The Not Chair Critique/Process

Today we critiqued our Chair and Still Life charcoal drawings as a class. We compared and dissected what we saw in eachother’s methods of rendering our objects. At the end we all made gifs of the paper in 10 min increments. The result:



And I will say again, I had fun! The difference of using a glass object was that it made perspective hard. I had problems defining the shape of the fabric inside of the jar because it looked wonky. “Its all lies really.” said one of my classmates. I thought she was just making a joke because how does one lie in art? Now I realize she meant just putting lines down and pretending there are defined folds where there are none. It was hard, but I only lied twice. Draw what you see and not what you know, or in my case, what you wanna lie about.

But, as I said, today was class critique day. It was great because I got to sit on a real chair, and not a horse(which I’m sure I’ve mentioned require a pillow if I’m to use it for more than 3 mins) and we didn’t just critique each class alone. Instead, we put all the works up together on the walls, which I what I’ve always liked about Art classes at Agnes.

Nell told us to start talking, and it was the usual ‘We’re looking at drawings of chairs n blah blah paper with blah blah size’. Then it moved to the differences in each person’s process. How do the smudged lines tell us of the care it took to make the char/not-chair. More smudges made it evident the person had to start over and over again. Meaning they we’re frustrated. Clean light lights meant a person very careful and scared of mess.(which is a thing we’re graded on btw) Tick-marks meant the person measured every other second, cutting off of the still life meant the person didn’t really measure beforehand and winged it. And the 244 were no different than the 144 in technique. Well, i guess the only difference was that we may have had practice, but the smudges and folds and ticks we’re the same. It was a cool reminder that anyone can draw a chair/not-chair. It all about what you see, and practice.

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