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.