Piece #1: Ceiling Tile
This ceiling tile, a joint project with Isabel Medlock, was a product of multiple brainstorm sessions. We originally wanted to create a series of steps leading up to a door with the Arabic words “رحلة الألف ميل تبدأ بخطوة ” (a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step) emblazoned on the staircase and surrounded by decorative swirls. However, the design, upon reflection, was too complicated to be an effective ceiling tile so we isolated a swirl and, inspired by traditional Indian sari patterns, decided to do small decorations and a border around it for a simplistic yet detailed effect. We chose the icy colors to complement each other and give the piece a wintery feel (possibly to spite of the warm weather of early fall when it was created). To us, it symbolized a simple frigid yet inviting beauty often found in winter-themed items (snowmen, snowflakes, etc.). We placed it in the 3rd floor hallway by the stairs so that the light from the windows could catch the metallic paint.
Piece #2: Choose Your Own Drawing
As someone who isn’t used to doing a lot of drawing, I was kind of intimidated by this assignment. Inspired by Isabel’s choice of model (her cat), I decided to make some furry friends of my own. I started without a clear idea of why all of these animals (a cat, a panda, a frog, a penguin, and a turtle) would be together, but as I continued to add detail to them and the background, decided they were at a party. This piece tried to capture the sweeter, more childlike side of doodles and sketches. I made the characters simple and cute, while still going back and adding shading and detail so that they were clearly recognizable.
Piece #3: Jack-o-Lantern
This one, I have to say, was not an original idea. I knew I wanted to carve a pumpkin to make my jack-o-lantern, but I was stuck for inspiration. A quick Pinterest search and a couple clicks later, I found the perfect image. A pumpkin clock! I fell in love with the inventive, quirky idea, and decided that I could carve my own. Having carved (rudimentary) pumpkins in the past, it was not too difficult to get the seeds out and plan my cuts, but the numbers were a lot harder to carve than I thought. I wanted my piece to convey the scary “time is ticking” feeling that accompanies all holidays about the dead/risen, so instead of making the hands strike midnight, I opted to go for 11:30 PM: just enough time to grab candy and run back home to safety!
Piece #4: Self-PortraitThis assignment was by far the most daunting. I had drawn self-portraits in the past, but never any that attempted photorealism. I took a picture and tried my best to copy the lines and shading as I saw them, but the result is easily distinguishable as a sketch. The angle I chose I felt reflected my outfit and mood at the time- I was in all black with 3 benchmarks due. My smile became more like a sneer, and, the way the photo turned out, the black of my turtleneck meshed well with my hair to provide a cool contrast with my shocking (almost floating) head to give a rebellious tinge to the piece.
When I started these assignments, there was no real goal. I don’t think there actually is any huge symbolic meaning to them at all.
To be honest, most of what I did was pour myself into the art, my interests, my hobbies, my awkwardness, whatever.
And with being basically raised with the internet, and coming to SLA, I have discovered that there are a lot of people like me.
I want to be relatable to these people, and… reach out to them. Make them smile a tiny bit when they see my art. Make them laugh, and cringe in a sort of not sympathy that comes with understanding.
I want to laugh a bit with my friends about that one time I spent four hours painting a pony head and putting it on the ceiling, or the other time I just sat alone in health, and decided that drawing cats was a higher priority than doing actual project work.
I want to be comfortable with myself, which I’m not always, and art makes it fun and lighthearted sometimes.
This is what’s going on inside my head.
- WE watch a cartoon get bully online because he didn't fit in with the cool kid so the cool kid choose to go online and try to cyber bullying because he was home and they couldn't house just to make them self feel better.
- I feel that people only bully because they know that life won't be anything so why not do the same with someone else.
- Online i appear to be a person who unknow because i really don't speak social media.
- I think people see me as kid who don't speak that much or not that so much fun.
- The goal of internet troll is stop them and make friends.
- The positive is that they aren't beating them or physically hurt the person and the negative is that they still hurt the person without caring. Link to the Picture https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/5493678758
In the first slide the character 2D from the music group Gorillaz has been recreated on a ceiling tile. The character is mostly silhouette except a few pieces of him which are cartoonish. The hardest part of this piece was blending the different shades of blue to make a gradient effect.
The second slide is a drawing of a woman drawn in pencil with color starting from a focal point and spreading over her face. I based the woman's face off of a picture that I found online, then I added in splashes of color using colored pencils.
In the third piece I used construction and tissue paper to make origami pumpkins. To emphasize that the pumpkins were in fact meant to be pumpkins I cut out a pumpkin shape on the surface of the origami pumpkins. When making the bats I cut out their silhouettes using black construction paper and hung them up with string to make it look as if they were really flying.On the fourth slide is a self portrait. I made it very simple drawing very little detail. I wanted to get a very stripped down version of my face, devoid of details.
This first quarter of art has been good and has given me an outlet to express my creativity through art. Art class for me has been a time to work and relax unlike my other class which are more difficult and stressful. In art class I have learned some more history through assignments and have learned some new techniques. Through art class my painting skill have improved as well as my ability to draw.
In art class we had multiple assignments. We had complete a painted ceiling tile, a sketch, self portrait, charcoal drawing, jack lanterns, and a drawing of our choice. These assignments were fun to do unlike tackling all the school work and college preparation that comes along with senior year.
Out of all the assignments I did so far this year my favorites are the ceiling tiles. They’re my favorites because I had the freedom to put on the tiles whatever I wanted to . Therefore I got to paint my favorite two cartoon characters, Spongebob and Woody and have them displayed in a place where everyone in the art room can see.
Its another year of art and I wanted to continue what I did last year. I know it is the same exact course as last year but it will be a great opportunity to improve from last year. These were the projects I did for this first quarter….
Ceiling Tile: This was my favorite project. I really love to paint. I decided to go with an SLA type tile, by creating the main key about the school, which is the rocket. I love how the colors stand out in all of his paintings. I feel great on how it came out. I like the the kind of colors I used. My favorite part is the fire. It doesn’t look like an ordinary fire take off. I just wanted to be creative and take it my own way.
Drawing of anything I want to draw: As of last year I really wanted to continue my legacy of pencil drawings. It’s funny my girlfriend inspired me to do something with a heart in it. So I decided to do a heart and flower type mix. I enjoyed using different shades of pencil.
Jack-o-lantern: Its another pencil drawing because, like I said last year I like to make pencil drawings. The jack-o-lantern has an evil look. As you can see I decided to make different patterns on the jack-o-lantern because I wanted to be creative and have fun with, after all I am the artist.
Self Portrait: I was able to draw myself again. This year was totally different because one I had longer hair, and two I’m wearing a hat in the photo. Personally I like this portrait better because I think I look better with longer hair.
In conclusion I enjoyed redoing this course again because I know it will be a great year and a fun and relaxing time!