H, Taylor Art 1 Portfolio

In this activity we cut out paper pieces to represent each principle of design.
In this activity we cut out paper pieces to represent each principle of design, and it served as my true introduction into the rules and principles of art.
In this activity we picked one picture to represent each element of design, which I really enjoyed doing.
This was my goal card for the semester. The card was meant to represent my goals, so I decided to put Japanese text that means "Mugen" or "Infinite", because you should never stop improving. The setting sure also represents the sun setting on my childhood and my need to grow up and become more mature.
This was my attempt at drawing my left hand from my pretest, which looking back was not my best work.
This is my perspective pretest drawing of the hallway outside of the art room, which was not complete in time but I feel was pretty good for what it was.
This is a self portrait that I made during the pretest, which when compared to how I am able to draw facial features now, shows improvement.
This was my first attempt at contour line drawing, which was of my left hand.
These are four examples of contour line drawings. There is a lamp, a watering can, a tiger and a hand.
This is a line contour drawing of a donkey skull that we created using liquid graphite. It was my first time attempting to use realistic shading and when compared to things that I made later in the class you can see improvement.
This was a contour line drawing of my shoe. While we drew, we were not allowed to look at the paper, and we weren't allowed to pick the pencil off of the page, so that the final product was a continuous line.
These are a series of gesture drawings of another student. The idea behind the gesture drawings was using a series of short, non continuous lines that captured the form of the model. I really enjoyed this assignment.
This is a cylinder that I drew using chiaroscuro, which is a form of drawing that utilizes shading to create the illusion of light and shadow to give 3D form to 2D drawings.
These are two different angles of chiaroscuro ears that I made.
These are my two improved pairs of chiaroscuro eyes. The pair on the top looked like the eyes of a female and the pair on the bottom remind me more of a male.
These are my three chiaroscuro lip drawings, my favorite being the pair on the top left because they are curved and look more natural.
These are my three chiaroscuro noses, which I felt were the easiest feature to draw.
This is my first pair of chiaroscuro eyes, which were not bad but definitely the worst out of the three pairs I made.
These are my chiaroscuro spheres, which were the first chiaroscuro drawings that I made, and I think that they turned out pretty well.
These are my chiaroscuro cones.
This is my chiaroscuro mannequin, which was an assignment that I enjoyed a lot because we had to use all of our knowledge on chiaroscuro on a variety of shapes.
This is my ten level value scale.
These are my one point perspective cubes.
These are my two point perspective cubes.
These are my chiaroscuro cones, with a source of light on the right casting a shadow to the left.
This was my main digital surrealism piece, which used a variety of personal symbols and imagery. I love pop culture, so going into this project I decided to create the most chaotic pop culture reference that I could, which Mrs. Burwell explained was a form of surrealism called “Pop Surrealism”, which I think is really cool. In the end, the goal or meaning of this art is that there is no goal or meaning.
This was my second digital surrealism piece that I did for fun, which relied on not only pop culture but internet culture as well. I gave this one a green color scheme because I think that green gives things an eerie, strange vibe that I thought matched the piece.
This is an Eland that I touched up the paint on. Our class spent a lot of time on the Eland, and personally I think that in the end they looked great.
This is a picture of Ostrich and Young Eland. I did a lot of mechanical work on Ostrich, and I helped plan out the fabric for Young Eland (I basically modeled the fabric).
This is a picture of all of the puppets once they were done. The residency was so eye opening. Never before had I really understood the kind of hard work and determination it took to make these puppets. I had no idea how they would turn out, but the whole art department did an amazing job, and I couldn't be more proud of our work.
This is my pop art self portrait. This portrait's color scheme was based off of the colors I saw in pop art versions of Marilyn Monroe. I made my eyes black as a joke, but I accidentally saved it and couldn't change it back, but I learned to accept the black eyes as a part of the piece. Pop Art is a form of art that often mocks or creates an ironic version of popular media, and often goes against some of the traditional unspoken rules of art.
This was the image that I based my pop art digital self portrait off of.
This was the image that I based my self portrait off of.
This was my self portrait that I titled "Simpson's Disease". Going into this portrait, I couldn’t pick a serious image of myself because I think I look stupid trying to look nice, because I prefer to be funny. I used the color scheme because I was hoping to look a clown when I was done, but I looked like a Simpsons Character, which inspired the name “Simpson’s Disease”.
This was our color wheel that we made based on what we learned about Color Theory.
This was the clay mask that we worked on. The mask used a mix of personal symbols, like the rooster, the Golden Gate Bridge and trees, and it was supposed to be inspired by traditional Japanese Kabuki masks, but as I worked I realized that the mask looked somewhat like a Mexican Luchador mask so I rolled with it, combining the two cultures.

