For this course, my class was tasked with creating 5 core pieces of artwork. The themes of these assignments were a ceiling tile, charcoal still life, jack-o-lantern, self portrait, and painting or drawing of your choosing. Going through this project I wanted to express my emotions a little bit more and show how i feel when I'm not a around everyone else. My focus for most of these projects was to carry a message through every art piece I created. As a result of this I was able to find myself in the things I decided to create.
My favorite pieces in this collection would have to be Sleeping socialite and my Hello! X - RAY. These, though they might not seem like it, were inspired by what I actually find interesting about the world. I find it amazing how social media can enhance and discard beauty. It is a vessel that disconnects you from your surrounding but connects you to the world. In Sleeping Socialite, the girl is sleeping or closing her eyes to the world around her, pressing the dislike button on it so that she explore the world inside the internet. For Hello! X - RAY is more a piece that shows that we are all the same on the inside. Hello Kitty is an icon and seen as more important than the other characters in her line, just like how celebrities are seen as superior. I believe that no matter how different someone is, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or social status, we are all the same.
For my ceiling tile I wanted to draw something that gave me a feeling of peace, thats why I chose to paint a sunflower. I think sunflowers are one of the most incredible flowers. They have so many unique qualities like growing towards the sun, and being made up of tiny flowers. When I look at a sunflower I get that warm fuzzy feeling inside and I feel at peace.
For my drawing I made several different pieces instead of one big one. What inspired my art was my grandmother. My grandma loved to doodle and so when creating my art I didn’t make it have a common theme, instead I decided to doodle.
For my pumpkin I drew a scary looking tree. I drew a tree because my family has a tradition: we watch scary movies until halloween arrives. In every movie that we have watched there is always an ominous looking tree and thats what inspired me to draw a tree.
I’m not very proud of my self portrait, I’ve never been able to draw people but I worked hard on it and I feel good about that. I modeled this drawing on a photo I took last year.
My overall goal for each piece of artwork was to express a different part of myself to who ever views it. I wanted to portray small snapshots of my personality and dreams.
My first two pieces of art were the sketch for the ceiling tile and the final ceiling tile. Though my design for the ceiling tile changed from my sketch, the ideas and feeling in each piece are similar. The sketch depicts various treble clefs in a circle which represents the variety of music in the world and how they all relate and bring people together. The ceiling tile shows one large treble clef with various designs that to me represent the creativity and individuality that people achieve through music and the tree in the design symbolizes the liveliness and joy that it brings to people who need it. As for the
For my drawing, I sketched a woman and a man in an hourglass. For me, this symbolizes how important it is to have some sort of companion throughout your lifetime whether that be a partner, friend, or family member. This is an important subject to me, because one of my biggest fears is being alone or unloved. In this piece, I also tried use shading to the best of my knowledge and ability.
As for my bats, I used black, purple, and orange construction paper to make the bats. For each bat, I drew and cut out a large and small one. I tried to make the smaller ones about half the size of the larger bats. After I cut them out, I glued the smaller bats onto the larger bats in 4 different color patterns. I wanted to add color to this piece, because I noticed that my portfolio was very grey. This symbolizes my personality in the way that I seem quiet and maybe boring to most of my peers but when I become close to people they see my weird, fun, and outgoing side of myself that most people don't seeLastly, for my self-portrait I drew a picture of myself from when I was in about 5th grade using pencil and charcoal. I chose to draw a picture of myself when I was younger to show people the importance of keeping child-like spirit and excitement through their lives. Without their inner kid, people would all be boring, strict adults because people forget to loosen up and live a little when they get caught up in the stress of daily life.
I wanted to try something new. In the wake of feeling powerful emotions it is best to react on them artistically, for me I had a lot of strange days some were great and others were lonely. I worked on these emotions and tried to wide them into my works to truly make something special. We instructed to draw a picture each week of this quarter, in no specific order, I chose to test myself and see how it works out. I went forward and started on a high note making the Infinity Gauntlet, which was featured in many Marvel comic books. I had a comic for reference and in my sketch came out better than I had hoped, it was very detailed though so I would need to be careful about the transfer to ceiling tile. In the transfer there was a small problem the original image was much too big for the tile, so I had to make some minor adjustments. Overall, My tile came out Clean, I feel like I was able to capture a variety of colors and give the object a bit of dimension. To complete the more open-ended task of choosing my own drawings I chose one to be and emotionally interpreted piece (dread) and the other to be a based off of a famous scene in the classic horror movie Nosferatu. Next we move on to largest of the projects the still life, it was simple yet detailed from my view, I wanted something that gave a new point of view to the idea of a still life. Then there is the Jack-O-Lantern, which I made a bold choice on; I did not color in the face. The choice was made since naturally the human eye is attracted to the White of the face giving it a bit of emphasis. The Halloween costume was simply a zombie in a tattered suit and a top hat, I think it had really gives him some character. My self-portrait is probably done less professionally since this is the first time I ever worked with chalk, it is bright and happy to emphasize the proudness of my completion of it. Overall I feel this first quarter was quite successful, I hope to try twice as hard in the next one.
