Critique Day 1
: Saturday, May 13th, Section B04, 12 noon. 
Section B05, 3 pm
Critique Day 2: Monday, May 15th, Section B04, 12 noon. Section B05, 3 pm
All will take place in our usual classroom.
Please bring your listed food or drink item on your crit day.
Read the homework instructions in the post below.

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Assignment 9 (final critique) Template Driven Final

1. Finalize your project for the critique that will begin at the start of class. 
2. Put your final project documents, all of the original drawings or paintings, digital files (in the AI or PSD format not just as jpegs) and referenced images used, into your google drive/final project folder for archive and grading purposes.
3. Post project on Learning Portfolio

This project is 15% of your final grade, so make it your best. If you are not present for the crit, you will fail the project.

Also, please review the grading policy for the class.
Note, that two or more absences result in a reduced grade.

Grading of the project
Remember, I am looking for at least two complex parts to your projects, the amount/number of techniques you use from the class and others, how you use them, your composition, color usage, concept, image quality, digital application, hand drawing or painting application, and an excellent presentation.
Prepare by looking at the following linked document which contains questions to help you get ready for the verbal aspect.

(LINK: notes to students about the day and final critique prep)

1. Yourselves
2. All materials used to create the final, original artwork, reference, final project, and computer
3. Sketchbook to show in your final presentation
4. Food, drink, etc. you put on the list to bring for our parting party

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Assignment 9, Template Driven Final: (Weds., 5/10)

1. Have 50-70% of the project complete for your desk/small group crit.
**Remember the final is 15% of your grade and should be one of the best projects you have produced. Time, effort, complexity and creativity are important.
2. Work in your sketchbook and bring it in for final grading.
3. Complete all required posts on your Learning Portfolio before coming to class. (last chance)
4. Complete your course evaluations before coming to class. (Thanks to those who have already done so).

1. All parts of the project that you have finished and the parts you are working on. I need to see it all ahead of time.
2. All materials needed to complete your final project. 
3. Sketchbook for final grading. This is the last review.

I will be handing back your projects if you can carry it all.

Please let me know if you require any help in the meantime via email.

I look forward to seeing your progress!

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HOMEWORK Due Monday, May 8th
1. Add to your sketchbook entries. Complete several images for your final project proposal and place them in your LP post along with the written portion if you have not done so.
Add more drawings if needed to meet the required 50 (for the whole semester) by next Wednesday. The remaining sketches can be your choice. Please bring your sketchbook with you each day. (This is in preparation for your final sketchbook grade).

2. Continue your final project, which should be 30-50% completed for the beginning of the next class on Monday. Please come prepared for small group mini-crits to comment and check on your progress and time management.

All materials to continue working on your project
2. Sketchbook


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Assignment 9: Template Driven Final (Wednesday, 5/3)

TO DO for Wednesday:
1. Use the xeroxed template theme given to you in class as a starting point to drive the direction you take with your project.
Here is the document where you can scroll down to see all of the templates.

2Create 4-6 images in your sketchbook based on the template theme to make a series combining any materials. You will have two or more images in the end.
-You can use the actual template image as a “frame” or part of your final drawing, but you don’t have to do so.
-The size is determined by you as is the combination of materials.

3. Please type out a short proposal with information to include:
The concept, materials, research, class reference and final presentation.
Example:  written proposal (you can click on this example and use it as a reference or template to place in your own text and photos of sketches). All categories should be addressed.
You can also create your version by putting it in the form of a very accurate and descriptive list. Please type it out (not hand-written), and post it on your Learning Portfolio.


-Be sure to place the Audible Montage Narrative Photoshop project with all its parts in your Google Drive folder by Wednesday.
-Be sure to place a post for the Audible Montage Narrative Photoshop on your Learning Portfolio by Wednesday. I will be using your post to grade the project.

Come to class with 4-6 concept sketches for the final in your sketchbook, typed out proposal, computer and other materials you plan to use so that you can work on the project during the entire class.

