In art class, we have been working on a very long project for our second unit and we are a few steps away to finishing. The project relates to a portrait painting that expresses a person, yourself or either someone else. For this unit we were told to draw an portrait painting that will show the person’s identity, culture and as well as their emotion. We also learnt about the color wheel and how the system works. With that useful knowledge from the color wheel, we were able to to express the person with all sorts of different colors. Most students in our class decided to draw our friends or our people from our family. I eventually decided to draw Ryu and introduce the main things about him.
Here is the sketch of the portrait painting I did at the very first.
Throughout this unit, I think I have improved on drawing a person’s face more realistic and commonsense. At the end, I realized that the portrait really looked like Ryu. It demonstrated his emotions on his face and the important ideas on the backround. He liked to do baseball and he was a fan of the Yokohama Baystars, so I chose to draw him wearing the uniform and cap on his head. I also drew two flags that represent his own country; the Philipines and Japan because he is half filipino and half Japanese. The cross on his neck represented Ryu beingas a Christian as well.
Here is the portrait painting that I finshed at the end.
When I started the outline of the project I was thinking about things that described Ryu. But I remembered about the checklist we’ve done at the beginning of this unit and I looked back at how I could use colors to express Ryu’s feeling and emotions. When I started the painting I could see a couple of problems. It was hard for me to get the exact color I wanted and it didn’t blend well that together. So I dipped my brush in the water and I just spilt a tip of it to blend even better. Also, when I finished the painting I thought about getting advice from people around me so that they can help me with my my painting and improve it more. I kept on doing this process at the end and I got of great feedbacks that actually helped my painting.
One of the strength is all the colors. The colors represent Ryu by showing him having a pssionate side (orange) and a cool side (blue) on his face. Also the backround are close to the complementary colors blue which are mainly yellow. I decided to do a complementary color of blue so that it wouldn’t be too simple and boring. The gradations on some parts were good too. For example, the cap on Ryu’s head has gradation on the lower part. This is a strength that I showed, but I could’ve still blended colors more. Another strength is the composition. My composition was very good because the painting was split in two. One side was a drawing of the baseball ground and the other was a drawing of Ryu. This made it look more interesting and made it differ from what most people do. My weakness, although, was the lack of blending colors. This unit was all about blending colors and to express the person with colors, but I didn’t blend that much. If I had I had blended more colors, it would’ve been more creative and it coould’ve caught more attention from people.
I think the painting shows Ryu’s emotions and feelings by the colors a lot. Another way I expressed Ryu was with the items on the background. I tried to include a certain type of aspect that tell part of Ryu’s life. This can maybe connect to Ryu’s dreams. Ryu said to me that he wanted to become a baseball player someday and become famous. So I decided to try to include how he felt at that time. Lastly, another way I expressed Ryu is by his facial expression. There are mixed emotions that clearly show who he is, where he’s from and what he wants to be. I enjoyed creating this painting and I had lots of fun doing it. It was challenging and I hope to do better next time I do something like it. I know there are many things that I could improve on, but I liked the colors I used and I think I did a great job. I’m proud of what have done and I think I was able to learn many kinds of teqniques and skills during this unit. This will definitely lead to my future artworks!