Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I have just finished my skull drawing. This was a very fun subject for me to draw because I like skulls a lot. I think they look really cool. And I also drew it in a very different style than I have been drawing the rest of the semester. Instead of using contour lines I used shading again, and when I did this, I realized that over the semester I have forgotten how to shade. For some reason it completely escaped my memory. It was so weird because shading used to be something that I loved to do, but since it had been so long since I have done it I didn't know how to do it anymore. This drawing felt very rushed because I didn't have very much time to work on it, and it was much harder than I thought it was going to be. There are a lot of parts of skulls that you don't usually think about. But I think it turned out pretty cool. I tried to make it look dark and mysterious. This is also something I don't do very often. But I think I achieved the affect that I want it to have. It was really fun to not have as many guidelines with this drawing as there were with all of the rest that we have done this semester. It allowed me to be a lot more creative with this drawing.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I am also done with my fourth and final shell drawing! This time, I took the advice of some of my peers and tried to use the blue ink in the background in order to create a shadow which would give the drawing some dimension by making it darker than I did in the first one which they said looked flat. At first, I thought it looked really funny and I thought it was too dark and I didn't like it, but then after I spread it out so that it was more even, I started to like the way it looked and agreed that it did give the overall drawing extra dimension. I also originally just used black india ink on the inside of the shell, but it looked really flat again, so my friend suggested that I add another color and said I should use brown because it would go really well with the blue background, so I tried it and I also really liked the way that that looked. I really enjoyed this assignment because it allowed for me to give the drawing some creativity and do more of that I want with it instead of following strict guidelines. Maybe the reason why I liked this assignment so much was because I really like drawing things realistically, and that was the point of this assignment. While the shell was hard to draw using only contours at first because I was not used to it, after doing it so many times it eventually became really easy to do. I am again not completely happy with how this turned out, but for the most part I am quite satisfied with it. I think this was a really creative idea for an assignment. I am very relieved to be done with everything because it was so much work and so time consuming, but it is also bittersweet, because I did enjoy this class a lot and I learned a lot from it as well.
I am FINALLY done with my mannequin! It did not turn out as well as I would have hoped it would, but I am fairly satisfied with it considering the struggles that happened with it along the way. I was running out of clay and there was no more in the classroom so in my attempts to be conservative in my usage of it, some muscles look smaller than they should, which makes it look funny. Also, because I ran out of clay, I had to resort to using different colors like yellow and blue instead of just using green and it looks really funny. Especially when they run together at certain spots. It was also really, really difficult for me to get the clay as smooth as I wanted it to, and as small as I wanted to in certain parts like then tendons on the hands. This was incredibly meticulous. This project was also so time consuming, but I am really used to projects that are time consuming. Certain parts of it were fun. It felt like I was playing with play-doh. And I definitely learned a lot about how the human body works. The most helpful thing for me was looking at the model in the classroom and seeing how that one was put together then trying to recreate it on my mannequin. After doing that it was much easier to understand exactly what I was supposed to do. I think that was much more helpful that trying to follow the book and recreate it from that. Probably because it was all put together right in front of me. I am fairly please with how it turned out, but not completely satisfied with it. But I am very glad to be done with it!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We only had class on Tuesday of this week, because we had finals on Thursday, but on Tuesday we started out by doing some gesture drawings. For some reason mine did not turn out very well. It was very disappointing. There's a possibility that it is because I haven't done as many of them as I usually do in a while, but I wasn't happy with a single one of them. It felt like the time to do them was going by so quickly that I could barely get anything drawn. Maybe that is because I am taking more time on certain things to make sure I am doing it correctly, so it takes me longer to get it to look the way I want it to now. After that, we did a long pose and that one actually turned out really well. I seemed to do it in a good amount of time as well, I got done with it fairly quickly, but I felt like I spent enough time on it to do it accurately. I think that I am learning how to manage my time efficiently when I draw, but the gesture drawings do not allow for enough time for me to do that. That is probably my problem. But I am happy with the way that the long pose turned out so I will most likely use it in my final. Now I need to get ready for my final by finishing my fourth shell drawing, and finishing up my maniken. These are both going to be kind of difficult to do, but as long as I spend a decent amount of time on each of them they should turn out fine.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This week in Life Drawing we went on a field trip to the Walker Art Center and the Bell Museum of Natural History. It was a lot of fun to go on a field trip!
Monday, November 15, 2010
We did more gesture drawings and long poses this week, as well as working more with our maniken. The gesture drawings and long poses seem to be getting a little redundant because we are doing so many of them, but the more you do them the better you become so repetition is necessary in order to master them. We had our first experience with a male model which was a very different experience from the female figure. It was very interesting and enlightening to have this experience. For the last long pose of the week, we just focused on the foot. I had never paid much attention to the foot before, but there is a lot to look at when examining it. Examining it so closely for such a long made me realize and see many new things about it.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
This week in Life drawing, we had a model come to class one day and we continued to study how to draw the human form by doing timed gesture drawings, and ending with a long pose. The long pose seems to be a lot easier for me. As I said earlier, I think I am learning more and improving each day.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This week in life drawing, we were given a seashell and instructed to do a blind contour drawing.
