Assignment 1: Depicting Object(s) with Black & White Paint


PAINTING Objects with Acrylic
Students are required to use Black and White Paint for the assignment.

As an option people could mix a black (or a neutral colour which will be close to black) using either Raw Umber with Pthalo Blue OR Alizarin Crimson Red with Pthalo Blue  Green. The objectives for  assignments will  require the addition mixing of the grayscale or monochromatic range (using white with the mixed black) and considering the range of mark making with various brush sizes.

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. 

In some select areas glazing was used on thick areas of paint (once the the thick areas were dry) to either decrease or increase contrast. As well this work above represents an overall excellent example of strategic use with detail, contrast and sharp to soft edges.

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. 

Note: this work above did not use black- instead alizarin crimson (red) and phthalo green were used to create black.

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.

Thematic Content:
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.

Painting Process: 
Initial painting process should lightly depict basic shapes of shadow and light first. Shapes should also  initially be out of focus (soft edges).

Formal Characteristics:
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. * 

Figure-ground relationships should be set up as well. How does the background and plane the object is set on become just as important as the object in order to unify the picture plane?

Formal Characteristics in Painting/Drawing and 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:

Note:  Some of these images below are a drawing but the same formal characteristics apply to a Black & White painting.

The above drawing of a white porcelain object is also a good example of a white or an off-white object. With the exception of a vaguely drawn table plane in the foreground area the execution of the drawing fulfills the formal objectives of the assignment. The entire page is filled with various tones and a strong sense of mass (the objects forms) are depicted an atmosphere. Some parts of the above object appear to almost pop out from the page of the paper. This drawing as well demonstrates a strategic use of detail and high contrast in the foreground. As well the drawing progressively decreases in detail and in contrast as the viewer reaches the background and furthest edges of the object. As well the edges in the foreground (center of the object) are sharper and the outer edges of the object progressively dissolving into the background space. Overall this work is an excellent example of strategically depicting soft and sharp edges in relation to space.

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):

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