Friday, March 30, 2012

THURS. 3/29 "The Jungle"

Frank Vallin
Students finished up working on their Light and Dark Rhythms drawings a.k.a. "The Jungle". Frank's drawing above beautifully illustrates the wide range of textures inherent to the objects inhabiting his still life. Furthermore, this drawing exhibits a very strong rhythm starting with the repeating and overlapping curls found in the placement of the claw forms. This is followed by the repetition and triangulation of the artichoke flowers. And lastly, the placement of the antlers. The textures are enhance by a full and rich range of values. Of particular note is Frank's use of cast shadows to create depth. In addition, the continuity and similarity of the objects adds a very strong "sense of place", something one might find on the outside wall of a cabin in the woods.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

WED. 3/28 The Jungle continued

Aaron Buchanan Art 7B (drawing in progress)
Students continued working on their drawings started Monday evening. Aaron's drawing above is following the path of contour with tonal accents. Notice how the "eye" is lead around by the tonal passages as well as the forms primarily the bamboo roots.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Amy Eldgridge: drawing in progress
T/Th class started texture drawings, "The Jungle". See previous post for more description. Amy's drawing above has established a criss-crossing movement of repeating forms propelled by the arcing antlers on the left of the composition.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Patrick Maxwell: drawing in progress
Students began drawings addressing light and dark value rhythms and simulated textures. Light and dark rhythms create directional movement through a composition by employing similar values and textures. Simulated textures are an artisit's interpretation of actual textures. Patrick's drawing above has yet to address the values though even at this stage a rhythm has been establish by repeating similar forms and textures. Notice how your eye wanders through the composition following a path the the sunflowers.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Student Drawing
No classes next week - March 19 through the 23rd. We will resume with a project exploring techniques and applications of India Ink. Be sure to return to class with ink materials  as well as colored pencils.
 1. Pen holder
2. Pen Nib (fine or medium fine)
3. India Ink ( Higgins brand)
4. #4 Watercolor brush (optional)

1. Black Paper approx. 18 x 24 in. (2 pieces)
2. Black pencil
3. White pencil
4. Crimson Red pencil
5. Ultramarine Blue pencil
6. Canary Yellow pencil

THURS. Imaginary Space continued again

Elizabeth Machado
Students completed working on their imaginary space projects in class. Unfinished drawings must be completed at home. Elizabeth's drawing illustrates a more realistic space than some of the other drawings yet there is still a surreal quality. The structure appears to end at the walls when viewed from the outside but the doorways reveal rooms expanding beyond the walls. This drawing also has a very pleasing design and compositional balance. The design is strengthened by the repeating archways. The cluster of shapes on the left wall is balanced by the dark couch on the right.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

WED. 3/14 Imaginary Space continued, continued

Still going. Most students were working on applying tonalities (light) and textural elements. Remember no class next week. SPRING BREAK.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TUES. 3/13 Imaginary Space continued

Kannha Hemsouvanh
Students continued working on spatial and detail development for the imaginary space project. Kannha's drawing above illustrates a well balanced and open environment. Notice the strategic placement of the horizontal lines across the space to create a directional movement.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MON. 3/12 Imaginary Space Continued

Students continued work on the Imaginary Space Project. Wed. students will apply tonalities, etc. to finish the project.

Friday, March 9, 2012

THURS. 3/8 Imaginary Space

Students continued working on the two-point linear perspective drawings of an imaginary space. Above are my demos for the space and stairs. The "stairs" drawing illustrates the method of dividing the side plane. Every time you divide the plane you create two stairs. The method I illustrated in class, "the cheater method", divides the closest corner into equal segments. All the segments are then drawn to the vanishing point in the direction of the stairs.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MON. 3/7 Imaginary Space

Alisha Ascencio
Above is example of the imaginary spaces students are creating for the Two-Point Linear Perspective project. Although this drawing is in-progress, you can already see signs of a symmetrical balance in the general structure accented by other forms and structures establishing a directional movement. Notice the arched structure just off center with the path leading back and to the left.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

THURS. 3/6 Two-Point Linear Perspective

Last night we discussed linear perspective. Students drew the ground plane with tiles and the left and right back walls for their imaginary space. See previous post for more info.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MON 3/5 Two-Point Linear Perspective

class demo
Class began with a demonstration on One-Point Linear Perspective as well as Two-Point. We also laid out the ground work for our Imaginary Space in two-point linear perspective. Linear perspective creates the illusion of spatial depth. Some rules are: 1. Perspective establishes viewer location 2. Parallel lines will appear to converge at vanishing points located on the horizon line (eye level). In other words, the left front edge of the floor is parallel to the right back edge. Notice that they are at similar angles. Therefore, they are converging towards a vanishing point located on the left side. 3. Objects appear to get smaller as they recede into space. Notice that the front corner of the ground plane is wider than the back corners.

Friday, March 2, 2012

THURS. 3/1 VALUE: Light Patterns

Amy Eldridge

Frank Vallin
Here are two drawings emphasizing Light Patterns rather than Volume. Amy has employed the scribble technique. The heavy swirling lines create a high contrast, tangled sense of weight unifying the objects and the space. Frank has used a single, directional hatch. His drawing exhibits a softer more atmospheric rendering of light.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

WED. 2/29 VALUE: Light vs. Volume

Alisha Ascencio

Alicia Godwin
Rather than using value to make something appear three dimensional and volumetric, artists can place emphasis on Light Patterns. When artists emphasis light, there is a more subtle sense of volume. Alisha's drawing at the top employs a single, directional, hatch to rendering the light patterns. The hatch technique contradicts the cross-contours subordinating volume. Alicia's drawing on the bottom illustrates the scribble technique. Both drawings exhibit a more expressive and energized rendering of the still life not seen in the previous class drawings.