Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Illustration Friday - Unbalanced

12 x 15 3/4 inches
Pen and ink
Self Portrait

This is a sample of a project that I do with my Art 1 students.  It starts as a grid drawing that is then developed by creating values using patterns and textures.  Students have to control the value within a given pattern as well since the pattern/texture changes with each grid square.  I am always trying to get the students to take more compositionally interesting photos to work from so that we get more dynamic final images.  This means that I start by taking a lot of very unflattering pictures of myself to get them to loosen up about how they look.  The girls always want to be "pretty" and the boys just want to give me mug shots.  Teenagers are soooooo self-conscious!  I just tell them to loosen up and let their freak flag fly!  Of course they are certain that I am completely mentally unbalanced as the above image would seem to prove.  I also let a student choose which image I will work from which is guaranteed to be the one that is the most unforgiving. :)  Good fun!

20 comments:

  1. Wow! This is awesome cool! YOu better get selected!

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  2. This is great ^_^ Great fun interplay of texture. Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

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  3. Great...Thanks for ypur comment and congratulations Good work very expressive!

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  4. Hey, that is a great idea for a drawing project! I'm going to try it at home...

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  5. You sound like a good teacher. I teach English, and do the same thing with my modeling. That's a very fun illustration, and a good exercise as well.

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  6. You sound like an amazing teacher! We could use a whole lot more of you in the public school system. I love this piece, and the detailing is Wow!

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  7. Oh, I do like this - and would say to anyone seeing this comment to make sure that they view the drawing full size!

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  8. fantastic effect - great line work!

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  9. Great post and image! Makes me think of Chuck Close. You sound like an inspiring and fun teacher!!

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  10. Hello Sally, thanks for the feedback on my illustration. I'm so happy you stopped by because well I would probably have never found YOU. So I'm here on your blog now and I am totally inspired by your work and your teachings. Please, may I follow your awesome blog?

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  11. Thanks for commenting on my illustration. This piece is great, an excellent project for students on so many levels.

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  12. gosh! this is a really powerful piece, great use of patterns and textures!

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  13. A composition of patch work wonderfulness! Very impressive!

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  14. Wow!! That is amazing. Love, love, love it!

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  15. Wow, yes, such looks like fun. A great piece.

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  16. I'm about to start a gridded self portrait for my Art II class, and I came across this when looking for inspiration on google. [I do what I can.]

    While it is not really what I was looking for, I just wanted to let you know that this is beyond cool! It's like a combination of several projects I'm working on right now. I love it! Very very cool.

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  17. How long did this take your students to complete

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