Friday, December 7, 2012


Overall the perspective drawling that we did on a game board was very difficult. Its hard to draw the game in perspective not having any specific vanishing points to follow and instead just eyeing the whole drawling. It was very hard to draw everything to scale. The concept of overlapping and the horizon were easy. I knew where the horizon line was because of the angle I took my picture at, and for the overlapping I made sure I had things overlapping in my picture to create depth and to also show the perspective.  However other than the actual drawling part, the coloring part was fairly easy. While I was water coloring it became difficult when I got to the darker colors to make them more transparent, but just by washing the colors out and by adding more water i was able to create very transparent water colors. After my water colors dried i moved onto colored pencil. By using colored pencils I was able to create depth and value to my drawling. i was able to create depth by the graduation of colors. for the farther object i made sure that i colored them a darker shade and as the object got closer I colored them lighter. I did this to create depth and to show the different grounds of the drawling. this also created value for the object in the drawling. Also while I was coloring with colored pencil i didn't just use one color for one object i used multiple. I blended a variety of colors in my drawling to add value and dimensions of the object; this would create the illusion of them pooping out of the paper. Also while I was coloring i made sure to leave white spots so it would show the highlights of the game pieces; this would show value and where the light source was coming from. Finally, to make all the game pieces to pop i added shadows. shadows help create the illusion that the pieces were 3-D and were coming off the paper.
 While doing this I learned how many differnt perspecitives their are in the world and how their arnt just one and two point perspectives.


1. Explain how you changed your photo in the lab to create a stencil.
In the lab we found a good picture that we were gooing to use for our stencil. after we found our picture we pasted it into photoshop. after we pasted our picture into photoshop we then used threshold to create a black and white image. then we changed the contrast of the picture to determine what areas would be black and what areas would be white. After we pick the correct setting that balanced otu the white and black in the picture we then moved on.

2. When creating the collage background explain your choices of colors, materials (magazine paper, books pages, etc), and placement. How does it relate to your topic? If no relation discuss general idea.
When creating my collage of many pictures, for the background of my stencil of Hong Kong city, i first though how i could relate it to my topic. I though how hong kong was so colorful and bright, so that's what i decided to do for my background. i went through magazines, books, newspaper, and much more to find anything that's colorful and bright. i choose many different textures and colors so i had a variety of colors on my background. Then for the placement for the collage, i randomly placed the pictures around; but keeping in mind not to put similar colors together. i wanted the colors spread out as much as possible.

3. Discuss the way positive and negative space was used to create your stencil.
During this project you had to think about positive and negative space a lot, especially while you were cutting. positive and negative space was used to create an outline of your image, so when you spray painted the stencil  onto your background your image would be very clear. while i was cutting i cut out all the negative space and just kept the positive, so that the negative space that was eliminated would be replaced by the collage background. therefore making the spray paint portion more visible.

4. When using the xacto knife, explain the safety procedures, how to use the knife and any challenges you had to overcome while cutting.
 while using the xacto knife you had to take many precautions, because the knife was very harm and dangerous. while your were using the knife some of the safety procedures that you had to take were to make sure you were always cutting on the cutting board, make sure your hand was our of the way of your cutting, and to also always cutting in the opposite direction of your body; so that the knife wouldn't accidentally slip and cut yourself. however, while using the knife i can upon many challenges. some of the challenges i came across were that the knife was hard to use. you had to press extremely hard down into the paper inorder to cut it. this also cause your hand to get tired very easily. also i had rouble cutting out all of the curves and edges because it was hard to maneuver the knife in small places.
5. How was your experience with the spray paint? Discuss how color choice is important, placement of stencil, and any other concepts you noticed while creating this.

Overall the spray painting was the hardest. the first time i sprayed painted it i placed too much paint onto in their for the picture was not clear and the paint was runny. however, to fix this problem i let the paint dry and the spray painted white to create a black ground for my next layer of paint. then i made sure that my stencil of my images was down and close enough to the background, so that the spray paint would catch all of the stencil. the color choice of your stencil is very importunating because you don't want your stencil to clash with your background making it unclear on what your image is. also for your placement, you want to place your stencil where all of it will be placed on your background and also in a area that's reasonable according to your picture. as in if you have a image of a city you don't want ti floating in a random place, you would want it more close to the bottom on the background. overall the composition of the project was well done. there isn't an extra spray paint in any unwanted area, and the image came out bery clear.


1. Describe the process you went through to change your object into the correct perspective to create the drawing. This is when you were in the lab.
When we went to the lab the first thing that we did was pick a good picture that we would want to draw. When we finally got our photo we went into photoshop to change the perspective of it. We first changed the height and width to a certain measurement, and next we elongated the picture so that if you look at it at a certain angle it look normal. We transformed our original picture that we found into an anamorphosis.

