Frequently Asked Questions
Is this only for beginners?
The first several months are geared towards:
- students with drawing experience who want to fill in some gaps in their drawing knowledge or skills
- students who are interested in Bargue drawing (more on this below)
The lessons will gradually become more advanced, building on the previous ones.
What is the time commitment?
You are welcome to work through the lessons at your own pace.
However, every month I will suggest a certain amount of practice, always providing different options as we all have different ‘bandwidths’ (time, energy and desire).
The weekly time commitment that I suggest may vary depending on what we are working on that month. For example, in the first month I suggest repeating the suggested exercises at least twice or three times per week (for a minimum of 15 minutes to a half hour), and if one has the time, energy, and desire to add a few extra days or lengthen practice time – fantastic.
In future months, I may suggest that you complete a certain number of drawings, but again – you are free to take your time and work at your own pace.
What is Bargue drawing?
The Charles Bargue drawing method involves drawing from prints of plaster casts. It is a very methodical exercise that allows students to learn the stages of the drawing process, methods of measurement, to train their eye and perceptual skills, and to control their pencil.
It’s particularly excellent if you are a nervous beginner (or think that you can’t learn to draw!) as it is much less intimidating to draw 'from the flat' (from a copy) than from life when first getting started.
However, because Bargue drawing is a tool for honing one’s eye and shading/rendering abilities, it’s a great exercise for intermediate students as well.
Will we only be drawing Bargue copies?
Not at all! We are going to use Bargue drawing as an exercise to introduce various drawing concepts and techniques.
We will then transition to drawing from life, which should be considerably easier once we have developed a more sensitive eye, learned various methods of measurement, and are comfortable with our drawing tools and techniques.
Can I ask questions inside the Membership?
Yes! Especially as the founding members of this new program, I welcome your questions, comments and feedback.
My designated ‘question-answering’ day will be every Friday. Depending on how many questions there are, I may not be able to answer each one individually (The Drawing Source is a one-woman operation!) However, if this is the case, I will make a video addressing the general trends in the questions.
What is the cancellation policy?
You can cancel at any time.