Monday, October 31, 2011
SEQUENCE of COMPOSITION
It's good practice to think about how you approach drawing. Here, students illustrate how they go about drawing something. There are so many ways to draw. If you're drawing from memory, or real-life, or a photograph, its good to be flexible and try new approaches.
Later, as we worked on our still-life project, we thought about drawing like building a house (analogy thanks to Deborah Rockman, "The Art Of Teaching Drawing"2000):
Start with an overall foundation - this might be a rough sketch or gesture drawing, to map out the major shapes on the paper. Then, build your framework - check that angles and proportions are relatively accurate, otherwise your "walls, floor, and ceiling" won't be strong. Finally, begin adding sheetrock (check for strongest shadows and major light sources), then paint (variety of shadow and highlight), and lastly details like carpet (textures), lights (ambient light) switchcovers (more and more refining details), etc...
Trying to build a house by taking each room from foundation to completion before starting the next room almost guarantees a lack of unity in the end.