At the beginning of the year I was terribly nervous to be in AP Art since I was worried I didn't have the technical skills to be in the class. When the first couple projects started I felt a little disheartened because they never turned out exactly as I hoped they would be. I seemed to be missing some key elements in most of them and I really hoped to master them. As our projects became more independent I found myself leaning toward a very complex and unique style using colors and dark outlines, which I was afraid to explore at first, but with some persisting from my teacher I was able to work with it really well. Before this class I'd always had a love for coloring in an ornate way, but was too afraid of turning them into productive art pieces. For my concentration it actually became an important element, as my concentration helped display music and emotion through colors and lines. I amazingly had no trouble whatsoever getting started on my colorful pieces and they seemed to flow right out of me naturally. Because of this I learned how to create technically structured pieces in order to compliment my extravagantly emotional pieces trying to make them more structurally sound. This meant that I my expressive colors led me to master my techniques for which I am grateful. I feel I did a lot a of self teaching mixed with some deep practice during the concentration portion of the class, since my style couldn't exactly be taught but it could be improved with line techniques and placement as well as composition and color placement. I feel my strengths lie in those factors now. Along with these new skills I learned to appreciate my art even when I wasn't supported aside from art class, and helped me grow in confidence. I also appreciated how I was able to make many friends who could critique well and had wonderful things to point out. Overall it was truly my favorite class and I will miss every second of it.
For this next project I decided to continue with pain but try a completely new angle. I laid on the floor and snapped pictures upward facing my friend Katie. I wanted to add some structure to my usual use lines and coloring so I made the outfit and body similar color pallets. I also painted geometric shapes on the pants to help unify the form of this piece. I really like the colors and texture of the painting because it gives you a typeof feeling you cant get looking at a normal photograph. I hope to continue improving on my painting skills and branching out into other types of mediums.
For this next piece I realized I hadn't done a piece based on sadness and agony and felt I needed to express such a powerful emotion in my style.
I printed out multiple copies of the above picture and colored on them until I found a palette I really enjoyed. I felt like the colors needed to be deep and dark to portray the emotion well and the face needed to be colorful and full of sadness. I really like the colors in the tears and the dark blue strokes that emphasize her eyes and creases of her face. I wanted people to see this picture and remember a time they felt such a deep and raw emotion, because although it's sad and painful it's just as real as any other emotion out there.
If I could redo this I'd probably spend more time on the face and touch it up (for the _7th_ time) making sure all the proportions were accurate because I feel like to convey the right emotion they need to be spot on. I'm extremely proud of this piece and going to be showing it at the Hale Art Show~
So it began with a simple lollygagged photo...
Which I drew on with bright unrealistic colors, my favorite
And converted to a painting. I placed the blue and yellow first wanting some defined shape to begin my piece.
Then I added some more.... yep, color! I really wanted to get the depth correct with my colors because I loved this angle.
Next I added in hair and gave it a rainbow hue with very wide palette.
And finally I decided some ink and a background was in order. I really liked the purple because it made everything stand out. I'm proud of the color choices on this piece especially the hair, but If I could redo it I'd make the angle of the face exactly how I took it in the picture because that angle is much more interesting and I hadn't noticed I had gone off of it slightly :<
For this project I wanted a really unique and interesting composition in this piece to add more of a scenery and helps convey more of a mood with objects. I also wanted to be able to be able to insert more colors into the background to give it a less boring feel, while exposing myself to more structured lines and shapes, rather than my usual free flowing objects.
I started out with my base colors for my piece in where I believed the proportions started and ended and tried to blend colors enough to be interesting, but not enough to completely ruin the atmosphere. I began with a loose painting of the face just to get where the features are, but not finishing it completely.
I wanted to give definite lines and details for this so I used black India ink to outline some of the darkest features. This made it pop out and help accentuate the colors more by contrasting with the palette I laid out.
After I finished inking the piece where I wanted to add some more depth I began to fix the facial features and add more color to it. I really feel the slightly bent and curved likes in the picture give the room a less geometric feel and the palette I frequently use was placed perfectly. I tried something new with putting India Ink on top of the paint and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I was able to darken the picture without taking away the best aspects. I'm overjoyed with how this painting turned out and I feel like I've grown a lot as an artist, being able to put soo much feeling and care into a piece like this one.
For this piece I took a photo of a classmate and redrew it in marker and pen, using a very different selection of colors and trying to add as much detail while keeping it colorful and spirited. I like to add colors that I feel reflect the mood of the picture fairly well because I feel colors are a great help in creating a certain feel.
