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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Line Drawing Objectives:

Formal/Visual Language and Technical Skill Breakdown: 

Process (15%): As in most drawings for this course, Line Drawing is a layering process that starts tentatively (drawn lightly and rough with fluid line) A line drawing in early stages initially maps out subject matter (and ideas) in basic shapes (planes & other basic geometric shapes) No detail in beginning stages of drawing. For the sake of proportions if possible it is most ideal to start the drawing in the center, working directly out and around from an initial shape (that is usually rectangular or square in shape). Use initial shape as a building block and as a reference for comparing proportion and choosing composition. Tentatively (lightly) map out entire composition before committing to detail or exact locations of shapes. Overall anticipate at times a messy process of restating and editing to occur during the layering process.

Composition (20%): Locate an interesting view with a reasonable level of difficulty that is unique and has complex interactions of shapes through out picture (including border of drawing) and choose a composition that is conducive for presenting the objectives for the assignment. Composition should select a combination of built environment (building, sidewalks, roads, etc.) and natural environment (trees, grass, bushes, etc.)

Accurate Proportion, Scale and Perspective (15%)Utilize measurements, horizontal/vertical alignments and 1pt or 2pt perspective. When working from observation generally use the theories of perspective (vanishing points & horizon line) at later stages of drawing as an auxiliary tool for checking accuracy of proportions, scale, etc. Whether working from observation or imagination do not lock into horizon line and vanishing points until proportions are resolved.

Line Quality (20%): Fluidness and strategic use of line weight variation will bring depth of space, sense of 3 dimensional masses, character and life into the drawing. Repetition and taking the time to practice and figure out a way to enjoy the act of drawing will always improve line characteristics or qualities in any drawing process. In the early stages of the line drawing keep the line thin and light. As the drawing develops towards the later stages anticipate variations of line characteristics to include ranges from curved to angular, quick to careful line applications on the drawing surface and in some areas progressions from thin to thick lines and light to dark lines. (Let the line flow!)

Strategic use of Detail (20%): Anticipate that progressively there will be less detail as the viewer moves back into space of the picture plane. Some single objects may require various levels of detail in foreground and at times in the middleground. This is the final stage of the layering process. Make time to allow for some careful finishing touches and to strategically refine or layer over rougher areas in the work.

Mass/Volumes and Space (10%): Clear depiction in the illusion of 3 dimensional masses in space that progresses in a clear manner from foreground to middle ground to background. Over lapping of forms, line variation, strategic use of detail, proportion, angles and composition will all be crucial in achieving a strong illusion of 3 dimensional mass and depth of space.

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