Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Work of art I am most proud of

Out of all of the work that I did this year I think that I am most proud of the self-portrait drawing I did. Although it my not look exactly like me, I am more proud of the improvement I showed by creating this piece of art. Looking back on the pre-instructional portrait I created, I can clearly see the improvements I made and I am very proud of them. The improvements I made are very apparent and I can see that I improved in the basic drawing concepts and the concepts of creating portraits. These concepts include, head, eyes, nose, mouth shape, and using observational skills to see variations in our faces that make our features unique. Using techniques I learned from other projects, like the still life drawing, I was able to implement them in this portrait as well. These techniques include shading with both light and dark, and mark making. I think by seeing my own improvement firsthand was one of the most impactful to my learning. By seeing how I can improve so much in such a short amount of time by practicing, caring, and focusing was a very important experience for me. I think after this project I approached other difficult projects and tasks not with fear, but with confidence I could improve and do my best on all of my work. By having this mindset, I believe my work was more thoughtful and I executed it with care.

Revisiting my Goals for the semester

I think that I achieved many of my goals for this semester. One of my main goals was to improve and enhance my drawing skills. I really think after this semester in Drawing and Painting I know more about drawing and drawing techniques. The still life unit and the self portrait unit were the most important to improving my skills as an artists. I think that the work being independent while receiving advice and feedback from peers was one of the main ways that we all improved as artists. By working somewhat independently, I was able to understand and execute new techniques on my own and adjust them with advice from my classmates and the teacher. Another goal I had was to improve my painting skills and broaden my horizons in the realm of painting. I think after using different painting techniques and discovering new ones in a similar way to my experience in drawing was very important. Another one of my goals was to use other cultures and experiences to influence my art. I think we very much achieved this goal as a class and individually. By doing projects like the Mandala design, we broadened our artistic horizons by experiencing a new type of artwork from a different part of the globe. Also, in projects like the unsung hero painting, we had a subject of interest influence the work we created. I think this sort of inspiration is important because you create a piece of art based on something that inspires you, while creating an original and creative piece. I also believe that I gained an appreciation for learning about each unit. I think that learning about the mechanics of each unit was important. For example learning about things like atmospheric perspective was helpful in the landscape unit. I am pleased with my improvement this year and the goals that I have achieved.

Water Color Techniques

- To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with water color.

One of the most important concepts that I learned in the watercolor unit was the concept of multiple painting techniques. I found practicing each technique very important and helpful. It was even more helpful to apply the techniques in the water color experimentation. Using the techniques on the landscape was the best way to learn how and when to use each one. I found that using techniques in different areas like clouds or water was very effective. I know with practice using and understanding what techniques to use becomes more and more clear and can be executed more thoroughly. Other important concepts include using lots of water and painting back to front. These basic concepts are the foundation of watercolor painting and I found them very important to learn. I very much enjoyed this unit, because it was very relaxing and using watercolor is a very fun and interesting way to paint.

Sketchbook Assignments

Imitation Drawing: Still Life
- to gain a basic understanding about the Realism Art Movement and to identify Artists who worked in this style
- to practice drawing in the realist style by "imitating" a professional realistic work of art.

Still Life Drawing
- To practice still life drawing that demonstrates understanding of drawing in perspective, along with using a variety of mark making techniques to describe form;
- to understand value by creating a good range between black and white
- to demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing

Imitation Drawing: Portrait
- to become familiar with past and contemporary portrait artists
- to use critical thinking skills to analyze work
- to understand how and why artists create portraits
- to practice drawing in a portrait by "imitating" a professional work of art

Half Portrait Drawing
- To look closely at half of a portrait and complete the portrait by  drawing similar features
- to practice drawing facial features: eyes, nose, and mouth

Autobiographical Collage
- to create an autobiographical collage that tells the story of an experience that took place in the artists life. It lets the artist express his or her thoughts and felling about any aspect of his/her life

Mandala Design
- To become familiar with Mandala designs and it's meanings
- to create your own, original Mandala

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CORNERSTONE: DP: Unsung Hero Portrait & Artist Statement

