Posts by Susan

Lecturer School of Interactive Art + Technology (SIAT) Simon Fraser University

wk 12: final exam comments

Hello class,

A few general comments on the final exam.

  • Pretty much everyone has the basics of one and two-point perspective.  Some people got stuck on  the questions,’can you have a two-point perspective table in a one-point perspective room?’. The answer is yes. Good thinking to the students who sketched the table in question one.
  • The questions on the figure were the most difficult for a lot of students. The four landmarks of the face when breaking it down into thirds are, hairline, brow line, at the nose and chin.  I also accepted top of the head for hairline.
  • The order is brow, hair, nose and chin for marking the planes of the face but I accepted any order as long as it was clear the face was being broken into the correct thirds and was marked correctly on the sphere.  Many of you were unable to indicate the thirds correctly onto the basic form of the head.
  • For the drawing of the mannequin figure, a large number of students still put the half way point of the body around the waist instead of at the crotch.  The hands go to mid-point on your thigh and not your middle.
  • I was very flexible on the angle of the torso and hips as long it is was in the correct axis, the angle just had to be close.

good work



wk:12 drawing the figure from life

Hello class,

Drawing from life is challenging, I know that one session is not enough to learn life drawing but I hope you enjoyed the experience.  SFU has a life drawing club, I would encourage you to join. I hear it is a very nonjudgmental group.  For your journal, almost all types of drawing traditionally include figure.  Consider how the figure works within your topic such as scale figures for architecture or ergonomic figures to demonstrate

wk11: Water Colour Techniques

Hello class,

These are the water colour techniques we tried in class (plus a few more).  You do not need expensive tools for water colour. I would recommend,   a size 8 or 10 flat and round brush plus a mop brush. Make  sure these are for water colour and not acrylic.



good summary: 7 Must-Know, Widely Used Watercolor Techniques For Beginners


glazing: or



or fun ways to create texture: