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Art Reflection


For these 9 weeks we’ve been doing our first unit on self-portraits. We learned how to draw our own faces with correct measured proportions. Our unit question was “How does observing help us learn?” Our concept was “Observational skills play an important role in our lives and in our artwork.” In this unit I think I made progress.

When I did my first portrait I wasn’t confident and I didn’t know anything about portrait drawing so I did a very bad job of drawing my self. I didn’t use an ruler or different kinds of lead pencils so I didn’t get the shape of my face right and I didn’t shade at all. My first drawing the middle part of the eye (not the pupil) was different for both and to high, my nose was only partly drawn and my pencil was way too light. And I didn’t look like a human. In this unit I learned and improved on measuring right proportion. I also improved on shading and gradating that made the drawing more realistic and make it come out or three dimensional.

The most challenging thing for me was getting all the features on your face in the right places and not challenging but what took a long time was getting the shape of the face exactly correct and also the hardest thing for me was drawing the eye because on the eye there are a lot of tiny details such as the  eyelash and the lines on top and the bottom of your eyes and also you have to get them in the same place or else you will look weird in the drawing. What was easy for me was the eyebrow and the neck and clothes bottom of your face which is not really connected to our face portraits they were easy because the eye brow was small connected and not much details. The clothes was a few lines and then you can color it black or white. Also another easy part was the shading but it was annoying because there was four tones or types of lead pencil HB, 2B, 4B, 6B and maybe 8B. Also using the tortillon helped us a lot with the gradation. But the hair shading was a bit hard.

I think my strength is the shape and size of the face because I measured it exact and the size looks pretty exact. Also the shading I changed the skin part and the hair part so it looks more real because usually the hair is darker than the skin. I think my weakness was shading because I tried to make my face features look three dimensional but they didn’t come-out much.

I think observational skills helped me a lot. Mr.Welk said to look at the black and white picture more than the drawing. I looked at the drawing a lot and realized that our faces are almost measured and made I mean like the nostrils are almost 1/3 from the bottom and the eyes are2/3 from the bottom. So in this unit I learned to observed the picture a lot and look at all the details in the photo well my face.

http://www.stars-portraits.com/img/portraits/stars/e/eminem/eminem-1-by-Pencil2Paper.jpg         Drawing by Star Portraits


  1. Sarah
    Posted 06/29/2015 at 8:20 PM | #

    Good Job! Awesome! I love it! 🙂

    • 19spencerh
      Posted 07/04/2015 at 8:51 PM | #

      thank you

  2. jakub
    Posted 07/20/2016 at 2:44 AM | #

    I am a huge EMINEM fan this drawing is amazing when some one says EMINEM I turn around like its my name that’s how much I love him and I wanna draw a EMINEM picture

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