Thursday, December 11, 2014


Last night the class continued working on their final projects. The example of above (from a previous semester) skillfully illustrates the various textures as well as value patterns throughout an extremely well designed and balanced composition. The strength in this design lies within the placement and repetition of similar shapes in criss-crossing and diagonal paths. In addition, the mood and lighting is very complementary to the subject matter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Last night the class began work on their final projects. The objective is to create a shallow space composition addressing the textures and values of their individual still life arrangements. The example above is from a previous semester.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TEXTURE: Detail Study

Margaux Fallon

Last night students turned in portfolios and worked on texture drawings. The majority of class made detail studies of textures. The objective was to draw the texture without revealing the outer contours or identity of the object. Margaux's drawing above illustrates the amoebic-like patterns of the inside of an abalone shell. Notice how the image is divided into four arcing sections with varying amounts of detail and mark-making. The values are rich and varied in size sustaining rhythms that are complementary to the arcing flow into the upper right-hand corner.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TEXTURE: Single Object

Meghann Lyon
Last night the class made drawings addressing the values and textures applied to a single object. Meghann's drawing above exhibits rich values and inventive textures created by stamping with the kneaded eraser as well as reductive drawing in general. Observe how the soft, flowing contours are rendered more with contrasting values and less with hard contour lines.

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