One week: Monday, November 18
There are two parts to this week's homework:
Assignment 1: Value Scale and Sphere (Graphite/Pencil)
First, using the full range of pencils in your pencil set, complete this value scale worksheet (Download and print the linked file.).
Assignment 2: Geometric Solids
A value drawing of any subject (either from observation or imagination) reduced to geometric solids. Establish a consistent light source and indicate light's effect on form.
Resources to help you draw the forms are at the bottom of this page and in this Google Drive folder.
In composing your subject or scene, design the entire picture plane. Combine the following geometric forms to represent the subject: cube, rectangular solid, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, and cone. You may use any form more than once (In fact, you may have to), but you must use them all. Identify the light source (which should probably be outside the bounds of the picture plane) and the direction and intensity of that light. Indicate how that light source affects the forms in this scene. Include highlights, shadow edges, reflected light, and cast shadows where necessary. The geometric forms must be convincingly real both in their accuracy of line (i.e. linear perspective) and in their chiaroscuro (lights and darks).
Graphite (Use 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils, or Ebony pencil)
1. Improve realistic rendering of form
2. Improve realistic rendering of three-dimensional structure through linear perspective.
- Realism of 3D form and structure (light's effect on form)
- Composition (Design of the page)
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 aesthetic relationships between the positive and negative shapes.
- Get the lines and shapes right. On the round forms, get the ellipses right. Make the geometric forms stand straight and strong. (They must not look like they’re deflating.)
- Indicate how the forms will affect their neighboring forms re: shadows.
- Indicate that some forms are different local values than others, and will therefore appear lighter or darker in general.