Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Carving

Explain how you developed your design for your book carving.
My design was developed by the questionable theme and how faeries and the air around is still a mystery to most and always has been.
 How important was it to have a clear plan before starting?
You had to have a clear plan because once you started carving there really was no going back you couldn't start over again, because you really didn't have much time.
 What were the challenges you faced when working on this project? 
How deep you needed to carve was very challenging because if you went to deep or shallow then the carving might look very unproportional.
Explain how you overcame them. 
I made sure that I counted out the pages I needed and had the correct depth that was necessary because I really couldn't afford to start over.
Discuss your design. My design was to have a faerie in a hidden cave with a secret water fall and she was gaining power from and connecting with nature through branches of light that floated around the cave.
 Did you take any risks? How and why?
I took a risk by my design because the way that I made my project cut off some of my images and hurt the painting I think.

 Describe how you felt about the overall project and if you felt it was successful. 
With my overall design I kind of feel like I could have done more with the book, that I could have utilized my time better and created a more solid design and painting. But it doesn't look that bad so I guess it was okay.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mixed Media

1. How did you show amusement and variety in your piece? Explain your choice of subject matter and how you created a unified piece of art.
 I showed amusement by showing a dog having a dream about a large thanksgiving meal and wanting to steal the turkey. And I was able to show variety by adding multiple colors and different shaped pictures throughout my dogs dream.
2. Describe your experience with using mixed media. What mixed media did you use for your piece? 
 Using mixed media was much more challenging then I had first anticipated, the placement of all the pieces and what pieces that should have been used in each design. I used magazine clippings, clip art, pictures, pencil, and colored pencil for my mixed media.
3. What role did our lessons on visual journal play in the success of your piece? Explain.
 For our lessons in visual journal they helped me with gaining the knowledge of what materials were open to me and which ones looked more well suited with each other.
4. Discuss any challenges you experienced and how you overcame obstacles.
My biggest challenge was probably the gel medium and tissue paper because the color would smear and it could peal off when it dried. I overcame this by blending the colors of the tissue paper that best went together, and being more effective with the gel amount that I used.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Non-Traditional Portrait

1. Who did you choose to do a portrait of? Why did you choose that person?
My three brothers and myself, and I chose this photo becasue it means alot to me and the memory that we shared when we took the picture.
2. When brainstorming about this project how did you decide what would be the best materials to use to create it? Explain how your material choice impacted the look of your piece. Why was this so important. Explain.
At first I thought that my matericals would be checkers or chess pieces and then after thinking about the lines that I wanted I decided to go with paperclips to get smooth lines and get all the sizes that I wanted.
3. Describe the risks you took or that were involved in creating the project. What were the challenges you faced?
The risks I took involved was what I would use to make the paperclips stick to the paper and it posed a real challenge and then there was also how to get the pieces the shapes that I wanted which was very difficult.
4. How did your choices impact the look and feel of the piece? Did your choice of materials have any connection with the person you chose to represent? 
It had good contracts with my background, and it was simplistic despite how difficult it was to put together. No the materials do not have a connection with the people on the paper.

Sticky Situation

1. Explain how you developed your ideas for "Sticky Situation" 
 When thinking about my project I thought about the worst situations that could happen with showing repition and my top two ideas were a car that broke down with the nearest towns miles away, and my other idea was flight delays on chrismas eve so no one could get home.
2. Were you able to think outside the box when you were thinking about ideas? 
 Yes I was by having to find different situations that were unique then everyone else and by finding different ways of using repition in the artwork.
3. You were to incorporate repetition, rhytnm or pattern. How did you accomplish this?
 I incorperated repition from my chairs, tile floors, and the sign words saying "delay" over and over.
4. Describe your choice of media (acrylic, watercolor) and your challenges and successes while using it. 
 I used acrylic and I was never very good using this medium in past years, but all the same I think the more bold colors really emphasized my paintings features and made it look better.
5. How important were the mini lessons to the success of your final product?
They helped me  find my shading and made my knowledge on highlights better by bringing value to my painting.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Up close and personal

1. Upclose and Personal was our theme. How did you develop your ideas for this project and why did you choose your subject?
I thought of good colors that would show emphasis of what I wanted to draw and what colors would be a good contrast. I chose a girl sitting on a swing because I thought with all the cool and neutral colors that can be captured in nature would bring out the girl even more in my drawing. For the girl I picked really bright and warm colors to show emphasis to her and what she was wearing.
2. How did you demonstrate Emphasis in your work?
I picked very cool colors for my background and for the girl I gave her very bright red hair, and a yellow dress to make her really stand out.
3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? Discuss how it enhances your piece. 
 I used colored pencil, and I think it gives the work a smoother look and helped me really be able to lay the colors on my drawing especially the girls hair, and the highlights in the tree.
We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.
4.. Did you take any risks with this project? Explain.
I think a risk might have been drawing the girl because I am not the best at drawing people and was very worried about messing her up.
5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?

I included technique, medium, and concept in my art piece.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Whats the Point?

 1. What where some of your solutions to What’s the Point?\
Some of my solutions were dots, fish hooks, exclamation points, constallations, and claws.
2. Which solution did you chose and why?
 The solution I chose was using multiple exclamation points in a row. I chose this because I thought I would enjoy being able to show contrast on two different kinds of shape and that it would help me become better at drawing value. 3. How did you show contrast in your work?
 I showed the value of dark to light in each exclamation point and made the points on the marks really stand out by adding shadows and depth. 4. What medium did you decide to use? Why did you choose this medium over the others?
 I decided to use pencils. I decided to use this medium because I like the way that pencil looks more than ink does, I find that I can go as dark as I want when I want with pencil and with ink you just get dark to fast. 5. What techniques did you use to create this work?
I used contor lines, cross hatching, and sqiggles.