Lexi's Portfolio A journey through the DEVELOPMENT of art skills

I took Intro to Art because I've always considered myself a creative person. I also do not like sitting at a desk and listening to lectures all day and I knew Intro to Art would give me the opportunity to do something that I enjoy. I've always wanted to improve my art skills and Intro gave me the chance to do that. When I first signed up for the class I expected to work on projects a majority of the time. I had never had a proper art class so it never occurred to me that I would actually be learning art terms and different techniques. I was expecting to learn about various artists though. But I also expected that I would enjoy this class a lot and it has become a sort of stress reliever for me.

Positive and Negative Space

ReLationships and Proportions

Relationships and proportions is probably the drawing skill I learned the most from. This is because it taught me how to draw things that are proportionally accurate so that all the lengths and widths of an object relate to each other. Before I was taught about proportions everything I drew looked awkward and not quite right, but now that I have learned proportions that aspect of the problem has been eliminated.
Edges and Contours



There is an immense amount of improvement from my first hand drawing to my second. The first one is drawn without actually paying attention to detail because it is easily noticeable that my fingers look like sausages. They also do not look proportionally correct and my hand as a whole definitely does not look like my own hand. However in the second one that changes a lot. You can see how my second attempt starts to look like an actual human hand because I started to draw the real contour lines and not just look at the general shape. It's also a lot more noticeable that I put in the creases and ridges of my hand to make it look like my own. The second drawing also uses a little bit of lights and shadows to make my hand look more realistic and three dimensional, compared to my first one which looks one dimensional with not shading or anything.
Chiaroscuro is the contrast of light and dark to create the illusion of space. One of my pieces that I focused a lot of time on the use of chiaroscuro is my first charcoal still life. I saw it especially in this particular object because the cast shadows and crest shadows make the object look three dimensional. Also my use of chiaroscuro on the actual object makes the object appear round and it makes it look dimensional rather than just a shape on a piece of paper. The contrast between the cast shadows and all of the lighter shadows and high lights really makes the object pop off of the page which gives an illusion of space.

Comparison of Portraits

The comparison between my first day drawing, my test run self portrait, and my fragmented portrait accurately shows my improvements in portrait drawing. My first drawing does not look life like at all. It vaguely remembers a face, but it definitely doesn't resemble me. Then you transition into my test run. This has a huge improvement jump. For the most part my face accurately resembles my face, however my use of charcoal was messy and not neat. You also see the use of chiaroscuro in my test run. It may not be super noticeable but it is definitely there compared to my first drawing. There is also a definite focus of the finer details on my test run. Then we transition into my final fragmented portrait. You see even more improvement. The thing that stands out to me the most is the control of charcoal. My fragmented portrait looks so much neater and the transitions between highlights and crest shadows is so much smoother than my test run. There is also even more detail because the fragmented portrait is zoomed in so you have the ability to add more detail. Overall from my first portrait drawing to my fragmented portrait you see my skills go from barely anything to way more developed. I was able to pick out and pay way more attention to detail and I learned how to use chiaroscuro to my objects pop out from my paper, like I did with my nose.
If there was any one project I could have more time on it would be my charcoal still life. This is for a couple reasons. The main reason is because I distinctly remember myself rushing on this project and I remember handing it in with mistakes that I knew were there but I did not have time to fix them. The main mistake I noticed was that my tall object was definitely not tall enough. Also I realized my transitions were kind of choppy and could have been a lot better. So if I could take more time on any project I would do this one because it's the little things that I noticed I could have fixed if I had had the time to do it.

Areas of Most Improvement

The two areas where I have seen the most improvement are my drawing ability and my attitude. The pictures above show 3 comparisons of how my drawing ability has been improved. The improvement between my two separate hands was described previously. You can tell from my second attempt that I actually paid attention to the details and tried to make the hand look like my own. From my first profile drawing to my second profile drawing you can also see improvements. The main improvement for this one is that I was actually able to finish because my model was readily available. You can definitely see improvements on the ear because I actually out some shading in the ear and I was able to add hair to make my model look like herself. The final comparison between my first day portrait and my fragmented portrait shows the most improvement. In the fragmented portrait I actually look like myself and I look human. In my first attempt I look nothing like myself and there is no dimension, where in my fragmented portrait I was able to add dimension to it and make my nose pop out. In addition to my drawing ability improving my attitude had also improved quite a bit. Even though I've always considered myself creative, I had never thought I was good at drawing but now that I have finished a semester in Intro to Art I feel way more confident. I now think that if I try hard enough I can actually draw something and make it look realistic. The one piece that I had more pride in than any other piece was my fragmented portrait. I had a lot of confidence going into it even though I knew it would take a lot of effort and it would not be easy. I just knew if I told myself I could do it I would be able to do it. I actually had faith in my own abilities.

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