Welcome to the fourth week in my art course! It’s kind of hard to believe that the first three weeks have flown by already. That means we’re a quarter of the way through the first term.
If you haven’t had the chance to participate yet, don’t worry. You can jump into the course at any time. While the assignments do build up on each other, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand what’s going on.
In this week there are four assignments for you to do. Don’t get too stressed out about perfectionism while working, always remember ‘finished, not perfect’.
With that said, let’s get into the assignments.
The nature studies are now finished, so it’s time to dive into some animal studies! Please try to include diversity when doing these animal studies, as there are so many interesting animals, in all kinds of shapes and sizes, to learn about!
For this week, please do at least five animal studies.
These studies will be pretty minimal, done with just lineart. Simple shading is encouraged, but not required. Please don’t render things out or use any color washes.
When doing these studies, you should use some references. I’ve compiled some photo references for this assignment, but feel free to find your own.
While working on your illustrations, try to pay attention to things such as the shapes, gestures, movements, and volumes that make up each animal.
In this week we’ll begin working with two point perspective by drawing at least three simple objects in two point perspective. Simple objects include things such as books, boxes, Rubik’s cubes, block towers, chairs, tables, shelves, etc.
For this assignment, please don’t use any color washes or render out any shading. Use lineart, and if you want, you can use some minimal and simple shading. For examples of what to do, look at the perspective assignments that I have up in my art gallery.
I’ve compiled some photo references for this perspective assignment, however these are not photo studies, so don’t copy the references exactly.
Two point perspective is a lot like one point perspective, except you’re dealing with two vanishing points, instead of just the one. Here’s an example of two point perspective, which includes the perspective lines and vanishing points:
Here’s also a link to a video tutorial to help you understand where to get started with two point perspective.
If you haven’t already done the design assignment from week three, please do so before working on this assignment.
If you have done the week three assignment, then you should have at least nine thumbnails to work with for making a weapon design. Please choose one thumbnail you made per inspiration image and refine the design into some clean lineart. You may also add simple shading, if you want to.
So, if you chose three inspiration images last week, you’ll be refining three designs this week. If you chose five inspiration images last week, you’ll be refining five designs this week.
Rendering in art is about making things look three dimensional with shading and lighting. For this week’s rendering assignment, please render some simple shapes that have varying textures, as a photo study.
Here are three reference pictures that you can use for this assignment:
Please don’t have any lineart in the finished picture, as your edgework and shading should be enough to differentiate the shapes.
Sharing your artwork.
If you’re going to be sharing your artwork on your website, please let me know so that I can check it out.
If you’re going to be sharing your work on Instagram, please tag me in it (@cozyrebekah) and use this hashtag: #crartcourse
Let me know if you also want some constructive criticism on your artwork. Often times it can be difficult to see our mistakes, so having a more objective eye can help us improve more quickly.
The week 5 assignments will be posted at 10:30 a.m. ET on the 3rd of February. For a better chance of having your artwork featured at the end of the month (on the 22nd), please post your work for this week’s assignments before then.
If you have any questions, or need any clarifications, please let me know. I am more than happy to explain things further!