Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mad Scientists: Make Your Mark!

Knowing what kind of marks to make and practice can go a long way to your success.

Experiment on paper with pen first, and then try on board.

By experimentation you get ideas for the desired effect you are going for.

Think also about creating textures to add believability to your creation.

Have fun experimenting you mad artistic scientists

Through experimentation creative solutions pop up!

A scratchboard tutorial:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Learning the finer points of cross hatching...

We are going to continue our study of light and dark using pen and ink techniques. We will be studying artists such as Nicholas Delort.

Mr. Ferrell will be working on our process work with each student individually to tailor a project that will be scratchboard, but be appropriate to each student's portfolio.

It will be important that each student finds reference and research that fits their particular voice they are developing.

Each student should have at least 10 to 25 thumbnail drawings showing process in the direction they aim to take on the project.

Each student should do a value and a pen and ink study when they find the direction they need to go.

It is important to remember that scratchboard doesn't act like paper.,

However, the results can be stunning.

Sometimes it's not how much you say something that makes it powerful, but how you say it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Introduction to cross hatching and line as a value.

The drawing above is one of our first looks at Mark Summers. Mark is a master of line. He primarily follows a technique that incorporates line that follows how light hits the face. Notice how the line weight varies in thickness. This is called the stroke.

The stroke lines can vary in many thicknesses and directions. The point of good line work is to focus on creating believable form.

You can use various strokes to create a multitude of textures.

The impact of different or heavier stroke lines can change the value appearance and textural appearance. The image of the lady on the left appears blonde and her hair looks like its light in weight. Whereas the lady on the right looks brunette and her hair looks slightly heavier in weight and texture.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Prepare for the Senior Art Show!

Everything has been for preparing for this and your future. Make sure your portfolio is consistent. You need to have your pieces signed off by Mr. Ferrell before you print. I wish you the best of Luck!

Saturday, April 29, 2017


We should be done at this time with the 5 projects based upon your career study. Now is the time to tweak them. The reason is we want your artistic journey this year to tell a cohesive story.

Be prepared to not only to discuss your work, but the career you have chosen and how it influenced your work. Your ability to discuss how you researched your artistic career path, what assignments you did, and how it may shape your future are important to establishing your personal credibility.

We have worked very hard to bring out your very best. However, there are still things we need to fix before we put your work on display.

Maybe you need to refine a gesture, or redraw an eye. The point is we need all 5 images working in concert to tell an audience what you have learned. The goal is to have at least 3 very strong images ready for print. We are going to have a Senior Art Show so make sure you are ready to make your last impression your very best.

Remember it's important to get feedback not only from Ferrell, but your friends, families and peers. When you have all five done at their highest level submit them to Ferrell for feedback. We will have a full five critique May 5th.

Monday, April 17, 2017