I was super into working in my various sketchbooks this semester. Here are some pearls that have happened over the semester from my personal illuminated manuscripts.
The assignment was to create a composition that displayed a still life that contained some element of figure within it, and showing some level of atmospheric perspective.
Last Spring, I found a statue of Pan in the dumpster outside the art department at Clark College. Made out of plaster, he was painted to look like bronze and his head had apparently busted off. I instantly fell in love with this statue, and I’ve displayed him in my room ever since.
I made this drawing as a tribute to my statue. I drew him from a very low angle as an art challenge. I wanted him to be high in the composition, as to suggest his importance, but I wanted to see if I could successfully convey that he was merely a small object drawn from close up. I drew all this on craft paper, which gave me a mid-tone to start with. I rendered this with white and black Conté crayons.
This was a still life in my painting class that we spent about 3 class periods working on. The collection of objects was set up in the center of the room, the students all in a circle facing it, so everyone was rending it from a different angle. My class found the composition of my painting especially amusing, affectionately naming it “Mount Junk.” So far, this is the best painting I have done as far as rendering different textures with paint is concerned. It was even hung up in the Illustration building for the semester. Aren’t I a winner.
This assignment was to set up a still life, lit by candle to create dramatic, chiaroscuro values. I then laid a ground layer of thick charcoal, and crated the image by using different erasers to create the mid and light tones in the composition. I used a better drawing paper this assignment (the paper we get in the foundation package at PNCA sucks!) I really like the witchy vibe that the dramatic lighting and subject matter lends to this piece.
I threw stuff about in my room and set up the still life. I don’t actually own a severed head, so I just had to wing it without reference. Same with the blood. I rendered the still life on 18″x24″ drawing paper with washes of ink. I wanted it to look a bit awkward, so I basically painted the image with indian ink and water. The image vacillates between naturallistic and stylized, which I lik