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.