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DRAWING 1 GESTURE ASSIGNMENT
GUIDE LINES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR DRAWING "A"
Use an 18 x 24 series 400 Strathmore or better paper. Using the landscape orientation, divide the picture plane roughly in half. This will give you two 12 x 18 picture planes. The objective is to make two drawings of the same object, and same view, that show a CONTRAST or medium and approach. The approaches you will use will be any two of the following:
Line Gesture, Mass Gesture, Line and Mass Gesture, Sustained Gesture, Scribble line drawing , Organizational line drawing.
The following examples are intended only to show the idea of comparison and set up not intended as excellent solutions
Guide Lines based on Rubric.
Project shows contrast, based on drawing approach and drawing medium. Drawing is on 18 x 24 Strathmore paper or better.
Drawing must be contrasts of Line Gesture, Sustained line gesture,scribble line, mass gesture, Line and Mass Gesture or Organizational line.
Drawing shows a good understanding of the approach, and handling of the media. Volumes and essence of object is readily discernible.
Negative space has been addressed and supports the figure/positive shapes.
Overall highly developed
Choice of objects, interesting or unusual set up. creative approach to negative space.
Creative combination of media.
Drawing shows a commitment to development, based on in class studies. Student works in class and on time
Student participates in class discussions.
SUGGESTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL DRAWING
The Set up:
Use no more than three objects and no less than two.
Use objects that are simple and are generated from either a Sphere, Cube,Cone or Cylinder.
Objects should not be too large.
Use your view finder to help fill the picture plane
Experiment with a variety of set ups, viewed through your view finder, until you have one that is interesting and you WANT to draw.
About 1/3 of the composition should be negative space.
Avoid having the set up smack in the center of the picture frame.
Use a good light source. The best work area is a room where north light comes in. Make sure the room and work area is well lit.
Try experimenting with a light source, like a lamp. Use it to create stronger highlights and shadows.
Do several "preliminary" sketches in your sketchbook. Try a variety of mediums and approaches
Try a quick gesture at full size in your 18 x 24 Newsprint pad, to get a feel for the scale
Feel free to use any BLACK media for this project. You might try sharpies and ball point pens
Remember try to create a contrast of media as well as a contrast of approach.
Conte' crayon, compressed charcoal and graphite sticks are best for mass gesture.They can be used for line work, but are not a specific as pencil.
Use a 4B or softer woodless pencil for strong dark line work in graphite. Try combining line media (charcoal pencil and woodless pencil?)
These media considerations are all part of a the creative process
These are gesture drawings, They should be loose and free. Avoid strong outlines
Use a variety of pressures on your drawing medium to create a variety of line weight(dark to light)
In at least one of the drawings, address the negative space.
When you THINK you are done, look at your drawing. Have you created a strong contrast between the two drawings?
If not look at what is similar, and what is different, work on creating difference and contrast.
MASTER GESTURE DRAWINGS
Mary Cassat The Visitor 1881
The Dancer Bending Forward Edward Degas ca. 1849
Organizational Line Drawing
Alberto Giacomatti 1953
Gesture Line Drawing
Larry Lozano 1961
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