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The Bargue Method (Drawing)

The Bargue Method (Drawing)

The Bargue method is a classic drawing method developed by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme. It consists of a series of steps to create realistic drawings.

🎯 Goal

📚 Study the bargue plates

The first step to learning the bargue method is to study the bargue plates. These are included in the book "Cours de dessin de Charles Bargue et Jean-Léon Gérôme" and consist of various drawings that serve as templates. You can use these drawings as reference to improve the proportions and details of your own drawings. For example, you could study a Bargue plate of a human face to learn how to draw the eyes, nose, and mouth.

✏️ Draw the contours

After you have studied the bargue plates, the next step is to sketch the outlines of your drawing. The idea is not to get every detail perfect, but to establish the basic shapes and proportions. For example, you might sketch the outline of a face by determining the position and size of the eyes, nose, and mouth.

🖼️ Add details

Once you've established the outline of your drawing, you can start adding details. This could include drawing the shape of the eyes more accurately, showing the texture of the skin, or working out the shading. Remember that the Bargue method is about drawing as realistically as possible, so take your time to study and draw each detail carefully.

🎨 Work out the shadings

The final step in the Bargue method is to work out the shading. This is an important part of the process, as it adds depth and three-dimensionality to your drawing. For example, you could work out the shading on a face by making the areas that are hit by light lighter and the areas that are in shadow darker.

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