Class Exercise: What can you do in a day?
I will provide materials for today's class.
If you have any questions you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
In my demonstration I used "bleeding" tissue paper to cover and acrylic matte medium on bristol board.
I asked you to fill a whole piece of bristol board with as much variety as you could achieve using the bleeding tissue and matte medium.
After about 45 minutes I had you trade boards with another person and then find an interesting composition within the area of your partner's board using four pieces of white paper to crop. Then you cut out this section and put it up on the wall for critique.
With this exercise I wanted to emphasis that rendering and composing are two different things. Too often when we are rendering an image we are not thinking about how that image relates to the whole composition we are putting it into.
For example if you are making a painting of a face is would be easy to not think about the parts of the composition that are not the face even though those parts are just an important to successful composition. You then might recognize that something is wrong but not consider that you might not need to fix your face painting (rendering) rather you might need to fix how the face relates to the other elements of your composition like the negative space around the face.
I also wanted to suggest that it is perfectly acceptable to address composition after you are done rendering. As we did in this exercise you can enjoy just playing with materials and then come back after you are done rendering to edit out unnecessary or uninteresting parts of your rendering to achieve good composition. Addressing rendering and composition separately like this works better for some artists.
NEXT WEEK: NO CLASS - Labor Day
NEXT CLASS (in two weeks): bring a short written description of what you would like to accomplish in this class. It doesn't need to be more than a sentence or two. I would like you to have a concrete idea of what you want to do. This may be simply to follow along with my demonstrations.
Also bring anything you have collected that will help you achieve your desired outcome. This might include photographs of subject matter you are interested it, clippings from magazines with colors you want to use or paintings you would like to emulate in some way. It could also be a quote or other text that has inspired you. Bring it all to class with you. If you know what materials you need, then bring those too.