Make your Mark (Line Drawing) Reflection

In art, we have been working on our line drawing during the few months. We used a black marker/pen to draw. Our unit title is “Make your Mark”.

This is my final drawing↓ I named it ~Lost in the Fog~.

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Before we did our final drawing, we went through the process step by step. First, we learned about line drawings such as artists who drew line drawings and techniques we could use. The artists we learned about was Van Gogh, Durer and Rembrandt. We compared their drawings and discussed about them. Also, we looked at the lines they were using. We also looked at other line techniques and practiced using them. Some of the line techniques we learned are: hatching, cross hatching, stippling, net, scumble, and wavy lines.

Here are some pictures of my work I did to practice line techniques:

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Then, we chose our landscape black and white drawing. The picture I chose was:


I chose this picture because I thought that it clearly showed the background, foreground, and middle ground. Also there were some gradation, texture, tone, and value so I thought it matched this project. Also, the light source was clear. After that, we worked on our first draft. This is my first draft↓ As you can see, I did not finish it and did not add much details. I didn’t use much lines too.


After we practiced several times with our own picture and also different pictures, we planned for the final drawing. I came up with 3 different ways on doing my final drawing. It each uses different lines for different purposes. This is my plan↓ I chose the one which uses jagged lines, hatching, scumbling, wavy lines, and stippling.



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Then, we finally worked on our final drawing. To help me draw well, I drew a vertical line and horizantal line in the middle so that it is easier to see where the objects or shadows are. It was hard because we had to be careful in each step because we were doing it with a black pen and we can’t erase it. Also it was hard to adjust the thickness and darkness because black pens are harder than pencils. I am proud of my artwork and very happy about it. I think I did a good job on gradation because I think it is quite clear and I also like it. I especially like the mountains. I also worked on it at my home and school so I think I was able to work on it in a good amount. To make my artwork better, I think I could add more gradation to the water because you can’t really see much. I would draw the hatching for the sky more neatly next time too.

In conclusion, I had a lot of fun working on this artwork and I learned a lot of things. I want to try doing this again.


Canon in D by Pachelbel on Koto

In Koto, we have been working on playing a non-Japanese melody that we each picked. I chose a piece called Canon and here is a video of me playing a page:

It was challenging to make the tuning myself because there were more than 13 notes and the koto has 13 strings. So I had to use presses and change some parts.