Cast Drawing #6: The Wrestlers


Boys will be boys! This session of Cast drawing is dedicated to the sculptural group The Wrestlers, a Roman copy of an original Hellenistic Greek bronze, now lost.

These two young pankration athletes are locked in a jumbled mass of muscles and aesthetics, a great subject for us to practice measuring skills, tonal rendering, and drawing on toned paper with charcoal and chalk.

As an extra bonus, the muscles of these two athletes are beautifully defined and remarkably correct, so we can practice also some elements of figure anatomy.


  • A couple of sheets of Gray or tan toned paper,
  • charcoal in sticks (Nitram is an excellent product) and pencils, in medium and soft gradations,
  • white chalk in pencil or sticks,
  • kneaded eraser,
  • sand paper to sharpen the charcoal, that’s it!

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.