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Plaster Cast Project: Building Contrast and Value Compression with Leo Mancini-Hresko

Plaster Cast Project: Building Contrast and Value Compression
Practice Drawing a Plaster Cast Learn to develop value contrast and value compression in a tonal drawing

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Leo Mancini-Hresko
Drawing Exercises
Charcoal, Paper
1h 30m 24s

In this lesson, instructor Leo Mancini-Hresko will continue on his drawing of a plaster cast. You will learn how to further develop value contrast and value compression in your tonal drawing. Leo will also show you how to utilize a black mirror during the process of keying a drawing.

This lesson belongs to the course Bargue Plates and Plaster Cast: Sight Size Method. In this 8-week course, Leo Mancini-Hresko will introduce you to the Size-Sight drawing method. With many years in training and teaching at the Florence Academy of Art, Leo will show you how to execute Charles Bargue plates and plaster casts. You will explore all the necessary materials popularly used for this technique. After this course, you will have a fundamental understanding of Size-Sight drawing and be able to apply this method in your artwork.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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