Monday, June 15, 2015

Final Thoughts

There were many memorable things and highlights from this semester. First, I thought a highlight from this semester was the realistic self-portrait. Before doing this I was not very good at drawing people realistically but I think that this really helped me learn how to. I also liked this because it was pretty calm and relaxing to create. Another highlight from this year was the imaginative self-portrait which we did after the realistic one. I thought this was fun to do after the realistic one because we could use our own creativity a lot. This was just something that was really fun to do inside and outside of class. Finally, a highlight from this year was working with watercolors. I can't remember the last time I used water colors in school so being able to use them again was really fun. I think I like watercolors better than acrylics. All of these experiences impacted my learning in many ways. The realistic self-portrait helped me learn how to draw people which I was not really good at before, the imaginative self portrait helped me make things that were more abstract, and the watercolor helped me learn watercolor techniques.

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

This is the piece that I am most proud of out of all of the work I have done in Drawing and Painting this year. This piece impacted my learning in many ways. First of all, the process of painting this was very long and difficult. I think that out of all the pieces of work I did this year this one probably took the most amount of time. I am most proud of this because even though I don't really like working with acrylic paint I found a way to make it work and in the end my painting turned out relatively good. I learned so much about working with acrylics during this process like it is good to paint from the back to the fronts so you don't have to continually paint things again. Also I learned that it is okay to mess up because with acrylics you just have to wait for it to dry before you start painting again. Furthermore I learned many things about mixing colors and finding colors that work well together. 

Watercolor Techniques

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose: To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques

There are many things that I learned from the watercolor practice techniques. First, probably the most important thing that I learned is that when using water color a person has to be very careful because there is no going back. Watercolor is not like acrylics, when you mess up you can't wait until it dries and then go over it you have to find some way to work with it. Another thing that I learned form the practice techniques is what types of designs I like and what types of designs I don't like. At first I tried to make everything really neat but then I found that I really like the more abstract technique better like getting the paper wet and then applying color. Finally I learned that it is best to wait until something is completely dry before applying another color because if you don't the painting will be ruined because you cannot go back with watercolors. These are some things I learned from the watercolor practice techniques.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Final Still-Life Painting

  • To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies);
  • To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.

Throughout the process of creating my final still life painting I have incorporated some of the things that I learned in that process. One thing that I learned while doing the small still life studies is that layering is really important. I tried to incorporate layering a lot in my final still life because it looked better. Also something that I learned was that blending on the paper was very useful and easier than blending on a pallet because it just made the painting look more natural. Finally, something that I learned was if you layer too much paper and the canvas gets too wet the first layer of paint can kind of come off so it's good to let things dry. These were some things I learned while doing my final still life painting.

I think that I had a lot of successes that were also challenges. I think that my background was a success but it was also really hard and challenging to make it so the shades are right. Also the vase was really hard for me to get the shades right but I am happy with the final product. Also just making my colors work well together was hard but I like how it ended up. It was really important to me for my colors to work well together. The flowers were also hard but I ended up liking the final product. These are some successes and challenges that I had while doing my final still life painting.

Perspective Drawing: state the perspective strategy used

I learned many important things while completing these drawings. First, I learned that two point perspective and one point perspective are pretty similar so knowing how to do one can help you do the other. This is important because just knowing how to do one can transfer into the other. Also I learned that paying attention to angles is really important in making the two point and one point perspective work. This is important because it can help make the drawings look realistic. Finally, I learned that they are both really hard at first so when doing it a person really needs to pay attention to the lines and detail. These are some things I learned while completing the perspective drawings.

I think there are many strengths in my drawings. First, I think that my birdhouse drawing is good because the angles are accurate. Also, I think that the roofs on the birdhouses that I drew roofs on is good. Another strength that I think I have is my fence in my one point perspective drawing. I think that it looks good and is accurate. Finally, I think that I used the space of the paper well and everything fills up the page. These are some things that I think I did well.

There were also some things that I think that could be strengthened. First, I think that my pictures could have been more detailed but I was struggling with the different types of perspective so I didn’t really know how to the perspectives that well so I was kind of confused. Also I think that they could have been enhanced with color. Finally, I think that my lines could have been darker so that things could be more visible. These are some things that I think could have been strengthened.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


To create and understand various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface.

linear perspective:
Linear perspective deals with the organization of shapes in spaces. It can be used to create depth and distance. 

Aerial perspective:
Aerial perspective deals with atmospheric effects on tones and colors. You can use it by weakening colors and tones as they fade from your view. 

Horizon line:

Is the axis where the perspective of the drawing is constructed.

Vanishing point:
the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge.

Orthogonal lines:
The imaginary lines leading to the vanishing point.

Transversal lines:
A line that cuts accross two or more lines.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Still-life studies

There are many things that I would like to remember as I begin my final still-life painting. I found that there were many things that worked well and many that did not. First, I found that it worked well to layer the paint to get the shades that I wanted. I also found that it worked to mix the paint on the painting to get the shades that I wanted. I found that it did not work well to use solid colors because it made the painting look very unrealistic. I think for a color scheme I might use a more neutral color scheme.