Maurice Bradford - Senior, Painting major

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Materials and Process

  • Colored pencils
  • Rag paper (sketchpad)
  • Compass
  • Ruler
Freehand drawing with compass and straightedge.

Teacher's Comment

A narrow border with a linear repeat encloses a field pattern in two-dimensions. The plane is covered with overlapping ovals forms with a linear treatment of color. Penetrating the two-dimensional field is an oval arch with several architectural details that suggest three-dimensional space (stairs, columns, capitols). The illusion of a spatial dimension is reinforced by the representation of a shrouded figure, whose arms are raised against the sky. The lighting on the stairs also contributes to the sense of space in what is otherwise a two-dimensional drawing set within a border.

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