After my quick sketch was completed I decided to take it to the canvas, but I wanted to make sure every color was present and represented, so I began my work in layers. I like to use swift, hard, strategic lines when I paint instead of precise angles and shapes. It makes my art feel more relaxed and less structured than most. The layer below were the colors I found to be most prominent in the photo and the rest I believed were shading and highlights. This helped me create a base of color and help visual my final piece.
At this point I added some dark blue to give more depth to my piece and creating more contrast to this painting. I like this color pallet a lot and find myself using more than I intend because of how well everything seems to fit together. For the highlights in this piece I used whiter brighter versions of the colors I used to darken it up so that they just looked brighter and not completely different. After I finished that I thought the background would need something less structured so I drew scribbles with very watered down paint and continued it throughout to give a more airy light feel while still giving it some color.
I took great care in adding as much detail into the features as possible because the most emotion is displayed through the facial features and body language. I also wanted to accurately represent my friends as I saw them to help me better myself as an artist.
Overall I think this project has been extremely successful. It shows the beginning of my breakout of regular constricted colors and helped me focus on my strategic line placement and color choices. I intend to continue feeling and representing emotion in my future pieces in just as interesting a way as this one.
For this project I wanted to learn how to create a masterpiece of art with only the ability to use pen on a piece of paper. I began my artistic journey by creating a small detailed sketch on a piece of paper of my classmate who was silent drawing at the time. I needed to spend some time working on my drawing technique before I put it only a sizable sheet of paper as my final. I played around with a multitude of techniques to start off and found out ones I really enjoyed and were able to successfully incorporate into my final. For the final I cut a piece of thicker paper, one that could be full of ink and withstand the weight, and sketched out the composition delicately in pencil. When I found that I had made all the proportions correctly I decided to outline the lines in pen as lightly as possible and began to shade the first layer of pen. Each layer I did was the same strength on top of the other with precise lines and placement. Eventually after added a thin layer of black every time I wanted to darken up an area I was able to get the darkest parts of my piece with deep shadows and a wide range of contrast. I'm overall extremely happy with this piece because not only was I able to improve a skill I needed time to work on, I was able to use one of my favorite mediums. I seem to like bold marks more than I admit and I'm hopeful that even though the style is not as colorful as most of my elaborate pieces I will be able to make it my own.
For this next art piece I did I decided on using a lot of color because I adore color. For me color adds a lot of meaning and sentiments to a piece of art and I really like being able to capture an atmosphere with it. I had done many art pieces with genuine facial expressions, but they didn't have as much raw emotion as I wanted to convey. I asked my classmate Rachel to rest her head down on the table so I could quickly sketch her out. I hate photographs so I drew her by observation and tried to duplicate the expression on her face and the way she rested. To finish off my mini sketch I colored it in my favorite medium, markers. I like these markers because although the colors are bold and crisp they're soft and genuine. I used a palette of red, orange, pink and yellow because those colors seem to get a wide range while maintaining their beauty. As I got closer to finishing my piece I realized I wanted the background to be a completely different mood from the foreground. I decided to come up with a slightly altered color palette, one that complimented it but made the focal piece stand out immensely. I then got another idea thinking maybe a different medium would also
The idea for this piece came to me when I was talking to a friend in a Skype call and we were sharing songs with each other. I suddenly felt the need to draw him and the expression he showed while listening to his favorite music. So the first thing I did as take a snapshot of the screen and crop it until I was happy then I drew the outline of everything and decided which features in his face needed to be emphasized with lines. I kept those features lined and used those lines as a reference for color.
I used my favorite tools like the ink pen to get the small details and then marker and water to blend in the colors on his face. I didn't want to to make the hair so realistic that it took away the simplicity of the drawing, but I wanted to give it enough depth that the depth the face has wan't wasted and made the face the main focus.
My biggest problem for this was deciding on a color for the clothes, and trying to determine the opacity for the drawing because if the dark shirt was pure black it would throw off the smooth colors of the face. so I played with that for a while making sure to add sketchy lines of light to emphasize the places where light was hitting him. I'm overall happy with the way this turned out, I can see my lines are sketchy and seem somewhat incomplete, but I think that's what gives this drawing such a homey feeling. The colors and expression are soft as well as the lines used to draw them, and I'm happy I was able to break out my tablet again for some art.