The Art of Sketching: Schedule of Work

Mondays, 9am-10:45am or 11am-12:45pm on Zoom

February 1

February 8

  • In class: Contour
    • Nancy Rubins, What Nancy Rubins considers Drawing.
    • Assignment 3: blind contour of your legs. Put this on Padlet.
  • Homework by sunday (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Pick up supplies in D&M111 between 1pm and 4pm on Monday or Tuesday; if you are not on campus this semester, you must email Phil your mailing address by Monday at 5pm: plonergan@plymouth.edu
    • Read How to use this Book and Section 1: Contour and Gesture (this whole reading). We will be using this book as a source of information only. The actual drawing(s) you will do for homework are below:
      • Assignment 1: Do two 30-min contour drawings of your hand. Take pics of both sketches and post to Padlet in the correct column.
      • Assignment 2: Do two 30-min contour drawings of a shoe. Take pics of both sketches and post to Padlet in the correct column.

February 15

  • In class: Assignment 5: Gesture drawing Talk about Weight and Modelled Drawing.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
  • Gesture explanation Read this!
  • Assignment 4: 30- 1 minute Gesture drawings: You can use regular paper or divide up your sketch book page into 4 Quadrants and use The front and back. This will give you 4 small drawings per side (8 per page). Photograph them in groups and put them on your Padlet. Remember Gesture lines connect the parts, can jump through space, are thought of as three-dimensional and are seen differently from person to person. Draw loose and react to what you see. It is really the opposite of Contour Drawing! Have some fun! There is no “right” or “wrong”! Draw for one full minute!

February 22

  • In class: Look at Janine Antoni. Read through the homework for next week.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Read Pages 32-39 in The Natural Way to Draw (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 48-55). Understand the difference between a “Weight” drawing (from the center of the form) and “Modelled” drawing (on the surface of the form).
    • Assignment 6: Do 4- ten minute “Weight” drawings of something that has some bulk or thickness to it (not pencil like in shape). Find a new object for each drawing and draw from real life.
    • Assignment 7: Do 4-ten minute “Modelled” drawings. Find a new object for each drawing and draw from real life.

March 1go

  • In class: Andy Goldsworthy Snow Drawings.
  • Reminder:
    1. Be sure to do the drawings as they are described in the description. (You won’t get credit if they are not done as described.)
    2. Make sure you are doing the correct number of drawings for the amount of time.
    3. When the assignment is for two drawings fill up a new page for each.
    4. Always draw from real life (direct observation) and from a 3/4 view unless directed to do otherwise.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 8: Get your self an ordinary ball point. Try to find a pen that flows around the paper easily (anything will do that your have around!). Read exercise 13 “The modeled Drawing in Ink” page 51-52. in The Natural Way to Draw . Now take a look at the drawings on pages 49-50. (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 67-68 with the drawings on 65-66). Now make two drawings. Spend 1/2 hour for each drawing. These are just like the drawings in Assignment 7 only you will use a ball point pen instead of the blacke Conte crayon. Feel the 3D form when you draw!
    • Assignment 9: Read Exercise 14 on pages 52-53 in The Natural Way to Draw and look at all the drawings up to page 66. (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 68-69 with the drawings up to page 82) The book calls this drawing “The Daily Composition” and talks about doing it everyday for 15 minutes. We are going to change this and make these 2 minute long Memory drawings. Make 15-two minute memory drawings- “Draw the figure or figures together with the place that surrounds them, thinking of the place, figure, and objects as one whole thing. SEE THE WHOLE THING AS A UNIT!” You may pick the drawing tool of your choice (pencil, pen, Conte crayon, etc.).

March 8

  • In class: Read pages 109-114 (PDF 125-230)
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 10: This exercise is called “The Five Hour Contour” but don’t worry we are going to do a 2 hour contour of the interior of a room or a landscape! Read Exercise 17 on pages 74-75 in The Natural Way to Draw (in the PDF pages 90-91).
    • Assignment 11: On one piece of paper Make a value scale off to the side and the Sphere exercise following this tutorial.

March 15

  • In class:
    • Assignment 14: Answer these questions and put them on Padlet. (20 mins) (pages 109-114. PDF pages 125-130)
      1. Every drapery fold has 3 sides. What are they? 1) ? 2) ? 3) ?
      2. Fill in the blank: “Where a side is turned under so that it is not visible, there is an _______ under the edge of the fold. This is a term borrowed from sculpture.”
      3. What are the values for these parts of drapery?
        1. Top _________
        2. Sides _________
        3. Base _________
        4. Undercut ________
      4. Assignment 15:Break out groups: (1/2 hour)
        1. Share with your group a picture of your “outside drawing” (Assignment 13).
        2. Taking turns as the model, do (3) three- 2 minute gesture drawings of extreme perspective. The model will hold up 3 different objects one at a time (Your hand, phone and pencil etc.) to the camera on zoom with your head and shoulders in the back ground. Include the object, head and shoulders in your gesture drawing. Everyone in the group should make three drawings. Put them on Padlet for next week.
    • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 12: The Drapery Study: Read pages 109-114. Stop when you get to the “Insect Trail” (bottom of page 114) in The Natural Way to Draw (PDF pages 125-130). Do (1) one hour drawing of Exercise 28: Long Study of Drapery (p. 112). This will include a gesture drawing and a one hour long drapery study as described. You will need a piece of cloth, some tacks and a wall. Take the time to get this set up correctly (You cannot just lay the cloth on the floor or a chair!) Be sure every fold has clear distinctions between the top, the right side and the left side as described!
    • Assignment 13: Let go of the traditional idea of drawing as marks on paper. Now get your coat on and find a big field of untracked snow. Drawing as big as you can, using your whole body to make marks by walking, create a surprising, largescale geometric inspired design in the snow/ice. Contrast the geometric design with the organic nature of the landscape. Go play in the snow and photograph the marks you leave behind!

