My favorite part of this piece was adding value to each feature. I struggle to look at a detailed picture and find the basic shape of each feature by first sketching simple lines (such as the eyes or outline of the lips, etc.) before shading, so beginnning to draw my profile after the paper was toned was super challenging. Because of this reason, I was surprised to take a step back and realize it actually resembles me. It helped me to realize the importance of a light source when adding value and texture, and how the physical features of an object affect values immensely. My hair was also a huge struggle for me to draw and replicate the realistic texture, and I wish I would've spent more time on it.
I am very proud of how realistic this piece turned out, considering I was skeptical that drawing with "dots" would look as lifelike. The stippling process was very interesting and very effective in (again) adding value and the illusion of form. This drawing helped me realize that there are infinitely more ways to add dimension and lighting, especially when utilizing one drawing utensil (in this case a thin sharpie). I wish I would've taken the time to add a shadow or texture to the surface beneath the boots.
I wish I would've made the different objects (flowers, vase, skeleton, etc.) stand out more in contrast to each other by defining their shapes/outlines more, maybe by adding darker values. Instead, they kind of blend into one another. My favorite part, however, was shading with the charcoal and adding highlights with the white charcoal, which I have never used before. It really helped add texture to the skeleton (especially the spine) which I was very proud of, and I also really like how the charcoal defined the bike and made it the main focal point. I also enjoy the unique look the bike captures because of the missing handlebars, wheels, pedals, and chain. It gives a new persepective, both to itself and the skeleton leaning against it, almost a lonely, forlorn look. This piece also helped me realize the importance of drawing something from real life rather than on a screen, as it is easier to capture the form and lighting.
I thought, because of the two colors (black and silver) and the use of a different utensil (exactlo knife) with no way to erase, it would be very challenging to create the illusion of the wolf's fur, but surprisingly the texture ended up looking more realistic than I thought. I was planning on only drawing half the wolf's face with the other side implied beyond the edge of the scratch board, but I accidentally misplaced the it as I began to draw the ear and fur along the side of his head. It looks unfinished, but I promise it's not (I was thinking of cutting the board where the "phantom" side of the wolf's face begins). I wish I would've planned the placement and proportions better, and used lighter/heavier pressure more to create value (I tried and that was very challenging as well). Because of the shiny silver material beneath, part of my reflection and the light of the room unexpectedly made the fur appear to have different hues, and I really like the effect it creates.
When I heard we had the option to draw a treehouse, a song quote by Twenty One Pilots (one of my favorite bands) immediately came to mind, so I drew this project inspired by their song "Forest". I never knew there was a specific technique for drawing 3D shapes from different perspectives. The concept was very challenging to me, as it was difficult to get a firm grasp of what steps came in what order, or even what they were. Eventually, thank goodness, I got the hang of the process. It was repetitive, connecting each line from the original vertical one to each vanishing point, but that was definitely what helped me understand the technique of horizon lines and the seemingly simple process. I wish I would have spent more time on creating value (especially with the fire and moon posing as significant light sources) and making the branches and roots of the tree appear more realistic.