Expressive Line : Master’s Study Egon Sheile & David Mack

Lines are where most people begin when first starting to draw. By themselves, lines are powerful drawing tools! They have shape, texture, and weight, all of which can add up to a very expressive drawing if you’re thoughtful about their creation.

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When beginning a drawing, people often carefully inspect an object’s outside edge, or silhouette, as a starting point. They render each line representing an edge or contour. Next, people usually fill in those contours with value.

However, so much can happen using just line alone! A line by itself is capable of conveying all sorts of emotions. In your drawings, lines can and should have life.

 

Try this

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In ink take five minutes to draw as many different kinds of lines as you can imagine. Try different movements with your hand, drawing lines from your wrist, your elbow, and then your whole arm. Try different amounts of hand pressure, creating straight lines, parallel lines, curves, and spirals. There’s no wrong or right answer here! This freeing exercise will help open up your expressive drawing skills, warming you up to this medium.

Egon Schiele

German expressionist Egon Schiele is a master of the living line. In these images note how he uses nothing but varying kinds of line in order to imbue these portraits with interest and emotion.

Line Weight

Part of what we see creating the sense of liveliness and emotion in Schiele’s lines is an incredible understanding of line weight.

Line weight is an important drawing concept. Different tools create different kinds of lines, and allow us different methods of varying line weight. A line’s聽weight,聽meaning how dark or thick it is, will make that line either move forward in an image (if it’s a strong, dark line) or sink farther back (if it’s light or thin). This is useful when trying to give the impression of something being closer or further away. A heavier line weight will also create emphasis on a particular area of a drawing, which is of course useful in creating our focal points.

In the two images shown here, note how the image on the left is logical. The closest block is also the one with the thickest contour line, which makes visual sense. However, in the image on the right, the line weights of the blocks don’t follow the correct hierarchy, as they don’t recede in space logically.

David Mack

David Mack, contemporary comic book illustrator and creator, is known for his linear figure drawing style. In the next series of drawings, notice how Mack uses only contour lines in order to describe the body. It’s useful to note that he cites Schiele as an influence to his work. His expert use of line weight is especially obvious in the implied shadows that convey a feeling of gravity entirely though varying thickness of line.

FINAL Project: Narrative Illustration

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FINAL聽Project : Narrative Illustration聽

DUE: 聽DEC 19 | Week 15

Final Project due with Peer Critique

  • 1聽FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATION
  • Book Pitch
  • Character Designs & Concept Art
  • Process Book

Project Description:

Part 1: Using the characters and concept created for Project 3, create concept sketches for 2聽narrative illustrations featuring the same character(s) in a different setting and situation.

Part 2: Incorporating feedback from your instructor and peers, finalize one of the 2 sketches into a final illustration. 聽Create values studies and color studies as part of process work.

Final Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring. Final art must make full use of value and read as a finalized piece of art work. 聽Final art may be in Color or in Black and white. 聽If in color a limited palate is highly recommended.

GRADING BREAKDOWN: 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽

50 % project grade聽Submit聽a PDF PROCESS BOOK guiding us through the project from inception to conclusion.

  • Carefully SCAN your process work. This should include : Your Source Material, 聽Brainstorm, Thumbnails, Concept Sketches, Value Roughs, Related Sketchbook Work, and Final Art.
  • Carefully Label all of your work so that your thought process is CLEAR. Be sure all of it is presented well: facing the right way, no shadows in the picture, good contrast, etc.

50 % project grade聽Submit a publication ready聽300 DPI JPEG of Final ART

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SUMBIT YOUR WORK

Project 4: Character Design Project Description & SUBMISSION

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Project 4: Character Design & Concept Art

Overall Description:

In this multilayered project聽you will reinterpret a classic folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens.

For this part of the聽project聽you will develop characters for your original concept.

These characters and concept sketches may, but are not required to be in color.

Art can be made using any combination of traditional drawing / inking skills and digital coloring.

This project leads into our FINAL PROJECT.

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Project 4聽GRADING BREAKDOWN聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽

75 % project grade Character Design Model Sheets, and the 6 Basic Expressions or more for at least 2 characters.

25 % project grade聽Written Post. (PROOF READ YOUR POST. 聽SPELLING AND GRAMMAR COUNT.)

DUE DEC 16th

SUBMIT AS A POST ON OPENLAB.

INCLUDE: TITLE OF STORY, GENRE, SETTING INFORMATION and BRIEF CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS IN YOUR POST.

Narrative Project Description

Project Description:

In this multilayered assignment you will reinterpret a classic folk tale or fairy tale through your own creative lens.聽 You will, through the course of the assignment develop characters, setting, and finalize 2 illustrations featuring the same character in two very different settings and situations.

 

  • You may choose a vertical or horizontal format.
  • Final art will be 11 x 14 – inch, full-color illustration
  • You should interpret the story through your own personal artistic lens informed by thorough research and reference.
  • Final art will be delivered digitally.
  • All drawing will be done traditionally, and will be rendered in a medium and process to be agreed upon with instructor.

 

IMPORTANT CLass Timeline … countdown to the last day!

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Nov 28 | Week 12

DUE: Project 3 FINAL Art.

DUE: Narrative Illustration Proposal

NEW: Project 4- Narrative Illustration Character Design Rough Sketches

 

Dec 5 | Week 13

Work in CLASS on聽Narrative Illustration Character Design & Concept Art聽 Rough Sketches

NEW: Project 4 – Narrative Illustration Character Design & Concept Art聽 Rough Sketches

NEW : Thumbnails for Final Project Narrative Illustration (Get approval early on openlab for MORE WORKING TIME!!!)

 

Dec 12 | Week 14

DUE: Project 4 – Narrative Illustration Character Design & Concept Art聽 Rough Sketches

DUE: Thumbnails for Final Project Narrative Illustration.

NEW: Concept Sketches for Final Project.

 

 

Dec19 | Week 15

Final Project due. Peer Critique