Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This marking period has been such a learning experience for me. I have found talent I didn't even knew existed. In the beginning of the marking period I was expecting to draw some pictures of objects and that was about it. We did start drawing objects, like apples, but we took drawing apples to a whole other level. I learned how to shade and think about value. It's fun to see how a little bit of shading makes your drawing come to life. Later we began to work with colored pencil it was exhilarating to see colors blend together in ways I didn't think possible. Now we are working on self portraits which I mentioned in my latest post. Its been going well, but it has been the most challenging piece of art I've worked on.

I think when I felt a "shift" in my artwork was when we started to draw the pencil still life of fruit. It was my first time working with three different types of pencils. I started off just drawing the outlines of the fruits. I later went back in and started my shading and value scale. Near the end of my drawing process my fruit was coming to life. It was mind-boggling to see this drawing come from my hands. It was a quality feeling. 

I'm excited to see what else I am capable of throughout the year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Self Potratits

The past few weeks we have been working on self portraits. First we started off with a large white piece of paper. We then sketched a drawing of our face from a photograph we had. Once we had a sketch we were satisfied with we outlined it in black sharpie.  Not too much detail. The next step was to fix up a paint color of your choice, the only rule was not to use white or black. When you had the color you were satisfied with you then took a smaller piece of paper and cropped out a section of your face onto the smaller piece of paper. The reason for doing so is so that you could practice. These smaller pieces of paper with paint on them are called color study's. With your custom color you then could add white or black to see how light or dark the color would become. Right not i'm only on my first color study. The color I created was an orange and now i'm trying to figure out how to show shading through paint. It's been challenging, but i'm getting there. Once i'm satisfied with my paint job i will ink the piece of paper and let it dry. Then I will use water to wash off the ink and an abstract painting of part of my face will be produced. It's going to take me a while to figure out what I like before actually starting to work on my huge picture, but I will keep you updated! A picture will be coming soon with my first color study.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Welcome to my blog! It's my first time having a blog, but so it's been really cool learning how to use it. Over the past few weeks in my art class, we have been making booklets. So far we have been painting intricate designs using acrylic paint, water color, magazine cut outs, and even saran wrap! Once you start on a piece of paper you just let your hands do all the work. It's been interesting seeing what I'm capable of. I can't wait to see the finished product! I will be sure to post a picture when my booklet is done.

Till' next time...