1. Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain.
My favorite project this semester was the cartoon skeleton project. It was one of my more successful pieces throughout the Art One class. I enjoyed this project because it was very interesting to imagine a character from your childhood, in my case Tigger, in skeleton form. It also gave me the option to exaggerate the bones to fit his body's proportions and expressions. As you can see i exaggerated Tigger's cheek bones to exaggerate his expression. I used a human body to show Tigger's skeleton, which involved studying the human skeleton and putting it in a way to show the way he is sitting. I did, however, add on the tail bone of one like an animal, rather than a human. This project was a fun way to take something of your childhood, and create it into something from your imagination. You get to see your childhood friends in a different way and I thought that was very cool. This project was superb!
2. Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from? Please explain.
The project that I learned, grew, and developed most from is my self-portrait drawing. This may not have been my favorite project, but I did learn a lot in the process of developing it. I learned a lot about shading and where all of the components of your face are located. For example, I learned that your eyes are in the very middle of your face! This project improved my drawing skills tremendously, including proportions on the face, and how to draw the components of the face. As for shading, I learned that you must make some places darker to make other places stand out more. For example around the nose is darker to show that it sticks out from the face, and also to show your eye sockets. There are a lot of components in drawing the face, and I learned a lot about them from this project. I took a lot in from this project, including the term "push your darks," as in make the deeper places darker to make your drawing look more realistic. This project was a very good learning experience!
3. Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
The project that I used skills and techniques learned from previous projects is my car drawing. The skills that I learned from other previous drawing projects helped me a lot to get my wanted result in this project. With projects like my self portrait and other shading projects helped me to get the wanted 3-D effect on my car. This helped me grow as an artist because it showed me how values and shades can make an object look so much more realistic. I have learned that "pushing your darks" really helps your object have dimension. You must also know where your light source is coming from to know where your dark and light places will be. In this picture my light source is coming from what looks like behind the car, so the light will run from the back up the car. This project was one of my favorites this semester and I really learned a lot from it!
4. Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.
The project that I felt was the least important in learning the concepts taught was the contour shoe drawing. The reason I thought this is because I did not get what it would be used for in an art project. I can see that it would be important to learn for reasons like fluid lines and a clean drawing but I just never really thought it was all that important to do contour drawings. I can admit that contour drawings are much cleaner and fluid rather than sketchy. Also that it looks a lot nicer than sketchy drawings, but isn't that what an eraser is for? I also did not understand when I would ever draw using only a pen. In my personal opinion I believe that I draw better sketchy than contour. This project was not all that bad but I just did not see it's importance. I did learn some from it though!
5. Choose a piece or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.
The piece of artwork where the subject matter reflects me as an artist is my hot air balloon painting. I have a personal connection to this painting because one time I went hot air ballooning and it was one of the best times of my life so far! So I took a picture of the hot air balloon once we were leaving and I decided to paint it! I learned a lot during this project about painting. I learned how to paint decent clouds, along with the background colors. I also learned that when you are painting you need to have fluid lines. As you can see I have a lot of straight lined designs among my balloon so I had to have fluid lines to make sure that the pattern was not corrupted. I had a great time painting this painting and I have learned quite a lot during this semester of art! I thank my wonderful teacher Mrs. Rossi for teaching me the skills needed to get my wanted results!