Assignment #4 – What’s outside isn’t necessarily what’s inside

Today we talked about collage and how the aggregation of disparate objects/images/people can begin to breed new understanding. Using the techniques of collage, I want you to make two drawings – one interior and one exterior. These two drawings should create a dichotomy of opposites – one should speak of calmness and serenity, and one should exude chaos and motion. The specific subject you choose to investigate – political, personal, emotional, etc. – is up to your discretion. I would like everyone to use the opposites of calmness and chaos so we can compare the two.

Think hard about the conceptual basis of your dichotomy – technique is secondary here, think about what you are trying to communicate and how best to do that.



During tonight’s class we will be breaking up into groups of 5 or 6 to do smaller reviews of your assignment due today. We will pin up either in the classroom somewhere or, if the light is adequate (which it may not be), somewhere in the hallway/balcony area or in the link.

During the time you are not in a review I would like you to go through a few tutorials which will prep you for Thursday’s class.

First, if you do not yet have a copy of the most recent SketchUp, download the program (for free) here:

Once you have downloaded that, I would like you to go through the first four tutorials on SketchUp (Getting started with SketchUp parts 1-4).

If you are already comfortable and have an intermediate-advanced level of knowledge of SketchUp, I will let you use your own judgement as to whether or not you feel these videos are necessary.

I would also like all of you to check out these videos:

These are each about 1 hour long with no sound – so feel free to skip around to different parts of the videos. What is important to watch here is how the artist is using a combination of digital painting, texture application and collage to create the images.

These two tutorials are perhaps the best examples of how one can use a smattering of different techniques to create architectural drawings. It would heed you well to pay attention to them.

Assignment #2 – Urban Painting, Urban Mood

Here is the brief for assignment #2, due for Pin-Up on Tuesday, 09.18.2012.

Find a photograph or image of an urban setting, either from the web or taken with a digital camera, and use that image as the inspiration for a photoshop painting. You should digitally paint the scene using brushes, textures, photocollage and linework. The scene should be changed or embellished in some way to represent a mood – i.e., it should not be a photorealistic copy, but should employ some of the techniques we covered today (chiaroscuro, texture, dramatic lighting, etc.) to set up an idea of what the space is like. In addition, you must include in the painting a self-portrait of sorts. This does NOT mean you need to draw your face in the composition, but rather use an identifiable part of yourself or your persona in the picture. This could be a literal self portrait, a far-off shot, a symbol, an object, or anything that you find personal attachment with. This should help to reinforce the mood of the painting and should be integral to the composition (i.e. it should become the focal point). The assignment is a self-portrait of an urban scene, where you will use the mood, composition and theme of the drawing to say something about your personality.

You should NOT use any of the original photograph for the assignment; rather, the photograph should only serve as a reference for your painting. You may, however, use outside images, textures, or references to help embellish your drawing.

Expect to spend about 3-4 hours on this drawing. It will be due on Tuesday.

Here are some helpful tutorials that will relate to the work you are doing this weekend:

Wacom Bamboo tablet

As promised, here is the link to the Wacom Bamboo tablet on Amazon:

This is likely Wacom’s most popular model, though any from their line would probably work well. I would avoid any of their “touch” series, however, as you want to be utilizing only the pen to draw.