My learning has helped me to understand how to use the correct art tools and how to use them effectively. I also learned that artists need time to practice their drawings, also to make mistakes and be able to learn from those mistakes. Because for example, I messed up on the highlights on my face, but I came to open studio a lot and had time to fix it and learn from Mr.Reed how I could to it better. Also, I learned to ask different people for advice. This helped me a lot because different people have different perspectives and views so the more people that give me compliments and suggestions the more I can fix and learn from my drawings. Also, the value and gradation scale really helped me to get all the correct values and gradation which made my self-portrait look way more realistic. Another thing that helped me a lot was when we did the eyes, nose, mouth study. This helped me so much going into the self-portrait because I had a substantial knowledge of shadows, highlights, values, graduation, and contrast. So I could apply all of this knowledge to my self-portrait drawing, and since I had all this knowledge I was able to make a pretty realistic self-portrait. Finally, I learned how to draw better by reflecting on reflecting about my self-portrait.
If I had another chance to go back and change my self-portrait then I would try to deeply reflect more on what I could improve on. I think that this would help me realize if I’m doing something incorrectly. Because for example when I was drawing my hair I did not stop and carefully consider if I was doing something wrong and I ended up doing something wrong. So if I drew my self-portrait again I would reflect on it before taking the next step. Also, I think that I would be more careful with my blending stump because I realized that if you blend to hard then tiny bits of the paper will come of which you don’t want to I would be more gentle with my blending stump. Finally, I would improve my problem-solving skills. I would do this because when I was making shadows on the nose I realized that the graduation was a bit off. Instead of trying to think about what I could do to fix it I erased it all and restarted, But I should have thought of a more efficient way to fix the mistake. Another thing I could have done better was the way I erased. For example, when I did the highlights on the hair I wasn’t able to get all of the small highlights that were crucial to making my hair realistic. So I would have broken an eraser and used the very sharp end to make small and different shaped highlights. And also I drew some really dark lines, which made my portrait look a bit cartoony.
I think that the 2 words that describe me during this unit are self-managed and communicator. I chose self-managed because I really think during this unit I was very concentrated and self-managed. I great example of this is that I came to a lot of open studios, this way I could practice and work on my self-portrait. Also, another example of this is when I was in class I was almost always very focused and on topic. Self-management as affected me a lot because since I was self-managed I was able to practice a lot, and make mistakes because I had time to fix them if I was focused. So if I was self-managed I concentrated very well and in depth on the drawing so self-management has definitely made my portrait better. I think I was a good communicator because when I asked my classmates about what I could do better I had to ask them good questions in order to get really good feedback. An example of this is when I was having trouble understanding the shadows. I had to ask and communicate with my classmates to get good feedback to solve my problem. Another example was when Mr.Reed wasn’t answering questions for the class. Since Mr.Reed usually answers my burning questions on how to fix something I had to ask my classmate’s really good questions to get the good answers that Mr.Reed would have given me to that was a really cool learning experience.