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.

Work for 09.04.2012

Homework assignment assignedTuesday, September 4th due on Thursday, September 6th:

Find an image that speaks to you in a powerful or evocative or emotional way. It can be a piece of artwork, a film clip, a photograph or any other visual form of communication – it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it provokes some reaction to it. Please do not bring anything that has “personal” meaning (i.e. pictures of friends, family, etc.) – whatever it is that you choose should provide response to it in its own right.

Be prepared to speak for 1-2 minutes in class on Thursday about the image and why you find it evocative (i.e. dramatic light, powerful subject, color – whatever, it doesn’t matter). 

This assignment should take you no more than 10 minutes – please don’t spend any more time than that.