Friday, March 2, 2012

Surreal Animals - (5th)

Blending realistic student portraits with realistic animals. 
We started with drawing the portrait first on the left side of the 12 x 18 paper. Guidelines were added lightly to the oval heads, then step by step we drew the eye, nose, and mouth. The goal was to make the portrait realistic so students used their own facial details: hair and eye color, glasses, freckles... 

Books showing how to draw animals were laid out on a table. Students selected three animals. Basically, one animal's body was used, another for its legs, and a third one for its tail or wings. When I do this project again I would change it to using just two animals: one for the body with legs, another for its tail.

Once the pencil drawings were completed, we traced the lines in permanent black marker. (Gotta love Sharpies!)

To give the animal shapes a rounded form and not so flat look, we shaded. First, the students practice shading on a separate paper by making a 3-step value scale for dark, medium, and light. Then they practiced shading from dark to light several times. I remind them shading and coloring are not the same thing.  Now we're ready to shade.
Shading the outer edges dark and going lighter in the middle is how I usually teach it. We use color pencils and crayons.