Focused "Seeing": Contour Drawing
After warm-up, we will focus on "seeing" properly through contour drawing activity that will challenge each of you to look at the figure with focused attention. For this activity we will be drawing with both the dominant and non dominant hands, and will draw without looking at the paper or picking up the drawing tool.
Composition and Structure:
After we practiced gesture and contour drawing, we will discuss compositional structure and will begin the long pose drawing.
These drawings should demonstrate an understanding of proportion, academic hatching, and the effective use of space.
We will work on these drawings for the entire class, and you will be given the weekend to complete them.
The following list of prompts will be used during our silent critique.
1. Comment on the overall line quality of the drawing. Is there a variety of line weight? Does the line quality express energy, or is static and stiff?
2. Comment on the proportion of the figure. Does it look as if the artist was focused when developing the underlying structure of the drawing, or does it seem like they may have rushed a bit? Is it evident that the artist used "sighting" to check the angles and proportion of the figure?
3. How did the artist use the space that was provided? Does the figure adequately fill the space of the picture plane? How does the eye move throughout the piece- does it stay within the picture plane, or is it tempted to leave without coming back?
4. Does the drawing emphasize the use of line more than it does modeling (shading)? Discuss how he or she could have better met the assignment expectations.
5. Point out the part or parts of the drawing that you enjoy the most. Give the artist praise for positive aspects of the work. Finish your comments on a positive note.