Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mon. Mar. 7 VALUE: Four Divisions

The four examples here exhibit very different results in rendering this complex still life. The objective was to find a rhythm established by the value patterns.  1.) Tone paper to a midpoint value using vine charcoal. 2.) Sketch out composition. 3.) Working with white (erased), light gray (paper), dark gray, black; choose one value and place throughout the composition.  4.)Work in remaining values all in flat tonalities to begin. 5.) When all flat tones are placed, apply modeling to render forms three dimensionally.
Christine Argenio's drawing (top) confidently illustrates the rhythm established by alternating values of various tonalities.  Notice how your "eye" seeks out like tonalities throughout the composition.
Brian Delgado's drawing also exhibits a strong rhythm and movement through his use of many diagonals as well as actual and implied triangles.
Pepe Hernandez's drawing has very Surrealistic qualities.  The combination of flat and dimensional forms gives the drawing a dreamlike environment. The curvilinear and limp shapes with a hint of caricature are also very indicative of Surrealist Art.
Blake Walter's drawing is a very abstract design, sacrificing volume and contours for a more rhythmically dynamic composition. Notice how he has merged like value shapes combining different positive forms. Although there is a flatness to the composition, the diagonals bring a sense of depth.  This is further enhanced by the use of receding values (darks) in the background.

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