Friday, January 23, 2015

Final Thoughts


          There were many highlights of this class. I loved doing the charcoal drawings and I learned a lot from doing them. I learned how to accurately draw facial features and shadows and highlights. I love drawing with charcoal because I like how it's easy  to fill in the color so it's easier to focus on the shapes and proportions of the subject of the drawing. Another highlight of this class were the people in it. I always have a fun time with them and they always made me laugh. I look forward to coming into class in the mornings because I always start off the day with a smile on my face. Lastly I also really liked doing the watercolor paintings. I never thought or realized how many creative ways there was to make a watercolor more diverse, have more texture. Another reason why I liked it is because when I was little I used to do watercolor paintings all the time with my dad, so this brought back many good memories.

Work of art that I am most proud of


           I am most proud of my charcoal self-portrait. I like it because I had fun drawing it and I learned a lot in the process. I learned how to make facial proportions more accurate to each other and to the subject of the picture. I also learned how to make the features more realistic and life-like. I also learned how to use tints and shadows to make the drawing more realistic. I really enjoyed drawing this as well. I love working with charcoal so this was a very fun project for me. 

Water Techniques & Book


• To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques 
•To understand and demonstrate many different watercolor concepts to create your own book

              I learned several several very important concepts from practicing the techniques and completing the watercolor book. Firstly I learned how layers are very important. While painting, building up layers is a very important part of making a product that has depth and and varying strength of shades. Another thing that I learned is how you can use many different objects, tools, and techniques in watercolor to give you a wide range of textures and affects. Before this unit I would never have thought to use plastic saran wrap in a watercolor painting to make a different affect in the paint. Lastly I learned that patients is very important aspect of watercolor. After painting something, one must wait for it to dry before continuing on with the painting which is a very important aspect aside from technique.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Perspective Drawing: One Point and Atmospherical


To review the perspective strategies that you learned;

To make connections between what you learned and demonstrating your understanding by creating a drawing using one of the perspective strategies.

Artist Studied:

  • Leonardo da Vinci

I learned several things while doing this drawing. Firstly I learned how to make things more proportionate to each other. For example how much smaller things in the background would be compared to objects in the foreground. Another thing I learned was how things in the background will not be as clear and the coloring will become a more blue tint. Lastly I learned how to draw a picture with a one point perspective. I am now able to set up a picture to be mathematically correct.

There are a few strengths to my drawing. Firstly, the atmospheric perspective was done well. One can observe that the building in the background is much lighter in color than the stuff in the foreground. Secondly, how all the straight orthogonal lines meet at the center makes it clear how the picture is a one point perspective drawing. Lastly, the graffiti on the walls of the alley were very hard to draw because of the details, but I think it is well done. There are some areas that could use some improvement, however overall it was done well.
There are also some areas in the picture that could use some improvement. First of all, the coloring could have been done a little more carefully. In some spots the edges are not very clear and could be made more defined. Secondly, the texture of the bricks could have been done a little better to make it more clear as to what they were. There are lines to suggest them however, it could have had a little more detail. Last of all, some of all the colors were hard to match, so that could have been done more efficiently.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Watercolor History


To become familiar with the history of watercolor;
To become familiar with the various watercolor artists throughout time;
To make connections between watercolor purposes and techniques from long ago to it's uses today.

The first record of a watercolor painting dates back to prehistoric times. These were pigment, water-based cave paintings. The subjects were usually wild animals like bison, deer, and horses. The pigments that were used were yellow, red, and charcoal. These paintings were found in Lascaux and Altamira.

One of the first to be considered a watercolor master was Albrecht Durer. He was a German artist who was often considered the father of watercolor painting. He mastered the art form and developed sophisticated techniques. Throughout his life Durer painted many nature based pieces, some more vague and some which were very detailed. Few artist, however, followed in his footsteps. After Albrecht Durer’s death, the attraction of watercolor dwindled.
‘Wing of a Roller’ 1512

Anthony Van Dyck was a watercolor painter was a talented landscape painter.
‘An English Landscape’ circa 1635

Claude Lorraine painted many large landscapes that were commissioned by the the church and clergy.
‘Landscape with Trees and Tower’ 1640-50

Watercolor rose to popularity again in the 1700s. This was spread partly because the portability of it made it very easy for travelers use in their travels. Women also took it up, making black and white prints that became very popularity. This became a very popular hobby and a piece of education in upper class women. Even Queen Victoria took lessons from masters and was very proud of her personal paintings. Because of her influence, the interest spread very quickly.

Watercolor regained its popularity in the 1970’s and 80’s. This happened because of the rival interest of academics and art collectors. Because of popular exhibitions, people realized how diverse watercolor was and how it could be used to portray many kinds of subjects. There are various types of watercolors that are used. Today environmentally friendly watercolors are very popular. New technology has also made it possible to make paint that is fade resistant. These along with other watercolor paints were developed.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Final Still-Life Painting


  • To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies);
  • To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.

Artists Studied:
  • Chardin 
  • C├ęzanne 
  • Cubism 

In my still-life studies blog post I stated that I wanted to include shadows and light, to build up my colors, and to have an aspect of realism. I think that I incorporated shadows and highlights well. They’re fairly mellow shadows and highlights but are a definite, strong aspect. The whole painting is layers of colors that build to the final product. The build up of layers and colors contribute and enhance the realism in the painting which brings it together.

I learned several important things during this unit. Firstly I learned the importance of layers and how much more depth you can get in a painting by adding more layers. I think that my ability for painting with acrylics and capturing the likeness of something with paints has increased. Lastly I think that I have become better at incorporating shadows and highlights. It’s not always easy to push the intensity of a shade or a tint for fear of ruining the painting but I think I have learned to trust myself more to not mess it up.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Perspective Strategies

To demonstrate and understand, learn & create, various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface;
To review and interpret some of the work created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Linear perspective is the organization of shapes in space by using lines and mathematical calculations.
There are a couple ways to show depth perspective which include using the size, details, and values of the colors.
Atmospherical or aerial perspective is when you look into the distance and colors and shapes seem not as clear and more hazy while when they are close up the shapes are more defined and the colors clearer. Leonardo da Vinci speculated that when looking at distant mountains compared to close ones seemed to begin to blend into the surrounding atmosphere.
The perspective of a circle is called an ellipse. The drawing is controlled by a rectangular perspective.

Horizon Line - the line across the paper that is at eye level.
Vanishing point - the point at which the lines of perspective meet.
Orthogonal Lines - these lines meet at the vanishing point at eye level and are set at varying heights or widths of a rectangular plane as it diminishes.
Transversal Lines - they are parallel to the picture plane and to one another, establish a height or width between the orthogonal lines.
One point perspective - where there is only one vanishing point.

Two point perspective - where there are two vanishing points.