Use this project to summarize the learning outcomes from the class
In other words, combine drawing and digital imagining to show how you can put in place aspects of what you have learned from the class. (sketchbook process drawings, watercolor painting, charcoal, Conte, color pencil, and ink drawing/painting, collage, figure studies, color theory, perspective, Photoshop and Illustrator techniques, etc.)

Use as many materials and methods as you want
For example:
You can create a series of images using collage, InDesign, and bookmaking
You can create another montage in Photoshop using your hand drawings, sketchbook drawings, your own photos and another reference
You can use 3D elements with painting, digital and …
You can paint or stencil on fabric to create a wearable object
You can use drawings and patterns with color in Illustrator

-or create other combinations.

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There will be a workshop entitled: Utilizing Light and Shadow in Figure Drawing on Tuesday, May 2nd. See more information on the Workshops and Tutorials page. Last chance for extra credit.
**See homework posts below and please complete your course evaluations.
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You can re-watch the 25th Anniversary of PSD commercial I showed in class on our Class Lecture page. (link)
(See homework post below)

HOMEWORK TO COMPLETE FOR CRITIQUE OF THE PHOTOSHOP PROJECT next Monday. Read all the way to the bottom of the post to be fully prepared:

(Alaiyo’s project and examples of what you can include in your presentation)

Student wall set-ups

You can put up your title, lyrics or excerpt from your story as well.

-As you work on your PSD project, use the videos referred to in the last posts and the handout I gave you in class on Monday or Wednesday to follow the steps. Use the handout to check off and review the steps as you place them in your project. The steps are also in the post below. Make notes of what you used to make an element work the way you wanted it to come out so you won’t forget during the crit. Be sure you know the names of the tools and processes.
-Think concept/single frame narrative, visual readability, scale, color and utilize all of the Photoshop techniques required.
-Make sure you have good, clean selections. Clean up ragged edges on the layer mask using the brush tool, not the eraser tool to paint in and out the pixels.

1. Finalize your Photoshop montage project document. Keep it as a PSD file. Make another PDF version for printing.
2. Put all of the 5-7 original or internet photos you used in one document and create a page to print out.
3. Make the two prints  (before class not during), 
4. Place the PSD montage document and the photograph document(s) along with the jpeg versions of your watercolor and image into your”Montage Narrative” google drive folder so that I can grade all parts.
5. Create a post for the project on your Learning Portfolio complete with the steps within the project and written reflection and visual process.

TO BRING: To hand in and for critique/presentation
1. Have your computer to show the document for comparison and to play your song as you present.
2. Original watercolor painting.
3. Print out of the two final Photoshop montages in tabloid size, 11×17″.
4. One or two print outs of all the photos you used. 

***Come prepared to share your Photoshop process, tools, reasons for choices. Explain your well thought out concept/narrative during the crit. You can play the music from your chosen song on your computer.
(here are a set of questions to help you prepare).

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(IN CLASS Wednesday, November 30) The homework post is below this post.

