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Observational Drawing.

Hand and Flowers

all ART-I lessons

Grading:

  • Accurate observational drawing
  • Variety of flowers
  • Outlined with smooth solid lines
  • Corners are stylized
  • Flowers are painted:
    • at least 2 colors (or shades) inside each shape;
    • each shape is painted separately
  • Hand is painted with color values for a 3-D effect
  • Background is painted as directed

Step 1: drawing

Pick a flower and draw your hand holding it.

DO A LIGHT LINE DRAWING, LIFE-SIZED, IN PENCIL…DO NOT SHADE.

Pay attention to the directions of the lines. Compare size relationships.

Add another flower to the bouquet.

Do not shade!

Step 2: outlining and stylizing

After you are done drawing - outline the entire picture with a fine Sharpie. Use solid, smooth lines.

STAY RIGHT ON THE LINES, TAKE YOUR TIME.

Round all corners to stylize the drawing:

USE THE “ROUNDING-OFF” STYLIZATION TECHNIQUE YOU LEARNED EARLIER.
APPLY THIS TECHNIQUE TO THE ENTIRE DRAWING.
THEN ERASE ALL YOUR STRAY PENCIL MARKS THAT ARE LEFT.

Step 3: painting flowers

NOW THAT YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THE DRAWING, YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THE PAINTING. YOU WILL BE USING WATERCOLOR PAINTS, AND FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES:

  • DO NOT USE THE WHITE WATERCOLOR PAINT.
    YOU LIGHTEN COLORS BY ADDING MORE WATER TO THEM, WHICH ALLOWS MORE OF THE WHITE BOARD TO SHOW THROUGH.

  • STAY IN THE LINES AS YOU PAINT…BESIDES CREATING A FINISHED PIECE OF ARTWORK, YOU ARE ALSO IMPROVING YOUR HAND-EYE COORDINATION, AND YOUR FINE MOTOR SKILLS.
    YOUR HAND IS PLACING THE PAINT ON THE BOARD WHERE YOUR BRAIN IS TELLING IT TO. YOUR BRAIN IS YOUR HAND’S BOSS.
  • USE ANY COLORS YOU WANT TO PAINT THE FLOWERS AND THE STEMS/LEAVES…YOU DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE COLORS THAT THEY ACTUALLY ARE.
    HOWEVER, YOUR COLORS MUST BE CUSTOM, “MIXED” COLORS…NOT A COLOR THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN YOUR SET. YOU ARE CREATING YOUR COLORS BY MIXING TWO PAINT COLORS TOGETHER.
  • Use at least two colors (or shades) inside each shape.
  • THE COLORS YOU CREATE SHOULD BE “WASHES”…MEANING THAT THEY ARE VERY WATERY, EASY TO SEE THROUGH, TRANSLUCENT… THEY SHOULD NOT BE AN OPAQUE COLOR THAT COVERS UP THE SHARPIE LINES.

  • THE PETALS THAT ARE “BEHIND” OTHER PETALS SHOULD BE A DARKER WASH OF THE SAME COLOR. THE PETALS IN FRONT SHOULD BE A LIGHTER WASH. YOU SHOULD USE DARK AND LIGHT WASHES OF THE SAME COLOR WITHIN EACH INDIVIDUAL FLOWER. THE SAME APPLIES TO LEAVES AND STEMS THAT ARE FURTHER BACK (BEHIND).

  • TALK WITH ME BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PAINT THE HAND. EVEN IF SOMEONE AT YOUR TABLE IS ALREADY PAINTING THE HAND, AND YOU THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT, I STILL WANT YOU TO TALK WITH ME FIRST.
  • Paint each shape separately - do not cover the entire flower with one color.

Step 4: painting a hand

Use color washes to build up the values.

Note the darkest and the lightest areas. Remember how you shaded the geometrical forms - apply the same approach to lights and shadows.

Step 5: painting the background

Use CONCENTRADED LIQUID WATERCOLOR paint to paint the background.

Paint small areas at a time. While paint is still wet - apply some salt onto the area and let it do its magic.

 

 

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