Fourth Class: Student Presentations

10 minute presentations

Come prepared with images or Powerpoint on a USB stick or SD card. Show how your chosen artist uses drawing in their art practice.

Pamela: Matthew Ritchie: Information, Cells, and Evil. Also many photographs of his art at Matthew Ritchie Universal Cell. In the Art21 interview he discusses his process which begins with drawing.

The Drawing Process

A Few Ideas from Matthew Ritchie

  1. Start with ideas – create motifs related to the ideas – ( he was

interested in the structures of cells and so he started drawing

cells). Use your emotions and your sense of your body in space

for additional information.

  1. Visit galleries and museums and draw diagrams of artwork. For

example Ritchie is interested in how Renaissance Tapestry

artist’s used space and so he likes to draw diagrams of

Renaissance tapestrys. Then he draws diagrams of the diagrams.

  1. Research your ideas. Ritchie reads and studies architecture,

chemistry, biology, physics, theology, mythology, music,

geography, etc., searching for new ideas.

  1. Generate lists of related themes and ideas – make links, and do

more research.

  1. Create motifs related to these new ideas.
  2. Draw all your motifs and layer them on top of one of another and

from this “ visual information” pull out forms that will build


  1. Further research shapes, geometrys and forms in architecture,

physics, biology, mythology, religions, geography, literature,

other paintings, crafts, – whatever interests you and glue

together disparate ideas but stay committed to a whole.

  1. Learn how technology can enhance one’s drawings

Matt:comic book artist Paul Chadwick. Chadwick uses heavy black areas and cross hatching to render realistic and fantastical elements, often combining nature and science fiction.  Time Magazine:,8599,1070506,00.html

Claudia: Edgar Arceneaux. Link 1: from an art museum in LA affiliated to the University of California. Link 2: from the webpage Art21:
The video is also from Art 21:

Meira: William Kentridge

Cole: Marco Mazzoni.

Celeste: heather hansen HEATHER HANSEN

Artist Uses Dance Movements To Create Stunning Charcoal Drawings



Emma: Ethiopian-American artist Julie Mehretu.

Melissa: Alphonse Mucha, the Czech Art Nouveau painter.

Ann: David Hockney

Bill: William Haefeli. He is a cartoonist in the New Yorker.William Haefeli

Lyn: David Blackwood.

This youtube video has an interview with Blackwood.  If you scroll along to 9:50 he is drawing beside the water for a painting.

This CBC interview is about Blackwood moving into painting as the next stage of his work.  At 1:40 there is a shot of a sketch he did to plan a painting.

Next is a youtube video of the process of etching a copper plate for printing.  This shows how the drawing is transferred to the plate.


Homework: Choose an object that is meaningful to you or symbolic in some way. In your sketchbook do a blind contour drawing of it every day this week. Also photograph the object several times in mid-air and print out two of the best images in black and white, as large as possible, on regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and bring to class. Bring a large ruler (18″ or larger), Cartridge paper, pencils, charcoal, black conté, erasers. ****Bring your drawings from last week for a brief crit.

In class next week, we will be enlarging (sizing up) your photo, using a grid, as well as reducing the scale (making several  small drawings based on your image). Get familiar with calculating relative proportions for gridding purposes. Here is a link to a simple proportion calculator (I will explain more in class):





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