  • REVIEW of first steps done for homeworkFinish and scan the color pencil drawing and watercolor painting, 300 dpi.  Gather 5-7 photos and a texture for background.
    Combine the internet/personal photos plus the two hand made drawing/painting images to create a color harmony montage narrative with interesting composition and visual relationships that reflect your personal concepts as they relate to your story or song.
  • Started on Monday: 
    Open your drawing and painting documents by dragging them into the PSD logo on your doc or by using File>Open in the drop down Menu. Do not drag images into the same document and do not use “Place” as you did in Illustrator.
    Make sure all of your documents are set up as 300dpi. Use appropriate selection tools and create a layer mask for each image. Only use the brush tool, not the eraser tool to avoid destructive editing. I am teaching you the professional way to use PSD.
    Create and name your final document appropriately. Start to arrange and change the images to form your final montage project.
  • IN-CLASS TODAY: Create a contact sheet to use during the crit which includes all of the original images placed into your project. These 6 or more images include the internet and personal photos along with your chosen texture(s). (We will make this part together).
    Finalize your project by following and adding all that is instructed below. (Background color, background texture, seven or more images, different selection tools, layer masks, transforming, gradients, transparencies, scale, duplicate layers, adjustment layers, blends, one layer style and any additional technique we discuss together.)
    Ask me about ways to create what you intend. Do not shy away from complexities. Learning takes time and effort. Expand your knowledge.
  • THIRTEEN possible STEPS: (you can add techniques to these, but don’t leave them out. Outer Glow shown in the video is not required.) Do not use Filters.
    *Advanced students (see list on the top of the blog’s Video Reference Page for additional tools and techniques you can use.) Do not use Filters.
    1. Create a new 11×17″ project document in Photoshopname it “Audible Montage Narrative_your name_di_sp17” leave the extension as PSD. Save it to your project file Audible Montage/photoshop/final project folder.
    2. LAYERS AND BACKGROUNDS(see my how to and, digital videos indicated below) double click on the locked layer, name the layer “background color” and fill it with a color to use as a background (red, yellow or blue, orange, green or purple or a darker mixed version).  (have it as the bottom most layer)
    3. BACKGROUND TEXTUREopen one of the background texture images I shared with you via email or your own and copy it to your Audible Montage documentName the layer “background texture.” (have it as the layer above the background color layer)
    4. Open both your watercolor and color pencil images, use selection tools, create layer masks, check size (300 dpi) save them and then copy or drag the images into your “Audible Montage Narrative_your name_di_sp17″ document.
    5. AFTER OPENING YOUR PHOTOS IN PHOTOSHOP (see search instructions on the handout and below), go to image size and be sure to save them as 300 dpi.  Try to make the images as small as you need to (3-5″) 300 dpi. Use selection tools and layer masks. Copy (duplicate layers), move each photo into your Edible Montage project document and name the layers for each.
    6. WHEN USING SELECTION TOOLS (see my how-to videos and digital handouts indicated below) use the magnetic lasso, magic wand, quick mask and quick selection tools to isolate images from their backgrounds or to cut away portions of images. Selections should have very clean edges, and a layer mask applied.
    7. TRANSFORMING IMAGES (see my how-to videos) CMD T. Click on the right side of your trackpad and choose perspective, scale, rotate, warp, flip, etc. When scaling double click on what I showed you to lock.
    8. CREATING A LAYER MASK(see my how to and digital videos indicated belowAfter selecting the outline of an image, to separate it from it’s background, go to the Select drop down menu on top then click on inverse (when using the magic wand tool only.) -Go over to the right layers pallet, bottom, make a new layer mask. Adjust and clean up the layer on the layer mask only using the brush tool (be sure you are in the black and white mode in the bottom of the tools bar) go back and forth painting in and removing from the image. Black is transparent and removes. White is opaque and adds.
    9. GRADIENT TOOL(see my how-to videos) Create a layer mask. Click on the gradient tool, choose the black and white option. Click on the top of the document layer drag down and click on the bottom of the layer. Be sure to only work on the layer mask.
    10. ADJUSTMENT LAYERS-(see my how to and digital videos indicated below) They can be found above your layers menu, in its own symbols window. Try using vibrancy, hue saturation, color balance, etc. to adjust and change layers.
    11. BLENDING MODES– (see my how to and digital videos indicated below) On the top of the layers window you will see a drop down area labeled normal next to the opacity slider. If you click on the normal drop down menu, you can select and play with various blending modes. Suggestions: Multiply, dodge, color, overlay, etc. Again, work on the layer mask only.
    12. TRANSPARENCIES(see my how-to videos) Can be made in either the layer mask or the image.
    13. LAYER STYLES- (see my how-to videos) Double click on the layer for the pop-up menu to find options.
  • History Window Is your form of “undo” in Photoshop. Use CMD+alt+Z or click on the different levels in the History Window to undo. The number of times you can go back in your history window depends on upon your settings.
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On Wednesday we will continue to work on the current project and finalize it by the end of class. Be sure to attend.
All students are required to follow the guidelines of this assignment and include everything that is asked.

1. ***Watch all of the tutorial videos for the current PSD Montage project (LINK), especially if you are having trouble.

No other homework unless you have not gathered your images, finished your watercolor hand and color pencil drawing.

1. EVERYTHING back for me to see, including your watercolor painting and color pencil drawing.

2. Your computer

3. ***Please bring back all of my color pencils, watercolor tubes, and brushes.

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Assignment 8: Audible Montage Narrative (4/24)

Alaiyo-Edible Object project

Edible Montage Narrative_Alaiyo_di_su15 COMPOSITION: Used texture background, color pencil drawing, watercolor painting, high res photos from the internet. PHOTOSHOP: (SELECTIONS): magnetic lasso tool, quick selection tool and magic wand tool (GRADIENT TOOL) (TRANSFORM MENU): scale, warp (ADJUSTMENT LAYERS): vibrancy, hue/saturation, color balance (BLENDING MODES): multiply, luminosity (TRANSPARENCIES) (LAYER STYLE): outer glow

(Link to images by famous traditional collage artists appear on the Class Lecture Page).

Create these folders on your desktop and place all that you have into the appropriate place.

Have all of the following ready, so you are prepared to start and complete the assignment during our next class.
1. Finish and 
scan the watercolor painting of your the hand (you can watch the video of the painting demo I showed in class on the Class Lecture page further down on the page.) Finish and scan the color pencil image. Bring both originals to class for my review. The images should be saved as 300dpi jpeg files and placed under your project file/into your Scans/Drawing/Painting folder.
2. Gather 5 or more high-resolution photos only from the internet or your personal images (If you are taking from the internet search in Google images, click on search tools to the right, then click on size, select larger than, then 1024 x 768).  Save them into your project file/Internet-Personal Photos folder.
3. Use one of the nine background textures
from the file I shared with you via the drive or find your own texture background. Save it into your Aubidle Montage Narrative/Background Texture folder.You can use any texture of your choosing.
4. ***Look at all 7 of my short project how-to tutorial videos in Digital Reference Videos. They will cover and clarify the parts of the project as you follow each of the tools and techniques. You can use the images I shared with you for practice. (use headphones)
5. You can also review other Photoshop Digital Reference Videos and Digital Reference Handouts ahead of time to understand the project steps.
See Digital Reference Handoutsreview and utilize #1-4 on bitmap vs. vector, selections, and tools
See Digital Reference Videos(under the ones I made) review and utilize #1-6 on layers, adjustments, blending, backgrounds, layer masks, image size dialogue box.

We will go over things more in class, but you also need to review some elements ahead of time. This project is a larger portion of your grade.
6. Look at the Student References, to see project examples of more watercolored hands, objects in color pencil, and Photoshop montage finals.

1. Have your computer with chosen photos, textures, original painting and drawing

***Do not start on any of the Photoshop aspects of the project before class.

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1. Work more on your color pencil drawing and finish it.

2. Complete the line drawing of your hand on the watercolor paper I provided, You can look at the anatomy of the hand reference, which is located on the Class Lecture page under the two videos.
Do not start the painting. We will finish the watercolor portion during class.
3. Study the 2nd page of the handout with examples of watercolor artists.  (Attached, click here).
4. You can also watch the two very short time lapse videos on the Class Lecture page, especially the 2-minute watercolor demo video.

1. All of the color pencils you borrowed, to return.
2. The line drawing of your hand placed on the watercolor paper.
3. Your laptop with Photoshop CC installed.
You will start compositing and collaging through Adobe Photoshop
4. Materials:
watercolors (in red, yellow and blue), brushes, palletgraphite pencils and eraser.
5. Sketchbook 

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Read all homework instructions under “TO DO” and “TO BRING ” in the post under this one.

Under “TO BRING” It is very important to think about the song, musical group or story you would like to interpret in your next project.
****You will have to bring one simple element to draw from, or you won’t be prepared at all with anything to work on during class tomorrow

1. Imagery that brings to mind the band Chain Smokers through the album Collage or Bouquet or their song ‘New York City.’
2. Jeff Buckley’s, ‘Hallelujah.’
3. ‘Yellow Submarine’ or merged songs by the Beatles
4. Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’
5. Something from the Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy novels which includes: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spy.

