Art Unit One Reflection

I think that I improved a lot on my drawing technique and skills. Before this project, whenever I tried to draw any human facial features, they would look very much like a cartoon character’s eyes, nose and mouth. But now, whenever I draw facial features, there is a huge difference from what they used to look like. I also think that the way that we learned the different techniques was very effective. We watched videos that were suggested by Mr. Reed on the Art Wiki on how to draw realistic facial features. I feel like this was a very effective way of learning the techniques because you could actually see how people’s hands were moving, how they held the pencil, etc.

If I were to redo this project, I would make a point to take my time with all of the different elements and details of the process. During the project, I would sometimes feel like I was rushing particular parts so that I could catch up to the other people in my class. This made a big impact on my self portrait. You can see that I rushed especially near the mouth area because there is a mark of where I kept on erasing a bit to hard and using the blending stump a bit too vigorously. This made the paper tear, making it harder to draw, erase and blend. Another reason that I was rushing my self portrait was because I had to start over for the same reason of rubbing too hard. This meant that I had to hurry the entire process all together to catch up to where I should have been. Another thing that I would change if I were to do this project again is to watch more of the suggested videos by Mr. Reed. I feel like I was very anxious to start the work on my portrait that I didn’t practice drawing the different facial features enough to know the way to properly draw an eye, nose or mouth realistically. Although I do think that my self portrait’s facial features look realistic,  I feel like the whole thing doesn’t look entirely like me or my photo which probably means that I should have looked more at the photo than just drawing from memory. But overall, I am very happy with how it turned out.

Our statement of inquiry for this unit was “The process of artistic creation can lead to self-discovery”. I feel that the two words that describe me the most as an artist in this unit are communicator/collaborator and commitment. I showed my skills as a communicator during this unit while I asked different people for their opinion on the work that I had done and asking them how they think I could further improve the placement, shape, proportion, shadows, highlights and three-dimensional aspects of my drawing. Also, I learned that I work the most effectively when I am sitting with other people while I work and collaborating with them for their ideas and suggestions. This really helped me because it made me look at my drawing through a different perspective which helped me judge my drawing in ways that I did not originally think to. For example, one of my classmates suggested that I look at the tiniest of details such as where I should start blending and how hard I should blend. This came especially useful to me especially because my photograph had a shadow along half of my face. My first thought was that this would be an easy part of my portrait because all I would have to do is shade in half of my face and not worry about any of the facial features on that side. But as the unit progressed, I realised that it was much harder than I thought it was. In my photograph, you can clearly see some highlights on that side of my face and even part of my eye. This proved to be a challenge for me especially for the placement and shape of the highlights and my eye. I feel that I showed commitment as an artist in this unit because I persevered throughout all the things that I had difficulty with and made sure that I only produced the best work possible. Another way that I showed commitment to this project was by coming to open studio before school. This really helped me not only because I got extra time to work on the project, but it gave me a chance to ask a variety of people about my drawing like the people from other classes that I don’t work with.

*Photo coming soon!