OP ART (13th-24th APRIL)

13 04 2020

 Dear Students

How are you doing? I hope you are ok! :)

These two next weeks we are working with the OP ART! We are going to learn how to create different grids and shapes.


Op-art, also known as optical art, is used to describe some paintings and other works of art which use optical illusions.

Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.

A true Op Art piece “teases” the eye. Straight lines may appear curved, lines wriggle, flat areas undulate. The eye is tricked into seeing things which are not so. Areas may appear to be flattened or stretched. The eye may often be unable to focus when viewing an Op Art piece.

In the mid-20th century, artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley and M.C. Escher experimented with Optical Art. Escher’s work, although not abstract, deals extensively with various forms of visual tricks and paradoxes.


Experiment with perspective; use grids, shapes, and lines to create patterns and illusions.

  • Your piece should be designed in black & white on a graph paper. Each square mesures aproximadamente 10×10 cms. Use a black felt tip pen.
  • Sketch at least 4 different ideas. You have to copy four of the grids you have got. There are 8 of them. Choose only four. If you have a hard time starting the sketches - you can follow the steps.


12 05 2013





3 05 2013

Just a simple exercise for you to draw in a different way… Let’s do a plastic fork that I give you. It’s a simple machine to draw  but today you have to do it white on black, with a piece of chalk on the black card I give you.

Your finished result will look really awesome!



24 04 2013


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Drawing the negative spaces

18 04 2013

Negative space is the space between objects or parts of an object, or around it. Studying this can have a surprisingly positive effect on a painting.

In her book Drawing on the Right Hand Side of the Brain Betty Edwards uses a great Bugs Bunny analogy to explain the concept. Imagine Bugs Bunny speeding along and running through a door. What you’ll see in the cartoon is a door with a bunny-shaped hole in it. What’s left of the door is the negative space, that is the space around the object, in this case Bugs Bunny.

Clic on the image to read a tutorial: How Negative Space is useful in a painting

Drawing chairs!

17 04 2013

 Activity and assessment

  1. Draw a designated chair which is placed in front of you
  2. You should try to do it as best as possible, as if you were a photograph camera.
  3. Try to think in proportions, different parts and directions of the lines.

Let’s see the results…

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25 03 2013


Blind contour drawing of the palm of your hand- Good for getting you out of your left

brain and focused simply on lines and where edges of objects meet.

Transfer the Plastic Picture Plane into paper

1. Now, you will transfer the main points and edges of your drawing on plastic to your drawing paper.

2. The formats are the same size, so it is a one-to one scale transfer. Using the crosshairs, place the point where an edge of your hand contacts the format. Transfer several of these points.

3. Then, begin to connect the edges of your hand, fingers, thumb, palm, wrinkles, and so on with the points you have established. This is just a light sketch to help you place the hand within the format.

4. Recall that drawing is copying what you see on the picture plane. Don’t worry about erasing the ground if you have to change a line. Erase, then just rub the erased area with your finger or a paper napkin and the erasure disappears.

5. Once this rough, light sketch is on your paper, you are ready to start drawing. Reposition your “posing” hand, using the drawing-on-plasticto guide the positioning. Then, set aside your drawing-on plastic, but place it where you can still refer to it.

6. When you begin to draw, your eyes—or rather, eye—will move slowly along the contour and your pencil will record your perceptions at the same slow speed that your eye is moving.

7. Just as you did in Pure Contour Drawing, try to perceive and record all of the slight undulations of each edge

8. Use your eraser whenever needed, even to make tiny adjustments in the line. Looking at your hand (with one eye closed, remember), you can estimate the angle of any edge by comparing it to the crosshairs. Check these angles in your drawing-on-plastic that you did earlier, but also try to see these relationships by imagining a picture-plane hovering.

9. You may want to erase out the spaces around your hand. This makes the hand “stand out” from the negative spaces.

Drawing Your Hand on the Plastic Picture Plane

22 03 2013

What you’ll do:

1. Rest your hand on a desk or table in front of you (the left hand if you are right-handed, and the right, if you are left-handed) with the ringers and thumb curved upward, pointing toward your face.

2. The viewfinders and plastic Picture Plane will help you get started. Try out each of the Viewfinders to decide which size fits most comfortably over your hand, which you should be holding in a foreshortened position with the fingers coming toward you.

3. Pick up your uncapped marking pen, gaze at the hand under the plastic Picture Plane and close one eye.

4. Choose an edge to start your drawing. Any edge will do. With the marking pen, begin to draw on the plastic Picture Plane the edges of the shapes just as you see them. Don’t try to “second guess” any of the edges. Do not name the parts.

5. Be sure to keep your head in the same place and keep one eye closed. Don’t move your head to try to “see around” the form. Keep it still.

6. Correct any lines you wish by just wiping them off with a moistened tissue on your forefinger. It is very easy to redraw them more precisely.

After you have finished:

Place the plastic Picture Plane on a plain sheet of paper so that you can clearly see what you have drawn. I can predict with confidence that you will be amazed. With relatively little effort, you have accomplished one of the truly difficult tasks in drawing—drawing the human hand in foreshortened view.

Let’s see how you work in class…

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