Cast Drawing: the male torso


Following last week session where we drew the female torso, this week our subject will be the male torso.

Working with charcoal and chalk on gray or tan paper, we will explore the forms, the light effects, the aesthetics of a sculpture of a male torso from the Hellenistic period or one of the Slaves by Michelangelo.


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.