• Sketchbook Assignments
    Homework: Still Life Pencil Drawing
    Materials: 8-1/2" X 11" sheet of loose-leaf, unlined paper 
    Assigned: Monday, Nov. 17
    Due: Monday, Nov. 24
    still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).
    Set up a still life on a table consisting of at least three objects.
    Show all the details that you possibly can in each of the objects, the background and whatever the objects are resting on.
    Draw what the object is resting on.
    (example: table, fabric, floor)
    Draw a background.
    (example: wall, windows, whatever is outside the window)
    Use your knowledge of values (shading techniques) to define the forms and the direction of the light.

    Sketch #2 -In your journal, use a pencil to make overlapping shapes (circles, squares, arrows, triangles). Use shading to emphasize overlap and the source of light across the surfaces.
    Sketch #3 - In your journal, draw the four basic forms: a cone, a sphere, a cylinder and a cube using a pen. Draw these 3D forms on a sheet of paper using dark and light values as per written instructions on 8 x 11 paper. 
    Sketch #4 - Select three words. Illustrate each word using different types of lines to communicate the meaning of the word. Example: Jagged lines for the word "electric". Furry textures on the word "fuzzy". Large, inflated shaped letters for the word "BIG". Make each word six inches high. Use what you have learned so far to illustrate the words: values, contrast, color (not required), variety of lines.
     Sketch #5 - Objective: Practice your values using a pencil to draw pipes. The photocopied guide that I handed out in class today (Nov. 5, 2014) will provide instructions on how to draw the pipes. To begin, draw a one-inch border around a journal page. Fill the page with pipes. Sometimes the water inside comes out of an open pipe and pours into a funnel; the funnel empties into a pail, etc. Use values to draw the pipes, funnels, water. Use your imagination and fill the canvas area inside the one-inch border with pipes and flowing water. Use your imagination to fill the area between the pipes with signs (for example: HIGH VOLTAGE, DO NOT DRINK), bricks or a design (for example: parallel lines). A little mouse is crawling along the pipes.
    Have fun!