Cast Drawing on toned paper


This third session dedicated to Cast Drawing focuses on drawing on toned paper, a very effective technique to achieve a convincing sense of volume, depth, and luminosity. This technique, along with graphite and reduction technique, is traditionally associated with cast drawing and figure drawing. Pierre Paul Prud’hon drawings are superb examples of this technique, as shown below.

An excellent way to practice drawing on toned paper, is Cast Drawing, an exercise that has been part of the curriculum in Art schools, “botteghe” and Academies for centuries. The image below shows a drawing that an unknown student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts prepared in the 1980s


Join me, Thursday 10, from 6 to 8:30 PM, for a session dedicated to this fascinating technique.


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, sandpaper 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.