Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Most Memorial Experiences

I think these two photos impact my learning by learning how to draw better than before. I think I have become a better drawer since the last time I've drawn back when I was in elementary school. This showed that every value and basically about everything you do when coming to make something on paper, everything counts. For example, a little mistake on a paper could maybe ruin the portrait. But vice versa, a little adjustment could somehow perfect your portrait. In the 2nd photo, I think me drawing the shadows of each object made the photo look more like real life and that perfected it. For the 1st photo, the grass around the bowl made it better because it represented the whole animal and the color scheme of the bowl.

Project I am most proud of

The project I am most proud of is my Personal Box Space. I am most proud of this because I felt like I can do whatever I want to my own project. Also, I liked this project because I painted my own box in whatever color and made decorations on it. Also, I think that this project showed my skills into making a middle, fore and background with pictures of myself.  Also, this made me feel like I can make anything I wanted and however I wanted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Personal Space Box

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

Purpose:The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

My place is at the brunswick community center. This place has a lot of basketball courts in it. My personal connection to this place is because I played a series of games during that weekend for AAU basketball. One of those games, I scored at least 30 points and about 7 rebounds to go along with 9 assist. That was the best game so far that season for me because it was against a good team who beat my team the last time we met.  I included myself in this space because I just wanted to show my shooting skills in this photo. This includes some of my friends in the space that I was going up against.

The project I am most proud of is my Personal Box Space. I am most proud of this because I felt like I can do whatever I want to my own project. Also, I liked this project because I painted my own box in whatever color and made decorations on it. Also, I think that this project showed my skills into making a middle, fore and background with pictures of myself.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Value Self portrait

  1. Purpose:
    1. To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

    2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
    3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of the darker side of my face. I am most proud of that because of how similar it is compared to the photo. It does show a darker part of my face and that made the portrait more realistic. The portrait will look like my picture but actually looking at the the portrait made me feel good about my unseen painting skills. Furthermore, the making of my eyes made the portrait look more alive and it made everything else around the portrait look better. I realized that all the little adjustments in a painting makes a big difference for moving forward.

The making of my nose was by far the most challenging part. This was the most challenging part for me because it was hard to try to make my nose visible. Another challenging part was trying to get my hairline look like how it usually. Sometimes when making adjustments, I would push my line way too far back then move it forward a lot. I dealt with these difficulties by taking my time for everything adjustment and everything that I do. Also, I would look over something that will improve my portrait.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Young Ducks 1897

Young Ducks
Watercolor Painting

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work work.

  1. Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?

In Young Ducks there is a sense of tranquility. Right in the middle of the painting is a brown canoe on the water. In the canoe there are 2 men. One man is in the front of the boat and one man is in the back. The man in the front is holding his paddle in the air, like he is switching sides to paddle. The man in the back has his paddle in the water. Neither of the faces of the men are visible. They are both looking towards the back of the painting at a flock of ducks in the distance. The ducks are almost not visible because they are so small. The water in the painting is mostly a light grey, like reflecting a overcast sky. In the front of the painting there is some variation in the shades of the water. Sometimes the water is more blue or more green like reflecting the forest on the land. The very background of the painting is light grey with a cloud colored a darker grey. Layered on the background is a hill of forest.

Point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)
Young Ducks show Point of interest by having two guys in a boat. Also, it seems like they are located probably on an island in the middle of a lake. He draws my attention by where they are and how they look. It looks like they are probably on a quest or something.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…

This is asymmetrical because if you split the painting in half with a vertical line in the middle the halves would not be identical, but this does not mean the painting lacks balance. Young Ducks shows balance because there is a man in the front and back of the boat and in the front of the boat the man is holding the oar up and looking into the distance whereas the man in the back of the boat has his oar in the water creating an up-down sense. But this painting is also asymmetrical because on the right side of the painting there is more “mass.” The right side is heavier, having land covered in trees compared to the left side where there is open air.  

  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.

There is no Horizon line in this photo. The two guys rowing the boat are in the Foreground because they are up close in the picture. For the Middle ground, the mountain sandy beach with the trees on top seems like it’s the middle ground because it’s in the middle of the portrait. Finally, the Background, is the woods and the sky. I think the background is very deep and far away because it shows the woods and the sky far away from where the people are. In the portrait, you see the two men in the boat looking at the woods, and it seems to them like it’s a far away.

  1. Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?

The mood of Young Ducks has a sense of tranquility about it. The water the boat is on is very calm and reflective. There is nothing large disturbing the scene of the painting. The men are looking off into the distance, seeming like they are not worrying about anything, that they are just relaxing and exploring the world around them. The mood of the painting has to reflect the idea that there was nothing disturbing the mood because the ducks are on the water. Because the painting is watercolor, the painting has a feeling of relaxing flow to it. Nothing is completely standing out and the tones of the overall painting reflect extreme peace.

Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?

It looks like they are exploring for something on the island. Also, they look like adventures people who like to go on adventures to other places in the world. The communication Homer was trying to put in this photo is that maybe there is always something to explore in the world. Another story can be like two people got stranded on an island and are trying to find there way out. But it seems like every where they go, they always see another “dead end” or another obstacle they have to overcome.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

For my endangered species animal, I chose the Blackbuck deer. The animal is being endangered because for the hunting and predation toward them. Blackbucks are most commonly found in India and Nepal. In the last 10 or 20 years Blackbucks have taken a sharp decline which is leading them to extinction. They are being hunted mainly for the antlers because hunters see the antlers as a souvenir. Also, they are being hunted for there meat. In my bowl, I put in a sunny and grassy background to represent that Blackbucks usually live in the warmer climates.

My color scheme is Warm. I chose warm because when I was researching the animal, it seemed like they all lived in a warm climate all the time. Some colors I chose to do in my Bowl was, Red-orange, Pale-Yellow, Black and White, and a Peach color type. I believe these colors show and bring out the heat or the warmness coming from the bowl. Also, I like how the colors made the bowl not look plain, it brought life to the bowl.

The most interesting part to me about the Oaxaca's were the designs. The patterns that people were making on the animals were just amazing. Also, the precision they took on everything they were doing and how good it was was crazy. The examples you showed at the beginning of the project made me want to try to do something just as good as that. It was cool how they change the animal appearance (by color) than how they actually look because it made the art work just as more interesting. I found the different ways of how to do art very fun and interesting and that made this project and animal fun to make.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fabulous Faces


  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis