BFA Art School Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 5


Create a drawing where colors are mixed through layering.

Pick a subject
brainstorming & THUMBNAILs

Do brainstorming exercises to work out your ideas. Draw at least 6 thumbnail sketches to plan out the composition. Once you have chosen a composition, develop that thumbnail further to determine the color and tonal ranges.

use Reference Photos

colored penciloil pastelsoft pastel, Caran d’Ache Crayons, oil sticks

Artists for inspiration

Pastel & Crayon Drawings by: Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, William Merritt Chase, Tony Janello, Ed Young, Childe Hassam, Jean François Millet

Self-Portrait Drawing in Crayon

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates how to draw a self-portrait using a mirror and a color layering technique using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons. Prof Lieu shows how to set up your easel, drawing, clamp light, and mirror in order to have a smooth drawing experience. Prof Lieu walks you through the thumbnail sketching process and then how to transition from the thumbnail sketch to the final crayon drawing.

Color & Crayons

RISD Adjunct Professor Tony Janello speaks to Art Prof Clara Lieu in his studio about his approach to color theory as an artist and professor, and a drawing technique he developed using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons to create portrait drawings drawn from life. Janello explains common problems students encounter while studying color and presents several solutions for how to think about color in the context of drawing.

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