Submitted by: Wendy Free, formerly at Eastside High School, Gainesville, Florida (Now at Suwanee, GA) Unit: Drawing -Scratchboard Lesson: Illustration - Career lesson (cartooning) Fantasy 'Scapes Grade: High School (adaptable to middle school)
View marine and jungle ‘scapes and identify perspective techniques (overlapping, size/placement, atmospheric perspective…).
Students choose subject of composition and do sketches in computer lab of flora and fauna contained within their environment.
View Picasso’s bulls and Pixar website – discuss similarities between Picasso’s processes of abstraction and creation of cartoon characters from FINDING NEMO from real life clownfish, surgeonfish, etc.
Use sketches to create "cartoonized" composition of creatures and their surroundings.
Practice scratchboard techniques for creating value and texture on scrap board (value scale, shaded sphere, and one animal from drawn composition).
Transfer drawn composition to scratchboard by tracing with ballpoint pen.
Scratch images using directional line and pattern. Create varied values with scratch techniques. Contrast is important.
Complete scratchboard piece by tinting with Watercolor Paint – mixed colors with tints, shades, and tones.