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Tiffany Stappler: http://tiffanystappler.blogspot.com

Elbot Carman: http://chilledlobster.blogspot.com

Adam Ottavi Schiesl: http://adamottavi.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/eight-recent-works-on-paper/

Gail Priday: http://alwaysarting-colorcolorcolor.blogspot.com/search/label/Advanced%20Drawing%20605

Eric Hendersonhttp://midewinini-awesomeart.blogspot.com

Eric Prowkerhttp://advanceddrawingblogspring2010.blogspot.com/

Jessica Pena: jrpena0707.blogspot.com

Jessica Zaydak: J2L19Z.wordpress.com

Amanda Cobb: amandamcobb.wordpress.com

Alfred Mendoza: alfreddmendoza.blogspot.com

Heidi Morelheidimorel.blogspot.com

Colleen Morey: csmorey.wordpress.com

Lora Janneck: loleprojekts.wordpress.com

Carolene Coon: carolenecoon.wordpress.com

Kelly McCarthy: kellysart.wordpress.com

Erin Anderson: erinaanderson.blogspot.com


Just as I decided that paper was not too bad, Laura rocked my world by introducing the xerox lithography process on fresh, wet, greenware. Eric Henderson, Erin Anderson and I were salivating as Laura was showing us the techniques during class. It is very similar to the xerox lithography that you would use in printmaking.

To begin, you need gum Arabic, black iron oxide/black mason stain, linseed oil, cotton balls, a printmaking brayed and some paper towels. Have some black and white xerox. Avoid greys in your images. Mix up some gum Arabic and water, till it gets soupy. You need to create your own ink, so mix up some stain of your choice and linseed oil, till it gets mucky.


Prepare your xerox by dousing it in gum Arabic. This chemical repels the stain/linseed oil when soaked in the xerox paper. Ink up the plate enough where you can see the ink is on the black and is repelled from the white of your image. If needed, as some additional gum Arabic to ensure that the white areas are safe and clean. Erin is quite malicious when it comes to inking up clean lines.

When printing on clay. you need to make sure that the clay surface is free from texture and grog. You also want the clay to be soft and wet. Too dry, and the ink does not stick to the surface of the clay. Too wet, and the clay sticks to the plate. Either way, it can turn into a sticky situation.

This is where the magic happens. I know, you are on the edge of your swivel chair wanting to know what comes next. And honestly, you have to wait for the plate to dry up. If the xerox goes on too wet, it transfers it’s moisture to the clay body and then we run into problem. When all the gum Arabic beads dry up, pick up the plate and press it onto the clay. You can either use your hand, spoon, or rubber rib to press the inked image on your clay piece. Last step is peeling away the plate to reveal the inked clay. If things went seriously wrong somewhere down the line, you can simply rib the stain off the clay and start over.

I think this is a great process that Eric, Erin, and I have all gravitated towards. I find it interesting how different the three of us and Laura print on our pieces.

We finished critique tonight with Gail, Kelly, Elbot and Jessica Pena.  All four students had excellent life-sized self portraits and sub-genre of choice drawings.  It’s really a treat to see each student’s unique take on these assignments.  I would like to give specific attention to Gail’s fabulous genre of choice – breast feeding – AND her resulting genre of choice drawing.  The color work, perspective, concept, and execution are exquisite.

Gail's sub genre of choice drawing

Laura also gave the class a demonstration on Xerox lithography, a process she employs often in her ceramic work.  Xerox lithography, or the Xerox transfer process, involves using gum arabic, water, and lithography ink to transfer a Xeroxed image onto cold-pressed watercolor paper. The process uses a traditional print-making press and brayers. It took most students a few tries before successfully transferring his/her images. Stark b/w Xerox images work best (as in high contrast and few mid-tones). Text and black/white designs transfer quite well also.  Some students achieved excellent results!  Check out next week’s blog for more info, or click here for the Print & Clay website and instructions.

On Tuesday night we had a critique of our two assigned color drawings:  a ‘sub-genre of choice’ drawing and a life-sized self-portrait made with anime and/or fantasy in mind.

I had a hard time with both assignments for a couple of reasons.  First, I am not overly proficient with color pastels or color media in general.  To solve this problem, and upon the advice of Laura, I spent half a months rent on super deluxe pastels (Diane Townsend and UNISON) as well as nice watercolors and multiple sheets of expensive and WONDERFUL pastel card.  It’s amazing just how big of a difference quality products make when dealing with color – and specifically color pastel.   I still remember trying to blend oil pastels into cheap paper just a few years ago. What a pain.  And what a waste.  If you’re out there reading, PLEASE do yourself a favor and splurge on superior color pastels. They are handmade and will enable you to fully appreciate COLOR among many other things.

