Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Final! (Life Drawing)

Looking back on this semester I can really see how much I have improved because of this class. Specifically when I see the gesture drawings that I did at the beginning of the semester and compare them to the more recent ones that I have done I can see a drastic improvement in many different things. The variation of line is much better, and I am not so caught up in drawing the outline of the shapes or only drawing what I see as opposed to how the object is actually formed. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that over the semester I have learned to look at the object that I am drawing instead of looking at only my drawing. When you focus so much on trying to create a good drawing, you forget about the actual process that you are doing and it hinders your work, but if you only focus on doing what you are able to do, you will have much better results because you aren't so worried about doing a good job. I think that is the biggest thing that I have learned this semester. But I have also learned many other things. Another thing that I have learned is that there is more to an object than what is on it's exterior, and when you learn the interior of the object you are drawing, you will be much more successful. I have also learned about controlling the tool that you are using to draw by the position in which you hold it. As well many many other drawing techniques. Finally, one thing that I will take away from this class is the knowledge that from the moment your tool touches the paper, there will always be something that you can fix about the drawing, so it is not helpful to get so caught up in perfection. Instead you need to do the best that you can to create the art in the way that you want to create it. This was a very good semester and while I was very skeptical to take this class, I am glad that I did.

Skull Drawing (Life Drawing)

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

Fourth Shell Drawing ( Life Drawing)

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.

Mannequin (Life Drawing)

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

Seventh Week (Life Drawing)

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

Third Shell Drawing (Life Drawing)

This is my third shell drawing in which we needed to use India ink in order to create the black cross contour lines of the shell, and use a wash on the background and incorporate that into the shell. I did not incorporate the color into the shell, but during the critique my classmates said that they liked the style of that. For my next shell drawing, though, I think I will attempt to incorporate the color into the shell. They also said that the way the shell was drawn was very well done and that I had a good use of diagonal lines. They liked the color of blue that I used, and I do as well, but I might want to make it more vibrant for my next drawing. This was a very fun project for me. I am not used to working with ink so it was new for me, but I liked it a lot. It gave me an opportunity to draw the shell more realistically than in the last ones because you could use shading in order to create depth, as opposed to creating depth strictly using contour lines like we did in the last drawings. For the next shell drawing I will use what I learned from this one and apply that to it.

This week, we also learned how to draw hands using contour lines. I have always liked drawing hands because they are so beautiful, but doing this using contour lines was very difficult. I think the most difficult thing with the hands was getting the proportions right because I am used to only having to draw the outline of the hands and not all of the lines on the inside that make up the hands. I enjoyed it a lot, though.

Second Shell Drawing (Life Drawing)

I decided to redo my second shell drawing because the first attempt was not accurate.
I think this time it turned out much better.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Seventh Week (Life Drawing)

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!

At the Walker, we were able to look around at what we wanted. The first piece that I saw that really interested me was Andromeda by Alfons Schilling, which is in the exhibition Event Horizon. The reason this interested me was the movement that it created by spinning and how that changed the positive and negative space of the piece.

The piece that struck me the most was Naked by Eiko and Koma which is also in the Event Horizon exhibition. My first impression of this piece was that it was going to be a large amount of feathers on the feathers and walls, but then I realized that you enter into a room. Then I saw a sign that said that the piece contained nudity, so I figured it would be a picture of nude people, but then when you enter the room you see two naked people, a male and female, laying in the feathers. At first, I thought they were fake, but then they moved, and that really surprised me. I am wondering if they are the artists or not.

Finally, the Yves Kline exhibition was quite impressive as well. The use of that royal blue color was overwhelming. And I was reading the words to an audio recording that was played and the quote, "In the end, responsibility is what commands the awareness that there's always something better; perfectionism. In the end I am a perfectionist, but that is bad because you're never happy. You always know there is better and that you can do better. There exists better, and there exists further. Never satisfied. And then, on the other hand being satisfied is mediocre. You're there. You're satisfied and you don't know what else to do and you do nothing because otherwise you are longer satisfied." really stuck out to me because being a perfectionist myself, I know exactly how it feels to never be satisfied, and thinking about the downside of the opposite was a really interesting way to think about it.

