Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Work of Art that I am most proud of

The work of art that I am most proud of from this semester was my self portrait. When I first started this class I was already scared of doing this project. I had seen what some people are able to do and I did not think I would be able to capture my own likeness as well. However, through the planning stages of this portrait we learned knew techniques such as cross hatching and other ways to shade as you can see in my painting. We also were able to experiment with drawing eyes, nose, and mouth. Without this knowledge of how to create the features of a face this drawing would not have even looked like a human. I am proud of how I used all of the knowledge I gained from the mini units leading up to this project and incorporated them to feature my absolute best work. Even when I was doing the project this portrait was somewhat daunting. However, I put in time out of school and worked as  hard as I could to create this work of art that I am most proud of. I also impressed with myself at how I was able to capture my likeness. Also with my newfound knowledge of shading I was able to make the portrait seem 3D and bring it to life which is another thing I am proud that I did well on this work of art. This impacted my learning by giving me all the knowledge I now have into creating portraits and bringing my drawings to life.

Revisiting my Goals for the semester

I had many goals that I hoped to achieve from this class. One of my biggest goals from the drawing half of the semester was to learn and use different techniques in drawing. I felt kind of comfortable with the basics of drawing (much more than my confidence in painting) but I felt like I didn't know many of the techniques that I could add to the originality of my artwork. I feel I have definitely achieved this with my still life's and portraits. These helped give me insight into what artists think about when they want to create an original work of art. I was also really lacking confidence in my ability to capture likeness of faces in my drawings and the portraits allowed me to gain that confidence. Some broader topics that I also learned about in art was how to create depth and accurately measure background, middle ground, and foreground. These techniques also transferred to painting where I felt I would struggle the most. In painting I was bale to gain the understanding of using different values of the paint to create that accuracy I thought I wouldn't be able to get outside of drawing. I learned how to use the white of the paper to my advantage. These all culminated in my unsung hero project. I am very proud of my work on the unsung hero because I think I was able to represent that mans heroics with my painting.

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose:
- To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor;

In drawing and painting I was introduced to and learned some of the most important concepts of painting with watercolor. One of the concepts that really stuck with me was how to leave a lot of white space in your watercolor pictures. With watercolor you can't get the white back so you need to leave a good amount blank to serve as a light value. Another important concept that I will now keep in mind when doing watercolor is the more water you add, the lighter the value of your paint. This important to get good contrasts in your values of the same color. As you can see in this painting not all of the blues are the same value but they come from the same color. A vital concept that I learned in this painting unit and using acrylics is always painting back to front. Without this the painting is very difficult to differ your values. This establishes the background, foreground, and middle ground. I really had no understanding of watercolor before coming into this unit and now I feel comfortable using and mastering it in my artwork.

Sketchbook Assignments

Imitation Drawing: Still Life

Purpose:
- To gain a basic understanding about the Realism Art Movement and to identify Artists who work(ed) in this style;
- To practice drawing in the realist style by "imitating" a professional, realistic work of art.

Still Life Drawing

Purpose:
- to practice creating a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of drawing in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
- To understand value by creating a good range between black and white;
- To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Imitation Drawing: Portrait

Purpose:
- To become familiar with past and contemporary portrait artists;
- To use critical thinking skills to analyze artwork;
- To understand how and why artists create portraits.
- To practice drawing in a portrait by "imitating" a professional work of art.

Half Portrait Drawing

Purpose:
- To look closely at half of a portrait and complete the portrait by drawing similar features;
- To practice drawing facial features: eyes, nose, and mouth

Autobiographical Collage

Purpose:
- To create an autobiographical collage that tells the story of an experience(s) that took place in the artist's life. It lets the artist express his or her thoughts and feelings about any aspect of his/her life.

Mandala Design

Purpose:
- To become familiar with Mandala designs and its meanings;
- To create your own, original Mandala

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Unsung Hero Portrait Project



