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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.

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