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Final Assignment: Three Spaces

November 6, 2017


ARTS125: Basic Drawing




You will present this drawing during our scheduled finals time.  Absolutely no late work will be accepted. Take the time to fill out the required assessment sheet for this drawing assignment and hand it in before the critique.  You should have your drawing pinned up at the beginning of the critique so that we can begin on time.

This drawing should demonstrate the synthesis of skills you have accumulated in this course and, as such, will figure prominently in your average of grades. It is worth double the points given for homework drawings.

Subject of Drawing: “Three Spaces”.

You will work with creating depth of space through the range and relationship of values, as well as light’s effect on spaces and forms. You will use atmospheric and linear perspective to depict a composition that creates a spatial route. We should feel compelled to “enter, dwell, and exit”.

Your drawing should use consistent mark making that creates unity and evokes a mood. Mood can be expressed in many ways using lighting, texture, space, set-up, etc.

Materials:  Paper at least 19” x 24” ”.  Media of your choice.

Composition – 30 points

Choose an indoor setting such as a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc.  Bring in your own lighting in order to create shadow.

Thumbnails and experimentation that explore different layouts are the most important steps in starting a drawing.

Arrange your setup and your view from within it in order to use 1 and 2-pt. perspective.

Use doorways and windows or some form of “division” to create three spaces that draw our eyes from foreground through the middle ground and into the background. Construct your setup with this objective in mind.

There may be various forms from hard edge to organic, from cubes to arches, rounded forms, etc. in this space, but remember to use everything for its compositional value, not as a trivial detail.

Review the work we did with schema, composition, and editing. Pay attention to the use of rhythm and repetition in a composition.

Perspective – 20 points

Accuracy of perspective (whether 1 -, 2-, and/or 3-point) is essential.

I will rate your drawing on how well you deal with showing depth of space.

Use atmospheric perspective. Show how objects decrease in sharpness of focus (and decreased contrast in value) as they move back in space.

Under-drawing — siting lines and blocking in lines —can be an enlivening part of a drawing.

Light/Value – 30 points

Set up a lighting situation which creates a strong light/dark contrast among the objects.  Adjust the lighting to maximize the drama of the situation.

Allow the cast shadows from one object to climb up onto an adjacent object.  Look for opposing light and dark areas (chiaroscuro). Structure your value relationships in order to emphasize composition, perspective and the intended feeling of the drawing.

It’s up to you to establish a strategy and keep it uniform as you express each “space” that we move through. For example: if you make distant forms appear lighter, less distinct and smaller than objects that are nearer to us, then your foreground would be distinguished by the use of strong, dark marks/value. You can reverse this, making the background dark and the foreground light.  The important thing to remember is consistent light logic within each ground and across all three. It is essential that you demonstrate an understanding of the rules of light logic. Be clear about the value differences between foreground, middle ground and background.

Markmaking – 20 points

Experiment with materials and marks that will best suit your composition. You should love your marks.

You MUST apply fixative to your finished drawing before the critique.


Background, Middle ground, Foreground


Depth of space


Focal point

Format: Horizontal, Veritcal

High end / Low end value scales

Light Logic: direction of light and resulting shadows

Light transition: six steps from highlight to cast shadow

Linear perspective

Picture plane


Relationship between texture and form



Spatial route

Texture and surface

Value relationships

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