Monday, December 17, 2012

Anamorphosis Drawing


For this anamorphosis drawing, I chose a picture of an object online and then put it in photoshop to distort it.  We had to scale it in a way that made the top wide and bigger than the bottom so it would look like it's coming off the page when we drew it.  The options at the top on the program is where you click on Edit and then go to transform to change, distort, or rotate your picture in anyway.  The goal was to create an image that would look like it's popping off the page when you take a picture of it from an eye level perspective.

The disproportional object was put on a grid to help me draw it correctly.  If I hadn't stretched it on photoshop, I would've had no idea how to draw it in a way that would make it look 3 dimensional.  Something else that helped was the values put in with colored pencils.  There are so many color options rather than just black and white.  That's why the shadow is purple rather than black because it's still dark, but gives it a more colorful look.

The project was successful because the grid helped me draw an accurate version of the disproportionate popsicle.  Also, the color values added depth and the purple shadow helped the popsicle look like it was standing up when we took the photograph from a different perspective.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Game Drawing

My game drawing was of the board game "Sorry" and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I like all the different colors  I could use in the board and the colored pencils allowed me to do a lot of different values in color.  Since I drew this board in perspective, I had to use two vanishing points, but it was hard to do because the points were out too far to draw on a piece of paper.  I had to just imagine where they were and draw my lines that way.  After I drew all my lines with the ruler, I went on to add light water color washes to block in the colors before I added detail.  Once I started coloring, I decided where the light source was and you could see the gradation across the board from light to dark.  My game pieces had shadows under them because of the light source.  One of the challenges for me was drawing the actual game pieces and the ellipses.  I think the ellipses ended up looking good though because I blended the colored pencils and added highlights with some colors that I wouldn't normally put there. Another challenge was keeping the water color inside the lines because it runs all over the place.  I learned how to be successful in two point perspective and be precise with my ruler and stay inside the lines with watercolor. 

Stencil and Spray Paint

In the computer lab, I found an image of a famous landscape that I liked which was the Golden Gate Bridge.  I opened Photoshop and made the picture into black and white.  Then, I adjusted the threshold of the photo to create the best effect and darken the picture so the stencil would have blacks and whites to cut out and look the best when I spray paint it onto the collage I made.
When I was creating my collage, I tried to cut out pages of magazines and books that were related to world travel, because the bridge I was going to spray paint was a place that people saw when the traveled and it was related to transportation.  I had pictures of compasses, suitcases, and different types of transportation.  I also had a blue and purple theme with my watercolors that I put over the papers, but it mostly got covered by the pink and orange spray paint in the background. 
Since the picture was in black and white, the black parts were made into negative space and cut out while the white parts stayed intact and became positive space.  We projected the picture up on a wall to enlarge it and I drew it on a big piece of paper that later became my stencil.  I had to have positive and negative space so that the image would actually show up.  They contrast each other and it looks better when you cut out the black parts because it makes the important parts show up better. 
Using the xacto knife wasn't difficult, but you had to be safe while doing it.  Always cut on a cutting board so you don't ruin the tables and be careful because the point is very sharp.  I sometimes had a hard time cutting small areas with the xacto knife, and I always cut the shapes the wrong way so they ended up falling out, but you can't have loose pieces.  Tape was able to fix my problem for the most part. 

My experience with spray paint was great even though it smelled bad.  I think the overall composition of the artwork is good because I put a lot of newspaper in my collage for the background.  Then, I put a bunch of water colors on the newspaper and spray painted the background orange and pink.  That made it look better when I spray painted the black bridge from the stencil on it.  My stencil had a few messed up pieces on it that I had to tape back on so that made a few parts look a little bit messed up.  However, I was very happy with the way it turned out overall.

Monday, October 22, 2012


1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
  I used balance in my artwork by trying to make the amount of black and white equal to make the drawing pop.  I tried to fill the background with coral and sea life to make the eye move around the page, but the fish is the focal point.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?
      Texture and contrast were important because there were only two colors you could have on the pictures; the paper and the ink.  I didn't want the print to look totally flat and lifeless, so the stripes and dark parts of the fish were kept, and I cut out the rest so the fish would pop out against the background.  I also tried to use a variety of thick and thin lines to add some texture.

3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
       Negative space is the parts of the linoleum that I cut out.  Most of the fish is negative space, except for the stripes and eye.  Most of the background is positive space except for the coral and seaweed which I cut out.  I think there was a nice balance within the piece of artwork.