The overall selection process of the unsung hero process was inspiring in itself. Reading about all types of people, across the globe, from a variety of backgrounds and time periods was an inspirational experience. Reading about all of them made doing heroic things seem more attainable through hard work and kindheartedness. Specifically choosing the subject for the project was even more personal. By choosing a person that has done something great in conjunction with them being connected to you in someway makes the project even more meaningful. For my project I chose Robert R. Williams who did great things in the world of science and biology by curing beriberi, a disease that affected many in his home country of India and other Asian countries. This is a very interesting topic to me and I found the work he did very inspiring. Reading more and more about him helped build a very personal connection to him. This is due to the fact that his work is very unknown and researching him makes the whole project feel very personal.
The connection that was built only grew stronger as a began to develop the physical plan and paint. By having a more personal connection, I feel as though my work was more inspired and unique. In my work I tried to express both his work and his personal background. To do this I painted him working on his formula on the green chalkboard. The formula depicted on the board is the formula for thiamine or vitamin B-1. Deficiency in this vitamin is the cause of beriberi and Robert R. Williams discovered that by consuming B-1 supplements can prevent the disease. On the chalkboard I painted a map of India, his home country and where his passion for the cure for beriberi began. This was to resemble a reminder to Robert R. Williams of where he came from and why he was doing the incredible work he was doing. Along with this, I painted various types of lab equipment and a rat upon the lab table in the front of the painting. This was to depict the work and experiments he was doing that lead him to the incredible discovery of the cure for beriberi. The rat in the painting is to depict the result of his experiment where he treated a rat with beriberi with B-1. The result of this was a success and lead to further discovery and research. I chose the wall under the chalkboard to be painted yellow. This was to represent the clarity and optimism of the story and the overall positive ethos of the work that was done.
The process of creating this type of painting was a very inspiring experience. By researching unsung heroes, I learned how anyone can do something great no matter where you live or who you are. It’s just about doing the right thing when it is time to be done which is what many of these heroes did. These people are very much role models to me and their stories have inspired me to want to create a difference for the better in the world I live in. What I find very inspiring about my unsung hero in particular is the connection and passion he had for his work. He wasn’t just trying to gain fame by curing a disease in South Asia, he was trying to improve the lives of those he grew up around. This passionate and personal work is what drove him to cure the disease and inspires me to find something of equal passion to do something great for the world. I think that it is important for others to study these unsung heroes to get inspired about improving the world and doing something great.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

Which story motivates you?
How does that Unsung hero inspire you?
The story of Robert Williams is very inspiring and interesting. He shows real passion in the work he does by going back on his past to cure beriberi. By working his way through college despite not having much money to work with. It is very inspiring to see think back to his past and recall of the disease he saw in India. I think because he grew up in India, he had a very strong connection to the disease and this lead him to have a passion for curing it. Through following through on what he was passionate about, he was able to do something great for the world. This is inspiring because it shows you can do great things if you are passionate about them. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Landscape Perspective Painting

What perspective strategy did you use in your painting? Name and explain at least 4 things that you learned as a result of doing this painting? Be specific, citing and connecting ideas to your painting.

One thing that I learned as a result of doing this painting is the technique of painting from back to front. This I found to be very important in making the painting look more realistic and composed. If you painted front to back, you would end up painting around objects you have painted and it would look terrible. When you paint back to front and layer the objects after they have dried, the painting looks more natural. For example, when painting the sky and the mountain, it makes more sense to paint the sky first and the mountain on top of it to make it look more clean and realistic. Another thing that I learned when doing this painting was how when creating a painting based off of a picture, it isn't always the best choice to create the painting exactly like the picture. In some instances, when creating the painting, there are some elements from the picture that may not need to be included in the piece. This is important to make the painting look good as to not include anything that my compromise the spirit of the media. One other thing that I learned while creating this painting, was how the use of atmospheric perspective played a role in the paintings. Having read about the uses and causes of this technique was very helpful, but executing it first hand was the best way to learn about it. In the mountain in the background there is a clear example of this and I tried my best to incorporate the technique of atmospheric perspective into it. One last thing that I learned while creating this piece were the implementation of the many painting techniques we learned. While practicing on the 2x3 grid paper we created was helpful for practice, again implementation into a real painting prevailed to a higher learning experience. Using techniques like dry brush I found very helpful to create things like specks of trees on the mountains, while using the wet brush was helpful to create the mixed colors in the sky.

What challenges did you face as you worked through the painting? How did you deal with the challenges? What might you do differently next time?

One challenge that I found while working through this painting was creating accurate colors. Mixing the colors was very informational and interesting to see how they interacted and created different tones. But, when creating the colors to accurately match the picture proved difficult. This was especially difficult when creating the colors for the sky. The color of the sky was a grey blue with a slight yellow coming from the masked sun. This was an interesting color combination to create but using the wet brush technique while mixing the colors on the canvas yielded an interesting result that I ended up being pleased with. Another challenge I faced was creating the white trees. The trees that I had to create were very interesting. There were pine-like trees that were slightly covered in snow. These were difficult to compose because of the lack of distinction between each tree. The other trees had many intricate branches and composing them proved very difficult. Next time I would try using a smaller brush or another technique that would help resemble the trees better.