This art class has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned so much more about art, and have completed my initial goal of learning realistic shading when painting and drawing. The residency with Donovan Zimmerman was one of the obvious highlights of the semester, where I learned more about sculpting and woodworking, and much more about papier mâché. The clay unit was also very fun, because it helped me learn and understand the many small techniques that you can use to improve a clay sculpture. One of my other favorite activities was the digital surrealism unit, where I unknowingly created a piece of pop surrealism. I also made plenty of new friends who before this class I may not have really clicked with. Every body in that class has changed my view of art, even if it was only in a little way. I can't wait for the things that I'll learn in Art 2, and that I'll learn when pursuing the arts for the rest of my life.

My favorite artist quote is a quote from Pablo Picasso, which says, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." I love this quote because I agree that art is an amazing way to escape the boringness and stress of daily life. When I walk into the art classroom, the thoughts of my math homework and the upcoming pacer test disappear, and I'm allowed to focus only on creating works of art that I will love and remember for my whole life.

Victor Moscoso: "Poster Show" 1967. This is my favorite piece of art. It is located in the MoMA, and I wish that I had some complex, personal reason for loving this piece, but I can't figure it out. I have spent some time looking at this piece and trying to figure out why I am so drawn to it. It may be the symmetry, or the fact that it's not perfectly symmetrical. It may be the contrasting colors, or the beautiful shapes, but I know that there is a deeper reason that I am drawn to this piece. That has been my relationship with art for a long time. There are some pieces that I just can't stop looking at, and this is one of them.

From this point on in the portfolio, the art included is from my Art II class, which I took as a sophomore in high school.

"Brendan Fraser": Exquisite Corpse by Henry Taylor

This piece is titled “Brendan Fraser” by Henry Taylor. It was created using pencil and colored pencils in an exquisite corpse game, and therefore has parts that were created by other anonymous artists. It is Dadaist, and features a creature wearing a suit who has a pink and blue divided face. He has a large nose ring and plants growing out of the top of his head. He is using two hula hoops and has crab claws for hands, and his arms are so long that they almost reach his feet.. His legs are old and cracked apart doll legs with a black liquid dripping from the cracks. The creature’s shoulders are very small but his waist is very skinny. His suit has two pockets and he is wearing a pink and blue striped tie that matches the skin tone of his face and arms. There is a black liquid coming out of his mouth that looks similar to that which is coming out of his legs. He has two small feathery wings on his shoulders. There is a second mouth on the top of his head, as well as a small spout which is making bubbles. The image uses red and blue a lot, but also has little bits of yellow and brown in the plants, nose ring and legs.

There is a contrast between the blue and pink colors that make up the creature’s face, and the same goes for the creature’s pants area, where there is a contrast between the red pants and the blue hula hoops. The claws on the ends of the arms serve as focus points due to their darker and more noticable tones. The piece uses odd proportions to give itself a surreal and almost creepy tone. This is shown clearly in the size of the head when compared to the size of the rest of the body. There is form used mostly in the face to give details and in the legs to give them a 3D effect. The cartoony look of the creature’s face and body contrasts with the creepier looking legs. The image sticks mostly to a red and blue color scheme, but there are yellow accents throughout which serve as focal points.

This piece seems to be all about contrasting themes and colors. The pink and blue coloring in the face makes the creature seem divided into two sides, and the fact that the eye on one side matches the color of the other seems to be a reference to Yin and Yang. This theme of contrast is reflected in a few other ways across the piece. The top of the creature’s head is covered in life, while the legs are broken and decaying. The clean suit also contrasts with the legs which are dirty and unkept. Another way that the legs contrast with the rest of the image is that, while they are broken and dollish, they are much more realistic and human-like than the rest of the creature.

Overall I think that this is a good piece that it is interesting to look at. The creatures face has decent shading and the colors are interesting. The image’s overall surreal vibe helps give it an eerie vibe. This creature overall looks threatening, which makes the whole image unnerving, and I believe that this works in the piece’s benefit. To conclude, this is an interesting and different piece which was very fun to creature due to the activity’s loose ended nature, and I am very happy with the results.

Brief History of the Dead Corpse Game: The "Dead Corpse" game is a game that was played by Surrealist artists. The game is played by folding a piece of paper and allowing different people to draw the different body parts. The end result is a creature made by a number of different artists that doesn't look like anything from the real world. As I said, this game was played by surrealist artists.

Cadavre Exquis with Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, Max Morise, Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)

This is an example of an exquisite corpse like the one I made.

This was a submission that I did for "Doodle for Google", which I based off of the "Me Too" movement. It shows a number of diverse women wearing black, which was what they did to support the Me Too movement at a number of award shows. To the right of the image, the stage morphs into swirling colors, which represents the change that will come with these protests. It was very fun to make, with the planning process being especially fun. Overall I think that it could have used a bit more detail, but overall I am happy with the end result.

