Sunday, June 8, 2014

Parallel Final

1. Artists Create Original Art:
This parallel assignment had me really thinking about the possible ideas that could be imagined. With a little help from my classmate, I was able to fabricate an idea that demonstrated my artistic ability to create a piece of art from my imagination. I came up with sketches and theories for this to be a great project. Although the outcome was different, I originally wanted this to look like a 1960's comic because this event took place then and comic book were a big back then.

2. Artists Take Risks:
Mr. Sands was really urging me to try new things, which led to him persuading me to do prints. Because prints are so difficult to make, I knew there was no way that I could make it look like a comic anymore. Another reason being that I had not done prints this size ever before, nor with this material. Although the risk was high, I still took it, the school year was over and I thought it might be a cool thing to do. In the end things worked out exactly how I thought.

3. Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
Throughout the past week I learned more than I though about making this print. The logic behind this really blew my mind, but made sense. I now know how to layer the colors how I want, and could probably do this print again in the future, but I could manipulate the outcome to look like something else too. This really was a great experience for me, and I feel better knowing that I have one more thing that I know how to do in art.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Scratch board

1. Artists Communicate through their work:
This scratch board project really gave me a chance to express my feelings, while also showing movements and detail. It is probably hard to tell from the picture, but these planes are flying above the earth in an atmosphere they would not normally fly in due to the air pressure and amount of oxygen. Anyways, that wasn't the point, I was trying to demonstrate the need to be free with your life in a sense that sometimes things will bring you down, but you still have literally the whole world to look around for new opportunities.

2. Artists Reflect:
During my time on this piece, I often thought to myself about what I was planning on doing to give this a twisted, interesting outcome and still manage my time. Well the background I was first going to us was a sophisticated sunset that would have taken a long tie to complete, and probably take away from the focus of the planes. This gave me an idea of having a cool, not as detailed, but still good background. I thought it might be cool to have the planes flying above the sky and the clouds to a higher part of the earth where the sun was rising. This idea stuck with me ever since, and is what I used to finalize this piece.

3. Artists develop Art Making Skills:
Although I have some experience with scratch boards, I have never really created something on my own with something this big. When I was little, I had small scratch boards that showed a light picture of where I would carve in to. That way it acted sort of like a trace type thing to help me, but now it's different. I have to understand where all the highlights go, where shadows are so I can leave them black, and to be sure I add in extensive detail. Some of the minor details that the naked eye wouldn't see at first actually make a big difference upon closer examination. This way the viewer has 2 ways to look at the art instead of 1.

Figure Drawing (Full size)

1. Artists Collaborate:
This figure drawing involved a lot of effort from me and my partner. This was an assignment that required a classmate in order for me to draw him and vice-versa. My partner, Noah, was working with me on this project. We talked with each other and came up with many ideas after drawing our other figure drawings. Since we had to be more expressive than usual, our poses had to be more "abstract" than we might normally do. This way it will teach us new techniques for drawings, as well as creating a very interesting piece of art that shows a different way of using line to demonstrate figures.

2. Artists Solve Problems:
This figure drawing project had to be completed in either dark pencil, or charcoal. Being that charcoal is the best option because it is the most visible, and a better way to express values. What really troubled me was perfecting the proportions on such a large scale. It had to be "Life sized" but not actual size so there was still a margin for error. The way I fixed this problem was to follow a technique where the body is 8 heads high, etc. Even though the body was in a particularly awkward position, I still managed to get the proportions.

3. Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
During the entirety of this project, I effectively learned how to use shading and value for clothes in the areas of charcoal. Although charcoal can me easy to create mistakes and turn things black, you can control the amount by assessing: where the light is coming from, and how the folds of the fabric will influence the flow of the piece. Through some of the earlier exercises we did in the past, like the "Cloth hanging over a table" sketch where we captured the lighting and shaded folds.

P.S- Ms. Rossi, for some reason the pictures I took were fine, but when I uploaded them they got distorted to a lower resolution. I hope you can excuse this, there is nothing I can do about it right now.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Parallel Idea

Artists Take Risks:
-Even though I am somewhat accustomed to the iPad, I am still learning the tricks to making quality digital art. This project will further help me understand the use of different functions. Especially since I am tuning this into something that will look like  really old comic book picture.

Artists Communicate Through Their Work:
-This piece of artwork will represent the hasty tensions between the United States and Russia during the Space Race in the '60's. The metaphor is to be that it looks like a comic and that they are threatening each other with Ray/Space guns.

Artists Reflect:
-While in the middle of planning and sketching out my ideas I realized that instead of having real guns and making look realistic, I should give the picture a classic "Comic book" look and add in some fictional things that were in the 1960's. This reflection really helped because it gives this whole picture another meaning now.

