Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drawing: Remember these

Concepts that help artists imagine subjects as 2-Dimensional and therefore easier to "copy:"

A) The Picture Frame; Selected area of space which limits the composition to a specific format. When observing (perceiving/viewing) a viewfinder can help. When drawing (recording/rendering), placing a margin around the page you're drawing on can help.

B) The Picture Plane; An imaginary plane (pane/facet) of 2-dimensional space a few inches in front of your face onto which artists imagine their subjects are flattened: so that instead of a model sitting several yards ahead with mountains several miles behind that, foreground, middle-ground and background are all just a flat picture, as if they're a photo, poster or already a drawing that the artist merely has to copy. Other things that help include closing one eye to reduce the interference your natural of stereo-optic depth-perception.

Review pages 98-101 in Edwards' 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' to help you further understand these concepts.

REVIEW- The 5 Perceptual Skills that make up the global skill of Drawing;

1) Perception of Edges, contours, frontiers between forms and spaces (deals mainly with the sensory element of line)
2) Perception of Spaces, not just figure/ground or foreground/background but placement and arrangement within a format or composition (deals especially with the sensory element of space, negative-space in particular, bur also with the general application of the formal principles of design)
3) Perception of Relationships, parts-to-whole and subject-within-context (deals with informal perspective, placement, and especially the formal principle of proportion)
4) Perception of Light & Shadows, shading and "light-logic" concepts like density, contrast, range, modeling, chiaroscuro (deals with the sensory element of value)
5) Perception of Gestalt, a sense of completion or closure, cohesion and "oneness." (deals mostly with the formal principles of unity and harmony)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Illustrating Principles with Principles

This covers two assignments. I'm having my HS Commercial Art class illustrate quotes, poems or songs. This is from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. My 8th Grade Art class is learning about the Principles of Design, I asked them to use visual principles to illustrate/express democratic principles ( I also teach their Civics class). This is my humble offering. I'm also going to make a stamp version (ink and rubber, instead of in photoshop).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014