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.
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.