Beginning Drawing 2016 By: Madeline Gustafson

Art has always been a hobby of mine, but I didn't have any formal training utill I took this class. In middle school I would go to art camps over the summer, which inspired me to continue persuing art. Overall, I really enjoyed this class, it was beneficial and I feel my knowledge in art has grown. One of the main things I learned in this class was facial anatomy and proportions. I also learned more about value and the importance it has in a piece. I hope to continue dong art, and going into animation in the future. I would also like to work with color theory and body proportions in the future.

Upside down drawings, and a blind contour drawing of a hand.

The semester began with contour line drawings. We focused on drawing what we see and not what we think. A contour line is the line that creates a shape, it gives the shape its form. We learned to look at the shared space around the object, and view the object from a different perspective. We also did blind contour drawings, which is drawing without looking at your paper. This allowed us to look at the precision of each line.

Positive and Negative space drawing

Our focus transitioned to positive and negative space. Positive space is the object itself, while negative space is the space around said object. The negative space in this piece is the white areas, while the positive space is the ukulele, and gray areas. I feel this piece could have had more value, with more value a piece is more successful.

Before and After Hand Drawings

When we compare the two hands, you can clearly see the improvement. There is more value and the hand is not just one solid color. The contour line is less "shakey" and stands out more. You can clearly see the negative space that surrounds the hand as well. The area where I improved the most on was the shadows, which help the hand look as though it is receding.

A Profile Drawing of Joey

The profile drawing I did somewhat resembled the model I was basing it off of. The facial proportions and shadows are definitely the more successful things in the piece. I feel that this piece is lacking highlights on the face, so it all looks very gray. The way I drew certain features also looks a bit off, I.E. the ear, which doesn't really "flow" with the rest of the composition.

Stippling of a Cat

This piece isn't my favorite. There is not a lot of contrast between the different values, which makes the whole piece look as though it is lacking something. The value is most prominent in the eyes of the cat, but doesn't blend with the rest of the face or body. Value is the darks and lights of piece, it can create a shadow or highlight.

Still Life

The most successful parts of this still life are the boxes and the skeleton. Both the skeleton and boxes are drawn fairly well and have good value and contour lines The shadows stand out, and are the focal point of the piece. This piece lacks balance though. There is no easy transition between the dark shadows and the light objects.

Scratchboad Pug

Personally, I feel this was one of my most successful pieces. The piece has texture, because of the direction all the marks go. Texture is key when doing a drawing of an animal, tree, or brick. Texture gives the illusion that something "feels" a certain way. This piece also has value which helps make the pug look more realistic.

2- Point Perspective of a door

A perspective drawing is done with vanishing points and a horizon line. In a two-point perspective draw, there are two vanishing points. Each of the the vanishing points lie on the horizon line. All the vertical and horizontal lines are draw to the vanishing points, giving the illusion of a corner a room.

Beginning of semester self portrait
End of semester self portrait

The most successful thing with my self portrait, would most likely be the proportions of the face, and the value the face has. Overall the placement of the facial features is correct, but I feel, in comparison to the rest of the face, the eyes are too small. The contour of the piece is also quite successful. It resembles me too, which is always a good thing. Although the face has nice value, the hat does not, making it look flatter than it really is.

Conceptual Art

In my conceptual art piece the shadows are heavily emphasized. Making each of the letters stand out. There is much value in some of the letters though, which makes the whole piece look flat, when it's supposed to be 3-D. The contour lines of the piece stand out as well.

Some of my favorite pieces

Over the semester I was challenged in many ways. I broke out of my comfort zone and drew more realistically. I struggled the most with making an object look as though it were 3-D. I also struggled with creating the right value to make an image "pop". The things I improved on the most would most likely be shading and looking for a light source, and using proportions to better the placement of certain things in a composition. I enjoyed the variety the class had to offer. We learned the concepts of art in different ways such as using the scratch board and the stippling effect, and not just by drawing.

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