2. How did distorting and stretching the object allow for you to create a drawing that would look different to the viewer?
By distorting and stretching the object it allowed me to create a drawling that would look different to the viewer because when I photoshopped the picture I changed the scale of it so it would look distorted when it was looked at directly. however, by elongating is if the viewer looked at it from a certain angle than the images would look normal again and more 3-D like.
3. What were the most important concepts in the project to make it successful?
To make this project successful the most important concepts in the project included the grid, shadows, value and colored pencils. The grid that we drew was very important because it make sure that we drew our transformed drawling to scale, so that the anamorphisis would work. The shadows was also another very important concept for this project because is made the project pop out of the paper. The shadow created a more 3-D effect so when you look at the Anamorphosis from an angle it looked like it was sitting on top of your paper; and that you would be able to interact with it. Value gave the drawling depth and created a most realistic look to it instead of it looking flat on your paper when you changed the perspective you were looking at it from. Finally, the colored pencils is what topped of the drawling. the colored pencils helped give depth to the image and made it to be more realistic when you changed your perspective.

Monday, October 29, 2012




1.     Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement).
  There is a good balance of negative and positive space. The negative space that is used in the background brings out all of the details and texture of the backdrop and of the animal.  The unity of the artwork is also good. The details in the ink painting really define the animal but the plain background makes up for all the detail so the artwork doesn't look to overwhelming.  it creates the look of completeness instead of having too much detail or to little detail there isjust a right amount.
2.     How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why?
I added texture to my print by drawling lines in the cheetah to define the fur of the animal.  I also added texture by putting a variety of line sizes. Along the outer part of the cheetahs face I put thicker lines to define the thickness of the fur. The closer I got to the face the skinnier I made my lines. I used the cutting tool to make sure my lines were perfect and defined the detail and texture of the animal well.

3.     Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image.
I used the negative space in my artwork to define the texture of the animal. I made the animal positive space so it would stand out with the negative space that was used to define the background. The let over  negative space was used to define the texture of not only the animal but also the background. The positive and negative spaced that was used in my  artwork helped made the picture more visible.

4.     Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted)
overall i believe that the craftsmanship of my art work was very well showed. i made sure that each line that i crafted out of the linoleum was deep enough so i wouldn't of caught any unwanted ink. each line was also straight so i created the effect it was supposed to. i believe that i  did a good job because the lines were neat and there wasn't any overwhelming of ink. it had a good balance.

5.     Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain.
I was able to show depth because I put my animal in my foreground  so it would appear larger than the rest of my artwork, creating the illusion that it was closer then the rest of the artwork. In the middle ground i created depth by making all the object smaller then the object  in the foreground. By doing this i created the illusion that the cheetah is a great distance away from the grass. I was also able to show depth in the background by making the middle g round and background overlap. Making it look like the hill is the furthest object away.

6.     Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages?
Overall I had  a good experience with printmaking. After I started cutting out the animal became easier then I realized it was going to be. I also had an easy time creating the animal and the texture that defined the animal. I did however, had trouble making sure i had the right amount of ink on my print. I needed to be the perfect amount in order for the print to come out good. i was also having trouble centering the print, because it was hard to get a good grip on a print.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Print Sketch Critique

1. Why is texture so important to have in your sketches?
 Texture is so important to have in your sketches because it makes your drawling more realistic. texture also will come to play in the final product when you print it, because the more texture you have the more you will be able to identity the print. texture in the print will also have to ability to make it come to life instead of being  a blotch of ink.

2. Why is it necessary for you to have several references of each animal and each background? Explain.
It is important to have several references for each animal so you arnt coping a picture. having several references makes it easier for the artist to come up with their own original ideas. also multiple references also give you different view of the animal and their environment so you would have a better understanding of the texture the animals has and what elements are in their environment.

3. When you look at your sketches are you able to see which sketch is the strongest and will make the best print? How do you know this? 
When i look at my sketches i am able to see which sketch is the strongest and will make the best print. i am able to pick out which sketch based opontheamount of texture in the drawling. if the drawling really makes the animal and the environment stand out and come to life then that is the sketch that will be able to make the best print.

Chalk Critique

1. Explain your experience working on a team and executing your ideas for the mural.
Working on a team made the  project a lot easier and made it go faster. With being on a team you have multiple people working together so you can get more things done at once. Being on a team also gives you the opportunity to come up with more ideas. The more people there are the more ideas that people are going to come up with, so you have a greater chance  of coming up with a unique idea.

