The above picture is a mixture of two iconic cartoon characters mashed together. Mickey Mouse and Pikachu are the two that I combined to create Mickeychu. I first took the shape of Pikachu, and the outfit and colors of Mickey Mouse, and kept the face of Pikachu. It was originally outlined in pencil, then I painted in the insides, then outlined the whole thing in sharpie for a more bold look. As this was my first time painting in class, it was somewhat new, which made for a slight challenge, which I was able to overcome, making this piece a success. Also, it was a success because the creation of mixing two characters came out very well, as both characters were based off of a mouse. If I did it again, I would be a little more careful with the details and making sure the paint was in straight lines.
My second project was to take a picture, and create a stencil. My picture was the face of a red panda with its tongue slightly out of its mouth. Once I got the picture, I went on the Pixlr App, and changed the coloring and saturation, to outline the blacks and whites. Then I printed off the new picture, and cut out all the parts that were black. Because the red panda is red, I used the color red when spray painting the stencil. Making stencils and spray painting was new to me altogether, so cutting out the picture onto cardboard to make the stencil was very difficult, and my picture had plenty of detail, which didn't help. Because I was able to overcome this challenge, this project was a definite success, as the picture turned out great. If I could do it again, I would make multiple layers so that the face of the red panda was totally in color.
My final project for the Artist Steal theme was to create a monster out of ink. So what we did was get a small cup of ink, and take a straw that was cut in half, and hold the ink in the straw, and then blow the ink onto the paper, and then blow on it to spread it out. The whole monster is not made of ink, just its outline, for mine the head and what looks to be antlers are ink, where as the eyes and the rest of the body were drawn in pen. Using the ink was new to me, but I really enjoyed doing it, and wish that I had time to do another one, because who knows what outline the ink would have made the second time. Because of the ink being unpredictable, it was fun, but a challenge to create something out of the random lines made by the ink. Because I was able to create something with the outline, and one that looked presentable, this project was a success. Therefore, all of my projects created in the Artist Steal theme were a great success, and all of them were fun to do.
The above images are my drawing, next to the actual image that I was drawing from. Because I was drawing from an image, the drawing technique is an observation drawing, as I observed my picture. As I had never drawn a car before, there were difficulties everywhere. These difficulties caused problems, but i'm a problem solver, so I made it work. As an artist, I primarily use straight lines, and the car had plenty of curves. Trying to get good circles, and exact curves, I tried both free hand, and rulers, but neither worked. Temporarily, I was beaten and did not want to even attempt the circles and curves, but I persevered. I then tried using a compass for the headlights, which was difficult, but worked. Because of my ability to solve the problem, I learned a new way of creating art by using new tools, and the piece came out just as i had hoped.
Because of the problems I faced, I developed my art making skills. Cars was a new challenge for me, and all the curves was mostly new, as most of my other art pieces did not have the defined curves that the car did. Because of this, I needed to use new materials, and became comfortable with using a compass to make circles and curves. As I said earlier in this post, I momentarily gave up, as this was too new and too hard. Soon after I knew that I had to finish the piece, and I pushed on. Now, i'm more comfortable using a compass to create curves, and even though i'm not perfect, i'm expanding my skill set greatly.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a multi-day event, known as SparkCon. SparkCon is an art festival, where artists are given a certain area on the ground to create a masterpiece. The one above shows multiple different flags from countries around the world with the title "Where will your travels take you?", and in my case, my travels took me to SparkCon. Because this is a relatively big event, located on Fayeteville street, in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was bound to see somebody I knew, and I did. I saw some family friends, and a good friend from middle school, and then, my travels took me to somewhere else.
Once Timmy and I set our separate ways, it was early afternoon, and I had to leave SparkCon. It was a wonderful place to visit, as there was multiple forms of art (music, dance, paintings), and some friends that I had not seen in a while. I would highly recommend visiting SparkCon if you live in or close to Raleigh, as it was a new and wonderful experience for me.
The feather displayed here is an example of a scientific drawing. This was actually a two step project. From this project, I learned how to make a detailed sketch, and then take that sketch, and on the ipad, give it life with color, and color transparency. That is what helped me learn about the importance of color transparency, and using shading as well as highlighting light areas. This piece is useful because it taught me a new method of creating art, but next time, I would thin out the lines to be more precise, and blend the colors better.
The last form of Art that I created was a still life drawing, and I drew my hand. From this form of art, I learned the importance of detail, as a hand has a few cracks and crevices (details) As I did it in pencil, I learned how to use pencil to make detailed shadows, as well as normal outlines and darker lines, which made this piece a useful experience for me, as I really learned something. next time I want to take more time to focus on the details, and make the shadows darker, and the outlines sharper.