Relief Sculpture

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This last project is my sculpture relief project in which we had to make a sculpture with 5 levels. I started by making a square as a base and working off of that by adding the beehive as the tallest level. I then carved a level into the clay making a vine-like design. I then added a three tiered leaf section along with a flower and carved in a checker pattern next to it. I added columns of balls for more layers and added little accent balls around the piece. I waited for it to dry and get fired in the kiln and began to glaze it. I chose purple, green, red, and yellow to glaze it because I feel like those colors stand out very well with each other. I wish I had had more time to glaze it because class time ended and I had to rush it. I could have glazed it much cleaner and more precisely with more time. I haven’t seen it back from the kiln after glazing but hopefully it looks good!

Overlapping Icons

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This project was for us to choose 4 icons and place them so that they overlap and mix colors. I chose a camera because photography is huge part of my life and a driving passion of mine. I chose the state of Massachusetts because I was born and raised in Boston and it is my home. I put a money bag because I hope to make a ton of money in the future and live somewhere lavish like Dubai. Last but not least, I put a burnt orange longhorn because I will be going to the University of Texas at Austin and that is their mascot and school color. Hook em’ horns! I’m really excited to be going there. I first made numerous drafts of sizes and placements of the four icons. Initially I wanted the focus to be the longhorn but while repositioning I realized that that would not be ideal for the best composition. I painted the initial colors first and then mixed the overlapping colors and painted those. I wish I had chosen different colors now that I think of it because with the burnt orange and blue and green overlaps, the overlapping colors just ended up looking quite brown. I should’ve chosen colors that would have better mixed colors but I still think it looks good. I liked how this project allowed me to have a large personal touch with the icons representing huge parts of who I am.


Color Design Blocks

IMG_1451This project was one that I really enjoyed so far in this class. We got three cards to paint designs with complementary colors on so the first thing I did was draw my designs in pencil. Then I chose the complementary colors and designated them to specific pieces and areas within them. I liked the deep purple – yellow contrast, the orange – green contrast, and the bluegreen – pink combinations. I found that when I started painting that it was very easy to accidentally fall outside the lines that I had drawn on. I tried my best to separate the colors and keep them inside the lines. I think that is one thing I could have improved on as well as a better uniform distribution of the paint. The orange has a couple patches that could have been avoided with another coat of paint. I thought they came out pretty well and I liked the designs and how they turned out!


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The color spectrum project was actually quite challenging to start off. Eventually I figured out how to organize it and narrowed down the colors I had to paint. I started with the primary colors by mixing the cool and warm tones to make a pure color. I then added small amounts of the colors to the white until I got a very white pastel-like color and small amounts of black to the colors to darken the tones. I realized that it doesn’t take much black paint to darken the color at all. I then moved into the transitioning colors and influenced those with both white and black. I waited for all my color squares to dry before cutting them out and preparing them to be placed together as a spectrum. I organized the piles of 3 squares by the 12 colors and made sure I knew how to place them on the paper. I cut them in a uniform shape and placed them down and glued them. Then I had the very troubling experience of cutting them into strips and this was hard because if I messed up the strips would just get shorter and shorter. I messed up about once or twice so they ended up a bit narrower than I had hoped and that’s something I can improve on for sure. Finally, I glued the strips onto the white paper and voila! I liked the final project because the spectrums ended up looking quite nice and the hard work payed off.

Drawing & Painting : Lines

IMG_1396IMG_1398IMG_9739IMG_1394  IMG_9834 For these assignments we had to draw according to different aspects of lines. As I was drawing the 5 shapes I wanted to create different values that highlighted the placement to suggest a more 3-D appearance. I also placed the shapes to have the lines flowing and leading to each other so that there is a path for the eye to follow when looking at the drawing. I liked this sphere drawing because it showed the shape well and the lines are not too obstructing but still suggest the intended shape. The shading made it really look like a sphere. I saw that there were some horizontal and vertical lines that I had used to aid me in the shaping of the sphere that were showing through so I erased them. These drawings of my one point and two point perspectives are after multiple attempts because I realized that I wasn’t happy with my first couple drawings and that with practice I could improve them. My city drawing follows the horizon point and I made the buildings vary in shape, size, and height to make it look more realistic. For my two point perspective, I followed the two lines and used varying building size and shape to show variety within the drawing. By using vanishing points in both the perspective drawings, I was able to follow the horizon and make the cityscape. I had to begin drawing the cylinder with an ellipse so that I could properly follow the curve and I did this my using rectangles and lines. I liked this specific drawing of my cylinder because it showed how the cylinder followed the curve line and I avoided any points that would detract from its shape. I know I can improve on my perspective drawings because they were a bit tricky for me, I found it difficult to follow the vanishing points but I tried my best and posted the best work I did after many attempts.

