In art class, we have been working line drawings. Over the past twelve weeks we have been researching about different techniques to use in our final drawing. We did a art criticism in week six. What we did for the art criticism was we compared a Vincent Van Gogh line drawing and a Albrecht Dürer line drawing and we had to critique the different techniques they used and the differences between the artists. We started drafting our final line drawing in week six.
I started by planning out what pictures I am going to use in my final line drawing by putting all these different pictures together and putting them in different places to see where they looked their best. This is the file that I put the pictures in that I used in my final drawing:
I think that I put the different pictures in the right places because it makes me feel like they have their own place. Some of my strengths were:
- Changing the gradation from dark to light
- The line techniques
- Showing the level in the tracks
- Showing the difference between dark vs light
- Showing the different perspectives
- The Shading
- Appropriate use of the line techniques on the grass and the tracks
- Showing how it gets darker as it goes back
- How I made the kangaroo look realistic
- The different textures
These strengths were also ones that my peers gave me. Some weaknesses that I think I have and that my peers thought I had were:
- The lines in the sky just looked the same most of the time
- The outline of the kangaroo was too thick
- The hot air balloon didn’t have enough gradation
- Some people thought that I overused the stippling technique
- The kangaroo blended in with the ground
- The clouds didn’t look like clouds
- And for some people, I didn’t really make it clear that the stippling in the grass was the sand and dirt
- I used a ruler for the lines in the sky
I agree with the criticism that my peers gave me but some of the things I didn’t think about and it was to late to fix them. I think that I used some really effective techniques and I am really proud of my line drawing. It shows how much effort I put into my work and I really love how everybody in the class was critiquing it.
In the first unit of seventh grade art we are doing a visual journal on our experiences during field studies. A visual journal is a journal that you use decorative writing and you can put photography and drawings in it. The task was that we had to make a journal that shows what we did everyday along with some decorative text. I enjoyed this because it was nice and relaxing. During this unit the easy things were visualizing what the journal was going to look like and how you were going to plan it out. The challenging things were drawing the pictures and writing it neatly and also making sure that you had enough line drawings.
I think that I could have improved on my visual journal by adding more line drawings. I added a couple but one of them was small, another was a quarter of the page and the last one was slightly smaller that the page. I added to much color on some pages so it was a little hard to read the writing especially since I was writing in lightly colored markers. I think that I could have also made the writing a bit easier to understand because some people couldn’t read it. I could have done my table of contents better meaning I could have gotten all my pages correct and I could have added color to my table of contents like Alina, Aruna and Layna. Towards the end of field studies I got a bit stressed because I wasn’t sure if I would finish in time because I had only finished day three.
Some of my strengths were I made my backgrounds nice and colorful, meaning I added a range of different colors like yellow, blue, pink, red, green, etc. I liked how I splattered the paint on to make it look really cool. One of the best pages is the first page of day four, I like it because I have a really detailed line drawing that shows the detail in the rocks and to fill in the middle I wrote NorthStar just like this and it ended up looking really cool. Also I liked the second page for the fourth day because it has a awesome drawing of a roasting marshmallow. I outlined the marshmallow and the stick in thick black marker which looked cool and then I did shadowing on the stick and the burn marks on the marshmallow and then I drew the little flame on my marshmallow.
I also thought that one of my strengths was my layout, because a lot of people were complimenting me on how good it looked and I had spaced everything out nicely.
I think that this unit was a really fun unit and a awesome introduction to seventh grade art. I enjoyed learning the basic tip about visual journaling and I enjoyed learning about all the different techniques like rolling a picture with this special kind of white paint and it stops the bubbles. I hope that in th
For the second unit in art (How we express ourselves portrait painting) we had to draw a painting of ourselves that expressed our identity with color. We had to think carefully about the function of our portrait (aesthetic, social or political). We also had to consider how we expressed our color choice. Was it going to be sad, happy, angry, etc. It could also be The unit question was “How do our personal experiences shape our identity”, and our significant concept is “Our culture shapes our identity”.
During this unit there were a lot of challenges because I am not used to painting. But one of the things that I thought I did really well in was the camera that I drew and planning out the frame. My painting is not yet finished but I will take free time off to complete it before it goes on display. On of the things that I found most challenging was trying to make that affect of the light and dark shading. This was mainly difficult because I couldn’t get the colors perfect and when I tried to layer the colors they created big blobs of paint. Also it was challenging trying to figure out which color scheme to use whether I was going to use complimentary colors, etc. Planning the work was also challenging because I wanted to try and find the perfect style for my painting. I looked at some examples of some famous paintings for example: The scream by Edvard Munch and The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Davinci. I looked at the brushstrokes of these paintings to see if there was anything that I could try and do.
My strength in this unit was probably drawing out my painting because I made the sketch the same as my plan except I added a bit more detail to where I was going to put the eyes and mouth. My weakness was painting the eyes because I kept on painting out of the lines but I think that was because I used a thick brush or a brush that had the hair sticking out so when I painted the eye paint would go everywhere. Another one of my strengths was adding contrast to the background. I feel like the background looked really good because it was a solid color and I liked the way that it went from a nice dark-ish solid red to a light orange and yellow kind of color. A thing that I could do to improve my drawing is practice painting my nose because every time I painted the nose it ended up just being a big blob of paint.
I decided to use part of my mask drawing on my painting, meaning that I used part of the color scheme that I used in my mask drawing. But when I saw the colors I thought that they didn’t really suit my picture so I decided to look at the color wheel and tried to choose colors that were opposite each other. In my picture I drew a camera to symbolize that I like photography.
Overall I think that I did an okay job but I could have done better by adding more detail to my eyes and adding more brushstrokes so that the picture would have more techniques. Thank-you for reading and I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog post.
The unit that we are just finishing is called ” Look at me: Portrait drawing”. The project that we had to do for this project was we had to draw a beginning of ourselves so that we could see the difference for when we drew our final portrait. After we drew our beginning portrait, Mr Curkovic taught us how to draw all of the things on our faces correctly meaning he taught us how to draw our eyes, mouth, etc, the way that an artist does.
During this unit I have made a lot of progress because my first drawing looked like an ugly cartoon that a three year old had drawn and now I have drawn a portrait of myself that looks like it was drawn by a sixth grader. The easy part was drawing the basic things such as eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, etc. But the absolute hardest part was shading. We had to shade everything exactly the way it looked in the photo. Also doing the hair was really hard because I have quite a few highlights that stand out. My strength for this unit would be the mouth. Because I felt like I made it look realistic with the highlight at the bottom and the top of my lips. My weakness was probably shading because I don’t think I made it blend in enough with the whole face and I had trouble trying to make the nose look like my actual nose. I think that observational skills helped me by making me look to see what I need to change and how much. An example is, I needed to change my nose so I looked at the picture and thought about what I needed to change about it. I decided that It was to small and needed more shading.
Thank-you for reading and I hope you liked my drawing.