***Again look at Student References to see examples for your final Photoshop project and the post below.

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Assignment 8: Audible Montage Narrative (4/17)

*****Study the TO DO portion of the post as well as the TO BRING part of the post located at the bottom.

1. Hand in the completed perspective drawing assignment. Please include the process materials (final due date is Monday or grade will be a lot lower). If you choose to include it on your Learning Portfolio as an example of your analog drawings, here is a Reference

 Complete seven foreshortened figure studies in your sketchbook.  You can use the pdf document sent to you via email on Thursday for instructions and models for your drawings. If you have any more of the color paper, you can use it for your sketches and stick the pieces in your sketchbook.  (final due date is Monday or you will not receive credit).

Click here for step-by-step process shown above and fabric reference by other artists (assignment sheet-modeling drapery )
Hand in three cloth drawings on toned paper using black chalk or color and white for highlights.  Be sure to include the color of the paper into the drawing. The cloth is of your choosing but should be white for the sake of the drawing technique. (final due date Monday).
NOTE: Choose either the cloth drawings or the foreshortened figure drawings, you do not have to do both unless you need or want extra credit.

3. Study the handout for Monday, so you know what is going on ahead of time (Attached, click here).

4. Review examples of Photoshop montage projects (Student References)

1. IMPORTANT: One item of choice to use as a reference for your color pencil drawing. In short, you will use the color pencil drawing to start to form a single frame narrative based on a favorite song or written story. I will explain more in class. However, you can have a peek at some examples of the drawings, watercolors, and applications in the past Photoshop projects. This may help you choose your object. (Student references)

2. Materials: Colored pencils (in red, yellow and blue),  Strathmore drawing paper (you can bring two sheets from the pad in your kit), watercolors (in redyellow and blue), brushes, pallet (if you have them), HB graphite pencil and eraser.

3. Sketchbook

If you have any questions, please let me know via email. Thanks! See you in class.

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Assignment 7: Foreshortened Figure and Chiaroscuro (4/12)


1. Work more on the Transparency: A New Perspective Drawing assignment to make corrections. (Show me your progress on Wednesday. If more work is needed, it is due Monday at latest.) I will need to show those who I promised to help with their grids how to do so on Wednesday.

2. Study the handout, so you know what is going on ahead of time (Attached, click here).
Look over the Student References page for the foreshortened figure assignment to be done in class.

3. Please review this figure drawing reference (PDF linked here) You will need three pages, from pages 86-88 only to use in class for drawing and measuring the figure. You will be using the examples on foreshortened figure drawing. It is an important time to have the handout in front of you as you will be reading and following the examples in class. I will not print it out for you.

1. Sketchbook (critical to remember)
2. All drawing materials listed on assignment sheet:
-Medium beige, gray, blue, green, or rust color charcoal or pastel paper
-Pastel pencils, color chalk (any color) and white chalk/pencil, charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils

You can share or borrow chalk from me. However, bring the ones you have.

NOTE: If you would rather work in color or another medium such as pen and ink, etc., please use anything you choose.

You will have a long-term pose drawing from 2 models.
 See reference samples of foreshortened and chiaroscuro figures on the last page of assignment sheet.


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Assignment 6: FINAL CRITIQUE. Perspective Drawing with Figures and Grid (DUE this Monday, 4/10)

 You are working hard and achieving great results! I was pleased to see your progress.(You may have an hour or so to make corrections in class on Monday as well, but only if the project is almost finished in its final medium and ready to hand in.)
Use your new handouts on making the perspective grid and placing people in perspective space handed to you on Wednesday to complete the problem-solving aspects of the assignment.

(Bring back your photo of the interior space, sketchbook, acetate, and any preparatory drawings) If you have an old and new version of your drawing, bring them both for comparison.
Ruler, t-square, triangle, compass, pencils, eraser to work with for the first part of the class.

