Friday, December 7, 2012

game drawings

Game Drawings in Perspective Critique 
Vocabulary to use: perspective, washes, watercolor, gradation, blending, colored pencils, overlapping, horizon, vanishing points, value, highlights, shadows
I really like my final piece. The value, shadows, highlights, and the way i blended the colors made it all come together and it really looked like a gameboard. This is one of my favorite projects, I really enjoyed coloring and making the vanishing points a huge part of the project. I feel like this project was very successful becuase the rooms get smaller and smaller farther away and the color gets darker and darker. the value was very good do to the shading and the perspective of the board seemed realistic. I think everything worked in this project, everything came together perfectly and seemed to work together very well. If i were to do this project over again, the only thing i would do differently would be to not use black watercolor on the parts i needed black. The black watercolor just seemed too dark and the blending seemed off. The most difficult part was the watercolor because a lot of the time it just got the paper too wet and wasnt working as well as i would have liked it to. I learned to shade, use vanishing points, and blend colors to add value into an art piece.

anamorphosis critique

Anamorphosis Critique

Word Bank: Use these vocabulary words in your responses. Please underline or make letters bold when you use them. 

Grid       colored pencils anamorphosis                 photoshop        transform         scale
Perspective      shadows             value                    

                I went to google images and chose a picture of fanta soda, then i went onto Photoshop and transformed the image much longer and wider to get that 3D affect. It had to be pulled to the right and left so it almost looked as if it was being stretched. The picute was changed by scale. By stretching the object, it made it look like it was coming up off the paper. so to a viewer, it looked like the can was standing ontop of the page. The most important concepts was the coloring, shading, and blending. Of corse the image had to look real, so by adding value to the picture, it made it look like a real fanta soda.


Famous Landmark or Transportation Stencil Critique

Word Bank: Use these vocabulary words in your responses. Please underline or make letters bold when you use them. 

Stencil                 Spray Paint       Xacto Knife        Positive/Negative Space
Composition    Collage                Photoshop        Threshold              Contrast

when I used Photoshop to change the picture to black and white, I printed out the picture and took it back to class. Then i used a projecter to copy the image from the paper to a poster that i later cut out with an xacto knife. I cut out very colorful images from magizines that poped out to me. I liked bright blues and greens so I got images that had those colors in them. There wasnt really a relation to my topic, but i liked the way it looked when it all came together. The colors seemed to blend together and it made the background seem a lot more interesting becasuse of the contrast. I used positive space for the background and negative space for the foreground. This caused the picture to look more realistic and background didnt take too much attention off my castle.When using the xacto knife, I had to be careful because the blade was so sharp. I held the knife carefully and my other hand was far away from the blade. I carved inward so there would not be any chances i got cut. The spray paint was fun and interesting. The color was very important because it helped make for an interesting and organized background.

Monday, October 22, 2012

turtle evaluation

Self evaluation
1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
  I think that the overall piece is very neat with good print, shapes, and color. The balance of my artwork was put together with all the right textures and surrondings. It all came together to give my piece life and creativity.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?
I added texture to the actual turtle and sand. Everything else surrounding it was left white, that was the contrast. The bright pink worked very well on white paper and looked as if they were working together for that perfect contrast. Texture and contrast are important to have in a piece because they make it interesting. You wouldnt want to see a plain turtle on the same color background with no texture within the piece. It makes it all the more real when there is texture and contrast.
3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
The pink within the piece was the positive space and the white was the negative space. I cut out everything around the turtle, the rocks, starfish, and the turtle's patchy skin and shell for negative and postive space. This was also another way of showing texture and contrast because I had pink on white.
4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)
The craftsmenship was good because I put detail into the piece. I did this by putting things in the sand in stead of leaving it like it was. The turtle had lots of lines in it and showed good texture. Everything came together well and was very organized.
5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
Yes; I had the turtle, the sand, and the open ocean. You could tell that the turtle was the closest up, it was hovering over the sand, and the open ocean was behind it all. It all look neat with foreground, middle ground, and background.
6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
When I was actually carving out lanoleum, it was hard to get the smallest items because I had to be very patient. I also had trouble printing because I could never get the right amount of paint. An advantage I had was the turtle didnt have fur that I had to spend my whole time working on, I had lines and scales but it wasnt hard for the most part.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

chalk mural critique

Chalk Mural Critique

Self evaluation (must write at least 3 sentences for each question)

