For the past 10 – 12 weeks, we (the 7th graders in YIS) have been studying about Line Drawings in art class. The title of this unit was “Make your Mark – Line drawings”, and the unit question was “How can we communicate visually?”. Our significant concept was “Line can be used to convey shape, texture and tone”. (check here!!) For our final project, our assignment was to draw a line drawing about anything (like what you want to draw), and I have decided to draw a view from a boat in the ocean in a sunset.
Before we drew the actual line drawing, we studied many of things. First of all, we studied what line drawings basically are and practiced drawing many different lines, such as Cross-hatching, Hatching, Stippling, etc. We also reviewed the basic things about drawing: the rule of thirds, which a 3 by 3 grid that we can use as guide lines. The 4 intersecting points in the grid are called the “focus” and it is best to have your main focus (the thing you are mainly drawing) on one of the focuses. In addition we reviewed what the three “grounds” are in any drawing: Foreground, Mid ground and Background. After that, we drew (copied) some of Van Gogh’s line drawings to practice. When we studied Van Gogh’s drawings, we especially looked at tone and value. We noticed that as the objects get further away, the lines become thinner, and if it was closer it would be thick. Also, we looked at two line drawings that are drawn by Van Gogh and Albrecht Dürer, and write a essay about comparing and contrasting the line drawings. Before we drew our final drawing, we planned it by making a composite picture to guide us by collecting pictures that are relevant to what you are planning to draw (ex. if you are planning to draw mountains, you find a picture of mountains to put in your composite picture). We also cut some places out from the picture so you can create a whole new picture out of pictures. Also, we drew four thumbnails in our art books to give us an idea about how the final drawing is going to look like. Here is my 1st drawing and my final drawing:
For my 1st drawing, I think I did very well because I studied the line techniques very well and also studied the drawing itself too (I don’t know what the drawing is called…..). I especially paid attention to the trees and the lines in the tree trunk, since it was very difficult to draw and I was not used to doing it. In addition, I found it hard to draw the small bushes because of their shape. Also, I think I could have drawn the lines of the cliff more cleaner and look at the tone of the shadows.
But I think I did very well, and improved a lot in my final drawing because I included most of the required techniques such as tone/value, texture, variety of line techniques, etc. In my final drawing, I think I did very well because I used many line techniques on the roof of the houses in the background to show each are different and they give more reality to the picture. Also for the waves in the ocean, I used stippling (when you use tiny dots to show value and tone) to show how the waves are moving, and I think I did very well at it. I stippled closer to each other in the waves and not so close in other places of the ocean. Also, I think I used good tone in the boat because I made it look 3D by drawing lines to show shadows for the fence and the floating tube. I think it was a good idea that I included the bricks on the walls in the mid ground. I think I made good shadows because I didn’t change the direction of the shadows in the whole drawing. I think I could have tried harder to make sure I made my lines thinner, especially for the houses that are further away from the person’s point of view. Also I didn’t plan out my drawing properly. Before we started drawing in pen, we made a layout with pencil. I put a lot of effort in the fence of the boat and the floating tube in it because it was very hard to draw, but I didn’t really much attention – in fact, I payed hardly any attention to the bricks and the houses in the background. Next time, I think I could improve on showing the distance between things and I have plan out my layout more properly so I don’t regret after I start drawing in pen.
Overall, I think this project was a success to me and I really enjoyed doing it. I learned a lot about line drawings because before this unit, I thought line drawings were the same as regular drawings, except with many lines (??). But now I know line drawings are very interesting and that there are many ways to show tone and value, especially in shadows either than drawing diagonal lines “//////”. In addition, line drawings can express very small things in a picture such as how the waves move (like I drew in my line drawing) and even small shadows of small objects.