4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)
   I think my craftmanship on my print is good because I chose colors that go well together, tried to be neat while printing, and have a satisfying final product.  Something I'm not happy with is the white splotches where the ink didn't completely cover the paper.  I also think that the drawing looked better on paper and kind of got worse as a print, but it still turned out pretty well. 
5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
     I achieved depth by putting tiny pieces of seaweed in the foreground on the bottom, the fish in the middle ground, and a lot of coral in the background.  This created an entire scene, rather than just a drawing of a fish.  It was important to have details in the main object and the background.

6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
     I had a hard time getting my print in the registration marks and carving the little shapes into the linoleum.  An advantage was being able to not worry about making the cutting completely even inside the big spaces because it wouldn't show up on the print.  Overall, it was a fun project!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Print Sketch

Texture is important to have in sketches because in printmaking, you have to have a strong textured outline rather than just a simple outline.  I want the animal to look as realistic as possible when I turn it into a print, so I have to add the fine details in to the sketch.  Since I can't use different colors on the print, I have to use texture!

 I want my animal and its habitat to look original, not like I copied it exactly from a picture.  So when I have several pictures of the animal and several pictures of its background, I can take elements that I like from each picture to create my own!  The background of my fish comes from three different references with different underwater plants.  I wouldn't have been able to do this without so many different sources.
I think my sketch with the fish and the deep sea background will make the strongest print because it fills the page and has texture.  My other two animals don't look as good and have a background that isn't very interesting.  When looking at all three sketches, the fish definitely catches my eye and hopefully it will do the same when I turn it into a print.

Interactive Chalk Murals

My experience working with my team on the interactive chalk murals was great!  Everybody contributed, so the project turned out really well!  I think our idea for the mural was original, because nobody else had thought of it and executing it was kind of difficult, but it worked out in the end.  We had a hard time figuring out where to start on such a big space, so once we had everything sketched out, we were able to color it in and add value.  I think the values on the lockers really make the colors pop, so it was definitely an important element to add.

Collaboration is so important when you work on a team.  We all had to agree on what we were putting on the wall so that everyone knew what was going on and wouldn't be upset if there was something happening that they didn't know about.  It also kept us organized.  We usually all worked on the same thing at the same time because we had to color so many lockers.  I think this helped us stay together during the project.

I thought our project was successful because when we first decided what we were going to draw, we weren't even sure if we could pull it off!  Once we got everything going and got a little help drawing the backpack, everything was much easier.  The final product turned out so much better than we thought it would, so that's why I consider our mural to be successful.

I never knew there was such a thing as "interactive art," so I think having the whole school pose in front of our drawings is really amazing!  Several times I saw people who aren't from art classes looking at the drawings and figuring out how to interact with them!  Involving the school in our work was a good thing because it introduced them to art and may have inspired them to do some of their own!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


There were many different steps to drawing this portrait. First, I had to trace all the values we saw in the photograph on a piece of tracing paper, and then I colored the back of the tracing paper to transfer it into my sketchbook.  With the outline of all the values, I was able to fill in the entire face with all the shadows for my final piece.
Since the picture was in black and white, I could see all the shadows on the girl's face and hair.  To trace these values on my paper, I had to put it up to the light on the window because some were harder to see than others.  It was really helpful to have the value chart to compare my drawing to because it helped me figure out how dark or light to shade certain areas.
I think I achieved the full range of value in my portrait.  In some parts of the hair, I was pressing down as hard as I could with my pencil and then in some parts of the face, I was shading as lightly as possible.  I probably have more middle values than anything, so maybe I could've improved by making some areas darker.

My craftmanship on this portrait was neat, but could've been better.  It was hard to make the different values blend together sometimes, so I think some parts look a little bit rough because I was changing the pressure of my pencil.  Other than that, I think my craftmanship was good. There aren't any stray lines and I did my best to make it look neat.
An obstacle I had to overcome was when I was trying to draw the eyes on the portrait.  They have such a distinct shape and there was a wide range of values on and around the eyes.  I was able to deal with it by starting in the center of the eye and working my way out. Also, I made sure I included the highlight in the eye.

Friday, September 7, 2012


I really like the way my shaded shapes drawing turned out with the different colored oil pastels on each shape.  The colors really stand out and look bright on the black paper. The shapes were overlapping each other since they were on different planes, so I tried to be as neat as possible while blending the colors next to each other.  I'm glad I got to practice shading the shapes a lot before I started the final project because it made the final project so much easier and better.  If I made any changes to the project, it would be to fix my sphere because I always have a harder time drawing and shading those than the other shapes because of the circular motion you have to use.  Overall, I feel like this project was successful and I am not disappointed with any of it.  I learned to be patient with my work and not go too fast, how to use different values of color, and make shadows that look realistic.