• 1 sheet of your Brown Pad Drawing Paper (The warm cream color drawing paper)
• Ruler 
• Drawing pencils H's-B's (You will use both hard and soft)
• Tortillion/Blending Stump 
• Canister Eraser
• Colored Pencils
• .005 drawing pen
• Pencil Sharpener
• White Gel Pen will help too!

Also: Something to Drink (Coffee Orange juice or Water) -I will provide Donut Holes 

Let's Talk Perspective as a Review-Updated

FIRST: GO BACK AND REVIEW BLOG -look at Projects AND Techniques.

2 Point Perspective:
When drawing a 2 point perspective box with an opening that has the appearance of 3 dimensions (A ledge for instance) You start as you would with any other box in 2 point perspective-showing all 4 size including the "floor" and "Ceiling." Then you create your opening. I made my "window" on the Right side of my box (See below) Keep lines really straight-don't tilt or draw by hand. Always use a ruler.

Next, I start by drawing the Corner of my Ledge by using the Vanishing Point on the opposite side (I.e. the left side) Its just a little line but I ALWAYS draw this first as it sets me up for success with the next few steps. 

Now I create a Side line that is Parallel to my opening side line (Again keeping it as straight as I can)

Now I complete the "Ledge" by using the Vanishing Point on the right side, and drawing a parallel line. Now it looks solid like you could sit there or place a potted plant on that ledge.

I clean up the odd lines left over. I ever shaded inside area so you can see what it might really look like. I make sure I bring back the important lines to show the corner and the floor.

Again! I USED THE VANISHING POINT ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE (LEFT SIDE) of your window to Help draw the ledge. 

*Remember the difference between doing a box in 1 point perspective and a box in 2 point perspective is:
1 point starts with a SHAPE
2 point starts with a LINE

Hope this helps some

Simple Critique Thoughts...

Tomorrow we will be talking about the art you made this semester. This includes your Final Self-Portrait project and 5 pieces you feel best represent your work and effort this semester. You should give thought to what you are sharing. Do not just pick it last minute, as an after-thought.

*IF you have not looked at the art you are picking to show, for weeks or months, you might be stressed out when you see it again. It might not be as good as you have thought? If it sat in a drawer for a while it might need cleaning up from just brushing up against other work. Its all about presentation. It is better to have things planned out and not just leave it to the last minute. (The work is living in the drawers unless you turned in in recently -although as of yesterday -any last minute work turned in has been graded right away and returned to the drawers so it should be there)

A critique usually takes the form of an oral discussion that is used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Sometimes that can be hard to do when you might not be used to talking about the things you make and the reasons you make them and your intentions. So below are a good list of questions to answer about your work. 

Here are some helpful prompts to help you with the Description:
Talk about your Self-Portrait and How you created it:
What materials did you use?
What is your point of view?
How long did you take to get to this solution?
What do you think about it and why? 

NEXT:Talk about the 5 other pieces you picked 
Talk about what you liked best about them and Why?
Talk about what you thought was challenging to You in relation to your work.
Talk about materials and techniques

*Write down these questions and answer them on note cards if you feel that will help you prepare.

Projects Listed For This Semester

Assignment #1- Drawing to Music
Assignment #2- "♥My Complicated Heart♥"Charcoal & Mixed Media Drawing (Jim Dine Inspiration) 
Assignment #3- Abstracted Drawing Using A Cropped Photo From Nature That You Take
Assignment #4- 2 Point Perspective -"Border-Break Out" Shapes!
Assignment #5- CREATURE-inspired by Rene French
Assignment #6- The People You Know-21 Tiny Ink Illustrations
Assignment #7- Drawing a realistic eye using layers & applying pressure & building up layers
Assignment #8- Creating your own Coloring page -Illustration and color

In-Class Project 1: Charcoal Still-life Study

In-Class Project 2:"Strange Shapes"-(Slow Shading Challenge)

In-Class Project 3: "Shadow Box Illustration" 

In-Class Project 4: Pet Portrait in color

In-Class Project 5: Self Portrait



Final in-class project: Creative Portrait Using Mixed Media: Colored Pencils, Chalk Pastels, Ink Pens, Charcoal, Collage, etc

(Project Due May 8th)
For this project you are going to use Your portrait or a portrait of a close friend or significant person in your life as you subject.

(Project difficulty: Detailed and Difficult)

Using this photo as your guide, come up with an interesting & uniquely creative composition.
There are MANY ways to approach this. (I will talk more about this in class AND I will post samples below)

You can alter your image but cutting it up and rearranging the pieces back into place and then draw from that alteration. You can draw half of your image realistically and the second part as an animal, patterns, scenes. If you have computer skills you can play with Photoshop OR find fun phone apps as your inspiration. You will still have to draw it after you alter it but if helps you be creative.

The main requirements for this project are:
1. You must use your ink pens showing off skills you learned thus-far (example: stippling, directional lines, textures,etc)
2. You must use colored pencils and create color blends like we learned to do in class-layering and creating rich deep color.
3. You can use Charcoal, Colored Chalk Pastels, and other media to make this interesting and layered just like humans are.
4. You must draw no less than 50% of your Portrait realistically-the rest can be creative 

5. This project needs to have a purpose and point of view. This can not be a random project without intent. Have a story or a point of view.
6. The Image size: 11 x 14 with an outside 1 inch border. (Cut paper to 13 x16) 

I will help you as you work and give you suggestions and guidance. 
Here are some samples of Portraits from looking on Google:

Weekly Assignment #8 Creating Your OWN Coloring Page

Sketchbook to practice
Drawing Paper: 5 x 7 (This isn't too large so you can get it finished in time)
Pencil for planning
Ink Pen .08
Colored Pencils
*Recently we used a wonderful Mexican Folk Art Inspired Illustration as a guide for working with Colored Pencils. (Above)

This week I would like you to to Illustrate your own Illustrated Page to use to color.

When you create your Illustration think about using patterns, and decorative elements. Balance your piece by adding similar images to both sides. This creates symmetry

Symmetry is the use of mirror images and repetition to create balanced designs and design elements. Balance is a visual effect that makes designs look as if they are equally weighted on both sides of their vertical center.

Here are some samples of images that use these two terms:
How To:
You will want to practice an idea first. Lightly draw this out in pencil. Ink it carefully. Erase any graphite and then Color just like we did on the first practice sheet.
Fill your paper with designs. 

Grading Criteria:
*Look to the Past for inspiration!
Patterned wallpapers, tapestries, folk art-All cultures. All the inspiration is there if you are stuck for what you do.
But you are not limited to just the past-you can always do this all from your imagination. (Just make sure you keep the inspiration of this project as the focus. This is a decorative project with strong outlines that cover the entire page for do not have holes in your design) 

*Color strong and blend and glaze and burnish as we have been. Use more than just one color. Make it dynamic. 
*Name on the back

In-Class Project: "Textures with Colored Pencils: Animal Portrait" -Due at the end of class April 24th

Assignment Concept:
When you were young and using crayons, markers or colored pencils to color, you usually would pick one color and fill in the empty space. But using one color can be limiting. Art work can be more vibrant and rich if layered. For instance, if you were going to "color in" grass, instead of picking out a green pencil, consider adding in other color tones like yellow, gold, and maybe blue. You can "cool" the grass with adding aqua blues or purples especially for shadows. If you wanted to "warm" it up you could add golds warm orange. If you look closely at black fur you can see a reflection of many other tones like blue and purple mixed in. 

*For this project, use multiple colors to express a variety of tones. Layer and vary pressure to get up to rich thick coverage. Blend colors together using your white pencil over top connecting tones. Fill in all areas of your paper-do not leave white paper untouched or it will look unfinished.
*COLOR PRINT & Black and White Portrait Image of of animal or pet no smaller than 8 x 10
Color Pencils 
(White Gel Pen or White paint (I will share) if you want to add bright highlights)
Drawing Paper: Cut paper to 9 x 11. The draw a 1/2 inch border all around. You will be left with a 8 x 10 space to work in. 

How to:
Pick a good image of an animal (or Pet) and print it out in color.
Using your colored pencils, choose a variety of color-tones to fill in your image.
Turn in your color copy as well as your finished drawing. Name on the back. 