This is my spread of vocabulary for our block printing unit
This is an image of my linoleum block while I was carving it.
These were my samples of creative prints, in which I carved a small piece of linoleum in order to test different methods of printing.
This is an image of one of my final prints. This was not my creative print, as it only used black ink on white paper.
My final creative print, printed on a section of map

When making this block print, it took me a while to come up with ideas. Then I remembered a story that my dad told me about out great great grandpa. My dad told me that he was the first person to strafe a trench in a plane and that he was the literary agent for authors like Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Margaret Mitchell. Then, through research, I learned that he was a feared and decorated soldier in World War 1. In the war, he flew planes over the battlefield in order to take images and relay the info back to the French and American armies. It was during this time he became the first person in history to strafe a trench, which means to shoot a trench from a moving plane. I represented this aspect of his life with the camera, the airplane, the flag and the medal. As I mentioned, later in life he became a quiet driving force in the history of literature, with some of the most famous books in American history having been written by authors using Kenneth as their literary agent. This part of his life was represented in the desk, the pen, the ink and the books. The decision to place the print on a map represented the travels he made in his life. Because of Kenneth's interesting history, I decided to make a block print to represent his story.

The process of making the block print was very interesting and something that I would enjoy being able to do again in the future. It started with creating a mind map, in which I came up with the ideas and symbols that I wanted to represent in the print. Then I began sketching these symbols in my sketch book and eventually came up with the composition below.

Then I transferred this image onto tracing paper and then onto my linoleum block, which I began to carve using a special tool. Once I was done carving, I covered the block in ink and began to create my prints. The process of printing was fun, and I was especially proud of my creative print.

One project we did in the class was to study an artist as a group and figure out more about who they are and what inspired their work. This was the "Art 21 Stories" project. In our project, we studied an artist named Kara Walker. Kara Walker is an African-American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker. She attended Rhode Island School of Design & Atlanta College of Art. She makes silhouette art that depicts slavery and many other racial issues. Her pieces often take up entire rooms that depict many different people in a number of situations, most of which relate to her theme of racial issues and shocking imagery. The pieces often include disturbing images and depict an exaggerated form of everyday life for African Americans in the South.

"The Means to an End...A Shadow Drama in Five Acts" Kara Walker 1995. Made with etching, aquatint on paper.
"Cut" Kara Walker 1998. Made with cut-paper
"Endless Conundrum, An African Anonymous Adventuress" Kara Walker 2001. Made with paper.

This is a spread that I made when I was planning my independent project. I focused much more on plants in the planning process because originally I was going to have the foreground of the image be composed of jungle-like plant life. I also came up with the general color scheme which was lots of blues and greens, but when I made the final painting I also added lots of purple

This is what my original composition idea was. It was inspired by a book that I had finished not long before starting, which was "Annihilation" by Jeff VanderMeer. In my final painting I ended up keeping the beach, ocean, lighthouse and trees in the background, but I got rid of the plants in the foreground and the frog.

This is my first process image. By this point in the painting process I had added the horizon line of the ocean, gotten the color of the sky I wanted, added some clouds, and had started on the beach.

After some further work, I had added more detail in the color of the water as it faded towards the horizon. I had also added the wet area of the sand on the beach, and had begun to work on the sea foam coming in with the waves. By this point I had gotten the beach to the shape I wanted.

In this image, I had refined the wet parts of the sand. I also added the foam of the coming wave, and the foam of the last wave on the beach. I gave the water some ripples. Towards the end of class, I added a lighthouse in the background and had begun to work on the trees that were going to go along the back of the painting. By this point I had abandoned the idea of including foliage in the foreground.

This image reflects the most amount of work completed between images. When this was taken, I had added in the trees to the right side. I had also added a large tentacle coming out of the water, which was the new direction I wanted to take the painting in, and had begun to work on the main body of an octopus monster the tentacle would be coming from. Finally, I added some wooden stakes in the sand to make that space feel less empty.

This was the final product. By this point I had finished the main body of the octopus and made the clouds feel more realized. I also decided to make the clouds purple, which matched the color scheme of the octopus and added to the surreal tone of the painting.

Artist Statement for Independent Project: This project started out as a piece dedicated to a book that I had read, but it quickly became something very different. I love surreal imagery and peaceful scenes, and when I decided that I was going to add a giant octopus monster coming towards the ocean, I had Cthulhu in mind. The painting process was a relatively new experience for me, as I had never done a landscape painting in acrylics before, but I am happy with the final product. I did run into some problems, however. I had a bit of trouble getting the clouds right, which I was able to fix using Youtube tutorials and experimentation, which led me to the decision to make the clouds purple. The painting serves as a contrast between the calm times in life and the more hectic things that we deal with, and how those more chaotic events can come out of nowhere and rock our worlds.