Then we were instructed to do a contour drawing without lifting our pencil from the page.
We also had a model come to our class.
We were given a set amount of time to do many gesture drawings.
I found these gesture drawings to be really difficult for many reasons. First of all, I am not used to working with the human form, so it was difficult to get the proportions accurate. Having a time constraint was also very hard because I am typically a very slow drawer because I feel like I am only able to create good work if I take my time on it, so it was much easier to do the more time we were given. Not being able to erase was also really hard because normally I erase A LOT. But I think overall, I learned a lot from doing these gesture drawings and it made my skills better. I think I am improving and it is becoming easier to do.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Honestly, I think this critique was the most surprising for me.
Everyone seemed to really like my piece, which I was really surprised at.
The reason this was so surprising to me was because I spent the least amount of time on this piece and the class said that they liked this piece the best.
I was very pleased that the class liked this piece so much. And the fact that they liked this one the best taught me that the most important thing about a drawing is the concept behind the drawing and the meaning that goes into it.
I learned that it is much more important to create a pice that means something than to spend a lot of time trying to get a piece to look exactly how it looks in real life or in the picture that you are drawing from.
This critique was probably the most disappointing for me. The reason why it was so disappointing was because I worked the hardest on this piece, and during the critique, the class sort of ripped it apart. (Figuratively speaking). The objective of this piece was to create something using the style of Monet. They said that I chose a good composition and subject matter for the piece, but they didn't like the way that I went about drawing it at all. They said that I should not have used black because that made the colors look much less saturated, which is not a characteristic of Monet. They said that the colors I used reflected a time of day that Monet would not typically paint from. They said that when they looked at the piece, they didn't get the feeling of Monet from it at all.
Because of all of the criticism, though, I did learn a lot from it. It was constructive and I definitely learned some techniques and tips to make it better in the future. Also, something that was comforting was that they said that it was not a bad drawing, but it was a drawing that is going to be a great drawing. it just needed a little more work. And I think that the tips that were given will help me be able to do that.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The first artist that I find to be extremely compelling is Chuck Close. From the very first time I saw a piece done by him, I was completely in awe at the level of realism he created. Ever since then I have aspired to also be able to create that level of realism. However, I always have seemed to come up short because his work is so precise it’s almost an exact replica of his subject. I chose to work with the medium of drawing as opposed to painting because I personally find it much more enjoyable, but we both use the same subject matter.
Close had something happen to him that had a huge impact on him and on his art.
“On December 7, 1988, Close felt a strange pain in his chest. That day he was at a ceremony honoring local artists in New York City and was waiting to be called to the podium to present an award. Close delivered his speech and then made his way across the street to Beth Israel Medical Center where he suffered a seizure, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. The cause was diagnosed as a spinal artery collapse. Close called that day "The Event." For months Close was in rehab strengthening his muscles; he soon had slight movement in his arms and could walk, yet only for a few steps. He has relied on a wheelchair since. However, Close continued to paint on with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape, creating large portraits in low-resolution grid squares created by an assistant. Viewed from afar, these squares appear as a single, unified image which attempt photo-reality, albeit in pixilated form. Although the paralysis restricted his ability to paint as meticulously as before, Close had, in a sense, placed artificial restrictions upon his hyper-realist approach well before the injury. That is, he adopted materials and techniques that did not lend themselves well to achieving a photorealistic effect. Small bits of irregular paper or inked fingerprints were used as media to achieve astoundingly realistic and interesting results. Close proved able to create his desired effects even with the most difficult of materials to control” (Chuck Close).
Although after “The Event” he was unable to create the same type of artwork, I still admire him greatly for continuing to create as much art as he possibly can. Even though I don’t find his newer work quite as appealing, it is still remarkable that he was able to create what he did using a brush that was strapped to his wrist, and I find the style that he used to be a lot more creative than in his older work.
One of the things that I admire most about Chuck Close is that he always finds his inspiration from people that he knows; his friends and family. The reason I admire this so much because this is something I do as well. Another thing that I really admire about him is the fact that he consciously tried to make art harder for himself. The way that he tried to do this was by “throwing away his tools” (Chuck Close). The reason why he did this was because “if you impose a limit to not do something you've done before, it will push you to where you've never gone before” (Chuck Close). I hope to accomplish achieving something I have never done before, and now because of how he did this I know that the way to do that is to limit myself. I will try to use him as inspiration to limit myself in my art.
