Pelvis – continuous tone carbon dust or conte

Pelvis illustration examples

Project goals

The goal of this project is for the students to produce a conte or carbon dust painting of an anterior view of an anatomically correct pelvis. Through depicting the pelvis in either medium the students will apply the theories of light on form that they learnt on their foundation course. Emphasis will be placed on direction observation of the subject matter, proper lighting and instructional impact. Pencils studies of the pelvis in relation to the organs that reside in the pelvic region will also be produced. These will develop the students skills in instructional illustrations and begin their journey into text book art. To develop the students medium skills, pen and ink studies of the innominate illustrating the attachment sites of gluteal muscles will also be produced The project will provide and the students with skills in conte, carbon dust and pen and ink.

 

Project objectives

  • Analyse good examples of pelvis illustrations from which to benchmark your own work. Emphasis on instructional impact and focus on rough and smooth portions of the bones.
  • Put into practice the principles of light on form that was taught on the foundation course.
  • Learn conte, carbon dust and pen and ink techniques and develop common vocabulary relating to carbon dust and conte and understanding of the materials used.
  • Learn the anatomical terminology, landmarks and muscle attachment sites that can be found on the pelvic bones.
  • Create a conte or carbon dust painting of a correctly orientated anterior view of a pelvis.
  • Prepare a pencil illustration of the correctly orientated anterior view of a pelvis which will be the precursor to the final painting.
  • Produce pencil, carbon dust or contee studies of the sacrum and innominate separately in a number of views, exploring shape, form and curvature.
  • Produce series of pencil studies of the pelvis drawn from an anterior or lateral view relating the pelvic bones to the organs that reside in the pelvic region. These studies will evidence your understanding of the structure of the pelvis and its surrounding anatomy.
  • Create pen and ink studies of the innominate illustrating the attachment sites of the gluteal muscles. Ensure the illustration emphasizes the rough and smooth portions of the bone.

Project Outcomes

  • An anatomically accurate illustration of a correctly orientated anterior view of a pelvis in pencil and either in conte or carbon dust with instructional impact.
  • Pencil, carbon dust or contee studies of the sacrum and innominate separately in a number of views, exploring shape, form and curvature.  
  • A series of pencil studies of the pelvis drawn from an anterior or lateral view relating the pelvic bones to the organs that reside in the pelvic region.
  • Pen and ink studies of the innominate illustrating the attachment sites of the gluteal muscles.
  • Evidence understanding of the structure of the pelvis.
  • The ability to self assess own illustrations.
  • Mastered carbon dust or conte.

Marking criteria. The marking criteria indicated here is a guide and grades are allocated in conjunction with the assessment criteria laid out under ‘Assessment Information – In-course Assessment Criteria’.

Criteria Levels of achievement
Illustrations/graphics impact and clarity. Including skill in chosen medium (Final conte or carbon dust drawing only and marked out of 10 points)

• Instructional impact of drawing
• Observation accuracy of structure and surface detail
• Skill and neatness of rendered illustration
• Effort given to the requirements of the project
• Understanding and control of art tools, materials
and techniques, singly and in combination
• Understanding of elements, such as colour, line,
texture, balance

Fluent ability

9-10 points

Confident ability

7-8 points

Competent ability

5- 6 points

Basic ability

3- 4 points

Limited ability

1-2 points

Anatomical accuracy and exploration
(Final conte or carbon dust drawing only and marked out of 5 points)

• Anatomical accuracy
• Lifesize, correct viewpoint and orientation needed
for this illustration
• Understanding of the bone in wider context as demonstrated by studies and sketches

Excellent form and anatomical accuracy

5 points

Almost no errors in form and /or anatomical accuracy

4 points

A few errorrs in form and/or anatomical accuracy.

3 points

Some errors in form and / or anatomical accuracy.

2 points

Major errors in the form and anatomy

1 point

Presentation and attractiveness
(Includes all images/
sketchbooks etc. and marked out of 5 points)

• Presentation neatness
• Layout and labelling design and effort
• Spelling
• Use of art vocabulary when discussing artworks

The overall Excellent

5 points

Extremely good

4 points

Very Good

3 points

Good

2 points

Basic

1 point

Observational and
exploratory quality of
the collection of pelvis illustrations.
(Includes all images/
sketchbooks etc. and marked out of 5 points)

• Observational skill
• Creation of final display
• Independent research and original concepts
• Understand stages of art-making
• Awareness and appreciation of the context and purpose of illustration)

Fluent ability

5 points

Confident ability

4 points

Competent ability

3 points

Basic ability

2 points

Limited ability

1 point

Level achieved from total points:
This project is marked on the four categories listed above. Once points are assigned to each category they are added up and a grade is given depending on the total points.
Distinction (20 – 25 points) Credit (19 – 15 points) High Pass (10 – 14 points Pass (5 – 9 points) Pass with Amends/ Referred for re-submission (1 – 4 points)

Pencil drawing artwork A

The pencil drawing artwork A

  • This pelvis project is designed to follow on and compliment your drawing skills developed during the preparation of the femur and scapula projects.
  • Begin by preparing a clear and well observed pencil drawing, i.e. a detailed working drawing from which you will then be able to develop your carbon dust or conte version as a development of your skills by using a different medium.
  • Observe the shape of the pelvis structure as a whole, considering the importance of the shape, which areas are forward, mid, back and receding.
  • Work on your project/bone as a ‘whole’ and build up your shading as a ‘whole’ too, which will create a much more unified finish to your completed drawing.

