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gallery + reflections

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find youtube video
google keepvid

Watercolor storyboard with digital rendering
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Lemon day Spring 2015
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Another happy lemon day

It's hard to describe what happens in Lemon Day in Observational Drawing but it's magic.
At the end of lemon day I always try to capture the new confidence and joy in a class picture with the lemons in the background.

The topics of Lemon Day are chiaroscuro, value, light logic, saturated and desaturated color, vertical placement to achieve depth, size relationships, and blocking in with value.
It works as you can see!
I love Lemon Day!

Student Comments

  • The chiaroscuro in the class was amazing. I feel that not just one person got the hang, but all the classmates!  -- JC

  • I loved using the pastels and toned paper today.  It was my first time. -- MC

  • Next time I plan to use the crest shadow better to give the objects shape.  ...also use the reflected light to highten the picture.  I had the most trouble with the dark mid-tones but after playing around with it, I get a better idea.  -- MG

  • In the future I am going to try to emphasize relationships of objects and I want to use chiaroscuro effectively to make strong focal points. -- EJ

Lesson Plan for first day in Anatomy Class
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Craative Taxonomy Levels:  Imitation and Transformation

To copy and enlarge to lifesize a skeleton from a sample anatomy for artist textbook
To effectively problem-solve in small teams
To transform a skeleton into a character
To create a short back story for the character

Illustration of a human skeleton
Roll of painter's paper from paint store (35 yards for $10)
Painter's tape
White and black pastel

Show students anatomy book illustrations of standard human proportions
Play video tutorial about drawing proportional skeletons
-- I showed How to draw the Human Figure - Body Construction Tutorial by Jazza on Youtube.com (https://youtu.be/w2fKxNDsXuw)

If possible, have guest judges award points.

Time - One hour


1. Organize students into small teams
-- I suggest as many teams as there is wall space to make the life sized drawings, becuase it's been my experience too many players on each team leads more quickly to distraction.
2. State the challenge to students

  • Cut the roll of paper to size.

  • Use the black and white drawing supplies to create a life sized skeleton.

  • Draw one bone at a time with all players taking part in the drawing

  • Your focus is to create a life sized skeleton with the same proportions as your source illustration.

  • Suggest that they plan their actions before they start drawing.

  • Extra points will be earned by the most proportional skeleton

What happens

I've seen a number of different strategies evolve in the course to doing this activity.  One strategy is that students lay on the paper and trace around a fellow student. The problem with the trace is that it is hampered by student fashion. Another strates is to just start drawing the skull and work down.  One of the more effective strategies is to measure the source material and multiply the major elements, such as head ribcage and pelvis, by the number it takes to enlarge the source material to life size.  The most successful is that students follow the tutorial they have just seen on the video and transform a simplified structure into a proportional shell, then fill in the skeletal details.

Student comments
 We should have taken more time at the beginning.
 We needed a better plan.
 We should have taken the challenge more seriously.

 The tutorial showed us the main measuring points.
 We worked well together as a team.

Transform skeletons into characters
Now you have several life sized drawings of skeletons in the room.  The next step is to let students know that inside every animated character and game character is a skeleton.  that skeleton may be deliberately skewed by the designers to create a certain type of character.  Your new challenge is to take your successful and unsuccessful skeletons and use pastel colors to make a character that is appropriate to your team's skeletal structure.  Also create a short back story for your character.

This new challenge shows students that unique characters have unique structures inside and out.  It also gets them using color in a natural way.  When they are doing straigh life drawing there is a reluctance to use color until later in the term.

3-D drawings
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What an interesting challenge to set my students in the tactile texture part of the book in Design Fundamentals.

Chicago FluxFest and Art tourism
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Spent great time in Chicago with Seth and Donna. Saw lots of art and participated in FluxFest 2015.
Now I am Tidying up and tossing out.  

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I can't believe I'm watching the superbowl.
And listing tax expenses:-) in excel.

Next steaks on the grill...

White Chili Recipe
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Honoria's White Chili

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 boneless chicken braes or boneless thighs, chopped, or however much you want

  • some chicken broth

  • variety of fresh peppers including poblano, green, red, and however spicy you want it.

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 2 cans great Northern beans

  • dollop of sour cream

  • avocado slices on top

  • chopped or sprigs of fresh cilantro

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime

Put the olive oil in a heavy pot and throw in the cut onions, garlic, and peppers and herbs (cumin, oregano, cayenne).  When onions are clear add the broth and beans.  Cook for an hour.  Add the chopped up chicken.

Cook about 1/2 hour or when you feel it is at peak flavor.

Put a blob of sour cream and a couple of slices of  avocado on top.  Put some chopped or sprigs of cilantro on top.

Squeeze lemon or lime over all.

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Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Total Time30 minutes

Yield12 servings

The classic spinach and artichoke dip is upgraded into the cheesiest, crustiest French bread ever!


  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  • 1 (1-pound) French bread loaf, cut in half crosswise

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan.

  • Place bread, cut-sides up, onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread artichoke mixture evenly over the bread slices; top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

  • Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


Stephen's Site
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This student site has many advanced gesture drawings.


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