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Video: Cast drawing ‘Ear’

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I’ve made a Cast Drawing video. It’s a drawing of the EAR plaster cast that I am offering in my shop and which is currently the best selling product of them (besides the skull). You can also see this ear in a drawing by Heather – I wrote about it here.

For this drawing I used a regular fine 185g/m² drawing paper from a drawing pad and 3 pencils H, HB & 2B and it took me about 8 hours. The editing of this Cast Drawing video took even longer.

My setup

In my little studio (attic) I just have flourescent light tubes that don’t make a spotlight. Therefore the shadows are not how I need them for my reference. Instead of mounting a regular bulb for a spot light source I just wrapped some black card board over the excess tubes. Since flourescent tubes don’t become hot I wasn’t concerned about burning my studio down. The flourescent tubes have 6500 Kelvin light temperature which actually is not absolutely necessary for making a Cast Drawing since it is monocrome. Read more about the why and how on studio lights here.


Not shown in the image: I also covered the window to be able to work during the day without changing light conditions. So here is a quick sketch of this setup:


First I taped the paper onto my multi purpose chipboard and then the cast was mounted on the board with a screw. Simple but good.