This unit in art we’ve been working on paint self- portraits for a long time and I’m nearly done. This is my painting.
The title of my portrait is “I’m (not) alright.” The function of this painting is social.
In the very beginning of this unit, I first start with practicing blending colors to make tints and shade. For example, from light blue to dark blue.
Then I practiced blending different color into each other so that they don’t have those hard lines between them. After that, I made a portrait painting planning checklist. That’s for helping me think figure out what do I want my portrait is about, what’s the function of my portrait, what does is represent and what will it look like. Then I looked at lots of artists’s portrait for inspiration and ideas for our own painting. Next I drew two different composition sketches like how big do I want the head be and where? I also did a quick sketches of the portrait just to practice and think about the colors. After that we just kept drawing and trying out new brush works and color blending.
During that process, I’ve ran into lots of problems and challenges, but I have overcomes them all. First thing is I not good at drawing so the outline won’t be so good, but I practiced once at home so I knew what i’m going to draw. Second, I couldn’t control my hand to be very steady very well so some times my brush shook a little bit then the line wasn’t straight, or the color when over the place where it suppose to be. I solved this problem by picking very very thin brushes to paint some parts. Also, another problem is that when I try to blend colors to it’s tints and shades, next class I came but I forgot how much white or black I added last to blend the same color. So every time I will paint the color on another piece of paper to see if it’s the same color as last time. In addition, when I try to blend to colors together to make a gradation, the old color always get dried up and make it hard to blend. I solved it by wetting the brush just little bit and wet the color again before blending.
I think my painting has lot of strength. For example, I think it’s really cool that half of her face is in shades color, and the other half is in tints color, and half is smiling and half is crying, also with some good blending between those tints and shades. Also, I think the hair looks realistic because I used different values of tint purple, different values of dark purple on both half of the face. Also what I think I did really good is the background sky, I spent a lot of time to blend the tint blue and the shades blue. It also took my some time to blend them together, from light to dark.
My drawing not only has strength, but some weaknesses as well. For example, I think I could have paint the tears more realistic. Also, if you look closely at my painting, there a lot of little white dots on it. That’s because as I mentioned before, my hand isn’t steady, I’m a faired of draw the paint over other colors so I’m not going to fix it.
I show my cousin’s personalities and how she’s like in this painting. For example, like what I just mentioned before, I painted her face half dark purple, and half light purple because that shows that when people teases or make fun of her, she will pretend to smile but she actually felt bad and sad. Also you might notice that I didn’t paint the background like her face, instead I painted it both half the same for a reason. That’s because her personality don’t effect the “outside” or other people so I didn’t paint it one half tints and the other half shades. And most of the times her personality is hidden.