The main skill I used was proportionality. I re-did a picture from when I was in elementary school. My original lighthouse wasn't composed of straight lines and the surrounding colors didn't look pleasant to the eye. In my renewed piece I used colored pencils. In the background, I tried to stay within the same color range as my original and blend the darker purple to a lighter purple in an attempt to make it look more realistic. I scaled the sun to look smaller and farther away compared to the lighthouse. I think I improved a lot since the original was done. The water and the sky look more realistic as does the shape of the lighthouse. The glare on the water from the sun came out better than I thought it would. Overall I think I learned a lot and hope to put these skills to the test in later pieces of art.
When I was doing my anatomy project my art- making process consisted of lots of practice drawings and YouTube videos. I got my inspiration from when we did a mini lesson when students could stand on the tables and pose for the class to draw. I wanted to learn how to make those original drawings look more expressive and proportionate. I developed my ideas with lots of tutorials lots of basic positions. I had to start from the very beginning with just the line of action all the way to the correct shape of the torso. I also had to learn how to get the right scale for the smaller body parts. What I learned from this project was that it takes lots of practice to be able to make any position look realistic from one starting line.
I feel that this artwork was successful because I went out of my comfort zone and used chalk pastel. I had to be very careful to not smudge the dark cloud color onto the rainbow side as to not mess up the balance. I feel the blend in the background and the grass makes the cloudy side more dark and gloomy. I feel like the dark colors on the storm side and the light colors on the rainbow side makes very nice contrast. The meaning behind this piece was to show that even a very bad storm there is always a rainbow on the other side, so just stay positive. I think the color choices made this point successfully.
This was a piece that I made when I was in elementary school.
This is how my re-created one turned out. I feel like I have definitely grown as an artist. The biggest improvement was how more realistic it looks. The one I made before looked very 2-D. It is amazing what a little shading and the right amount of color can do. Another thing that has improved is the background. I think that the sky looks more dimensional. I attempted to add far away clouds, and I think they worked with the bigger clouds. Compared to the lighthouse shape in my old one, I think the one now looks more like a lighthouse. I made sure the sun didn't spontaneously just slope downward, and it looks further away in perspective. I have shown growth in shading and making two colors blend. Blending really paid off like in the sky, sun and water.
This was my first try at doing anatomy. My learning goal was to draw anatomy as proportional as I could get it, and make it look realistic. At the beginning my characters look like one big blob with Baymax arms. The way I was going to achieve this was by watching tutorials on Youtube, one channel was MissKerrieJ. She had very helpful, detailed videos on specific body parts and mini demos.
After much practice, and lots of videos, this is what I ended up drawing. I have learned that shape is very important in being proportional. If you make a characters' arms too long, or their hands and feet too similar, nothing will look right. I also learned that I need to practice watercolor some more. You need to work fast and not add too much water. Overall, I think this is one of my better pieces, maybe my favorite.
My identity piece is a compilation of different symbols that represent me. The center of the picture is the word YouTube in bright colors. I put it in the center because the YouTube world is the center of my attention when I have free time. I chose the colors to represent my hard to miss bright and positive personality. I placed YouTube on the beach near the ocean with palm trees because I spent most of my vacation time with my family there. The sun was an important necessity at every beach trip, and I burn.
I placed the shells, dolphin and boat to represent what I usually do when I visit the beach. I have the apple to symbolize my future plans to become a teacher. I used emojis to express my personality as well. I used the paw prints because I love animals, and I used the unicorn to show my uniqueness. I chose the purples hearts to show I am a lover not a fighter (plus it is my favorite color), I chose the thumbs up to represent my overall positive aura, and the laughing face to symbolize what I do most of the time, laugh.
This is my collage about dogs. There are many things I learned about collage throughout doing this project. The first thing I learned is that stamping is very messy. Mixing the paint to make the background was fun though. The other thing I learned was that when cutting with exacto-knives you have to be very careful, especially when it comes to thin magazine pages which are easy to rip . The thing I want to learn is how to find a good balance between the top and bottom. I want to understand the focal point, and where it is when making a collage.
This is my drawing called "Storm." One thing I learned is that when it comes to charcoal you have to put the darker colors on last so smearing is less likely. The second thing I learned is that small spaces like the sun beams are hard to color in without smearing. One thing I would like to learn is how to blend colors without one overpowering the others.
This is my painting. One thing I learned was that watercolor is very sensitive to water. Any little droplet can affect your art. The second thing I learned is that, once the paper is wet, the more layers you add just makes it worse. The thing I want to learn is how to smoothly apply water color without streaks.
I haven't taken an art class since middle school so I am super excited for this semester and what is to come!