With a new quarter comes new challenges, and this quarter was full of new. The amount of mediums I consistently work with is typically limited to one, sketching. This quarter we went over many new mediums for me like wire sculptures, painting, and even mosaics. This variance was very effective in making me have to think of more creative ways to express the ideas I had for the project. The wire sculpture was probably the most difficult for me given my inability to understand how to accurately pose the figures. Other than that I feel all of the methods were done with very clean details and designs. Overall, I feel my work and understanding of these newer mediums were better understood after finishing this project.
My personal favorite part was the Coat of arms, it gave me a moment to look over family insignias. I knew my family had a Family Crest which I used as the basis for my design, it was open in design and had small details that made it look clean. I wanted to replicate that feeling for anyone who saw my coat of arms. Of course, I added my own details, I feel the stripes added a bit of character.
Throughout this quarter I experienced many different challenges. However, I learned new ways to draw and color sketches that I had never done. Being a color blind, I had trouble while coloring the printouts, so I decided to take a next step and tried turning drawings into colored sketches on softwares like Photoshop and CorelDraw. It took me some time to turn but I’m proud of myself that I overcame that problem. Furthermore, I learned how to make realistic things using basic shapes in the Basic Shapes assignment. I found it intriguing so I decided to make a cat out it. Overall, this quarter was pretty interesting and informative at the same time.
This quarter has been my favorite so far and I have enjoyed completing each assignment. I have learned a lot this quarter about the different components that go into making a realistic drawing such as value and basic shapes.
Adult coloring was very fun and relaxing. I had a lot of fun picking the colors I wanted to use. I tried to create variation in the shades. My favorite of the three was the coloring page with the sailboats. I enjoyed coloring in the water and the reflections in the water.
The self portrait was one of my favorite assignments of the quarter. Watercolor is my favorite medium so I enjoyed this project a lot. I didn’t try to make the portrait realistic. Instead I wanted the colors to all blend together and have a very simple face that was brightly colored. I used a lot of cool colors because I find those types of colors more visually appealing and soothing. I wanted my portrait to feel calm and serene.
The value assignment helped understand shadow and light a lot better. Before this assignment I hadn’t ever really thought about the shadows when I drew. This assignment helped me understand how important they are to creating lifelike and three dimensional drawings.
Basic shapes was probably the most educational and helpful of all the assignments this quarter. This assignment helped me understand shape and form better. Breaking up a complex form and turning it into simple shapes helped me understand perspective and complex shape a lot better. For this assignment I chose to draw a cat and I was better able to understand the biology and form of cats when I broke it up into the basic shapes.
Animal shapes was my favorite out of all of the assignments. I chose to draw a giraffe, which is my favorite animal. I tried to put a lot of detail in the giraffe’s spots and I am pretty pleased with the result. I didn’t add that much texture to the drawing and I didn’t add any color so if I redid it I would make sure to make the fur more visible and add color.
Throughout my works of art, I use multiple different shades to represent color and texture. When it came to my drawings, I did everything in steps and layers by shapes and flows. At the end of this quarter I was looking into basic shapes and shapes hidden in animals. I then used those shapes to draw those animals. For my self portrait I did everything in layers; from shapes to form, then to shades. Another method of layers I used was for my advanced coloring art piece. One of the famous paintings I recolored required a lot of uncommon colors. So I had to layer multiple shades of one color to form another.