Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Daily Sketcbhook 11/29

Go back to your daily sketchbook page from 10/12 (the one where you added watercolor to your sandcastle drawing.

Keep your book open to that page while simultaneously opening the procreate app on the ipad.

Begin replicating your sandcastle painting in that procreate app and see how close you can get it to look in the next 13 minutes.

Remember that you can create layers for diff areas, and you can adjust the opacity of a brush/tool/layer with the slider on the side of the screen.

When time is up, export the image as a jpg and upload that image to Canvas.

Coming back to class during tutorial on an "off" day and finding your ipad and continuing to work on this image so that you get better with drawing on the ipad is always a good idea. Hint hint.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Daily Sketchbook 11/22

Please work on - or continue working on - one of your finished study drawings.
This lets me see your process and makes me happy.
Photograph with the ipad and upload as soon as your time is up.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Do You Listen To Podcasts?

I just finished listening to yet another Jealous Curator podcast I thought you might find interesting. This is another interview with Lisa Congdon about some new work from both of them, and the whole discussion regarding the inner critic and the painting curve is super interesting. I thought you might enjoy. It's a bit lengthy, but you can take it in bits of you like here is the link 
But then you can just search for the newest episode...or I think it is episode 77. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Daily Sketchbook 11/14 - plus more...read everything!

This is your official redemption week.
As I have said to many of you throughout this semester, if you miss a daily sketchbook day, it really isn't that big of a deal. At two points per day, two or even six or eight points doesn't make (or shouldn't make) that big of a difference over an 18 week semester.
However, I am surprised at how many days some of you have missed. Wow.

So here is the deal. There are seven days of school between now and Thanksgiving Break. If you look at the daily sketchbook assignment for today through the 22nd, you'll notice that it is only worth four points. Those four points will come from next week, and yes, you are expected to upload a daily sketchbook page for each of those days next week. For this week, though, you have the option.

You will not be "penalized" for not uploading a daily sketchbook image - both in class and on the off days (but note that you should be vigorously working on your oil painting if you are not doing a daily sketchbook in class), but you will receive points for doing a daily sketchbook for each day of this week.

What does this look like? Allow me to paint you a picture.
Let's say Jane does a daily sketchbook for today and tomorrow, but not for Wed, Thurs, or Fri, but gets back on track next week for both days. This will leave her with eight points out of four. Basically "extra credit".
If Jane really just wants to make some headway on her painting and does nothing for her daily sketchbook this week, but is on top of it both days next week, she would receive four out of four available points, or 100% for this two week section of daily sketchbook time.

BUT...let me be clear on a few things. First, some of you are not uploading appropriately, so let me remind you of the expectations as defined online. "When photographing for your daily sketchbook upload ALWAYS photograph the entire page AND make sure your image is IN FOCUS AND make sure there is no shadow from your hand/device obscuring the image." At least that's what it says on Canvas. Presentation matters!!! 
Second, I will only be giving credit for images that are uploaded for each day this week. This means that you cannot upload during tutorial or right before class starts after an off day from class. I will only be giving credit for one photo of a sketchbook page per day. If you draw something at home (or school) on Tuesday but don't upload the image on Tuesday and you wait until Wed., you will not receive credit. To be really clear, 12:01am on "Tuesday night" is NOT going to be considered Tuesday. It is Wednesday. So don't wait until the last minute. I am going to be much much more strict on this since it both makes my life easier and it requires a smidge more effort on your part. But hey, this is extra so you should be happy, right?

Oh, and again,
When photographing for your daily sketchbook upload ALWAYS photograph the entire page AND make sure your image is IN FOCUS AND make sure there is no shadow from your hand/device obscuring the image. I will be paying attention to how you photograph and upload your images and if you are not doing as asked, I reserve the right to withhold credit. Good habits, folks. Let's solidify good habits!

Lastly, Art 4's, I am moving your due date to Friday. I haven't decided if it is due at the end of class or at some point in the middle of class yes, but I do know that I want to spend some time talking about your next assignment on Wednesday, so know that even though I am giving you more class time to work on this, you won't have all of that time for your own work time. I do expect to see some of you working on your painting outside of class time to make sure it is completed well. Additionally, there will be a bit of writing that I will ask from you regarding your painting, so be prepared to use some of class time for that as well on Friday (or Wednesday).

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Daily Sketchbook 11/9


Come gather round with sketchbook and pencil and learn that knowledge about this guy.

Monday, November 7, 2016


Many of you are dealing with painting faces, and many of you are making really good choices in your paintings. I do want to throw out a few notes and jumping off points just in case you desire/need them.
I mean, I know the basic recipe I tend towards when painting a portrait (white + burnt sienna with dabs of cadmium red light, ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow medium), but there are so many recipes out there.
One of the things I know is that if you find a flesh color that you like, and only deal with adding different amounts of white to it to create varying values, you tend to have a painting that lacks complexity and depth.
I also know that for many of you, putting vivid colors in your painting of flesh makes you feel uncomfortable. So what are you to do?
First, I did a quick search for "painting flesh in oil" or something like that, and then started to look at some of the content that came from there. There is so much interesting information out there that is only a search away.
If you find that you aren't getting the color(s) you desire, and you haven't used the books in class as guides, or the chart near the back door in class, or asked your peers, I strongly recommend you visit some of the links in this post.


Daily Sketchbook 11/7

This was published a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully you have watched the included videos ahead of time and already begun percolating some ideas in your cranial cavity.

"What I see for the future..."

That's the theme put out by Google for this year's doodle contest. First I want to get in to what they write before talking about the prizes - which I think you'll be interested in.

First, "challenge student to look at how they will make a difference in creating the world of tomorrow."

1. Have students explore the industries and technologies that are shaping our future, such as:
  • transportation (driverless cars, commercial space travel)
  • renewable energy (windmill power)
  • technology (3D printing, artificial intelligence)
2. As students research, have them consider what things will be like in the future: How will people communicate with family and friends How will they commute to school and work? Will there be world peace and equality?

3. Ask students to select one emerging technology/trend that would change their daily lives in the future. Challenge the students to think about how they can help advance the cause through their efforts in the future.

4. Have students create a presentation sharing how they could tackle this issue and make an impact in the future.

This is a lot to take in. BEFORE I give you their template, I just want you to brainstorm. See what you might be interested in portraying by collecting ideas from everyone at your table group. Make a list (words and images) that you may use as a jumping off point.
That may be as far as you get today. This is ok.

Speaking of inspiration, they have THIS VIDEO that is pretty interesting in terms of ideation and working methods, some of which may sound familiar.

That first video is "imagine" and THIS SECOND VIDEO is called "create". I especially love this second one. You may want to watch it more than once. Just saying.

I would view this prompt as a process. You can take several (non-class) days to work on this - which I kind of suggest, and you may also use this as one of your study drawings for the month of November.

For this daily sketchbook, I have the Google template on my desk. You may begin drawing/doodling on it once you read the text, or you may end up spending most of your time watching the linked videos (and not get much done on the template. You may also begin brainstorming content and ideas in your sketchbook as notes for working on your Google design.
Because of this, there are a few options you may include for your daily sketchbook.
One might simply be a screenshot from the ipad of the video(s) as you watch them (though this is certainly the path of least resistance; one may be of you working on the template; one may be of the template next to your brainstorming on a page in your sketchbook. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Daily Sketchbook 11/3

This is a mindful moment day.
Please take a seat, pushed back from your table and facing me.
If you can get your feet on the ground, please do. I will begin once your eyes are shut and the room is prepared.
When we are finished please photograph and upload WITH AN IPAD for your daily sketchbook.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Daily Sketchbook 11/1

It's been a while, I know.
You should have a page with your watercolor wash or your "hatch" marks on it. On top of this you should have a drawing in pencil.
Here's what I want you do, get one of my uni-ball pens if you don't have one of your own (Art 3's, just follow the lead of the Art 4's), and continue on that drawing by going over what you have in pencil, adding to it, and/or shading.
Just make it look great again ;)