Visual Journal of Jules from Pulp Fiction, drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal based on a short story I was writing at the time, drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal created in a monkey drawing contest with Nuno Aguiar, drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal of lemon creature and various sidekicks, featuring extra monkey from monkey drawing contest, drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal based on the video game "The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild", drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal created while planning for final project, drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal inspired by the movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World", drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal inspired by the movie "Akira", drawn with pencil.
Visual Journal created based on dreams I've had, drawn with pencil and painted with water color.
Spread of hands in different positions.
Spread of experimentation with acrylic paint.
Spread of experimentation with water color paint.
This painting is by Dave Pollot, who I studied in my art history slide share. It also depicts Bob Ross, who was another artist I studied.

Art Inspiration and Art History Connections

Growth Statement: Overall, this year was great in art. I loved the freedom we got to work on the projects we wanted, and I feel that overall I improved a lot as an artist. The highlight of the semester was the independent project, in which I was able to express myself more than any other art project I've done. I think that a theme of my art is how small life is, and how absurd it can be. I think that this is a theme that will develop as I continue as an artist and as a writer, as this theme has also found its way into my writing. I would like to continue improving on painting, and I would also like to start more 3D art, as it is a field that I have not explored much and may have potential for me.

Artist's Statement: The world is a scary place. All around us there are problems, such as war, hunger, hatred, and fear. Many feel that the end times are upon us, which is honestly an understandable viewpoint. My work is inspired by not only horror in the real world, but fictional horror as well. Demons and monsters interest me greatly, and I am inspired by the ideas of H.P. Lovecraft and other fictional examples of science fiction and cosmic horror.

This is the first process picture of my collage "Naranja". I used scraps from a picture of a cave to create the background and an image of the sun to create the creature in the foreground.
This is the second process picture of my collage "Naranja". By this point I had used pen to give the creature a melting appearance, and had begun to add more creatures entering the room in the background.
This is the final version of one of my collage "Naranja".

"Naranja" (asymmetrical balance dream with portal)

This was the first of my three colleges that I started working on, and I was very new to doing successful and well thought out collages. This piece also came with the added challenge of featuring an asymmetrical balance and a portal. I accomplished an asymmetrical balance by placing a monster on the right side of the image and including demon arms and spiders with a slight orange tint that matched that of the monster itself. I had some trouble getting cool effects by using the Citra-Solv on the magazine pages, so I was able to use a combination of oil pastels, acrylic paint and fine line pens to get some of the textures I wanted. In this piece, orange represents a sense of danger and panic. This expressed through the fact that it is the primary color of the monster that serves as the focal point of the image. This is also represented in the other monsters that are entering the room, as they have tints of orange as well. Their orange is not as intense, however, because they are not as close to the viewer’s point of view, and therefore would not be as much as an immediate threat. There are two portals in the image; in the window and in the monster’s mouth. They both are a calmer blue color, which to me makes the portals seem like an escape from the horrible creatures that occupy the piece. The asymmetrical balance of the image makes it more chaotic, as the image feels as if it is out of order. The monster takes most of the power held in the image, which shows that the monster holds all of the power in the situation that the viewer would be in, if this were the viewer’s real point of view. The monster is also the focal point of the image, which is another reason for the monster to draw the viewer’s attention. I am very pleased with the melted liquid textures that I applied to the creatures skin. I feel like this texture draws the viewer’s eye in and makes it examine the creature much closer. I also decided to add the other monsters entering the scene in the background because it was suggested by my peers and my teacher, and I feel that this made the image feel like a more rounded out composition and gave it an even more grave sense of danger. My goal with this work was to make it horror themed, and through that giving it an emotion of fear or panic, and maybe a bit of dread. This was because the orange monster is based off of a nightmare that I had a few years ago, in which the monster chased me into a small village out of a desert. The image was made with the goal of making it look like a nightmare, and evoke the kind of emotions that would come along with a dream like that. This piece has deeper meaning to me personally, as it represents a dream that I had, but to others looking at the piece, it will likely only look like horror imagery. I do hope that people understand that it is supposed to look like a nightmare. Overall, I think that this piece gives off the scary vibe that I wanted it to, which correctly matches the emotions that went along with my nightmare. For a first effort on collages, I’m pretty happy with it. If I had to change anything, I would’ve made the a more even balance between the left and the right side.

This is the first process picture of my collage "Smoking Kills Time" I used brown and green scraps to make a basic background, and then used white acrylic paint, and then added the face of a woman in the top left corner to give the impression that the woman is blowing a cloud of smoke.
This is the final version of my collage "Smoking Kills Time". At this point I had used acrylic paint to add clocks into the cloud, and used pens and sharpies to make the woman look like a reaper.

