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Old 12-06-2004, 01:21 AM
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Basic 101: Class 7 - EXAM/TEST

Basic 101: Class 7
EXAM: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


Congratulations class! You have made it this far and you could not have made me prouder. Not only have I gotten to meet some great people but I have met some extraordinary and special artist. ALL of you deserve a round of applause. I have learned a lot from you as well. I see from your work enthusiasm and inspiration for my own work for years to come.

This week we are going to take everything that we have learned and put it all together.. This is going to be deceptive short. Here is this weeks assignment:

Below you will see a single still life that was personally picked out by WC Guide Stoy Jones. You may post your work here and on Stoy's weekly drawing thread. Here is what you need to do:

1. VERY carefully establish the basic geometric shapes.

2. VERY carefully establish the centerlines

3. VERY carefully create any ellipses and make sure that you have them balanced - remember that this one point (the ellipse) will make or break your drawing.

4. Make your first drawing - don't worry about detail and post it to the class

5. You must do the folds!

NEXT

Part I: Do the drawing directly from the still life photo

Part II: Add something personal about yourself to the still life - it can be a cherished object or a symbolic object. Be prepared to explain your choice.




Good luck. I am very proud of all of the work that you all have done thus far.

Happy drawing!!!


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Re: Basic 101: Class 7 - EXAM/TEST

Sorry for jumping around, as I have also started class 8.
Here's my submission for class 7. Regretably I did not scan the outline drawing before I started to shade in.
Best I can do if nesc is a rough sketch of the apple and a line drawing of the pot. Let me know if you want to see them.
The personal item is the last dog tag that my favorite dog had before she passed away.

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Diane -
No worries about the outline, it is still very clearly seen at this stage. This class is in the first place about form, and you managed that very well . But the shading is very high key, a bit as an overexposed photo. I don't think it is the scan, because there are nice black areas. The mid tones are missing. There are several versions of the reference photo, but even the lightest one has a lot more gray values than your rendering.


Of course, it could be artistic license. But as an sports instructor of mine used to say: did you choose to do it that way, or was it just happening?
As you work on the class on shading, why not use this as additional practice?
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Your sports instructor was very wise
It really didn't look that light to me on the paper when I scanned it, but yup, when i went back and looked at it again, it sure is washed out.

How is this?

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Diane -
Much better . The background is a lot more convincing. As "folds" are the subject of a much higher class, we will leave that for now. But look how the two vertical bands on the pot should be a lot darker than the "real" highlights (on the apple and the upper left of the pot).
And talking about shading, observe how the apple is much more suggesting a roundness than the coffeepot.Your strokes on the apple follow the contour, whereas they go straight up and down on the pot. OK, the contours of the sides of the pot are straight, but that is a poor excuse .
But no doubt, you passed this examination
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4. Make your first drawing—don’t worry about detail and post it to the class

5. You must do the folds!

Hi, Arnoud! Thanks so much for your kind words about my last drawing, I truly appreciate your encouragement. This is my first submission for Class 7 -- I'm reading JayD's instructions as meaning a line drawing or rough-out sketch of some sort in order to establish the forms.

Is this OK for a start?



This was a tough set-up to try to depict, so before I hurl myself at it again, I'm going to wait for your comments!

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Pam -
This is a very good start.
Forms and proportions are generally correct. There are some problems with ellipses.
-- The bottom corner is too sharp. It is hidden in the shadow, but one should draw the complete ellipse in a study, also the part that cannot be seen. That will guard against this error. I have manipulated the reference a bit. You see that the corner is nicely rounded off. There is even a extra bead, caused by the tinsmith's seam.




-- The ellipses of the lid are at about the same distance from the (implied) EL as the top of the pot, so they have the same perspective and their curvature should be comparable. They are too flat for the moment.
With these little corrections, you'll have a very solid foundation to continue .
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Hi, Arnoud --

Life has been interfering with Art this week: too many items on the Gotta Do list

But here's what I have so far.



I need further work on the top & bottom ellipses of the coffeepot, and the lid's too light of course, it's not finished yet. I've selected my personal item but don't think it'll require rearranging anything, so at this point I'm planning to add it last.

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Pam -
This is coming along nicely .
A tip: don't be afraid of improving on the reference photo . That one fold in the bg that continues the line of the spout is bad composition . It is like those snapshots where twigs are growing out of peoples' ears . It is easy to shift that fold a bit. Several examples can be found in the WDT that run parallel with the start of this class.
It is very good to avoid hard outlines, but long stretches where the bg and the subject coalesce make it difficult to "read". An often used method is making the bg darker on the light side (and brighter at the subject's shadow side, which is already the case here).
Keep it up
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Well, I finally got a chance to spend some time on this! I forgot that you were suppose to add something, so I put in a pencil at the end.

Thanks for looking...
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uneekfish -
Nice drawing .
Of course it is never perfect . The handle is a bit deformed, it is much straighter in the reference, and I think that is more logical as a design too. The ellipses are almost correct, the bottom right is too pointy (yes, still ). On the subject of ellipses, do you realize you changed the Eye Level? It is halfway the teapot in the reference, and far above it in your drawing. If in doubt, take a glass or mug and move it up and down before your eyes. Observe how the form of the top rim changes.
Your shading is becoming very good; I like very much how you rendered the different textures .
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Hi, Arnoud!

Sorry to be so slow with this: a great deal of interference lately!



I've tried to incorporate all the corrections you suggested. In working on the personal object, my St. Michael the Archangel medallion, I found that it may have been unwise -- well, maybe just inexperienced -- of me to try to use a lightweight object like a necklace in a still life with two such chunky objects as the apple and the coffeepot. C'est la vie! But it's incredible what I've learned about composition by wrestling with this picture!

As ever, I will be looking forward to your C & C --

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Pam -
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wrestling with this picture!
It was well worth the effort . This is a very nice job.
I like particularly how you rendered the reflections. And the drawing of the apple is outstanding.
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Thank you so much, Arnoud.

I'm going to go into #8 for Light and Shade -- it looks like a great class!
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Dear Arnoud,

Good Day to You.
Posting my Class 7 assignment for your kind review. please check this.





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