This is the drawing I did with chalk pastels. I don't really like how it turned out, the chalk was very hard to use. There are some places where it tore the paper a little, but I don't think they're too noticeable.
This is the candy drawing I did. It was hard because the shape was kind of irregular and it took awhile to get the values in with the blues and whites.
1. Describe the subject matter and meaning of your artwork.
For my scratchboard project I drew butterflies emerging from their cocoons. I included the branches and you can see some flying in the distance as well.
2. How did you use textures to enhance your picture?
I used texture in the branches to show the bark and the moss. I also used it in the cocoons, to show all the folds and the almost stringy texture. Including texture made it look a lot more realistic and interesting.
3. How did you balance your artwork and create a well-organized composition?
I tried to place items all throughout the picture and not leave any big spaces blank or have anything too clustered together. I think I should have put the big butterfly a little lower so it wouldn't be as close to the cocoon or the butterfly coming out of its cocoon.
4. How did you imply movement in your drawing?
I implied movement by showing the butterflies' wings in different positions, so it looks like the wings are flapping. There are also some that are very small, so it looks like they are flying farther away.
5. How could you improve your artwork?
I could improve my artwork by moving the butterfly in the lower righthand corner down, and giving it a better proportioned body. I also wish I had left the branches a little darker.
6. How did you demonstrate a wide range of shading values?
It was really easy to go too light too quickly, so I had to be careful when I was trying to get a more medium value. I mostly just pressed lighter on the tool so it would take less off, and spaced out the scratch marks so there was more black in between the white.
This is the skull drawing I did. It was hard because I had to work off of the picture of the skull instead of drawing it myself.
1. Discuss your drawing. Use your own words to describe, analyze, interpret and judge your artwork. Add art vocabulary to make your critique better. There are a few questions to guide you so you need to be as in depth as possible.
I did this self-portrait in colored pencils. I chose the mechanical drawing instead of the expressive or zombie options. I don't really like the background, but I think I did a good job with the metal on the face, and making it look scratched up. I incorporated the colors blue, purple, silver, and pink because I wanted the metal to stand out more. I should have added more value to the drawing, though, especially to the hair and background. I think the blending is a little messy, too.
2. Discuss how you accomplished depth and value in your drawing. Why did you choose the portrait style that you did? What is the most important aesthetic quality of your drawing? How were you able to give the viewer an interesting experience with your choice of medium and techniques? If you are unsure what aesthetic means then look up the meaning and write it with your critique.
When I added value to the skin, I blended gray, brown, and purple together, and added layers of lighter colors over them. I also used the 10% cool gray pencil to blend out areas I didn't want to be too saturated with color. I used a lot of black and white for the values in the metal, and different grays and blues for the table. For the white bottle in the corner, I used peach, pinks, grays, and white. I chose to do the portrait the way I did because I thought it would look interesting if the head was on a table like it was being worked on by a mechanic or something. The most important aesthetic quality for me is the metal and the colors I used in it, and how I blended it with the skin. I think the colors and the metal are the most interesting thing, and nice to look at.
3. Does your drawing evoke feeling and expression? How did you accomplish this?
I think my drawing is creative and might make people looking at it wonder why I drew it. If I had just drawn a regualr portrait with the shoulders and chest included it would probably be less interesting.
These are all the drawings I did when we were practicing the features of the face. I really liked doing the eyes the most, and I learned a lot while practicing them.
This is my Dum Dum drawing. I really liked the stick and the lollipop part, but the wrapper gave me a lot of trouble. If I could change anything, I would change the colors.
1. Describe how you created an interesting point of view? Was it successful? Why or why not?
I drew a cat inside a box inside a bigger box, and I think it's interesting because the boxes are at different angles. It would have probably looked better if I had zoomed out more, but I like the way it's set up.
2. Why is it important to understand perspective and how to draw it? If you understand perspective your art can be more accurate and look interesting.
3. How were the colored pencil exercises important in the success of your piece?
They helped me understand how to better shade and techniques to use.
4. Describe the craftsmanship of your colored pencil. What techniques were used? (How well the project is technically crafted).
I colored in the direction the object was going; like with the boxes, I made sure to use straight lines. I also used layers of different colors. Some of it was messy looking, though. If I could do it again I'd try to go smoother.
5. Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
Yes, I think you can see the depth pretty well. Some areas could be darker or lighter, but it doesn't look terrible. I made sure to have both a foreground, middle ground, and background, and I tried to shade them so you can see distance.
6. Explain your experience with colored pencil and the project in general. What were the obstacles and advantages?
I liked using colored pencils, but it was much harder to blend the colors and make the lines smooth than with paint. However, using color instead of graphite pencils made it easier to show things like fur or light.
7. Looking back on the progression of this project what skills, techniques or other information would you like to have been taught? Do you feel you were prepared for this project?
I wish I had been taught how to better shade and make the colors and lines smoother. I learned a lot from this assignment and could probably do it better if I tried again.
These are the apple and the pumpkin that I drew together in colored pencil. I think everything looks good except for the highlights on the apple. Hopefully in the future I'll get better at showing lighter values.
These are the first studies I did. I don't like the values on the apple.
This is the value chart and a sphere and cone I drew with the values. I think these would be a lot better if I drew them now.
Here is a cube I drew with the values. The blending isn't very smooth.
Here is the value study I did with the objects that were placed on the table. I don't like it very much, and I think the shading and blending could be a lot better.