Wednesday, December 22, 2010

better? no, best.

Luke Best.

An illustrator working in London, England. Working in a variety of media to create images that celebrate our real and dream lives. There is a simplicity and a bit of funk that attracts me to his work.

I have used his combination of collage and drawn imagery for a couple years to introduce 2nd grade students to using shape and value to make objects look 3d.

When I introduce students to Luke's work we look at how he uses flat geometric shapes, like ovals and trapezoids, to create 3d looking geometric shapes. We also discuss how Luke uses tints (a little bit) and shades (more often) of colors to add to the 3d quality of his illustrations and animations. We talk about light and shadow, and I demonstrate the observance of light, shadow, and cast shadows on real objects, so students can see why these elements are used in art to make things look more real.

The students have made collages based on Luke's work to practice cutting both geometric and natural shapes. They also use white crayons and pencils to add tints and shades to their collage images. I have introduced them to the still life as subject with this project, but there are many other possibilities for the technique and style of Mr. Best to be applied to work your students could make.

1. intro to Luke's work
2. cut trapezoid and glue down
3. cut pot shape and  glue
4. cut oval and glue
5. cut stem, cut flower shape and glue
6. add tint and shade to shapes to make light, shadow, and cast shadows

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