Thursday, December 19, 2013

Amusement/Mixed Media

    In my piece, I chose to do a flower for amusement because some people find gardening amusing and I thought it would be fun to do. I decided to add a hand and a hummingbird to make it look more out doors-y. My experience with mixed media was pretty good.  I think I did a good job of making everything "blend" together. The mixed media I used was watercolor, magazine, tissue paper, and pencil drawings.  My experience with visual journaling helped me in this project because it gave me a new perspective and more experience with working with different materials.  Throughout the project, I didn't face that many challenges. It was pretty smooth and I think it turned out good.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


For the project of portraits, I decided to do myself so I could hang it up in my room. When I was thinking of materials to use, I had a lot of ideas. However, I chose the Sunday comics because I read them every Sunday.  I could get a lot of different tones and colors.  The choice of comics gave my overall portrait a childish/abstract look.  Also, the comic people faces gave my face color.  It was important to have the different tones because it gives my face depth and character.  I faced some challenges during the project.  It took a long time, and an overall of three Sunday comics combined to get everything I needed for the portrait.  Finding and cutting out all the tiny faces to go around the eyes was also a challenge I faced.  A risk I took was adding all the speech bubbles in the background.  It was a last minute idea, and I went for it, and I think it turned out pretty successful.  I think my choices created a comical and overall fun portrait.  The materials have a connection with me since every Sunday, I read the Sunday comics and it's interesting to see some of my favorite comic characters on the portrait. I feel my portrait was successful.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sticky Situation

When I heard the prompt "Sticky Situation", the typical sticky situations popped into my head, for instance gum and an up-side down ice cream cone.  I can honestly say I do not know how I came up with the city idea with the food, I was just doodling and that came up. I think I succeeded with thinking outside of the box, doing a series of over sized foods in the middle of city buildings.  I also showed repition in my paintings, each one has the same buildings with the same number of windows, and each contains a different type of food-type object.  For my medium, I chose acrylic.  I found it easy to get values and different colors using the acrylic. I found the mini lessons helpful in deciding which medium to use and helped with practicing with that medium.  I found this project really fun and I think it turned out great, especially the ice cream cone one, which is my favorite. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Upclose And Personal

For up close and personal, I decided to do a lemon cut in half. I had several ideas but I chose this one because I knew I could learn from it.  The emphasis is on the lemon.  It is the brightest and lightest element in my project which makes it stand out.  The medium I chose was oil pastel.  I chose to do oil pastel because I thought I could really get those bright highlights and I could do the inside easily. I took a risk by adding orange to darken some areas.  At first, I thought it was going to look more like an orange, but once I started blending I realized that it still looked like a lemon.  Of the five characteristics of great art, I included technique and medium in my art.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What's The Point

   I had a lot of ideas for "What's the point". One of my ideas was a geometric-type drawing and I came up with the idea of drawing cards.  I chose to do cards because I thought I could use different values and shading with this particular subject. I showed contrast by making the cards underneath darker and adding shadows. I also used contrast when identifying the black and red cards. The black cards are darker whereas the red cards are lighter. The medium I chose was pencil. I chose pencil because for my drawing, it had a lot of defined lines which I thought I could best draw with pencil.  For this drawing, I used different techniques.  I wanted to be sure that all the cards were equal in size, so I made a template for the shape of the cards. I also measured out and sectioned off the suits and numbers so I could make them even.   Some risks I took were I changed the scale of the card and I had to try and change the contents of the cards to scale. Also, in sort of a "spur of the moment" I took a chance when I decided to differentiate between the red and black cards.  The message I am conveying is how all the cards are the shape and I used the same method to create all of them even though they hold different values. So what's the point of discrimination if we're all part of the same deck of cards in life.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Well, I started off the project by finding pictures of goldfish and their environment and then combining different elements from the pictures to create my own drawing.  Then I traced it onto linolium and cut out the parts that I was not going to put ink on.  In my original drawing, i had all the scales on the larger goldfish drawn out, but after realizing how difficult and almost impossible it would be, I decided to do just a couple of scales.  It still gives it some texture and design, but keeps it simple and not busy.  I found the scales the most difficult part because they were so small.  I think, overall, I did pretty good on this project.  I do agree that it lost some of it's design while being transferred to the linolium and being cut out, but it was neccessary to complete the project so it looked good.  I also like the colors I chose, they are the colors of a goldfish.  I learned a lot from this project, including how to draw simple but intricate designs, and then to cut them out and make prints out of them. 

