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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

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Guide Lines based on Rubric.
Problem Solving
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.
Mastery
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
Creativity
Choice of objects, interesting or unusual set up. creative approach to negative space.
Creative combination of media.
Commitment/Participation
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.
Beginnings
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
Media
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
Consider:
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


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Honore Daumier

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Mary Cassat The Visitor 1881


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The Dancer Bending Forward Edward Degas ca. 1849

Organizational Line Drawing


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Alberto Giacomatti 1953


Gesture Line Drawing

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Larry Lozano 1961