"A Valuable Portrait" gives us a chance to study a few
thing in art that will be important for almost everything we do.
The first of these is the chance to study value or the lightness and
darkness of things. In this project we will try to match exactly the
value of a photocopied photograph to the value of a drawing we complete
in graphite. Often, it is surprising how much darker value is in reality
that what we think it is.
The second thing we will study and practice in this project is the
technique of crosshatching. This is a process of layering graphite (or
other media) by crossing lines over and over. This allows the shading of
an area or darkening of a value in this case by filling in the fibers of
the paper without damaging the paper by crushing the fibers. This way we
can push those values to a very dark quality without making it too shiny
or distorting the paper.
Another thing we will study is facial composition. In other words, we
will learn how to correctly draw the face using traditional techniques
for putting the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears in their proper place on a
face. This part is quite challenging for a beginning class so it is not
a graded part of the project as value and crosshatching are.