Friday, January 4, 2013

Distorting Form 10th Grade HW (Intermediate PXD)

  One of the most exciting aspects of art is changing the world around you.  In charge of the creative process you can bend, twist, and interlock shapes at will.  Throughout the ages, artists have used distortion to express extreme emotions.  Study Edvard Munch's The Scream (1893) or the nightmarish figures of Francis Bacon.  Without the distortion of the human figure, these artists couldn't have expressed panic and despair so well.  Distorted images can also be fun, of course, throwing up new angles on a familiar scene or objects.
Edvard Munch
The Scream
23.5" x 32" pastel on board 1895 

Francis Bacon
Portrait of Lucian Freud

  Objects seen through water appear distorted because of refraction or the bending of light.  When water  is seen swirling around as in this kitchen sink, the effect is magnified.  The broken water distorts the outline of the cutlery and items apear to dissolve into liquid.
  Submerge a few objects (bare minimum of 3) in a bowl of water to try and capture a similar distorted effect.  Complete this drawing in any dry medium of your choice as long as it is monochromatic.

Size: Minimum 18x24

Materials: Open to all dry media (pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, oil or chalk pastel)

Due Date: Wednesday, January 23rd

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