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!
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.
This 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.