Friday, May 17, 2013

Light Drawing

We did Maryilin Monroe for our lighting drawing project. It was difficult to get the right about of light on me, and our problem was that we were trying to put too much light on me.  We wanted to do the hair, the mole, and the dress so that people would know who she was, but we couldn't do all of them.  I think it worked out pretty good, but there are some obvious line mess ups in the picture due to too much light.


Paintings of Italy
I loved when we painted in class because it was more creative than other things we've done. The painting is of a beach in Naples, Italy, where I've been several times.  It would be very hot, calm, and quiet in the painting.  There would be the sounds of the waves hitting the rocks and all else would be eerily silent on the boat.  The day would be completely care free.  I presented this in the painting by using light blue and calm colories in the sky in water; the colors bring a calm feeling into the painting.  I didn't use any sharp shapes in the nature, but it is shown in the boat.  That shows that the nature is peaceful and soft compared to what humanity brings.  I used a circular motion while creating the moutains and used a larger brush to create an airy feeling to the clouds.  The water was painted with horizontal strokes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Flowers

                                                          Adobe Illustrator Flowers
Today we made these flowers in Adobe. I liked Adobe Illustrator alot better than photoshop because it just seemed alot simpler to me.  It was an easy and quick assignment for me that I enjoyed.  It was fun to play around with the colors and effects to see which I liked the best.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ipad and Clay

(Waiting for Mr. Sands to put a picture of the monster I made on the Ipad; he promised to do it on Thursday last week but he didn't so I'm waiting for it.)

(I was absent and Mr. Sands didn't take a picture of the clay animal I made...but it's about to go in the kelm..)

The Ipad activity was extremely free-style which was fun and allowed for creativity.  I enjoyed the project and made a porcipine looking type monster.
I also enjoyed the clay, but didn't have much time to work on it since I was absent, but I still like my product.  It was of a bunny and I enjoyed working with the clay because we could choose to wmake whatever we wanted.  I learned how to work with the clay better and if I could do the project again I would have more time to smooth out the clay and make it look more polished.  The most difficult part of working with the clay was keeping the shape of the clay from falling apart.  It was less sturdy than I would like because it was hollow on the inside and caved in a little bit, but I fixed it and it turned out fine.


For this project, I helped out a group just by filling in the squares they outlined.  It was simple and the other people in my group decided what the shape of the zentangle was so I didnt use my own ideas on this project.  I was busy painting the door Mr. Sands told me to paint pink. 

(Mr. Sands didnt post a picture of the door he told me to paint while the class was making Zentangles)....waiting for the picture..

Forced Perspective

The forced perspective project was fun, light and open to creativity. It was easy to think of cool things to try to do for this project but it was hard to get everything to actually work well and make it look realistic. We had to try to make sure everything was in line, and that was a challenge.  I think we did pretty good and this picture is pretty good, but I wish we could have made more adjustments and an improvement I would make is Taylor would be further back from the camera so her feet would look like they were on the roof.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Learned Most/ Most Succesful Projects

                                                             Most Successful Project
I feel that this was my most successful project because I really enjoyed doing it and I really like the way it turned out.  In my personal opinion, I just like it.  This project allowed me to do my own thing with choosing colors and the feel of the art, rather than alot of the other projects. This project also invovled multiple steps like making the frame, and that was fun.  It was the most successful project because I enjoyed it.

Project I learned the Most From
I always thought I was terrible at drawing, but I'm really proud of my self portrait. Getting the measurements down gave me a general idea of how the face should look, but then I went back in and customized all the sizes so that it looked like me. I learned alot about drawing, and my final self portrait looked even better than this one.  I improved so much in my drawing and I actually enjoyed drawing because it looked decent.  I learned the most from the project becasue it turned out so much better than I anticipated and I improved overall.

Printing Project

Here is my octipus that I did for the Printing Project.  I hated this project because I was absent one day and then Mr. Sands kept nagging me about being behind but I couldnt help it and because at first I did a platupus and donkey, but neither of them had good shapes to them, so I scratched those and did an octipus. The octipus didnt work out the way I wanted because when I was cutting it out I made it really uneven and it ended up looking messy.  I also didn't cut deep enough, so as you can see in the picture, the legs arent clearly defined at the bottom.  This resulted in the paint not doing its job, and the whole project looked bad.  I went back in and cut the octipus better, and it looked alot better.  I also did a mushroom because I was bored of the octipus, which I thought looked cool.  This project would have been better if I had taken more time to cut out the animal well rather than spending more time on the paint.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spray Paint Portrait

This portrait was difficult to make just beacause of the different layers. The hardest part of making this was using the exact knife and it resulted in my finger bleeding alot.  That was tedious and not enjoyable. I then did my frame, which was also easy.  After that was over, I spray painted it, which was fun to see the color to go on.  The extra things I did to my portrait is what was most fun.  It allowed for more creativity, and I could do anything I wanted to make it what I wanted it to look like.  My artwork ended up looking weird because I added alot to it, but I like it.  I think that the best thing about my portrait is the hair; I like that I was able to look interesting and draw attention.  My least favorite thing is that the shapes are boring.  I should have done another layer to add more shapes to myself. I learned alot about constructing an complete project, rather than just painting or just drawing.

