Project Goal: Create a self portrait drawing. Develop critical observation abilities. Learn to evaluate angles, positive and negative space and tonality. Identify rules of human anatomy and guidelines for proportion.
Directions: 1. Locate and take a photograph of yourself that is straight on, close up with clean focus and strong contrast. 2. Begin your drawing challenge by creating a light gesture. 3. Incorporate guidelines to indicate the proportions of the human face. (*See diagram of human anatomy below) 4. Slowly observe your photograph and begin to draw the contours of shapes. Use a pencil as a straight edge to verify angles and facial relationships. 5. Once the entire line drawing is completed, begin the shading process. Use the three tonality system to document highlights, midtones and shadows. Resist the urge to smudge. Use clean consistent crisp lines to create shadow. Consider cross hatching techniques to better fill in open spaces.
Rubrics: 1. Evidence of gesture to begin portrait drawing. 2. Evidence of plotted lines to establish proportions of the human face. 3. Accurate use of contour lines to establish the likeness of your portrait. 4. Application of shading resulting in a minimum of three tones (highlight, mid and dark) to create contrast.
Visual Art by Dan dressler
Watertown High School 50 Columbia Street, Watertown MA