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Compositional elements (objects)

SHOW THE FOLLOWING in each of the two drawings: –something nearby (shallow space), –something at middle distance, –and something far away (deep space). Your subject may be –an area outdoors (landscape) — an area inside a room with a window you can see out of –a long table or a bed (part will be close to you and part several feet away from you), heaped with objects or draperies at different distances from where you are standing –Don’t draw from a photo.
Part 1: a 30-minute, continuous gesture drawing Here’s the procedure:
1. Mark a 9”x12” rectangle on white paper as your drawing space
2. Using ball point pen, draw a continuous gesture from the beginning of the drawing to the end of a 45-minute timer (no starts and stops)
3. Follow the implied motion of all objects and
4. Draw gesturally in all the spaces between the objects.
5. The light gesture drawing becomes continually darker and more filled in, with lines in many directions, according to the gesture (motion) of objects.
6. When the drawing is finished, there are no more white areas on the paper. If you see white spaces, you are not finished yet.
Part 2: a full size drawing showing 3 levels of space Here’s the procedure:
1. Materials: Use any graphite materials, including soft and hard drawing and woodless pencils; conte crayon, charcoal, chamois, blending stump, kneaded eraser, and white or pink hard eraser, ink wash and pen and ink. Use one material OR mixed media.
2. You can begin with a very light gesture drawing to locate all the elements of your composition. Consider scale and perspective if applicable.
3. With contour line, define some compositional elements (objects) a little bit.
4. Begin toning the objects very generally and very gradually. Begin to indicate the areas of light, medium and dark value within the objects AND from the background to foreground. Remember that clarity and detail indicate things close to you.
5. Consider cross contour directions to help form your objects and your spaces.
6. Think about markmaking and texture development to help establish distance.
7. As you work, draw the air or space between objects, while you are drawing the objects.
8. Erase or blend using stumps or kneaded eraser at any time.
9. Continue working all areas of your composition until you have an active and readable spatial relationship between all elements of your drawing.