What I improved upon most this year is drawing what I see, not what I want to see. When I drew myself before, I would have large eyes and strong eyebrows. However, I do not possess these traits and comparing the two portraits above you can see that I realized this. Before, I drew cartoonish and exaggerated faces. Now, the faces are more realistic and not so idealized. Shading was something I knew before, but then in Intro I learned how important it is in creating realism.
Chiaroscuro is the use of light and dark in art to create realism. This was a huge focus this semester. Most of are projects focused on this strategy. Below are some artworks we did that focused on chiaroscuro.
I Wish That...
I wish that I had more time on this profile drawing. I think it was going in a good direction and could have been a very nice finished piece.
Areas of Improvement
My ability to use different mediums has improved drastically. This is most likely because I did not have access to certain mediums before but nevertheless I would never have wanted or dreamed of using charcoal to draw myself but now it's probably my favorite medium. Now, I also know many new techniques instead of just simply putting pen to paper. For example, cross-hatching which I really enjoy.
Another great thing I have learned is the importance of colors. We learned about the color wheel and about which colors would go nicely together and which would not. This just helps an artist make less mistakes and have to start over.
I end with this artwork because I think it is the best I have done so far. I really like it. There are flaws, but it really depicts how far I have come.