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Assignment Seven

I enjoyed seeing what you came up with today working with acrylic. It was nice to hang the paintings and view them as a series.

The wood paneled boxes and the acrylic gave the work a cohesive feel. Each painting unique.

I would like to try it one more time.

Your assignment this week is to know and plan for what you would like to paint on Friday in class ( March 5th). Sketch due by Tues night (March 2nd), mid night. This is your painting- your call on subject matter and content. We will be working on the 12 x 12 paneled boards. This time we will have the entire 5 hours to work on one painting- hopefully hang work at the end of session. The paneled boards (I’m bringing in) will be gessoed and ready to go. We will start at 9:00 am on the painting and you will have the entire class to do your  painting. I’m bringing more palettes, paint and larger brushes.

But if you have paint bring it in.

Bring paper towels.

Bring acrylic paint brushes if you have some. And any acrylic paint you may have- I will have plenty to share.

Bring your approved sketch to work from.

Look forward to seeing your sketch on Tuesday.


Waffle House

Illo3 serves it up hot and fresh for assignment five.  Nice to see the class work with the given specs of complimentary colors and large flat planes and come up with some solid images.   Hope to see several of these up on the illustration 3 wall with large prints so we can share the work with others.

Nice job.  I like it.

Line Up for Assignment Six

Assignment six. I’m wanting something for our illo3 wall. make use of that large printer.  I would like our class to create illustrations for a horizontal print of 11 full length portraits on one sheet, a Watkins line up.  Inspired by the great Josh Cochran, we are going to do full length drawings of classmates and colleagues at Watkins.  Pay attention to clothing details and the specifics of what the person is wearing.  This is a link to a example of what I am envisioning, a project Josh completed for the Dubai Metro.   Your drawing will have the person in a standing position and will be silhouetted against a white background.   Sketch deadline: posted by Tuesday, 23rd, 10:00 pm. Final art due on Thursday February 25th, 2010, 10:00 pm, posted.

My recommedation is to take a photo of  your Watkins celebrity to work from and then if time permits to do a life drawing at the same time you take the photo.  Work from both the life drawing and photo reference.  Do not trace the photo.  Simply use it as reference as you work out your drawing, before inking.  Extra credit for any of you that do two or more Watkins celebrities.  Dan in his black hat, full length pose would be a winner. Someone grab a camera.

Give me Five

For week one through five, I’ve asked that each student do one artist review per week.  Most of you posted your reviews on time, some did not.

For the remaining two weeks, I simply want five hot links per week, in one short post,  without review.  Simply list five illustrators/artists that you like. List artist and direct link from name.  When completed it should something like:

Travis’s list of five artist for 02-18-10: Hanoch Piven, Randal Enos, Leo Espinosa, Robert Neubecker, Shout

To view artist work, simply click on name.

Deadline:  post five for 02- 26-10.  And post five for  03-05-10.  Questions?  Let me know.

Complimentary Colors- broad planes, assignment five

Use complimentary colors, choose one set to work with.  For instance, blue and orange- but any set of compliments will work- your choice.  Utilize the two colors as the driving force within you visual.   Work with broad solid flat planes of color.   Use cut paper, or gouache, or acrylic, or illustrator,  but think in terms of flat broad color.   Content will be fruit, or food, or a table top at a dining experience- or anything in between, run with it.   Keep the visual as simple and strong as you can.  Fewer lines, less lines and more color.   Think in terms of shape and contrast.  Limit your palette.   Two colors are best.   Full bleed.  Not a spot image.   Sketches due Monday night, midnight, the 15th.   Finals posted online, due Thursday night at 10:00 pm, February 18th.   I can see a purple and yellow hamburger on a plate.   Any food will work.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Portrait assignment review

Glad to see several of you work with acrylic this week.  Extra credit noted.  I’m a big fan of life drawing and working directly with the subject, drawing from life, brings a certain quality and aliveness to the image.  I think many of you are gracefully accepting the challenge to get out of your comfort zone and try new mediums and explore different ways of approach, I hope this will be something that each of you can own and find value in the practice for yourselves.  As an a artist, the element of surprise and discovery, adventure and exploring are major factors in bringing vitality to one’s work.

What ever you did in terms of portrait, at some point do it again, on  your own, for yourself, continue to stretch yourselves.  The top priority is to enjoy the process, allow yourself to fall into the process of creating, for the simple pleasure of creating.   Two hours evaporating, as if it’s been ten minutes, this is the place I want each of you to find.   To enjoy the experience of creating, drawing, painting.  There is great pleasure and satisfaction when your play becomes your vocation.  You play at work and your work is play.

Illustration is not to be taken seriously.  It’s an artist in a sandbox, simply havin’ at it- for fun.   Someone will place value on the fun you are having and want to share your art with others.

One of the highlights for the week was Patrick’s prints he pressed out for his portrait.  He incorporated some of what he saw in his artist review with Gary T, but Patrick made it all his own.  He found the zone, had fun with it.  Patrick, I’m still looking for you to post a nice scan of your favorite print on your site.

No class on the 12th

School Holiday is scheduled for the 12th, no classes meeting at Watkins.  There was some brief discussion about meeting off site or a field trip on the 12th, but we will not be meeting on the 12th.  Make the most of your day and enjoy.   I will post the new assignment on the 12th, due on the 19th.   Please focus on having your black and white brush and ink drawings completed by the 12th. Also, post your weekly artist review for week four.