Monday, January 31, 2011

Collage landscape

More collage examples: Kurt Schwitters

Collage examples, links, etc.

Some nice images of an artist using collage like a painting:

Project 2: Collage Drawing

Collage drawing

Project description:

Develop a collage drawing of observed forms using the techniques discussed in class. Possible subject matter may include still life, landscape, figure, and portrait.


To further understand non-conventional drawing techniques. To understand the connection between technique, material, concept, and expression.


Multi-toned paper (either purchased or made), rubber cement or glue stick, craft paper, scissors, pencils, illustration board.


The drawing should be 14” square minimum, no maximum, with a minimum 1” border. All values are to be suggested by the collaged toned paper.


  • Using a clip lamp or other strong light source (may be natural) light your subject in such a way that you are aware of clear planes of light and shadow.

  • Lay out your composition in light pencil lines on a neutral piece of paper or illustration board.

  • Use pieces of the toned paper to create areas of light and dark and suggest subtle gradations. How you create the paper shapes is entirely up to you. They may be torn, cut, identical, irregular, etc. They may be ANY kind of paper!

  • Only use black, white, and gradations of grey for this project. Craft paper is OK.

  • Glue pieces down as you go, making corrections by covering with additional pieces.
  • Try to create a believable quality of light.


  • Experiment with different techniques for creating the collage pieces. Paper may be all the same shape (cut from a hole puncher) or wildly irregular. Paper shapes could be created from a paper shredder. Think about how this tactile quality will affect the look and expressive possibilities of your drawing.

  • Consider the difference between hand-toned paper and purchased. Consider found value sources, but make every effort to keep all paper approximately the same texture.

  • Experiment with light directions; use as strong and dramatic a light source as possible.
  • Step back from your project FREQUENTLY.

  • Reflected light is almost ALWAYS darker than any plane being hit by the light source.
  • See the class blog for examples.

Due date:

Tuesday, February 15th.

Friday, January 28, 2011

This blog can be private

I can make it so that this blog is accessible to ONLY our class.

If this is something you would like, let me know.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Special materials needed for class on February 1st

All system drawings are due at the beginning of class.

After the critique, we will be doing a small collage exercise. You will need to have the following:

Support paper, about 11 x 14 inches. This can be cardboard, craft paper, charcoal paper, or any other material slightly heavier than regular sketch paper. It should be neutral in color, and close to middle gray in value.

Prepared collage paper in 3-5 different values, including black and white. You can prepare this paper by hand or purchase appropriately toned paper. Cut or tear the paper into manageable pieces, approximately 1/2 inch square and store them in separate containers.

Scissors or X-Acto knife

Some kind of paper adhesive. Glue sticks, rubber cement, acrylic matte medium, Mod Podge are all fine. Make sure you bring a disposable brush if necessary.

Project 1: System Portrait

Project Description:

This is to be a portrait of a person you select, either real or fictional. You are to develop some type of drawing system for the execution of this drawing. This can be many things. Chuck Close’s grid-based system is a prime example. Seurat’s pointillism can also be seen as a system. The goal of the project is to choose a system and materials that relate in some way to the subject. For instance, the architect Buckminster Fuller was known for his geodesic structures, which were comprised of triangular forms. For this project you might devise a system for creating triangles that you could use to create a drawing of him. Or perhaps you could capture the grungy, dour characteristics of Kurt Kobain by throwing charcoal dust onto paper, tearing it to pieces, and reassembling them into collage. It is to be an ambitious drawing.

The system can be many things, and is entirely up to you. Will you use only straight lines? Will they be hand-drawn or will you use a straight-edge? Does randomness play a role in your system? Will it be more mathematical? Will you listen to a symphony while drawing and only make a stroke when you hear the bassoon? Whatever it is, be consistent. Most systems have built-in limitations. The trick is to embrace them. For instance, if your system involves dipping a ping-pong ball in ink, then bouncing it off a tabletop and onto a sheet of paper, you will have to give up a certain amount of control. You will not be able to achieve the same results as a portrait rendered in graphite.


Many materials are welcome. Consider the possibilities of NON TRADITIONAL materials (hair, sand, thread, etc.) Color may be used.


The image of the head should dominate the page, so think relatively close up. There is no size limitation, but use scale to enhance the conceptual possibilities of your image. Use good paper. There must be a minimum of a one inch border.


The method is entirely up to your own creativity. Photographic references may be used. Be aware that not all photographs translate well into drawing, and avoid strictly copying photographs.


  • Plan out and practice your system in advance of the actual execution of your finish.
  • Use materials wisely, and think creatively. Food products are not usually a good choice (spoilage, bugs, etc.)
Whatever your system, BE CONSISTENT! Don’t change midstream.

Please post ideas, examples, questions, and feedback.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Welcome to the spring semester!

Drawing II is about merging creativity with technical drawing skills and concept. This blog will serve as an open forum for the students in this course to share ideas, get feedback, and add to the weekly discourse of our class. It will also serve as a news and information source. Check back frequently to get more details on upcoming classes and projects.