Complete Perspective Chalk Mural
Artists Collaborate:
-During this extensive project, many classmates were put into groups to make masterpieces of chalk art in a perspective manner. In order to come up with interesting ideas, we had to discuss amongst each other about what topics would work best that we could all contribute to. In this case our group chose "The Chronicles of Narnia." This  way it would not be too complicated for members to illustrate different parts of the wall.

Artists Solve Problems:
-As a group, often times there can be...difficulties. These can be fixed with simplifying the problem and/or concluding a strategy to work together. For our project the most common problem was trying to figure who was better at drawing certain parts of the picture. Once we decided whom each person would be, he/she did their job and then we all added some details in the end.

Artists Create Original Art:
-When we each put in our skill for completing this project, we all had our own ways of doing it as we have accustomed to in the past. For example, I used my skill for creating the background because I have an eye for detail. Kim used her artistic skills to create the animals/creatures seen throughout this piece because she is used to drawing them. So each and every group member contributed in their own special way to make this perspective piece really 'Pop' out.

Detailed Gesture

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finished Portrait

Artists Communicate through their Work:
Using the style that I had while making this piece really speaks to the viewer. When you see the terminator, you wouldn't think of him as being happy and generic. I also picked this due to the nature of the project as being "Expressionist." Also these expressions are all the more reason for me to learn how to draw it better in the future.

Artists Reflect:
This project was really hard to decide and coordinate how everything would work out. Everyone in our class thought that with expressive portraits that include twisted art always have to incorporate "Zombies." I thought about doing that, but other people were doing it too so I thought I might spice it up a little by using a half-cyborg face.

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
As I was working through the details of the face in this project I realized that I could add in some blood and some other special features. Features including rips in the skin, tears in the clothes, and burns along the afflicted area. It took a lot of time and effort to try and perfect these techniques. Although this is my first time, I feel I can improve later on.

Gesture Drawings

Artists Collaborate: 
Gesture drawings require a partner in order to actually draw it from life. As our drawing sessions went on, we each thought of new expressive ways for each other to pose as. This way we could deepen our thought-process of how these figures are converted from life to paper.  

Artists Solve Problems:
These drawings should be completed within a couple minutes and a major problem that strikes many is proportions. Even though gestures can seem extremely simple, there is much to think about when drawing the curvature of the body. This can be solved by starting off with easier gestures, and slowly movig up to more difficult ones.

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
Every artist has there own special way of drawing, especially when it comes to something like this. I thought my gesture drawings were pretty good, until I saw some of the ones that other people had drawn. They were unbelievable! But then I had come to realize that some of these people had been working with figures for many years, and me only just for a little while.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Digital Figure Drawing [iPad]

The digital gesture drawings is very different from drawing with pencil and pen. There is more realism that can be added, and mistakes are easy to fix. This really helped me draw the gestures better because the tools on the iPads are more unique than an actual pen.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Self Portrait #1

For this new project we are practicing how to catch the scales of the figures. In order to boost us up a bit, our teacher gave a skull and some tracer-paper. We were supposed to align all the facial features correctly and draw like it was your own skull. I didn't like it very much do to the fact that it used little "Still life drawing" meaning that looked at a mirror for a little bit, but it was mostly paper. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Skeleton Sketch

This skeleton is one of my first basic figure drawings that will aid in my understanding of the human body and the way it moves. Use this as a "Base" will surely help me determine the correct ways for drawing the body in unique types of positions.

Art Three Perspective Project

The Chronicles of Narnia:

Our group: Me, Jordan, Taylor, Kim, Noel, and Chase; will recreate a scene from the movie "Narnia." This will preferably be a basic 1 perspective background as if you were looking into the wardrobe.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Completed Marble Project

Artists Take Risks:
This project was te first time I ever used prisma colored pencils, and I liked them. Prisma pencils provide more advantages when it comes to highlights and coloring when compared to regular colored pencils. The hardest part of this project was perfecting the highlights and correcting the shading on the pastel-paper.

Artists Solve Problems:
As I was working through this piece, I went through some drastic changes. One of which was changing the background entirely to a different subject. I think this change made the artwork look better than if it were a blank background with only a few colors. I also had trouble trying to get good highlights on the marbles during my practice drawing, but found that if I combine the colors together, it works.

Artists Reflect:
During this project, I had to take breaks to figure out what to do next. Of course the most important element of this project was demonstrating translucent abilities in the marbles. Anyways, when I was reflecting I decided I had to spruce up the colors and brights to bring the viewer's eye across the page. In order to do this I combined complementary colors with one-another. I also added more white to the highlights and brighter areas.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Time Animation

Artists Take Risks:
This "Time" project was EXTREMELY difficult to come up with an idea. The whole point of this was to express time as an element, and not as a picture or clock. After a good two weeks of thinking and thinking, with many ideas being shot down, I decided to go with my first idea of making a "Flip-book/Animation." I needed to come up with some idea, so I went with a machine that, over time, breaks down and needs fixing. I took a risk here because I was the only person who did this type of art piece while everyone else made something totally different.

