Janello explains common problems students encounter while studying color and presents several solutions for how to think about color in the context of drawing.
- Crayons were cheaper than pastels, and therefore, Tony went with crayons.
- The advantage of crayons is that they are familiar to people, everyone has used them in school.
- Crayons don’t allow you to get around bright, saturated colors.
- Painters are bogged down by centuries of historical painting, that sets up a lot of expectations.
- Painting from a photo is limited, you’re painting from someone else’s interpretation of the subject.
- Tony’s inspiration from Renaissance paintings.
- Renaissance paintings that were built with monochromatic underpaintings, that then had colors added on top.
- Crayon drawings are built up in layers of color.
- Each crayon layer is sprayed with fixative to isolate that layer.
- Tony found an artist model “on the street.”
- Tony’s muse was an artist model named John who worked for one of his drawing classes.
- Many students are very intimidated by color, often because they are experienced in drawing in black and white.
- People who draw in black and white often struggle the most with color.
- When you draw in black and white, you’re essentially ignoring the color.
- Getting over your fear of color is the most important part of the process.
- Tony’s self-portraits, done over several decades.
- A self-deprecating self-portrait.
- The role of text in Tony’s self-portrait drawing.
Prof Lieu’s Tips
I know that some teachers draw onto their students’ drawings. I used to do that when I first started teaching, but then I stopped doing it after a while.
I realized that even though I would always ask the student first if I could draw on their drawing, many students would say yes, because they didn’t want to disagree with me.
I think if you’re a good teacher, you will find a way to explain what you want to say without having to draw on the student’s drawing.
Sometimes I take tracing paper and put it on the student’s drawing and draw on it that way. I think for a lot of students a teacher drawing on their drawing can feel invasive.
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