We studied all four of the drawing strategies. The first one was edges and contours.
Out of these four drawing strategies, I learned the most from the edges and contour drawing strategy becasue I think it caused my drawings to improve the most. At the beginning of the year, while playing Pictionary, Mrs. Langenfeld said that I was the queen of using symbols to draw. I learned to draw what I actually see not what I think I see.
Improving my drawing strategies
Chiaroscuro is an Italian term that means contrast of light and dark to give the illusion of space. I think that my fragmented self-portrait, the picture above, is a good example of chiaroscuro.
Throughout the projects in second semester, I learned the most from the glass coasters. I never would have thought that I could manipulate glass in this way. I thought that when glass broke it splintered. While this was true some times, most of the glass I broke was a clean line exactly where I wanted. I also learned more about firing glass in kilns. I always knew that we could make color gradations using oil pastels and chalk pastels but all the information I learned about glass was new to me and I learned the most during this project.
Our class did a lot with color theory and I learned all about it. The top most rule I put into use involving color was to never mix complementary colors together. I learned that if two colors across the wheel from each other mixed, the outcome would be a gross brownish color. To avoid this I kept them separated or made sure there was a band of space between them. This color theory came into play many different times including the projects below.
Another part of the color theory that I learned and put into practice was the rule about analogous colors. Colors that are "neighbors" on the color wheel will look good next to each other. They will produce a nice color gradation and not create the gross brownish color.
One of the areas I have seen the most improvement is my technical skills. Before this year, I didn't know anything about controlling watercolor or oil pastels. Now I not only know how to use them but how to control them to get the best results. I even learned how to take my artwork to the next level by adding color gradations and special effects.
Using oil pastel, I was able to master the baby oil technique. I practiced this technique a few times on my technique board and finally caught onto it. Using the baby oil technique, I produced smooth gradations because I had mastered the technique.