1. HUE / VALUE CHART:
- On 5.5x15" Illustration Board: Draw 1" squares as shown, leaving 1/2" column for labeling.
- Correct, even steps in value
- Paint the gray scale and have it ok'd by me.
- Starting with yellow, identify its inherent value and place the pure yellow there. Now add white to create the higher values and the complement to create the lower values.
- Do the same for red, magenta and blue.
- Correct placement of each pure color according to its value on the gray scale.
- Neat presentation
2. PHOTO SHOOT homework (printed size: 4x6" or similar)
This photograph will be source material for the self-portrait painting described below. You must shoot an new photo for this project. You will need a printed version. A small snapshot size is fine but the print quality must be photo-like (so you can see all values).
Set up the background and lighting conditions yourself, then have a friend shoot your portrait while you pose. Shoot several photos to choose from. Pay attention to the following:
- Color (clothes and background)
- Lighting!!! (single source light, no flash)
- Here is a video tutorial on creating "Rembrandt light" for a photo shoot. It is more complicated than you will be doing but will give you a sense of the kind of light we are looking for. I recommend a sunny window instead of lights.
3. EQUAL LIGHT / EQUAL DARK:
- On 9x12" Watercolor Paper. Composition should measure 5x5" and be centered with 2" borders at the top and sides.
- All values in the light section should equal the value of YELLOW
- All values in the dark section should equal the value of BLUE
- Number of colors (at least 25 different colors overall)
- Neat presentation and interesting composition
- On 8x10", 10x10" or 8x10" stretched canvas
The main cirteria for the self-portrait is the process that each student has participated in during class periods. This is a creative/painterly assignment that involves trial and error. No one is docked for errors in this assignment - only for lack of effort or participation. In other words, if you were in class throughout the project, you will have gained some knowledge of transparent color mixture and will get a good grade on the portrait. STEPS:
- photo shoot
- underdrawing (Be sure to look over the Essential Vermeer website for GLAZING technique)
- analyse colors in source photo (warm or cool)
- underpainting (warm or cool)– establishing fundamental dark & light relationship
- apply local color (transparent)