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Twelfth Class: Final Critique

Plan for about 1 hour of drawing for finishing touches. Put up your work for a class crit at 3:00. 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
  • three or 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!

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!

Tenth Class: Final Interior/Exterior Project

Bring your source photos for a consultation/discussion about your final Interior/Exterior project.

Come prepared to work if there is time, so bring grey toned paper and black and white conté.

Ninth Class: The Figure and the skeleton on Prepared Paper 2

Model (Female) Focus on the skeletal structure.

Get ready for the final drawing project:  Interior/Exterior combines room interiors with landscape. For this project you will draw three large, finished drawings. I will be showing examples and explaining more next class.

It is a good idea to get your source material together for all three drawings ahead of time. You will have the second half of next class (Class Ten), all of Class Eleven, and the first half of Class Twelve to work on these. There will be no other homework so you can devote time to these.

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 (including collage), 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.

Homework for next week (Week 10): No drawing, but take source photographs and print them for interior/exterior drawings. Catch up on homework. Bring your source photos for a consultation/discussion, grey toned paper and black and white conté.

 

Eighth Class: The Figure and the skeleton

Model. Bring all drawing materials, newsprint, cartridge and Kraft or Manilla paper. This week we will focus on the skeletal structure of the body.

Homework: Find or make textured/coloured/patterned/toned surfaces to draw on for next class with the figure. Invent a process and document what you did. Use traditional or unusual materials. Bring all your drawing stuff and a variety of paper for more figure drawing next class.

Seventh Class: Bones and Muscles

In class assignment 1: In your sketchbook or on cartridge paper, using pencil, copy the provided drawings of skeletons and skulls and da Vinci’s drawings of dissected muscles–double the size and include the labels naming each bone or part of the skull.

**If you missed class find online skeletons, skulls and Da Vinci anatomical drawings to work from. Draw one full skeleton, two views of a skull , and two da Vinci drawings of dissected muscles.

In class assignment 2: Search the magazines in the class (or at home) and find 6 figures (people, male or female) in dynamic or interesting poses. Use white and black china markers or other drawing materials to draw full skeletons in each of the figures. Label the major bones.

Assignment 3: Search the magazines in the class (or at home) and find 4 large heads (male or female). Use white and black china markers or other drawing materials to draw detailed skulls in each of the heads. Label the major parts.

Optional: Glue your skeleton figures and/or skull heads to a surface to create a narrative.

Homework: Finish for homework. Also, for this week and/or next week find or make textured/coloured/patterned/toned surfaces to draw on for next class with the figure. Invent a process and document what you did. Use traditional or unusual materials. Bring all your drawing stuff and a variety of paper for figure drawing next class.

Sixth Class: Space and Place

Slide presentation: Linear perspective

In class assignment: Complete 3 finished drawings using both 1) sketches in your sketchbook and 2) reference photos as a source.  First, spend time sketching three different spaces or places, including some architectural elements (buildings, parts of buildings). You can make notes as well that you think will help you later when using the sketch as a source for your finished drawing. Next take a reference photo to remind you of details later. Your main composition should come from your sketch; only use the photo for details.

Three drawings:

1) complete a larger finished drawing following the “rules,”of linear perspective based on your sketch, and using the photo as a reminder for details

2) in the same way, complete a larger finished drawing exaggerating, reversing, altering the rules, (curving the horizon line, or using axiomatic, reverse, distorted, different horizons and vanishing points)

3) complete a finished drawing ignoring the rules, showing in any way you wish multiple views or aspects of a place.

Homework: Finish for homework.

Bring for next class

-1 sheet Stonehenge

-scissors

-pencils
-white soft eraser
-grey gum eraser (kneadable)
-compressed charcoal
-willow or vine stick charcoal

***Portfolios are due at the beginning of next class. Put together a portfolio of all your work so far. A cardboard portfolio (bought for a few dollars at an art store, or made with salvaged cardboard and duct tape) is fine. NO ROLLED UP PAPER IN A BAG. Make sure the work in flat and secure. Make sure your name is on it and include your sketchbook with your name on it. I will be giving everyone some brief written feedback, and I will be giving a midterm mark, including a mark for your presentation.

Checklist: Please include all of these drawings:

  • Drawing with a tactile object (touching the object while blindfolded)
  • 5 drawings based on your shadow box (blind contour, semi-blind contour, charcoal value drawing, detailed pencil drawing in sketchbook, and found surface drawing)
  • Transforming an object into another object drawing
  • 7 daily blind contour drawings of an object that is meaningful or symbolic
  • 10 rectangles different sizes with the same proportion
  • 10 more rectangles, divided in a grid different sizes with the same proportion
  • Drawing of the chalkboard, window, or wall
  • drawing based on photo of object in midair, gridded and sized up (made larger)
  • 2 drawings in your sketchbook based on your photo, but much smaller
  • 2 sketchbook drawings of an outdoor structure, two different sizes
  • 3 perspective drawings, one following the rules, one altering the rules, and one ignoring the rules
  • a large drawing (about 18″ x 24″) in response to one of the artists you learned about in the presentations.