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Merge Portrait Project

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Christine Gerace

on 21 November 2016

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Portrait: A portrait is a painting,
, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its
expression is predominant

The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the
of the person

Grid Portrait Project
Both Art 2 and 3 will do this project

Project 1: Headdress Expressive Portrait
"Headgear, headwear or headdress is the name given to any element of clothing which is worn on one's head."
Assignment Choice #2:
Juxtaposition Portrait
Artist Examples...
Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait as Tehuana or Diego on my Mind" (1943)
Scottish Pipers
Japanese Geisha
Nemes Headdress of Ancient Egypt
Akha Tribe
Hmong Flower Tribe
How does the headdress reflect the culture, interests and values of the wearer?
Are they functional or decoration?
Or both?
Real World Examples...
Stephanie Kubo, California
Erik Jones
If you pick this project...

1) Research different cultures, artists and ideas...
2) Decide WHO you will draw, and WHY.
3) Decide what the elaborate "headdress" will represent. It should relate to the person you are drawing! Collect images and resources!
4) Make a 8.5"x11" thumbnail sketch to get an idea how your final drawing will look. You may collage for this!

You will grid draw a portrait of someone, preferably someone you know, and then think of an
that is MEANINGFUL to that person in some way...
Then you overlap the 2 images together to create a portrait in a gridded
overlapping format

The White Deer via Society 6
Examples of combining people with animals:
These are extremely detailed drawings. Your portrait should be
photo realistic
, but the animal can be more simplified then what you see here.
Student work:
You can grid draw and erase lines later.
Student work
You may merge portraits of two people.
Types of Portraits
What type of portrait is this?
What view point?

Three Quarters View

Did the artist use proportion correctly?
How?- Answer this!
Assignment Choice #1-
Grid Drawing Merge Portrait
For this first assignment, you are required to reproduce a portrait image using the
Grid System
of yourself or a person of meaning to you. You can print a no larger than 4x5 picture to blow up to an 8x10 work.
The second image you choose to use does not have to be a real person but still a person or character of
meaning to you
. This picture you may print as an 8x10 but you still must grid draw and not trace!!!

I will be looking at how you reproduce the elements of design from the original, particularly
texture and value
Grades based on:
Following the guidelines laid out for the project-points will be lost for grid lines drawn so dark they cannot be erased.
Reproduction of texture and value
Reproduction of proportions
Level of effort and use of class time- Coach will be recording who is not working regularly!!!
Grid Method
The grid method is used for drawing
proper proportions
in a picture.
Sometimes it is difficult to draw the correct proportions.
For example, if you are drawing a portrait and you draw the eyes too far apart, it may not look like the image you are trying to portray.
Project Choices- You have two options!
Both projects involve first grid drawing a portrait that will be altered.
We will be combining 2 images into one final piece -
a sort of "woven" grid using "pieces" of each image
or an overlapping of images, one portrait and one animal, to create a work.
"I believe that the face is a road map of a person's life, and that there are indicators there of what kind of life he, or she, has led."
-Chuck Close

Close employs a "
" to paint his portraits, breaking it down into squares of color.
What type of animal clip art should you get?
Step 1. select picture you want to draw.
Step 2. Start gridding by putting lines down the middle of the picture
Do the EXACT same thing to your plain paper.
Now split your boxes in half evenly.
Do the EXACT same thing to your plain paper.
It's the most important thing to have them THE SAME!
Now split up your picture into basic shapes.
Now SLOWLY draw the basic shapes onto your paper.
If it's easy...draw box by box
Then SLOWLY go back and add details...don't erase any lines yet!
After ALL of the details are completed THAN you can erase your lines.
Overlap a portrait with an animal of your choice.
You grid draw both as well. You do not have to use the colors shown but the face will be one color or in pencil and the animal in a
different color.
You will fill your page leaving minimal space around the edges.
Chuck Close
Born July 5,
American painter
and photographer
Chuck Close is noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the
human face
. He rose to fame in the late 1960s for his large-scale,
photo-realist portraits

Close created large-format Polaroids of models that he then, using
grid drawing
, re-created on large canvases.

This early work was bold, intimate and up-front, replicating the particular details of his
selected faces
Close suffers from the neurological condition
, or face-blindness, which prevents him from recognizing faces.

In 1988, Close suffered the sudden rupture of a spinal artery. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Close was left almost
entirely paralyzed
. Eventually, after rounds of physical therapy, Close, who became permanently confined to a wheelchair, regained the partial use of his limbs

Despite the physical limitations, Close pressed forward with his work. With a
brush taped to his wrist
, Close continued to paint, but in a style that was more abstract and less precise.
This is a very challenging project!
It is essential that you gather and properly size your clip art pieces. You must have a clear vision of what you plan to do!

Profile View Point
Frontal View
Examples of Student Works
You will start the project by grid drawing a portrait.
It should be a
self portrait
or a portrait of someone with meaning to you.
You will use an
8 x 10 format for your final work.
You can use a clip art picture no larger than 4 x 5 for the human portrait so that you are grid drawing to
twice the size.
How to grid draw-DRAW
1. Draw a grid with 1/2 inch blocks over the 4x5 portrait.
2. Draw a grid with 1 inch blocks on the final paper.
Draw block by block- DRAW LIGHTLY!!!
Self-portrait with Spiderman
Only a very small part should be negative space.
It can be in pencil only or in colored pencil or both.
A little too simple.
A great choice to grid draw over a portrait. Some texture detail for difficulty but easy to break down outlines for grid drawing.
I searched "how to draw a dog's face" to find this image.
Too simple
Better Choices!
Your animal clip art may be printed in a
8x10 format
ready to grid draw- not trace-, but the portrait has to be in the no larger than 4x5 format for
Draw in a
orientation- your choice for either project.
If the portrait of the person you choose to draw is in color and needs to be simplified, put it in befunky.com to make it black and white- just like we did with the stencil project!!
In befunky.com
Click get started and upload an image.
Go to the
tab on the left hand side- the flower icon- and you can select
and the black and white option to simplify the image.
If you click on the three blue lines on the inkify black and white tab you can lower the detail level also.

There is also a
selection that can simplify the image.
You will probably have to save the image to a jump or to your computer and put it into a word document to be able to size it to a 4x5 format.
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