Sculpture Cardboard Project

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The first picture is my formative project where we had to construct our own cardboard box and create a flow within it. I am drawn to circles and triangles being contrasted so I immediately thought about a scenery with mountains and a lake covered in lily pads. I tried to re-create this idea of depth in the mountains and in the levels of the lily pads and combining them to create a flow in the box.

The last 3 pictures are viewpoints around my final project in which I wanted to incorporate a scene of nature and elements of it in different perspectives. I drew all the designs for the bush and the snakes by hand which were then scanned and laser printed. It was a very interesting process and they turned out quite well although it was very tedious to make the edges of the drawings very precise. I aimed to create the image of a wild bush housing a colony of snakes within it. From the outside I wanted it to simply look like a dense bush but when looked at form above, the numerous snakes can be seen. I liked creating the various layers of bush branches and the layers of snakes to accentuate the depth of the scene. It was the first time I created art using a laser printer and I was pleased with the end result.

It was a very fun project!

Colorful Prints


This is my final print that I made. While planning it, I knew that I wanted a contrast of hard edges and soft curves which draws more attention to the whole print. I created an initial print of the flower and decided to use the two colors of yellow and teal which look very good paired together. I wanted it to have a flow so I made the flower print into diagonals across the paper. Since there was a significant amount of negative space, I decided to use hard edges of pink kite shapes to create the hard-soft contrast along with a color contrast. With a little addition of red swirls, I filled up the space evenly so that the print could be re-created for something like bedsheets or a beach towel.




This is the first draft of an outline I made while roughly doing a blind contour. It is obviously sharpened a bit while doing this blind contour but for the most part it was blind. I started outlining it with sharpie for better and more visible lines.IMG_7326

This is the second attempt of the portrait with a different approach, I left it more rough and unedited in the blind contouring aspect. It looks much more distorted than my face does (hopefully) and the first attempt. I decided to use the medium of water colors for this portrait but as I was using it, I used too much water with the paint and it seeped into the other colors. I also did not like the color scheme I used so I scrapped this one.IMG_7325

This is the third attempt and the blind contour came out quite well. I decided to use watercolor pencils as the medium to color it in. This was just a draft so I realized that in the future I would not put the shoulder line through the hair.


This is the first portrait I did as a final, I did a new blind contour that I was content with and used the outline. I used watercolor pencil as the medium for color but I didn’t use water over it, I liked the effect the pencil had on it’s own. I was content with the colors I used and how they complemented each other. I also tried to add more depth by making gradients of light to dark with the colors.IMG_8832

This is the second final I did using the same blind contour as the first but flipped. I used watercolors for the coloring and learning from my drafts and practice, I used less water and tried to minimize the color spilling into each other.IMG_8831

This is the third final I did using a different blind contour. For this one I used acrylics to paint it. I used primary colors and complements to create a nice contrast and add more dimension to it. I decided to line it again with sharpie after the paint dried because it made the colors stand out more individually which I liked.

Text Message



This was my first piece for the project that I began with as an outline. I used the letters of my name (spot them if you can!) and mostly primary colors as the basis. IMG_7653

This is the final product when painted, I used acrylic paint and layered it to the right thickness.IMG_8776

This is the final product with the primary colored acrylic paint forming my name. I used purple for the negative space because I felt that that shade of purple made the primary colors stand out.


This was my first draft of my use of the letter “v” to make a design. I used green because I felt like it would be a good monochromatic color scheme.


Eventually I realized that I didn’t like the green color scheme so I combined the monochromatic with the achromatic to create a mixed color effect. I like how the green peeps out of the black and white.


For my last piece I used a couple letters to create a design of colors that are in a triangle formation in the color wheel. This is the beginning of filling in the colors.IMG_8779

This is the final drawing using dry watercolor pencils. The colors work really well together and I like the flow of lines.


This project really tested me on my design skills and use of color. I enjoyed being creative and thinking critically about how to place letters and coloring.