Another problem I had while working on these two color assignments was, if you can believe it, indecisiveness in choosing a ‘sub genre of choice.’  I switched my subgenre from METAL to ELIZABETHAN to PORTRAITURE all in the course of a week and a half. Sheesh. What was my problem?  I am usually the most decisive person in the room. Well, when Laura’s not around…

So I was all over the place (in my head).  And then I received some disappointing personal news.  At that point I was not only unsure of my sub-genre of choice but I was also angry, sad, and completely blind-sided by the news.  What’s a guy to do?   Refusing creative block, I returned to my roots and worked on two simple portraits of my muse Andrew.  The first drawing came out well but then I ruined it by spraying bleach on the surface (to provide some kind of paper treatment).  I had no choice but to start over…

The second time around, I used as much pastel as I could.  It felt excessive, rich, luscious, and totally artful.  I rubbed each beautiful, rich stroke vigorously with my fingers and palms. The pastel card just lapped it up.  It was simple and yet thrilling.   I kept color theory in mind while dealing with actual color versus the pastel I was laying down.   Red then green, yellow then violet, blue then orange.

The second portrait of Andrew incorporated Elizabethan and Portraiture as my sub-genres of choice.  I turned Andrew from a prince with an exaggerated ruff, into a Greek god, and finally into a rather genderless jester all on one piece of borrowed pastel card (thanks to Jess Pena). Although each drawing below is finished, I consider them exercises in color and tenacity rather than artworks. Either way, I worked through my creative lapse and personal problems and am satisfied with the results.

Still angry and upset, I tackled my life sized self-portrait as fantasy with the same gusto.  This time however, I used a piece of peach colored pastel card to create the face and ruff and then used various other materials and media to create the figure on the nearly 4×6 foot sheet of watercolor paper. Additionally, I placed images around and on the figure to help emphasize the fantasy aspects:  being a king/queen, being pregnant, being pissed off, being caught in a self-induced nightmare, holding the hand of a mysterious character off the page (and yet engaging with only the viewer).   I had a lot of fun with this.  Laura and I talked a bit about art as therapy.   Although I seldom consider my work to be cathartic, I admit that creating a big self portrait during a period of turmoil was incredibly and ironically relevant.

midterm

Jessica Pena - Biomech

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Jessica Pena - Cartoon

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Lora Janneck - Noir

midterm

Kelly McCarthy - Goth/Kitsch

midterm

Eric Prowker - Goth/Kitsch

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Adam Schiesl - Goth/Noir

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Gail Priday - Goth/Kitsch

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Erin Anderson - Goth

midterm

Heidi Morel - Noir

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Eric Henderson

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Carolene Coon - Goth

midterm

Eric Henderson - Cartoon

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Jessica Zaydak - Steampunk

midterm

Jessica Zaydak - Biomech

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Jessica Zaydak - Goth

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Tiffany Stappler - Goth

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Amanda Cobb - Goth/Noir

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Elbot Carman - Goth

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Colleen Morey - Goth/Kitsch

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Carolene Coon - Biomech

Midterm

Class of Spring 2010

Alfred Mendoza - Tribal/Graffiti

Amanda Cobb - Tribal/Graffiti

Colleen Morey - Cartoon/Comic

Eric Prowker - Steampunk

Erin Anderson - Cartoon/Comic

Gail Priday - Tribal/Graffiti

Heidi Morel - Biomech

Tatiana Piatanova - Biomech

Tiffany Stapler - Geek

Adam Schiesl - Cartoon/Comic

Every Thursday: Research Projects

23 February: First 4 OOCs due for class critique.

16 March: Final Project Proposals

18 March: All OOCs due for Midterm Critique.

13 April: Color and Life Size Self Portrait due for class critique.

6 May: Blog address due; final images uploaded.

12 and 13 May: Final critique at individual meeting time.  Two actuals are due, your choice.

ADVANCED DRAWING SYLLABUS – SPRING 2010
Instructor: Laura C. Hewitt    http://trudalakingglatz.wordpress.com/
Teaching Assistant:  Adam Ottavi Schiesl     http://adamottavi.wordpress.com/
Class Blog:  https://hewittadvanceddrawingclass.wordpress.com/

This course will explore the principles and techniques of pictorial composition. A  variety of drawing media and papers will be introduced.   Students will gain a working knowledge of creative interpretation of subjects with emphasis on contemporary processes, subculture genres and internet presentation.

