Friday, February 13, 2015

Charcoal Still Life

Charcoal Drawing / Oil Pastels

Today in class we had a few folks finish the larger still life in class today. After the charcoal drawing we will be using the same still life and switch to oil pastels.

 As with the first assignment using charcoal students should focus on the six different types of value that we have been using:

  1. Highlight - The brightest spot on the form. Caused by direct light hitting a plane or surface on the form.
  2. Mid-tones - As you move away from the focus of the highlight, the object tends to get a bit darker. These tones are somewhat light, and generally range within 2-4 on our value worksheet.
  3. Transitional light - This value creates a strong sense of a line across the plane or surface of the form. This significant transition of value will generally be in the range of 5-7. 
  4. Core Shadow - As you move from transitional light you tend to get to the darker values on on your scale. This value is generally around 8-9 on our worksheet. 
  5. Reflected light - Any light that bounces or reflects off of another form or surface that causes a lighter value or highlight to occur. This phenomenon can also be caused by diffracted light, or light that shines through a small opening or passes through a liquid. 
  6. Cast shadow - Is caused by the focus and direction of light.  It generally is the furthest, or is facing away from the light source. 
As some students found out during the charcoal drawing, the more that you identify these different types of value the composition starts to take on a three dimensional or realistic quality. 

ELP Blogs

Some folks have been working pretty steady on the ELP project and it shows in the blog posts. There are also those that have not started their projects yet. 

We are now approaching the third week of our six week journey. If you haven't gathered your materials yet, I encourage you to ask me for help.