People make art for many different reasons. Some people may be trying to express feelings while others are trying to communicate a thought or an idea through art. I feel like we can understand more looking at a piece than someone trying to put it in words. Personally I like art because I feel like I can understand something better by looking at what medium someone chose and the subject of the piece rather than someone explaining an idea to me. The warm ups I learned the most from were the hands (sign language). Hands look easy to draw but they are deceptively difficult. The amount of detail and precision needed is hard to capture and execute on paper. If I learned anything from this class its that I really hate drawing hands! Artists can face many problems (like my inability to draw hands) while planning out or working on a piece. Some may be physical things like lack of supplies, mistakes, inability to execute an idea, outside forces messing up your work, etc. and others may be like a change of plan or a desire to do something else. There were many times were my original plans did not work out so I had to revise or come up with something completely different. Strangely, I liked my art better when something didn't go as planned and I had to improvise.
Exquisite Corpse: I thought this was so much fun! The results were funny if others didn't cheat. I learned that this is really only something fun if you are surrounded by interesting creative people. If I did this again I would make sure my classmates didn't look at what I drew so that the final product would be even crazier.
For the main project I worked with Madison, Darby and Avery. We each took turns moving the tape and position of the character and filming it. I gained some knowledge of stop motion because I had no idea that was really even a thing. It takes a lot of patience and it can get very tedious. I came up with some ideas like blacking out while Madison and the others had the idea to make the intro of the character falling.
I picked the Blue Dancer because I think its really pretty and the pose of the dancer is interesting. Its simple but mystifying in a way. My piece is a jester like character in the same pose and similar color standing on a marble base. I kept the details that I felt were important, like the pose and color palette and came up with something I felt was more like me. I developed my art making skills by using oil pastels, chalk pastel, watercolor, and acrylic paint. I think that was one of the times I used the most mediums! I faced some challenges like awkward hand placements and messy fingerprints from charcoal and chalk pastel but I was able to incorporate some of my mistakes into my final product. I ended up going over the oil pastel with black watercolor to cover up imperfections and it actually looked really cool!
The style of art I was assigned is fauvism and the object I picked was a band aid. My piece was easy I felt because band aids aren't very complex and fauvism isn't meant to be exact and realistic. I really like this style because of the use of bright and bold colors. It feels very free and expressive.
It took me a while to come up with a good idea to destroy my fish besides throwing it at a wall. I ended up deciding to, because I did not paint it, roll it in mud then crush it. To me it was like I was defacing the fish and then stepping on it because the fish felt small physically and emotionally.
I learned that you can add layers and layers and layers of different mediums to your art! You don't have to just settle for tissue paper or newspaper or paint or watercolor, you can have it all! I actually really liked the concept of layering on different mediums to give the piece depth. It makes it look more interesting with the different types of mediums you can add to your art. When looking at art journals for inspiration I didn't realize the amount of detail and different styles put into the journals until I had to do it myself. There are so many to choose from and next time I think I would plan it out more thoroughly.
Styrogami was fun but again, I really don't like X acto knives! It was not my favorite mini lesson but it was cool working with something more 3 dimensional. I learned that I enjoy drawing more than sculpting out of Styrofoam. I like my piece a lot because its simple, but I can put a little light behind it and its almost like a little Styrofoam nightlight. Next time I would create something that doesn't resemble a Styrofoam cup at all.
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I had a lot of trouble choosing what to do for this project because I had so many ideas but I didn't know how to really make something my own. I found a picture of a person with a birds head and thought it would be really cool to draw, I just didn't know how to make it original. While looking through creepy photos (I have no idea why), I saw an old nurses outfit and thought it would go perfectly with a beak. The combination of the two concepts is what I loved about working on my project because the nurse represents help and safety, while the birds head represents something darker and more sinister. Perfect for Halloween!
I learned that its a lot harder than it sounds to come up with two characters who would morph together and still look somewhat balanced. I also learned that i really like paint! I made a lot of mistakes but in the end its okay because you can just paint over it. The only hard part is trying to make sure that you get the exact shade you used when you mix again for more paint. If i were to do it again i would probably be more careful when blotting the background because my paper towel got mixed in with paint so i had to improvise with the background. In the end it didnt look too bad.
Monster Ink Drawing
The ink drawing was hard because there was no way to prepare or plan out what you were going to draw until the ink already spilled to create a pattern. It took a lot of creativity and thinking to figure out how to make a monster out of random ink blotches. I liked it a lot though because it was a lot of fun using the straw to spread out the ink. Next time i would probably consider paying more attention to how permanent the ink is because it was very hard to get off!
Spray Paint Stencil
If there is anything i learned from this project, it's how much i really hate X acto knives! It was very difficult cutting out such a small piece and trying to be precise. In the future if i ever do this again, I will make sure to make my picture big and simple so that it makes the cutting out process a lot easier.
For this project i drew a lyra (aerial hoop) in the center of a stage because this represents my goals after high school and for my professional career. The fact i did a dark background and spotlights on the hoop show that the outside world is almost eliminated and its just the hoop and performer on stage as the main focus. It shows my passion for the circus arts and Cirque Du Soleil.