Art Reflection

PARAGRAPH 1. Explain the subject of your painting.

  • Who is the subject? Why did you choose this person? Why are they important to you?
  • What did you express about this person? (example: their personality? something they like or are interested in? something they did or achieved? their feelings or emotion?) BE SPECIFIC.

My subject is Mikey. I chose Mikey because I have known him for nine years since we first met in ELC. He is important to me because he is very nice to me and helps me sometimes when I am not sure what I should do on my class assignments. I tried to show what Mikey likes through my painting. I showed that he likes horses and Garfield. I chose horses because they are Mikey’s favourite animal. He also likes horseback riding. I chose Garfield because it is Mikey’s favourite cartoon character. Mikey likes Garfield because he is very funny.


PARAGRAPH 2. Explain how you communicated your ideas.

  • Which 2 or 3 pictorial elements did you use to express your ideas? Describe each one in detail. What does each of these elements express about your subject? BE SPECIFIC.
  • What artist or movement or style influenced you? How did you use this influence in your painting.GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES.

I focused on Colour and Objects. For colour, I focused on the background, the horse’s colour, and Mikey’s facial colour (white, black, skin colour, etc). I focused on these elements because if the background colour is white, it would mean that Mikey is always happy. If it was black, it would mean that he is always sad and gloomy. I chose blue because he is usually bright and happy, but sometimes sleepy. For the horse, I focused on its colour because Mikey’s favourite horse’s colour is brown. I chose skin colour for Mikey’s facial colour because Mikey is usually happy, so I showed him as being bright. For objects, I focused on what was around Mikey and in what kind of position. I put Garfield under the horse to show that Mikey likes horses more than Garfield. Also, I put Mikey in front of the horse to show that he likes to be with horses and knows that he shouldn’t go behind the horse. I was influenced by the cartoonist Jim Davis’ Garfield. I was influenced by his three character structure, Jon, Garfield, and Odie. In my painting I used Mikey as Jon, Garfield, and the horse as Odie.

Art reflection

Photo on 4-29-16 at 8.36 AM #2

(1) In Paragraph 1 you evaluate your process and artwork.

I think I did well at making the shapes interlock because the top and the bottom lines interlocked, and the lines on the left and right interlock as well. I am also proud that I was able to use characters from one of America’s most popular comic, Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is a little boy and Hobbes is his tiger doll. I used Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail and make my pattern similar to a traditional Japanese motif. If I could do this project again, I would change my motif so that at the end of the thick lines, it would be a little round so that it looks more like a tiger’s tail.


(2) In Paragraph 2 you explain your creative thinking.

I drew a couple of dozen sketches until I found a design that I liked. I had to go through this process because I was not able think of how to use Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail in the traditional Japanese motif. I used Calvin’s hair to create a circle in the middle of the pattern, and Hobbes’s tail so that the lines extend from the circle to the edge of the pattern. Also, I experimented with Hobbes’s tail so that I could make it more interesting. While I was experimenting, I was able to make the lines go over and under each other. I thought that this was interesting because the lines looked more lively. This style gave the pattern movement as opposed to my first design which was more static because it only used straight lines from the centre which looked like the streets of old Rome. Sketching was useful because it helped me experiment with the lines so that I could pick out the ones that I liked. I was also able to get new ideas for the motifs while I was sketching them. Sketching also made me get new ideas. I found sketching more useful than keeping my ideas in my head because by putting my ideas on paper, it helped me think of new ideas. One example of this was when I first tried to make the thick lines hairy, it did not work out, so I made them smooth and connect to each other. Also, I made the oval in the middle have triangles, so that it looks more like Calvin’s hair. Sketching made this process much easier for me.


(3) In Paragraph 3 you explain the cultural influence and the personal interest that you included in your artwork.

My cultural influence was a traditional Japanese motif. The Japanese motif was like a ball with a lot of strings coming out of it. Some of the lines were connecting or overlapping with each other. My personal interest was Calvin and Hobbes. I used Calvin’s hair and Hobbes’s tail. I used Calvin’s hair as the ball and Hobbes’s tail as the strings. I chose this Japanese motif because I liked its complexity. Also it was interesting how the ball in the middle was a traditional Japanese thread ball. I chose Calvin and Hobbes because it is one of my favourite American comics. I thought that I could use Calvin and Hobbes in my motif and I wanted to challenge myself. The traditional Japanese thread ball is important to me because the traditional Japanese thread balls remind me of the stories my mom read to me when I was small. This is because in most of these stories, there were traditional Japanese thread balls. Calvin and Hobbes is important to me because I liked the sense of humour of the comic. I could relate to Calvin and I wish I had a friend like Hobbes.


(4) In Paragraph 4 you evaluate your artwork’s elements (lines, shapes, colours) and principles (pattern, unity).

I used ovals for the circle in the middle, triangles for the spikes around the oval, and long, thick lines that extend from the spikes. I chose red, green, and yellow for my colours because they are bright colours.  I especially like the colour red because it energises me. My pattern is vertically and horizontally symmetrical. The left and the right sides are mirror images of each other, as are the top and the bottom. All of the corners are red. Green fills the space between the red corners and the entire centre is yellow. My artwork is interlocking on all sides and is accurate because I used graph paper to make sure the lines interlock with each other.