I have improved on my self-portrait since class one because I believed in myself that I can do it than I did it but the improvements were adding shadows and highlights because it makes it look more realistic. Also it had more value and gradation so that my self-portrait has a variety of the gradations. For example, we did a graduation and value scale. Blending stump also really helps because if you have a line you can use a blending stump and it will go away. When I practised more it came better and the open studio really helped because if I am behind in class it would help. The open studio also helped me to be more focus because in class I talk a lot and I do not focus so when I am in open studio I have better self-management skills and I was way more concentrated so I could get more work done. It helped me by collaborating with others so that they can help me with what I can improve on and what I made a mistake on also they helped me with. An example like is my nose, eye, mouth in the right shape and place. My portrait has contrast in it because it has different colours from light values and dark. For example, I learned it from the definitions and Mr Reed showed us an oval of limited values and a circle with all the values.
The two things how I could do better will be that to make the self – portrait more realistic is that actually looks like how the picture I took. Also, make sure I have many different values and gradation from the light colour to the darkest colour. To make it better and realistic I would make it 3 dimensional so that it looks better and cooler. To make my lines on my portrait not be seen so that I could use a blending stump to make all the lines go away. The other thing that I would do better on is to make sure my shadows and highlights match the photo. For example, if the shadow is so dark I want to make sure that it is same, not close enough same for highlights as well I want to match the lightest highlights with the picture. Also, shadows and highlights will have many values because shadows will have more of the darker values. The highlights will have more of the lighter values or gradation that would help to shift the colors around.
The two things that described my learning for this unit is being a communicator and committed to my work. For communicating, I have learned that to communicate with my classmates to ask them what could I improve on my drawing or when they ask me I give good feedback to them that could help them make their drawings better. I am committed to my work because even though I have not finished my work, the open studio really helps me because I do not get distracted so I can finish work that I have not done or I am behind. One day I asked Oliver B for what I can improve on my drawing and he said I could make it darker for my hair. Another thing he helped me on was gradation to have a variety of colours so that it looks more realistic.