Friday, November 30, 2012

THURS. 11/29 Portraits cont.

Alisha Ascencio

Victor Torres
Alisha's drawing exhibits voluminous features complemented with accented contours and tonalities. Notice how the strong values around the eyes elevates their importance and focuses the viewer's attention.
Victor's drawing is more expressive, exhibiting a more subjective approach to rendering values and the proportions of the face while maintaining a sense of volume and dimension.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TUES. 11/27 Portraits

Phoebe Kobabe
Students in the T/TH class began portrait studies. As an introduction to the "proportions of the head", students made planar analysis drawings. A "planar" drawing flattens all curves into angles. Addressing the planes raises awareness of the subtle shifts of volume creating a stronger sense of structure. In addition, planes are important because they establish the placement for values. In Phoebe's drawing notice the angle of the hatching is directed by the planes, arcing downward across the cheeks and upward over the nose and forehead.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TUES. 11/21 and MON. 11/26

Kelly Gregorian
Students from the T/TH class wrapped up their color drawings last week whereas the M/W class began theirs last night. Kelly's drawing has established multiple rhythms by repeating the flowers as well as the eyeballs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MON. 11/19 COLOR

Trey Smith
M/W class started color studies. For the first project students drew from an arrangement of "dice and balls." Trey's drawing exhibits a good sense of volume as well as light. Notice the strong accenting of highlights in the dice and the edges of the number. He has effectively exaggerated the perspective creating a more dynamic sense of depth complemented by foreshortened volumes.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Jessica Wapp
Students in the T/Th class began large scale compositions in color. Jessica is in the process of creating a free-floating arrangement. She has already established rhythms by repeating similar shapes. The challenge now is to complement the "shape" rhythms with "color" rhythms.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

HOMEWORK #6 Simulated Texture

This assignment is a repeat of the in-class project. In your sketchbook with graphite pencil, make a frame of 4 x 5 in. for a rectangle or 5 x 5 in. for a square. Make a continuous field composition of a texture. Remember that rendering texture is essentially observing light and dark value patterns. It is recommended that you light your object with a single light source to enhance the subtleties of volume. See recent posts on Texture for examples.

WED. 11/14 Simulated Texture

Daniel Doughty

Shaina Dehart
Students of M/W class made texture studies Wednesday night. Daniel's drawing above illustrates the frenzied rhythms of wood grain. The zig-zag movement is reminiscent of a waterfall.
Shaina's drawing of rope with its flowing twists and woven layers has the appearance of peering through a microscope.

Monday, November 12, 2012


In your sketchbook, draw 5 to 7 small objects from observation (not imagined) using India ink. Employ cross-hatching, stippling, or a combination of techniques. Draw one object per page. Pay attention to the categories of light as well as the manner in which you combine the techniques. All though the drawing above is of a full composition rather than individual objects, notice how the student has used the various techniques not only for their potential for creating tone but for their textural implications as well.

Friday, November 9, 2012


Alisha Ascencio Art 7B (drawing in progress)
Last night students of Art 7A & B started working with colored pencils. Alisha's drawing beautifully captures the lush and luminous colors achieved when drawing on black paper. She has established a left to right diagonal compositional movement complemented with rich values and textures. The color scheme is a Primary Triad. Triads are any three colors that meet on an equilateral triangle on the 12 hue color wheel. Furthermore, Alisha has effectively utilized temperature. The warm glow of the colors complements the humorous rendering of the two bird whistles tending to their unhatched young.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WED. 11/7 INK: Blocks

Patrick Burgess (drawing in progress)
Students continued working with ink while revisiting the concepts of proportion and perspective. Patrick's drawing exhibits rich textural variations combined with strong drawing technique. The mark-making adds visual interest to the individual forms while addressing the lighting conditions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TUES. 11/6 Texture

Brandon Lowrie

Victor Torres
Students of the T/Th class made texture studies last night. Brandon's drawing of a feather has captured the subtleties of tone and texture. Of particular appeal are the gentle creases on the right side of the quill. Victor's drawing of a split branch illustrates the variety of marks evident within the interior of the form. The main thing to remember when addressing texture is that the challenge is to render values accurately and not think about "what" it is you are drawing. In other words, your are drawing values and not wood, water, glass, etc.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MON. 11/6 D'em d'em bones: INK!

Daniel Doughty

Mike Koonce

Trey Smith
Students in the M/W class continued drawing bones with India Ink. Daniel and Mike's drawings both illustrate wash techniques accented with hatching. Notice how the wash is able to capture the subtle changes in volume and light with smooth, fluid transitions. Trey's drawing illustrates hatching techniques. He has successfully captured the "peaks and valleys" on the topography of the bone by switching from cross-hatch to parallel hatch and varying the spacing of the lines.

Friday, November 2, 2012

ART 7B 11/1 Texture Swap

Alyssa Whelchel
Students in Art 7B began texture drawings. The project is to swap the textures of two dissimilar objects. You can see that Alyssa is creating a feathered tea pot.

THURS. 11/1 INK: Blocks

Alexa Mariani
Last night students made ink drawings from blocks. Alexa's drawing above illustrates hatching techniques combined with wash.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

WED. 10/31 INK: D'em Bones

Iloana Sarbu
Wed. night students made ink drawings of bones, skulls and antlers. Iloana's drawing above illustrates wash, stipple and hatch techniques. Place the skull on its side presents a greater challenge in drawing the form while exhibiting an "out of the ordinary" placement. Notice how she has used wash to accent edges and contours as well as establish "base tonalities."