Monday, January 6, 2014

Mixed Media Project

     For my Mixed Media piece I created a portrait inspired by the phrase "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
      Now, I procrastinated greatly for its blog post and unfortunately left the finished piece at school without taking a picture. I will attempt to edit a photo of it in later.
    The picture itself is a rendition of the phrase as a family portrait. The father appears with dollar symbols over his eyes, the mother is pictured with money stuffed into her ears, and the daughter has her mouth covered by a piece of tape with a brightly colored smiled drawn on it.
    The media I choose to do the piece in was originally going to be oil pastel and watercolor, but upon forgetting to do the background in intended watercolor first I went straight to oil pastel and experimentation. I achieved an interesting effect on the daughter's skin by first using pencil and then going over it with oil pastel. I chose to just do the parent's skin in oil pastel making them a lot brighter than the daughter. I then moved onto their hair which I also did with oil pastel. I was going to outline certain areas with pencil, but zoned out completely and began the process using a pen. I ended up doing line work in their hair with a brush tip inking pen. I'm not over-joyed with the result of it, but am fairly pleased with my use of chalk pastel in their clothes, especially in the father's suit jacket.
     The background of the picture just ended up being a brushing of green and gray chalk pastel and while not the most creative idea....actually I really don't have excess for that, but overall I'm content with how the project turned out. I also believe I followed the instructions well as I showed great variety in color and texture and followed our them Amusement, allow it was in a twisted sort of way. The art journals we did prior and during this project didn't have any sort of influence on my project, and while enjoyable, it actually caused me to start my project late and stall through-out the entire project.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sticky Situation

I had many ideas for this project including many that involved cobwebs as Halloween is approaching, but before any of those ideas were used I rediscovered my love of Sugar Skulls which led to this. There were about 30 ideas on my list and I found most of them quite creative.
For this project we were asked to incorporate repetition which I did excessively with dots. I opted to use acrylic because, no matter how hard I try, whenever I use watercolor bad things happen. I believe I successfully learned how to use acrylic and I love how you layer the paint. This was only a problem when using the orange as it showed up as yellow until about four coats. I found that the small teachings in class were extremely helpful in learning how to properly paint.

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal was the theme for this project. I started by thinking of the first few words that came to mind when I thought of that and then used the same process for those words until I had about twenty. There's no extremely strong emphasis in this picture, instead I chose to emphasize the couple by opting not to do a complete background. I instead grounded them with a black shadow and, to indicate sky, did some light blue crosshatching behind them. I didn't really take any risk with the projects as compared to the previous or the next one, but I do believe I had a good concept and executed it well through technique and my chosen medium.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's the Point?

Final piece for the prompt "What's the Point?"
The piece ended up being an archery scene in pen and ink. I decided to use pen because I've never done an actual piece in that medium. I used all, but one of the learned techniques and most of them were new to me. Contrast is shown mainly in the sky and putting darker objects by lighter one such as the trees (light) and the space behind them (dark).