At the Bell Museum, we drew whatever we wanted. I chose to draw a moose because the antlers were so powerful looking, but it turns out that they were incredibly hard to draw a contour of.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sixth Week (Life drawing)

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.
We added the leg muscles to our manikens and the muscles on the foot as well. There are many, many tiny muscles on the foot which made it hard and tedious to work with, but I eventually was able to do it. The more I work with the manikens the easier they are, but they are still really difficult. We also started our second shell contour line drawing. The comments that the other students in my class made on it were that I used the wrong angle to draw the shell in the first place, so I need to fix that. And it was also said that I needed to work slower which I found to be very strange because I usually work incredibly slow, but for some reason with the shell drawing I am drawing very quickly, so I will try to draw slower when I re-do it the next time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I can not believe that the semester is halfway over already! It is crazy how fast it has gone!
I was not at sure what to expect coming in to this class, and I was really nervous for it. I had never done anything like this before, and I was not sure how to feel about it. It was a little weird at first, but after a while I got used to it. It was hard to learn exactly how I was supposed to do the gesture drawings, but I eventually learned. The gesture drawings were the most difficult for me because they are very quick and I usually like to take my time with my drawing, so the long poses were much easier for me. The hardest things for me, however, is the manikin. The first reason it is so hard for me is because it is 3 dimensional, and I typically like to work in 2D. This makes it hard to visualize what exactly the manikin is supposed to look like. But seeing examples makes it a lot easier. Overall, this class is turning out to be really interesting and I am learning a lot from taking it. It is completely changing my way of looking at an object from seeing it's outline and trying to recreate those as accurately as possible, and instead looking at the inside of an object to understand how exactly it is made up and created, and then recreating it from the inside out. It gives you a much greater understanding of how to draw it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fourth Week (Life Drawing)

This week in Life Drawing, we were given two new assignments. The first assignment was to build the abdominal muscles on our skeletons. The names of the muscles we were instructed to build are the quadratus lumborum, obiquus externus abdominis, and the rectus abdominis. These muscles were much easier to build than the first ones. This was probably for a couple reasons. First of all, this time I was more used to working with the clay, the book and the mannequins, and also because I am more familiar with what these muscles look like than the first ones we built.

The second assignment we were given was to do a drawing of the shell that we received in the beginning of the class. We need to first very lightly sketch an outline of it, then create cross contour lines that will create the actual outline. The drawing needs to be done on stonehenge paper.

In order to practice doing these things, we spent both days in class doing more gesture drawings on models. We had a lecture where we learned the muscles in the stomach so that we knew how to create them on the mannequins, and then we spent the rest of the first class going gesture drawings. The second day, we were instructed to attach a long pencil onto our drawing pencil so that we would learned the correct position to hold it, and to stand as far back as we can and draw as lightly as we possibly could when doing the gesture drawings. This was very hard at first, but it got easier the more I did it.

Then, at the end of class we did a long pose for an hour and a half where we used the technique of lightly outlining the figure then using cross contour lines to create the actual outline. It was actually fun to do, but extremely time consuming.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Third Week (Life Drawing)

This week in life drawing, we learned about the spinal column. We learned about how to draw the long axis which is the line that is going down the middle of the torso, and how to create the rest of our drawings from using that line as a reference point. For example, you can draw the long axis, and then you know where to start drawing the head because it starts at the neck, and you also know where to draw the lower body because it ends at the pelvis. The reason why you use this line to do this is because it always has a set shape to it. Because of this fact, you can use the curves to determine how the rest of the body is positioned. This was extremely helpful for me in improving my skills and knowing exactly what I am supposed to draw.

In order to practice these skills, this week we spent both days in class doing timed gesture drawings and we were required to start each drawing by drawing the long axis first. This was good practice for remembering to do this each time. This was actually really easy for me to do, and it made creating the rest of the drawing a lot easier.

