Welcome to the sixth week in my art course! After this week there will be a middle of term break, which will give you a nice opportunity to rest, or catch up if you’ve fallen behind.
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, if you have a bit of art experience already 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, and always remember ‘finished, not perfect’.
With that said, let’s get into the assignments.
We’re finishing off the animal studies this week, so please do illustration studies of at least five animals. When choosing the animals try to go with some diversity, as animals come in many shapes and sizes, and it’s important to learn about them.
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 finish with two point perspective by drawing a fully furnished room in two point perspective.
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.
I’ve compiled some photo references for this perspective assignment, however these are not photo studies, so don’t copy the references exactly.
During the last week we started the furniture design challenge by making a mood board and sketching some thumbnails. For this week I’d like you to refine some of your designs. Specifically, choose one thumbnail per inspiration picture, and refine that design.
That means that if you chose three inspiration pictures, you’ll be refining three designs this week.
Your refined designs will be done with lineart, and if you want, you can add some minimal shading. Please don’t render out your designs or use colors washes.
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, without using any references.
Please don’t have any lineart in the finished picture, as your edgework and shading should be enough to differentiate the shapes.
The reason why this week’s rendering assignment is done from imagination is to test you, to see what you’ve learned from the previous rendering assignments.
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.
Remember that next week is the middle of term break, so the week 7 assignments will be posted at 10:30 a.m. ET on the 24th 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!