Critical not to miss the class, even if you are not quite finished or the final grade will be reduced.
Be sure the drawing is neatly presented, with precision and not creased or folded.
 Click on this image and it will open on a very large scale to help you complete one of your grid exercises.

1. Complete your perspective drawing shown in progress last week.
A. Include suggestions for corrections we made during class on Wednesday.
B. Include the silhouette or outline of one or more people in your interior drawing
. You can use the drawings of the models you made in class or have someone pose for you, so the figure is accurate. If you have doubts about the scale or proportions, leave them unfinished so that I can help you. However, complete the rest of the drawing.
C. 1. Do the grid homework exercise on your worksheet with the four rectangles. 
    2. Do the grid exercise on the second set of handouts directly in your sketchbook.

D. You can include an aspect of the grid either on the floor, ceiling or another area of the final drawing. You don’t have to place the grid everywhere. If you are not sure it is working correctly, put the grid on a tracing paper overlay.
E. If applicable and desired, you can change an element to something you prefer to draw. (such as a background on the wall in front of you, type of door, ceiling lights).

Again, the perspective drawing should be almost finished in your final chosen medium, fine tuned and ready for handing in. See student examples of perspective rendered drawings with the figure. There will be a formal critique.

2. Study the perspective drawing vocabulary. Use your words to define the vocabulary. Please review the top sheet of your set of in-class handouts with terms.

****Feel free to email me a photo of your drawing for feedback.

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Assignment 6: Analysis of the Figure in Space: A New Perspective, for Weds. (4/5)

We will meet in our classroom on Wednesday and not at the Library.

Please read this post all the way to the bottom to make sure you are completing the homework correctly and bringing in all of the supplies (from your Materials kit) that you will need to complete the in-class exercise assignmentsContact me if anything is confusing.

(No need to bring your laptop to class next time)
: Transfer your acetate perspective drawing started at the Library onto your drawing paper. (Use a page from your large drawing pad you brought with you to the library). To transfer, use either tracing paper or place your acetate on a window during the daytime. Put your good drawing paper on top and trace the image onto the page by using the window as a lightbox. Complete the drawing enough for a mini-critique. You are not finished with it yet, so it does not have to be finalized and should only be in graphite for now. Please don’t put in lines that are too dark to allow for corrections, however; we should be able to see your drawing clearly from a bit of distance. Draw with a ruler, t-square, and triangle and keep the drawing clean and precise. See the handouts from last class (size of the drawing: 11×14″ or 11×17″, larger is fine).

***I encourage you to try and place a person into your drawing and to draw it in as a silhouette outline for the mini-crit. Keep the figure(s) very light. Look at placement instructions in the images above. More than likely you will have to make changes in scale and placement after the crit. You will be working on the project after the critique.

1. Establish the eye-level vanishing point on your drawing before you come to class and place the dot. Complete the first steps of the drawing in pencil, decide what medium you would like to use for the finish after corrections are made in class. Let us know during the crit. (do not use the medium only pencil for Weds or you will have to start over). Again, for now, keep the drawing workable, and open to change. Don’t place lines in that can not be altered/erased. Help will be given with placement of the figure and correct measurements in the drawing.

2. Create two or more figure studies for the people you will be placing in your perspective drawing. Draw them carefully in your sketchbook. Have fun with them, however, try for accuracy.

1. Perspective terminology on the vocabulary page
2. Student References You will find some playful use of figures and a variety of media.

perspective drawing materials

Perspective drawing materials

1. Please bring back the plexiglass sheets you borrowed from me along with the two small clips and one large clip. All have to be returned.
2. Don’t forget your large drawing pad AND the drawing on acetate you started on Monday*The acetate should still be clipped to the plexiglass.
1. See top of attached handout for materials list. You don’t have to bring color pencils. (link)
You will also find the list of terms you are to study for the pop quiz. 
2. In addition to the pencil, eraser, ruler, t-square, and triangle we will be using a compass. (bring it if you have one)
3. The original acetate drawing.
4. Tracing paper for an in-class exercise.
5. Please bring the best photograph you took with the view you had at the Library printed out for comparison during the critique. Please be sure to print it out. We need to see it beyond the image on your phones.
6. Sketchbook