Materials

  • Use good quality cartridge paper – recommend 250gms weight
  • Use sharp traditional pencils, having a good range available from 2H, H, B, 2B, 4B
  • Putty rubber
  • Calipers are useful for detailed measuring, but where possible learn to draw ‘by eye’ and hand measuring with your thumb/pencil

Carbon dust or conte artwork B

The carbon dust artwork B

  • This carbon dust drawing project is designed to develop and compliment your initial detailed pencil drawing and develop increasing tonal range.
  • By using a combination of your pencil drawing and continued observation directly from the bone itself, prepare a Carbon dust version as a development of your skills by using a different tonal medium.
  • Lighting of your pelvis is very important, begin and keep to the same lighting point throughout your artworks and portfolio whether ever possible e.g. lit from top left. You may choose top right if you are left handed. Whichever you choose – be consistent.
  • The key to this medium is to …

Materials for carbon dust artwork B

  • Carbon dust
  • Brushes
  • Carbon sticks
  • Scalpel
  • Putty rubber
  • Lamp oil sticks

The conte drawing artwork B

  • This conte drawing project is designed to develop and compliment your initial detailed pencil drawing.
  • By using a combination of your pencil drawing and continued observation directly from the bone itself, prepare a conte version as a development of your skills by using a different tonal medium.
  • Lighting of your pelvis is very important, begin and keep to the same lighting point throughout your artworks and portfolio whether ever possible e.g. lit from top left. You may choose top right if you are left handed. Whichever you choose – be consistent.
  • The key to this project conte project is to shade the darks and limited highlights with a light colour, allowing the colour of the paper to work as your tonal mid range. Thus not covering the whole surface with colour. Allow the paper to work for you.

Materials for conte artwork B

  • Toned background of a suitable complimentary colour e.g. soft grey, blue or similar.
  • Paper use either sugar paper or pastel paper, ensuring a smooth surface.
  • Conte pencils are preferable; only two are needed, select a dark complimentary colour to compliment your chosen paper and a white or off white for the highlights.
  • Conte or similar materials are soft and smudge easily, so protect your working surface from your hand with paper to prevent smudges, greasiness and blurring.

What to I need to bring to class?

  1. First step in initial seminars: Locate bones of the pelvis from the bone collection at the Gordon Museum and make initial sketches, research the anatomical landmarks, origin and attachment sites of muscles on the pelvis and obtain formative and critical feedback from your tutor. A lesson on conte and carbon dust will be provided and you can review good examples of pelvis illustrations to benchmark your work. There will also be a short lesson on the anatomy of the pelvic bones.
    1. Homework you must produce for the next seminar
      1. Form: Pencil and carbon dust/conte studies of the sacrum and innominate separately in any view of your choosing, exploring shape, form and curvature.
      2. Exploration: Series of pencil studies of the pelvis drawn from an anterior or lateral view relating the pelvic bones to the organs that reside in the pelvic region. These studies will evidence your understanding of the structure of the pelvis and its surrounding anatomy.
      3. Medium development: Pen and ink studies of the innominate illustrating the attachment sites of the gluteal muscles. Ensure the illustration emphasizes the rough and smooth portions of the bone.
      4. Coursework draft: Pencil drawing and carbon dust/conte draft of the anterior view of the pelvis in correct anatomical orientation.
  2. Second step is the interim presentation: You present your finished pencil, pen and ink and carbon dust/contee studies of the pelvic bones and finished anterior view of pelvis in pencil. The various views of the pelvic bones with muscle attachments and pelvic organs can be presented as work-in-progress to ensure your drawings are anatomically correct. supervisor and peer review of the work-in-progress will provide formative feedback to produce your final version.
    1. Homework you must produce for the next seminar
      1. Incorporate any feedback received on the homework into your work and add final artwork to portfolio ready for next assessment. This work will not be marked independently at assessment, but will form part of the observation and exploratory section of the marking criteria.
      2. Finish carbon dust/conte coursework of the anterior view of the pelvis based on feedback at seminar. Present again at following seminar for final feedback
  3. Final step is the final presentation: Before submitting to assessment you must have it checked by the supervisor in seminar or on a designated tutoring day via email and telephone. In assessment your work will be marked according to the marking criteria of that project. You will receive a detailed feedback form after assessment.

What do I need to bring to assessment?

You must bring:

  • The final artwork of the anterior view of a pelvis, mounted and labelled.
  • Initial homework artworks which include studies in pencil and carbon dust or conte, and pen and ink  and the original pencil drawings of the anterior view of the pelvis.
  • Include a clear photograph within your portfolio of the real bone specimen/s you are working from.
  • Make sure all artwork is well presented, neat and labelled.

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