This year, I took Intro to Art because art has been a hobby of mine for the past 5 years. So, I wanted to become a better artist myself, learn new techniques, and try new mediums. In this class, I was expecting to learn about color and the color wheel, tricks and techniques of drawing, and watercolors. I knew that I would experience other mediums but had no idea to what they might have been. No doubt thought, this class has exceeded my expectations.
I think I learned the most from the drawing strategy of "Edges and Contour" because while it may not have been my favorite strategy to learn, it was the most useful. Before this class I did not draw what I actually saw. It was more of the stored symbols that I pulled from my memory instead of putting on the paper what my eyes were taking in.
Chiaroscuro, the contrast of light and dark to give the illusion of space, was used in all of my charcoal pieces. However, it was applied more effectively in some places than others. In this portrait, the eye, in my own opinion, is a better example of chiaroscuro than the mouth or nose. The eye seems to pop off the paper more than the either of the other features do.
I have two projects I wish I had more time on. The first was my self-portrait. When it came closer to the deadline, I rushed myself which caused me to become lazier with my shading and blending. Lazy shading and blending leads to a messier looking piece and that is one of the last thing I would want my art to come across as.
I also wish I had just one more day on the profile portrait because all this piece is lacking is the completion of the hair, the neck, and the collar. Which I believe I could have finished in another day. I just think it would have been nice to see the finished product if I were to have completed this piece.
One of the main areas I have seen improvement is in my drawing ability of not only myself, but in drawing other peers. While the left was from memory, there is still some major differences between the two. The right side, I used real proportions from my model whereas on the left I barely used any guidelines and drew what I knew at the time; symbols.
The project I learned the most from was the heliographic watercolors. My great aunt paints and her main medium is watercolor, so she's given me books and sets for me to paint because she knows I enjoy art and take it now. However, I hadn't the slightest idea how to actually paint with watercolors and this project helped me in many ways. I had never know, before doing this project, that you are NOT supposed to use the paint directly from the container, but instead to mix your own blends and then add water to it. I also would have never come across the superimposed wash, nor would I have figured out the special effects such as splatter, wet-in-wet, or the salt effect.
The relief prints and ferrofluid oil pastel projects both added to my knowledge of the color theory. In the relief prints, we mainly worked on analogous colors and how they blend and make the smoothest gradations. Secondly, the ferrofluid oil pastel project focused on blending and using our artistic license to make the product better. However, in order to make the best decisions we needed to know which colors were analogous to another and which were complements. For example, the red and green in my ferrofluid piece blended to more of a dark blue almost because complements, in equal amounts, create a brown; whereas with the red and orange at the bottom, create a nicer and more pleasant transition because they are analogous.
In my opinion, I believe I was able to master chalk pastel while I lacked the mastery in the medium of oil pastel. In my chalk pastel piece, the gradations and transitions looks smoother and the placement of color looks planned. However, in my oil pastel piece, the gradations stick out are not the most subtle. Sometimes transitions aren't supposed to be subtle, but in this case, they were. The gradation from red to blue is not smooth at all nor is transition from green to red. On my techniques sheet, I feel as if I did better with the blending and in the end, it just didn't transfer over to the actual project.
In this one year of taking art, I have learned about myself that I enjoy creating art more than I thought. I've also learned that sometimes I need to slow down and take my time and other times, I need to pick up speed a little and quit trying to fix one small detail. Nonetheless, I know that with effort and the right attitude I can succeed. I have figured out that my creativity needs my patience and it will take as much time as I can spare.