Tuesday, March 28, 2017

eyes, nose, mouth exercise


    • To demonstrate understanding of the structure for each feature: eyes, nose, & mouth;
    • To practice using black & white charcoal to render a drawing, using brown paper as the middle value

One thing I think I need to pay extra attention to on my final is the shading in white around my eye. I overdid it a little bit in this one and the white is too bright and the shape of the eye created with the white is not the round shape I hoped to create. For the nose I need to make sure the tip especially is the right shape by a closer observation of it in the mirror. The mouth I think is too strongly outlined and doesn’t have some of the natural flaws which again I think I would need to pay closer attention to the details I see. On the eye I think I did a good job mimicking the shape and paying attention to how it appears on my face. On my nose I think I did a good job not outlining and creating some of the natural shapes without drawing them. On my mouth I also think I did a good job mimicking the shape of my lips, how they are positioned, and how they go into my cheeks.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Intro to Portraiture - Mood

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Robert Shetterly's Ella Baker
"Americans Who Tell the Truth"
This painting's mood is very weary. What Shetterly hopes to achieve in "Americans Who Tell the Truth" is showing the faces of real people affected by lack of civil rights. Their faces are supposed to "tell the truth" about America. This woman, Ella Baker, seems resentful of America. Her face seems worn out and tired which makes the painting feel exhausted and as if she does not want confrontation but she is always aware because of the unfairness she has experienced. The colors used in this are mostly faded except for the woman's face which is very vivid. I think Shetterly used this to emphasize the lines and wrinkles that show her hardships.

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John Singer Sargent's Madame X, 1884
This painting is very low intensity and the mood seems to sad and serious. All the colors used are dark and kind of faded except for the woman's skin which is white and lacks energy or appearance of health. The woman looks very sad but is dressed well and formally. To me, this gives the impression that she might be going to a funeral or another event of the sort. Other than the woman there is only a simple table in the room. Its simplicity gives it a serious feeling and draws more attention to the woman and her sad stare.

Intro to Portraiture

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Old Man with a Black Hat and Gorget, 1631

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Rembrandt came from modest means and had little exposure to the art world as a kid. However, his parents cared greatly for him and managed to give him a great education. He was interested in art so he studied with local masters to acquire his skill. He then returned to his old school to teach art. He was a portraitist and in his early career his religious and mythical paintings were his highest demand. He taught many famous artists. As his life went on with marriage and kids he gained more wealth. Unfortunately his wife and all kids but one died early in their lives while they lived in Amsterdam. Rembrandt himself faced some bad luck with his penchant for ostentatious living and was soon forced to declare bankruptcy. Although his life was in decline his artwork flourished. He created most of his famous works of art in his later years. He lived from 1606-1669.

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Americans Who Tell the Truth”

Robert Shetterly
He was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. he went to college at harvard for reasons other than art but a few of the classes he took broadened his creativity. He also took part in civil rights issues at the time. After that he moved to Maine and taught himself key aspects of art. He then focused on his illustrations which were widespread in the state. He also starting painting portraits like this one an worked ten years on the series that contained this one. Many of his series and other pieces of artwork have been travelling around the country for a long time. He uses these exhibits to talk and spread his ideas about how the U.S. government and democracy should work. Shetterly has engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted. Now his work focuses on honoring activists trying to help the world. Since 1990, he has also been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists.

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Alice Hartley Neel
Alice Hartley Neel was born on January 28th in Merion Square, Pennsylvania. Her fathers family was widely considered owners of a steamship company and as a family of Opera singers. He art education consisted of school of industrial art a division of the Pennsylvania museum of art. She was also working for the air forces while she did her studies. She was offered jobs of teaching art but turned them down. Her artwork was featured all around the country especially in colleges and universities. She graduated from columbia with even more experience. This sparked some fame for her and would lead to a very popular career. She died October 3, 1984.

