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No Color Designs Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction '''No Color Designs Project (15D)'''
  
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Color is such a useful trick for establishing character and group identity in plays that often designers forget that pattern, texture and especially silhouette can also be more effective design tools. One of the best exercises one can do to force oneself to rely more on these tools so as not to get rusty is to design a show periodically that is either monochromatic (uses only one color) or desaturated (uses only gradients of black and white). It is the latter that you will do here.
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To see an example of a show done in this manner see my designs for a low-budget
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[[Shows100pagesSeagull|Seagull ]]done in Russia some years ago.
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'''The Project:'''
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From among the following plays, (
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[http://the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/hamlet/|Hamlet]
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[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/patience/html/patience_home.html|Patience]
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[http://www.hoboes.com/html/FireBlade/Wilde/earnest/|The Importance of Being Earnest]
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[http://the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/macbeth/index.html|Macbeth]) choose 10 characters that you will render using only black and/or white or gradients of the same. Using silhouette, line, and other means still left to you, delineate the characters and their relationships with one another. You may set the play in any era before 1903, in any culture, or you may costume them totally abstractly, but do not set it any time in the last 100 years of Western civilization's clothes, or you will get unduly distracted by your modern mental associations with certain garments.
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To give you an idea of what might be done in an assignment like this, below are examples of no-color designs for The Taming of the Shrew by UAF student Jolene Howell:
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[[File:h.t]]
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellBaptista.jpg]] Baptista
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellBianca.jpg]] Bianca
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellGremio.jpg]] Gremio
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellKate.jpg]] Kate
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellLucentio.jpg]] Lucentio
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellPetruchio.jpg]] Petruchio
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellTailor.jpg]] Tailor
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellTranio.jpg]] Tranio
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellVincentio.jpg]] Vincentio
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[[File:Do_not_copyJolenehowellWidow.jpg]] Widow
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Then label your drawings something like this:
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsRendlayout.gif]]
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'If you have difficulty drawing figures,' you can print out some of the outline sheets below, and do your renderings on these sheets. ''Printing the sheet onto cardstock will allow you to use watercolors without having the paper wrinkle''
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemalefront.gif]]
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemalefront.jpg]] Female Front Outline sheet.
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemaleback.gif]]
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemaleback.jpg]] Female Back Outline sheet
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMalefront.gif]]
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMalefront.jpg]] Male Front Outline sheet.
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMaleback.gif]]
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMaleback.jpg]]Male Back Outline sheet.
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Another way of Making rendering easier is to make a "Dancing Man":
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[[File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsDancingman.gif]] Make this out of heavycardstock, connect the pieces with brads as shown in the center, and lay it onyour paper to make different poses for your body-outlines.
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Whenever you have spare time this semester, teach yourself more about rendering by going to this
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[[Advice1pagesRenderinglinks|links page]] for more lessons.
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'''Step 2:'''
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Scan and post the images you drew to your
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[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thr254/files/|files section] and post a notification on the message board that you have done renderings for this play and would appreciate feedback from the other students.
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Return to
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[[Classes254pagesThr254online| Class Index]]
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Return to
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[[Classes254pagesThr254projects|Projects List]]
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==Product Links==
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Revision as of 00:58, 23 January 2014

No Color Designs Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction No Color Designs Project (15D)

Color is such a useful trick for establishing character and group identity in plays that often designers forget that pattern, texture and especially silhouette can also be more effective design tools. One of the best exercises one can do to force oneself to rely more on these tools so as not to get rusty is to design a show periodically that is either monochromatic (uses only one color) or desaturated (uses only gradients of black and white). It is the latter that you will do here.

To see an example of a show done in this manner see my designs for a low-budget

Seagull done in Russia some years ago.

The Project:

From among the following plays, (

[1]

[2]

Importance of Being Earnest

[3]) choose 10 characters that you will render using only black and/or white or gradients of the same. Using silhouette, line, and other means still left to you, delineate the characters and their relationships with one another. You may set the play in any era before 1903, in any culture, or you may costume them totally abstractly, but do not set it any time in the last 100 years of Western civilization's clothes, or you will get unduly distracted by your modern mental associations with certain garments.

To give you an idea of what might be done in an assignment like this, below are examples of no-color designs for The Taming of the Shrew by UAF student Jolene Howell:

File:H.t

Do not copyJolenehowellBaptista.jpg Baptista

Do not copyJolenehowellBianca.jpg Bianca

Do not copyJolenehowellGremio.jpg Gremio

Do not copyJolenehowellKate.jpg Kate

Do not copyJolenehowellLucentio.jpg Lucentio

Do not copyJolenehowellPetruchio.jpg Petruchio

Do not copyJolenehowellTailor.jpg Tailor

Do not copyJolenehowellTranio.jpg Tranio

Do not copyJolenehowellVincentio.jpg Vincentio

Do not copyJolenehowellWidow.jpg Widow

Then label your drawings something like this:

ManifestobookRenderingtipsRendlayout.gif

'If you have difficulty drawing figures,' you can print out some of the outline sheets below, and do your renderings on these sheets. Printing the sheet onto cardstock will allow you to use watercolors without having the paper wrinkle

ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemalefront.gif

File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemalefront.jpg Female Front Outline sheet.

ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemaleback.gif

File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsFemaleback.jpg Female Back Outline sheet

ManifestobookRenderingtipsMalefront.gif

File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMalefront.jpg Male Front Outline sheet.

ManifestobookRenderingtipsMaleback.gif

File:ManifestobookRenderingtipsMaleback.jpgMale Back Outline sheet.

Another way of Making rendering easier is to make a "Dancing Man":

ManifestobookRenderingtipsDancingman.gif Make this out of heavycardstock, connect the pieces with brads as shown in the center, and lay it onyour paper to make different poses for your body-outlines.

Whenever you have spare time this semester, teach yourself more about rendering by going to this

links page for more lessons.

Step 2:

Scan and post the images you drew to your

section and post a notification on the message board that you have done renderings for this play and would appreciate feedback from the other students.

Return to

Class Index

Return to

Projects List

Product Links

Complete Book of Sewing Complete Book of Sewing

Watercolor Basics People : People Watercolor Basics People : People

The Figure : An Approach to Drawing and Construction The Figure : An Approach to Drawing and Construction

Draw Fashion Models! (Discover Drawing) Draw Fashion Models! (Discover Drawing)

The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers

The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians The Costume Technician's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Technicians

[4]

Costume Step-By-Step : The Complete Guide to Designing and Making Stage Costumes for All Major Drama Periods and Genres

The Magic Garment : Principles of Costume Design The Magic Garment : Principles of Costume Design

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

Virtual Pose : The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure (contains a CD-ROM) Virtual Pose : The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure (contains a CD-ROM)

Costume Construction Costume Construction

Drawing the Head and Figure Drawing the Head and Figure

Elegantly Frugal Costumes : The Poor Man's Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide Elegantly Frugal Costumes : The Poor Man's Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide

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