Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bargue Plate 49

Middle-aged Marcus Vipinius Agrippa, a Roman administrator under Augustus, lighted from above. It was nice to work on this plate's simple lines and shadows. I initially made the chin shadows too deep and had to do some careful erasing. I've upgraded from my smartphone camera to a full-fledged camera and really got to learn about its features and to experiment with setting up the drawing so as not to get that slant on the taped-on original. The top of my sketchbook is more lighted than the bottom, which washes out the darks in the top of the photo, especially around Agrippa's eyes, and intensifies the darks in the bottom.


  1. Hello!

    I love your blog.

    Are you willing to answer questions about your bargue progress?

    I am thinking of start the plates from scratch as well. Thanks.

  2. Hi Stonewall,

    I'm glad that you like my blog! What would you like to know?


  3. 1. Did you enlarge the Bargue plates, or make the drawings the same size as the book plates?

    2. What was the most common mistake you found yourself making?

  4. 1. I did not enlarge the plates and made the drawings the same size as the plates in the book, which certainly resulted in some squinting for details at times.

    2. This is a hard one. I made lots of mistakes along the way, mostly in misjudging values, angles, and curves, but that misjudgment lessened significantly with practice. I would say my most common mistake was impatience. The line drawing was, and is, the hardest part of a plate. I would finish the line drawing, think it looked just fine, then progress to the first layers of the shading, only to find out that once the shading was in, the line drawing was off. I learned that it leads to less erasing if I let the line drawing sit at least overnight before moving on to the shading. Chances were, a fresh look the next day would reveal glaring errors that were imperceptible to my tired eyes the day before.

  5. Thanks. Most helpful. I may return with more questions...

  6. Sounds good. Good luck with the plates! I'm finishing up a plate now, but for the next one I'll post up photos of each stage.

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