Introduction to Art By: NYADUEL PALJOR

I took art because I wanted to try something new and get out of what I'm used to. I wanted a challenge but also something that I would enjoy to do.

The drawing strategies I learned the most from were probably lights and shadows. Using lights and shadows made me realize how they can make or break your art work. I also learned about reflected light and cast shadow. The highlight is where the most light is and the cast is the exact opposite, it's the darkest area.
The self portrait on the left is more recent then the one on the right. I've improved on drawing what I actually see. The portrait on the right looks stereotypical. I feel like the one on the left almost resembles me because of the proportions and the details I put into it.
Chiaroscuro is the contrast of light and dark to create the allusion of space. In this drawing, I shaded some areas so I could make the highlight stand out.
I've gotten better on drawing what I actually see and staying away from stereotypes. My proportions have also gotten a lot more accurate.
I wish I could redo this project because I think I could've done a lot better if I had more time. My transitions and my use of charcoal could've been better as well.

My attitude has improved tremendously. I think, at first I was scared to get out out of my comfort zone and leave my stereotypes behind. I think I've learned so much about art in the last couple months.

My proportions have become more accurate. I used to be confused on how to do it but I've learned the right way to do it. I know how to compare a size from another.

2nd Semester

I learned the most from relief printing because I had to do it about 20 times. Each time I would get just a little bit better than the one before. It taught me that it takes time and patience to get better. I saw what I did wrong each time and tried to fix it. My last relief painting, as shown above is a lot better than my first one.
I learned what colors look good together. Analogous colors blend well together and you can never go wrong with them. Never blend colors that are across from each other unless you want to make poop. Also, not only analogous colors blend well together. Some colors which aren't neighbors on the colors can blend nice together. For example, blue and and yellow aren't neighbors but if you blend them together, they look nice together.

Water Color was the easiest because it was the simplest for me. All I had to was use paint, which I've been using since 1st grade, and add water to it. It was pretty hard to mess up because even if I did, it would still look fine at the end. The hardest one was the oil pastel. It never blended out and if you made a mistake, there was no going back. If you messed up, there was no way of fixing it.

My technique skills have definitely improved. I blend better and I know the right colors to use. My attitude as an artist changed. I used to not be confident in my work. Now, I feel confident in my skills and abilities.

This year, I discovered that I'm actually not a bad artist. I have potential if I really set my mind to it. Also, I need to start going out of my comfort zone an try to do different colors.

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