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


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.


Mariah’s tree in marker.


Robert’s Fig Tree


Tammy’s Study


Popay’s study.


Josh’s Bed Head.


Kayla’s Knots and Leaves


Adriana’s Fig Tree in pastel and charcoal.

… and the self-portraits …


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


Alexssa’s works in pastel and charcoal.


Angie’s marker and color pencil.


JT’s works in marker.


Cassidy’s works in marker.


Vicki’s works in marker.


Popay’s self-portrait in graphite.


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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