Non-Objective Art & The Human Form

Creating A Non Objective Background For A Silhouette

Objectives

I Can:

  • Use basic color theory and a limited color pallet to create a non objective artwork
  • Use my knowledge of the proportions of the human form to create a silhouetted figure
  • Combine my figure and non objective work to create a unified composition.

Non Objective Art

Definition: (noun) - Nonobjective art or nonrepresentational art is essentially an artwork that does not represent or depict a person, place or thing in the natural world.

Julian Gustiln

The Artwork featured above is by the artist Jylian Gustlin. She is a California native that grew up around San Francisco. Her art has been shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley and reflects her in-depth knowledge of that technology. Jylian dropped out of college where she was majoring in computer science just one month before graduating so that she could focus on her artistic vision and attend art school.


"While painting in acrylic and oil paints, her artwork often conveys the same complex layered effects possible in computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Just as she challenged the creative limitations of the latest computer software, Gustlin experiments with a variety of materials to discover their effects. Working with epoxy resin, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, wax, gold leaf, pastel and graphite on board, Gustlin draws, paints, scratches on her surfaces.

Figures have always been an important part of Gustlin’s repertoire. Her characters are frequently set in an alien-like landscape, moody and brooding, yet at the same time, depicting a sense of future." - from her biography

Our Project:

After looking at the work of current artist Jylian Gustlin and discussing her non objective work, we will use her work as inspiration for a similar work. Our non objective work will become the background for a silhouette (shadow shape) of a human form.

In our non objective work we will layer colored pencil and oil pastel to create a rich surface with texture and color.

Our figure needs to be in proportion. Using the knowledge of the human form we have gained in class.

Must Haves:

  • Create a layered background using colored pencil, oil pastel, simple shapes and limited color palette.
  • You may use text under your image.
  • You may use pattern
  • Make at least one silhouette of a proportionate human figure to include in your picture. You can use more than one.
  • Combine your background and figure to make a finished piece.

Self Evaluation:

We will have a self evaluation component to this project. Once you have completed your artwork, please complete the self evaluation on the back of your project sheet and tape this to the back of your work before turning it in.
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