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...]

Tangles shaded

To continue our work about gradients, with the students of grade 8, we have created this drawing of entwined ribbons. The drawing is made in pencil, and the background is colored with felt-tip pens, to bring out the shades of the ribbons. In this exercise we wanted to make a three-dimensional sense of depth using the light and shade, drawing the shadows on each tape... Have we succeeded? … [Read more...]

Exercises in shade and gradations to the new folders

In classes of 8th grade we started to practice with the shades and  gradations in the drawings that will be used for the cover of our folders. You begin to draw a grid of 21 cm to the side and, in each square of 7x7cm, it draws two lines by hand, which can be curved, oblique, vertical, horizontal, wavy or straight. The important thing is that each square has being divided into three areas to be … [Read more...]

Copying value from Felice Casorati’s still lifes

Sometimes is difficult to explain how many tonal value you can find in a black & white pictures because the scale of lights and shadows can be very wide. I’ve found that the students can understand better if they try to copy a photograph or a work of art on a tracing paper placed on the original picture. It’s a trick, obviously, but the student uses a different colored pencil (not black) to … [Read more...]

Face proportions

Stelina K. Following the proportions in the figure below and my instructions on the blackboard, every student drew his own character! They didn’t copy a specific face, but they just invented a face simply following the  instructions step by step. We did this work with grade 7 and 8 (classi seconde). … [Read more...]

Striped bottles and vases

michela l. Another exercise in light and shade for classes 2 (grade 7-8), made with colored pencils. When the bottles and jars are colorful, they are glued on a new sheet in a free composition where you have to pay attention to the shapes that are ahead and those who are behind. After pasting the bottles you draw the cast shadow with a pencil. camilla … [Read more...]

Three ways to shade

Students in the grade7 (classe 2B) have tried three different types of shading with a pencil: 1) with different pressure of the pencil, 2) with crossed lines, 3) with overlapped scrawls. Afterwards they colored the background with markers, drawing free shapes and lines with negative and positive spaces. Eventually we pasted the drawing on an colored paper to create a … [Read more...]

Value exercise

I used simple cardboards, black and coloured, even sheets of coloured papers could be good. First, I drawn the scrolls on the coloured cardboards with a pencil. Second, we colored the scrolls with colored pencils: a darker tone for the shaded area, a lighter color for the highlight areas and a white pencil for the most enlightened, using different pressures to create a gradient. Then you cut the … [Read more...]

Bas-reliefs of Romanesque art

Color gradations reveal the mysterious and fantastic forms of medieval, mythical animals and monsters carved by the skilled hands of ancient sculptors. Students of Year 8 have copied the bas-reliefs of Romanesque art with interesting exercises of value.            … [Read more...]