My learning has improved my drawing skills by adding shadows and highlights to make my drawing look three-dimensional and realistic. Because if you look at something three-dimensional it has many different values such as highlights and shadows. When creating my drawing I learnt how to use different values and a blending stump. In order to make my drawing look realistic before we started the final drawing, we made a gradation scale. To practice using different values. We also did the eyes, nose, mouth study to practice the shape and details of the eyes, nose and mouth. Before we began the final drawing. While doing the eyes, nose, mouth study I learnt that instead of the lines on the facial features being dark lines you actually have to shade the lines. In order to make it look real. We also learnt about proportion when drawing my first drawing. The eyes were out of proportion so it was unrealistic because the eyes were too big. And the nose and mouth where very small so the eyes looked out of place and the drawing looked like a cartoon. So when making the final drawing I had to make sure everything was in proportion. I also used the compare the values paper to see whether my shadows were dark enough.
If I did my drawing again the two things I would change about my drawing to improve the drawing is the hair. I feel like I could improve the hair a lot to make it realistic by adding many different values to make it look three-dimensional. This is important because I want my drawing to look as realistic as possible because everything else on my portrait is realistic apart from my hair. I will also separate the hairs more to make it look realistic. The second thing I would like to improve is making my shadows darker. Because when I am making my shadows I always make them too light and even when I use the compare the value paper. I still find that it is too light because I don’t want to make them too dark. So going lighter is better but I find it difficult to get the proper balance. I also found it hard to get the correct shape of the shadow. Because the shadows are such abstract shapes they are so hard to replicate them properly. I feel if I worked on these details more my portrait would look better and more realistic.
I believe that I have been all of these learner words during this unit. But the two words that describe me the best as an artist during this unit are confident and enthusiastic. I chose these two because I believe that during this unit I was confident in my work and I was enthusiastic about learning and drawing. The reason I chose confident to describe me is that at the start of this unit I wasn’t confident in my drawing skills. But as we got further into the unit I have become more and more confident in my drawings and artistic techniques. The reason I chose enthusiastic to describe me is that during the unit I always have a positive attitude towards my work. I have also always given everything a try and instead of saying I cannot do something. I try it and if it doesn’t work the first time I don’t just give up I keep going.I have also been a risk-taker throughout the unit. I have tried new techniques that I had never used in my drawings before. I also have used different tools in order to do these techniques. Such as a blending stump to make shadows I have also used the compare the value paper to help me see if my shadows or highlights are the correct values.