DRAW Ethan Senti

Landscape mode works, portrait mode is better.

Before the school year started, while planning my schedule, I knew I wanted to include some sort of art class. I've always loved architecture, design and building with wood (or any other medium for that matter), but in order to design such things and get them to a point where they can become a reality, one needs to know how to draw, and put those ideas down on paper. This class seemed like the appropriate way to advance my drawing skills while pulling everything else along. It certainly has done so.

ELEMENTS OF DRAWING

Early on in the year, we did these pieces. Using each kind of line (contour, bold, lost and found, and pure) we sketched the same thing. The exact same and incredibly simple tool can create very different images when used in different ways.

upside-down

Getting stuck In the left side of the brain can be a problem for an artist. To avoid drawing symbols our right brain passes off as drawings, we drew upside down, allowing us to include details, and draw accurately.

The results were actually quite good!

don't look:

Another exercise designed to get you in the right state of mind is the blind countour. The idea is to draw for about 15 minutes without looking, forcing yourself to concentrate on the little details and precises angles and lines the left side of your brain can't handle.

Although it doesn't look like much, (and isn't supposed to anyway) it gets you drawing the details.

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SPACE

The positive and negative space drawing was one of my favorite projects. When we look at something, or think about drawing something, we often concentrate on its outline. Although that is important, negative space and the empty spots surrounding an object are very important as well.

By drawing the spaces between the slats at the top of the chair, it popped right out.

HANDS

These were a lot of fun. Hands had been one of my goals at the beginning of the semester, and and I think I improved quite a lot, specifically on shading.

This was my first try, before we'd talked much about how to shade and use negative space. As you can see, my darks aren't dark enough, and my lights aren't light enough.
"DRAWING IS VISION ON PAPER."
This one, however, I was very happy with. This piece helped me realize just how important shading is, and how darker darks and brighter brights can make something pop it at you. That was a lot of fun to discover. Concentrating on the negative spaces between the fingers, which are organic, random shapes, helped me draw without creating inaccurate symbols or ideas of what I thought my hand looked like as opposed to what my hand actually looked like.

Darker darks, and brighter brights are what make a piece pop.

PROFILE

This one was I was not quite as satisfied with. I don't really think it looks like me. A couple things are off... the ear is too big, and the hair needs some work. Hair is hard! I did well on the sweatshirt and outline though.

STIPPLING

Stippling is a very strange yet cool way to create. Even though the picture is just a bunch of dots, your eye reads them a certain way by the way they are placed.
The closer the dots, the darker.

This project took some getting used to, but I had a lot of fun with it. If I had it to do over I would make the value changes more subtle.

STILL LIFE

This is one of the pieces I'm quite proud of value, texture, and form wise. I think I got the darker darks lighter lights thing right. The wood grain in the top box makes me really happy whenever I look at it. The shapes are all correct too... the wheel I was very happy with.

SCRATCHBOARD

Now that I put them together like this, they don't look much alike. :/

Th scratchboard project was a lot like the stippling project, except with scratches instead of dots, and the placing was opposite. The closer the dots, the darker, the closer the scratches, the lighter. I had been thinking at the beginning of the stippling project about doing this picture, but I'm glad I saved it for the scratchboard. The texture of the fur shows up much better this way. Although I like the nose, I think I got a little lazy as I went on. In the picture, the fur is a little messy, pointing in different directions, but on the scratchboard, it all sort of points in the same direction. Even so, it's amazing how the use of texture in a piece can make it seem so much more realistic.

2 POINT PERSPECTIVE

Before we started this piece, we talked about the definition of horizon, vanishing point, horizontal and vertical lines, and 2 and 1 point perspectives. This is a 2 point perspective piece, because it has 2 vanishing points. The horizon is the line where your view ends, and the vanishing point rests on that line. In this piece, they are both off the page. Horizontal lines, like the ones that make up the door handle and the tiles, run from side to side, and depending on the surface they're on, connect to the left of right vanishing points. Vertical lines are those that go up and down, like the left side of the door, or the sides of the columns. With a little planning, a piece like this is not hard to create.

SELF PROTRAIT

I cringe whenever I look at this. That first one is absolutely terrible. Keep scrolling.

Before starting on our self-portraits, we talked about the placement and drawing of eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Eyes halfway, (eye-width inbetween) nose, nostril edges lined up with eye corners, ears right below eyes, and mouth half way between nose and chin. These have to be followed, or your piece just looks wrong. Now, while looking at the picture and the drawing side by side, I think that one of the things that is wrong is the eyes. They're shaped wrong... too round. They should be more tear-dropped shape. I think they're also a little too small. The parts I like are the neck, chin, and mouth. I also think the ears turned out nicely. The improvement in that first picture is pretty crazy.

CONCEPTUAL ART

How inspirational.

This piece had an emphasis on value, line, and shadows. The first step I took was drawing out the letter I was working on. Then I would draw it's other side, and then it's shadow. I think the "g" is one of the better ones.

CONCLUSION

This class was awesome, and it's too bad I can't take it for the whole year. :( I really enjoyed improving drawing people and hands. That was one of my goals at the beginning, and I definitely met it. I hope to take more classes like this one later on.

Thank you!

ETHAN SENTI

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