*****Shoutout to my goldfish, Joey, who inspired me to do a goldfish. Whoop Whoop*****

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Frog Tongue :P

     This is meh frog tongue photo.  I thought this photoshop project was really fun and interesting.  I found it relatively easy to complete.  But then I came to the shadow, and I did something weird with the frog so I couldn't put the shadow on it without it looking messed up.  However, I think it still looks good. I liked this project.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Angry Pancake

     This is my angry pancake.  I had a lot of fun doing this.  I really enjoy doing photoshop projects like this and being able to create fun and weird things.  I think I did a good job of following the directions, yet making it my own.  I thought this activity was really fun and simple.  I would enjoy doing this again.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stencil Project

     I really enjoyed doing this project.  I found that using the spray paint was very fun, and watching how a normal picture could turn into a big picture spray painted on to cardboard.  Some things that I learned are that when you cut out the stencil, you cut out what you need to spray paint.  One thing I had trouble on was spray painting over things I had already cut spray painted.  But I just spray painted back over those areas.  For this project, I had to get an expressive photo, so I decided to take a picture of my little brother.  Then we used a program on the computer where we could change the colors to simple colors.  I decided on black, blue, and white because they are boy-ish colors so I can give my stencil to my brother.  Then I projected it and traced it onto large poster paper.  Then I cut it out and put it on my cardboard.  Then I spray painted it.  I think my stencil was successful.  It looks like the original picture and all the elements that I wanted to show are there.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Contour Line Shoe Drawing

     My drawing improved with the contour lines.  I was unsure, at first, how it would turn out since I am used to picking up my pencil and moving around the paper, and not paying as much attention to detail.  It was difficult at the beginning of the unit, but I eventually got used to keeping my on the paper for the whole drawing.  I was able to add more details with the contour lines. I could see and draw the creases and little details using contour lines.  They were very helpful in this drawing.  And very important.  This is more detailed than I would have originally drawn it originally.  Drawing the shoe laces was difficult, however, with the contour lines.  But overall, I feel contour lines have improved my shoe drawing.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

iPad Value Study

     Creating the values on the iPad is very different than doing it with pastels.  First off, you have an endless amount of colors so you're shape can be valued to the fullest. Another plus to using the iPads is you can layer the different shapes so if you mess up, you can easily erase what you need to without messing up the other objects.  Also, there is a blending tool in the iPad unlike with the pastels where you have to try and blend the colors with the different pastels.  But there are similarities.  Like you have to think about which colors would look good together so your values look good.  I feel I've learned a lot about values to make objects look 3-dimensional.  I think I did a good job showing the different values and the way they blend.  Technology is useful and important in the arts because it gives artists a new way to express their art and creativity.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cartoon Skeleton

     For my cartoon skeleton, I decided to draw Boots from "Dora the Explorer".  I have drawn, accurately, a skeleton for Boots.   I included a the necessary primary bones like the ribs, spine, and skull.  I had to get creative when drawing the ribs and the skull.  Boots has a very small midsection of his body, so I drew the ribs and spine shorter than a normal, human skeleton's would look.  His head his proportionally big compared to his body, so I had to draw a skull larger than normal.  When I was drawing his arms and legs, I payed attention to where they bent so I could precisely draw the bones.  His arm bones are pretty normal, but I had to make his thigh bones really small, and basically all his leg bones are small.  When I had to do the feet, I had to guess the position and size of his feet since he's always wearing those boots.  Overall, I feel my skeleton is accurate representation of what Boot's skeleton would actually look like.