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
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
5–3 Digital Genre
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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