Pen & Ink - One Object Three Times (Level 1)
Goals and Objectives
- To gain an understanding of proportion within one object and reinforce observational drawing skill from the Still Life Project
- To understand how values make objects appear to exist in three dimensions
- To learn three different shading techniques, practice them, and each of them to create a drawing
- To gain experience using a dip pen
Step by Step
- This project follows does not need to, but typically follows the Level 1 Still Life Project so that students already have familiarity with representing objects in three dimensions
- Show video demonstrating start to finish inking of an object with each technique (available upon request)
- Demo use of pen & ink and talk about to-do's and not-to-do's for best drawing and health of pen tips; give students time to use pen and "play" with it to get a feel for making different marks
- Demo hatch and stipple techniques - explain expectations of each for value scales
- How To for Stipple demonstration video is available on YouTube.
- Students create their own value scales and playground and turn in for inspection/corrections before moving on (template available upon request).
- Pass out printer paper for initial drawing as students to begin to create an extended gesture drawing of their chosen object (approx.15-20 min).
- Most objects will need to be slightly larger than fist size, but not too big, in order to fit on the provided drawing paper (a few objects such as a hammer or wine bottle may need to be slightly smaller than actual size).
- Remind students of proportional measuring (already covered in class) and give time to begin adjusting drawing to correct any inaccuracies.
- Begin simplifying drawing to get rid of (by erasing) any extraneous lines left over from extended gesture and...
- Add any and all shapes you can see in the objects in an effort to reference highlights, reflections, shadows, and dark areas. *note that this is an extension of the previous drawing assignment, so this step should be more sophisticated this time
- Demo using light table to trace rough draft drawing (from newsprint) onto final 12x18" drawing paper (TRACE SUPER SUPER LIGHT) *note, students must have instructor approval before moving on to the tracing stage.
- Begin shading objects after instructor approval of value scales and playground.
- Pro Tip: Shade light, NEVER OUTLINE, begin with stipple (they can then use stipple to guide their values in hatch object
- After one or so days of shading, demo and discuss fill in - especially leaving "gaps" and white areas in between black areas to create depth
- Student must create three separate drawings, one for each technique. With instructor help, final shading usually takes approximately five 90 minute class sessions.
- pencil / eraser
- printer paper (for rough draft)
- drawing paper, 12"x18"
- a variety of objects that are different materials and sizes (wine bottles, wooden pepper mills, candle sticks/holders, screws, bolts, scissors, wing nuts, etc.)
- dip pens and bottles of ink
- paper towels
- This project typically takes approximately to eight 90 minute class sessions to complete.
If you would like digital copies of examples of this project to download and/or the shading/playground template, please email email@example.com with your request.
This project typically heads in to the first painting unit for the Level 1 students.
Some select supplies can be found with the below links:
Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink 1 oz.
Speedball Crow Quill Dip Pen and Nibs - Crow Quill Dip Pen Holder, #102
Speedball Crow Quill Dip Pen and Nibs - Crow Quill Dip Pen, Individual Nib, #107
Speedball Hunt Artists' Pen Nibs--Hawk Quill No. 107 box of 12 [PACK OF 2 ]
12 Pack #102 Crow Quill Pen Holder (Product Catalog: Writing & Drawing Mediums)