Thursday, December 9, 2010

12/8 Combined Viewpoints

Students continued working on combined viewpoints project.  As a reminder here are the directions.
After completing the line drawings on tracing paper, arrange and collage the drawings into an interesting and dynamic form or composition.  You are not required to use all the sketches.  Furthermore, you may tear and cut them into new pieces as well. The final image may be 1.) a compression of space as in Cubist works or 2.) a Surrealist inspired work where the object metamorphoses into something fantastic.  Referring to the collaged sketches, draw your sketch onto 18 x 24 in. drawing paper.  You may add or subtract lines and shapes as needed. All concepts discussed in class should be addressed for an above average grade.

A. Composition: foreground and background
B. Line Quality: thick/ thin, swelled lines
C. Value: light and volume as well as establishing mood.
D. Texture: variations on object and surroundings
E. Color (optional): color scheme

The drawings below are examples of two variations on this project.  The top drawing exhibiting a dense, claustrophobic rendering of the entangled objects whereas the bottom drawing illustrates the process of metamorphosis.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12/6 Combined Viewpoints

Students began working on the Final Project.  We spent about an hour making a series of line drawings on tracing paper.  Each table of four students had a single object to draw.  After about 10 - 15 minutes the object was rotated and drawn again for a total of 5 or more drawings.  From there the sketches are overlapped and arranged to create a new object/ composition.  This is then drawn onto 18 x 24 in. drawing paper. 

Portfolios were also collected with homework and DHRs.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


1. Ink: still life only
2. Jungle Compositions
3. Color: single object and still life
4. Portraits: classmates, self
5. Atmospheric Perspective
6. Division of Field: 1 or 2 drawings
7. Homework
8. DHR

12/1 Division of Field (continued)

Students continued working on drawings from Monday. Tyler Martinez's drawing is a good example of the compositional strategies at work with the garbage can placement in the bottom right corner balanced out by the door in the background. The "door" is a powerful, metaphorical symbol and adds a sense of expectation to the composition.  It allows the viewer to imagine where the door leads to or what may come through it.  The strong diagonals in the display case as well as the sweeping and arcing shadows help push the eye to the door.