FUNDAMENTALS Of Art By: Jesse J. Verner II

Thematic Library Window MuraL

Collaborate to design a painted mural on the windows above the library. Your design will be based on the FSD annual theme and will positively influence the FSD community.

The name of our mural is Little Change Rebuilds. The mural is communicating that one person can start a change and people will join in and help. The Batman symbol is the one person starting the change helping fix the city and the little yellow people helped and joined in. Our favorite part of making the mural was the teamwork in making the message work. Our mural also shows that if you start a change in a small space, then it will spread.

I learned that teamwork is key to making a large scale project and that you don't have to put a lot of detail into your art to get your ideas out. And most importantly, I learned to be the change.

Pre Assignment/ Base Line Drawing

Create a reproduction of your chosen image (flower, tiger, or eye) by using graphite pencils on paper.

I learned that drawing takes quite a bit of time to do, like coming up with what to draw, start with, and to finish the drawing.

Draw A Person

Draw a person and assess what drawing level is evident.

I believe my drawing is in the psuedorealistic level, because my person does not have fingers or wrinkles on his clothes and other details such as hair and body shape. There is much more for me to refine before this is a realistic style.

Vase/Face and Monster Vase/Face

Practice the drawing strategy of switching to right brain dominance while accurately drawing the reflection of the face.

In this activity I learned to switch between my right and left brain constantly as I draw, so that I may guess, check, and refine my artwork.

Upside Down Drawing

Allow your right brain thinking strategies to dominate while you accurately draw your chosen image upside down.

I furthered my knowledge of how to control when I use my right and left brain during drawing. I also learned more of how much I love making art, because this was truly enjoyable to me.

Blind Contour and Contour Line Drawing of Hand

Without looking at your paper, record all of the edges of your hand. Your goal is line specificity.

Use the grid lines on the plexiglass view finer to help you replicate your contour line drawing of your hand. You are aiming for accurate proportions and line specificity.

In these activities I examined my hand more than I usually would and I actually learned something about my hand, but I also learned about placing verticals and horizontals to help me draw with more ease.

Five Contour Line Drawings of Objects from Observations

Increase your accuracy of proportion, foreshortening, overlapping, congruity, and specificity by practicing drawing contours of a minimum of 5 objects.

In this activity, I learned how to look at an object and analyze its different curves shapes and other aspects to help me draw.

Blotted Contour Line Drawing

Transform your most interesting and best contour line drawing into a blotted contour line drawing inspired by Andy Warhol's graphic design work.

Through this activity, I learned of a new way to make art through drawings, and I was inspired to buy a calligraphy set and learn that. I also learned a new technique to copy drawings.

Negative Space of a Ram

Train your brain to observe and record the shapes and angles of the negative space with the intention it will increase the accuracy of the positive space.

During this assignment I furthered my skills of observing the shapes, lines, and angles of an image to create the outer contour lines of the image, this helps me to see the proportions of the drawing for when I create the inner contour lines.

Skeleton Tracing on iPad

Select a section of the skeleton that is just above your comfort challenge level and utilize the rule of thirds and touchs 3 sides of your paper to create a dynamic composition.

Skeleton Drawing With Sharpie

Apply your knowledge of right brain dominance, contour line techniques, negative space, and rule of thirds in order to draw a strong composition of the skeleton in proportion.

In this activity, not only did I learn more about our bodies structure, but I once again furthered my knowledge of contour line drawing and how to use negative space. Additionally, I learned how to better organize my artwork in a way that is appealing to the eye.

iPad Insert

Use the template paper provided to design an original "your name" artwork to be displayed in your ipad case.

In this assignment, I learned about using creativity to problem solve, as well as how to express myself through my artwork.

Exploration of Procreate App Through Transforming A Selfie

Explore the Procreate app by transforming your selfie into a unique and visually interesting image.

Throughout this assignment I learned about and tested out all the different and helpful features of the Procreate app.

My Artful Image: Emphasis and Visual Movement

Design and create an image that uses visual movement to guide viewer’s attention to your emphasis of a chosen image.

While doing this assignment I tested out my newly acquired knowledge of visual movement to create emphasis on my own piece of artwork.

Scale and Proportion

Create a conceptually meaningful composition by using Procreate to transform the SCALE of chosen object(s).

While working on this project I learned about using scale and proportion to change the meaning of an artwork.

Everything That Flowers

Design a unique and creative composition relating to the theme, "All Things that Flower". Your artwork will be submitted into an art competition at the Tom Ridge Center.

