Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Final Blog Post (Visual Arts II)

Throughout this semester, I've done many different projects and improved as an artist. Out of all the pieces I created over the course of this semester, my favorite was probably the essential question project.

I put a lot of effort into this project and the end product was better than I expected. Before this project, I never really knew how to draw people. I learned the proportions for the body and got to try a new medium: ink. The concept was also interesting too, as it was inspired by a Celtic legend. This was by far my favorite project I did in this class.

My least successful would probably be the very first project I made in this class: the element project.

It wasn't really bad, but it wasn't good either. This was the first art class I've ever taken, so I was kind of at a loss at what to do. On top of that, I didn't know how to use spray paint, so it was very new for me to do. I think I would have achieved a sharper and clearer picture if I had used acrylics or some other kind of medium that would show the actual shape. At least I can look back at this painting and see how much I've improved since then.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Teens Inspired

This piece caught my eye at first sight. I really liked the line design and the contrasting colors. It was really interesting and was probably one of my favorite paintings.

When I first saw this piece, I didn't really think much of it. When I got to see it up close, I really liked the three dimensional designs that were layered on top of each other.

This was a piece that I didn't get at all. I felt that there wasn't any meaning to it. Even after hearing the story behind it, I couldn't bring myself to see it in a better light.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Unfinished Project (Juxtaposition/Texture)

This is an unfinished project that I'm doing with Katelyn. The juxtaposition will come from holding it up to real life things and the texture will be in the clothing.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Juxtaposition and Texture Examples

Juxtaposition is two things being put next to each other, in a way that the viewer can see the contrast. The first picture has a tree on top of an atomic bomb, showing life and death in one picture. The second picture and third pictures are of old buildings and more modern ones. The fourth picture has a toy for children in front of what could be called a "toy" for adults. The fifth picture is an a little girl with a soldier. It shows how she is still innocent and hasn't seen much of the world yet, while the soldier has seen much more.

Texture is the visual and tactile quality of the picture or artwork.
In all the pictures, the viewer can see how the subject would feel if they touched it.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Essential Question Project (not finished)

The word I first came up with was death. When I came up with my list of questions, the one that really stood out to me was "Is there beauty in death?" I remembered one of my favorite characters in an anime, and she was a dullahan. She's really oretty, but she doesn't have a head. Dullahans are fairies of death in Celtic mythology. 

Final sketch + practice sketches w/ notes
I'm not done with my final sketch yet, but I'm going to be tracing this onto an illustration board, inking the dress black, and inking the outline. Then, I'll use watercolor (or just water and colored ink) to make colorful shadows that come out of the neck. It's slightly challenging for me, since I don't have much experience with drawing the human body, so I've been doing a lot of practice at the side. As long as I don't mess it up, I think the final product will look pretty cool.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Is Art Without Meaning Decoration?

I think all art has meaning. In it's own way, decoration does have meaning too, making it art. Not everyone can see that meaning though. I remember going on a field trip to an art museum when I was in elementary school and seeing this one painting. It was just a small square in the middle of a canvas. I remember being so confused. Why would that be considered art? It's just a square. Although it seems like "just a square" to most of us, the artist could have had a specific meaning in mind. The artist may not have known what it meant either, but something led them to create it.  Therefore, art without meaning can still be called art.