Most artists keep sketchbooks in which they experiment with ideas and drawings of their environment. Sketchbooks are like visual diaries for artists. Artists often use them for planning and developing their work. The most famous artist sketchbooks are those of Leonardo da Vinci. His sketchbook are filled with drawings, diagrams, and written notes of things he saw and ideas he came up with. Picasso produced 178 sketchbooks in his life time. He often used his sketchbooks to explore themes and make compositional studies until he found the right idea and subject for a larger painting on canvas. Source the @rt room at www.arts.uft.edu
You will use your sketchbook in many ways this quarter. You will use your sketchbook to experiment with ideas for projects & you will have 8 drawings assigned by me. For each assignment, draw a line across the bottom of the page, 1” from the edge. Use this space to add a title and date to your work. Each drawing should fill the page as a complete composition and be done in PENCIL unless otherwise noted. All of these should be observational drawings (actually looking at object). You will be required to submit a drawing each week. Each drawing will be worth 30 points.
Everyone knows that things are further away from us look smaller. But what if you can’t rely on size to tell the story? This assignment uses plastic bottles, which can be any size. How do you make a big detergent bottle look like its sitting behind a little eyedrops bottle?
· Things that are partially covered by another object are seen as being behind another object: (overlapping)
· Things that are further away are drawn higher on the picture plane. Their bases (bottoms) will be placed higher on the page than the bottles that are supposed to be closer.
Take one bottle at a time to your table, and do a contour drawing of it, starting anywhere on your page. Then do the same thing with another bottle. Fill your page with overlapping bottle shapes. Bottles that are meant to be in front must have a base that is lower on the page than the object that is behind it.
Warning: If the bottom of your front object is higher than the one behind it, your front object will appear to be floating in the air!
After filling the page with bottles drawn in pencil, go over the pencil with Sharpie.
Find an object that has many negative spaces in its shape such as a ladder back chair, an egg beater, or a bicycle wheel. Draw only the outside edges and the negative spaces (not the inside details) using a contour line. Fill in the negative space with patterns or color.
“Everybody’s Junk Drawer” Every household has a “junk drawer” – that drawe3r that’s filled with the “stuff” no one knows what to do with.
*Open the drawer, don’t move anything, and draw what you see as a modified contour drawing. Do the drawing very lightly in pencil
*After completing the pencil drawing, now outline in felt tip marker. Then layer colored pencil in interesting ways. What color scheme/approach can you invent. (some examples would be warm colors, cool colors, split triad, complementary colors)
Find rounded objects (spheres, cones, cylinders) such as apples, oranges, eggs, baseballs, soda cans, ice cream cones. Draw the objects with shading only, no contour lines. You may want to direct a light on the objects to create strong highlights and shadows. Try to shade with gradual changes in the values, not just a contour line. Fill the page.
Draw a grouping of personal objects (movie tickets, photos, etc..) Make sure to fill the page with your composition. The objects should overlap. The objects should also be shaded not just a contour drawing.
Draw your shoe, complete with details. Include shading in the shoe plus the cast shadow.
Draw an interesting corner of your bedroom with all the “stuff” in it. Make sure you fill the page with your composition.
Cut out a small image from a magazine & glue it to a page in your sketchbook. Use your imagination and enlarge the image with a contour drawing. Make sure to fill the page with your composition. After drawing the image in pencil, trace the lines with black permanent marker, then add in colored pencil in selected areas.