1. Using the art design process helps a lot because you can figure out what you want to draw, paint, etc. based on the theme. It feels better now because I have more knowledge on how to make art better. I have learned what kind of artwork I like to make, and also, how to plan better. My technical skills have grown during the class as I had a lot of experience making a variation of art. I now plan before hand by researching other artists, sketching several times, and then making a final project.
2. I have improved at an artist because Mrs. Purtee taught me technical skills. In drawing with graphite, and painting, she taught me to blend the colors to make it look more realistic. She taught me proportions and how to make everything look real. One of my favorite units was vanishing points. Here is my artwork at the beginning of the class, and then the end.
You can see in the bottom one of the grass. I blended to of the greens together and made a more realistic scene. Also, the proportions of the house/shed are more realistic.
We had three themes to abide by. Artists improve, artists collaborate, and artists learn. You could choose any of these themes, and did not have to do one of each. I chose to do one of each.
I painted in an acrylic landscape on my last canvas. It was pretty good. I got my motivation because I had made a painting before with acrylic landscape on a canvas, and it was not my favorite. I planned my work by researching several scenes. I know i wanted a tornado, so a Kansas based scene was right. I learned that you have to blend the colors throughout the painting to make it look real.
I wanted to learn how to do black out poetry. My inspiration was seeing it online, and being moved by it. I planned it by looking at some more online, and getting a book from Goodwill that would be good for it. Instead of poetry, I basically rewrote the book in a different way. I learned that black out poetry is hard to make it meaningful.
For my collaboration project, Travis and I made a stop motion. We improved on last stop motion project. We made the character a meme: Dat Boi. I thought it was pretty cool. In the meme, he is on his unicycle. We made him go down the trailer and die.
Here is some legal graffiti for you. Chris and I were stuck, we both did not know what to do. We knew we wanted to do something big, and outside. Mrs. Purtee came up to us, and asked if we would like to collaborate and paint on the trailer. We both were very interesting, Chris being good at spray paint, and me being pretty good with acrylic. I learned how to paint very big, as Chris learned how to do graffiti with a brush instead of a can. We planned by sketching in my sketchbook, as shown below.
Chris said it wasn't good enough, and would be too simple. I did not realize that Mrs. Purtee would allow us to have more time than usual for this project.
This was the Apex A, which was our original plan, along with the "P" for aPex. This was very extensive and would be hard to get perfect.
The E was not very extensive, but would have a lot of color.
This is the X, the last letter, but also the coolest letter. I think it is very cool because of the color we chose, along with the 3D effects.
And here is where it got complicated... The Art 4 class thought it said "Art of Sex", so we had to redo the P.
Here is it after we made some "Trailer Tan" colored paint. It looks a lot better, but Chris still did not like the P.
Here is the final product. From this picture, we outlined the other A, made "of" solid black, wrote Cougars in cursive on the Apex A, and changed the P.
The reason I chose to do a shirt was only because of the design, I did not realize how hard copying a picture would be. I had to use the Pixlr website to make it black and white, and then choose which to not include. The design that made me make a shirt was a Ford Raptor truck.
This is a very good picture of the truck. It is lifted several inches, and also has very big tires. It has a very wide stance, and looks cool. My shirt design did not transfer the way I wanted it to. It was partially due to the picture and all the body lines everywhere. The other reason was the black and white difference. I planned my work by researching different pictures of this same truck. I then got a black shirt, traced the picture on the screen, prepared the screen, then printed with white ink. Afterwards, I was disappointed. I learned to always make sure the design is fairly simple, like words, or solid pictures.
Here is the final product:
1. What are some examples of how you learned to plan for making artwork? How did planning help you?
Planning helped me a lot. I first learned about the basics of painting which are color mixing, and brush technique. Afterwards, I experimented with different silhouettes of deserts. I at first failed, and kept getting better. Here are the steps...
The first thing I learned is to use two different brushes. My black and orange mixed and the sky looks bad now.
At this one, the sky looks pretty good, but the cactuses are not straight. I added "Arizona" too.
In this one, I added a sun, a bird, and different color sky. This one is sloppy, as it is a draft, but it is coming along.
I tried to make the sky look blue and orange, but it did not turn over well. The cactuses look pretty good here. I felt like I was ready for my final.
I like my final product, but I wish the writing was more even, and thinner. I like the sky color.
2. What new skills did you learn or develop as part of this unit?
I learned to plan no matter what. No matter how much you want to get started on canvas, you have to plan. I came up with some very good ideas, and also had some great tips, from planning. I also learned brush techniques, and layering. You sometimes have to use multiple layers and multiple colors for it to look right. I also learned how to mix colors properly.
3. What media from Unit 1 were you most successful with? Why?
The type of art I was so successful at was mainly drawing. I enjoyed painting more, but I was better at drawing more. Painting is more fun because of all of the materials and colors involved, but drawing is more linear.
I love the look of these paintings, along with the value, and detail.
Overall, I had a good time in this unit, and was happy that it was different than the first few weeks last semester.
I enjoy photography. I mainly like to take pictures of everyday life, and nature. This has to do with my everyday life because every night I put my glasses on my nightstand and go to sleep. I like taking abstract pictures as well.
We were told to look around the room for objects, place them together, and take a picture. After that, we drew the objects. First, we were to draw the outline and the three dimensional shape. Next, we were directed to shade the remaining parts white, as this would create a background for our artwork. I think this looks very cool. With all the shapes being black, the edges being white, and the background being white, it creates a space around it. The edges were heavily shaded, but the background was shaded very lightly.