I feel like my experiences and feelings of this class has already been stated on my blog so ill summarize
I enjoyed this class I’ve learned new techniques and new things about myself and how I go about making art. I used to draw really bad portraits but in this class I learned a simplified way to go about face proportions. I learned about thumbnails and color sketches and I’m much happier with my final project having experimented with my colors beforehand. Ive started using the brighter prisma color pencils in my pencil case and I think I’ll do more drawings on tan paper form here on out. After this class I’ve found a great new source for tutorials. I got to practice pastels and even though I don’t like them now I think I might in the future with more experience. I always like taking art classes, as many as I can because they help fill out my sketchbooks. Either way this class was a good experience but a criticism I have is tward the pastel projects. The exercises we did didn’t really help enough that I would have been confident enough to complete a project with this medium
Explain how value is important in this drawing.
Describe several challenges that you faced while creating this drawing. What did you do to overcome these obstacles?
How important was it to have clean crisp edges to your wrapper?
Explain how your interpretation of texture is essential in capturing the look of the object.
Name three things you would draw differently if you were to do this project again. What did you learn from this drawing?
1. Explain the process you went through to develop your drawing.
2. Explain how you found the different values in the portrait?
3. Did you achieve a full range of the different values within your portrait? How?
4. Describe your craftsmanship. Is the artwork executed and crafted neatly?
9. List any obstacles you had to overcome and how you dealt with them.
At first my drawing wasn't as bright as I wanted it to be so I borrowed some pencils and that helped a lot.
1.Describethe craftsmanshipof your drawing. (Is it neat and well executed?)
A good part of it is well done with good craftsmanship but because I rarely Finnish art projects on time I had to kind of cut my losses and rush through the last bit. But 70 percent of it was well done in my opinion. I'm glad with how the bottom ribbon and table reflections turned out
2.Describehow your background choices help unify the three artworks and tie them together as one piece of art.
I just drew what was in the background in my picture its not very expressive but the reflections on the table are a lot like the bright hi lights in an opacity drawing so I think it all ties together alsoI put objects next to the clear bin so the reflection could show. (a board-game, minora with the candles shining and a blur of blue from a bag proper against the board-game.)
3.Describeyour choice of colors/color harmoniesand how you used them throughout the artwork.
I tried to pay attention to the lights, dark, and highlights in the ribbon while also using different colors from pink to indigo to black to keep it from looking bland.
4.How did you create contrast in your drawing?
The blue ribbons to the warm brown background.
5.How did you use textures, highlights and shadowsto enhance your artwork?
In the ribbons the highlights make the bow pop and it gets darker tweeds the fact to show space.
6.Why did you choose a particular backgroundcolor to mount your artwork?
This particular table was close to an outlet so I could plug in my minora and get that light and reflection and also add to the holiday theme.
7.Discuss the importance of understanding the media (prisma or pastels) and acquiring the skills necessary to create a successful project.
With prismacolor you need to use your range of color, if you just stick to the same five pencils your artwork will suffer.
8.Describeany difficulties you had creating your drawing and what you could do to improve your drawing?
A difficulty that I always face is weather to take meh time and make something I'm proud of or to actually Finnish a project on time and in the end I think this problem will only be solved when I've drawn enough to easily get into the flow of drawing without too much hesitation.
Reference and thumbnail photos
in progress photos
The goal for this project is to show the light reflecting on a transparent surface
(that's not glass). So I tried to crop the reference to to have the subject show more in the composition.
For this exercise we learned how to draw things wrapped in plastic, by drawing the extreme highlights first and then going in with the other values.
For the last apple drawing we got to use pastel pencils and I liked those a lot better but the problem with using the pencils is that they are compressed and don't smudge well and we only had five to work with.
So in the future if I were to continue using all of these mediums in the future I would use the chalk for the base of the drawing, the shadows, and maybe the highlight but I would use the pencils for everything else to create a sharper image and line. Also I liked how the yellow spots showed up when I used the pencils.
Describe how you created an interesting point of view? Was it successful? Why or why not?
The pov is shot from below and the lanterns move the eye out. This project is unsuccessful because it is unfinished
Why is it important to understand perspective and how to draw it?
It is important to learn perspective because it helps you add depth in your drawings and its a valued skill to have because its so difficult to learn.
How were the colored pencil exercises important in the success of your piece?
The exercises taught me how to blend and use the medium.
Describe the craftsmanship of your colored pencil. What techniques were used? (How well the project is technically crafted).
Its ok in the craftsmanship department nothing really sticks out about the finished parts. I learned how to draw the lights on the lantern later into the project so the lantern on top looks better and brighter than the second one.
Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
I used the structure of the ceiling in my picture and spaced the bars closer together as they went back into space. Also the lanterns get smaller the farther back you go.
Explain your experience with colored pencil and the project in general. What were the obstacles and advantages?
It was difficult trying to get some of the smaller details in this drawing such as the little lights and I even made the lantern on the top bigger just so I could color it better so if I could do this drawing again I would use a larger paper. The advantages of this medium is that the prismacolor really expresses the vivid color of the lanterns.
Looking back on the progression of this project what skills, techniques or other information would you like to have been taught? Do you feel you were prepared for this project?
I felt prepared when it came to perspective and how it worked i just wish I knew what to work on first. I should have worked on the perspective of the ceiling and then drew the lanterns
Describe the craftsmanship of your drawing. (Is it clear, clean edges, blended well, smudges, defined space, etc.)
I spent most of the time making an accurate sketch so that the shading process would be less frustrating for me, because I've had experiences with shading and seeing a bunch of mistakes that I didn't see in the sketching stage. Then i shaded using my lightest pencil and building up in layers.
Are your values and shadows realistic? How many values did you include? How and why are values important?
I needed to use different ranges for different objects so you could tell them apart because if everything is shaded with the same 4 pencils then your piece starts to look bland.
Is there a clear source of lighting?
Yes I used the same light source
How important were the compositional sketches? Explain.
They helped me figure out which part of the composition I wanted to draw and it's always a good idea to plan ahead
How is your final drawing successful?
Its not, its unfinished.
Are the proportions, structure and perspective of the subject correct?
Yes most of my time was spent on just proportions.
Does the placement & grouping of objects create a pleasing arrangement (composition)?
I believe so it was interesting to draw those three main objects of the composition and
Is there a center of interest and is it well located?
There is no center of interest
How well did you manage your time and resources throughout the process of creating this drawing? Do you see where you could improve in this area?
I drew everyday during class time and even stayed during lunch on some occasions but I failed to use the time I had to draw at home very efficiently. I was so behind that completing the project seemed hopeless but I see now that if I had continued to draw consistently at home then I could have finished it. Yes I do see where I can improve in this area.
What challenges did you encounter during this project and how did you overcome them?
Finishing was a huge challenge that I did not overcome on time
What have you learned drawing a still life?
I've learned a little bit more about composition and I know now that it's something that I want to learn more about in the future.