Class Notes – Expressive Drawing 4/17/2009

teapot study, 12x18, charcoal and pastel

teapot study, 12x18, charcoal and pastel

Concepts presented:

  • find the basic geometric forms that make up complex objects
  • the teapot is made up of a large globe at the bottom, an ellipse forms the base and the lid, put these in first and and then connect the verticals
  • give yourself a center line to start out with when drawing objects that are relatively symmetrical (bottles, vases, pitchers, etc.)
  • the spout is also made up of an ellipse at the opening and another where it connects to the pot, put these in first then join with the “S” curve of the shaft
  • for the handle, really study what shapes you see and their angles–don’t think “handle” and just draw what you think a handle looks like, only put down the shapes you actually see from the angle you are drawing
  • use the side of the charcoal to map in the darkest values, you can use a bit of compressed charcoal for the really dark areas, vine charcoal for the darks and medium values, and some light grey pastel to go over any areas that have secondary highlights/reflections as ceramic objects often do
  • for the brightest highlights, use a soft white pastel, Schmienke or Sennelier pastels are good for this purpose
  • the relationship of values is what makes objects appear dimensional, constantly ask yourself  “is the area I’m working on darker or lighter to the area next to it?”
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