Friday, January 23, 2015

Final Thoughts

Three highlights from this semester that helped impact my learning was the people I met, the different types of artwork we made and completed, and when we created the animal-human drawing. To start off, one of the things that impacted my learning was the people I met. Many of the people in this class helped me not only improve my artwork by giving me suggestions or critiques, but they also gave me a will power to do better. The people in this class made me want to do better and they also made me want to push myself. There is so much talent in this room and all the talent just made me want to push myself even harder. Another thing that impacted my learning was the different types of artwork we completed. We had such a vast variety of different forms of art in this class and it was really nice and beneficial to learn and use all of them. The different types of drawing and painting gave me a new found love for art as well as a new look on how to use the materials well. Lastly, one of my highlights was creating the animal-human drawing. This exercise impacted me by helping me figure out how to use charcoal pencil and how to create a realistic animal. This was a fun exercise and something I wouldn't mind doing again.

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

The work of in-class artwork that I am most proud of is my still-life painting. Creating and finishing this piece of artwork impacted my learning by teaching me how to mix colors, create shadows, and how to make the objects the proper size. This in-class artwork also taught me to be patient and that you can't get frustrated with your work. To start of I learned how to mix colors. Before this, I tended to use colors straight out of the bottle, which now I know, is something to avoid when creating a realistic still-life. It taught me the different colors you can mix to create different colors and different values of colors. It also taught me how to not use straight white or black. I also learned the importance of blending the colors together and finding colors that compliment each other. Next, my still-life painting impacted my learning by teaching me how to create shadows. Before this course I had no idea how to create or place shadows. I also didn't know what color to use to create a shadow. After completing my still-life I was able to learn how to create, place, and color shadows. I was able to figure this out by help by Mrs.Noack and the lessons she taught. By learning how to create shadows I was able to effectively shadow my cloth as well as how to effectively shadow my fruits. Also, I learned how to make objects the proper size and proportion to each other. Once again, before this unit I really had no clue on how to make objects the proper size and proportion to each other. I learned how to look at the objects and measure the other objects off of each other. Mrs.Noack also helped me when I was creating the size's of the objects. Lastly, I learned how to be patient and to not give up on yourself when things start getting hard. My still-life took a long time and I made a lot of mistakes when trying to paint it. If I didn't have the patience of to will to not give up on myself, my painting would've never turned out the way it did. I'm very happy with how my still-life turned out and all that it taught me.

Watercolor Techniques & Book

• To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques;
• To understand and demonstrate many different watercolor concepts to create your own book

From completing the watercolor techniques and watercolor book, I learned many concepts that will help me move forward in my watercolor career. I learned different techniques you can use while using water color, how to use watercolor, the different brush strokes you can use when creating a watercolor piece, and how you can add things to the watercolor to change the look of it. To start off, I learned different techniques. When we practiced with watercolor and completed our watercolor techniques page, I learned many different ways to paint with watercolor that I had no idea about before. I learned how to stamp the paintbrush, how to remove color from the watercolor after you've painted it, and how different amounts of water affect the pigmentation and ease of painting with watercolor. Another important concept I learned was how to effectively use watercolor. Prior to both of these activities, I really didn't know the proper care and application of watercolor. I learned that watercolors tend to not dry up and to reuse them you just need to add a little more water to the paint. I also learned how to mix colors together with watercolor and how to layer it. I learned that you have to be patient with watercolor and that you can't rush it. I also learned the different ways you can use watercolor and the different forms it can come in. Next, I learned the different brush strokes you can use with watercolor. I learned that thing and thick brush strokes can change the whole look of the watercolor painting and the different size brushes you use to complete a watercolor. I learned how to dry brush, wet brush, and everything in-between. Lastly, I learned how you can add things to the watercolor to change the look of it. When completing my watercolor book I experimented with many everyday objects that one use's like salt, sponges, paper, and saran wrap. It was really cool to see how all the different objects effected the end result of the watercolor. I never knew before that you could use so many different things to create different textures and patterns on a watercolor painting. I'm happy with how both of my watercolor techniques and watercolor book turned out and I'm glad and happy I learned what I learned.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Water Color History

To become familiar with the history of watercolor;
To become familiar with various watercolor artists throughout time;
To make connections between watercolor purposes and techniques from long ago to its uses today.

Watercolor was used on cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira around 15,000 BCE. Albrecht Durer was consider one of the first masters of watercolor. Traveled to Italy to become a landscape painter and he mastered hard and sophisticated techniques of watercolor painting.

Alpine Landscape, 1495

Two other noteworthy watercolorists include Anthony Van Dyck who was said to have painted talented and skillful landscapes using watercolor and Nicholas Hilliard whos paintings are now considered some of the most valuable in the world. They sell for a high price at auctions.

Landscape, 1632, Anthony Van Dyck

Minature of a Young Man Against a Tree." Unknown,  Nicholas Hilliard

Water color rose to prominence in the 1700’s. The best academies encouraged drawing and painting and water color. They were ideal for travel and they were portable, quick drying, and you didn’t need a lot of tools to use them. Women started using water color to color black and white prints. Water color was used tutor-based education of upper class females. When Queen VIctoria started watercolor painting she made it become popular. In the 1970’s and 80’s. Regained popularity by exhibits and discovering old famous paintings. New paints that are more light-fast (or fade resistant). New water soluble oil paints that challenge the old definition of what counts as a watercolour and what does not. New forms of gels and other additives.

