Monday, May 18, 2009
Sacramento City College Art 300 S.P.s
Yesterday was the last day of my spring semester Art 300 Drawing class with the final assignment being a charcoal self portrait from the student's photograph of themselves. Using the photo as a reference, the students either did a direct drawing from it or first overlaid a grid on top of the photo, made a larger grid on their drawing paper and drew in a contour outline... a similar procedure that a guy by the name of Michelangelo Buonarroti did to get his contour drawings up on some chapel in Rome. I taught them how to smear on mid tones and come back with an eraser and pull out highlights. They also learned hoe to draw their facial features through keen observation and not left brain symbolism. They done good, and here is a sampling.