My Intro to Art Journey Amanda Grovijohn

I decided to take intro to art because I have always been interested in art but haven't taken an art class in high school. I was expecting to draw and learn about colors but there has been a lot more to it that I was not expecting.

Out of the 4 drawing strategies, (edges and contours, spaces, relationships and proportions and lights and shadows) I learned the most from relationships and proportions. I didn't know before how to know where your eyes, nose and mouth are.

Edges and Contours
Spaces - negative space
Relationships and Proportions
Lights and Shadows

I think that my drawing skills have improved tremendously so far. One example is my hand drawing that we did on the first day and then when we held the object and drew our hand and took more time on it. It looks more realistic than the drawing on the first day.

First day hand drawing

Chiaroscuro is the lights and darks that give the piece an illusion of space. We used vine charcoal and compressed charcoal to create this.

I think that there was a lot of improvment from my drawing of myself from the first day to my self portrait. I definitely improved with finding the correct proportions and not putting my eyes in my forehead, or making them football shaped.

first day vs. self portrait

I wish that I had more time on my self portait so I could have taken my time more and asked more questions so it would have turned out to look more like me.

One area that I saw improvment as we did our self portrait was how I did blending the charcoal. It started to look like lines but then I was able to get it to be more blended by going in circles.

My drawing ability is definitely another area I improved. Before, I drew stereotypical flowers, eyes and hair. But now I know how to make flowers look more realistic and how to find where the eyes go along with other facial features.

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