The story of Dr. Eugene Lazowski really inspires me. Dr. Lazowski was a man who joined the Polish Red Cross during WWII and was able to save 8,000 Polish Jews from Nazi Germany. During the time Typhus was spreading rapidly, Germans just thought of it as another way of exterminating Jews and would isolated them. After a young soldier pleaded with Lazowski asking him to save him, the doctor discovered that dead Typhus bacteria would still create a false positive. He went on to inject every Jew he could save with the dead bacteria. He inspires me because he fought the Nazis with no weapons but still creating a very large force to be reckoned with against their treatment of Jews. He was also very selfless and chose to save all these people when he could have been killed instantly if what he was doing was discovered. Every unsung hero has an amazing story and I considered many different choices when I made my choice of Dr. Lazowski. He appealed to me personally because of our extensive studies on the Holocaust in english and history this year. I understand how horrible the conditions were and what Eugene Lazowski put at stake to do the right thing. I believe my work does a good job accurately representing what he did and the magnitude of the effects of what he did. In my painting I incorporated the whole country of Poland as the centerpiece of painting kind of tying everything together. This shows how big of an effect Lazowski actions had. He helped a huge population of Polish Jews all over Poland. I also incorporated Nazis that were shadowed and appear as a looming force over Poland. I did this to show the force that Lazowski defied. As smaller items in my painting, I showed a syringe surrounded by bugs and fleas in one corner and a sign for typhus in the other corner. This showed how he saved the Jews and the deadly effects of the actual Typhus effects during the time. Using my new knowledge on landscape paintings, technique, colors, and Eugene Lazowski’s heroic story I was able to create a unique work of art. My knowledge on landscape paintings allowed me to create depth and detail that really brought this hero’s story to life. With my use of shadows I was able to emphasize which elements of Lazowski’s heroics were more impactful or overshadowed by others. One of the biggest new insights I learned from technique and color was the the use of underpainting. This is the use of a complementary or neutral color to completely cover the background and set the mood for the whole painting. Without this I don’t think I would have been able to convey the mood I wanted in this painting. The dark blueish-gray that I used as my underpainting conveyed the solemn times that Poland and many minorities were going through in the brutalities of the holocaust. The other colors that I used followed a similar idea. I clearly don’t use any bright colors because even though Dr. Lazowski provided hope for Polish Jews and was able to do so much, it was still a very serious time and his actions were not recognized. This is also the reason I shadowed the Doctor's face to show how he went unnoticed. The process of creating this unsung hero project has definitely changed my outlook on life. For one, I have been inspired by these people doing the right thing even if it meant sacrificing themselves. I have realized that there are many unsung heroes that request no recognition and were just doing the right thing. I can see how just doing the right thing can make such a huge difference.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

The story of Dr. Eugene Lazowski really inspires me. Dr. Lazowski was a man who joined the Polish Red Cross during WWII and was able to save 8,000 Polish Jews from Nazi Germany. During the time Typhus was spreading rapidly, Germans just thought of it as another way of exterminating Jews and would isolated them. After a young soldier pleaded with Lazowski asking him to save him, the doctor discovered that dead Typhus bacteria would still create a false positive. He went on to inject every Jew he could save with the dead bacteria. He inspires me because he fought the Nazis with no weapons but still creating a very large force to be reckoned with against their treatment of Jews. He was also very selfless and chose to save all these people when he could have been killed instantly if what he was doing was discovered. I think this story could also create a really good visual display for a few reasons. One, I could put soldiers and Jews to show the brutality of the war. I would use Dr. Lazowski as the center of course surrounded by the aspects of what he did. I could put the Nazis unable to get to the Jews because once they were diagnosed with Typhus, the Jews were ignored because death was imminent. I could also put a syringe in one corner with the Red Cross because of how the dead Typhus was administered.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Landscape Perspective Painting



In my landscape painting, I used an S-Curve and smoothly connected foreground, middle ground and background to convey depth. The mountains in the background created definitive horizon for me, so I was able to make the scenery larger and more detailed coming from the mountains into the water in the middle ground and trees in the foreground. I think my landscape painting could also show atmospheric depth because of the way everything follows the water through the scene. In my painting I also utilized the technique of underpainting. In this landscape I decided to use Tonal Grounds Underpainting which is covering the whole paper with a first layer of a complimentary color to create undertones and shadow. Another thing I learned in creating this landscape painting was the different mark makings you can use in this type of painting. For instance, the technique of pointillism, where you create texture and detail using small dots, was incorporated a lot into my painting especially when dealing with the tress and texture in the mountain. I also learned how to create the mood of the painting with the undertones. This come after the first, underpainting layer and kind of outlines the main shapes in the color that represents the mood of the picture.

I did face quite a few challenges while creating this painting including figuring out what has to be painted first, mixing the correct colors, and creating detailed mountains/clear horizon. First, figuring out what had to be painted first was a struggle that required extra attention and help from my teacher. I hadn't learned how to incorporate the underpainting and undertones as the first layers and continually tried to paint different parts of the water, mountains and trees exactly as they appeared first. I finally was able to learn how to put a complimentary color underneath and then use different shades to get the exact colors I want. Mixing colors to get the color I wanted was another challenge I faced numerous times during this painting especially when it came to making gray and different shades of it. I eventually figured out how to mix complements and create a neutral color I could lighten to the color I wanted. Since the mountains were far back in the scene I was less precise when detailing them but they were very detailed and presented a clear horizon in the picture so I had to kind of redo that section and use different mark making to make it more accurate.