Monday, December 12, 2016

The Zinger

My goals in this piece was to use vibrant colors. I was most surprised at the texture of the pastels and how you could easily blend the colors. The main purpose was to have the colors pop and work with each other.  The hardest challenge personally was drawing my hands and body. I couldn't actually draw it from real life. I was forced to draw from a photograph which was difficult. I had to rely on the picture rather than my own eyes. My art looks really good in the corner with the lipstick. I feel that the reflection looks very cool. Also I like the shadow. Another point of this project was to have shadows that weren't logical colors. I was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. In most of his artwork, he uses very bold colors with even bolder shadows. He would make the shadows the opposite color of what he drew. This created a certain, as Mr. G would say, "vibration" and created the colors to pop even more. If I could do this over i would have picked something with brighter colors and I would have done my hands better. I feel that my hands look sloppy and most of the reflection of myself is black, it makes the colors around it darker as well.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Artist choice

I wanted to draw something that I loved but something that most people expect me to love.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Left overs

The "Clean Plate Club" was the only thing left at our dinner table on Thanksgiving
Nobody was left at the football "swamp" on Thanksgiving
I ate my jelly beans only leaving a few left.

Friday, November 4, 2016

To-go box

With this project, my goals were to focus on my shadows in the drawing. I kept checking to make sure my angles were right and my shadows were proportional. I also made sure my shadows were detailed by using contrast between the colors. My drawing is mainly about dramatic shadows and negative space. The hardest part was creating that illusion of something that is there but not drawn with a black outline. I payed close attention to where the light hit the box instead of looking at the shadow. Although, my drawing looks really cool in the inside of the box. It's almost like there is the sun inside the box. It also creates a really cool shadow. I've learned the technique of negative space while drawing this piece. Negative space is a different way of drawing; you draw what you don't see instead of the tangible object you actually are looking at. My class mate showed me how to create detail with the white chalk. I was very surprised at how that changed my drawing. It took it to a whole new level. Honestly, I wouldn't change anything if I has a do-over. I was really content with this piece. I really think my shadows are the best part of my drawing.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pumpkin artist statement

While drawing my pumpkin, my main intentions were to catch the correct shadows. Having the perfect shadows make a perfect and realistic drawing. Throughout this project, I mainly focused on what my eyes saw. What my eyes saw was what was true about my pumpkin and that's what I needed to draw. I was surprised at how real parts of my art looked. Obviously, the goal was to make it realistic but I was surprised at real it actually looks. It was also surprising how easy it was to draw a pumpkin. I over estimated the whole project. I kept thinking "Ah this needs to look like a real life pumpkin." but really my drawing was mainly about catching light and shadow. Without light you can't differentiate from the darks. It would be a giant grey blob. The most difficult part with the shadows was the stem. For some reason, I had a lot of trouble with it. I couldn't figure out how to make it all look real and proportional. To make it look realistic as possible, I completely focused on the shapes I was drawing. I told myself to not look at the pumpkin stem as a pumpkin stem, I told myself to see it as lights and darks and random lines. I think some of the shadows on my drawing looks good. In some points, I capture multiple shades that fade into one another. Along with that, I have learned how to make my art more interesting with just altering the position and frame. By offsetting my pumpkin and slightly zooming into the top of the pumpkin, it made my drawing more interesting because it wasn't just a pumpkin in the middle. It focussed on certain parts of the pumpkin and just not the pumpkin as a whole. I learned a new technique on the vine on the stem. I was told to carve the vine with white and then highlight it with black to make it stand out. It really made a good effect and gave my drawing dimension. Although, if  had a do-over I would try to capture more detail. I didn't know how to get each wrinkle in the pumpkin onto my paper. With that being said, there were very good parts to my drawing. The very best part is the shadows on the stem and the top of the pumpkin. I spent most of my time working on the stem alone. In the end, it was worth it. Certain sections of my stem look as if I took a black and white picture.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


These people aren't people I am related to, nor people who I hangout with every weekend or even see weekly. They are the people that have stuck with me through it all. They have been by my side through thick and thin. They are the people who I have the most fun with. They are the ones you make me laugh the most. They are the ones who I can tell anything to. All the people aren't necessarily ones who can talk but they are simply there for company and cuddles. Honestly, family is an understatement.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My main focus on this piece was to give out a certain "vibe." I wanted to show edginess and boldness. By using contrast and creating really dark shadows it made the lighter areas really pop. My drawing is mainly about the contrast in colors even though I only have black and white to work with. I think the hardest part was making sure the shadows and the angles were right. If the angle was slightly wrong, it messed up the whole picture. I used Mr. Gaudreau's pencil trick. I would hold my pencil on my object to match the angle and then used that same visual on my paper. My favorite part of my drawing is the letter E. I feel that it portrays the shadows correctly and is the most realistic. Especially where the E overlaps the B. In that corner, the shadows work very well. As I drew, I learned what happens when I use on different pressures on my pencils. That will always be a useful skill to have in any form of art. The one person who influenced my work the most was Mr. Gaudreau. He really helped me with my shading. He showed me different techniques on how to make some of my shadows smoother. Also, my friend Luke was helpful with giving me honest feedback on my art. His honestly helped me make my drawing more realistic. Although, if I had a do-over, I would change the thickness of the V. I feel like the V would have looked better if it was slightly thinner. The shadows on the B are the best part of my work. The curves are blended very well. Overall, I'm pleased with my work.