2. Explain the importance of collaboration when working on a team.
When you work on a team it is very important to work together so you can get your work done in time. If everyone on the team works together you can get your work done faster. Working as a team not only gets your work done faster but it also guarantees the quality of your final product will be good. However, if there are some teammates the don't work and slack off,  all the work will be on one person. That one person wont be able to do good quality work because they are rushing to get the project done in time, alone.

3.  How successful was this project? Explain how and why.
This project was pretty  successful because  everyone in my group contributed to some party of the project.  Our group equally spread out the work that had to be done, and the job that peo0ple were assigned to were based on their artistic ability. If one person wasn't amazing at art then they would be assigned to a simpler part of the project, so all parts of the mural were good, quality work. We did though, have sometimes where a majority of our group was slacking off and not doing any work, so the project was being done by one person. However, other than those few moments our group worked together well

4. Explain how you feel about creating artwork that others can interact with. Ex. Involving the whole school? 
Creating a project that everyone in the school could interact with, was very exciting because i new that everyone would be able to see your artistic ability. However, it was fun to think that everyone in the school was going to interact with your art, but, it was also nerve racking because then you thought you had to make your art perfect or people would make fun of it and judge your art. Other than the nerves, i though that by creating the interactive art would not only be fun for the artists by also for the bystanders, because they could get involved with the art.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Value Portrait

1. Explain the process you went through to develop your drawing.

To create the value portrait we first had to put tracing paper over the picture we selected. after we put the tracing paper over he picture,we then traced all the different values that the person had on their face. When we traced the values we looked for all the different light marks on their faces and the shaded areas on their faces, after we located them we outlined the value. After we finished outlining all the value that the person had on their face we then took the tracing paper and shaded the whole backside of the tracing paper with pencil. Then, after we transferred the outline into our sketchbook. finally after we finished that we started to fill in the outlines with the color of shade it was. After we filled in all the outlines areas we then blended the colored areas together to make the face come to life.

2. Explain how you found the different values in the portrait?
 Inthe portrait there were many different values in it. i was able to locate all the different values by holding the picture up to the sun and locating any change in the color of the persons face. there were areas on the face that went from one shade of black to another shade. i just outlined any change in shade that was visible, and eventually i the outlines started to make a face.

3.  Did you achieve a full range of the different values within your portrait?  How?
i did achieve full range of the different values in my portrait because on the final product there are a variety of different colors of shade that ai created with my pencil. i created a full range of different shades by the pressure i put on my pencil. when i was trying to make a light shade i put light pressure on my paper. when i wanted the area to be darker i put more pressure when i colored with my pencil top create a darker shade.

4. Describe your craftsmanship.  Is the artwork executed and crafted neatly?
Ibelieve my art work was very neat and creative. Ithink my art work is neat because Idon't have lines going everywhere and the areas that should be shaded dark are.Which makesit look like it had a 2D look to it. Itis also neat becauseIseparated out the different shades evenly so that the portrait looks more realistic. Iexecuted my art well mainly because i wants afraid to darken area to create depth and make it look like it has life.

5. List any obstacles you had to overcome and how you dealt with them?

One obstacle that I had to overcome was to not be afraid to go dark. In the beginning my shades were too light and you weren't able to see the dimensions of the face. Eventually I went back and added more darker shades that made the portrait pop out and look more realistic. Another obstacle that I had to over come was when I had to blend all the shades together to make it have a flow, instead of it looking choppy. The fix this problem I blended the shades more and made sure the shades that weren't next to each other were close in color so a light are didn't all the sudden go dark.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Value Shapes

1. Describe your overall thoughts on the final piece.
Overall I felt pretty accomplished with my final piece because I though I showed value and shading well, and accuratcy in the transition in the colors, to make it look like it has a good flow.

2. if this was a group project, what was your contribution?

3. How successful do you feel this piece is and why?
I believe this piece was really successful because I went from being able to shade and add value with just pencil to being able to shade with oil pastels. In my final project I showed value very well with the different  color shades and I also blended them well, so the project all together looks like it flows, instead of looking choppy.

4. What worked about this project? What didn’t work?
The thing that worked about this project was the blending of different colors to make them look like they flow and make it look like it has a good transition. During the project the thing that didn't work so well was trying to blend the white in, to show the light reflection, and make it blend in with the rest of the colors instead of standing out so much.

5. If you were to do this project over again, what changes would you consider making?
 If I were to ever do the project again the changes I would make would be picking different colors to blend together. The colors I picked had a flow but some of the color variations didn't have a good transition.

6. What was the most difficult part about completing this piece and why?
The most difficult part about completing this piece was to make 3 totally different colors blend and have a good transition, so they make value. Another thing that I found difficult was to make the shadow blend in more with the background.

7. What did you learn from this piece?
During this lesson i learned how to create value and 2-D objects. I also learned how important shadows and shading are to make a object look real.