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Madame X, 1884

John Singer Sargent
He was the son of an american doctor but was born in Florence in 1856. He studied art in France and Italy but when he brought back his "sensational" piece to america it was considered too provocative. He then moved to England to continue his art career. Soon he was the country's leading portrait painting. he created some of his most famous paintings there and was given great reviews and praise. Sargent's portrait of Madame X, done in 1884, is now considered one of his best works, and was the artists personal favorite; eventually Sargent sold it to the met. He was considered an impressionist throughout most of his career.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Still Life Drawing

  • To create 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 of values to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

I faced many challenges when creating this still life especially in the beginning. In our original drawing on white paper (before we transferred) I had a lot of trouble recreating the tubes exactly as I saw them. I’m glad we were allowed to erase on that one because I definitely utilised that. It took a lot of focused work to get those accurate and with a 3D appearance. I think the biggest challenge I faced while creating the final product on black paper was creating lines without outlining. This required me to be creative in how I used the values of an object so that it wouldn’t blend with the background. Overall, I faced plenty of challenges while creating this but I am proud of the finished product.

One of my biggest successes while drawing this still life was getting my proportions right. I thought this would be a big issue for me but I managed to draw the figures to take up the whole paper without being too big. The shapes of the objects also corresponded with the others. For example I made sure the milk cartons were the same size even though they were at different positions. I also think I did a good job showing the different values of light on the objects. It made the scene really feel 3D and I did a good job making the light look realistic against the other values. That is the aspect of this drawing that I am most proud of.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Art Movement, Realism

Realism is considered to be the beginning of modern art because of the conviction that modern or everyday life were good subjects for art. It embraced the progressive aims of modernism and reevaluated traditional art. This type of art often depicted the structure of life sometimes showing the most gruesome aspects. This was a very anti-institutional movement and actually targeted the values of monarchy that patronized the art market at the time this movement started. This movement really took off after the Industrial Revolution when big time artists could use publicity and fame to create controversy but more to introduce this style of art. This movement began in France in the 1840s. Replaced idealistic with real life.

Boating by Edouard Manet 1874

Horatio Cardozo

This realist work by Cardozo is very similar and very different from the work of art by Manet. It is similar because it shows a realistic and not idealistic scene of an everyday occurence. Both of these pictures also show a boat and the sea in a simple state, nothing out of the ordinary. There are also some differences between these two paintings. For one, they take place in completely different times. Manet's people are clearly wearing older style clothes. The colors are much crisper in Cardozo's as well as the picture looks a lot more realistic. The strokes in Manet's are a little messier and it is easy to tell it is a painting. I think I prefer Cardozo's painting because it is so real. I could almost think it was a picture and that seems like more realism art to me.

Monday, January 30, 2017


One aspect of the mandala I found very interesting was that it represents life and the structure and wholeness of the infinite universe. It describes both material and non material realities of life: the planets to friends and community. Another interesting thing about mandala's is making group mandala's creates unity and allows the expression of true feelings within a unified structure. Workshops for children often include making group mandala's because it helps them become unified (friendship). I also found it very interesting about how mandala's are incorporated into architecture. Many places of religion are built out of the center of a design inspired by the mandala idea. Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome structures were a structural representation of mandala's.

Goals for the Semester

I have many goals for this semester in drawing and painting. I would like to refine and enhance my drawing skills. I would also like to have a more comprehensive understanding in my work or analyzing someone else's. I would like to learn and develop new techniques and media used for drawing as well. I definitely would also like to improve my painting skills. I would also like to learn new media for this and master them. I also want to learn to paint different scenes or subjects. I think I need to work on painting more than drawing because of the different elements painting brings.

Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph about my goals I hope to learn many new techniques and strategies to incorporate in my work. There are a few techniques I would like to work on however. I would like to improve my ability to add depth to drawings or paintings. I also think it would be beneficial to incorporate time to peer conference/evaluate. I think this is important because this allows me to see something from someone else's point of view and hear their ideas I might not have had. I would also like the teacher to check my work at least a couple times before I turn it in to hear their opinion and make sure I have met requirements.