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.