Illusion and Value

ILLUSION OF SPACE \ VALUE                | Lantin | 2D-Design

Due October 16


  • · completen you six-step value scale from dark to light. Remember to create value through cross-hatching, pointilism and blending. 



Shape Mask

•  half-sheet of drawing paper with finished piece mounted on Presentation Board

•Media: charcoal applied with blending stump. Remember at various times to spray the piece with Krylon workable fixative and fix again when completed.



To create visual space and a sense of depth in compositions through the addition of value and to be aware of how Value distribution can create emotional impact.



1. Cut or tear one non-representational shape from heavy paper.  Make it 1/2 to 1/3 the size of your hand or roughly 1/8 of the size of the field.


2. Place that shape in the field temporarily - hold it, don’t glue it. That shape is called a shape mask because it will be blocking out or protecting various parts of the field.


3. Use a blending stump rolled in charcoal dust to apply charcoal all around the outside edges of the shape. Extend the charcoal area to make a 2” to 3” “aura” around the shape. Don’t move the shape while you are applying the charcoal


4. Remove the cut paper shape (the “mask”) and notice that you’ve created a hard edge image of it in the field …that fades out to about 2”- 3” completely surrounding the shape.


5. Repeat the process by repositioning the mask in the field and applying medium in the same way, gently brushing or rubbing medium from the mask to the field in order to overlay a thin veil of medium over whatever already exists.


6. Fill the field with layers of overlapping medium as you repeat the process of positioning the mask at least 15 times and rubbing (or spattering) medium around it.


7. Now look at the field.  What can you add to the field to complement the design and make it personal? A value that connects some of the shapes? A textured shape? Lines?



Considerations: Consider the design you are building as you make decisions about where to put the mask, how to turn it, how much media to apply, how close or far away from the other shapes to put the mask; and how many layers of medium you are creating.


Don’t forget to ask yourself these questions….


  • · 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! Go back to your Compositions to Avoid handout and make sure that your aren’t falling into any of those traps! No floaty small shapes in the middle of your compositions? Make your shapes larger and crop them!
  • · Are three edges of the picture plane being fractured by shapes?
  • · Is their a visual flow (remember your eyes are your best tool here, does your eye move throughout the composition?)


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