Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Clay Tile

Finished Piece
In art, we made a clay piece by choosing three different objects (for our fore, middle, and background) and then drawing a sketch on paper of how we wanted our tile to look. When we first started, I was skeptical that my finished piece would turn out like my sketch, because it was really hard to manipulate the clay how you wanted it. However, I feel like my finished product highly resembles my sketch. I thought this project was surprisingly fun, even though at times it was a little tedious, especially doing the seashells. Carving each one and then painting them was a nightmare. I feel like the best part of this piece is the starfishes; I love their color and texture. The crab turned out okay, but I feel like the legs could have been done a little bit better. However, I am very pleased witht the outcome of this piece.

Acrylic Painting

Finished Product

In art, we painted paintings that had a foreground, middle-ground, and background. My foreground is the chairs, and I thought that they were slightly hard because they had so many thin lines. My middle-ground is the boat, which wasn't as hard to paint. I did both in pencil and then painted over it. I thought this was a very fun project because it was my first time painting on a canvas. I think overall it turned over well, but I think it looked better before I painted the chairs and boat - when it was just the beach and clouds. I feel like the clouds turned out really good; they are my favorite part of this piece. Overall, I feel like this was a very nice project and that my piece turned out better than I expected.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Game Drawings

Finished Product
In art, we used perspective to draw board games. First, we each chose a picture to draw from the board. We then drew the picture with pencil using vanishing points and a horizon line. Next, we painted it using watercolors and after that we went over it with colored pencils to highlight certain areas and add shadows. Using gradation, we overlapped and blended the colors to make the piece look more 3D. The values are very light in this piece because the water we mixed with paint sort of washes all dark color away. I feel like this was a fun project and I enjoyed most of it. I really liked when we painted it, although it was sort of frustrating at some points. Drawing it wasn't as fun, but I am pleased with my final product. There wasn't anything exceptionally challenging about this piece; I feel like everything about it was pretty simple and straight-forward. If I could do this again, I would probably make the purple color in the cards lighter so you can read the words better. From this piece, I really learned how to use watercolors, something I haven't used since elementary school.

Monday, November 19, 2012


1. In photoshop, we transformed the image by changing the scale using anamorphosis to make the object longer.
2. Distorting and stretching the image made the picture changed based on the perspective the viewer adopted.
3. The important concepts in making this a successful project were using the grid carefully to transfer the picture, using colored pencils to add color and use a wide scale of values, and adding shadows to help make the picture look like it was standing up.


Leaning Tower of Pisa

1. To create the stencil, we changed our photo to black and white in photoshop by going to threshold, to create positive and negative space
2. When we created the collage background, I used newspaper clipppings, book pages, and magazine paper to create a unique, texturized background. I placed it evenly on the frame, having them overlapping. Mine didn't relate to the picture, I just wanted to include a variety of texture to make my picture better.
3. I cut out the negative space and left the postitive space. The spray paint would then become the positive space.
4. When using the xacto knife, you had to be careful not to cut your fingers becuase the blade was very sharp. I had to overcome challenges of my some pieces falling out that weren't supposed to because I cut the little pieces holding them together.
5. I felt like it was very fun to use the spray paint and even though it was very hard becuase I missed the first two days and the work was tedious, I like the finished project. I used contrast between the black and light blue as my color choices.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Elephant Print (Final Print)

Rolling the Paint
Final Print
In art class, we made prints of an animal and its background by drawing, carving, and stamping our animal. I feel that my final print is pretty good; there is a lot of texture in the elephant and in the blackground. I added this by carving out lines and dots in the picture. Texture is important because it makes the picture really come to life. I also added contrast by choosing a light color paint (yellow) and a dark color backgrond (black); contrast is important because it really makes the elephant pop out. I used the positive space for the main elephant and to add texture in the background and used negative space for the background and to add texture in the elephant. I think the craftmanship is okay - I didn't cut deep enough while carving which allowed paint to get in the tiny wells. Overall, I thought that this was an extremely fun project. I enjoyed the drawing of the elephant and the rolling of the paint onto our carving. However, I didn't enjoy the carving as much because it was difficult to carve out the really small details. In the end, it was very enjoyable and I feel good with my final project.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Elephant Print

1. Texture is extremely important to have in your sketches because it gives the viewer a more lifelike drawing that allows it to come to life. It helps the picture look real. It just makes the picture better in general when you use texture.
2.It is necessary to have several references for each animal and its background so that you can have different views of the animal. For example, if you want to know how the legs of an elephant look in detail but in one of the pictures the legs are covered with grass in one picture, you can find one where they are showing. You also need backgrounds to help you know what the backgroun of your picture should look like.
3. When I look at my pictures I am able to see which one is strongest and will make the best print based off the textures in the picture and how the background looks. I knew this one was the best because the elephant has a lot of wrinkles which makes for very good texture. Also, the trees and water in the background help the picture look real.