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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

Faerietank – Part 7 – The Drawing

For new readers just tuning in: You are invited to participate in this painting! It’s a faerie tank—like a fish tank, but with faeries instead. You don’t need any more information to start. Just look the drawing over, gather thoughts, and comment below. To see where this project all began, click here.

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Okay, let’s take a look:

101-Faerietank-Part-7

 

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I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

A few notes before we go into our talking points:

What this is: it’s a *drawing*, not yet a study of lights, darks, gradation, or color. Yes, there is some shading, because we need a vague idea of what it will look as we examine, but the real study of lights and darks will look like the following, though much more finished:

Temporary Value Study:

002-Faerietank-Rough-300

So, some talking points we want to consider (feel free to copy/paste these into your comment):

1 – Does anything ‘pop out’ right off as being out of place?

2 – Is it interesting?

3 – Does it feel right?

4 – Will we remember it after we walk away?

5 – Anything else?

Remember, we’re looking at this as a drawing, so we want to hold off on making comments about lights and darks until the next round.

Alright, we’ll be doing notes from now until Wednesday night, then we’ll start the real value study. Let’s get going.