Sunday, September 29, 2013

Up Close and Personal

1. To develop my ideas for this project I came up with fifteen ideas and narrowed it down to ten. Then I elaborated on the ten ideas and picked two. I chose daisy and leaves as my top two and printed out references for both. Then I drew thumbnails and final sketches. I ended up choosing leaves because I thought I could use a lot of value and detail up close.
2. I demonstrated emphasis by contrasting vibrant colors in the leaf with the black paper in the background.
3. The medium I used was colored pencil. I chose this over chalk or oil pastel because I could easily add more small details with the colored pencils. This included the veins of the leaf.  It enhances the realistic aspect of the leaf and the color change by making it smoother.

4. I took a risk using colored pencil because it can be hard to layer the colors. I also took a risk using black paper because it is harder to contrast colors on it and make them stand out.

5. Of the five characteristics of great art I included technique and concept.  I used layering and highlighting with the colored pencils and the concept of up close and personal.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's the Point?

Some of my solutions were pencils, finger pointing, an arrow, a dancer, and point on a map. I choose the pencil idea because I thought I could be more creative and expand on my idea by adding an eraser, pencil sharpener, unsharpened pencils, a piece of paper and pencil shavings.  I showed contrast with overlapping the pencil over the paper, adding shadows, and making value with cross hatching, contour lines, and stippling. I decieded to use pen and ink as my medium because I knew I wanted to do stippling and pen would be a good option. The techniques I used was stippling, contour lines, cross hatching, and overlapping. I took a risk by using stippling which takes up a lot of time and using pen because its harder to add value with pen. I also can't erase pen so if I made a mistake it would be hard to fix.  The message was about opposites and the literal point of the pencil lead.  The opposites are the sharpened and unsharpened pencils, and the sharpener and eraser.