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Drawing II - Chuck Close Icon Portraits

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Nicole Gomez

on 21 March 2016

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Transcript of Drawing II - Chuck Close Icon Portraits

Icon Portraits
Inspired by Chuck Close
Who is Chuck Close?
Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Close currently lives and works in New York.
His work:
"I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum
number of dots to make a specific recognizable person."
Why could Chuck Close be considered a "personal hero?"
What is his technique?
- Grid the image.
- Focus on individual parts
- Rotate the artwork as you go to
see in terms of value rather
than a whole image.
Robert Silvers
Uses the same griding technique to combine
color photographs in a mosaic to create a larger image.
1. Select photograph of high contrast - crop to 6" x 8" (15 x 20 cm) in Word. Print to SE RM 103 printer.

2. Measure a grid using ruler marking at one half inch intervals on top/bottom and sides of photograph. Draw line on photograph with ruler. Each ½ inch square will be transferred to each 1 inch square on your work.

3. Measure grid at 1 inch intervals at top, bottom and sides of 12" x 16" canvas or watercolor paper. Draw grid using ruler - being careful to insure lines are straight and exactly one inch apart.
4. Paint using watercolor or acrylic. You can mix realistic colors or use a creative color scheme of your choice.

5. Be sure to study your work from a distance from time to time as you work. Critique when finished - How does your work compare to the work of Chuck Close?
Student Examples
Practice a value scale using a variety of lines, doodles, shapes, and techniques from dark to light. Value scale must have at least 7 different shades.

Find and create a high contrast image of a favorite icon (or self) using photoshop or befunky.com

Crop to correct deminsions and begin the grid process.

You will receive large paper to begin this project when you have created your creative value scale
and completed a grid on the image you are using.
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