During this project I used patterns to make a flower, I also practiced creativity to come up with the design.

Negative Space: Active Transformation

Activate the negative space by transforming it into part of the positive space. Find your own unique way of solving this problem.

In this activity we practiced our new skill of using negative space.

"O" Design

Invest an hour of “invest”igation into what you can transform this “O” design into while creating CONTRAST and BALANCE in your composition. I want to see how far you can push the design while maintaining the existence of the “O” form. What can you come up with? Surprise us all.

In this activity I used my newfound skills of contrast and balance to create an "O" out of and Oreo and a glass of milk.

Inspirational Icon

Problem To Solve

Pay homage to an inspirational icon of your choice by transforming a photograph into a segmented portrait with colored pencil.

Process in making the project

First we segmented the photo using photoshop and the changed the photo to black and white.

After that, we played around with different color combinations within the segments so we could figure out what colored pencils we needed.

Finally we colored the image with a 2:1 ratio so we had to plan accordingly by using a grid and putting down contours.

Artists Statement for the Inspirational Icon Project

I chose Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, because he is a great example of perseverance and overcoming the obstacles you face in life. Even though he had severe anxiety and depression at a time when they could not treat it, he still was very successful during his lifetime, and he made a lasting effect on the musical world. Pyotr Tchaikovsky is the composer who has made ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, which are some of the most well known and famous ballets of his time and some even today. I believe Tchaikovsky is an example for anyone who has an obstacle in their way to follow, permanently or not.

As you can see, we practiced a multitude of strategies and skills used in art to make this piece, and it took a long time. I mostly learned, however, to take my time during the creation of an artwork.

Perspective Activities

Problem to Solve

Visually identify how the rules of perspective function in our every day environment by labeling the orthogonal lines, vanishing point, and horizon line.

Throughout these various activities we practiced using combinations of orthagonal lines, vanishing points, and horizon lines to create 3 dimensional figures. I basically learned these various vocab words and how to use them to create a unified image.

Geometric Object Value Drawing with Zinger

Problem to Solve

Apply your knowledge and skills of creating proportion, perspective, value range, hard edges, soft edges, and value gradations to create an illusion of a three-dimensional environment on a two-dimensional surface.

In the process of making this assignment I learned how to use value to create a unified image. I practiced using different tools like angle finders and I also practiced using the sighting technic to find the length of the lines. These were all very helpful tools and technics that I leaned how to use in this assignment.

You as who?

Problem to Solve

Apply your knowledge and skills of drawing to create a realistic self-portrait of you imitating a chosen individual. You are in charge of choosing someone to imitate, preparing your props and facial expressions for the camera, and executing a unique artwork.

This was a very time consuming project, and my taking time definitely did not help. However through this assignment I learned that art isn't always going to be easy, and in fact, it will probably get harder as I learn more and become more skilled.

SketChbook Assignments

Social Comment Image for Public View

Problem to Solve

Pick a social cause that you feel strongly about and design an image to communicate your position on the issue. This is an opinion piece; it should express a view and try to persuade the audience.

In this activity, I learned how to create an image to convey our thoughts or feelings. I also practiced unity once again.

Bully Ball

Problem to Solve:

Use the clues in this paragraph to help you draw your own interpretation of the story within one image/page.

While doing this sketchbook assignment I leaned how to draw out words or verbs. Additionally I practiced drawing motion.

Strange Combos

Problem to Solve:

Create a dynamic composition by making the combination of that noun, verb, and adjective your emphasis.

Before and After

Problem to Solve

Extend the story line of a famous artwork by designing a scene which occurred before and a scene which occurred after your chosen artwork.

In this assignment used all the skills I have gained throughout this course to create a unified image for what happened before and after "The Wave". So overall I leaned how to interpret the visual movement and idea of an image to create my own.

Cartoon Portrait

Problem to Solve

Draw yourself as a cartoon character as if you were also in the TV show, movie, etc. Draw yourself in the same style as the animator did by repeating his/her visual schemas.

In this activity I used the style of another artist to create an image of me. In the process I furthered my knowledge of how the enterpret another artists style and ideas to create an artwork of a similar style.


Problem to Solve:

With whom, where, or with what do you feel most at "home"? Photomontage (artistically collage) at least 5 images of persons, places, or things which are reflections of your definition of your "home".

Through this activity, I learned how to do the art of photomontage so I could express the idea of what home is to me.

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Jesse J. Verner II

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