Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AP art analysis

So, the end of the year is upon us and I have much to say about my experience with the AP art class, however; I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what to tell you my readers about my experience in this marvelous year long art class. I could just fill this page about how I grew as an artist under the guidance of one of the best art teachers I have had by fare and my growth as a better person as I have interacted with other artists who have struggles that differ from mine. The best way to go around this is to sum up what has been many months around various artists who styles and life's differ so much from each other. Over all I can that this has been the best experience I had since my coming into high-school. I will truly miss all of you.

So the beginning of the year was a struggle for me socially and artistically as I have had no thought of what i was going to do for this new class. The time I had spent on my pieces were little to none as I myself had hit a wall, an artist's wall..much like a runner's wall but with art, it took some time and socialization to know that no one was being judged for their art and that there was a friendly and happy environment to be promoted here. This lead me to come out of my shell a bit both as a person and an artist, I had started spending more time on my art and even bumped heads with other people who have very different styles and thinking patterns than I do and I do not regret one bit of it because in the end it turned out the way I had imagined it or pretty close. With the guidance given by my newly founded friends ,who would have made me a better person and artist, and my wonderful instructor I had started to make pieces that truly reflect who I am and what I am.

By the end of the first quarter I had been putting much more effort into my pieces than I had at the start unknowingly finding my concentration before I had even thought of it. I was starting to piece together what I was thinking but wasn't thinking at this time and with the combined efforts of my art teacher Mrs.Rossi and my many friends I had pushed out of my comfort-zone and was trying new and interesting medias that I would have never done before. This had lead me to realize that I need to practice more at people and painting because both were not my strong suit and I needed to find my tone, my media and who I am as an artist. I look back and realize that there was many pushes made to be who and what I am right now and many of those pushed started right here..at this time. When I needed help my friends and teacher had helped me chose new media that was best suited for me.

After that we were nearing the end of the second quarter of the first semester I had not done much self-reflection and hated my breadth pieces as I did not see them for what they were and how they were apart of me at this time. All I know was that there was something about them that I both hated and loved it had bothered me tremendously because none of it in my eyes had led to the creation of my concentration. Even though it took awhile I took the words of my art teacher and applied them heavily studying all of my breadth pieces to see what they all had in common and how they show me as an artist then it dawned on me. My concentration was something that I am, that I was, it was something that I hold the dearest to me and no even though I hold people close to me my dearest part of me is my childish ways. They had unknowingly sparked into my art and provided me with these cool and interesting ideas that I would have never thought of if I had conformed and repressed my childish thoughts.

So the beginning of the second semester was the turn of a new leaf for me socially and artistically as I had formed new friends and allies in art. These allies were and are people that I can trust to give me true criticism where I need it with me knowing that it is for the good. I had started settling into my media of ink but not sure how to use it so I started with the ink and water color which was heavily enjoyed by many but hated by myself. I had sunk deeper into my childish ways which better reveal more works of art that I have had bundled inside of me waiting to be released upon my friends in my art class. It was the best feeling to finally know who I am as a person, an artist and as a friend to many of my peers and others. From there everything had blurred into one fast motion of fun, adventure, learning and art. I honestly can say that I do not regret a single moment of it all and that I wish that the year was long so I can further enjoy the company and the guidance of my friends and teacher. This has been a great year for me and in the words of our retired principle Mr. White "Make it a great day.." though I remember the whole thing being something more emotional and I think it has a better use here so from me the writer to you the reader "The choice is yours, so make it a great day."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Project 7

This project is by far the best one I have done all year. I am completely comfortable with where I am and what i am doing. I am going to continue using pen and ink along with stippling as I find it easy, time-spending, and relaxing. Although I am not finished with this work it has to be the best work I had ever done. I will do more stippling as it seems to come more naturally to me than anything else i had been doing all year. I plan to use this pen technique for all of the next semester. This project is a WIP and  I will post a final product on the blog when i finish it.

