I don’t remember this assignment from The Famous Artists School. I’m sure she used magazine advertisements as the models. She did that a lot.
This first one garnered many comments and suggestions:
- See how an imaginative sky color adds to the sunny effect? (arrow to sky)
- Richer tan flesh colors
- Blue and orange are complementary (contrasts) (arrow to shirt, outlined in orange)
- Yellow is complemented by violet (arrow to ocean as contrasted to yellow sky)
- Warm (arrow to green in pants)
- Cool (arrow to sand?)
- Warmest — most intense color in foreground
This one only had a couple of comments
- Deeper values — cooler bluer colors — think of moon as a cool light source (arrow to moon)
- Keep shadows flat — little light is reflected at night
This last one was praised.
- Values quite good!
- White stripes help to relieve intensity of background (pointing to stripes in background)
I’ve written about my mom’s tenure with the Famous Artists School several times. I found a few more of her assignments today.
This one I remember well. She used an illustration from one of my books as the model. I don’t know it it was cheating or not, but the evaluator had a few suggestions.
She pretty much copied the pie man from this image.
The instructor, and in my opinion, rightly so, suggested that Simon look more adorable than scary. They provided the following feedback and redrew the scene to illustrate their opinions.
- Make Simon smaller & lovably goofy, clearly indicating his financial predicament.
- I like your dog, to which you can add other child pleasing small animals, fowl, turtles, birds and animated thistles
- This is a nonsense rhyme, so have fun!
- Emphasize the bakers white costume with value contrast
- Unify the lively fair to avoid spottiness
- Lower the horizon to make the baker larger
- A vignette edge is more interesting and creates air around the figures