Throughout my high school career I never considered pursuing art professionally, although many people insisted I should or that it was a waste of my talent, but I always knew that I wanted to, at the least, minor in art in college. Knowing this, I chose to take art my senior year. Although the lesson plans (I felt) were slightly too cliche or easy, I did take the courses as a way to, if anything, exercise my abilities. Some were challenging (or took a lot longer than I was used to) simply for the fact that were not things that I was used to drawing and some were in color. I'm not particularly fond of using color, it's never been my strong suit, but I am fond of expanding my abilities and learned a few things from working with colored pencils.
This year I have created my most treasured works and sketches. I know that this is partially due to the years I have spent at SLA, surrounded by encouraging, interesting, inspiring, and creative people. I also know that I would not be as confident as I am in my art if it were not for Ms.Hull and her personal encouragement and advice throughout the years. She has always pushed me to not to only do my best but to exceed my own expectations. She has given me the courage, confidence, and skill that has brought me to the place that I now am with my art and I appreciate that beyond belief.
Hull, Thanks for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking, opening my mind, and helping me to unlock my talent. It means the world to me.
Below is a slideshow containing the pictures I have done since my freshman year (at least the ones I'm truly proud of). I created an album on my Facebook dedicated to the things that I have drawn (not all of the pictures are professionally/correctly taken, forgive me). These are in order from oldest to newest and the last one being the most recent painting as well as my most recent favorite.
During Q3 my main focus was drawlings of the anatomy. I found drawling on drawspace.com of different body parts and thought it would be an interesting perspective to get the an inside look of the function of the human body. Many of my sketches show a dynamic aspect of details shadings and other artistic features to add on to my sketches. I set out to produce art about one subject so I can focus on one theme and work on one skill that I would like to improve. I'm never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. Q3 like many seniors experience, I was packed with other obligations that came with the over powering work load of senior year making it difficult to put my full potential into producing more sketches that I would of enjoyed to make. Some of my other subject matter was about detailed human body parts and a comment on human body. And since I've always been a fan of the Anatomy - a new strand of work seemed to link together to give me a great theme for this Q3
Q4 my focus is to produce and come up with a different theme to explain a certain piece of work - I want to produce art that can speak for itself and give a great message to its viewer. I want to end senior year by putting together all the skills I developed over the 4 years of having art and produce a great end of the year art piece.
This quarter we were given the assignment to learn and draw from an online art course. In the beginning I wasn't too excited to do this because I felt like I wouldn't learn anything from the lessons, however, I learned small tips and techniques from doing each drawing. I definitely pushed my abilities by doing the pictures that were done in colored pencil. I'm the type of person that enjoys expanding my abilities across a multitude of different mediums, this assignment allowed me to do that. I have a hard time shading a picture without precise detail and I feel like the cross shading and the scribble technique that was used in a few of the lessons helped me loosen up with my attention to detail. Admittedly, the objects weren't exactly things that I would've personally chosen to draw and add to my portfolio but looking over all of the ones that I have done I find myself admiring the technique that I used more than the actual picture.If I was to do something like this over again I would probably force myself to step out of my comfort zone even more and do more pictures in color.