Grading System
Research Projects/Blog Contribution                         15%
Out of class drawings and projects                             30%
Class drawings and projects                                         40%
Participation, includes classroom clean up             15%

Research Projects/Blogs
Research Projects are due on Thursdays.  For each research project, one image, two website addresses and 10 descriptive words are to be neatly presented on  8 1/2 x 11″ paper.  Each student is also required to contribute one photodocumetary entry on the class blog at https://hewittadvanceddrawingclass.wordpress.com/. Blog entry dates will be assigned individually and are to be coordinated with Adam. Note: Finals will be graded by presentation of 2 actuals and 6 images of classwork that you load to your own blog.  See Finals at the end of this syllabus.

Critiques and Due Dates
Attendance of critiques, getting work complete by due dates and cleaning up the classroom before leaving is mandatory.  Students missing class, critiques, due dates or leaving without cleaning up will be withdrawn from the course with minimal notice.  Due dates are in Class Schedule below, posted on the blog and announced during class sessions.

Drawings/Blog Completed Outside of Class
UAF requires 2.5 hours minimum beyond class time each week for studio art courses.  These hours will be fulfilled by the Research Projects, individual blogs for finals and Out of Class drawings assigned in the Class Schedule.  Out of Class work is due at the next scheduled critique.  They are to be on good paper, black/white/gray until midterm; color until Final Projects.

Supplies
Newsprint pad 18 x 24
Drawing Paper.  Strathmore or better. 18 x 24 min
Cold press watercolor paper or printmaking paper that will hold up to wet media 18 x 24 min. for drawings, 8 1/2 x 11 min     for Xerox Lithography project
Masking tape or clips
String with weight
BWG:  black, white and gray, media of choice with the exception of graphite.  There must be a gray:  gray     marker, gray pastel, gray ink wash, &c.
Color:  media of choice, including something wet: color pencils, pastel, aquarelle pencils, watercolor, &c.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Week 1: Introduction to Course/Gestural
Research:Tribal/Graffiti
Out of Class:  Gestural + Tribal/Graffiti
Class Blog:  Tues Piatanova, Thurs Anderson

Week 2:  Proportion/Line
Research: Punk Genres:   70s, Steam, Diesel, Cyber
Out of Class: Punk Genre + Proportion/Line
Class Blog:  Tues Janneck, Thurs Henderson

Week 3: Value
Research:  Geek, Science, SciFi, Biomech and the Post Apocalyptic
Out of Class: Value + Geek Genre

Week 4: Linear Perspective
Research:  Cartoon/Comics
Out of Class:  Linear Perspective + Cartoon/Comics

Week 5:  Mixed Media Drawing
Research: Goth, Glam, Noir
Tues: Critique
Thurs: Preliminary sketches/start paper treatments
Out of Class: continue work on MMD
Due Tues, 23 Feb:  first 4 OOCs due for critique

Week 6:  Mixed Media Drawing cont’d
Research: Kitsch
Tues: continue paper treatments/start on final drawing
Thurs: final drawing
Out of Class:  continue MMD

Spring Break

Week 7: Midterm Critiques
Due Tues: Final Project Proposals
Due Thurs:  All OOCs due for Midterm Critique, 18 March

Week 8: Introduction to Color
Research: Genre of choice that is not on syllabus.
Out of Class:  Genre of choice in color using color paper treatment.

Week 9: Figurative
Research: Anime or Fantasy
Tues:  preliminary sketches
Thursday:  preliminary sketches, start paper treatments
Out of Class:  Life size self portrait as Anime or Fantasy.  Color, using color paper treatment.

Week 10: Figurative
Research: Fantasy or Anime
Tues:  paper treatments, start on final drawing
Thurs: work on final drawing
Out of Class:  continue work on life size self portrait as Anime or Fantasy.  Color, using color paper treatment.

Week 11:  Xerox Lithography
Research:  Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Personal Comfort Zone
Due Tues, 13 April:  Critique of OOCs since midterm
Thurs:  introduction to xerox lithography
Out of Class:  Xerox lithography project incorporating Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Comfort Zone.

Week 12:  Xerox Lithography
Class and Out of Class: continue work on xerox lithography project incorporating Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Personal Comfort Zone

Week 13: Final Projects
Subculture Genre and Media of Choice/finals blog

Week 14:  Final Projects
Subculture Genre and Media of Choice/finals blog
Due Thurs, 6 May:  Your blog address.  Images of 6 works from this class must be posted on a blog that has been set up by you and accessible by me.  Class review of Final Projects.

13 May:  Finals.  Individual meeting times will be assigned.  At that time, 2 actuals are due, your choice of any work.

ADVANCED DRAWING SYLLABUS (DRAFT) – SPRING 2010
Instructor: Laura C. Hewitt
Teaching Assistant:  Adam Ottavi Schiesl
Class Blog:  https://hewittadvanceddrawingclass.wordpress.com/

This course will explore the principles and techniques of pictorial composition. A  variety of drawing media and papers will be introduced.   Students will gain a working knowledge of creative interpretation of subjects with emphasis on contemporary processes, subculture genres and internet presentation.

