The Sight-Size Method

What's the Sight-Size method?

At Barcelona Academy of Art we use, in some of our classes, the naturalistic observation method called Sight-Size.

This method is based on the idea that the size you see the subject is the size you draw by comparing work and real model, hence the name of the method. The objective is to recreate the size of the original object and train the eye so it can eventually see the differences between the real model and the representation without using any external measuring elements.

Students progress through a series of exercises that include drawing with crayons, drawing and painting plaster molds, drawing and painting natural model, and still life. The method requires students to complete each task until the instructor’s approves to move to the next (systematic learning).

The Sight-Size is a method to give life to images with a special sensitivity, true to life, which is especially useful in the representation of portraits and figurative works.

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