Thursday, October 13, 2011

Advanced Homework

Complete an oil painting based on the composition and concept you designed for your daily ritual drawing. If you are not satisfied with your image redo it until you find a composition that you are genuinely excited to paint. If you did not complete 5 thumbnails for your initial drawing please do so now.

Consider your view, are you above, below or at eye level with the majority of the forms and objects in your environment; how would drastically changing this view heighten the drama in the image? Make sure that your image gives us context to understand the objects, it should not be a small arrangement of objects, we need to understand where they are and how they are used.

12x12 canvas' are available in class for a discounted rate, you may choose to work on another size but it should be completed on canvas. Your palette is limited... you may choose one pure primary color (red, yellow or blue) as your base. You will then use one neutral (yellow ochre or burnt umber/sienna), white and finally black.

One quick note about the use of black and white; you should not have any pure black present in your painting, nor should you have any pure white, make sure you are mixing your colors! Since only one of the three primaries is a pure version, you will be forced into a painting with a good color harmony. This will force you into harmonies and mixtures you might not otherwise try. Try to avoid using pure color until the end of the painting, and when you do use pure color do so sparingly to provide your viewer with "eye candy" or small shimmering focal points in your piece. DUE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1ST, PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Remember the basics of developing value with color.

Notice the range of values and the lack of any pure black or white. (Image by Scott Burdick)

The artist is using shape and changes in value to describe the form rather than outlines, this helps create a softer edge and a more naturalistic image (Image by Scott Burdick)

Consider using more saturated or pure color for dramatic lighting effects. The artist used predominately low key values and used high key values for the highlights. Please note this image is not using a limited palette, please do not use any colors outside of your limited palette to achieve this effect... stay within your chosen palette. (Image by Scott Burdick)

Have fun!

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