Drawing Final Portfolio

1. My most successful project would have to be my transparency project. The ideas I had to come up with leading to this design were very extensive. Usually it takes a couple days for me to come up a good idea for a project. There were many things that could capture the expressive outlook of the transparency for any object, but I chose marbles because they have a special look that draws the eye upon closer examination. Such things can include an upside down reflection/view of what is around the marble. The materials I used, Prisma colored pencils, along with the technique I used were definitely beneficial in helping me complete this project successfully. My technique was to keep the reflections in the marbles while also mixing and bending colors to keep the marbles spherical. Being that this was my first Prisma pencil drawing, I thought that it went really well.

2. My least successful project in Drawing class would probably have to be the "Look at the View" project. This was our first project, and I struggled to think of the best way to get the look of it. Although my range of colored and gray scale were really detailed, I still think that I did not quite capture what was in my mind at the time. The whole point of this project was to display an interesting perspective, and I thought I would try something new that someone might not normally do. This was going to be a 4-point perspective, meaning it will have a mis-shapen outcome, similar to that of looking through a lass bottle. I would have spent more time working on the way the two cars were shaped because they do not fit in as well as the background in terms of "Bended perspective."

3. My two art pieces that show growth for me as an artist include my practice self portrait, and some my new figure drawings. Lets start with my portrait. I have done some self portraits in the past (4 including this one) that did not exactly resemble me. I think this portrait that I drew as practice actually turned out better than the final. Capturing someone look is everything, but it's even more crucial if that someone is yourself. We did some lessons and activities talking about why the eye is the most important, and to add shading in the right spots. Now on to my figure drawings. These are very simple and quick sketches that someone does to capture the look of a character and/or model. My growth from this type of drawing would be that the shape of the figure would contribute to my strengths in making real drawings involving figures. These are basically "Skeletons" that develop the frame for  the figure itself so that way it is easier to draw.

4. Two of my favorite and most beneficial activities in this class were the Prisma colored still-lifes, and the contour line drawings. The prisma color activities prepared me for when I need to add highlights in times where there is not sufficient lighting and I have to create my own. This was a great lesson for preparing me for my transparency project where I worked with lots of prisma colors and "Artificial lighting." The other activity, contour line drawing, prepared me for creating lines and shape without having to plan or sketch. This lesson was my most favorite because it made everything so much easier to draw in one motion. The whole point was to draw the image without lifting the utensil, or lifting it as LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. That way the piece created would be less "messy" meaning that it was created in basically one line.

5. My favorite medium would have to be the Prisma colored pencils. Even though it is my first time working with them and they can be difficult to master in some situations, they still provide the necessary opportunities for me to express lots of value, highlights, and especially color into my pieces. These pencils are excellent for layering on top of each other to give the art piece the color that the viewer wants to see. Overall, I would say that the white pencil would be the best when it comes to prisma colors. This is an essential color needed to create highlights that make and define your artwork as a whole.

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