Mondays, April 12-May 3, 2021 (4 weeks)
6:00 - 9:00 pm PST
Instructor: AJ Power
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
Learn to sketch and draft your designs: for keeping your own notes and sketchbook, and for sharing ideas with a creative peer, a caster, a fabricator, or your client.
For students who have taken this class before, AJ takes into account each student's skill level and tailors his instructions to meet their needs.
Jewelry artists benefit greatly from drawing skills, which are essential for communicating a 3D idea thru a 2D medium. In this course, I will take you from core sketching skills used to generate looser ideas (say, for capturing idea creation or peer sharing) to drafting more detailed and precise views of the form (say for a client or a fabricator).
Students will be encouraged to work in a sketchbook and collect images of forms that reflect their creative aesthetic.
In this course, lessons will focus on the following:
- Acknowledging your writing and drawing habits and adapting them.
- Gain confidence by understanding that this is a learnable skill that can be attained through practice and skills.
- Draw different views of a form and how to use each of them to your advantage.
- Use the design process of building basic forms and adding complexity
- Sketching raw ideas in a fast and loose format to visually explain unique conceptual ideas for a client.
- Refining drawings from a sketch to a more technical and realistic rendering
- Generating volume and detail through careful shading and toning.
- Acknowledging that communication, not “perfection” is the goal. Skills build with time and practice.
Supply List for Students
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These supplies are not terribly strict, just ideal. So long as you have pencils and paper and an eraser, you are good to go. The following materials have advantages that I would employ if I needed to draft a commission or consult with a fabricator. We won't be getting into color, since that can take longer and requires more materials (Gouache and Heavyweight paper and brushes) but that could be something for another class.
- Grey paper Sketchbook (Amazon) (5.5”x8.8” or larger) - White paper is fine, but you won't have the advantage of being able to use the white pencils.
- Graphite pencils HB, 2H, and 3B (Amazon) - Regular 2B pencils are fine, too
- Mechanical pencils (Amazon) - good for technical/precise detail. These come with HB lead, and you can order hard or soft leads to insert
- White Mars Plastic Eraser (Amazon)
- Kneaded Eraser (Amazon)
- White Colored Pencil (Amazon) - White charcoal is OK, but not ideal
- Pencil Sharpener (Amazon) - Not the only way to sharpen a pencil, but some prefer it to a boxcutter - which is what I use :)