Eleventh Class: Interior/Exterior

It’s all about light. How do you draw light?

Drawing project:  Interior/Exterior combines room interiors with landscape. For this project you will draw three large (full sheet), finished drawings.This class and the first half of the final class will be working classes.

We will put up the finished drawings in the last half of Week 12 for a final crit. Whatever you can’t get done in class is for homework.

It is a good idea to get your source material together for all three drawings ahead of time, and come prepared to work in class.

Drawing One: Full sheet of grey or toned paper (Ingres, or Canson Mi-Teintes are good), using black and white conté. FROM YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPH, draw a view from the inside to the outside, through a door or a window. “Inside” could include still life elements on a table, room features, a figure, the door or window frame, curtains etc. “Outside” could be any kind of landscape, seascape, urban, suburban, or rural. We will do this in class, next week so bring the necessary supplies and source photos.You can start with light pencil. try using the side of the conté and a light touch. Try not to smudge or erase too much–let the white of the paper show through for maximum luminosity.

Drawing Two: charcoal on Stonehenge. A “diptych” (divide the paper into two halves by drawing a line down the middle). FROM YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHS. This will be a view from the outside to the inside. One side of the drawing will be day outside and darkened shadowy interior inside, and the second will be night outside with an artificially lit interior. Creative variations of this idea are welcome.

Drawing Three:  Medium, surface and size of your choice. Combine two (or more) different source photos, a room interior looking out to an jarring or unexpected exterior. These can be FOUND images, or your own photos. Either the interior or the exterior can be from the imagination, but not both. For this third drawing, collage and digital collage are acceptable approaches, which could save time.

Homework: Finish all 3 projects, but count on 1  hour during the last class for finishing touches. DETAIL IS NOT IMPORTANT. Go for a sense of light and shadow.

Next Class: Plan for about 1 hour of drawing. Put up your work for a class crit. Put up your name as well, and I will take a photo for evaluation purposes (no portfolio submission this time) Please include

  • three final project drawings
  • four favourite figure drawings
  • your skull and skeleton and muscle drawings and a  few magazine skulls and skeletons

Bring snacks and drinks if you can!


One thought on “Eleventh Class: Interior/Exterior

  1. Grace Cockburn

    Several people asked for the recipe for the chocolate cookies I brought, so here it is:

    Grace’s Mexican Snowcaps (Gluten and Dairy Free)

    8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
    2 Tablespoons butter (or coconut oil, for dairy-free option)
    1 1/4 cups ground almonds
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 tsp ancho chili powder (or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper)
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    few drops vanilla
    powdered (icing) sugar for rolling

    1. Melt chocolate and butter (or coconut oil), stir until smooth. Stir in ground almonds and spices.
    2. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale and thick. Stir in chocolate mixture. Chill until firm, 3-4 hours or overnight.
    3. Preheat oven to 350*F. Form dough into 1 1/4″ balls, roll in icing sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until puffed, cracked and firm at edges, 12 – 13 minutes. Let cool on rack.



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