Discussion Week 3: AUBREY BEARDSLEY



The artist Aubrey Beardsley was a major figure of the 19th-century art nouveau

movement, known for his incredible use of Composition and Negative Space.



Look up Aubrey Beardsley. Read about who he was and the importance of his workThen, choose a favorite image by Beardsley. Post it to our class site. Label it by the category, discussion,  Briefly explain why you chose it and how Beardsley uses Composition and Negative Space within the image. READ previous posts and don’t choose the same examples.

Uploading Instructions

Upload photographs of your assignment drawings from this semester in the Drawings Category on this site and also in your ePortfolio.

Be sure to give the drawings a title.  On our class site, write brief descriptions of the drawings, and be sure to reference the drawings’ titles.  Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answers.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to Post located on the left > Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this: Assignment 1, contour drawing: “My Converse Sneakers” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.  Of course you may include other thoughts as well.

How to Post to your ePortfolio:  Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate “Parent” in the Page Attributes > choose “Academics” from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Foundation Drawing) or our course code (COMD1103).  Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.  In settings, be sure to state either “Public” or “Private>visible to City Tech members.”  Otherwise no one will be able to see what you’ve posted.

To take the photo, find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.  Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.  Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.

Life Drawing in New York

Since we are in New York City artists have many options to improve their life drawing skills by drawing from a model outside of this class.  Most of these options offer a student rate. Practicing our craft is VITAL.  Take advantage of the resources in our city!




The New York Society of Illustrators is an incredible resource for up and coming commercial artists.  The sketch night is a great way to get to know this institution.  Its lively with great models,live music, pro illustrators, and often comes with FOOD!  This one is wonderful and is the cheapest option I’ve found.


Welcome to Foundations Drawing!


Welcome to Foundations Drawing.  Our goal in this course will be to give you the tools and confidence you need to draw accurately from life!  During the first few weeks of this course our aim will be to help you examine how you perceive the world and to develop our observational skills.

On this site you will have access to materials presented in class, your weekly assignment pages, and additional helpful resources.  Here you will also post your assignment images to share with your classmates.  Carefully read the directions in the UPLOADING INSTRUCTIONS POST on how to post to this site and to your ePortfolio.

— Happy Drawing!