PAINTING Objects with Acrylic
Students are required to use Black and White Paint for the assignment.
An example of a white object completed with acrylic paint.
The above example presents an exceptional depiction of a textured object using paint. Part of the success of this painting was due to the intense layering of paint and editing with the paint. This work demonstrates a combination of the paint being used in a thick and opaque ways with multiple transparent layers (glazing technique) where layered washes of paint are applied often with several layers.
Another white object depicted with acrylic paint. The process of this painting was done with a glazing technique that is similarly used in watercolour. The acrylic paint is watered down and multiple layers of translucent tints are used as part of the technique to build up the 3 dimensional illusion in the work.
An ambitious example of a textured, reflective and transparent objects used in a painted still life. Spatially the depiction of the objects are slightly confused and perhaps more strategic use of detail, contrast and sharp to soft edges should have been considered but in combination overall a very good and ambitious painting of textured, reflective and transparent surfaces.
Setting Up Object to Paint in Black & White:As discussed in class, the assignment requires at least one object one white object or one off white object. Also discussed in class the object should be set up with a light to create light and shadow.
This object should have or be set up in a way to have potential thematic content. As an option anthropomorphic characteristics inherent in an object or created by a certain viewpoint or lighting can also offer thematic content.
Initial painting process should lightly depict basic shapes of shadow and light first. Shapes should also initially be out of focus (soft edges).
Eventually via a layering process the object should be strategically depicted in terms of ranges of detail, contrast and edges in relation to the progression of space. *
* For any assignments regarding black and white rendering (shading) the strategic use in a full range of soft and hard edges, full range of grayscales, full range of mark making, full range of detail progressing to lack of detail and different levels of high and low contrast will be required. This will help to depict and clear progression of space. As well this expand a person's drawing style.
Strive for a composition of subject matter that is unique and interesting but also integrates all the required assignment objectives in the work.
Selecting an Object:
As well allow for time to choose the appropriate objects. Pick objects that will allow for a clear and large areas of shadows to be present. If the shadows progress from light to dark that will be even better. Picking an object that presents interesting shadows and highlights is imperative to meet the objectives. Often the shadow can present an interesting formal and or thematic element in the drawing. If your object can also be thematic and not cliche while still addressing the objectives that will be a bonus.
Strategic use of contrast, levels of detail and variations of soft and sharp edges in single object:
The above is an example of a 16 step digital grayscale. All rendered black and white drawings are required to utilize the grayscale for each black and white material used in the course.
The grayscale in a painting is achieved by by mixing black and white mediums to achieve the range presented in the above grayscale. Some times layering glazes can be helpful as well.
Creating your own grayscale for each drawing medium will assist in learning about each drawing materials characteristics, plus will allow you to practice depicting and to be more sensitized to the full range of grays in a drawing. Once each grayscale is completed it can be used to compare grayscale levels in a drawing ultimately assisting in the overall success of any given drawing.
Other Examples of White Objects (or off White Objects):