Hello! Below you'll find three references for each of the busts that we have in the classroom. Feel free to save these or download them and use them as practice for your Mid-Term.
Hello! We'll be diving into watercolor over the next few days, and the reference we will be using is found in the album below. Feel free to save the image to your phone or print it out. Cheers!
Parents! Please go by your child's interim grade for the moment.
We have a project that will be posting to Home Access in the next couple of days that is making the current grade in the class inaccurate.
Sooo, a little incommunicado after being without the internet last week. But now we're back. Here's the posting for fish project...
Ok, so that's not a fish, it's a drawing of a rhinoceros by Albrecht Durer from 1515. However, it is a fantastic example of an ink drawing that features an animal as its main subject. Durer's piece is iconic for a couple of reasons:
Durer was a pretty great artist (understatement) and you can check out more about him over at the Wikipedias:
So, we are going to attempt to channel our inner Durer through our own ink drawings. Here are the criteria:
See the rubric below, if you "misplaced" yours:
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Hey guys, we're well under way on the ink drawings at this point. I wanted to direct you to a couple of videos keep you energized and thinking about how you can execute on your own drawings.
This first video is from Shane White, a comic artist living out on the Left Coast. It's lengthy, but timelapsed, and gives a great look at how to ink a highly detailed piece using a fine point brush. You can see how he manipulates the brush a lot like a nib in several areas, as well as how the brush itself can add character to the mark.
He throws in a lot of "Text Over" commentary as well - mostly about his preference for materials and how long things typically take to execute - so that's pretty helpful too.
You can check out more of his work at his website: http://shanewhite.com/
This one is even longer (about an hour) and comes to us from Paolo Rivera, another comic artist. This video is pretty cool as the artist takes the time to actually give you a little lesson on how to ink with a paintbrush - something that we have not covered specifically in class. Rivera starts off by covering materials and reviewing how to create a variety of different marks - as well as citing their purpose. Then he dives into inking a bunch of small panels and putting those techniques to use. His commentary is great, and even though the video is longer, and may not fit into your adolescent needs for instant gratification - it's well worth the watch.
Find more of his artwork here: http://www.paolorivera.com/
Exemplars of the Excellent variety...
(1878 - 1948)
Booth was an American illustrator who was famous for his immensely detailed and intricate pen and ink drawings. Interestingly, Booth's style was the result of a misunderstanding. Booth learned by copying the illustrations he saw in books and publications, which he mistakenly identified as ink drawings. In reality, the illustrations were wood-block prints - the common printing technology of the time. As a result, Booth developed an inking style that emulated the multitude of lines that were in the block prints, and inspired countless artists afterward.
(1928 - 2010)
Frazetta was an illustrator who worked throughout the 1960's, 70's, and 80's in book cover illustration. His paintings were mainly used in the Fantasy/Science Fiction/Pulp genres, with several being used for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Frazetta brought an iconic and action packed style to book cover illustration, with his mastery of the human form in motion, that has inspired generations of artists.
Frazetta had a masterful dexterity, and in addition to his oil paintings, he has created many beautiful ink drawings as well.
(1948 - )
Wrightson is a comic book artist known primarily for his exquisite ink drawings. His style is heavily influenced by the works of Franklin Booth, with an immense focus on line density in hatching and cross-hatching. Some of his most well-known pieces come from an illustrated version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, though he is also well known for his work on the comic book Swampthing.
Explore more of his work at his website, found below.
(No date for her, but she's alive and contemporary, probably in her thirties...)
Socar Myles is a contemporary illustrator who works primarily in pen and ink. Her whimsical pieces often focus on animals in anthropomorphic scenes and situations. Her eye for intricacy and detail is unbelievable and one of the reasons that I gravitated to her work when I discovered it almost a decade ago.
Find more at her website below:
Nate Van Dyke
(Again, no date, but he's contemporary and probably in his thirties)
Van Dyke is a San Francisco based artist most known for his ink illustrations, although, he is versed in a variety of mediums. He has provided work for several video game and entertainment companies over the years. And his style has a rawness in it's application, while still being heavily grounded in technically mastery.
Find more at his site:
(1970 - )
Watts is a San Diego based gallery artist and teacher. He founded his atelier (a school grounded in traditional methods of teaching art) in 1992 and has trained many well known illustrators in today's publishing and entertainment fields. Watts is most known for his paintings, but he is skilled in a variety of mediums and lists inkwork as one of his favorites. The video below is from one of his atelier's "Friday Night Workshops." If you take the time to watch and listen, you will see him creating a mastercopy of one of Frank Frazetta's ink drawings, as well as spouting an incredibly amount of art know-how that will prove valuable far beyond just the use of pen and ink.
More examples of Watts's work can be found at his website. Though it is difficult to find examples of his ink drawings.
The rubric for this project can be found at the link below:
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Our first drawing of the year threw you back into the deep end of observational drawing. We tackled an old standby in the world of academic drawing - the cast drawing.
Cast drawings are drawings where the subject matter is a copy (a cast) of a piece of sculpture - usually a portrait or a figure. The benefit is that the casts are all one color, usually white, and are also totally stationary.
We also broke down the drawing process into five clear steps:
We watched two videos that illustrated this process. They can be found below:
The first drawing is Florent Farges. This is a great example of traditional cast drawing in the Sight-Size method - where the drawing is the same size that the artists sees the cast.
The second drawing is from Jeff Watts. This demonstrates an alternative method that follows the same five steps outlined above, but with a little more energy and spontaneity than the traditional academic method.
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Fill out the form below if you would like me to make comments on your ink drawing of the sea creature. This is for 6th period Art II only.
I talked today about the option of vignetting your drawing. This essentially means that as opposed to working with traditional borders, you are going to design the page in a more freeform manner - artistically choosing what to include in the image and where to "cut the image off" as you near the edge of the page.
Terry Kelly is an Australian artist whose work demonstrates some interesting choices in vignette-style composition, especially his drawings and paintings:
Most of the success in vignetting comes from making interesting decisions about what edges to use. Kelly does an especially good job of this with the silhouette of the head and often the shapes of the collar costuming as well - in addition to some rad abstract drawing/paint shapes in the background.
Remember, you are an artist, so make interesting artistic choices if you choose to go this route with your drawing.