Saturday, November 29, 2014

PORTRAITS: continued

Last Wednesday the class had another round of drawing each other. Kayla's drawing above is a strong example appropriate scale to dimensions of the paper, rendering the categories of light, mood and expression as well as additive and reductive drawing techniques. Observe the volumes around the eyes, forehead, nose and chin. In addition, she has effectively rendered the hair without overdoing it. The facial expression is complementary to the way the head is framed on the page. The model appears almost lost in the confinement of the limited space.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Joe Mulcaire
Last night the class made portraits of each other. We discussed the Andrew Loomis method and looked at examples of portrait drawings from Jim Dine, Diego Rivera and Gregory Gillespie to name a few. The drawing above was initiated by drawing a skull first and then superimposing the portrait over the top. The drawing clearly illustrates the advancing and receding planes of the head, the most important being the eye sockets, under the nose and lower lip, the cheeks and the neck. Furthermore, Joe has utilized additive and reductive techniques to capture the light as well as addressing texture. Adding to the solitary gaze of the model is Joe's rendering of the cold, empty room in the background.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Susie Larsen
Students completed work on the Imaginary Space project last night. Susie has created a very dynamic space with overlapping ceilings and rooms. She has added balance and rhythm to the space with repeating pyramids and columns. The bold contour lines reinforce the presence of the form allowing it to advance from the page. The select areas of tone establish an additional rhythm highlighting points of interest.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IMAGINARY SPACE: Two-Point Perspective

The class continued working on their Imaginary Space drawings. Above is an example from a previous semester. Notice the use of repeating elements (spheres, archways, etc.) and the pipe roaming through the space establishing rhythm and direction within the design.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two-Point Linear Perspective

There was no class last Monday 11/10. Last night we ran through the process of two-point linear perspective. We discussed the simple box form as well as cones, cylinders and pyramids in perspective. We also drew an archway with front and back openings. By the end of class everyone had established the template floor plan (illustrated above)for developing their imaginary space.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Students continued working with colored pencils last night. Each student arranged a small still life for themselves. Next week we will start Two-Point Linear Perspective.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

COLOR: Dice and Balls

Meghann Lyon
Last night the class began working with colored pencils. After a brief discussion on color and color schemes we drew from an arrangements of dice and balls. Meghann's drawing above exhibits a complementary scheme of yellow-green and red-violet. This dynamic scheme is complemented by the energetic mark-making and diagonal slant of the space and objects.