Monday, February 23, 2009

From Inspiration to Your Own.. Tips for Success!

Here are a few examples from second years when they did this same project last year. This level of detail and attention to different styles is what we are expecting with this assignment. We also chose these due to the fact that they lack any color. It is imperative to know that color can't be used as a crutch; if your initial drawings are not well developed, the color will not improve them. Work on the basics before you move on to color because color can be rather tricky.

Ben Adams
Ben's drawings show depth through line weight as well as a good variety of different styles. His moves are bold, but they parallel his inspiration drawings. 

Kurt Huizenga
Kurt payed attention to his inspiration. He perceives the drawings on various scales, from the most detailed, to the composition itself. As a result, his drawings captured the essence of his inspiration. 

Lauren Thore
Lauren excelled in use of contrast. Her drawings stand out because of their distinct resemblance to her inspiration. Tip: if the inspiration has high contrast, be bold! Go equally as dark.

Anna Will: Inspiration & Drawings
A good drawing isn't always the traditional one. Anna used different media for the backdrop, creating a dynamic and interesting piece of work. 

More scale figures...
Images from Rendering with Pen and Ink by Robert W. Gill

Let this be a reminder that, from now on, scale figures should be incorporated into your drawings. They evoke an emotion that is difficult to manage without them. Just as line-weight or shading aid in creating depth and reality to your work, scale figures make your drawings come to life (no pun intended!) It is also important to make sure the types of scale figures you include in your drawings fit within your drawing's context, the reason we chose these pages filled with many different poses.
On another note, we would like you guys to explore the resource library as well as any other library. They are full of examples and techniques that can further help you develop your style, so check them out!

What You Should Take From This:
The point of this assignment isn't just to "make a drawing," but to get you to celebrate the different buildings and spaces your group will be presenting about. At the same time, exploring different styles of rendering will help you develop a greater sense of your own style for the future.

One final note.. Don't forget that the 2nd years did this same project last year, and we are always here to help. You can browse our blogs here, or just ask!

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