Ribbons interwoven and Zentangle

Explaining the shading, the value and the three-dimensional effect that we can create in a drawing, we have drew "ribbons" interwoven and perpendicular to each other. In every intersection we drew the shadows, thinking to which ribbon was "below," and which one was "above". The spaces between the interwoven bands are drawn with zentangle (to see other works with these decorations click on the tag … [Read more...]

Vases in pencil on painted background

To develop the theme of still life and value, in the classes of 8th grade, we made these works in mixed media. The bottles are drawn on a separate sheet of paper with a pencil, and the shading is made in strips to facilitate the drawing of the gradations. The background is painted in acrylic paint, by using three colors mixed together in broad brushstrokes. White space of the background is used to … [Read more...]

Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]

Curls, springs, or ribbons twisted?

Another exercise on value realized in the 7th grade classes was this drawing of curled ribbons. The method is very simple and the realism of these metallic curls is achieved with shadows in pencil and gradations in color. The ribbons are drawn on white paper, then cut out. The shapes are pasted on a black card, thus the dark background brings out the effect of light and … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Drawings in radial symmetry

   The radial symmetry has elements identical and symmetrical, relative to a central point, such as we can observe in the shape of snow crystals or in the disposition of the petals in a flower. After drawing a square with its medians and diagonals, we have drawn three curved lines and two straight lines within a clove of the square. These lines were traced on tracing paper with a soft pencil, … [Read more...]

Monochrome sketch on wrapping paper

For making these monochrome drawings made ​​on wrapping paper, students in seventh grade have used three different types of pencils, a charcoal black, a pastel reddish brown and a white pencil. On the copy of the drawing they had to color the shadow areas with black, the neutral zones with the color brown and the area illuminated by light with white. In the gradation from shadow to light these … [Read more...]

Tubes striped

We're still working on the different ways to represent the illusion of space, and in the 8th grade classes we have created this collage, drawing tubes striped, circular or square, with colored pencils. Applying shading to these objects we added the three-dimensional effect. We cut out the tubes, and then we glued them on black cardboard, so that seemed a bunch of piled tubes. I think it's very … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: The illusion of space

There are six easy ways to make our three-dimensional drawings and give the illusion of depth and space; through these six tips we could see through the history of art and discover how artists have developed increasingly more sophisticated systems to deceive the viewer's eyes and show non-existent spaces: 1. OVERLAP 2. SHADING 3. PLACEMENT 4. SIZE 5. VALUE and FOCUS 6. LINEAR PERSPECTIVE I … [Read more...]

Rolled zentangles!

With students of grade 8 we are still working on lights and shadows and gradations. We drew these Zentangles as ancient parchments rolled, using fantasy in the drawing of textures, and reality in the shadows of the parchments that seem real and three dimensional. … [Read more...]