahead to this plate to learn their method for rendering the plates.

I have a scan of the plate that I cut in half, printed on letter-sized paper, and then enlarged on a copier to 11×17. It’s not the best source, I would love to be working off proper full-sized prints. But, it’s close to original size and lends itself to being copied on a standard 18×24 sheet of paper (in this case, I cut the sheet in half and trimmed it).

First we have the completed construct, following the articulation provided on the first half of plate 49. The construct is just a general measured drawing of the basic shapes. Here you can see how I’ve set them up on my drawing board.

Bargue Plate 49 Construct
Bargue Plate 49 Construct

Next I refined the construct into the articulation. Still staying with straight, measured lines, I add more information to the drawing. Once I completed the articulation, I massed in the shadow value shapes with an even tone. By the end of this stage, I’d estimate I’m just over 20 hours in.

Bargue Plate 49 Articulation
Bargue Plate 49 Articulation

Next I will transfer this drawing from bristol sketch paper over to bristol smooth paper, which is lovely for smooth values. The method is the same as when I transfer a drawing to canvas for portraiture: rubbing the back with charcoal and lightly going over the shapes so they mark the paper underneath.

Graphite on bristol sketch paper, 12×16.

Bargue Plate 10.

This one took a while. Not only are these plates challenging to learn, working with graphite on newsprint was a bad idea. Eh, I try things, sometimes they don’t work out. It was good practice due to the struggle for shading, though! Here’s the completed drawing:

Bargue plate 10
Bargue plate 10

And the work in progress shots, if you’re interested in the process.

Bargue plate 10 WIP
Bargue plate 10 WIP
Bargue plate 10 WIP 2
Bargue plate 10 WIP 2
Bargue plate 10 WIP 3
Bargue plate 10 WIP 3