My project’s strength is how it is very creative. I used creative thinking to create a motif with a detailed background meaning. I had actually begun thinking about my design a week before I even drew it. I wanted the motif to be influenced by the places I’ve lived in. I eventually remembered henna from India and how when I was three and when I lived there, I always got henna with y sister. We’d get them at parties and at festivals. So I looked at some henna designs and found one I really like. It was so beautiful, with all of its flower petals and flowery designs. And for the personal interest, I thought of all things I’m passionate about and what I wanted in my future. The thing that I was most drawn to was surgery. So I went for a heart monitor, to represent how to want to become a surgeon dealing with cardiology.
My motif, when it interlocks, creates a pattern. Horizontally, it creates the pattern of a heart monitor. And altogether, the corners create a henna circular flower. My interlocking should be accurate because I measured the distances and lengths. I chose to only change the color of the ink on the paper so it looked neater. The background of the motifs are all white and the top row and bottom rows have red ink and the middle row has blue ink. The red ink represents blood because hearts pump blood so it circulates the body. The blue ink represents how my veins look blue. The entire piece will have color unity since the colors aren’t random and nor is the arrangement of the motifs.
Learning to shade, blend and highlight with new and different tools really improved the way I draw. Before in my Class #1 portrait, I had drawn just lines and it did not look very realistic and three dimensional. I had used just one pencil and a mirror for reference. With my current self-portrait has no lines and has much more contrast than my first self-portrait. With my final drawing, I used 4 types of pencils, an eraser for highlights, a blending stump, gridlines and a photo of me for reference. Each one of my tools helped with creating a better drawing style for me. My pencils really helped with having more values. The lighter pencils, like 2H, helped with sketching my facial features and with the light shadows on my face. The darker pencils, like 6B, helped with my really dark black shadows on the side of my face. The pencils made my drawing have much more value than before. I used two types of erasers, a kneadable eraser, and a normal solid eraser. I used the normal eraser for really light highlights by pressing down hard. I used the kneadable eraser for more dark highlights and light shadows, and consistent highlights, meaning a lot of one value or similar values, by pushing the kneadable eraser on the shadow to pick up some of the graphite. I used the gridlines for proportion. All of those learning tools made me learn to draw with contrast, proportion, and gradation.
If I could do two things different with my drawing I would add more contrast and make it more proportional. I would add more contrast by making my shadows darker and my highlights lighter. My problem is that most of my drawing is grey and does not have many different values. I want to add contrast by creating more values on my drawing and more realism. I would do that by erasing more on the highlights and pressing down harder on my pencils in the shadows. I believe the darker the shadows and the lighter the highlights, the more realistic and 3D the drawing will become. I would make it more proportional by using the grid lines a bit more. My problem is that my jaw is a little off and my chin is not as sharp as it really is. I want to make the drawing really look like me and have the eyes nose and mouth where they’re meant to be. I would do that by using a ruler to measure how far away a certain feature is from the grid lines.
Two learning words that can describe my attitude during this unit would be enthusiastic and communicative. I have been very enthusiastic by always being very excited and working really hard. Every class I work really hard to improve my work and try to keep a smile on my face. I also listen in class attentively, when we aren’t busy drawing, and participate in on class discussions. I do that by expressing my opinions about the topic and my perspectives. I have been communicative by always helping my peers. I help my fellow students by giving them advice and telling them what they could improve and what they have done well.
by Mari, Minori and Abby (or Abyssinia)
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