2D Art Projects

2D Art Projects

2D Art Projects

Line Project

Objective: Using ink and household bleach on paper, create a line drawing of a still life that I will set up in the middle of the classroom.

Procedure: fasten a full sheet of medium quality paper (e.g., Fabriano Academia 80 lb.) to your drawing board with one-inch-wide green painter's tape along all the edges. Half the width of the tape should be on the paper, half on the board to create a fetching white boarder around your composition. Next, use a foam brush to cover your paper with non-permanent black ink (Parker Quink, or Waterman's ink ONLY). More than one coat may be needed to achieve a uniform black surface. Set the paper aside and allow the ink to dry. While waiting for the ink to dry, use willow or vine charcoal on newsprint to loosen up and experiment with different compositions of the still life. The purpose of this "practice" is to enable you to create a work that is well-composed without appearing "stiff". When the ink is dry, rough in your composition by sketching LIGHTLY with a hard pencil (e.g., 4HB). Ignore details for now and try to maintain the same "looseness" that is present in your gesture drawings.

When you are satisfied with your composition, pour a few ounces of ordinary, household bleach into a plastic cup or container. NEVER NEVER EVER USE A DRINKING CUP because you could die if you accidently take a drink of it! Get out your nib holder and a large bowl pointed nib (click here to see an example). Begin your finished composition by dipping your pen into the bleach and making lines on your inked paper. While drawing, try to use only loose, gestural lines to depict the inner and outer contours of the still life objects. Try not to make outlines which would then need to be filled in like a colouring book. Create highlights and mid tones using only cross hatching and cross contours. Vary the thickness of the lines by using different amounts of pressure on the nib: greater pressure and slower speeds will create thicker lines; lighter pressure and faster speeds will create thinner lines. The more lines that you make and the more hatching that you do, the stronger will be the sense of light in your composition.

Vary the intensity and concentration of lines to create a wide variety of values in your composition. To create a convincing sense of volumetric shapes in space (not outer space), focus your efforts on depicting highlights and mid tones in your still life; the shadows should take care of themselves because of the darkness of the ink. Every now and then, step back and look at your drawing from a distance to get a better sense of how your work is progressing. This technique takes time, so be patient. If you make an area too bright, do not despair: you can "erase" your bleach lines by letting them dry and then using your nib pen with the ink at full strength to make dark hatches through those areas.

Examples of Student Works

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CAUTION: Be VERY careful not to spill the bleach or drip it on to your clothes or the paper. Also, do not inhale the bleach fumes deeply or get any of it on your skin. If you do splash some on your fingers or hand, rinse it off immediately with water. If you splash some in your eyes, tell me immediately and then proceed to the EYE WASH STATION across from the Woodshop on the 6th floor of the Art Parkade. Keep your eyes open and rinse them for at least ten minutes.

AESTHETIC: Your work must adhere to the Principles of Composition, especially Emphasis, Variety, Movement, Balance, Unity and Rhythm.

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