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shade and toning assignment

August 21, 2007

Yesterday we were given the following assignment at the end of class. Create three drawings on white background of objects in or around your home that represent cubed, spherical and conical shapes. We could use either or pencils or charcoal, our choice. The lesson was on taking a line drawing and shading and toning it to create defined shape. I chose to draw my tray of orchid plants (conical shapes to the pots), the pottery that sits on the fireplace (spherical shape to the bottom of the pottery, and one of the bird feeders in the back yard. All pictures below are clickable to see them larger.

hpim3657-email-or-blog-size.jpg The orchid tray took the longest to do, and it was the first done. Working in charcoal is a learning experience to me.

hpim3656-email-or-blog-size.jpgThe fireplace pottery I worked with graphite pencils and I’ve done that one several times, so it gets a bit easier (and better) each time.

hpim3654-email-or-blog-size.jpgThe last one was the most mentally challenging. Just exactly HOW do you depict the translucency of the plexiglass that makes the birdseed stay inside the frame?

Our final drawing was a shade chart using HB, 2B and 4B pencils in 5 gradations, white to black. I won’t bore you with that one…..you can find it in just about any beginning drawing book!

Now comes the question. Do I go do my English homework that’s due tomorrow night? Do I go work on the customer quilt that’s on the frame? Or do I go take a dip in the pool, after all the Dr. did say he wants me to get more exercise and we are coming to the end of summer!!!!! You guess which one I’m going to choose……….now where’s that sunscreen?!?!?!?!?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    August 21, 2007 3:28 pm

    Those are all great!!! And yes, do go swim…. it’s good for your back so you can do the other two 😉

  2. carlafibers permalink
    August 23, 2007 11:53 pm

    Love your drawings!!! Great job!

  3. August 24, 2007 1:06 am

    Dip in the pool! YeeHaw! I really like your drawings!

  4. August 24, 2007 8:39 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, it means a lot to me. I am redoing the cylindrical drawing and the cubed drawing (the orchid pots and the bird feeder). They didn’t quite come up to assignment level. The pottery one was accepted as well done. And I’m okay with that, as I understand where I missed the mark at and have another opportunity to practice this technique of shades and tones to represent shape, not lines. The lines should have only been a slightly marked guideline to sizing and proportion, not actual shaping. I might post some more tonight, but first I absolutely HAVE to finish the customer quilt on the machine! LOL

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