Thursday, August 28, 2014


Jin Albrecht
Last night we discussed ellipses (circles in perspective), planar analysis, the categories of light and the Ideal Solids (standard geometric forms found in most objects). The Ideal Solids are: cone, sphere, cylinder, open cylinder and cube. In addition, we talked technique, additive tonal drawing with the charcoal sticks as well as pencils and reductive drawing with the erasers. Jin's drawing of a cylinder illustrates additive tonal techniques addressing the categories of light with reductive drawing (using the eraser) as well. Furthermore, the contours have been emphasized for greater volume. Check the tabs above for more info on the Ideal Solids and the categories of light under Value.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LINE: Gesture

Last night we continued exploring Line through a series of drawings addressing cross-contours, continuous line, scribble, mass and negative space. The important distinctions to remember are 1. line drawings address the structure of form and 2. scribble and mass techniques address mass and volume. In addition, the latter address value changes in light because they are essentially tonal drawings.
Dylan Freitas
 Cross-contours address the contours moving across and around a form rather than the outside edges. "Accents" in the line quality may suggest a change in the structure as planes advance and recede as well as addressing the way light falls on the form.
Suzie Larsen
 Continuous Lines address the structure and volume of a form by creating an armature or skeleton with vertical and horizontal cross-contours.
Joe Mulcaire
 Scribble Gesture addresses the mass and weight of a form as well as the location of a light source.
Erin Deacon
 Mass Gesture like Scribble addresses the mass and volume of an object. Because it is a tonal technique, the categories of light are illustrated as well.
Joe Mulcaire
Negative Space and/or shapes are the areas around and within the forms. In the case of the arrangement above, the objective is to "suggest" the gourds by drawing the shadows, receding planes and passages between the objects.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LINE: Contour

Erin Deacon
Last night we began our explorations in LINE. The key points to remember is 1. Line is like a path that leads the "eye" around and through a composition. 2. Dark lines advance while lighter lines recede. The techniques employed were contour, cross-contour and scribble. Contour Line drawings address interior and exterior volumes as seen in the clamp, planes and spring in the drawing above. Notice how these unite to balance the composition in a triangular rotation. The quickly sketched areas strengthening the balance by a establishing a repeated motif throughout the composition. More info on Line is in the tab above. The techniques of cross-contour and scribble (not seen in the drawing above) will be re-addressed in class next week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Last night was the first night of Art 7A Drawing and Composition 1, Fall 2014. We discussed the syllabus and materials. On Wednesday we will discuss Line. The materials needed are graphite pencils, 18 x 24 in. drawing pad and a sketchbook.