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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.


Wayne Brezinka

Wayne’s world consists of family, illustration, design and the man simply enjoys the process of creating. He’s in his element when you give him a tight turn around and some conceptual freedom to do his thing.  We are grateful that Wayne is willing to come in and share of his time and talent and give us a tour of his journey.  Wayne has recently had an illustration accepted in the Society of Illustrators show, New York.  Hats off to Mr. Brezinka.  He is a master at both design and illustration and feeds his family with both skill sets.

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.

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.

ink/brush drawing due on the 12th- Assignment Four

Drawing is the language of the illustrator, if there is one thing that everyone can improve, it’s our drawing.  If at some point you make it your ambition to work as an illustrator,  put drawing at the top of your list of goals and objectives.   Hey Travis,  I did an illustration this week, in seconds I can review the final and see areas of the drawing that contribute to the final or distracts from the success of the final.  Drawing is our base, our foundation.

School is closed on the 12th of February for a holiday, this falls on a Friday. There is no class on the 12th.  Final art for this fourth assignment is due on Friday, 12th.  Post your favorite b/w brush drawing by midnight.  No sketches due- it’s not applicable.  The assignment is to do a series of black and white ink drawing(s) with brush work only.  No nib, no pen.   Brush only.  Bold strokes- both thick and thin brushed lines.   Your drawings should be on 8 x 8 or larger- size format your choice.  The drawings should be from life, not from photos or memory. Bold strokes, contours, no pencil, simply brush strokes on paper.  Realism is not our goal, representational work is our goal.  Stylizing what you see and draw is encouraged.  No pencil work under the line.  You will bring all your drawings to class on the 19th.  Be it one drawing, 15 or 30.  Your grade will be determined by your effort, energy and attitude.  Also, post your weekly artist review.