"Smoking Kills Time" (abstracted photo with grid)

In this piece, I seeked to create an abstracted version of an image of a clock that I have in my house. I paired this goal with an image that I found of a woman smoking and combined them to create what I feel is a positive message for my art. This was hard because originally I did not have a clear direction for this piece, but by combining different elements, I was able to create what ended up being my favorite collage out of the three. This image has the most muted colors out of my three compositions, consisting mostly of blacks, whites and browns. I believe that these colors fit the bleak vibe that the composition gives off to the viewer. This piece also made the best use of the citra-solv pages, as they make up the majority of the background. There is a lot of white used in the cloud that serves as part of the images main focal point, and lots of black in the clocks and the smoking reaper. I think that this image has a good sense of movement from the reaper’s mouth to the rest of the page. This goes along with my theme of vaping and smoking taking away your time in the world, as time can quickly move away from you. I think that the combination of the citra-solv backgrounds and textures created with white acrylic paint make this piece very interesting to look at. This also contrasts with areas that have less texture, like the cloak of the reaper. The muted color scheme is something somewhat unique to this piece, as my other compositions featured much more vibrant colors. I want this piece to make people think about the decisions they make in their lives, and how those decisions can affect the amount of time that they have to live their lives. In the image, a woman smokes and as she smokes, clocks leave her body with the cloud. This represents the time that she is losing by doing this to her body. She is also a reaper like figure, which represents the risk of death or other harm that comes along with taking drugs of any sort. The clocks represent time leaving, and the woman represents all the death caused by drugs or other illegal substances. The background is bleak and without much detail, which represents how mundane and sad life can become when things like drugs become a part of your life. I think that this is the most successful piece that I made during this project, which makes sense because it was the last one that I made. It has the strongest message and composition, and I think that it turned out very nicely. I was also nice to be able to feature my own personal style in the piece, which I did by adding fine line details to the reaper’s face. There isn’t much I can think of that I would do differently if I had another chance, and I think that this is likely the best collage piece I’ve ever done.

This is the first process photo of my final collage "Tree Of Life". I created the tree out of an image of a straw costume covered in bells, and added prayer flags to the image. I also made a sky out of all of the blue scraps I could find.
This is the final image of my "Tree Of Life" collage. At this point I added foliage to the rocks below the tree, and attempted to make everything flow together in the tree by using mint green paint.

"Tree Of Life" (self portrait with cruciform balance)

This piece was designed with a more symmetrical idea of balance in mind, with slight differences on both sides to keep the composition interesting. I used many different colors, but focused more on cooler colors that I did in “Naranja”. I was having trouble figuring out what I would use to make the tree, but I noticed an image of a straw costume and decided to make that intro the trunk, attempting to keep the costumes interesting textures. There are many plant textures throughout the piece that use many greens. The sky is made out of a variety of blue textures combined with blue acrylic paint to make them flow together more naturally. The straw textures of the costume make up the trunk of the tree which uses light browns and mint greens. The tree is the central part of the composition, as it is in the center of the piece and serves as the main focal point. This is because the tree represents me, and considering that the piece is a metaphorical self portrait. I think that the variety of textures in the tree and in the sky make this piece stand out. I had a bit of trouble getting the texture of the prayer flags right, and I think that getting those textures right would help pull the piece together better. I wanted for this piece to feel very peaceful, as it represents a state of mind that I strive for. When I think of prayer flags I think of very peaceful mountain settings, and of the country of Nepal which is an area that I would love to visit some day. In my eyes, a tree represents something steadfast and sturdy, which is the state that I think I am able to keep my emotions in. The prayer flags, while serving as peaceful imagery to enhance the mood, also serve to highlight the inner struggle that I have with my spirituality, as parts of me seek to be more spiritual, while other parts reject this idea and are more secular. When the viewer looks at this peace, I want them to understand the calm vibe that I wanted it to convey. Once again, this piece has deep personal meaning, and therefore is likely hard to understand on a deeper level for the average viewer, so I would like for people to come to their own conclusions when it comes to the meaning of this piece. Out of all the collages I did over the course of this project, this one is my least favorite. I like my ideas that I had for it, but artistically it is not as strong as the other two. I am touching it up more soon, which will hopefully allow me to appreciate it more, but for now I think that it has a lot of potential improvements that would help it become a better piece overall.

Growth Statement: I feel like the process of making collages helped me understand how to create interesting and meaningful art out of the things around me, which were magazines in this case. While working, I often had to trade scraps with my peers and search a number of magazines for what I needed. I think that the thing I would need to improve would be a mastery over the medium in general, but besides that I was happy with the results. The best way to improve would likely be to continue working in the medium and improving my skills.

