Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mixed Media pics

Mixed media questions

Artists Create Original Art:
When we were assigned this project, and one of the themes was fear, one thought immediately popped into my mind: Clown. Specifically, the Steven King's It. I attempted to make the clown as creepy as possible, much like he was in the movie, and used tissue paper, paint, and colored pencils to create the over all look. It was my idea to use tissue paper that was cut up as his hair, which I thought brought focus from the haunted house back to the clown. I also mixed white and black paint sloppily and swirled it around the paper so the background didn't look too dark.

Artists Collaborate:
While I was creating this masterpiece, I was originally planning on putting colors in the background of the clown. It was going to be stripes and spots and fun designs. I thought the different colors would represent variation and repetition would be similar line designs. As I started drawing, Mrs. Rossi came to me and told me to paint something different in the back ground. I pondered what I could draw, and came up with a haunted house. My first idea was to paint a tree, but the peers at my table told me to do a haunted house, and I am beyond glad I listened!

Artists Reflect:
I started painting the black sky, originally with tissue paper and water. I was planning on making the sky different shades, so that it wouldn't just be a black sky which would be kind of boring. Although it was turning out black! I couldn't figure out how to make the sky look different shades of black. Then I came up with the idea to mix black and white paint and swirl it around the paper and it turned out marvelously! I considered the options, and this idea seemed the best. Also, when I painted the hair on the clown with paint, I could not get the hair to look like... well hair! It wasn't developing texture, or the appearance of texture. I looked back and decided what to do. I eventually came up with cutting and gluing strands of tissue paper, and it looks like hair now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sticky Situation Project (Questions)

Artists Create Original Art:

When the topic "sticky situation" was presented to me, immediately a few things came to my mind: Gum and a bad situation. I wanted to not have just one use of the term "sticky situation", but to incorporate a couple. The idea came to me to have a shoe stuck in gum and a truck coming in the background. It was an original idea, but I used a picture of a shoe and a truck to more accurately represent the objects that would be the main focus. The perspective I used on the painting I believe was unique because it is a close up of the shoe in gum and in the background the truck is plowing forward. Also, the use of the dotted lines in the road helped to create the perspective I wanted.

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:

Not only did I gain experience with painting on a canvas, but I also learned new techniques from my teacher. I learned to paint a solid color background to contrast with whatever you paint over it, for example I painted my canvas blue before going over it in grey for the road. I also learned to paint the entire object and then go back with details over the paint. For example, I painted the shoe red entirely and then went over it with white for the shoe laces and white for the toe of the shoe and the side of the shoe. It made the lines crisper and neater and did not have an impact on the brightness of the white.

Artists Solve Problems:

I actually encountered several obstacles while painting my final piece. At first I painted the road just a solid grey color, but as I looked outside I noticed the road was not a solid grey, it had traces of white and black. I tried to figure a way to incorporate these marks into my piece. At first I thought to put tiny black and white dots, but realized the amount of time that would take. So as a solution, I mixed black and white on my pallet but not completely, so there were traces of white and black among the grey. Then I made dots all over my paper and smeared them with my fingers. It made the texture appear similar to a road. Another challenge I faced was getting the gum to look realistic. I figured out to put giant globs of pink paint in the gum and it gave it the texture of real gum!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Up close and personal QUESTIONS

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
As I was working on the final drawing for the butterfly, I had to come up with a background behind that was challenging me. I eventually decided with green shading in the background, as sort of a leaf or trees in the back. As I was working on the background, I learned a lot about shading with different types of green. I worked with lighter greens and darker greens, and it took some time to finally figure out how to get the right mix of green in certain areas and to blend it the correct way. I already knew how to work with colored pencils, although before going into this project I did not understand how to blend the colored pencils. My work always looked like a fifth graders artwork, until now!

Artists Reflect:
I analyzed my work when I was deciding whether to final draw the colored pencils or the butterfly. The colored pencils actually did not turn out the way I had imagined, as I did not understand how to blend fully until the end of the project. I eventually decided to draw the butterfly because it looked better and I knew I could make it even better looking in the final piece. I considered how the background to the final of the butterfly would look before I drew it, and also I tried different shadings for the wings of the butterfly before drawing it.

Artists Solve Problems:
As I was drawing the sketch for the colored pencils, I saw it turning out looking not how I had imagined! It looked not shaded well, with not enough contrast and darker and lighter spots. I decided to add more coloring, but put in more work with the butterfly so eventually chose that one for the final piece. The wings in the butterfly also looked a little fake so I tried different blends of colors and it made a world of a difference and made the butterfly look much more realistic.

Up close and personal

REFERENCES for butterfly drawing:

References for colored pencil drawing: 

Thumbnails for butterfly:

Thumbnails for colored pencils:




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Scientific Sketch- Questions

Artists Reflect: 
As I was drawing the thumbnails and the sketches for both the flower and the skull, I could not decide which one I was going to choose for my final sketch. They both had benefits and looked beautiful. I looked at the sketches and thought, "what if I could incorporate both of the sketches into one final sketch." I made a small sketch on the side of the paper of both of the sketches together, with flowers erupting from cracks. The image in my mind looked beautiful, so I started drawing. As I got further into my final sketch, I stepped back and it looked plain. More plain than I imagined. One flower on the sketch took me a day to draw, so I needed something to add that was faster to draw, which is when I came up with the idea to draw vines wrapping around the skull. Once I added this final detail it was done!

Artists Solve Problems:
As I drew my final sketch, my artwork looked plain and boring, as if nothing was going on in the picture. I wanted to add something to spice up my artwork. After looking online, I decided a great addition with the cracks and flowers was to add vines wrapping around the skull and to add shading to the background of the skull. I didn't want to add more flowers because they were so time consuming, and also I wanted the attention to be drawn to the flower that was already there. Vines were the best option. One of the biggest challenges I faced was where to put the cracks in the skull. I decided to put a few on the top part, with flowers and vines erupting out of them. In the end, it turned out definitely not looking plain.

Artists Develop Art Making Skills: 
I never was good at sketching, but through the time it took to make the final sketch I definitely learned some valuable techniques. First, I learned to not just draw a dark line as an outline. The outline had to gradually shade inwards so it didn't look so distinct and fake. Second, I learned for vines and stems, to make the sides darker than the inner part. It makes it look more realistic. Lastly, I learned that art takes time! In the past I always rushed artwork, but great art takes time. I definitely gained skill with sketching pencils, and hope to use them again!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Scientific sketch

These are the thumbnails for the flower
These are the thumbnails for the skull, ended up doing the final sketch of the skull on the bottom right, which is starred. 
Final sketch for my skull:
Final sketch for the flower... I started thinking about incorporating flowers, stems, vines, and leaves into my final piece because I could not decide whether to do a skull or flowers. 
Final Sketch: