When Viewing Examples of Student Work:

Often a single example of work may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the multiple examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with various examples and ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Assignment with a Negative Space Emphasis:

The Assignment: is a continuation for developing observational drawing skills. The assignment is to create a drawing depicting a major section of the still-life (50 to 70% of still-life) that will have a variety of interesting negative and positive shapes. You should consider your point of view in relation to the still life. The still life has been intentionally set up with a variety of negative spaces for you to select and depict in your drawing.

Process of Assignment: Ideally you want to start with a negative space and/or positive shape that are medium in size and located centrally in your viewpoint of the still life. These are most of the ideal conditions to start your drawing, unfortunately it is generally not possible for all 25 students (points of view) to have all of those ideal conditions so you have to decide which point of view will give you the most ideal conditions to draw from.

Remember that the first shape you draw will be the foundation of your drawing, because you will use that first shape to compare proportions of other shapes. When depicting the initial shape carefully compare the shape's hight to  width.  Proportions of the initial shape need to be resolved before proceeding to drawing other shapes. At the beginning stages of your drawing you should always compare shapes that are directly beside each other, so that you are building your drawing around and out from that first initial shape. If you are not sure about your initial shape consult instructor. (see example of Negative Space Drawing in video posted on blog below this blog posting)

As in drawings from previous classes  once the initial shape is established continue by describing the basic shapes of the entire subject matter (still life). At times you will have to adjust shapes by moving or modifying shapes. Do not get caught up in little details of shapes but instead think about the subtleties of the basic shapes in terms of proportions and in terms of where shapes line up vertical and horizontal to each other. In the beginning stages of your drawing measure with your drawing/painting tool (and/or by eye) to get aquainted with the basic shapes created in the negative spaces.

Once  all of the basic shapes in the later stage of the drawing are tentatively depicted consider: comparing size of shapes to each other, carefully check and re-examine proportions and vertical/horizontal  alignment of shapes and clarify the subtleties and details of the shapes.

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