This is my area of emphasis contour line drawing done with oil pastels and linseed oil.
This is my area of emphasis contour line drawing after tracing with pen.

This piece was one of my range of approach projects, done to show an understanding of emphasis, space and line. I decided to use a piece of driftwood because I liked the interesting shapes in the wood and the limited color pallet. Adding the pen was a personal decision towards the end of the project, and I feel like it helped make the form of the contour driftwood much easier to discern. I think that I got the form of the driftwood down well in the emphasized area, which was done with oil pastels and linseed oil. If I were to improve on anything, I would maybe move the area of emphasis slightly to get rid of the tiny corner in the bottom right, but besides that I am very proud of this piece.

Growth Statement: This piece was very fun, as it was a new medium for me to explore combined with one that I had been growing my skills in. The oil pastels were very fun to work with, and I liked to include the ink lines, as that is a medium I am very comfortable in. If there is anything I would improve on it would be my placement of emphasis, which I will be able to sharpen by continuing to work on art with diverse compositions and balances.

This is my negative space drawing. To create it, I looked at a bike and drew the negative space rather than the positive, and filled said negative space with different patterns and designs. It was a very fun project, and I'm happy with the variety of things I came up with to fill the negative space

Growth Statement: This project helped expand my understanding of positive and negative space, and also allowed me to flex my creative muscles a bit, as coming up with different things to fill the negative space with was challenging. Ultimately I would improve on the form of the bike if I had the chance, with is a skill I could sharpen by drawing from direct observation more.

This a reflective still life that I did in colored pencil. It depicts three different reflective objects, each with different kinds of light and shading. I am the most proud of the blueish green vase on the left, as I feel that I had a very real form and good colors/shading. If I had more time, I would go back and improve on the texture and details of the background, but I feel as if I did the objects well.

Growth Statement: This piece helped expand my understanding of light and reflection, which is something I've struggled with in the past. If there is anything that I would refine, it would be the background which was very rushed and poorly done. The main thing to work on with this project would be better time management.

This is a poster that I made when researching artists to serve as inspiration for my first independent project. The artist featured in this poster is An-My Le, a Vietnamese photographer who's work focused in on many of the ideas that I wanted to represent in my independent piece.

These are my planning pages for my "Four Horseman" drawing, and were made when the ideas were very new in my head.

This is a process image from my work on my project "Four Horsemen"
This is my piece "Four Horsemen"

This piece is one of my favorite 2D pieces I’ve ever done. I feel like I used many diverse design elements, such as different textures and shading that made the piece look more realistic. I also feel like I used design more thoroughly in this piece, as I had to actively use my planning much more that I have in the past. This piece is also very original and true to me, as it has provided me an opportunity to express my personal style more than ever before in art. I was also able to convey a message with this piece about how the world feels like it is coming to an end, which is a message that plays a big part of my life. I made good decisions with this piece, and there aren’t really any decisions that I regret in hindsight. This piece had an intent from the beginning and that intent stuck throughout the art making process. When we first did the ballpoint pen drawings, I was worried that using pen wouldn’t be good for me, but I decided to stick with it and this piece turned out much better than my shoe drawings. I also used a book with pen techniques that improved my skills. There were very few reference pictures that I used for this drawing, and any reference pictures were simply used for inspiration rather than a compositional foundation. Ultimately I feel as if my vision was realized, which is an amazing feeling. This is one of my most confident pieces, as I was given enough freedom to represent my personal philosophies and style. Once the message behind the piece is realized, it becomes much more evocative than it would be from the first viewing, which is a quality that I like my art to have.

Growth Statement: This was one of the first times I've ever felt like a project was very "me" which is a great feeling. It helped me understand proportion and shading, but I would say the biggest thing I learned was the clear expression of emotion and touches of personality to make characters feel more human and real. If I could change anything, it would be to digitally add colored backgrounds which is something I originally planned to do. Overall though, I think this piece helped expand my style as an artist.

These are planning images for my piece, "Lovecrafitan Headache"
This is my first sketch of the final composition

This is my block print titled "Lovecraftian Headache". It is based off of the prompt from NCASA, which was "Selfie Unfiltered". The idea behind the piece is that there is a force trying to hide my emotions, in this case represented by the octopus, but it cannot hide the darker feelings, which is why the octopus is crying. It took a lot of time outside of school, but I was able to get the carving done. One of my biggest inspirations for the look of this piece was the artist Tom J. Newell, who does pen and ink drawings that utilize positive and negative space. When deciding what to make, I had a number of ideas, all of which didn't quite fit the prompt. In response to my frustration over the lack of ideas, I decided to put an octopus on my head, which is an idea that really spoke to me. The process of carving was very fun, if quite challenging, and I'm quite happy with the results. If there is anything that I would change it would be to give the shirt more substance, but overall it is probably one the pieces that I am the most proud of.

