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Unformatted text preview: will create a black-and-white drawing, using direct observation and a choice of drawing media: charcoal, gray to black colored pencils, or 4B and 2B graphite pencils. In your artwork, you will use chiaroscuro to create a sense of dramatic contrast and to emphasize some aspect of the subject. Creating Work in pairs in a darkened room, such as a closet, with a strong light source. Partners will take turns roleplaying “model” and “artist.” The model is to pose for a portrait. The artist should experiment with angling the light source on the subject to create dramatic contrast. The artist should take several black-and-white photographs. The artist and model should then switch roles. Step 1 Select one photo that interests you most, and in your sketchbook, create a study for the work. A study is a preparatory sketch or painting. Your study can be either a contour or gesture drawing (see page 428). Make sure that you indicate areas of light and dark. Step 2 Transfer your study onto a sheet of drawing paper. Do not worry if you are unable to capture your subject’s exact likeness. Your chief goal is to make a dramatic statement through contrast. Decide which aspect of the subject you will emphasize through the use of light and dark. Evaluating Your Work DESCRIBE What is the subject of your drawing? What drawing medium did you use? What shading techniques did you employ to create the light and dark areas in your drawing? ANALYZE Explain how you have used chiaroscuro in this particular drawing. Compare and contrast your use of light and dark values. Are there places where light gradually blends into darkness? Did you use the principle of emphasis? INTERPRET Can the viewer identify the mood that you have captured without glancing at the title? Does your work’s title express the mood you feel the drawing conveys? JUDGE Do you consider your drawing successful? Evaluate your artistic decisions. Which aesthetic theory would you use to judge your artwork? Step 3 Apply shading techniques, using pressure, the edge of your medium, or both. (For more on shading effects, see page 429.) Start with the darkest areas and work toward the lightest areas. As you complete areas of the work, cover these with clean scrap paper to prevent smudging. Step 4 As you work, stop periodically to assess your progress. Check to see that there is interplay between light and shadow, as in Figure 5.36. Step 5 Use an art gum eraser to remove any stray marks or smudges. Mount your finished artwork. Give it a title that best describes the mood of the work. FIGURE 5.36A Student work. STUDIO PROJECT Contrast Drawing 125 STUDIO PROJECT 5–3 Digital Genre Scene Historical and Cultural Context FIGURE 5.37 Antonio Ruiz. The Bicycle Race. 1938. Oil on canvas. 33.3 43.2 cm (131 8 17 ). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Purchased with the Nebinger Fund. The painting in Figure 5.37 is by twentieth-century Mexican artist Antonio Ruiz. You don’t need to look at the t...
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