The second artist that is very compelling to me is Claude Monet. When my friend first showed me one of his paintings of water lilies, I was so captivated by how he used color to create something so beautiful. Now, after having tried and failed miserably at painting myself, I have an even grater respect for how he can make what he does. One of the reasons I like his work so much is because he uses nature as his subject matter, and that is one thing that I am very attracted to. Another thing that he uses for subject matter is his family. The subject he mainly uses is his wife, which I find to be very sentimental, and I can relate to it because I also like to use people that I know as subjects for my own work.
The main thing that I am attracted to with Monet is the fact that he was so revolutionary and didn’t do what everyone else was doing. He did whatever it was that he wanted to do. For example, when everyone else was copying old masters, he would go off by himself and paint whatever he saw. He also helped to create the style of art called Impressionism (Claude Monet and Impressionism). In my opinion, it takes someone who really has a strong passion for art to create his or her own style of it. So the fact that he did that gives me great respect for him and shows that he was truly dedicated to what he did. I respect him so much for this because I have a tendency to follow the trend of what other people are doing, even if I don’t agree with it, and I wish that I had the courage to create my own path. Monet is my inspiration for doing what I want to do and create my own path for my art.
The last artist that is compelling to me is M.C. Escher. The main reason that I am attracted to Escher’s work is because his work is so similar to my own. It is similar to my work in the sense that he draws realistically and he is one of the very few, if not the only contemporary realistic drawer that I know, so that makes me feel very connected to his work.
Another thing that I really like about Escher’s work is its’ versatility and complexity. Each piece that he does is so different from the next. For example, his drawing Circle Limit III is completely symmetrical and completely abstract; whereas Hand with Reflecting Sphere is completely realistic. And his drawings are so complex because he uses math and science to come up with the concepts for his work. I find it to be so amazing how he has that amount of intellect to incorporate some of the things that he does in his work. His work is also so incredibly accurate and realistic that the things he draws look like they are photographs or computer generated images, even if the concept of the drawing is seemingly impossible. He also chooses to draw very difficult subjects, such as reflections, or things that don’t really exist, which takes a lot of creativity and dedication.
Many different things in the world outside of the art world also have a big influence on my art. The first thing is the book Draw Real People by Lee Hammond. My mom bought me this book when I was at a point in my drawing where I had taught myself as much as I could, and I needed something else to help me grow further. This book offered me many tips about how to make my drawings look less like characters and more like realistic people. It taught me many different techniques to use such as shading in order to create depth and dimension, and to not ever use a hard outline on anything because nothing in real life actually has a hard outline.
“ With every hour that you practice, you will become better. Practice everyday. Set aside a certain time just for you and your art. Draw from snapshots or magazine pictures. Practice entire portraits and individual facial features. It really doesn’t matter as long as you are drawing. The more you draw, the more natural this procedure will become. Soon, you won’t have to think about it quite as much; it will become second nature to you. Everything will suddenly become easier to draw because you will be “seeing” it differently” (Hammond).
This quote specifically, and the book in general also gave me a great sense of motivation. It was a very defining moment in my drawing career when I looked at the pictures in the book and thought, “If other people are capable of drawing like that then I am too. All I have to do is practice as much as I possibly can.” That completely motivated me to be as dedicated to practicing as the author of the book was so that I could hopefully draw as well as him some day.
Another one of the things from outside of the art world that influences my art is the media; specifically music. The music that I listen to has such a major influence on my art because I am almost constantly listening to music, especially while I am drawing, or coming up with the concepts for my drawings, and when I am listening to it, I take the lyrics and words from those songs and find meanings in them that I can use in my work. They spark ideas for the art that I am creating. Also, even subconsciously, the type of music that I am listening to influences my mood; which in turn influences my drawings. I have a very eclectic taste in music. Having such an eclectic taste in music results in a very eclectic taste in my art. I try to always do something completely different every time that I am making something. The main artists that I listen to who influence my art are metal artists such as The Devil Wears Prada, Disturbed, Cinderella’s Revenge, and Five Finger Death Punch, or more acoustic artists such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, or Gavin Degraw. I also listen to many Christian artists, and many artists that are on popular radio stations. There is a very wide variety in the music that I listen to.
Different types of music influence you in different ways. For example, when you listen to metal, it tends to make you feel calmer because it is associated with releasing negative emotions, however, usually when you listen to metal it is because you have negative emotions such as anger or depression that you need to release. When you listen to acoustic music, it makes you feel very relaxed and at ease. In contrast, if you are listening to hip-hop or pop, which is very upbeat, it will make you feel very lively. That is why music can have such a big influence on your art. Depending on the type of music you listen to, your art will be very different. So having such an eclectic taste in music results in having an eclectic work of art.
Another part of the media that influences my art is the people in it. I often take images of famous musicians or actors and try to recreate them. I find them to have a lot of inspiration.
