B Iturralde Honors art iii portfolio

The name is Brandon Iturralde, and I'm in Art III Honors. This year of art taught me to be more responsible, and hard work pays off in the end.

My first project is a giant robot made of clay. I tried to make him look like he's getting ready to fly in the air. He's using the clouds to help him stand. He has cat ears and sharp spikes for hands. His colors are blue with black, he is also as big a mountain.

Creating the robot was quite an experience, I learned the struggles of putting clay parts together. Scoring and slipping was top priority, otherwise they would fall apart in the kiln. I placed him on a cup to hold him in place. I started off with a small model version first, to get an idea of how I wanted to shape him.

I was inspired by Arlene Shechet from Art 21, because of how creative she can be when it comes to clay sculpture. Her work is very wonderful, and each of her pieces seems to tell of story. She must be a natural at clay from doing it for many years.

My second and final project was an animation film, the story of a rat that got resurrected from a scientist after being hit by a car. He then must rescue his creator who was kidnapped by his less superior hamster. One of my favorite scenes is the taxi scene, where he dosen't pay the cab and deals with the consequences. Animating is really time consuming, and it takes a lot of patience. With strategy, animating can be a bit easier. I did my best to make sure everything was as fluid as possible. I used adobe animate to do all the animating, backgrounds were made on Gimp, and editing the sound effects and music is done by iMovie. I made an animatic first, to show how I wanted the scene to move. These are the planning stages. I then go back and add in between frames and coloring. This was one of my favorite projects to do, and I love how cartoony everything came out to be.

I was also given the opportunity to lend a hand in the Northwood Puppet Show. I enjoyed working on the play as it told a wonderful story and it told a message for all those who went to go and see it. I worked on the Father Lion and the Rhino. I enjoyed making the father lion, as he is the most wise animal in the play in my opinion. It was quite a big responsibility, but we were able to challenge ourselves.

Father Lion was made using folded cardboard. We then make the face with newspaper and finally paper mached it with cornstarch water and paper. To my surprise, the cornstarch helped make the lion more stronger and durable. The hair is made with cut paper hot glued to the head. For the Rhino, it was already built before, but was very destroyed, so I had to modify it to make it look like a rhino again. We simply placed cardboard inside the head to maintain it's shape, and then added newspaper to to even out the face more. Everytime I look at the those puppets, I always feel the sense of accomplishment.

I was also in the Northwood Puppet Show! I wore the Rhino head and walked around on stage, I also appear in the opening scene with the Ibis and and Baby Lion, holding the puppets behind the mountains, I hold on the continents during the Pangea scene. I read the introduction to the freedom fighters, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, and I also read Gandhi's info. Working on the Puppet Show was one of my memorable moments from 2016. Everyone in the play was so nice, Ms. Burwell was a wonderful director, and I feel like I learned a lot from Donovan and Tele. They are both wonderful artists.

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