12 x 15 3/4 inches
Pen and ink
This is a sample of a project that I do with my Art 1 students. It starts as a grid drawing that is then developed by creating values using patterns and textures. Students have to control the value within a given pattern as well since the pattern/texture changes with each grid square. I am always trying to get the students to take more compositionally interesting photos to work from so that we get more dynamic final images. This means that I start by taking a lot of very unflattering pictures of myself to get them to loosen up about how they look. The girls always want to be "pretty" and the boys just want to give me mug shots. Teenagers are soooooo self-conscious! I just tell them to loosen up and let their freak flag fly! Of course they are certain that I am completely mentally unbalanced as the above image would seem to prove. I also let a student choose which image I will work from which is guaranteed to be the one that is the most unforgiving. :) Good fun!