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.

Chalk Mural

Work in Progress
Finished Product!

1.Working in teams was challenging because we were unable to choose our teammates. While choosing the idea, some of us thought we were doing a fishing boat while the others thought we were doing a giant caterpillar; we kept changing our decision, and when I finally thought we decided to do the boat, they switched and we ended up doing the giant caterpillar. While we were drawing it not all of my teammates were participating (especially during the last couple of days when it was important to get it done). However, in the end we got it all done and I am proud of our finished work.
2. When working on a team, it is very important to collaborate in order to get the work done in the most efficient and best way possible. Everybody has different ideas and skills, so it is best if everyone contributes. It is essential that while working together, everyone is a part of the team.
3. I feel that our final project is succesful, because it appears really 3-D and the colors blend well together, and it also makes for a very interesting interactive drawing. However, I feel like the whole time we were working on it was not succesful because my group was very difficult to work with. Also, not everyone contributed ideas and skills. 
4. I feel that creating artwork for the whole school to interact with is a very interesting and rewarding thing to do. It is very cool when you see everyone outside taking pictures with your art. It is also gives the artist a chance to brainstorm cool ideas and put their art in the community.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Value Portraits

Sorry, Miguel...
1.In art class, we made value portraits. To do this, Mr. Sands took a picture of each of the students in our class. He then printed them off and we each chose one by random. Each of the pictures had one half light and one half dark to help us practice shading. We then traced them onto tracing paper, which was very difficult because you couldn't see the darker side very well through the paper. We then transfered it onto a sheet in the notebook paper, outlined, and then shaded it.
2.To find the different values in the portrait, I used a value chart to help me determine how dark to shade each shape in the portrait. I also looked at the portrait and tried to find the darkest and the lightest. I then looked for the ones in between.
3.I think I used a full range of values because I have many different shades. If you look at the right side of the picture you can see his shirt there is very dark. However, his eye on the left side is very white with almost no shading.
4.I think that this was not executed very neatly because it was extremely difficult and frustrating to trace the portrait onto the tracing paper. Also, I feel like my different values in the portrait are not blended very well together, even though I used a blending tool. All in all, I feel like this was not my best project.
5. There were many obstacles in this drawing. I would have to say the hardest one to overcome was, as I previously said, tracing the picure with the tracing paper. I could hardly see anything on the darker side. To overcome this, I held it up to the light and tried to make out the shapes, but it was still difficult.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moss Graffiti

Today in art, Mr. Sands made moss graffiti and we went outside to a sunny brick wall behind C building to draw with it. It was very fun and a new way to draw! Even though this piece wasn't challenging or tedious, it still showed us a lot about art and was definitely the most entertaining. And although most people used stored symbols, it still made for a very fun and original art progect.  Also, it gave me a new meaning to the word graffiti!

Tweety Bird's Skeleton

In art, we printed out cartoon characters and drew what we imagined their skeleton would look like. This was difficult because it was hard to imagine where each bone would go in their body. It was tedious work drawing each bone, but it was an interesting to see how the bones fit and the final piece is very cool and unique.