Artists Collaborate:
I spent a lot of time talking with my teacher and my classmates trying to think of a good idea. While still stumped, I felt that I was never going to think of one because this project was hard to comprehend. Eventually some of the students came up with base ideas that gave other kids hope for creating something. I spoke to my teacher again, and asked about doing a flip-book, and also involving TIME. He said to try doing gears and other things of that nature, so I came up with this machine.

Artists Communicate Through Their Work:
Nothing lasts forever. Things will break over time, whether it be a car, a clock, or even a computer. In a way, this message tells someone to live life while you can because the good moments don't last long. But at the same time can be fixed, so there's always hope no matter what. This artwork describes me because I like to fix things, and I am very good at it, also at the fact that I drew this so I am an artist as well.

Writing Rubric:
 This assignment really helped me think of new ways to view art. It taught me how I should extensively think out my ideas in order to find multiples ways to create the art. I am glad that I created this animation, though not the best, it still is much different from any of the other pieces in the class. Every artwork is special, and is designed to make the viewer feel different about themselves and/or how they look at reality. This piece demonstrates life (though it's a machine), life breaks down as we get older, which is why we all should be happy and enjoy every last bit of it while it is still there. Through this project I learned more about stop motion, which one thing I'm looking forward to doing in the future along with animating.

The Things We See Though (Project Progress)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Finished appropriation Project

Overall Analysis of Appropriation Project:
For this project I used acrylic paint, an old book, glue, and an X-Acto knife. This experience for a project was very new to me because it was my first book carving. I didn't feel very confident in finishing this project once I was knee-deep in, but I kept going and the outcome wasn't as bad as I thought. The really hard part of a book-carving is in the name, the carving took up most of my time and caused many problems. After carving, I glued the side pages together and then added my base coats of paint.

The purpose of this project was for me to try something new and test my skills against whatever odds lie ahead of me. At the same time though, to convey my idea of the four seasons of climate as a common additive to most of our foods. I definitely learned about how to carve a book, and the correct steps to proceeding in the technique. The most important step is to glue the pages accordingly so that the book sticks in the right way, the rest is up to the skill-level of the artist on how to paint.

When one thinks about the four seasons, the conclusion of them being food items may not pop into the brain so I brought that idea to life. The four seasons are: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. So to demonstrate a relationship between that and "Seasonings," I came up with some interesting thoughts. Sugar, in some cases reminds me of cold and snow; hense it be used for Winter. Spring is often known for it's flowers and green grass, so I came up with the idea of turning it into colored sprinkles. Summer reminds me of cooking burgers and going to the beach so I came up with garlic salt due to the fact that it not only looks like sand, but is ALSO used to cook burgers. Last but not least, Autumn, this time of the year is full of bright red-orange and brown leaves. This reminds me of types of dried pepper used in spices, so I made it look like pepper flakes as the leaves.

Although this project was was hard, it taught me more about the art of craftsmanship and I am very glad I tested my skills.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Iteresting Perspective Project

Artists Take Risks:

This was my first project where I really elaborated on the use of colored pencils. I also used a particular perspective that might find other artists stumped. The purpose was for me to test my skills with using gradients in both regular drawing pencils and colored. The color used in this picture was meant to stand out due to the fact that it is the only color in the picture and that it everything else is gray. 

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:

In order to create such a piece as this, I had to explore the different types of perspectives that involve specific detail in order to give the viewer a different feeling. The technique for this perspective was to involve a sort of bending in the work, like as if you were looking through a key-hole or a glass. In a way, this is a 4 point perspective piece because of the vanishing points.

Artists Create Original Art:

Before we even started brainstorming about this project, I remembered a time when I would always play with Hot Wheels and see how they would look. The different points of view that was given when looking down at the ground as if you were an ant. This sparked an idea of having a scene where cars pass by and you see them as if you were literally sitting in the middle of the road.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Appropriation Progress


 Creating Original Art:

 During class brainstorm activities, we discussed different ideas for our new project on "Appropriation," and we all wrote down 20+ ideas that could benefit our progress. During my pondering I came up with the idea of "The Four Seasons," which means that the seasons of the year (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) would be incorporated into the seasons of food. This can include things from Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Sprinkles, etc. I thought this idea was interesting because it gives the viewer a different perspective on things.

Artists develop art making skills:

In order to create style in this piece, I decided to make it out of an old book so I can carve the 'Seasons' into the pages. Then  will paint them and it will be like a book of seasons for someone to read through.

Artists take risks:

I feel very uncomfortable trying this piece because I have never done a book carving. I am quite anxious as to the outcome of the final product. Although I am worried, I am also confident in my abilities to succeed in the making of this project so I will gain some experience in another field of art.