The assignment

This project entails the creation of 3 drawing, and it will span 3 class periods. Each drawing should focus of one of the 3 major elements of a landscape, namely: Terrain, Water, and Vegetation, all three drawing can share a similar and atmosphere, or have no sky at all. The execution of these drawings can be done from life, from photo, or from someone else's work, or combinations of all the above. Please read, here below, the general concept which this project's foundation: The Landscape.

Even though I always encourage student to draw from life, elements such as terrain, water, and vegetation are often found together. For this project they need to be separated and dealt with individually. Therefore, if you are working from a source, which combines terrain, water and vegetation, regardless of what that may be, you need to sort things out and redirect your landscape components toward these 3 individual solutions: Terrain, Water, and Vegetation.

Terrain

Color, texture, variety, randomness, atmosphere, and light and shadow will be the major components of your terrain drawing.

There are some similarities between the way you could sketch hills and waves, at least initially. Because initially the lines of your drawings can be very abstract in nature.

Think of a hill or a wave as a mountain, with a light side and a dark side.

Water

"Ambiguous Waves 1" acrylic wash, by Giulio Porta

The body of water I would like you to draw should contain waves like those of an ocean or a great lake.

Think of a wave as a mountain, with a light side and a dark side. What separate the two will be a ridge, slanting toward you, in the case of a pyramid that ridge will be a straight line, in the case of mountain and waves that ridges will be much more irregular.

 

"Ambiguous Waves 2" by Giulio Porta

In a black and white solution waves may look like hills, if no color was given to them.

Although color can be always applied later.

The presence of color can make a huge difference in the case of identifying a particular type of terrain or waves.

"Ambiguous Waves 3" acrylic wash, by Giulio Porta

Even with more contrast and deeper shadows, waves may still look like hills when using black and white.

" Big Wave" acrylic wash, by Giulio Porta

Shorter stokes, and white foam, the kind that forms at the crest of a wave, may help in making waves looking more realistic.

The directions of the brush stokes is very important as it will identify the slope of the wave, and the degree of turbulence of the body of water in question.

 
Vegetation

Deciduous            Conifer                Palm

For this project I would like you to draw 3 types of trees: 1) a deciduous, 2) a conifer, 3) a palm. The idea is to allow you to broaden the variety of directional strokes you can produce with the tools you currently have, in particular with the round brush.

Even though I always encourage student to draw from life, elements such as terrain, water, and vegetation are often found together. For this project they need to be separated and dealt with individually.

"The green house at NVCC Annandale campus" by Giulio Porta. 

 

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