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For a 2-week assignment: 2nd week: shade
the positive & negative spaces with smooth pencil gradations.
Two techniques to practice that make objects in your drawing
look closer or further away:
- Change in baseline
Everyone knows that things that are further away from
us look smaller. But what if you can't rely on size to tell the story? This
assignment uses plastic bottles, which can be any size. How do you make
a big detergent bottle look like it's sitting behind a little eyedrops
- Things that are partially covered by another object
are seen as being behind the object: (overlapping)
- Things that are further away are drawn higher on the
picture plane. Their bases (bottoms) will be placed higher on the page
than the bottles that are supposed to be closer.
Assignment: Take one
bottle at a time to your table, and do a contour line drawing of it, starting
anywhere on your page. Then do the same thing with another bottle. Fill
your page with overlapping bottle shapes. Bottles that are meant to be in
front must have a base that is lower on the page than the object that is
Warning: If the bottom of your
front object is higher than the one behind it, your front object will appear
to be floating in the air!
*Teaching points: distance relationships, overlapping, placement, picture
plane, contour line drawing
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