The visual elements and principals of line are used in this project. The viewers’ eye is taken from left to right or right to left following the connected yet contrasting lines in the photocopies. I used black and white instead of color to bump up the contrast and aid the viewer. I bookended the piece with pictures that have a full black background to help keep the image balanced overall.
Balancing positive and negative shapes, this piece is a mirror of itself. It has a feel of being solid in addition to relating the letterform and the subject. Using hammers to create a yin and yang look I wanted to also have a typeface that is solid in nature. Almost as if it was built or constructed by the hammers. This could be viewed rotated at 90 degrees and still make sense.
An extreme use of depth of field is used here to bring the viewer into the world that this fern exists in. By doing this I can give the viewer a sense of 3 dimensions. There is also lots of texture captured in this photo. From the web, the soft background, and the plant itself. It also displays a slightly arching line from right to left that forces the eye to correct itself as we usually read from left to right slowing the viewers experience.
From a live model I composed this piece from the same person drawn in two positions. Under pressure of a time limit I attempted to use the cast light in the room to show value. I also wanted to show depth by adding the props and key pieces in the environment around the model. There are also elements of one point perspective here adding to the feeling of depth in the room.
In this project I drew from life a plant placed by the instructor by a window. By doing this the plant can only be seen in negative form due to the strong light from the sun behind the object. This gives the piece a very 2 dimensional feel and leaves the viewer filling in their own interpretation of the plants real texture and color. Hard shapes and edges are the elements that dominate this project yet the medium of charcoal not being erased in the background brings softness.
Here is a direct reproduction from observation. Using the principals of 1 point perspective I recreated on paper the hallway at the college. Interestingly I chose to use a point that terminates at the beginning of another door instead of a wall. This may give the viewer the chance to ponder what may lay beyond the door.
As faithful of a reproduction as I could do, this master copy of Kenneth Grahame was done in the same medium of charcoal on paper. I enjoyed capturing the interesting likeness and found the interesting use of core shadow on the subjects face a key to making this a successful learning experience. This use of shadow creates a great deal of dimension through shadow.
The two above pieces show a range of values and textures. On the left a still life from class showing 3 dimensional objects with a number of differing textures and values. The objects include a foot cast, grapes, Roman pillar, and part of a plant. I also included a personal piece showing a more stylized figure drawing from my personal studies. The figure shows a number of interesting uses of light and shadow to create and interesting piece with light and depth.