March 22

  • In class:
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
  • Assignment 16: Make another one of these but this time you need to have clear distinctions between Top, right side, left side, base and undercut! You will then add the insect trail described on the bottom of page 114. The Drapery Study: Read pages 109-114. Read the “Insect Trail” (bottom of page 114) in The Natural Way to Draw (PDF pages 125-130). Do (1) one hour drawing of Exercise 28: Long Study of Drapery (p. 112). This will include a gesture drawing and a one hour long drapery study as described. You will need a piece of cloth, some tacks and a wall. Take the time to get this set up correctly (You cannot just lay the cloth on the floor or a chair!) Be sure every fold has clear distinctions between the top, the right side and the left side as described!

March 29

  • In class: Large Rock Sculpture
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm): Assignment 17: We will switch modes for this assignment from observational, where we draw what we are looking at to thinking about different types of perspective and vanishing points. For this assignment you will need a ruler or a straight edge to draw some lines. If you don’t have a ruler use the edge of a cereal box/piece of cardboard that is about 1 foot long. Look at this link and first watch the video of the guy in the plaid short sleeve shirt and then read the rest of the article : Prespective
    • Now take out 4 pieces of paper out of your sketch book (Yup! Take them all the way out!) and using the examples from the reading, do the following:
      • First sheet: Draw a box using one point perspective. “Notice that all of the lines in this scene either converge at the vanishing point or are vertical (perpendicular to the ground plane) or horizontal (parallel to the horizon).
      • Second sheet: Draw a box using two point perspective. “All of the lines of this scene converge at either the left or right vanishing point, or are vertical lines (perpendicular to the ground plane).
      • Third sheet: Draw a box using three point perspective. “Every line of the subject is an orthogonal line and goes to one of the three vanishing points.
      • Fourth sheet: Follow the 7 Steps and draw the squares in the section called “Practice Perspective Drawing”
  • Assignment 18: Cut and paste the following in Padlet.
    1. Explain how the concept of Atmospheric Perspective conveys depth.
    2. In a drawing with Atmospheric Perspective, explain what happens to foreground elements.
    3. In a drawing with Atmospheric Perspective, explain what happens to elements in the distance.
    4. In real life, what causes the phenomena of Atmospheric Perspective?

April 5

  • In class: Watch the first 12:40 mins of this: How to Measure with your pencil. Then from 20:00-24:00.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 19: Find yourself a long hall way and sit on the floor. Or sit next to a long line of parked cars or, if you only have a room, sit on the floor on one side of the room. Now look down the hallway, line of cars or down the wall so you have orthogonal lines both above and below your line of sight. Work on the same drawing in two, 1 hour blocks from the same perspective. Deicide where the vanishing point will be and using your ruler to assist you (don’t do the whole drawing with it!) make a perspective drawing of everything you see. Be sure to mark (yes! label it as the first thing you do before you start to draw) the location of your eye level is so you know that’s where lines will converge. Take your time and try to see how all the lines relate to each other. Don’t get tunnel vision and only focus on one part.

April 12

  • In class: Knitting
  • Assignment 22: Fill up the paper with a drawing of your hand in the position like the photo below. Be sure that the hand is BIG with very little negative space around it! Small hands will not count!!!
    1. Use exaggerated atmospheric prospective
    2. Make the parts of your hand that are closer to your eye lighter in value than the parts that are further away (Like a light is shinning on your hand and your head is the light. This is similar to the drapery idea only more refined.).
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 20: In front of you, make a stack of boxes (blocks), jar (cylinders) anything with geometric shapes that goes up close to eye level. Be sure to turn them so they are 3/4 view (not straight on). See the example below but set up your own. Don’t worry about shading this time.
Student Work — Ainura Ashirova Barron

Spend an hour drawing your still life you set up by using the measuring technique we learned in the videos and talked about in class. Please watch the rest of the video if you feel it is helpful but trying to apply this technique by drawing is better than watching someone do it!

Assignment 21: Make up one assignment you missed and tell me what it is here so I can check it off. Yeah that’s right, this is an assignment to make up an assignment!

April 19

  • In class:
  • Assignment Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 23: You are a new member of a biker gang and they want you to come up with two different ideas for their new name and logo. They want at least one object to be drawn in 3D at a 3/4 view (they have all taken drawing classes before! Weird!!). You can do any theme you want for a biker gang. What would a pie baking, biker gang logo look like? Hell’s Dough Bakers? The Death Cake Riders?
      1. Make a bunch of sketches in pencil to play around with ideas and names
      2. Then using light pencil marks first to get your design down, make two colored drawings in the sharpie markers. Both should fill up a separate sheet of paper. Draw Big!!
      3. Put both the sketches and two designs on Padlet in Assignment 23.

April 26

Final Exam TBD