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.