based yu'ore poster>>5538144
You can do the plates either sight size or comparative. There's no real difference here much to the chagrin of the misguided trolls in this thread. The two are blended seamlessly most of the time by anyone who has done both. Nobody here has pointed out that as you're drawing and flipping your eyes between your subject and your paper or easel or whatever, that you retain an impression of what you just saw in your mind's eye and you can quickly gauge proportions and tonal relationships through this impression, regardless if you're doing sight size or comparative. The plebs not mentioning this shows they haven't ascended in basic memory training whatsoever, so I disqualify most of the opinions in this thread immediately (eat shit). The sight size approach is slightly easier for a beginner because you can more easily check your work, the eye impression is slightly easier to "get", but it's not foolproof. You still have to spend time at it. Still life is the next step because bargue plates seldom work with texture, but any still life you put in front of you unless you coat it with a pure matte white paint will have texture and color shifts, so to get the form impression you'll need to already have some idea of how to ignore these things, and that's where bargue helps. This is just from a basic drawing perspective, ignoring composition and other things. Look at the thing, and capture some basic proportional and tonal statements with your eyes, and put that down. Any kind of tools you use, don't rely on them too much. Don't do the Ilya Mirochnik thing of trying to transfer over angles using some weird angle-locking thing with knitting needles. That's just beyond silly.