Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Winter Break!

Ahhhhh... winter break. A time to catch up on sleep, catch up with family, and (for many of us) spend way more time than we'd like doing homework (students) or lesson plans (teachers). Whatever the case may be for you, I hope you have a joyful winter break, and if you are celebrating anything, happy holidays!

Artist: Ed Wheeler, based on Monet

And my holiday gift to you is this fun collection in which artist Ed Wheeler placed Santa into famous works of art:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Art 1 - Grid Self Portrait in Colored Pencil: Resources & Options

If you are in Art 1, and looking for the post with information about our Grid Self Portrait project, then you have come to the right place!

We began our unit by learning and practicing three different skill sets:

  • Colored pencil blending and shading (worksheet)
  • Using the grid method (your choice of worksheet)
  • Value mapping (your choice of sample photo sheet)

Make sure you have handed in all three of your pages (plus any extra credit practice) to Ms. Walker before you start working on your self portrait.

As you plan your project, take a look at some options and inspiration...

Create a portrait with traditional color and shading:

Artist: Mercedes Helnwein

If you want to learn to do realistic color blending for skin, I recommend you view some tutorials!

Video tutorial (specifically focuses on the nose, but shows use of pencils):

Photo/Text tutorial:

Intensify or change the colors:

This is a digital painting, but something similar could be done with colored pencils

Reduce the number of different values to "cartoonify" or posterize yourself:

Draw inspiration from the famous grid portrait artist Chuck Close...

Chuck Close in front of one of his self-portraits
(we will learn more about him soon)

Or use the grid as an element of your design in some other way...

"For Susie Bieber" as requested

There is also something neat called a "Calligram" which an artists write words in different sizes/spacing/colors to create different values (similar to spacing and pressure when cross hatching)... here is an example that I personally think needs to show a wider range of values, but it's set up well:

You really have a world of options for this project! 

For even more inspiration and resources, visit Ms. Walker's Pinterest board for this project here