Part I How do artists choose a theme or subject matter for their work? How do artists choose to express their ideas and feelings?
For this project, you will be taking a photograph of yourself to be used for your composition. You will need to consider mood, pose, placement, proportion/scale, and balance. Click on the above link button, "Random Emotion List" and force yourself to use the first emotion described as your theme. Then, use Photobooth or a camera to capture your emotion and pose. These should be "bust" portraits but you may feel free to push the creative limits within or for the composition. Print out 2 copies, one color, one black & white.
Part II With your black and white, photo, trace over the defining lines, shapes and features that will help you "see" the proportions and angles of the form. Formative Practice: Redraw / Sketch the portrait on another sheet of paper, keeping similar proportions. In the margin of your drawing, experiment with color. Look at your photo and determine the darkest dark next to the lightest light. Assign a color to these tones. These colors should then be the basis for a value scale you will use (from light to mid-tone to dark) for your drawing.
Part III Preparing the work surface: Tape off the edge of your water color paper. Loosely apply a wash of water color as a ground for your composition. The colors you choose should represent your emotion in some way.
Part IV Use your first colored photo as a reference for drawing the proportions, values and gestures of the portrait. Pay close attention to how you fill in the composition and how you render light and shadow.