Grading System
Research Projects/Blog Contribution                15%
Out of class drawings and projects                      30%
Class drawings and projects                                   40%
Participation, includes classroom clean up     15%

Research Projects/Blogs
Research Projects are due on Thursdays.  For each research project, one image, two website addresses and 10 descriptive words are to be neatly presented on  8 1/2 x 11″ paper.  Each student is also required to contribute one photodocumetary entry on the class blog at https://hewittadvanceddrawingclass.wordpress.com/. Blog entry dates will be assigned individually and are to be coordinated with Adam. Note: Finals will be graded by presentation of 2 actuals and 6 images of classwork that you load to your own blog.  See Finals at the end of this syllabus.

Critiques and Due Dates
Attendance of critiques, getting work complete by due dates and cleaning up the classroom before leaving is mandatory.  Students missing class, critiques, due dates or leaving without cleaning up will be withdrawn from the course.  Due dates are in Class Schedule below, posted on the blog and announced during class sessions.

Drawings/Blog Completed Outside of Class
UAF requires 2.5 hours minimum beyond class time each week for studio art courses.  These hours will be fulfilled by the Research Projects, individual blogs for finals and Out of Class drawings assigned in the Class Schedule.  Out of Class work is due at the next scheduled critique.  They are to be on good paper, black/white/gray until midterm; color until Final Projects.

Supplies
Newsprint pad 18 x 24
Drawing Paper.  Strathmore or better. 18 x 24 min
Cold press watercolor paper or printmaking paper that will hold up to wet media 18 x 24 min. for drawings, 8 1/2 x 11 min     for Xerox Lithography project
Masking tape or clips
BWG:  black, white and gray, media of choice with the exception of graphite.  There must be a gray:  gray marker, gray     pastel, gray ink     wash, &c.
Color:  media of choice, including something wet: color pencils, pastel, aquarelle pencils, watercolor, acrylic, &c.

Week 1: Introduction to Course/Gestural
Research:Tribal/Graffiti
Out of Class:  Gestural + Tribal/Graffiti

Week 2:  Proportion/Line
Research: Punk Genres:   70s, Steam, Diesel, Cyber
Out of Class: Punk Genre + Proportion/Line

Week 3: Value/BWG Paper Treaments
Research:  Geek, Science, SciFi, Biomech and the Post Apocalyptic
Out of Class: Value + Geek Genre

Week 4: Linear Perspective
Research:  Humor/Comics
Out of Class:  Linear Perspective + Humor/Comics
Due Thursday:  first 3 OOCs due for critique

Week 5:  Mixed Media Drawing
Research: Goth, Glam, Noir
Tues: Preliminary Sketches
Thurs: Work on preliminary sketches/start paper treatments
Out of Class: continue work on MMD

Week 6:  Mixed Media Drawing cont’d
Research: Kitsch
Tues: continue paper treatments/start on final drawing
Thurs: final drawing
Out of Class:  continue MMD

Spring Break

Week 7: Midterm Critiques
Tues: Final Project Proposals
Thurs:  All OOCs due for Midterm Critique

Week 8: Introduction to Color
Research: Genre of choice that is not on syllabus.
Out of Class:  Genre of choice in color using color paper treatment.

Week 9: Figurative
Research: Anime or Fantasy
Tues:  preliminary sketches
Thursday:  preliminary sketches, start paper treatments
Out of Class:  Life size self portrait as Anime or Fantasy.  Color, using color paper treatment.

Week 10: Figurative
Research: Fantasy or Anime
Tues:  paper treatments, start on final drawing
Thurs: work on final drawing
Out of Class:  continue work on Life size self portrait as Anime or Fantasy.  Color, using color paper treatment.

Week 11:  Xerox Lithography
Research:  Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Personal Comfort Zone
Due Tues:  Critique of OOCs since midterm
Thurs:  introduction to xerox lithography
Out of Class:  Xerox lithography project incorporating Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Comfort Zone.

Week 12:  Xerox Lithography
Class and Out of Class: continue work on xerox lithography project incorporating Sex, Death or Otherwise Leaving Your Personal Comfort Zone

Week 13: Final Projects
Subculture Genre and Media of Choice/finals blog

Week 14:  Final Projects
Subculture Genre and Media of Choice/finals blog
Due:  your blog address

Finals:  Individual meeting times will be assigned.  At that time, 2 actuals are due, your choice from any class work.  Images of 6 other works from this class must be posted on a blog that has been set up by you and accessible by me.