This is my final print and the block itself

Growth Statement: I can't think of any single project in recently memory that I am more proud of than this piece. For a long time I've felt at a disadvantage to the artists around me in class, but now I feel like I'm finding my own voice and purpose. The only thing that I would change would be to have more positive space in the shirt, but besides that I am extremely happy with this piece. It greatly improved my understanding of positive and negative space, expanding my block printing ability, and likely changed my work ethic for the rest of my life (it wasn't easy).

This is my art history meme, that features myself (Henry Taylor). It was based off of a portrait of a poet. Overall the process of positioning myself to take the image was very fun, and I felt that I chose a painting that I could feasibly recreate. It was a great introductory project to get my art muscles flexed, and I would gladly do it again with a different painting.

This is one of the planning pages for my piece "OSO". It focused on the composition I was going to use and the style that I wanted to draw in.
This is the other planning page for my piece "OSO". It focused on the thematic significance of the piece.
This is the first process picture for my piece "OSO". I had created the basic outline of the bear and had done some pen detail work on the head.
This is the second process picture for my piece "OSO". By this point I had done more detail on the bear's head and was fleshing out the line quality I wanted to use.
This is the third process picture for my piece "OSO". It features continued focus on the small details of the head. I had also laid out the plans for some of the larger aspects of the composition, such as the IV bag, the TV screen and the control panel on the stomach.
This is the fourth process picture for my piece "OSO". I had begun to focus on the bear's arm and finished the IV bag. I also decided to implement the dark tubes coming out of the bear's chest that serve as one of the composition's main focal points.
This is the fifth process picture for my piece "OSO". I had fleshed out most of the larger details on the chest, decided on bandages as the defining feature of the other arm, and began on finishing the TV screen.
This is the sixth process picture for my piece "OSO". I had really begun to focus on the bandaged arm.

This piece is titled “OSO”, and it depicts a bear that has been filled with technology in some kind of gruesome experiment. Within the process of creating this drawing, I was attempting to explore the effects that technology has when imposed on nature. This is a question that I have had for a long time, which was spurred by my discovery of the “body-horror” film subgenre a few years ago. The genre uses imagery of machinery invading the human body in order to terrify the audience. As I see advanced technology as an inherently human, I instead wanted to represent this kind of horror as an invasion of the body of an animal. The conclusion I ultimately led myself to was that technology can infect nature without destroying it completely, which is why the bear itself is not dead. Instead, the machinery hurts the bear greatly and becomes a part of the creature, twisting it until it is something unrecognizable. Its beauty is tainted but it does not get the release of death.

This was my second major pen and ink piece, with a drawing of the four horsemen of the apocalypse immediately preceding it. I wanted to represent a more difficult perspective within the piece, which is why I chose to have the bear’s arm bending upwards. This position was difficult to wrap my head around at first, but the process was rewarding as it allowed me to better mentally visualize proportions and anatomical positions. However, the success in that area of the drawing wasn’t easy for me to achieve, and it took multiple tries to get the arm in a position that I felt looked right and worked for the composition. Another goal that I had going into this piece was to include as many small details as I could so that the viewer has to look closely to notice all of the pieces of machinery outfitted on the bear. It was an interesting challenge to come up with new ideas as to what kind of technology the bear would have incorporated into his body, and the relationship that these devices would have with one another. At one point I even drew out a chart in which I described the purpose of each machine and how it relates to the other machines.

The main question of my concentration is "What effect will the negative relationship between humans and nature have?" This piece specifically focused on technology's relationship with nature.

I used Mircon black pens on a 18x24 piece of white paper. I used fine line drawing to create small details and created different textures by changing how my pressure I applied and the frequency of my lines.

Growth Statement: This is one my favorite pen and ink pieces I've ever done. The amount of detail that I was able to incorporate boosted my confidence as an artist, and it felt like a natural progression of my concentration. If there is anything that I would like to revisit, it would be the bear's crotch area, as I would liked for that to have been incorporated more seamlessly into the composition. Besides that though, I am proud.

This is the first process picture for the skull I made for the school musical.

This was a skull that I painted using acrylic on a wooden circle. It was designed to serve as a visual representation of Ms. Darbus, the theatre teacher in Northwood's production of "High School Musical".

This is the first planning page for my piece "Floral Fright".
This is the second planning page for my piece "Floral Fright".
This is my linoleum block that I carved to create my piece "Floral Fright". Unlike my last carving, it was traditional linoleum rather than cork composite linoleum. In this image, I was about half way though the carving process.
This is one of the additions of my block print "Floral Fear".

