How to Draw a Child’s Head Using a Cast

-Using a cast model and one light source, begin by blocking in the larger shapes, otherwise known as the “Construct”.

-Look for large proportions, structure and location of elements.

Keep it big. Keep it simple

-Use overlap to suggest forms going back and forms getting forward.

-Try to see the abstract, simple, geometric shapes.

-Keep your lines very light – ghosty/bandy.


I came out of this with a heightened attention to detail, and practical knowledge of how to make a graphite drawing to a high degree of finish – in stages. I can see how doing more of these copies would improve the accuracy of my drawing.
– Jon, Drawing the Bargue