enter – illusion of depth

  “Maybe a person’s world can grow bigger in all the right ways, not too wide that it becomes shallow, just large enough to preserve its depth.”
― Deb Caletti, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

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Phoenix provides great weather and landscape and we’re outdoors for 2 weeks to complete the in-class assignment. Students have to consider foreground, middle-ground, and background as they work out a composition. They include different textures and deal with shapes that overlap. For homework, they create a self-portrait.

I explain illusion of depth in a 2 dimensional artwork. A drawing, a painting, and a print have height and width and the depth is illusion. Three dimensional work is real object / sculpture. It has height, width, depth and maybe volume.

These two assignments mark the end of the use of marker. Next we start charcoal.

Below are some examples.

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Mariah’s tree in marker.

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Robert’s Fig Tree

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Tammy’s Study

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Popay’s study.

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Josh’s Bed Head.

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Kayla’s Knots and Leaves

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Adriana’s Fig Tree in pastel and charcoal.

… and the self-portraits …

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Adriana – There’s a party in my head and no one else is invited, charcoal

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Alexssa’s works in pastel and charcoal.

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Angie’s marker and color pencil.

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JT’s works in marker.

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Cassidy’s works in marker.

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Vicki’s works in marker.

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Popay’s self-portrait in graphite.

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Kayla’s self-portrait in marker.

IMG_5206Both assignments require students use everything they’ve learned up to this point, along with working out spatial depth. The critique shows everyone’s progress.

2 thoughts on “enter – illusion of depth

  1. Josh’s “bed head” drawing of grasses is beautifully sensitive……tell him, “Nice work!” from a fellow grass/weeds admirer

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