The things that are difficult for me are remembering to use my whole shoulder instead of keeping my hand on the paper, and drawing the axis lines instead of drawing the outlines. Hopefully I will eventually get used to them. The reason it is so hard to not draw the outline is because that is what I am so used to doing. I have looked for the outline of a form every time I have drawn it. I have not really considered before what the inside of the forms that I am drawing look like. It is a very interesting thing to think about.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Second Week (Life Drawing)

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.

We also learned about the muscles on the human body. We had a session where the professor taught us the names of the muscles and how they are used. Then we were given a skeleton and clay and were instructed to use the clay to form muscles on the skeleton.

The muscles we needed to make this week were the Spinalis Cervicis, Spinalis Capitis, Spinalis Thoracis, Longissimus Capitis, Longissimus Cervicis, Longissimus Thoracis, Illiocostales Cervicis, Illiocostalis Thorasis, and the Illiocostalis Lumborom muscles. All of these muscles are on the spinal column going from the neck to the bottom of the spine.

Creating these muscles was definitely the most difficult thing I have done yet in this class. It was hard to translate from the book how the muscles were supposed to look in 3 dimension on the skeleton. The hardest part was the fact that the book only showed one muscle at a time so you could not see how to fit together. But after a long time, I figured it out.

Aside from it being difficult, it was actually fun to do.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

First Week (Life Drawing)

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.
However, we were able to look at our drawing this time. These drawings were observed by the rest of the class, and then we split up into groups and they gave us feedback on them.

My group said that it looked like I lifted my charcoal a lot in the blind contour, which is true. It actually made it a lot more difficult, as I came to realize, to lift the charcoal a lot because I was not able to see where to start up again. They also said that in was very linear, it looked like I paid attention to the line value, and that it had a very sketchy feel to it.

I was pleased with this feedback and I think that it is all very true.

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

Fourth Critique

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.

Third Critique

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


Claude Monet and Impressionism


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.

One of the best tips for me was,

“ 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

Myeres Briggs

  1. Name and describe your type. ISFP (Introvert Sensing Feeling Perceiving)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Second Critique

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.
Not only did I make a poor decision in choosing to use stock photos in the first place, but I also chose poor stock photos to draw from. It was very difficult to find a picture that I could draw of a grandmother, so I chose what I thought was the best one, but the one that I chose was clearly an Asian woman which did not make sense to use with the other picture of the American child. Also, the picture of the child that I used was a bad one to use because she looks very posed. It was a candid shot, but she looks like a child model, so it gives the impression that she thinks she is very photogenic, etc.
It was very disappointing because I spent a lot of time working on these drawings, and they didn't turn out how I wanted, but I learned a lot from doing them.

Friday, February 12, 2010

First Critique

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. 
Something that one person suggested was that it would look really good if I did it in color, which I agree, because the original picture in color really brings out the gems, but that wasn't the assignment, so I couldn't do that, plus that would've been a lot of work. Something that I would've changed though, was that I would've added more to the drawing in order to give it more meaning, because I wanted to create something meaningful, and I feel like I didn't accomplish that, but I still think the drawing looks good. I am excited to finish it.

First Blog Entry

My name is Jenna Rieder.
I'm from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and I'm a Sophomore here at UW-Stout in the Studio Art program. 
I am considering concentrating in drawing, so, if that is the case, I will be taking this class many more times to come. I absolutely love to draw; even though I don't think I'm very good at it. The main thing that I like to draw is people. Most people consider this to be a very difficult subject to draw, but that is part of the reason why I like it. I like the challenge it presents. However, I would consider other things to be much more difficult to draw. When I draw people I aim to create photorealism, however, I have never been satisfied with my attempts at this, so that is my goal whenever I do a drawing. Most people say that they can draw photorealistically, but they like to challenge themselves to create something different than what they see, but for me, the challenge is to recreate what I see exactly how it is.
Something that surprised me a  lot about the reading was when the author said that you don't necessarily need to receive an education in order to be successful in life. While I now consider this to be true, and can think of examples to prove it, this came as a shock to me because my parents have always told me that I need to get a degree in order to get a good job and I need to get a job in order to be successful. That is one of my reasons I came to college, was because my parents told me I needed to. But I now believe that you create your own success in this world. If you create art that can speaks to people, that in itself is a success.