Make sure you pick the BEST composition for your still life. The items should be LARGE and fill up the space in the picture plane. Using the view finder can help you find the best composition.
Which composition is better?
Next, you will practice drawing out your compositions in your sketchbook. Do this small, these are called Thumbnail sketches.
Once you have practice your thumbnails in your sketchbook, begin drawing the contours (outlines) of your still life on your 8x9 paper. (Draw lightly in case you need to erase mistakes.) Continue to use the view finder and continue to look at your still life to get accurate proportions.
Lightly draw out the contour lines on the 8x9 paper. Focus on good proportion and making your shapes as accurate as possible:
For this project, students will get to choose if they want to create a still life using marshmallows, popcorn, or crumpled paper. Students will use a series of at least three of these objects to set up in a simple still life. They need to photograph the still life in case it moves during the course of the project, but most of the time we will be drawing from life. We will use a view finder to help crop in and create an interesting composition.
Using a view finder to help with the composition:
REQUIREMENTS FOR VALUE ALTERED BOOK:
1. Include your photo with shading through the middle.
2. Use black, white, and/or grey paper to add collage of some sort in a design of your choosing.
3. Include the title: VALUE
4. Include the definition for value: refers to the lightness or darkness of an area or object.
(you may decorate the rest in any way you choose, but be sure to focus on VALUES throughout!)
Values can be used also with pen and ink techniques as seen below:
The students are working on their Altered book VALUE 2 page spread. Today they will pick a portrait from a magazine and rip out the center section. This section they will replace with a value drawing. Students will be using a range of shading pencils from ebony, 4B, and #2 to get very dark and very light value ranges. Students will then glue the magazine portrait into their altered book and decorate the altered book with black and white values for the rest of the 2 page spread. Students must also include the title: Value and its definition: lightness and darkness in a work of art. See the sample below for more ideas.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS ON THE FIRST STEP OF THE VALUE ALTERED BOOK:
Our next assignment will deal with values and shading a form to make it look three dimensional. So, today we will begin practicing shading forms with pencil and how to get gradual changes from dark to light. Below is a guide for how to shade, a shading in progress, and a completed shading sheet.
Value Altered Book Page:
Students are creating two still life drawings of marshmallows. One on white paper with black charcoal, and one on black paper with white charcoal. Students are using view finders to help crop in and make an interesting composition as well as measuring techniques using their pencil as a measuring tool to find accurate proportions.
We are beginning our second production assignment, Geometric Form Study Value drawing. We will be using a view finder, our pencil as a measuring tool, and creating values based on the small geometric form still-life in class.
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