The last thing outside the art world that influences me is nature. I have always felt very connected to nature and the environment because of the fact that I live in it. The environment that I live in and the things that constantly surround me give me inspiration in many different forms. One way that I get inspiration from nature is to go out and experience it in any way that I can, and try and use art to capture my experience and how the experience made me feel through my art. The next way is to go out and find things in nature that I can collect and recreate using art. Because of my personality type, nature is something that I am very attracted to, and being involved in it gives me a very good feeling.
There are also many personal influences that I have that have a strong affect on my art. First and foremost is religion. Religion is the most important thing in my life. My strong faith is what has the biggest influence on my entire life, and I try to incorporate that into every aspect of my life; including drawing. I believe that the only reason I am able to create the art that I do is because of God. He has made me who I am and I make all of my art for Him. That is where I get all of my inspiration from so I incorporate things that have to do with religion and my spiritual beliefs into my art a lot. I feel it is very important to do this.
The next one of these influences is the people in my life; specifically my family and my friends. My family; specifically my parents, have influenced a lot of what I do in my life. They were the ones who always encouraged my art from a very young age. My friends have also encouraged me a lot as well. My best friends were the ones who gave me my first sketchbook; which made me want to start drawing in the first place. And one of my other friends liked to draw a lot and he was extremely talented at it so that made me inspired to become as talented as he was. That was the reason I practiced so much when I was younger. And after lots and lots of practice, everyone told me that I had talent too, and that made me feel incredibly good, so it inspired me to work even harder and get even better. It is still my main motivation for doing art.
The final personal thing that inspires me is myself. Being an introvert, I often enjoy spending time by myself and thinking about different things. This time alone sparks my creativity and gives me many great ideas for things to draw. It gives me a very good feeling when I know that I have come up with something by myself that other people can enjoy as well. I feel that it is very valuable to spend time alone so you are able to gather all of your thoughts and use those thoughts creatively to make art that can inspire someone else to do the same.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- Name and describe your type. ISFP (Introvert Sensing Feeling Perceiving)
- Read your type's description and write what you find especially true to yourself within that description and what you find only partially, or not at all, descriptive of you. The I in ISFP means that I am introverted, which is definitely true for me. I wish that I could feel comfortable around people, but I am absolutely not comfortable around them. It is getting better, but I am still definitely a total introvert. They also live in a world of sensation possibilities and have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art. This is definitely accurate for me. I am very in tuned to my senses. Another thing that really describes me is being sympathetic to others. I always care much more about how other people feel than how I feel.
- How do the strengths of your type influence the work you do as an artist/designer, especially as related to Drawing III this semester? What weaknesses of your type do you need to remain aware of in order to overcome them when needed? The weaknesses of my type mainly affect critiques. Because of the fact that I am an introvert and don't like expressing my opinion, and because of the fact that I am sympathetic to other people, and don't like making them feel bad, it is hard for me to really say what I think about a piece during the critique. I tend to just stay quiet during them. As far as strengths, obviously the fact that I am so attuned to senses and aesthetics makes me very attracted to art in general. It says that they are not likely to give themselves credit for things that they do well, which I think really helps my art because I never seem to be satisfied with it so I always am looking for ways that I can change it and make it better.
- How may your type affect the choices you make in regard to subject matter? ISFPs tend to be huge lovers of nature and animals. I like to draw these things a lot, but I also like to do other things as well.
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your type in a group setting such as critique? What does your type have to offer the class in a critique setting? What weaknesses need to be addressed in order for you to be a successful participant in critique? (Remember, participation during critiques makes up a part of your grade. If you are not participating to your fullest potential, this will be reflected in your grade. If you need to participate through writing and commenting on blogs, you need to take the initiative to do so.) I think that people that have my personality type have a lot of thoughts during critiques because they are very observant, but they don't know how to express them because of what I said before, so they would much rather write things down or comment on blogs. I will need to start doing that.
The second critique was a little disappointing for me because I realized that I made some poor decisions when deciding what I should draw. The class pointed out that it was very evident that I used stock photos, and the fact that I chose to draw the stock photos realistically made my drawings a lot less interesting. The reason why I chose to draw them realistically is because it has always been very challenging for me to draw realistically, but I now understand why it gives more creativity to a piece if I change the photos and draw them in a different style.
Friday, February 12, 2010
In my opinion, the first critique went extremely well. I spent a lot of time on my drawing, and I don't feel that it was as good as other people's work, but I was still pretty proud of it. Something that surprised me, though, was that the majority of my classmates felt that my drawing looked finished, when I definitely felt like there were a lot of things that still needed to be rendered in order to look better. I was definitely rushing at the end, because I spent so much time on it that I ran out of time to finish it, but I did the best that I could, and the people in my class seemed to like the drawing a lot.