Friday, March 21, 2014

Art III -- Time as an Element Halfway Point

So, this project was tricky for me to come up with an idea for. I wanted to show time passing through my piece but the biggest question had to be on how to get it to do just that. I had this idea involving fruit and developing a character. I really wanted to develop a character, though. So that's what I finally ended up going with. The only problem had to be on how to show a few simple lines turning into a character. Usually I develop character like this:

As you can see, I gradually changed a few lines into something more human and then it turned into a character. Of course, no one usually lets the lines part of character development be shown. It's what made it tricky for me. I didn't want to have a weird take on the evolution of a human being picture where the monkey gradually turns into a man, but I did want to show a stick figure moving through a background and turning into a person. That's when it hit me. I could have him be getting ready for the day and that makes him turn into a character. Kind of like slowly developing after waking up and then eating breakfast. So I designed my house.

It's light on my plans, but it's there. I'm hoping that the idea of mixing movement with time works. Movement is a bit of a risk for me in general.
After planning, I began to figure out colors. I knew my character would look like this:

But I needed to know how he'd look with some color. I think I did really well with colored pencils. I mean, his hair looks really good!


After that, I painted. I, so far, have only the house.

It took me awhile to come up with how to get it to look this way. I kind of got inspired off of a doll house. I wanted it to look somewhat juvenile and have a complex inside. The background appears very smooth and dreamy, too. I wanted that to be there for helping viewers see that it is kind of like a dream and at the same time, I put colors of a sunrise in there so it would seem a little like waking up from a dream.

Art III -- Space

In Mr.Sand's absence we were given a prompt to make art with. The theme was "Space." I made space turtles.
I used a lot of water colors and colored pencils to make this piece as well as a pen for the outlines of my turtles, but enough of that. Allow me to introduce the turtles.

This is the sun. He's actually a firefly:

This is Mercury:

This is Venus:

This is Earth:

This is Mars:

This is Jupiter:

This is Saturn:

This is Uranus:

This is Neptune:

And this is Pluto:

Art III -- Appropriation Final

3. Artists communicate through their work.
- self-express
- include personal interests
- examine important issues

I wanted this art piece to show a mom, but not the every day, run of the mill kind of mom. She had to be somewhat frightening while showing that mom vibe of helping out her family and being a good mother in general. I went with a bit of a stereotype to help show this by shoving my mummy in the kitchen. Moms can be pretty cool, though. I mean, everyone has a different mom (unless it's your sister or brother or something.) Most think of mom and they wouldn't exactly say cool, they would probably say kind or caring. I wanted to show how cool a mom can actually be. So, why not a really cool looking mummy? My own mother likes zombies and stuff, but she hates werewolves. Most don't know that by looking at her. I kind of realized halfway through this project that everyone should look at my drawing and think of how quirky their own mom can be.

5. Artists collaborate.
- share ideas and knowledge
- teach
- help

I actually asked for tons of help on this piece. I really didn't want to mess up. I mostly asked, "Does this look good?" and "I feel like it's missing something. Would you say this needs  (Insert art supply)?"
Most of the time, I was reassured that the piece looked fine and that I hadn't messed up yet. This really helped me out. I kind of inspired myself on this piece, though.

6. Artists solve problems.
- try alternative solutions
- use mistakes as learning opportunities

I had written earlier that I had hoped to use coffee as the color for the background and not the color coffee, but the actual beverage to paint with. Yet, I had problems. My coffee only came in one shade and it was really light. I tried using tea as well, but that was even lighter than the coffee. I ended up having to use watercolor anyways for parts of the background. It still looks good, but not all of it is coffee, which can be a little depressing.