Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finished Parallel Project








I wasn't entirely sure about using charcoal on such a small details, but it turned out fantastic! I was really wary about the limbs and how they would turn out, because they were so thin and most artist use charcoal for more massive projects. I'm really thrilled that they turned out the way they did and the viewers can see the movement of the babies. I also gave the babies and the mother claws instead of real hands and fingers, to add to the creepy effect. I really enjoyed using the charcoal on the floor, I know it's kinda overlooked and not the main focus, but I love how it's darker on the outside and in the middle it's lighter. The items on the shelves were cool to draw too, because the light looks like it's not just focused on the same spot on every item. Although, it took a really long time to complete and I took plenty of breaks in between every shelf.

I haven't  used charcoal on a project ever in my three years of art. I was so apprehensive, that I spent a week just practicing how to get the right values for my piece. I actually tried prolonging the use of  charcoal as long as I could, because I didn't want to mess up. Eventually, I put on my big girl pants and I got to work.  After I completed this I had a new thrill for charcoal. I hope in the future I get the opportunity to work with charcoal again. The main lesson I learned from this project is to "not be afraid of the dark."




Friday, May 16, 2014

Finished Perspective Project

This is the finished product of our groups perspective project. 



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My group worked really hard to spell the word "Pride" on the wall in the courtyard. We continued to have trouble with the materials, mostly running out of tape and having to stop working until a member of our group was able to get some more. We were really close to finishing one day, but ran out of tape just before we could. As a group we decided to do something related to the school and the word "Pride" was very fitting. I am not ashamed to admit that I have a lot of pride, which is where my competitiveness, stubbornness and the drive to finish what I start comes from. 

Our first challenge was that we were confronted and told that we couldn't use chalk on the area that was perfect for our project. We were sidelined a bit until everything was cleared up, but in that time we came up with a backup plan. The group though that tape would be just as effective, but would be costly. So, we  agreed to take turns buying the tape, so that one person wouldn't have to pay for everything. I helped get the black tape and other chipped in and got yellow. We did have communication issues at the start, but were soon fixed. I honestly do believe that our project looks spectacular with the tape instead of the chalk. With all the drama and trouble it was worth it, because the outcome was phenomenal. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Parallel Project


                                 
For the Parallel Project we have to choose a current event and make a piece of artwork metaphorically relating to that event. I was talking with my table mates and a story about a couple who found 7 dead babies in a woman's garage packed on cardboard boxes, caught my attention.  This story turned everyone's stomach as to how cruel this was, surprisingly though, none of us has heard of that article until that moment. The article came out in 2006, which was plenty of time for this tragic news to get attention. We all questioned how this could of happend, because her husband was in jail for 8 years. I though this would be perfect for the project seeing that this tragic story has never been heard. The sketch is the mother continuing on with her daily life, for instance shopping at the grocery store, but the burden of her babies are crawling behind her. The woman may try and move on with her life, but her tragic past claws at her feet "dying" for attention. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Perspective Project

                                
For the Perspective project the group that I'm in has decide to put get word "Pride" up on a wall in the courtyard. We had technical complications at the start, but we manage to push through and have resolved to using tape as our main resource. We thought it would be cool if we would use school colors to represent the pride of Apex High. It was hard at the beginning to position the letters the right way, because we were all different heights and each of use saw it a different way. The solution to that problem was easy, we just let one person be the director. Another challenge was tring to follow the directions of the director, because most of he group couldn't explain with words were we needed to 
 the tape without being confused. This led to frustration and arguements within the group, in result, some of the group members,me included, scurried away from the situation and waited for things to die down, which would take longer than you would think. Sick of the constant bickering, I brought in a laser pointer to help direct us where to go and just like that, the quarreling stopped and the work began. We are in the process of scrapping up all the duck tape we can find in order to complete this piece.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finished Time Project

                              
This is the final product of my time project. I've decided to add colorful stars instead of another rummage in the left corner, I thought it would have been to overwhelming. I finished the lamppost, representing the timeline of Narnia and the castle in the upper right hand corner that represents Hogwarts, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter timeline. I spent most of my time painting the infamous blue box, or took more time than I thought. Acquiring the right shade and making she the lines were symmetrical was the most nerve racking. I loved painting the sunset of the castle, I find mixing different colors intreging. I admit, I got carried away with the stars and if I could go back and change the amount of stars I've added I would. It didn't turn out how I expected, but I'm satisfied with the result.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look at the Love Boats

When we had the freedom to do our own projects I chose to work with Origami. I became aware that making origami are way harder than it seemed, needless to say I’m a beginner. So I set out to work with the easier origami like the boats and hearts. Since I could do anything with my limited skill level and the deadline coming up, I thought it would be cute to have the hearts in the boats making the ironic term “love boats”. I was talking with my table and we thought it would be fun if we put the names of couples on the hearts, whether they were from books, movies, video games or even celebrities. Here are some pictures of the finished product.





