Wednesday, October 31, 2018
A value drawing of a still life, comprised of five objects with local value changes. One of these objects must have a reflective surface (metal). An additional challenge would be to include an object that is transparent (glass or clear plastic).
Select five objects which are different from one another in tonal value. At least two of these objects must have local value changes within the objects themselves (ex. A design on the package which breaks up the image into different colors). Arrange the objects on the surface of a table into some aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking composition. Your view should be looking down and across at the set-up (a ¾ angle). From your view, some of these objects should be overlapping others. Place a single light-source on the set-up.
*(A good selection would be a dinner setting, with different colored plates, cups, bowls, soda cans, napkins, etc.).
Graphite (Use 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils)
- Improve accuracy in capturing contour, proportion, and scale from an observed set-up.
- Indicate how local value affects the value changes of different forms
- Create a well-designed composition from an observed arrangement of forms
As you draw, ask yourself if you are doing the following (You should be!):
- Fill the page.
- Consider the entire page as a composition.
- Consider the relationships of objects re: size and placement.
- Consider the observed relationships between the positive and negative shapes, particularly the spaces between objects.
- Get the lines and shapes right. Your objects should stand straight and tall, not lopsided. If you have round shapes, get the ellipses right.
- Use a full range of tonal value and good contrast. Reserve white for the highlights.
- Use blacks for the very darkest tones.
- Realism of contour, proportion, and scale
- Realism of form and structure
- Realism in rendering of local value changes
- Realism in spatial relationships between objects
- Strength of composition