For Week 4, Assignment 2: Positive-Negative Illustrator Drawing (2/13)

HOMEWORK:
Positive/Negative drawing of your own objects and Museum piece (Create 3-5 thumbnails in your sketchbook. Choose one and complete the hand drawing in letter = 8 1/2 x 11″ size.  Scan the drawing and place it in the scan or drawing folder on your desktop.)
TO DO:
STUDY
VOCABULARY and apply: DIRECTION, RHYTHM, CONTRAST, BALANCE, SYMMETRY, CONTINUOUS
Please read and follow all instructions below

1. Complete three-five positive/negative thumbnail studies. Use the same objects as before in a different arrangement which suits the technique.
2. Use the one that you like the most and create a large version, 8 1/2 x 11″ to use as a template and trace over in Illustrator. (Don’t work in Illustrator until Monday)
2. Review and practice using the handout of STEP-by-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR the PROJECT:
Illustrator tools to use: layers, smooth, shapes, pen, direct select and convert anchor point tools (convert between round points and corner points).
Click on this assignment sheet HANDOUT I made of a step-by-step visual document (link) to SEE how to create your version of the project using the drawing template I provided you through email in class.

PROCESS to complete on your versionScan or photograph your tight line drawing of the positive-negative composition, (3oo dpi). Create your final positive-negative drawing in Illustrator during class, not for homework. Review assignment sheet and positive-negative STUDENT REFERENCES.

SUGGESTIONS: (Be sure to resolve the compositional elements by balancing the black and white areas. Create interesting shapes in all regions of the drawing. Turn the picture to the side and upside down to see if all areas are balanced. Cater your composition, scale of 4 objects and museum sculpture, repetition, overlap, etc. to positive-negative problem-solving. Let some of the white areas run off the page to cut unusual shapes into black areas. Do not have lines between objects. When objects touch they join as one as you see in the student references.

TO BRING:
1. Laptop with Illustrator CC installed
2. Sketchbook
3. All four personal objects or a photo
(
Do not leave them behind you can not work from memory) 
 

About Alaiyo Bradshaw

Assistant Professor First-Year Course Coordinator, Drawing the Figure, Drawing the Imagination Parsons The New School for Design First-Year Course Coordinator, Drawing/Imaging, Drawing Skills Indian School for Design and Innovation (ISDI) Parsons Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Professional editorial and children's book Illustrator
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