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Assignment 6: Location Visit for the Analysis and Transparency of Space: A New Perspective project (Monday, April 3)

 (HOMEWORK: Detailed in the post below).
We will be going on a trip to the NY Public Library Main Branch(Views and info here)  Please have money on your MetroCard to avoid delays.
 We will be drawing in perspective at our location.
*Important to attend. The trip can not be made up. 

TO BRING to class and to draw with on the trip:
BE SURE to have YOUR OWN SUPPLIES LISTED BELOW. I will not provide them.
1. Your finished planar head drawing. (homework details for this project are in the post below)
3. MEDIUM SIZE SHARPIE PEN, Large Strathmore 300 Series Drawing Pad, 18″x 24″ (all from your materials kit)camera, pencils, pencil sharpener, and eraser. No entry fee.

NOTE: No need to bring your laptop to class Monday.

Let me know if you have any questions. See you in class!

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Portrait and Analytical Studies of the Head Continued

by Shannon Kim

by Shannon Kim

This is a better version to use as a reference. It depicts a more feminine head.

Assignment 4: Planar Study (DUE Mon. 4/3)
***This drawing homework is due at the beginning of class on Monday. We will be going on a trip to start a new project during the rest of the class. 
1. Complete your constructive, mass model study of the head began in class last Monday. Practice the structure on a piece of tracing paper then transfer the best solution to your final paper surface or complete the version as a separate drawing. In other words, you complete the tracing paper planar study as the final one and have a separate portrait version. Be sure the tracing paper version is neatly attached to the portrait using tape cut with scissors and clean edges on the tracing paper. Use charcoal pencils or conté sticks in various yellow, orange, red and brown combinations. Use only a little of the white chalk at the end. (or none at all if out of your comfort zone).

Use your analytical head reference in the handouts from class, photos of the plastic head you took in class, images of the planar head with the black background above, and other pictures that are shown (under the torso anatomy series) on the Lecture page to apply the techniques. Try not to make the structure too confusing or complicated. The reference provided in the handouts, and this blog shows proper application of the forms. You can also view the numbers of sides of each of the planes on the Lecture page. ***Be sure not to make her look too masculine.


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Assignment 5: Analytical Study of the Torso (Wednesday, March 29)

CHARCOAL PENCILS, CONTE STICKS and MID-TONED PAPER. YOU WILL NEED THEM AGAIN TO WORK IN CLASS THIS WEDS. ***Bring your compressed charcoal, Conte’ sticks ( if you have them) vine charcoal and kneaded eraser to class. You want to use what you have already purchased.
Buy a piece of medium gray or medium beige charcoal or pastel paper or use the one I gave you Monday.

Bring your sketchbook in for mid-term grading.


1. Create 3 or more studies for your Planar head project in your sketchbook for practice. You will be submitting your sketchbook to me during Wednesday’s class for mid-term grading.
2. Use tracing paper over the portrait you worked on in class to compose your planar aspect of the drawing before placing it in the final version due Monday.

OPTIONS: a. Complete one drawing as instructed. OR b. You can finish your portrait in the way you would like the outcome to be and then create a second version as the assigned planar drawing.

2. Review the previous drawings done of the analytical head project you started in class today on the Student References page. There you will have many examples of past solutions for the project to inspire you. Also, review the top of the Class Lecture page for different references I showed you in class. You can show me how far you got for feedback on Wednesday. The finished version of this project is due on Monday.

 See you Wednesday!

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There is a student workshop which applies to Drawing/Imaging this Tuesday, March 29th55 West 13th Street, Room 803. It is a Photoshop workshop (link to workshop post/page). Have fun learning skills that will apply to a future project. Color, photography and more.

***See what to do and what to bring for Monday in the post below.

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