SO I am here again to write another reflection for school since I have noticed after 3 years of blog writing, that blogs are meant for reflections, where teachers can read what you feel through a series of 1s and 0s. I am not against this in any way, so I’m here with another reflection for art.
During art these days, we worked on a project that lasted 7 weeks of drawing a cartoon character. The unit started out as us being asked to create a character for Pixar’s new movie. This involved us having assigned a font from the default fonts to draw a character of. There was a list of them, and I was assigned Braggadocio.
According to my research put into action during weeks 1 and 2, I discovered that braggadocio means: “braggart” or “empty boasting”. So at first, I thought of drawing a man reclined in a chair looking proud like this:
However, I decided that this looked too business man like, so I gave up on
the idea and started to focus on the –docio part of the font.
Later on, probably sometime in the beginning of week 3, I decided that the –docio sounded Italian, and focused on what jobs a stereotypical Italian has. I had different ideas: actor, baker, or a chef. Since there were so many different types of actors, I stopped at the idea of chef. I also focused on what would make someone proud. I found out that this could be so many different things, however, since I focused on chef, I thought that chefs would be proud when they achieve awards for making the best food, and this would be indicated through the existence of trophies and medals.
The first version of my character wasn’t the best one, however, I believe through the process of evolution from the first version, I ended up with my final one. (Therefore, I think that my first version is the most important after my final product.) My first version started out by me fooling around and drawing an extraordinarily fat man. His arms were chubby in the first drawing, but I decided that I didn’t like it fat, and changed it thinner. Thus, leading to the man looking like a potato with toothpicks.
Do you see the resemblance?
However, after a few other drawings, I thought that he didn’t look so proud, but more happy. So, I thought that I would have the man longer, but not skinnier. (leaving me with no choice but having to extend the head) I also thought that by the use of having a smaller, longer head, it would look as if he was little thinking, and might look boastful.
I ended up with this after a series of trying different shapes for the head:
Series of tries (that you probably wouldn’t be able to see unless you zoom in)
Final decision (You can probably see without zooming in)
Later on, I came up with the idea of the pizza flat on his hand, and his eyes blank. There were two different reasons to this, since if the pizza is too thick, more attention is attracted to the pizza, and his blank eyes were to indicate blindness in his fame. However, after a series of drawing, I decided that I should have dollar signs in his eyes looked the best. I tried out hearts, dollar signs and others, but I thought that dollar signs indicated the craving of monetary benefit. (And most of these cravings came from already existing values of one.)
So later, when I got to coloring my character, I got to a point where I had finished making the backgrounds with colors, and I decided that “peach” didn’t match my character well, leading to me choosing it to be either green or red. After moments of rethinking, I thought that red would make the man look like he’s blushing, and blushing wouldn’t make someone look proud. So I chose to make the man green. (Which I keep thinking that I shouldn’t have.)
Here is my final piece
After looking at the final picture a few times, found some strengths and weaknesses in my picture.
1. I believe I was able to portray the man in a way that he looks boastful and self-obsessed by the use of facial expressions and poses
2. I believe I was also able to use matching colors (green-purple-yellow)
1. I think I could improve the shape of his legs so that it matches the person in a better way. (since he looks out of proportion– leading to looking weird ㅠㅜ Also, the man’s left leg is placed infront of it, making it look out of balance, but still standing) I think I can improve this by editing the position of the line between the legs.
2. I think I was in a hurry with the hat and making it look more like a mickey mouse fist than a baker’s hat. (So I think I could improve this by having a bun shaped hat or one of a smilar shape but looks more like a head.
After having to finish this unit, I learned that plans could change anytime, and it was best to have this changes to come to you more than persist in proceeding one type. However, I thought that a firm plan in the beginning so that you know which way your going, would always help since with the use of the plan in the beginning, I think it helped me get to the current form of character “Braggadocio” that I have.
In my opinion, I think that stereotypes helped me draw my own character since I the mustache in my picture was an indication of Italian, and I also tried to think of stereotypical braggarts such as this man:
They had something in common with their dull eyes and eyebrows.
Even though stereotypes might be misconceptions of people, and might be racist or mean to one, I believe that stereotypes help develop one to create something that shows others what they intended.
I believe this unit was a fun one, however, if I were to redo this unit, I would like to try out different things with the legs, or perhaps with another font that might help develop my skills for drawing a cartoon character.