(Two weeks) Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Using graphite or charcoal, draw an interior FROM DIRECT OBSERVATION from a low or high vantage point (i.e. a "dramatic" angle), with a full range of tonal value and strong contrast.
Provide a printout of a digital photograph you take from the viewpoint you were drawing, for comparison during critique. DO NOT draw based on the photograph, but from real life.
Organize a space into a strong, dramatic composition
Create a convincing sense of depth
Distinguish foreground, middle-ground, and background via linear perspective
Describe the nature of light and shadow
Improve ability to work from "the big picture" into smaller details
Graphite or charcoal
Drawing paper or charcoal paper - sketchbook size (11 x 14", 60 lb. paper) or larger
The interior must be from direct observation (from REAL LIFE, not a photograph)
The interior you reference must have "deep space".
The interior must be viewed from a very low or very high vantage point.
Use the entire picture plane.
Make this a "portfolio-worthy" drawing.
Range of tonal value; contrast
Convincing sense of space (through linear and atmospheric/aerial perspective)
Realism of light and shadow
- Start with a light line to block in the composition
- Establish the horizon line (although it might be hidden) and the vanishing points
- Identify the light source, and keep it in mind as you draw.
Go to a place like the mall or a public library for a really dramatic space.
Self Critique Questions
As you draw, ask yourself if you are doing the following (You should be!):
- Fill the page.
- Consider the entire page as a composition.
- Get the lines right -- Use the vanishing points for all parallel horizontal lines
- Get the tonal values right - Are the shadows and highlights as dark or light as they are in reality?
Look at the work of Charles Sheeler, a 20th Century American Realist and Precisionist
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