Unit Two- Final Art Reflection

I think something I did well was thinking about myself and every culture I am a part of to create the cultural part of my motif. I also considered most of my interests and decided which one would say more about me and what I love. I am most proud of the stripes that resemble a basketball because it interlocks and looks very nice on my motif sketch. I problem solved and went through the process of making many rough drafts until my sketch looked like I wanted it to. I made sure that everything I needed was there and I checked with Mr. Reed many times. To improve my personal interest, I would thicken and darken the lines of the basketball stripes so they would stand out more. For my cultural influence, I would enlarge the triangles or fill them in. Also, I would take out negative space because there is way too much.

My interlocking is pretty good. I have a line going through the paper up and sideways. This will make every square come together and will look like there is one big picture or pattern. My interlocking does not really make a new shape, but it brings everything together nicely and creates a big rectangle. The colors I chose were orange and blue. I did this because they complement each other on the color wheel and say a lot about me. For example, the orange represents the color of a basketball, which is my personal interest and the blue represents the star of David, which is my cultural influence. The two colors create color unity because they function together to look bold and balance each other out. The colors I chose were definitely not random and were planned out beforehand. My motif will be polychromatic, which means having multiple colors. The steps I have to complete next are carving and making a final draft.

Art Unit 1 Reflection

The self- portrait I made in class #1 was unfinished and the proportion was very off. I was not focused and had very little interest in what I was doing. Over the classes I learned to make a realistic self-portrait by using shadows, highlights, blending and so much more. I was way more focused and engaged in what I was doing. I had a better understanding of what everything was and how to make everything look realistic. We did an “eyes, nose, mouth study” to practice drawing our facial features and making them look three-dimensional. Something I learned in this unit is that using gradation helps when transitioning colors, to make gradation, you need a blending stump. Gradation is a smooth transition into shades, it is so you do not have two completely different shades next to each other, that would be unrealistic on a human face.

The first thing I would probably change about my portrait is the placing of my eyes. My eyes were a bit too high and it looked very odd when placed next to my picture. Also there was a lot of unnecessary space in between everything in my portrait that was not in my picture. I would also blend a bit more to get rid of the dark lines and leave less unrealistic contrasts.

I think the two words that describe me in this project is communicator and tolerance. The word communicator describes the way that I communicated with others to give the best feedback that I could give in order to help them out. I also took others advice into consideration to better myself and my portrait. The word tolerance describes how even when I messed up or felt little faith in my drawing, I tolerated it and kept on working. Without my tolerance I would not have finished my portrait.