Project 6

For this project I wanted to climb out of my comfort zone and put myself in unknown territory. Having seen other artists paint around me I decided to give it a shot and I am disappointed in the outcome of this project and let if unfinished. the paint was hard for me to control and the right color I wanted was harder to get than I had imagined. I have to admit I took too big of a step out of my comfort-zone that I wanted to. Rethinking it I should have done a pen and paint combo media work again, however; I am flatly stating that I am not going to do this media again as it is messy, difficult and too much for me. I am going to admit that i am not a painter and I do not want to paint I am a sketcher and a drawer, I am not suppose to paint I am suppose to draw. Stating that I had decided undoubtedly to continue with my pen work as it is fine alone and looks nicer than anything I had done previously.

Project 4

Project four, there is not much to say about it because it is self-explanatory to me, though; an explanation is in order I would guess. Well most comic books have something called a full-page which is a single panel that usually takes up 1 to two pages and is a climax of that particular issue, comics usually do this when introducing new major characters to their comic universe. OS i did a full page putting what I call a nightmare, which is the large orange-ish creature with the mask, against someone who I plan to have as a main character. This artwork features her pinned against it and that is it. What I used to do this project is pen and water-color, both were fun to work with. For the pen I tried something different I used finelines for not-so gradual shading and a thick point charpy to give it all a cartoonish type feel. The water-color stayed exactly where I wanted it due to the ink but it was harder to get it into the parts that had finer lines for some reason. Even though theses two medias work nicely together I do not see myself working in this combo media again as it messy but applies the cartoon/comic feel I have been trying to apply.

Project 3

For project 3 I decided to continue to go along with the comic book feel I was making with my work. For this project I played with multiple medias and different ink techniques, it has been awhile since I had done stippling and I was nervous to do it again for a project fearing the terrible outcome that was bound to happen, however; the outcome that became of it was more of a success which was nice since it is an easy technique to apply and use for nearly anything. A second technique I used for this project was fine lines which happens in the panels two and three. The fine lines allowed me to add gradual shading that became darker over time. This was also a fun technique that came easily to me but it did not give me a change unlike the graphite part I used for panels four, five and six. The use of graphite is sort of cliche on my part but the application came out nicely and looks as if the story is being viewed from two different perspectives. Overall this project gave me a somewhat difficult time but the outcome is something I enjoy viewing and something I see as worth the time I had put into it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Project 1 and 2

This is what I have done with my project, I decided to play it safe and use line and color to help express the child-likeness found in everyone. Though the use of color to express characters is hard, it allows for the viewer to get an understanding for the person or creature. The use of light colors such as in the second picture gives a feeling of peace and purity while the green against it complements each other giving off a feel of nature and down to earth. I do my best to avoid the use of black as I do not want to use that shade or colour to express the characteristics of a character I am creating, That is why the cloak of the skulled-creature had changed as when I used black it gave it a look of terror but when I used the violet it gave it a new light that was not so sinister but mysterious. I am not wanting to apply color to at least one of the two projects I submit bi-weekly; to show the feeling and the emotion of the characters by either the colors they are or the colors they wear. I have learned that the expression of people through colors is through clothing so I am doing my best to attempt to do that through my pieces.

Second Semester concentration.

For my concentration I choice to express the child-like imagination in everyone. I am going to express my concentration through dreams since that is something we all no matter how old we, dreams show the child imagination in the: Old, mature, adult and teen, however; what expresses the childish imagination of all is nightmares. The things that keep us awake at night haunt us when we are awake. So I will express this using a comic-book like style for most of my pieces to create on on going story of the imagination in everyone may it be fear, happiness or sadness. This will be a challenge for me as I wanted to express and use different medias for a simple piece I may not be able to do that. As I progress through my projects I have sinked into on kind of style that I can do an abundance with, I may use this style in different media to portray my concentration.