Friday, January 13, 2017

Paint It Black

For the past three days, we were given the task of painting the colors in black without actually using black while mixing our colors. My goals in this piece was to have fun with the colors and go crazy with paint. I didn't worry too much about it looking realistic, but rather interesting. The most difficult challenge I had to face was mixing the right colors. Sometimes, I would think I found the right shade, but it would be tinted differently or darker than what I wanted, but I continued on and often, the mistake would actually improve something in my painting. I experienced the shift into artistic thinking when I began to see an array of different colors in every part of my composition. My drawing really works in the highlights of the shoe. I wanted it to look dramatic and almost shiny. I learned how to problem solve through this exercise (a lot might I add) and to embrace both the realistic and abstract aspects in my art. I really liked how Jessica painted things carefully and was aware of smaller details in her composition. If I had a do-over, I would try to make the shadows a little less dramatic and the crystal ball actually look like a crystal ball. I feel like the best thing about my work is the vast array of color.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Oil Pastelsss

For this project, we had to create a composition that included a reflective object and draw it using oil pastels. My goals for this work was to use strong and bold colors to create an interesting drawing and I accomplished this by creating coordinating colors. What surprised me about doing this drawing was the ease of blending and the layers of color I could create. The most difficult challenge I had to face was the reflective Christmas ornament and I met this challenge by suggesting the reflected images and by using an array of different colors and blending. I experienced the shift to artistic thinking when I began to see all of the different colors in every component of my composition. My drawing really works with the color palette I chose. I learned more about blending and mixing colors while doing this drawing that I intend to bring to future works. I really loved Lauren's drawing; she drew her objects in a way that leads your eye across the page. If I had a do-over, I would draw the yellow paper differently, but I am overall happy with my work.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


In this challenge, we had to post our interpretation of "leftovers."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Charcoal from Photo Drawing

This is an emotionalist drawing of me holding a vinyl record to conceal my face. I used charcoal and white chalk to contrast the darks and the lights in my piece. My goal for this drawing was to make the viewer feel something and create a dark tone. I really struggled with the hands in this picture.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Carry Out Charcoal Drawing

My goals and intentions for this work was to create dramatic shadows and an overall interesting composition. I accomplished this by placing my light source to the upper left of my set up to form a long shadow and by placing the chopsticks in a way to lead the viewer's eye into my drawing. While creating this drawing, the amount of trouble I encountered while drawing the chopsticks surprised me. That was definitely the biggest challenge I had to face. I met that challenge by using the edge of a paper to create straighter lines and by highlighting the areas where the chopsticks emerge from the shadow. I experienced the shift to right brain artistic thinking in the sense that I began to see the take out container as different shapes rather than one unified piece. My drawing really works in the areas where the box merges with the shadow. Something I learned while doing this piece that I can bring to future charcoal drawings is the importance of blending with an eraser. I found it a lot easier to create a consistent tone. I really loved Jessica's shadows in her drawing and how dramatic they were. If I had a do-over, I would attempt to find a way to make the chopsticks look textured and more realistic. I feel best about the shadow and the blending in my drawing.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

.jpg challenge #5 : Into the Night

In this challenge, we had to take pictures during the night and try to capture cool shadows and light effects.