The Extended Drawing

Assignment: The “Extended” Drawing

Challenge:  Choose a magazine cut out. Using the principles and elements of art create an entirely new piece by incorporating the magazine piece into a nonobjective design and working off it in colored pencil.   Use gradation, color layering and blending, color theory, and composition considerations to make this a strong, successful, piece.

 Example taken from: From Ordinary to Extraordinary by Ken Vieth

Considerations:   Elements of Art line, color, shape, form, texture, value, space, and pattern

Design Considerations: Look carefully and think about these while composing your larger piece-

-Rhythm, movement/repetition, visual balance of lights vs. darks, large, vs. small, complexity vs. rest, gradation, emphasis point/visual lead-in, directional line, contrast, proportion

-What type of line, color, and overall style is used by your artist, and how can you incorporate that into your own composition?

-Are you integrating the chosen area fully or playing around with spatial depth?

                                -How do you achieve smooth, consistent, gradation in color pencil?

                                -Are you layering the color pencil for a richer, deeper, more sophisticated look?



Materials:    magazine strips, newsprint, pencils, colored pencils, worksheets, white drawing paper, rulers, glue sticks


Vocabulary:    elements of art, principles and tools of design, integration, depth, plane, media


Steps:    STEP 1: Planning

-Observe the various magazine strips and pick piece that interests you

-Think about composition, and where you will place the magazine strip on the page


STEP 2: Composition and Concept

-Create a series of thumbnails incorporating your magazine piece into a design, considering the elements and principles in composition

-Also consider total vs. partial integration, and a specific color scheme.

-Choose your best thumbnail sketch to work from. 

-Draw out your composition on your white paper, placing, but NOT gluing, your magazine piece on it

-Complete a color worksheet and practice your color scheme


STEP 3: Completion of Your Piece

-Glue your redrawn non-objective design to the white drawing paper.

-Complete your piece by adding color with color pencil.

-Use smooth, continuous strokes and value and gradation to give a sense of depth

-Add blending of colors to create more complex colors and add more richness to the piece.


STEP 4: Fill out an Assessment

-Turn this in with your finished piece.


Criteria:            Communication and Expression

-Observation and follow through of artist style, and decision-making through process

-The extension of the drawing is clearly seen and emphasized

-You considered the integration aspect of the piece, and demonstrated thought and effort in designing the piece as a whole



                        Design and Composition

                        -See design considerations—have you made decisions while considering these?

-Your drawing includes evidence of the initial viewfinder section’s style—similar shapes, forms, and colors are used to keep the piece as a whole

                        - The drawing extends off the edge in order to create good tension and interest

                        - Your color choices add to the overall success of the piece, not take away from it


Materials, Methods, Tools, and Techniques

-The colored pencil is added in layers, and is used properly—smoothly and consistently, not scratched, scribbled, or roughly

                        -Smooth, consistent gradation is demonstrated in at least one area of the piece

                        -Colors are blended successfully

                        -The overall drawing is neat, clean, and cared for—no smudges, rips, tears, or folds


Personal Investment

-Time on task, efficient use of studio, care of materials and piece, overall effort

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