Monday, November 14, 2016

Project 5: STILL LIFE EMPHASIS ON TEXTURE DUE DATE: December 13th (10:30am)


• Compressed & vine charcoal • Charcoal pencils (full range)
• Graphite pencils (full range)        • Measuring stick & view finder
• Eraser                 • Ruler
• Full Sheet Drawing Paper

• Various Still Life Objects highlighting texture

GENERAL GOAL: Think of all the techniques learned thus far (perspective, value, integration, light to form, pos/neg shape, open/closed form, etc.) to create a drawing, from the still life.  Reflect on and label the principles of design for each of your 10 thumbnail sketches.  In the end, you will reference one of your thumbnail sketches to create a final charcoal drawing on a full sheet of drawing paper.  This assignment focuses on texture so choose a thumbnail that highlights not just one but multiple textures.  

• Make at least 10 thumbnail drawings in your sketchbook before you decide on your final composition.
• Experiment with open/closed composition, view point, etc.
• Be creative!  Move around the still life and find new perspectives when drawing.

• Were the basic instructions understood and followed?
• Does the work fail to meet, meet or exceed the basic requirements of the assignment?
• Were the proper materials used?

• Create the illusion of plastic form in space.
• Use a range of values (as definer of edges and complexity).
• Show multiple textures (as definers of form and complexity).
• Accuracy (scale, position, continuity of edge).
• Composition (balance in scale of shapes)(originality).
• Craftsmanship

Critique #1:  November 17th, 2016 (10 sketches from still life due at the beg. of class)
Critique #2:  November 22nd, 2016 (placement, scale, composition)
Critique #3:  December 1st, 2016 (Value & Texture)
Critique #4:  December 8th, 2016 (Final Touches)

DUE DATE:  Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 ((10:30am))

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sketchbook Assignment 7 Texture and Pattern DUE: Tuesday, Nov. 15th (At the Beginning of Class)

Texture and Pattern in Inorganic/Organic Drawing

When we look at the world about us, we are conscious not only of form, space, color, dark, and light, but also of tactile qualities, a sense of the feel of surfaces, of roughness and smoothness, hardness and softness –texture. Skillfully used, texture can contribute significantly to expressiveness; lacking a decisive sense of texture, a drawing tends to appear lifeless and weak. The textural character of a drawing is determined by several factors, including the surface portrayed, the drawing materials employed, the method of application, and the artist’s sense of invention.

Texture: refers to the properties held and sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.

Actual Texture - Physical, tangible texture. Real textures are textures that really exist. They are what you feel if you touch the actual artwork. Physical texture is the texture you can actually feel with your hand. The build up of paint, slipperiness of soft pastel, layering of collaged paper.

Simulated Texture - Creating the visual effect of texture without actually adding texture.

Abstract Texture- Texture that does not seem to match the object it’s connected with so it has the concept of the object translated in textural patterns.

Invented Texture - The creative way of adding alternate materials to create an interesting texture.

Materials: sketchbook, graphite and charcoal pencils (experiment with both)

Purpose of project: Direct observation of the endlessly intriguing details of nature should be added to your repertoire of sketchbook activities. Familiarize yourself with the identifying characteristics of various textures that surround you – inside (i.e. carpet, food, furniture, etc) and landscape (trees, asphalt, etc.)

In your sketchbook create at least twenty sketches that visually illustrate the qualities of texture. For example, you may choose to familiarize yourself with the identifying characteristics of various trees by making quick sketches, both as silhouettes and with simplified shading to define volume (you may choose to develop more finished drawings and that’s ok). Example #2 do a pencil rendering that contrasts the smooth polished surface of an apple with the subtle texture of the rind of an orange or lemon. Include a slice of the orange or lemon (you may also choose to light the forms to show contrast between light and dark).

Each sketch can vary in size and dimension however, make sure the composition is at least 3” by 3”, if smaller than your sketchbook dimensions make sure to create a boarder.

Below are various examples for inspiration:
Please follow the above mentioned criteria for your sketchbook assignment.