The hand will be the central focus of this art project. Convey a message or symbolize a specific meaning primarily through a human hand(s).
Although you will only choose 1 medium for this project, you will need to take the sketchbook notes from all 3 media options for use on the exam. Sketchbook Notes are indicated by red lettering.
Pen & Ink
If the hand(s) in your artwork come toward the viewer from the background, you will need to use the perspective technique called Foreshortening. Foreshortening is the illusion that something projects out through space toward the viewer (see the hand in the image to the right). The most difficult objects to foreshorten are those that are long. This can be a tricky technique to master, and even professional artists can struggle to get it right. Often it is your brain that gets in the way sending mixed messages about what you are seeing. For example, looking at the image to the right, we know that a person's head is bigger than their hand. The hand looks larger because things closer to you appear larger than things in the distance. This creates a mental battle as the artist tries to accurately represent what he is seeing. If the arm was more visible, the struggle would intensify because the arm looks short when we know that arms are fairly long. The 2 keys to successful foreshortening are practice and drawing what you see (not what you know).