This week we spoke about the work on the homework wall, discussing the differences experienced between the rough and smooth sides of Bristol Board.
The second chart was made using a tonal technique: holding the pencil flat with a simple up and down stroke, a value chart was created. Keeping to a light pressure, color was applied into each square one more time than the previous square. At the end, gaps were filled in by applying pressure equal to the value of that square. This is tricky business and needs a lot of experience to perfect.
The homework is thumbnails of skies using the descriptions in the hand-out:
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Chapter 78 pg. 215 :
There were many skies.
The sky was invaded by great white clouds, flat on the bottom but round and billowy on top.
The sky was completely cloudless, of a blue quite shattering to the senses.
The sky was a heavy, suffocating blanket of grey cloud, but without promise of rain. The sky was thinly overcast.
The sky was dappled with small, white, fleecy clouds.
The sky was streaked with high, thin clouds that looked like a cotton ball stretched apart.
The sky was a featureless milky haze.
The sky was a density of dark and blustery rain clouds that passed without delivering rain.
The sky was painted with a small number of flat clouds that looked like sandbars.
The sky was a mere block to allow a visual effect on the horizon: sunlight flooding the ocean, the vertical edges between light and shadow perfectly distinct.
The sky was a distant black curtain of falling rain.
The sky was many clouds at many levels, some thick and some opaque, others looking like smoke.
Run To The Mountains: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume One 1939-1941
From Tuesday, February 25, 1941
First it was bright, then an interesting storm with the snow flying parallel to the ground, then bright again with a Rome-Florida-Bermuda sky making holiday all over the sunny hills, and small orange clouds, dazzling with a kind of light and lovely fire hung in the sky like clouds in a Giovanni Bellini picture, and the whole business was gayer than any worlds fair I ever heard of.
Now the sun was below the hills, but the sky was the cleanest and clearest blue you ever saw and in it a couple of light, fiery clouds, like in Bellini’s pictures again.
The Study for the Week is Sanibel Sunset employing both Linear and Tonal Techniques:
Remember to click on the image to enlarge it. Happy Painting!