Pencil Self Portrait

I learned alot while completing this self portrait drawing. I started trying to get the proportions perfect and measure everything exactly, but as I drew in things like the eyes and nose, I realized that the portrait looked nothing like me.  After I got the general size and shape of the face to match my exact measurements, I divided up my paper like was shown on the board.  I then filled in everything with hair, eyebrows, etc, and then went back in and resized everything so that it actually looked like me.  The challenge of this project was just going by my eye's judgement of staring at myself and then trying to draw something exactly like it.  I thought I was terrible at drawing everything before this project, but I'm actually very proud of my self portrait.  I learned how to make realistic drawings and get sizing accurate while going on just the eye, not exact measurements all the time. Faces aren't ever perfectly porportional, so I decided that measurements would just be a guideline and I would do things like shorten the nose and make it wider than the assumed "exact" measurements. The hardest thing for me was making the eyse perfect; one was bigger than the other and then I erased part of it and couldn't get it to be symmetrical with the other one again.  The shading and drawing other features was alot easier for me because I didnt have to match it up exaclty with another feature on the face.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weird Picture

Value Scale Drawing

I think that my piece looks pretty good, but had more potential for the actual drawing to be better because we traced the picture.  I had issues with the tracing and had to redraw alot of the shapes because I realized I had messed them up when I put the paper on the window for the light.  In this picture I look afraid of the dark, but later I actually went in and filled out blank white spaces and also just darkened the areas that are kind of mid gray now. That was a big improvement.  This project was difficult because of drawing the shapes with the tracing thing and I believe it would have looked better had I not "cheated" and traced.  That was the most difficult part; the shading was just tedious.

Junk Pile Shadow Art

This project was difficult because we used the projector and random objects to make something and the lighting was annoying to work with because if we tilted it too far one way, or too close to the paper it messed the whole project up. It was also interesting to do this project because I never had to do anything with shadows before and didn't really consider it art.  It was fun because we used our creativity and decided to do a Valentines Day kind of thing.  We wanted to make a scene that said love on the top and had two people sitting together on some kind of hill, but that didn't work out because we didnt have time.
I think this piece is successful because it is unique.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Here is my photoshopped image of a sunset at the beach.  It is much more dull and boring than the first picture, which was very vivid and alive with color and details.  The details are really taken out of this picture now, but the shapes in the picture are more visible because of how dark the picture is.  I hate using PhotoShop, but this was an easy assignment for me.

Lady Bugs

                    Here is my falling ladybug that I made using Photoshop that we made in class today.
I wasn't sure what to use for my item to fall but I chose a lady bug because it seemed more unique that a bird or airplane to me.  I think this picture would look more realistic if we could put shadows on both of the ladybugs becaue the farthest one looks realistic and the closer looks like he's just randomly floating in blank space.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Here's my rino.  I'm terrible with computers so it was hard and confusing for me to do photoshop but it should have been easy.  My rino looks weird because the kitchen is messed up.

Chick The Skeleton

                                                                         Chick The Skeleton
I feel that this piece shows both the good and the bad of my artistic abilities.  There is obvious improvement between the pieces, but there is still alot of error in the final piece. I feel like the final piece is much better, although there are some positive things about the first one.  It seems weird to me to call my second drawing of chick the 'final piece' because although she is techincally complete, I didn't draw the whole body, because I could only draw what I saw.  However, I still feel like this piece is successful because of the time I spent on it and the improvements you can see.  What worked about this project was we had a generous amount of time that allowed me to focus and try my best to be detailed and accurate with the drawing.  What didn't work was that I could barely see Chick's bones, making them almost impossible to draw perfectly.  If I did this project again, I would try to get a frontal view of Chick because I think I would feel more satisfied with the final product because I would be enabled to draw more of the skeleton. The most difficult part of this project was one I already mentioned, which was the distance issue between me and Chick, making it hard to see the bones and know which one I was drawing because I wasn't right up close to her.  Throughout this project, I've learned to pay close attention to detail when drawing, and to draw what is actually in front of you rather than what you think a skull or a leg would look like.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Squirrel-Horse Skeleton

Here is my sketch of a squirrel-horse skeleton.  I used my imagination to create this and the bones are probably way off.  He was really cute in the original picture but now he just looks creepy.  This project was difficult for me because I have no idea what the bone structure of any animal is, let alone a newimal.  I tried my best with this project though, and I like the skull and the tail.  The ribs are out of place, but I think that overall this project was successful because considering my drawing skills, it's good.  This project was fun because it make me think about things I never saw before, so I used stored images mixed with logic to figure out where to place things.