For the exercises focused on the elements of value and volume, you will complete a Value Scale and Blending Square. See the image example above for more information. Use the image example as a visual component of the instructions. If you can’t see the image, it’s available here: 10StepValueStripBlendingSquare.jpg.
These exercises will help develop your blending and shading skills and will give you insight as to the importance value-range plays when rendering three-dimensional objects.
18” x 24” White Drawing Paper
Graphite Drawing Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B)
Remove one sheet of 18” x 24” paper from your White Drawing Paper pad.
Be careful not to tear the paper unevenly as you remove it from the pad.
The sheets are attached to the pads with an adhesive or spiral binding that can make it difficult to pull the sheets off cleanly. I suggest pulling the sheet slowly and carefully from the binding.
Use the format layout of the two exercises (Exercise #3 on top and Exercise #4 on bottom), as shown in the image example.
Use a ruler and #2 pencil to delineate the correct layout, scale, and format sizes of the boxes to be used in the two exercises.
For Exercise #3, re-create the image example’s 10-Step Value Scale.
For Exercise #4, re-create the image example’s 4” Blending Square.
Tips on Photographing Your Work
Subdued daylight (overcast morning light/noontime shade) works best.
When shooting indoors, point spotlights at the drawing from both sides (daylight balanced LED bulbs are best.) Position lights so they are pointed down towards the drawing, so glare is reduced.
Place the artwork against a neutral gray, white, or black background.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePaper RequirementsComplete both exercises on the front of one sheet of 18” x 24” white drawing paper.
Both exercises were done on the front of one sheet of 18” x 24” white drawing paper.
Didn’t complete both exercises on one sheet of 18″ x 24″ white drawing paper.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePencil TypeUse only graphite drawing pencils to complete the exercises.
The exercises were done using graphite drawing pencils only.
Didn’t use graphite pencil or used something else with graphite pencil, such as pen and ink, charcoal pencil, etc.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome10-Step Value ScaleComplete the 10–Step Value Scale.
Completed the 10–Step Value Scale.
Completed half of the 10–Step Value Scale or completed the entire 10-step Value Scale, but didn’t complete it correctly.
Didn’t complete the 10–Step Value Scale.
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome4-inch Blending SquareComplete the 4-inch Blending Square.
Completed the 4-inch Blending Square.
Completed half of the 4-inch Blending Square or completed the entire 4-inch Blending Square, but didn’t complete it correctly.
Didn’t complete the 4-inch Blending Square.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePhotograph of ArtworkThe artwork is photographed correctly: —Not keystoned. —All the 18-inch ruler (metal, wood, or plastic not a tape measure) numbers are legible, and the ruler is lying on the outside edge of the artwork, not on top. —The lighting on the artwork is even. —The background behind the artwork is neutral.
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