Welcome to the IGCSE Summer Blog for BUPS/BIS (soon to be BLIS) students leaving Grade 8 and entering into Grade 9.

This blog is your guide to your summer assignment: 12 Variations

Over the course of the next few weeks you will be completing 12 different art pieces based around one object of your choosing. This blog will provide you with examples and links to help you with each variation. On average you should aim to complete two variations per week. You will need a sketchbook dedicated to the project. Heavy weight paper is the best.

Your variations are due on the first day of Grade 9 IGCSE Art
in September. Good luck and have fun!

Friday, July 3, 2009

#3 - Gnomus Nordicus, the Constellation

Picture references for Variation 3

Variation #3 is Léon as a Constellation. Again, I was inspired by a picture. The drawing of Ursa Major (the Big Bear) and I decided to create a constellation for Léon. My main requirement was that the picture look as if it were quite old. I wanted the feeling of parchment paper. To get that feeling across I painted my colours quite muted and dusty, with an overlay of white-wash. Gnoums Nordiucs us unlabelled, I have not done any writing to name stars, but that might be something that I play with in the future.

Sharon Lacoste McDonagh, Gnomus Nordicus, 2009
Acrylic on Paper 10 x 10 cm