Rock and Cloud Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Rock and Cloud Silhouettes

How hard is it to create rock and cloud silhouettes that are fun and interesting?

I’m teaching a class on conceptual art at Utah Valley University right now (and teaching is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done!)

Because the assignments I’m giving the students are so much fun, I couldn’t miss out on all the action. So, here’s one of the assignments that I did along with them.

The task is is ultra simple: create silhouettes of ultra simple objects—in this case, rocks and clouds—in such a way as to make them interesting.

Working with these rock and cloud silhouettes challenges the artist to tell a story with rudimentary shapes.

At the end, we then picked a couple of the silhouettes and turned them into full drawings.

Here are some of my exercises. (Maybe, towards the end of the semester, I’ll ask my students if it’s okay to post a few of their assignments on my blog.)

 

Rock Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Rock Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Rock Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Rock Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Rock Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Rock Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Rock Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Rock Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Cloud Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Cloud Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Cloud Silhouettes - by Bryan Beus

Cloud Silhouettes – by Bryan Beus

 

Rock Drawing - by Bryan Beus

Rock Drawing – by Bryan Beus

 

Rock Drawing - by Bryan Beus

Rock Drawing – by Bryan Beus