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.


Reflection on Park Illustration

In art class, we’ve been working on our park illustration for a few months. And here is my final artwork 🙂

1. What was your progress made over the Park Illustration unit?

I think I made a lot of progress in this unit. I learned a lot of things such as using techniques and texture. First, we watched a video called “Red Hook – a film about Tommy Kane”. And then we wrote in our notebooks what he did (the steps), what we found interesting, techniques he used, and what he included. Then we went to the park “Minato-No-Mieru-Oka-Kouen” to sketch our object. When we got to the park, we chose what to draw. First I chose the fountain but I found out that a lot of people chose it so I changed it. I changed it to the entrance of the park because I thought it was interesting to draw. We had to use sharpie so that even when we use water-color paint, it won’t smudge. I found it quite difficult because I usually sketch with a pencil so that I can erase it but this time, we couldn’t erase it. We had two classes to work on our sketch. It was difficult where some places were a bit different when I came second time because for some places I was still working on it. After we finished our sketch, we practiced sketching by looking at a picture and then drawing what we see. To see if the positions of the objects are good and if we are drawing what we see, we drew 9 rectangles on top of it and saw if it was good or not.  The practice sketch looked like this:

And then, Ms. Rude (our teacher) copied our sketch to a bigger and stronger paper so that we can use water-color paint. Then, we went to the park to take pictures of our object for the water-color painting which we did afterwards. And for homework we colored our sketch using the picture we took. It looked like this:

And here is the picture I used:

Before we started painting on our sketch, we learned techniques we could use in our painting. There were 11 techniques and they were: Wash, Splatter, Salt, 2 Wash, Clingwrap, Stencil, Sponge, Drop in, Lift Off, Wet into wet, and Experiment which we made up ourselves. The techniques looks like this:

After we practiced with the techniques and listed what we could use them for each of them, we taped the outline of our artwork so that the paint won’t go out. And then we started painting. I think I was able to use most of the techniques and it went good. I thought I improved my skills a lot because I used to not know most of the things I know now and I thought the techniques made the artwork so much better. And if I didn’t know these techniques, it would not be good as this. I also think I improved on drawing what I really see because before I used to make it up for some parts but this time, I drew what I actually saw.


2. How you used feedback to improve your artwork?

I got feedback from Ayaka and this helped me improve my artwork a lot. Ayaka said that I could use stencil to add more techniques so I used it for the background. Also she said I could improve on the background so I added more colors to it. She also said that if I add yellow to the bushes to show light, it would make it better so I added yellow and it made it a lot better. I thought feedback is very helpful and it makes our work improve a lot.

3. If you were going to do this work again, what would you do differently and why?

I would make the lines straighter when it has to be because this time, it was quite wobbly. I want to make it straight because I think it would make it neater and nicer. Also I want to use more variety of colors to show darker places and lighter places. For example, I want to use darker colors to show the roof of buildings.


I enjoyed this unit because I was able to learn more techniques and make my art skills better. It was fun trying the new techniques and using them on my artwork. Also, I was happy about how my drawing went even though there were some improvements I could still make. I also enjoyed using water color paint because I’ve not really used them before.

Have you ever done a portrait using watercolor paint? If you haven’t you better do it 😉

7th Grade Art – Illustrated Journal

In Art class, we have been working on our visual journals. We worked on it during Field Studies and some classes after. It was my first time to make one and I had fun making the journal. It also helped me and I learned some things about it.

Before we got our journals, we first learned what a visual journal is, and what we do in it. We looked at examples and noted what makes a good journal. For example, we noted unique, drawings, pictures, colours, and so on. Also, we experimented different mediums. Then, we got our journals. We worked on it each day during Field Studies. I worked on my visual journal at the end of the day in our room with my friends, and  shared our mediums (materials) with each other. Whenever I couldn’t remember what we did that day, my friends helped me. I was able to work on my journal everyday and it helped me remember what we did when I got back. Because of the journal, I was able to tell what we did each day to my parents without forgetting.

In my visual journal, I tried using colours to express my mood or feelings. For example, everyday was a great and a fun day so mostly I coloured it with a bright colour. But sometimes I used dark colours to show I was scared or found it challenging. For example, the night hike was a little scary so I used black. I also tried using water colour pencils for my visual journal. But it was hard not to make the pens smear from water. I learned that normal pens would smear when we use water colour pencil so we should use a sharpie. I also learned what a visual journal is, and what we can do in it. For example I learned that we could make collages and could stick things like scraps. Also I learned that making a journal helps me remember a lot of things and it can become a memory.

Next time when I make another journal, I would bring sharpies so that I can use water colour pens, paint, or pencils without smearing. I would also stick scraps like scraps of snack we ate, or maps, and maybe stamps if I find some. Also I want to include more pictures and make a collage.

I really enjoyed making the visual journal and I thought that I want to make one again when I go somewhere on a trip.