This blog is set up to give my students access to information relevant to the content of the classes I teach at UVU and BYU. I will be posting links to blog posts, websites, and news that will be of particular interest to them, as well as digital downloads of my syllabi and in-class handouts. I will also be posting student work and in class demos. The posts can be sorted for relevancy by the labels list on the left side. I've also integrated my Twitter account on the left hand side for quick links that aren't deserving of larger articles.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tumblr! Tumblr? Tumblr.

I've started posting over at tumblr at sakievich.tumblr.com. It's much easier to use from my phone or ipad and links into my instagram. So, go there, follow it and carry on.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Drawing Accurate Ellipses

A couple of blog posts I've found on drawing accurate ellipses.

From the old Cennine Products Blog

From Douglas Flynt - I think this one over complicates matters but is worth looking at.

I still haven't found a good source for accurately identifying the correct angle of an upright ellipse away from the horizon line.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Van Dyck value analysis

This is a fun activity that I've had the students in my DSGN 100 class do, where we take the van der Geest portrait by Van Dyck and draw out three value pattern shapes and then make cut paper versions of them. I have the gray cut out now on the right and the white traced off on the left with the draw over analysis on the center. The idea here is to learn to see the simple patterns as real tactile objects that can be handled and ultimately manipulated. It also helps the students see that these simple patterns are what really make things identifiable.
I rubbed graphite on the back of the photocopy to transfer the shapes.
Filters courtesy of Instagram. Look for me as petersakievich there.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SCAD Hong Kong

I just accepted a professorship with Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong campus. I will be working with foundations and illustration students and start this September. I am very excited about the opportunities and adventures that await me there.

My time working with the illustration and animation programs at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University has been very inspirational for me. The students and faculty have been very supportive in my efforts in and outside of the classroom and I've been very grateful to them for this. Both schools have many strong positives and should be serious considerations for any student of the arts. I hope to be able to benefit the new students that I will be working with there.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

UVU Rendering the Human Head Demo

Last nights drawing I did in class at UVU to show a process of drawing the human head. I primarily used charcoal pencils.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Utah Open Figure Drawing Opportunities

I'm attempting to list the local open figure drawing sessions between the Provo and Salt Lake City area for my figure drawing students. If you know of any additional ones, please let me know.  Most do not have sessions during normal vacation seasons.

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BYU Open Figure Drawing Session (swimsuit)
Provo, Utah
Fridays 9-12 - room B561 Harris Fine Arts Center - no charge. Available to BYU students and faculty only.

Springville "Art Store" Session (undraped)
Springville, Utah
Saturdays 10am to 1pm costs...last I heard about 7 dollars. please let me know if it's different.

University of Utah Open Figure Drawing Session (undraped)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Saturdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

5.00 per session or 40.00 per semester (16 weeks = 2.50 per session)

take 400 south from I-15 or use I-215 to Foothill Drive to get there.

The session is on the third floor of the art building. The arrows lead to the elevator in the building where the session is located. During the school year there is often both a long pose drawing and a gesture drawing class.  A wide variety of students, artists, and art teachers attend.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Castle Speed paint

Castle one hour speed paint from today. Here's the Corel Painter Script. The image is 800x600 and you may want to add a dark gray background to the canvas before you start it.

Animated gif below, click to watch

Monday, September 19, 2011

Speed Paint 3

Today we moved past the black and white landscapes that we've been copying into still lifes. With this series of copies I want them to do them in two tones while keeping within the one hour limit. They also selected their own images to copy, while before I gave them a selection of simple atmospheric landscapes to choose from. The limitations of the two color palette can be seen in my selection. I chose a Chardin still life that includes a green apple and some yellowish tones, but I went with a blue and an orange as my base colors, neither of which can give me those two colors. By using the value scale that Chardin has and by maintaining the temperature relationships, I can still approximate a copy that gives a similar sense as the original.

My copy is below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Speed Paint

As part of my digital painting class this semester, we're doing one hour speed paints. The first part of the semester we are doing speed copies, later on we'll be doing more imaginative and original works. I'm priming them with black and white atmospheric simple landscapes. The set we're starting with is on the digital painting handouts page.  Today I copied "Gray November" by Bruce Crane.

Here's my copy from Painter.