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.