Take a look at Frida Kahlo's work. What do these pieces have in common? How can you tell her work apart from other artists? The answers to these questions define her artistic style.
Ready to start drawing? Check out this blog post on how to draw faces, and how to start your underdrawing.
Radial balance is any type of balance based on a circle with its design extending from center.
History of Mandalas and Radial Design
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.
A labyrinth is not a maze, it is not meant to confuse or frustrate you. The labyrinth is one of the oldest contemplative tools known to humankind. This ancient design has been found as far back as 3000 years in a variety of forms and cultures. Some of the cultures where labyrinths have been found are ancient Crete, France, Hopi Native Americans, Norway, India, and the British Isles.
Be Open to Learning About Cultures
Using radial balance, you will create a collage depicting a public figure that you look up to. We will create an image palette, basically a piece of paper with images you've gathered from online resources. You can use any images your gather, along with colored construction paper, magazines, old books, or other paper materials. The goal is to get the viewer to see the public figure you chose, with the same amount of respect and appreciation as you do. By using the principle of radial balance, we help create a focal point, and a visual path for the viewer's eye. They immediately look at the person you placed in the center of the page, and work their way out towards the additional elements you chose to surround your subject with.
Our goal with rendering is to help give our objects the illusion of 3 dimensions. Value refers to the difference between the dark and light areas. The bigger the value range an object has, the more value it has. When you render your objects, try to use smooth pencil strokes. Try moving your whole arm rather than your wrist. It's all about pressure and practice!
Before you begin shading: Mark your light source!
Finished early? Start thinking about the textures of your birdhouses. Practice drawing them in your sketchbook
If you are not yet familiar with the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, not to worry! This project will help you become familiar with them, and be able to apply their theories to your artwork.
Choose between the two styles. Street Art Font, or Custom Font. Your final name tag will be on the cover of your sketchbook. Practice on scratch paper first! When you are ready to draw your final, draw LIGHT. We don't want graphite getting in your colored pencil. It will make the pigment turn dull and gray.