Assignment 3: Mushrooms


For this assignment you are asked to bring your experience of creating chiaroscuro effects from a photograph or painting to bear on an objective drawing which you will then translate into a print.
First set up a simple still life, (whatever takes your fancy) with drapery behind (curtains perhaps) and drapes on the table in front of you too, with fairly generous folds in it.
Work in a darkened space but set up a strong directional light at a dramatic angle onto the still life group. The aim is to create a study with strong light and dark effects in it, to enable you to gain more practice in creating chiaroscuro effects. Once you have set up this group, with dramatic lighting, it might be a good idea to take a photo of the still life with a digital camera so that you can refer back to it as well as your sketch when you are producing your print. Insert a print of it into your learning log. You can then also refer back to the still life to
reflect on the success of your project at a later date. Once you have done two or three detailed objective drawings of the still life group, you are ready to translate this into a print.

Now using all the skills and practice of producing a chiaroscuro print from the previous project, decide what type of printing process will best suit the assignment, and set to work.
Translate your sketches into a design that will work as a print, by redrawing your sketches in a simpler way.
Make notes on the effects you want to create, the colours and the types of line and depth of shade. If it is a multi-plate piece of work, make sure you prepare the print design meticulously, in order to get the registration right. Refer back to all the instructions in the
previous project to remind yourself how to develop the chiaroscuro effects. Take your time.
Decide on the paper that would be best to print onto. If you want, use different coloured papers and a different tonal range, then decide which works best. Do at least five prints, they can all vary if that’s what you intend.

Composition and cropping

Colour experiments

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