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.

Semester 2

With this piece, I learned a lot. I had to time everything, all the brush strokes and placements of the paper. Timing was a big thing in this, and will be necessary for many more art projects to come.
With color theory, colors are meant to go together well, and not blend in horrible ways. For my glass piece I did not do this as well as my print, but I had more control of the colors with my print. I think control of the colors is a big part of color theory, like with my trivet, where the colors were all diffferent and strange with each other, but I was in control of their shape..
Oil pastels are a messy medium that I really liked, and I think I have good control with. I had more time to blend the colors, and didn't have to worry about building up the colors, because oil pastels automatically have bright colors.
With tempera, I was not very good. I had lots of trouble with blending and gradiations, not getting them to be very good with most parts. I think maybe if I had more time to practice with tempera paint I would have done better.
Overall, I see an improvement of my skills when transferring what I see in my mind to the piece. I get specific images and can better show them. With my watercolor piece the dark after and bright flashlight of the robot look how I imagined them, and the trivet is almost exact.
The use of color is very important, as the blending of some colors can be bad. Analogous colors are the ones that go together and blend pretty, like the ones above. I sometimes want to use colors that don't go together, and for those I doubt it'd be pretty, so I keep the colors analogous.

This year, I discovered my more stubborn side. It is a determination to keep going despite the time limit or how it looks, because I want to make it better. With this stubbornness I have improved so that I can make things as I see they should be faster, without getting pushed by my stubbornness to keep going

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