Here is a fun video of how to use multiple colors to create pet fur: (NEW)



Weekly Assignment #7 Drawing a Realistic Eye with Color Pencils

Drawing a realistic eye using layers and applying thick
Colored Pencils
Canister Eraser
Pencil Sharpener
Either a Sheet of your Good Drawing paper cut down to 4 1/2 x 6 OR A sheet of Gray toned paper that I provide (Cut into two pieces 4 1/2 x 6)
HB drawing pencil to lightly sketch

* Photo of your eye or a friends eye that you took & Printed out. Make sure it is in good lighting AND that it is close up and in focus. 
This is my eye that I took in day light. I sharpened it up in photoshop and played with the lighting a little so it was easier to see the details)

Practice taking photos of your eye. Use good daylight and do not do this at night. It needs to be as sharp and bright as possible. Keep trying until you get the Best image you can. Then print it out to use. This needs to be in color to help you translate. You can also look at this on line or on your phone too but keep in mind that a copy of your eye needs to be turned in with your finished drawing. So-Print out your eye photo.

Lightly sketch your eye onto your paper. You can also use the "grid system" if you think it will help but be sure to erase all pencil lines before starting in color or the graphite will be TRAPPED FOREVER. I will explain in class and You can also view the video to see another artist talk about these issues below. 

To try and reproduce a realistic eye drawing using layers of colored pencils and Stretching Colors beyond just one color. To try and discover the Variety of color that exists in real life. To go slowly and build up a Thick Waxy Surface of colored pencil tones. Take your time and try. You can do this. Watch videos if you are stuck. The magic is in the reflections and bright highlights. I will go over many of these tricks i class. YOU CAN DO THIS 

Artists Samples:

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Weekly Assignment #6 (Due April 10th) The People You Know-21 Tiny Ink Illustrations

Strathmore DrawingPaper  (Follow my template posted below)
Drawing pens .oo5 for details and the larger for filling in
Sketchbook for practice
HB Pencil to help you sketch out your ideas
(*Google search Facial Expression References /drawings to help you see faces)

How To:
First-Pick 20 people in your life + You. (20+1=21)
These people can be friends, family, anyone you know. If you need help try photographing these people or find images/photos on line.
NEW: This semester you can also choose to do this project with just Famous People

Now simplify them into a cartoon. You are only doing heads and shoulders. Not a fill body sketch.
*Think* YEARBOOK Photos
Practice sketch first in sketchbook to help develop ideas

Now: On your Good paper Plan/measure out your template.The box at the top is you. So draw yourself & add your name. In each of the boxes below, lightly sketch out each person as a cartoon. Think about what makes them look unique. maybe they always wear a hat, or earrings.

*Be sure to include a background. Like: lines, patterns, black, faded, polka-dots... something other than just blank.

Finally: Below each box, position & center & very carefully-print their names. Use Guidelines to help keep text level! (Points given for Accuracy!)

Erase all pencil makes when done-carefully.
Name on the back

TEMPLATE: (Cut paper to 8 1.4 x 11 first. Then start with measuring from the center blocks first and work out from the center to the edge of paper)

(Where I got the idea for this project-taken from my phone watching Anthony Bourdain)

Samples from Past Classes:
(The above sample is with Famous People from the Movies)

Time Out for Inspiration! -Illustrator to know: Kay Neilsen & Virginia Frances Sterrett (Similar but different)

Kay Rasmus Nielsen (March 12, 1886 – June 21, 1957) was a Danish illustrator who was popular in the early 20th century, the "golden age of illustration" which lasted from when Daniel Vierge and other pioneers developed printing technology to the point that drawings and paintings could be reproduced with reasonable facility. Nielsen is also known for his collaborations with Disney for whom he contributed many story sketches and illustrations, not least for Fantasia.

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Virginia Frances Sterrett (/ˈstɛrɪt/; 1900–1931)[1] was an American artist and illustrator. If Virginia Frances Sterrett‘s life was like a fairy tale, it was one of those sad ones where the heroine turned to seafoam or died in the cold, or was otherwise written by Hans Christian Andersen, and you wondered why anybody wanted to read it at all, except the grownups seemed to find it inspiring or something. Sterrett was born in 1900, and as a mere teenager she was given a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago based on her work alone. At the age of 19, however, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and after a twelve year battle with the disease, died. Within that time, however, she complete the illustrations for three books, including an adaptation of The Arabian Nights. Here are six illustrations from her first commissioned work, Old French Fairy Tales."

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