How can I use color to add emotion to otherwise boring portraits?
Your challenge is to create an oil pastel portrait of yourself or of someone in your life in which the colors used symbolize the person's personality.
- Introduction to Fauve
- Introduction to Henri Matisse and other portrait artists
- Portrait Basics
- Geometry of the face
- Contour drawing
- Blind contour
- value drawing
4. Module assessment
Introduction to Fauvism
- The National Gallery of Art: http://www.nga.gov/feature/artnation/fauve/influences_1.shtm
Module Assessment: Exercise
After you have toured the above links and information, click on the link below to take the quiz. You may take this quiz as many times as you want prior to the due date.
Procedures for Creating Your Artwork
After completing the quiz on Matisse and Fauvism, you are ready to begin creating your artwork.
- Practice by pairing up with someone to draw continuous contour line portraits of each other. While one person models, the other should draw the person. There are two types of contour line drawing:
- Visible contour-- Making sure you keep your pen touching the paper, follow the model's features along with your eyes. Do not lift your pen and keep it moving, making sure you have connecting lines to each facial feature.
- Blind contour-- Same as visible, except now you can not look at your paper. While your partner holds a piece of paper to block your view of your own drawing, trust that your pen is moving along as you observe your model's features with your eyes.
2. Take a photo of yourself or of a willing person. Though learning to draw from life is important, this project is focusing on color and oil pastel. Each photo should be printed 4 x 6-inches. (This dimension is important to stay proportional to the final 12 x 18-inch artwork.)
Special thanks to WetzelArtClass for these two YouTube videos:
- 11 x 17 or larger
- oil or soft pastels
- recognizable color scheme
- sensitivity to range of values
- realistic proportions
Below is a just some of the many resources that can be found on the subjects of Matisse, Fauvism, and portrait drawing. You will not be required to views these but you may genuinely find them interesting.