Syllabus - ADN 281 - Basic Drawing
Instructor - Marc Russo – marc_russo@ncsu.edu – marcrusso.com
Course Credits - 3
Course Meeting Time - 1:30 - 4:15 Mondays and Wednesdays
Room - Leazar 321A
Office: Leazar 402
Office Hours – 1:00 - 2:00 Tuesday and Thursday

Class 1: August 21st
Class Introduction.
Materials: Syllabus - Sketchbook Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: 4 Drawings from memory - A common kitchen utensil, A plant in a pot, Two chairs in a room, and A city street.

Class 2: August 26th
Warm up class assignment
Materials:Class assinment
Sketch Book Assignment: Set up a still life in your house or apartment. Start with the constraint from Station One and draw the still life, then Station Two, and so on. In the end you should have seven drawings of your still life in different styles.
One drawing per page.

Class 3: August 28th
Introduction to One-point Perspective
Video: Demo on One-Point Perspective
Materials:Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: Do two drawings similar to what we did in class today. Complete the first drawing with a ruler and the second freehand. For the drawing that we did in class you were unconstrained to place cubes in any way that you wanted. In these two drawings I would like you to use the following words to influence your layout: Drawing 1 - Balance, and Drawing 2 - Cycle.

SCANS OF YOUR SKETCHBOOK ARE DUE ON SEPT 4th. [this should include assignments from classes 1, 2, and 3]

Class 4: September 4th
One-point Perspective and Line weight
Video: Demo for One Point Perspecitve - Creating Depth in a Landscape
Materials:Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: Two one-point perspective drawings. On one page draw a stack of boxes. Start the stack below the horizon line and extend them above the horizon line. On the second page create a scene of boxes similar to the one that we are working on in class. However, this time do it completely freehand.

Class 5: September 9th
Work day
Sketch Book Assignment:Today there is only one drawing. Take a series of cubes or boxes and lay them out on a landscape, similar to the way that you are in class. Have some in the foreground, some in the middle ground and some in the extreme background. Lightly pencil them in. Now take your set of markers and see of you can outline them using various line weights to illustrate that some are close and some are far away. Use the thinker marker for those close and switch to the thinner markers for those in the middle and background. See how well you can make this work.

Class 6: September 11th
Critique for Project 1

Class 7: September 16th
Ellipses in One-point Perspective
Video: Demo for constructing ellipses and a column in one-point Perspective
Materials: Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: Now that you are familar with one-point perspective try to use the principles to render other simple objects. Find two object in your room or house, such as a table or a bookshelf, or even simply a stack of text books. Try to place them into one-point perspective.

Class 8: September 18th
Shading Primitives
Video: Demo for using the 1-2-3 method of rapid visualization shading
Materials: Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: Try to repeat the ellipse project that we did in class, but this time do it without rulers. For the first drawing keep your column centered over the vanishing point. Draw three slices above and three below the horizon line. On the second drawing off set your column to the left or the right of the vanishing point and draw three above and three below the horizon line.

Class 9: September 23rd
Creating a Room in One-point Perspective
Video: Demo for creating a room in one-point perspective
Materials: Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: On one page draw a top down layout of your room. Then on the next page draw a sketch of your room in one point perspective, see how much detail you can squeeze into it. Use the rules that we worked on in class, but construct them freehand.

SCANS OF YOUR SKETCHBOOK ARE DUE ON SEPT 30th. [this should include assignments from classes 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9]

Class 10: September 25th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Take two of the basic primitives (cone, cylinder, sphere, or cube) and combine them into a new form. Choose a light source and shade the form. Repeat this assignment on two pages.

Class 11: September 30th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Find an interesting piece of furniture in your house. Draw it in one point perspective. Now rotate it 90 degrees and draw it again. On the second page find a piece of furniture that has an elliptical form in it (an oval table, or a lamp. Draw it in one point perspective, then rotate it 90 degrees and draw it again.

Class 12: October 2nd
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Here is an interesting twist on one point persepective. Pick a room in your house or apartment. Imagine that you were able to float on the cieling and look down into your room. Render a birds eye view of your room. You can even try to exaggerate the forms so that they appear more dramatic. Keep in mind that this is different than the top down orthogrphic view of the room we created in the current project, there is no perspective in that. In this drawing there is perspective.

Class 13: October 7th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Find a long hallway. Sit in the middle of it and look down the hall creating a one-point perspective view. Draw the hallway in about 15 minutes. Now go to the other end of the hallway and look back at where you were sitting. Draw the hallway again.

Class 14: October 9th
Critique of Project 2

Class 15: October 14th
Two-point Perspective - Exercise and Project
Video: Demo for two-point perspective
Materials: Project Sheet
Sketch Book Assignment: Use the letters from your name and scatter them about in a two-point perspective landscape. Do two of these (in one you can use the letters from your first name in the other you can use the letters from your last name). Shade one of them using pencil and one using pen.

Class 16: October 16th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Practice buildings in two-point perspective. Try to imagine two buildings that you have a lot of memories of. Maybe one is your parent's house and the other is a building or house you pass everyday on your way to class. Do a drawing of each one in two point perspective. You can do this freehand or with a ruler.

Class 17: October 21st
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment.

Class 18: October 23rd
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment

Class 19: October 28th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Two-point perspective. Take two of the pieces of furniture from the your apartment, or from the room that you drew in the last project and transfer them to 2 point perspective. Do this freehand without the use of rulers.

Class 20: October 30th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: This is an open assignment. Use two point perspective and try and render an object that we have not done in class. Do this freehand without the use of rulers.

SCANS OF YOUR SKETCHBOOK ARE DUE ON OCT 30th. [this should include assignments from classes 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16]
The next sketchbook check will be at the end of the semester.

Class 21: November 4th
Critique of Project 2
Video: Isometric Demo
Materials: Assignment - Project Sheet
Audio: Listen to Chris Ware talk to Ira Glass about Sequential Art - Chris Ware's Work 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - Quimby the Mouse Animation
Sketch Book Assignment: Find a complex piece of furniture in your home or apartment. On one page draw the orthographic views (front, side, top), and on the second page draw the object using the isometric system.

Class 22: November 6th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: This is an open assignment. Use two point perspective and try and render an object that we have not done in class. Do this freehand without the use of rulers.

Class 23: November 11th
Work Day
Sketch Book Assignment: Find a complex piece of furniture in your home or apartment. On one page draw the orthographic views (front, side, top), and on the second page draw the object using the isometric system.

Class 24: November 13th
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment

Class 25: November 18th
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment

Class 26: November 20th
Materials: Project Sheet - Link to Scott McCloud's book "Making Comics"
Critique of Project 3

Class 27: November 25th
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment
SCANS OF YOUR SKETCHBOOK ARE DUE TODAY. [this should include assignments from classes 17 to 23]

Class 29: December 2nd
Work Day
No Sketchbook Assignment

Class 30: December 4th
Critique of Final Project