I took Intro to Art because I used to love art when I was younger. But as I got older I started to hate it. I took this class to find my love of art again. And I did, hopefully next year I will be taking Drawing and Painting.
I learned the most from relationships and proportions this semester. In my opinion proportions is the most important strategy in art. When I walked in on the first day I had no idea how to get proportions right. I think that is why my early pieces do not look as realistic as they could, because I didn't understand proportions yet.
I have improved so much this year. I went from drawing like a 10 year old to drawing like a high schooler. I started off drawing stereotypical shapes, I was not drawing what I really saw. But, slowly haswe practice more and more strategies, I got better. I went from drawing a very unproprtional hand to drawing a slightly more realistic, proportional hand, and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I still have a lot to improve on, but I am happy with what I have learned so far.
While this is not a great example of chiaroscuro in some places (a.k.a the tall vase, I really like how the spherical pot looks. I used chiaroscuro to make it look realistic. Chiaroscuro is a technic using light and dark shades to pull objects out of the paper (make them 3D). Although my outlines are very bad on this picture, I think the general effect of chiaroscuro was achieved here.
After drawing this we learned actual facial proportions. This made my self portraits look like an actual human being. I also learned about shading after this. So, I took a 2D alien like self portrait to a 3D human self portrait.
When I drew this self portrait I was still new to proportions, so I didn't necessarily draw my exact proportions. This is why my most recent self portrait looks more like me than my 2nd self portrait. I also learned how to control charcoal more, so my 3rd self portrait looks a lot cleaner and controlled than my previous charcoal pieces.
I would like to redo this project mostly because of the tall vase. I honestly have no idea what I was doing. I really wish I could redo the stripes in the vase to make it look realistic I would also like to go back and get rid of my outlines. When I was doing this I didn't understand what it meant by "pushing the outlines into the background", but now that I do I want to go back and fix it.