High Contrast portiats
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.
About The Art:
Warhol started painting portraits on commission in the early 1960s.
Andy Warhol began his commissioned portraits with a photo shoot using a Polaroid camera. The Polaroid afforded a very high contrast ( an exaggerated value) image that Warhol enlarged and transferred onto a silkscreen. Each portrait was “under painted” first. Warhol traced simple outlines of the photographic image onto the canvas and painted in shapes which is how he acheived his High Contrast Effect.
Read more at warhol.org: http://www.warhol.org/education/resourceslessons/Commissioned-Portraits/#ixzz4Ko11T400
Value: an art element
Value The lightness or darkness of tones or colors in an artwork ie a portriat. White is the lightest value which portrays the highlights of an artwork ; black is the darkest which portrays the shadows of a an artwork. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. High contrast graphics rely heavily on this art element( value). High contrast are the extreme/ exaggerated use of value i.e. Absolute white and black.
High Contrast Portraits
High Contrast Portriats are portriats that are made up of white and black shapes dipicting the lights and darks of the face i.e. The value of the portrait. . High Contrast style art came from the idea of Chiaroscuro. The word Chiaroscuro itself is Italian, and roughly means, “light and dark.” Any Warhol began to explore the high contrast style with his silk screening by allowing the Dark shapes to be very dark and the light areas just as one light tone, therefor only having two tones, one dark, one light. to makeup the whole portrait.
today many famous/ reconizable protraits have been made using this black and white style, such as the Jimmy Hendrix Graphics and Che Guevara portrait. They are bold, thats why even logos todays use this theory of contrasting colors or black and white, to catch attention.
In this High contrast portiat assignment students can choose to do a face that has both white and black to represent the value or do a Side Profile Silloutte where the whole face in Shadow
High Contrast PORTRAIT project: Part One - Vectoring the Face
High Contrast Portriat
. Using your pen tool create a black and white high contrast portrait. Students have a choice of using a silhouette profile or a full face with more intricate white shapes that will define the space. When creating this students are encourages to give a stile to this, they can choose to have more angulated edges or may choose to have everything very smooth.
Students may choose to do a silloute side portriat of a person... because isnt a silloute just a complete shadow?
students should not choose celebrities as their models.
*Hint try to find a unique pose or something gives a little emotion.
An extra 5 points will be awarded if students use on of their own photographs. Your own photo does not mean it has to be of you just taken by you!
The tutorial below will guide you through part one: vectoring your portrait and part two: adding emotion
HIGH CONTRAST PORTRAIT PROJECT: PART two - Adding Emotion
Using your vectored portrait add colors and background images to add emotion and intellectual depth to your piece.
First look at your portrait and ask yourself.. what emotion goes well with this, happy sad, rage, loneliness etc?
Then find images that convey that emotion. The biggest tip I can say is pick one emotion and stick with it! Don't be wishy washy, make a decision.
wesites to help create abstract emotion artwork