Intro to Art 2016-2017 by Rachel Poteat

I took this class to improve my ability to draw. I do think it has improved, I just didn't expect do the things we did in class. I never expected the charcoal drawings or crosshatching.

Drawing Strategies

Here are all the drawing strategies. My hand was proportions, and not so well done. The one next to it is a contour drawing of a tree outside. The bottom left is when we were learning shadows and highlights, and where to put them, and with what amount of charcoal. The bottom right is an object, drawn with the negative space colored, to get the outline.

I learned, here, to watch the proportions of what I draw. My hand got messed up because the fingers were not in correct size compared to the palm.

My drawing has improved greatly, I think. All the projects I have done have caused me to learn, to grow from what I was.

In the above, I have outlines in the middle. It taught me to see them for what they were, and on the left I was taught to dissolve them, and let the shadows show where the objects were.

Here is part of a fragmented self portrait. The goal was to make the features pop off the page using chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is the use of shadows to give the illusion of space, though I don't think I did so well on my nose.

The above is all the self portraits. I have improved very much between all three, especially in the shadows and how my features should be. From left to right, the improvement is excellent.

I wish I could have had more time on my fragmented portrait, or perhaps some time on my own. I would have like that very much.

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