Week 3

Week 3 :

Tuesday, September 11

Turn in your sketchbook assignment: both the source image and your copy. Bring the drawing we started in class last Thursday.

Make sure you have ALL of your supplies.


Thursday, September 13

Come prepared with ALL your drawing supplies including an Expo Marker, both your view finders and your glass image plane.


  • Today we talked about the second kind of perception: Space. We focused on "negative" space which is everyone around the subject of our drawing.
  • All of the negative space in a drawing shares edges with the positive space (subject of our drawing). This means that if we draw the negative space we will also be drawing the positive space. This can be a very effective way to trick our brain into drawing what our eyes are seeing instead of what our intellect tells us what to draw.
  • We discussed beginning a drawing by deciding on a "basic unit". This can be a single positive or negative shape in your chosen composition or it can just be a specific edge in your composition. It should be a mid-sized shape or egde because we will be using it as a point of comparison for the rest of the drawing.
  • We begin our drawing with our basic unit, that way we can be sure that we will be able to fit all our of our subject into our drawing.
  • See below for a step by step guide for this process.
  • HOMEWORK: Choose an interesting chair in your house and complete a negative space drawing like the one we did in class today. Use bond paper and turn it in on Tuesday.
  • HOMEWORK: Buy an xacto knife with replacement blades and brind it with you to class on Tuesday. See below for what it looks like.

HOMEWORK: Follow the steps below to make a negative space drawing of an interesting chair in your house.

1. Clip your large view finder onto your picture plane.

2. Use your expo marker to draw along the inside of your view finder. 

3. Use your view finder to frame an interesting composition with your chair. Try to fill as much of the frame as possible so you can see the negative shapes created between the chair edges and the edges of your composition. Close one eye so your can see the composition more clearly. 

4. Once you have chosen an interesting composition choose one negative shape to be your 4. Once you have chosen an interesting composition choose one negative shape to be your "basic unit". It should be a medium sized shape.

5. You should now have your basic unit and the inside edge of your view finder drawn on your picture plane. Nothing else.

6. On your drawing pad use a pencil to draw a line around the OUTER edge of your view finder. This shape should have the same proportions as the inner edge of the view finder, so it will be easy to enlarge your drawing a little.

7. Tone the rectangle you just drew with your graphite stick and blend it into an even grey layer with a paper towel.

8. First draw your vertical and horizontal lines with you pencil and then copy the 8. First draw your vertical and horizontal lines with you pencil and then copy the "basic unit" that you have drawn on your picture plane to the exact same location on your drawing. Remember your drawing area is a little larger than the composition your have within your view finder, so you will have to make your "basic unit" a little larger so it is the same proportion in relation to the image area as it is on your glass picture plane.

9. Put your glass picture plane away. Finish drawing all the negative shapes your see in and around your chair. Use your 9. Put your glass picture plane away. Finish drawing all the negative shapes your see in and around your chair. Use your "basic unit" as a point of comparison for the remaining negative shapes. If you drew the basic unit accurately your composition should end up matching the composition your originally chose using the view finder. IMPORTANT: remember the outer edge of your composition is also the edge of the negative shape(s) that surround the chair. 

10. Erase either the negative or positive shapes so you can see them more clearly. You can also refine the drawing with some details if you would like. Turn this drawing in to me on Tuesday.

HOMEWORK: Buy a #2 Xacto knife with replacement blades and bring it with you to class next week. I will be subtracting 25 points from your next project grade if you do not bring this with you to class. You need your own - no sharing. 

The replacement blades should look something like this. They usually come in a 5 pack. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE CORRECT BLADES FOR YOUR KNIFE! (i don't know if this picture is of the correct blades.)