Art Unit 1 Reflection

How did your learning help you improve and learn to draw more realistically? At the start, or day 1 of art class, we drew a self-portrait. I didn’t know that much about shadowing, gradation, values, all of those essential skills that help you create a realistic face. Now that I have learned about them and more, it has helped me draw with tools that I never knew about, and create a 3-dimensional drawing. Collaboration helped me work with other people, look at my strengths and weaknesses, and give good constructive feedback, for example, helping me get the right shape and size of the parts of my face because there are small yet very important features of your face that makes you, you. I also learned that there are shadows as dark as black and highlights as light as white. Also, observing from a distance has helped me see the differences and made it easier to pinpoint the place of improvement. The grid lines also helped me get the right balance and proportion of my facial features, for example, my right eye is lower than my left but I would have never realized it if it weren’t for the grid lines.

If you could draw the self-portrait again, with all your new skills and knowledge, what two things would you do differently to make your drawing even better? I probably would choose different, or more contrasting values because I am not using a wide variety, which is making it seem less 3D. For example, my nostrils are very light in my drawing but are very dark in my picture. It would also help the hair look more realistic and have individual lines that are different values because that will show the hair that is on the outside and the inside. Also, I would make my eyebrows have individual hair. It will make it very realistic instead of a grey, smudged blob above my eye. For example, my right eyebrow is just a blob. I can try to copy the flow of the eyebrow and try to draw it over the blob.

Which two learning words best describe you as an artist in this unit? I think risk-taker and thinker best describe me. I thought risk-taker because I took lots of risks with different shapes, sizes, and values. For example, my shadow on the left side of my face was a lot darker than I expected, so I lightly but darkly colored it in, and it seemed very dark at first, but when I blended it out and tested it with the original picture, it was the correct value. Another example would be the nose. I personally thought my nose was much smaller than it actually is, and so I drew it small. But then people would tell me the nose is too small, so I drew it bigger, thinking it wouldn’t look good. After all, it worked out, and I got the correct proportions. I also think thinker because I tried to take in as much feedback I got from my friends, and all of them made the picture realistic. For example, I drew my eye quite big, and my friend told me to make it slightly smaller, and so I did. That slight change made a huge difference in the outcome of the drawing. This encouraged me to go to my friends more for advice, and of course Mr. Reed.

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