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.
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