Friday, December 7, 2012

Game Drawing

In the final piece i think that overall my game drawing was successful in its entirty.  the watercolor compliments the colored pencils and the vanishing point may not be executed great but it's still evident that there is one.  watercolor was difficult to work with on the drawing paper, getting the washes light enough so that i could overlap it with highlights, values, and shadows was a challenge but it was overcome.  I wasn't able to use black and white so i had to change the game piece colors to brown and yellow but i feel that they compliment the orange of the game board better than the black and white did.  A change i would consider if ever allowed to do this project over again is actually giving the drawing a horizon so it doesn't look like it's floating in mid air, and to lay off of the watercolor and use the colored pencils more than i did in this drawing.  A difficulty of this project was that getting the perspective and gradation executed well.  The vanishing points gave me some trouble because i only have one side of something that isn't present in the picture not a point but all the same i was able to accomplish it without it looking like a hodge podge of something only i could decipher, and the gradation wasn't as smooth as i would have liked it to be.  I learned from this project that less is better in the beginning and that although i may be able to do perspective i think that it's not one of my favorite things to do just because it's not the way i generally think most of the time, but that's how you learn what you do and don't like so i'd say that i got a good piece of art and lessons learned out of this project for now so i just need to focus on the next one.

Anamorphasis Drawing

1. Describe the process you went through to change your object into the correct perspective to create the drawing. This is when you were in the lab.
the process i went through to change my subject into the correct perspective was to go into photoshop with a photo of an object of our choice, using transform and scale to make it intot this perspective.  looking for different shades and values that would be interesting to replicate in the sketch.
2. How did distorting and stretching the object allow for you to create a drawing that would look different to the viewer?
Stretching and distorting the object would make the object look weird when you looked at it one way and then when you looked at it from an angle it looked normal.  It all depended on the perspecitve that you were looking at the object.
3. What were the most important concepts in the project to make it successful?

The most improtant concept for this project was the values, perspective, and grid.  the different values  we had to create is what made the drawing come to life but the perspecitve and grid are what made it possible to actually complete the project without making the chess piece look nothing like a chess piece.


1. Explain how you changed your photo in the lab to create a stencil.
First we went to photoshop and got a picture that we liked from the Internet we liked and would use as a stencil.  In photoshop we used the threshold  to make the photo black and white.  In the stencil we would use the black and white to determine what we wanted to cut out to form the photo so we the Positive/Negative Space.
2. When creating the collage background explain your choices of colors, materials (magazine paper, books pages, etc), and placement. How does it relate to your topic? If no relation discuss general idea.

in my collage i chose different photos that pertained to Italy, Venice, or old time sea faring, some areas were just colorful or was a good border so i pasted it on there just trying to get a good amount of contrast from the photos to make the stencil stand out.  Anything that i felt was interesting was put on as well.

3. Discuss the way positive and negative space was used to create your stencil.
The positive/negative space that i used in my stencil was to use the negative space to make the stencil stand out the most.  Using the Xacto knife to make the stencil able to print the image onto the collage using spray paint.

4. When using the xacto knife, explain the safety procedures, how to use the knife and any challenges you had to overcome while cutting.

while using the Xacto knife you had to hold it differently from a pencil which was hard to do, and cut away from yourself in case your hand slipped.  Also you had to have the cutting board underneath the stencil.  A challenge i had with the knife was that i had intricate things to cut out so they came out kind of rough so i was worried that the windows wouldn't show up on the collage.

5. How was your experience with the spray paint? Discuss how color choice is important, placement of stencil, and any other concepts you noticed while creating this. when i was using spray painting i found that it was really fun but difficult to hold down the button because it was hard to press down, it was also hard to keep an even coat going.  my color choice was very important because i didn't want to obscure the composition but i wanted to make the stencil stand out.  I had a mishap with my stencil where i had to make some adjustments to it and respray paint, although i was worried it wouldn't turn out okay i was very pleased to see that in the end it looked really good and the little mishap actually gave it a look of uniqueness and wear and tear which accented the stencil.

Monday, October 29, 2012


1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
There is a fair amount of balance, there's not too much or too little of positive or negative space.  There is unity with the different textures not clashing but not blending together they all have a common look and work together.  There is somewhat the illusion of movement with the flower in a position that makes a person think it could be moving.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?

I added texture in the different lines or absence of lines in the print, the sharp contrast between positive and negative space.  This is very important because otherwise it doesn't seem real and it feels flat, texture and contrast is what makes a person like a piece of art work some of the time.  Without the texture of the butterfly and bark a person looking at the art without knowing what it is wouldn't know it's a butterfly with a tree behind it, it also adds depth in a way.

3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
I used positive and negative to equal out the different areas in the print.  The blue doesn't overpower the white and it doesn't dominate the picture, there is an equal balance of both that is appealing to the eye.  The little bits and pieces of positive and negative space is equaled out by the large amount of white and blue on the right side.  I could have blend it together better but i think that based on my skill level it is quite good.

4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)

I think my overall craftsmanship is good. My lines are good,sharp,and well defined, there isn't a random line that doesn't seem to connect to anything.  The lines of my print are well made so you can see the image that i created with ease.  The texture brought the animal and surrounding to life making them apper almost real.

5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
I was able to achieve depth with a foreground, middle ground, and back-ground.  The small leaf in the bottom left corner is in the foreground, subtle as it may be it works out well in the print.  The middle ground is the flower and butterfly which is the main portion of the print which dominates the print.  The back-ground is the bark which sits behind the butterfly giving the sense that the bark is farther away from the butterfly.

6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
My experience with printmaking was enjoyable i very much liked making my print.  The obstacle i faced was chosing what animal to print and at what angle i should use for the print, there was almost the obstacle of how to make it all flow together and still look like a butterfly which i overcame all of these obstacles.  An advantage to me was that i didnt' have to worry about shading, and it was fairly simple to cut out the print.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Print Sketch

Print Sketch Critique

1. Why is texture so important to have in your sketches?
Texture is so important in our sketches because on the final texture is what will define the image.  You need a strong contrast in texture to make the final look well done and to make it stand out having sharp contrast makes the print look realistic and intriqueing to look at.  It's also easier to make the print if you have sharp contrasting textures so you have crazy textures on one part and subtle textures in another area. 

2. Why is it neccessary for you to have several references of each animal and each background? Explain.
It's neccessary to have several references to see how the texture of the animl changes say a bird sitting in a tree compared to when it's flying.  The textures change with the movement of a creature and it allows you to form an idea of what you want the animal to look like.  References help you answer the questions: how much texture does it have, what kind of background would accompany well with the animal.  They all need to be addressed and references help form the sketch you want to make. 

3. When you look at your sketches are you able to see which sketch is the strongest and will make the best print? How do you know this?
When I look at my sketches i'm able to tell that some are going to turn out better than other because some are more apt to my ability level and some just wouldn't turn out well.  I know this because i know the different textures that i have in the sketch and how they will coralate to a print form, some of them look better than others simply because the textures make it look more interesting.  Some of the sketches i feel just look better and are better structurally and texture wise than the others which makes the print look better.

Interactive Chalk Murals

Chalk Mural Critique

1. Explain your experience working on a team and executing your ideas for the mural.
In my group we first brinstormed what kind of chalk mural we wanted to do, came up with a few ideas, and decided from the ones that we liked the most which we would actually put on the wall.  The final two murals we chose from was  mural with raining candy or the roller coaster which we all agreed to do.  We finally got the final idea and planned out what we wnted to do and what would be in the mural.  Everyone had a job and worked hard to make the mural the best it could be.  In the end we ended up with a good looking chalk mural.
2. Explain the importance of collaboration when working on a team.

The importance of collaboration when working in a group is key, we may not all see eye to eye on everything so collaborating and having pieces that everyone can agree upon is crucial to a good working team.  If you don't collaborate you'll have someone who is unhappy and won't be working the best they can and it brings the whole mood of the group down.  Even if everyone is very similar it may be very hard for everyone to agree on one thing so collaboration helps to sort out what people want so that they all end up with something that they can work with and enjoy working on.
3.  How successful was this project? Explain how and why.
In my opinon the project was successfull in its own way.  The reason being why it is has to do with the fact that we all liked the idea and worked quite hard to make everything look good, to make the roller coaster seem like it's park of an amusement park and to make everything seem real as if you could walk into it.  How we did this was used people's strengths and ideas in the mural, one person worked on the feris wheel while two on the roller coaster and two on the sky or ground we were constantly busy and working fixing what needed to be and looking at the big picture of how it would look.

4. Explain how you feel about creating artwork that others can interact with. Ex. Invoving the whole school? 
I feel that it's quite fun to make artwork that people can interact with and enjoy.  It works well for both the artist and the people who are just interacting with the art.  The artist gets recognition for doing a great job as well as gets to show off their skill on a wall for everyone to see, while the people who are interacting with the art get the little fun and laughter of interacting with the artwork.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Value Portraits

 Value Portraits Art Critique
1. Explain the process you went through to develop your drawing.
The process I went through to develop my drawing was taking a picture of the person in light to create different values.  Then I took a piece of tracing paper, put it over the picture, and outlined the different values that i saw within the picture to create the portrait shape.  After tracing I transfered the tracing from the tracing paper to my sketchbook and then I began to shade in the shapes of values i had created to make it look realistic and have values that make the picture come to life.
2. Explain how you found the different values in the portrait?
I found the different values in the portrait by looking at the picture and seeing what kind of shapes formed from the lighting and shadows.  Some are more intricate than others and where harder to find although they are what help the picture come to life even if it's hard to see them.  I also had to think about how the lights and shadows were placed and shaded on the photo, a slightly darker area would show the facial features, anything no matter how small it was was part of the artwork and had to be incorporated.
3.  Did you achieve a full range of the different values within your portrait?  How?
I believe I achieved a full range of different values within my portrait.  I did this by looking at the photo and shading in the different areas I had previously traced out for all the different values.  Judging by the photo where different areas would go and using my value chart on the photo I was able to determine where different values went which made it easier to blend them together to form the portrait. 
4. Describe your craftsmanship.  Is the artwork executed and crafted neatly?
I would describe my craftsmanship was neat, orderly, and presice.  I didn't emphasize too heavily on the dark or the light, there had to be a balance of both in the portrait for it to look realistic.  I believe my artwork is executed and crafted neatly with precise lines as to where different areas of value went and the amount of realism I tried to put into the portrait to the best of my abilities.
5. List any obstacles you had to overcome and how you dealt with them.

I had a difficult time with making the shading blend together into a smooth portrait.  I dealt with it by not going dark fast and keep to light values until I had all the values in the portrait done, then I went back over with some darker shades to make it look more realistic and to add depth to the portrait.  It wasn't easy since the values sometimes didn't blend but I worked with it and made it look as best as I could and worked through the difficulties.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Value Study Drawings

1. Describe your overall thoughts on the final piece?
I thought my final piece was good, could have been better, the shading could have been more blended and the shadows a little more realistic looking overall though the piece was well done.

2. if this was a group project, what was your contribution?

3. How successful do you feel this piece is and why?
I feel this piece is semi-successful because there are a few things that I want to clean up or I can do better on but it was still a good piece of art for me.

4. What worked about this project? What didn’t work?
The shading and blending worked well what didn't work too well was the placement and size of the shapes that were somewhat difficult to work with.

5. If you were to do this project over again, what changes would you consider making?
I would consider making changes in the placement and possibly the color scheme of the piece the way I positioned everything made it a little hard to work with.

6. What was the most difficult part about completing this piece and why?
The shadows and how to show where the light was coming from to where the shadows would go because the placement made the creation of shadows a little strange and hard to work with.

7. What did you learn from this piece?
To think about different placements before I commit to it and think about how it will affect the piece or how hard it will be to complete.