1. Explain your experience working on a team and executing your ideas for the mural.
When I first got into my group, I was a  worried a bit about how it would turn out because I had been so used to working on projects alone. I thought the group was a good idea though, not only did i have my own ideas, but i had everyone elses too. When we wrote all our ideas down on paper, we had to portray them on the wall with chalk and with everyones help, it worked out great.
2. Explain the importance of collaboration when working on a team.
As a group, everyone can add different ideas and everyone within the group has a say in how the piece should look. The more my group members would talk about what they did and did not like, the more ideas we would have to work off of for the final product. It was important if everyone spoke their mind and helped with the project.
3.  How successful was this project? Explain how and why.
This project was really successful for the most part. We had some really good ideas and worked together great. The only thing is, some of our members werent working or didnt even try to help us, we did pull it together with the four of us though and it turned out amazing.
4. Explain how you feel about creating artwork that others can interact with. Ex. Invoving the whole school? 
I thought it was a great idea, I loved how I would see other people who I didnt know jump into the picture and pose. It made me feel like they were enjoying something my team mates and I had created. Evertime I would walk past it, I would look in its direction and remember how fun it was to createt it, I loved working with chalk.

print sketch critique

Print Sketch Critique

1. Why is texture so important to have in your sketches?
Texture makes the sketch more realistic and the animal looks more like itself if there are a lot of shading and detailed lines. There are plenty of details within an animal that have to be drawn according to how it looks. The texure of the animal is of different shades and my turtle had a lot of scales on his back and fins so I had to use texture to draw them accordently.
2. Why is it neccessary for you to have several references of each animal and each background? Explain.
If there are more pictures of the animal and the surroundings in which they live,then it is easier to base my drawings off of the picture. From the pictures, I could tell how to draw the animal, where to draw it, how big to draw it, and what to draw around it.
Also, I know where and shade and the texture i put in the animal.
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? 
Yes, this pictue was my favorite and seemed to be the best because there was more detail in the picture.It will make the best print because the turtle has a lot of detail in it and the scales will make a nice print if the background is a vibrant color. This was also my most done picture with the full enviornment in which it lives.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

value portraits

Value Portraits Art Critique

Self evaluation (must write at least 3 sentences for each question)
1. Explain the process you went through to develop your drawing.
There were pictures scattered out on the board and they were turned over. One by one each of us had to go up there and pick out a picture of someone. Once I had gotten my picture, I had to find all the values in it in order to draw the picture accuretely. Then having found the values, I flipped the tracing sheet over and drew with a really dark pencil all over every mark I had just made on the other side. Then I just had to put the image down on my sketching paper and redraw the value marks. Then I shaded with my pencil according to the light and dark values.
2. Explain how you found the different values in the portrait?
First I put a tracing sheet over the picture of Andrew and circled every light and dark elements I saw. It helped if I stood with the paper on the widow so the light would shine through and I could see the values better. Once I had my light and dark values spotted out, I traced it into my sketchbook. Since we have made portable value charts, I could look off that and know how light or hard my pressure has to be with my pencil. I had to look at the picture and back at the value chart to get the right amount of values.
3.  Did you achieve a full range of the different values within your portrait?  How?
I had some very dark, black shades going to very light, white shades so I believe I did achieve a full range of value. My value chart helped determine the inbetween shades of grey and made my sketch to be much more realistic. I could compare the value chart with my picture to point out the places with the same shade and determine how much pressure to put on my pencil.
4. Describe your craftsmanship.  Is the artwork executed and crafted neatly?
I am slow, very very slow. It took me forever to finish up just the values as everyone else was already shading. But that's alright because I take my time on pretty much everything, it makes me feel like i'm doing a good job. It is crafted neatly and there are'nt stranded lines all over the paper. The shades are accurate for the most part and I think I did well on this project.
5. List any obstacles you had to overcome and how you dealt with them.
I had a problem right after I transfered the value marks to my sketchbook because I had made the marks way to dark. The dark, annoying marks were obvious at the  parts where I had to shade lighter on my sketch. To fix the problem, I borrowed someone's kneaded easer and it seemed to come right off of my paper. The easer worked well so I was able to shade lighter without dark marks bleeding through.

Friday, September 7, 2012

1.Describe your overall thoughts on the final piece.
I really liked the final piece, I thought I worked really well on it.

2. if this was a group project, what was your contribution?
100% contribution.

3. How successful do you feel this piece is and why?
Pretty successful because it was a warm up and it helped me with the final project.

4. What worked about this project? What didn’t work?
Drawing of the basic shapes worked but the actual shading did'nt work as well.

5. If you were to do this project over again, what changes would you consider making?
 I would make the lighting even lighter as I get to the end of the shape.

6. What was the most difficult part about completing this piece and why?
The shading because I had to go from the darkest of the darks to the lightest of the lights.

7. What did you learn from this piece?
How to shade well with different textures.