My Art Journey Jessica SLater

Profile of Classmate
Beginning Self Portrait

I decided to take Intro to Art because ever since I was little, I have loved art. I wanted to take a serious course that would improve my artistic abilities and learn new techniques.

Blind Contour of Classmate
Blind Contour of Tree
Blind Contour of Classmate

We learned several drawing strategies in Intro. The one I think I learned most from is edges and contours. It taught me to draw what I see, not what I wanted to.

Profile Drawing
Vase/Face Illusion

I also learned about the importance of spaces in Intro. We use this in all of our projects but I think that we used it the most when we were doing side profiles of a classmate and when we were drawing a monster face/vase illusion.

Self Portrait

Another key concept we learned and exercised was proportions and relationships. By drawing faces many times and learning the measurements of the human face, I understood just how important they are. They can make or break the reality of your portrait. This skill was best exercised when we did a self portrait.

Vases With Overhead Light

My favorite thing we learnt about was shadows. They add a really nice dimension to a drawing and give it that realism you want. We talked about shadows a lot and did many projects on it but the most important was the vases, which looked 3D with shadows.

Beginning Portrait Vs. Most Recent Portrait

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.

Vase With Overhead Light
Self Portrait
My Hand w/ Tape

I Wish That...

Profile of Classmate

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.

Fragmented Self Portrait

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.

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