Week 2 Take home

 LINE take home   part 2                   | Lantin | STUDIO ART I



due Wednesday the 18th of September



  • · We will do some exercise with regard to line weight, density and mark making.


  • Looking at the still life assembled in the room – create a composition where the shapes are not outlined, but using the techniques explored in Wednesday’s class – convey the 3-dimensional qualities you observe



Tiny Marks with Directional Dominance and Conflicts


To continue to develop the use of line to create an illusion of depth and movement on a two-dimensional surface.



  • Thumbnail Sketches in your sketchbook: at least 6 -  4 x 3  fields with neatly drawn borders

(in your sketchbook)  

  • The completed piece will be on a half sheet of white drawing paper (collect from classroom)
  • Soft pencil, pens --  fine pointed sharpies, fat tip sharpies, your micron: NO BALLPOINT PENS


Create tiny marks next to each other to create a visual flow. Experiment with placing your marks very close together in some areas then spreading them apart from each other to give the illusion that the surface of the picture plane is undulating, contracting and expanding. When the flow is an obvious part of the composition and creates an obvious sweep of movement across the field, we call it a "directional dominance." The white spaces between marks can also create movement in your designs.


The design challenge here is to experiment with creating flows of movements on a two-dimensional surface. The surface of the paper doesn’t really move, but you can make it appear to move with your choice of marks. Not only can you make the marks in your work appear to move up and down and left and right, but by compressing and expanding the marks, you can make the field appear to move toward you and away from you in a make-believe three dimensional space. Create some “compressed” space by making the marks smaller and very close together. Create some “expanded” space by making the marks a bit larger and with greater spaces between. Establish one major flow in the piece: a “directional dominance.” Also, establish lesser, minor flows—“directional conflicts.”

  • Imagine the way sheets lay on a bed, flags move in the wind, bacon wrinkles when it’s cooked…

DO NOT skip over your thumbnails –they are part of your sketchbook to be evaluated

Some questions to be asking yourself…

  • · Do I have a dynamic composition? If you have ANY doubt you probably don’t!  Remember if it’s not interesting to you, it will not be interesting for others to look at!
  • · Is their a visual flow (remember your eyes are your best tool here, does your eye move throughout the composition? This is directional dominance, the first goal of the assignment)
  • · Is there a sense of undulating and contracting space on the picture plain—do the marks seem to be moving?
  • · Is there a directional conflict? 
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