"HISTORY OF WATERCOLOUR." CSPWC English History of the Medium. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.
"History-Overview." Watercolor Watercolor Painting Watermedia History Contemporary Exhibitions. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Perspective Drawing: One Point Perspective

Purpose: To review the perspective strategies that you learned; To make connections between what you learned and demonstrating your understanding by creating a drawing using one of the perspective strategies. Artist Studied: Leonardo da Vinci

Three things that I learned from completing the exercises and final drawing was how to draw a one point perspective, how to make objects look more realistic based on the position they're in in the painting, and how to use color realistically. To start off I learned how to draw a landscape in a one point perspective form. Prior to the exercises I completed I had no idea how to draw any type of perspective. After completing the exercises I learned more about different types of perspectives as well as how to draw them well and accurate. In addition, I learned how to make objects look more realistic based on the position they're in in the painting. Through the process of completing the exercises I was able to learn that objects in the front of the drawing tend to be more detailed compared to the objects in the background of the drawing. I was also taught that the size of the objects in a one point perspective vary due to their position in the drawing. Lastly, I learned how to use color realistically. While working on my drawing and looking back and forth at the colors used in the photograph I was looking off of I realized that no one thing is one color, it’s a combination of different colors. Prior to realizing this I would tend to make objects just one color, but now I realize in order to make things look realistic you need to make the objects different shades and values of different colors. Some strengths in my drawing include the color, proportions, and textures. I believe I used color well in my drawing. I tried to make everything a mixture of different colors in order for the picture to look similar to the photograph, and to make it look more realistic. I also believe that the proportions in my drawing are strengths. The sizes of the objects look proportionate to each other and look like theyre close to the same size as the objects in the photograph. Lastly I believe that the textures used in my drawing help make the drawing look realistic. For instance, the textures of the leaves help make the trees look more tree like, and the bumps on the road cause it to look more worn and pavement like. Some areas that could be strengthened in my drawing include the color, the drawing style, and the lines. Even though I thought of the color as a strength, I also believe if I had chosen different colors the final drawing would’ve turned out better. I think that if I had used more earthy or natural colors, it would’ve made the drawing look more earthy and cause it to look more believable. I would also change my drawing style. I think that in the leaves, for instance, I could’ve spaced them more or make them looser. Lastly, I think that the lines in my drawing should be less harsh. If I could go back I think I would try to soften them up and make them blend in with the colors around them.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Perspective Strategies

• To demonstrate and understand, learn & create, various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface;
• To review and interpret some of the work created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Linear perspective is the organization of shapes in space by using lines and mathematical calculations. One is able to show depth in a perspective drawing by changing and using different sizes of objects and things, using different values of colors throughout the drawing or painting(making colors hazing in the far background), and making the foreground of the drawing or painting more detailed than the background.

Atmospherical perspective is a type of perspective where the colors in the background of a drawing or painting are faded and have a simple construction. This type of perspective is formed by a rectangular form of perspective opposed to a ellipse perspective. Leonardo Da Vinci hypothesized that when you look at the background of painting you see objects in the distance that aren't as clear as objects in the front of the drawing that the objects almost appear to blend in and camouflage into the atmosphere. The colors in the far background usually have a blue tint to them as well. Atmospherical perspective also shows more detail in the the front/foreground of the painting.

Vanishing point: That point toward which receding parallel lines appear to converge.
Horizon Line: The line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky.
Transversal Lines: Lines that pass through two lines in the same plane at two distinct points.
One point perspective: Where there is only one vanishing point.
Orthogonal Lines: Perspective lines that point to the vanishing point; orthogonal lines are perpendicular to one another.  
Perspective of a Circle: Called an ellipse perspective. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Final Still-Life Painting

Purpose: To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies); To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.

Artist Studied: Zeuxis and Parrhasis.

When I referred back to the still-life studies blog post, and reviewed what techniques I mentioned that I wanted to use, I noticed that I only actually used one out of the two techniques I mentioned. In my post I said that I would either want to use a palette knife to paint or use paint brushes to complete my painting. I decided not to use the palette knife in my final drawing because I felt like it didn’t give me enough control to blend the colors I used they way I wanted them to blend. I also felt that the look it gave off made the painting look rather messing and not as “clean” as I wanted it to look. Although I noted in my blog post that I liked the way a palette knife painting looked, I just felt that it wasn’t the right fit for what I was trying to accomplish. In the end I went with painting with different types of paint brushes because I liked both the texture they gave and the amount of control it allowed me to have. In addition, I liked how easy it was to blend the colors together and make the colors fade into each other. Overall, I am happy with the technique I chose to follow through with and wouldn’t change anything.

Three important things I learned from this unit was how to blend paint well, how to create shadows, and how to make painted objects appear three dimensional. To begin with, I learned how to blend paints together well. Prior to this unit, whenever I would paint the colors I used in my painting would never blend together properly. The colors would always appear harsh and cause the painting to look off. I also had trouble making the paints the proper color for the object I was painting, yet at the end of the unit I was able to accomplish all of these things effortlessly. Being able to blend paint is important to my learning because if one is not able to blend paints together well, their painting won’t look realistic. Another thing I learned was how to create shadows. Once again, prior to this unit I was unaware on how to make, place, and create shadows. I had no idea how to color them or how to make them actually look like a shadow. Through the process of this unit I was able to be taught how to create shadows and where to place them. Learning to create, make, and place shadows is important to my learning of still-life because without shadows the painting wouldn’t look realistic and it also wouldn’t look like a still life. Lastly, I learned how to make painted objects look three dimensional. I have always struggled with making things appear realistic. I would always make really distinct lines on my paintings and never blend them out. I would always never know where to put shadows and highlights, so whenever I would finish a painting it would always turn out flat and 2D. As I went through the process of creating my still-life I was in enlightened on how to fix the bad habits I often used while painting. Being able to know how to make painted objects appear three dimensional is once again important to my learning because the whole point of a still life is to have what you are painting appear three dimensional. I am glad I learned how to accomplish all these things and I am happy with the way my painting turned out.