Immediately following "OSO", I wanted to switch back to humans being attacked by nature. I had already explored an animal clashing with a human, so I wanted to represent plants. In this piece, the questions that guided my thought process was "What kind of emotions would you feel if you transformed into a plant. Even if you stayed alive after this process, how would you cope with the fact that your senses would be gone? Would your consciousness still exist, or would it disappear once the process was complete, and would it be preferable to have a consciousness with no way to move or sense the world around you, or would it be better to stop mentally existing?" All of these existential questions led me to the conclusion that someone experiencing such a situation would feel a confused fear based on the bewildering uncertainty of one's future. That is the reason the subject is not screaming, as the fear she feels is so deep that it cannot be expressed in any way but a nervous look.

Once again in this block print, I wanted to explore long flowing lines (similar to the tentacles from Lovecraftian Headache). I also wanted to add more detail to the face than I had in Lovecraftian Headache, which is why I included the wrinkles and grooves. The rest of my concentration had been in black and white, but I decided to try red and gray, and I was happy with the results.

This was an 18x18 block print made using black and red blockprinting ink. The block itself was made of linoleum. I used a carving tool in order to carve away negative space in the composition.

Growth Statement: This piece, while I am not necessarily disappointed with, felt weaker than my other three in my concentration. I have a common mistake of carving too deep in my block prints, which was a mistake I made again this time around. I feel that if I had not done this, I would feel more confident in this work, but alas, I repeated my past issues. However, I enjoy the composition as a whole, and feel that it is a necessary step in my concentration. I hope to learn from the mistakes I made with this piece to improve the quality of my art overall in the future.

This is the original sketch for my piece "Mary Shelley".
This is the first process picture for my piece "Mary Shelley". I had begun to flesh out the detail of the deer head, and had sketched out the entire composition.
This is the second process picture of my piece "Mary Shelley". I had finished most of the deer head, added a rabbit head, and had begun on the possum head. I also finished the hanging apple.
This is the third process picture for my piece "Mary Shelley". At this point I had finished the possum head and the first bat wing. I had also started on the main body of the creature.
This is the fourth process picture of my piece "Mary Shelley". By this point I had made a lot of progress, as I had added an owl eye, entrails, a raccoon head, a lizard eye, the second bat wing, the second rabbit head, and a fox tail.
This is the fifth process picture for my piece "Mary Shelley". In this part of the process, I had finished the main body and completely fleshed out the animal's front and back legs.

For this piece, titled "Mary Shelley" due to its somewhat blatant inspiration by the late author's novel "Frankenstein", is the darkest direction my art has ever taken. I feels as a true sequel of sorts to "OSO", as it continues with the theme of human experimentation on nature. The piece itself serves as an answer to the question "How does human perception of nature bastardize the true way the natural world works?" The conclusion I came to was that humans grossly simplify the unknowable complexity that exists in our natural world. We classify all that is not "human" as "animal", which essentially mashes all sorts of diverse creatures together to create an unrecognizable mess. We combine all aspects of nature under blanket terms which makes it all easy to fear. We have also made nature into something to gawk at. We watch documentaries of animals consuming one another and think about how we are so much more civilized than they are, while this is often not the case. All of these thoughts combined to create a creature made of a number of different creatures that is being monitored by cameras and microphones and being manipulated by humans in the form of an apple.

The major goal of this piece from a technical standpoint was to diversify the values that I used. There were little areas of dark in "OSO", and I wanted to make sure that this was not the case in "Mary Shelley". This was easy to achieve from a composition standpoint, as the variety of animals that make up the creature's body forced me to be creative with the different values I used. I also was able to create much more realistic fur than I did in "OSO". Despite these differences, "Mary Shelley" feels like a very natural progression of the style I developed in "OSO"

This was drawn on 18x24 paper with black Mircon pens. I used fine line drawing and observational drawing of animals from different angles to create an interesting composition.

Growth Statement: This piece allowed for my personal style, specifically in pen and ink, to develop greatly. It most fully embraced my emphasis on horror that I love to represent in my art, and had one of the deepest meanings out of all of my art. I was also able to finish it in a much more reasonable time than the rest of my pieces, which points towards a development in time management skills that is greatly needed. It fits extremely well within my concentration.

This is the poster that I designed for Northwood's Drama Club's production of the Neil Simon play "Rumors". The play took place in a 50s inspired environment and featured black and white makeup with accents of red in each character. For this reason, I decided to stick with black, white and red for the poster's color palette. The 50s theme also inspired me to draw from classic pop art depictions of female characters, which is an aesthetic I enjoy. It was also fun to use positive and negative space in the phone to create interesting reflections.

This is a smaller design that I created for the t-shirt for the cast members of "Rumors". Once again, I was able to use positive and negative space to create interesting reflections on a black rotary phone.

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Henry Taylor

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