 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Time Project

Artist Collaborate:
    At the beginning of the project I was clueless as to how I was going to incorporate time in a piece of art. I literally sat in my seat staring at the canvas hoping that an idea would come to me. By chance, my friend in fourth period is a huge fan of Doctor Who and was ranting about previous episodes when the idea of incorporating Doctor Who into this project.  After telling her about my dilemma in art she recommended to me that there was no better idea for this project than to involve an something from Doctor Who, since the whole show is centered around time travel. I decide to make my piece of art about the Doctor’s time machine, the Tardis that looks to be a blue telephone box. I was set on painting just the Tardis floating in space, but Madyson gave me the idea of incorporating fictional places in different times that appeared through wormholes. So I decided to do a lamppost, which represents Narinia, a door with 221B on it, a popular icon I the show Sherlock, and even the silhouette of Hogwarts from the infamous Harry Potter. I also, thought it was cool to have all of the locations trace back to England, but since they were in different times I found it ironic.  
Artist Solve Problems:
    At the beginning of the project I was clueless as to how I was going to incorporate time in a piece of art. I literally sat in my seat staring at the canvas hoping that an idea would come to me. After I had my idea and had gotten started and was doing well for a while. After sketching the Tardis onto the canvas I realized the width wasn't identical to the one in my sketch. I thought about erasing half and making the adjustment which meant I would have to take a couple steps backwards and destroy the detail I had worked so hard to include. When it was time to clean up I was frustrated and irritated with myself, but then a classmate took a look at it and knew exactly what it was. I felt a sense of relief that even though it wasn't identical people were able to recognize what I was trying to do.  The other struggle I had was trying to find the right shade of blue. When I started the painting process, I was using a blue that was closer to a purple and I knew I was at another dilemma. I knew making it darker or light would make it either look light purple or dark purple. A resolution came soon when I found out that another student working hard on their project had the same blue I need. I was happy to have found an easy solution, because I couldn't afford anymore setbacks if I want to meet my personal deadline.
 
Artist Create Original Art:
  I know that the Tardis, from Doctor Who isn’t my original idea. I did make sure I drew the design by hands and not just sketch it onto a canvas and call it my own, which would be plagiarizing and illegal. Adding my own original touch is another reason of why I decided to include different imagines from British pop culture in my piece as well. I thought about how many have draw, painted, or sculpted the Tardis, but I haven’t seen anyone included themes from other books or movies into the same work of art. Many who know of the show of Doctor Who will most likely see the resemblance it has to time, saying that it is a time machine. If others don’t, they will getting the references to Harry Potter, Narnia, or  Sherlock.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Appropriation Post #2

2. Artists develop art making skills.

- learn techniques and processes

- explore media

Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?

Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
 
For my new project our theme is time and I was thinking about creating a flipbook of Peter Pan flying to Neverland with Wendy, John, and Michael Darling. I though this connected to time because Peter Pan was the only child who never grew up and over time a person is to mature and grown into an adult. The idea that Peter Pan defied time and the aging process is fascinating. “Everyone grows up, except one.”
 
5. Artists collaborate.
- share ideas and knowledge
- teach
- help
Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?
While finishing up my “Time is Money” project I asked Mr. Sands what I should include in the background. My background was a nice shade of green that represented money, but it was looking plain, so I asked for help. He gave me the idea of printing pictures of money off the computer and macheing it onto the background. I also rolled up a couple of the money pictures to make the hands for the clock.
 
4. Artists take risks.
- try new things
- experiment
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
 
I have recently started another project that involves sculpting clay. I was thinking I could do a mobile with different icons from popular movies, TV shows, or books. I thought it would look way cooler if I made my figurines 3-D instead of just drawing them out. I haven’t gotten far, because I’m still brainstorming ideas of what I could use in my project, but I’ll start working on it very soon. I haven’t really done a mobile before so I’m interested to see how it turns out, but hopefully the odds are in my favor and this project will be a success.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Appropriation

4. Artists take risks.

- try new things

- experiment

Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?

I decided to do a clock made out of money to represent the phrase “time is money”. This project was a little risky, because I donated real money to my art project. I wasn’t sure if anyone would go through the lengths of taking my materials either, but I relied on the safety of the art room to protect my work of art. I just wanted to try something new, because I was feeling confident that no one else was dedicated enough to make major sacrifices like I am.     
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Artists develop art making skills.
 
 
- learn techniques and processes

- explore media

Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?

Did you gain skill with familiar materials

In class were we brought to realize that the way the image is facing can affect the direction the viewer’s eye goes. If images on the piece of artwork is facing a certain way or is directed a certain way, the viewer may look in that direction. It’s better to keep the views eye on the page and not off the page. So, an artist is better off capturing the attention of the on looker when the artwork is kept on the page, therefore they won't loose interest.

 
    5. Artists collaborate.
- share ideas and knowledge
- teach
- help
Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?


Lately, I’ve really been trying to develop my shading skills, because they are below average. So, I’ve asked for tips to make my drawings more realistic with adding shading and highlights. After observing my fellow classmate Britney, who is exceptional at the skill, I started to practice a lot more on my own. My doodles are looking better, but there is always room for improvement. I enjoy doodling balloons the most; I just find the shape easy to work with, since I’m a beginner.


 
 


Monday, January 27, 2014

Just Relax

The theme for our project was tension. My mind inmmediately brought me to an image of someone getting a relaxing massage to relieve the tension from their life. This peice of art portrays a woman getting a massage from hot stones to relieve the tension in her back. I used shading to emphasize the stones and tried to express the importance of dark and light. I directed the light to come from the left, so the naturally, the right side of the woman's body would be the darkest. Everyone has stress or tension in their lives and as show in the drawing above, a relaxing massage could get ride of it.

Let Them Go

My first assignment of 2014 was to include typeography in our peice of art. I used oil pastels to outline the ballons and colored pencils to fill in the balloons with the colors blue, orange, red, and green. To include typography,  I wrote the word "live" repeatedly to form the letters L-I-V-E. I decided to assemble the word "live" on the balloons, because balloons signify letting go and gaining the freedom to live life however a person chooses.