Art Unit 1 Reflection

Question 1

Throughout the course of this unit I believe that I have I improved drastically because of all the things that I have learned. One thing that was very helpful for me was getting advice and collaborating with my peers. This helped me because I have become more open-minded about the advice I get as well as taking them into account. for example, when Abby helped me with my eye shape, I felt as though they looked better than before.  I might not be able to see a mistake while my friend can and since we are honest with each other it is easier to accept the critique. Another thing that helped me improve was using darker values to advance my drawing skills as this helped me make my drawing look more realistic. I was already familiar with the tortillion/blending stump and I believe that using this tool more helped me become better at using it. Using gradation and different values helped me too but again I was familiar with them too. While doing the eyes, nose, mouth study, the tutorials were very helpful because they showed me different variations of drawing the same thing and it helped me draw more realistically. The grid lines that we used were also very helpful because it made making the  When starting the drawing the grid lines were very helpful too and made finding the right place for a facial feature much easier, therefore, making my drawing look better.

Question 2

If I could draw my self-portrait again, I would have changed my expression because if I had changed my expression to happy, then it would have added dimension to my face, therefore, I could have used more gradation and value meaning I could have contributed the skills that I have learned more in my drawing. For example, when I smile, I get smile lines around my mouth, therefore, I could have added more value there. It would also portray the fact that I am a nice person and I enjoy to smile. I would have also changed my hairstyle because I would have tried to draw realistic hair because at the moment my hair is dark so I could not have tried to draw realistic hair. I would also have used a darker value for the darker areas on my face because I cannot manage to do that. I would also put my eyes slightly closer together as they are slightly too far apart. There are endless ways I could improve my drawing but I feel that if I do these, then my portrait will look better.

Question 3

I think that one of the skills that I used during the course of the unit is knowledge because I did have quite a lot of prior knowledge about the tools used when drawing realistically. I discovered that I was knowledgeable about this because when you are actually learning things you do not realise that you are gaining more knowledge. I also did not realise that because I did have this prior knowledge did not mean that I had an advantage but it just meant that I had a bit of a head start. Another skill that I can describe me as an artist during this unit is open-mindedness. I discovered that it is not that hard to accept critique and advice and they can help you very much. for example when Abby and Hafren helped me with the skin because I could not get it quite right but they suggested to make it darker so I did and it helped a lot.