Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mixed Media project

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Artists Create Original Art
 How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
I decided I wanted to do a fish, and I used a simple fish, and I made it my own by adding the tissue paper seaweed and ocean. It related to the theme because when I thought of the idea, my inspiration was the book "Rainbow Fish", a fairytale/fable story from my childhood that I used to love and read all the time.  I created the fish out of cardboard to make it more 3D, and this made the project more unique as well.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
 I looked up pictures of fish, and that was the only source I used. For this project, I decided to let loose and just do as I feel, because in mixed media you create so many layers that if you mess up it is easier to fix or build around the mistake.

 Artists Develop Art Making Skills
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
Mixed media is a totally different type of art then drawing and sketching. You get to make art out of any materials you like. You are not just limited to a pen or pencil, you can use tissue paper, glitter, and basically anything you can glue down, and I really liked the freedom of being able to use any techniques I like. I also learned how to create a photo transfer, something I found really cool that I used in my sketchbook mixed media project.
Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
 We had already used tissue paper to lay down color on a white page,and this is a technique I used to create different shades of blue in the ocean.

Artists Take Risks 
 Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
I was definitely unsure as to how to make the fish, and I decided to cut the shape out of cardboard. I didnt know if it would look neat, or if it would even glue down correctly to the page, but I decided to just try it, and it thankfully worked out.
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
 I could have easily used watercolor to paint the ocean, something I have done time and time again. I decided to use different shades of blue tissue paper on the page and to glue down, and I think it made to ocean look cooler. Overall I like this project.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Final sketch

This is my final sketch for the sap dripping out of a tree painting. I tried to showcase different textures in the bark and sap through shading. 


These are my five thumbnails for the sap dripping out of a tree painting. 

Title: Why so Sticky?

Artists create original art: 
When I think of sticky situations, I think of things that are literally sticky. I decided to do sap dripping out of a tree because its different, and i knew i could combine the sticky sap with a challenging to paint tree, pulling me out of my comfort zone. 
I combined my original ideas with pictures from the internet to create this. I had multiple pictures of sap dripping, and zoomed in pictures of bark I decided to do the background as a green, forest blur. 

Artists develop art making skills: 
I definitely learned the ways of painting throughout this project. Doing mini assignments before starting the final project helped, because I not only learned how to use acrylic, which I used in my final, but I also learned how to use watercolor. 
I did learn how to use watercolor and acrylic in art 1, but I feel like after these past couple of weeks, I have a better understanding of the materials and cool tricks to use when using them, such as sprinkling salt and using plastic wrap to create texture, two things I did not know you could do before this project.

Artists Take risks: 
During this project, It was very challenging for me to correctly draw and paint the bark. I practiced alot, and got help from Mrs. Rossi and other students, and I think I did an OK job at the bark. I was unsure after I did my sketches if I could do the bark, and I was close to staying in my comfort zone and sticking with the gummy worms, but I wanted a challenge so I decided to go for it. 
The sparkle paint was something that I have never heard of or worked with before this project. I decided to paint my sap with regular orangy/yellow paint and show the lights and dark values with it, but then I put a top coat of sparkle paint to make the sap look a little more realistic, because sap reflects things, so I think the shimmer gave a nice touch to the sap.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Caterpillar: in Progress

Project 2: Up close and Personal

Artists Develop Art Making Skills
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
For this project, I learned how to work with new mediums. I already new how to use colored pencils, but I learned new techniques for the oil pastels and the chalk pastels. For the chalk, I learned pretty quickly that you have to stay neat and organized, otherwise your paper will get messy and smeared.
Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
I was familiar with oil pastels before doing this project, but I picked up more techniques in the exercises that we did before starting. For example, I learned that with oil pastels, you have to shade lightly so that you can add layers as you go along. I also learned that you have to start with the medium color and then start layering with the surrounding colors. 
Artists Take Risks
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
I knew exactly what I was doing for the actual caterpillar, but when I finished, I still wasn't sure what to do for the background and the table. So I decided to try a sunset, and I was nervous that it wasnt going to turn out well, but halfway through I new that it was a good idea. I then decided that the table had to be something that goes outside to go with the outside theme. So I decided to do a picnic table, which was challenging because wood is detailed, but I think the backgrounds turned out good.
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
I had never worked with chalk pastels, so for this project I definetly took a risk. I could have easily picked colored pencils, something I am familiar with and have been using for awhile, but I decided to use the chalk pastels so that I could learn how to use them and broaden my experience. 
Artists Collaborate
Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
After I finished the caterpillar, I was unsure of what to do for the background. At first I was just going to do a gray table and blue background, but then some of my peers threw around some ideas, and I decided that a sunset in the background would look nice.
Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?
I sit next to some very good artists, and I think that helps me alot, because they inspire me with their creativity and help me with ideas when I am not sure what to draw or what colors to use. They are very helpful and inspiring in the fact that they are very talented. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Can of soda: oil pastels

I thought this assignment was the hardest because it is very important to shade with the shape, and shade lightly, and I wish I would have realized to shade lightly a little sooner, because I started to dark and it made it very hard to blend together the colors. 

Candy: chalk pastels

I liked the chalk pastels the best, because it is erasable, which is helpful to me because I make mistakes easily, and it blended the colors together nicely. 

Lollipop colored pencil

I used colored pencil to draw a lollipop. I thought the colored pencil was the second hardest to use because it was so hard to blend the colors. It was difficult to find the different values in the lollipop wrapper, but I enjoyed this. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Project 1:Scientific

1.       What where some of your design solutions to the theme Scientific?
Some of my designs were butterflies, and an eye. I chose these because when I think of scientific, I think of body parts and different types of animals. I really liked the butterfly idea because I drew them flying off into the distance. 
2.      How beneficial were the mini lessons in the success of your project. If they were not beneficial please explain as well.
The mini lessons were very helpful especially since It was the first project of the semester, and I hadn't drawn anything major before then. I would have liked more time to practice because when I started the project I didnt feel ready. However, once I started drawing I got the hang of it. 
3.      How did you show contrast in your work?
I showed contrast in my work by showing the black and white values of the butterflies wings. The outer parts were darker than the inside. Throughout the center, I showed the different values as well. The part that contrasted the most was the butterflies against the light sky. I made sure to keep all parts of the sky lighter than the darkest parts of the butterflies to make the butterflies stand out. 
4.      What medium did you decide to use? Why did you choose this medium over the others?
I chose the pencil, because throughout all the mini lessons I felt most confident in the medium. I think that when it comes to shading and showing values of things, the pencil is best for me to use. The charcoal and pen were hard for me to control, and it was hard to show technique with them. 
5.      What techniques did you use to create this work?
I used the technique of shading throughout this project. By shading, I showed the different values of the butterflies as the sun hits them. I also used shading to showcase how the sky gets darker as it gets farther from the sky. 
6.      We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.  Did you take any risks with this project?
I think I took a risk when I decided to make the butterflies fly into the sun, because I had to make the sizes of the butterflies get smaller as they get farther away from eyesight. I also had to draw them from different angles, which was challenging at times. 

7.      Discuss your overall experience with this project.
I really enjoyed this project, I think it was a perfect start to the semester. I am glad I chose pencil, it was the best medium to showcase the values of the butterflies, but still keep everything neat and orderly. My biggest challenge was drawing the wings of the butterflies symmetrical, but I think in the end I did well. Another challenge was surprisingly the small butterflies, because at first I could not get the shape right. In the end, I am proud of this project and I think I showed good value and contrast with the butterflies against the sky. It was a good first project in Art 2.