Art 2, the second class of art offered at Science Leadership Academy is all about the deeper exploration of the different types of visual arts. This year, we started off the by getting an overview of all the pieces we were doing and all the options we had for each piece. For each piece there were three options for the workload that you wanted. They were Passive, for the student who was in the class just because, Middle for students who are interested in art but not sure if they want to pursue futures in art, and the Future Art Student which is pretty self explanatory.
The First assignment was to do either a ceiling tile painting or 5 contour line drawings. I personally chose the contour line drawings because I prefer drawing over other mediums of art. My first drawing is a contour drawing of a paintbrush. You can tell it is a contour line drawing because there is no shadow. The shadow is expressed with thicker lines which make the line drawing more dynamic. My second drawing is of a skull, the third is of a pencil on paper, the fourth is of an eraser on pencil, and the final contour line drawing is of one of my icons, Luka Sabbat. The process of the line drawing was pretty easy and I did not have any real changes to any ideas that I came up with.
The second assignment of the quarter was a free drawing assignment. This assignment allowed the student to draw or paint whatever they liked. Me, since I am personally an anime fan decided to draw one of the most famous anime characters of all time, Son Goku. This drawing was especially difficult because of the amount of shading that had to be done. Drawings of Dragon Ball Z characters are usually very detailed and I wanted to capture the detail as well, therefore this drawing took me a pretty long time due to the detail that I decided to add to it. But overall I could say that I enjoyed doing this drawing the most because I had the freedom to draw what I wanted.
The assignment after this was a Halloween based assignment. I decided to do a middle student assignment for this one which was design and create a jack-o-lantern in any medium. My jack-o-lantern is not a realistic jack-o-lantern but more of a spooky cartoon type jack-o-lantern. I chose to do this because I thought that I would enjoy the drawing process more than having to worry about getting every single detail correct if drawing realistically.
The final assignment for this quarter was a self portrait. This is really where I wanted to get creative and I took the term self portrait and twisted it... Combining my ideas with ideas of other artists whose work I enjoy. For example, my self portrait is a dark and twisted sketch of me from another fantasy type world. This sketch is heavily influenced by George Condo who is known for his creepy but beautiful portraits of strange characters. This was by far my favorite sketch to do because I was able to use ideas from famous artists and incorporate their art styles into my self portrait.
As an artist I created all my art based off of the things that I like, which range from music to my favorite cartoon characters. My art shows a piece of my personality, I am very child like but I also like the older of things life such as boomboxes and tapes. I tried to incorporate myself in all of the art so that it would have a personally and passionate aspect to the art. Much of my artwork was inspired by things I would see and think of through my everyday life.
My art used two mediums paint and colored pencils to add more life and creativity to the art. I would like to expand my mediums even though these two mediums are my favorite. I love art I think it is beautiful what a person can create and what that can mean to them. Even when something is perfect it is your creation that can be something beautiful and that's what I learned in the first quarter.
In the beginning of the quarter I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my pieces or what I wanted my pieces to convey but as I worked through all of the assignments I learned more about myself as an artist. When actually sitting down to work on a piece I found it wasn’t that difficult to be inspired. I would just look around me and see something that inspired me or I would think about something happening my life and would be inspired. I found that I didn’t have to know what I wanted a piece to symbolize before I started working on it but that I would find what it symbolized by working on it.
I collaborated on the ceiling tile with Kiamesso DaSilva. Initially, we wanted to paint steps, which would be inscribed with words in Arabic which would translate to “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” leading up to a golden door. In the background there would be swirls and other similar decorations. We decided a ceiling tile would not be the best medium to create this and decided instead to do ceiling tile inspired by sari patterns. We decided on painting a big pearly white swirl that would take up to tiles and decorate the edges around the swirl with small dots and other shapes to create an intricate border for the swirl. We chose to use cool, light colors for our piece because we wanted it to seem wintery. My favorite season is winter and we wanted the piece to remind people of snow and ice and the winter in general.
For the choose your own drawing assignment I chose to draw my cat. I adopted my cat just two weeks before I started on the assignment so I was feeling very inspired by her and I was very excited to draw her. In my drawing I wanted to capture my cat’s calmness and serenity and inspire a sense of serenity and peace in others. I also wanted my piece to express my love and appreciation for her.
For my jack-o-lantern I decided to carve Hogwarts. When I was younger I loved the Harry Potter books. I thought it would be fun to carve a castle and decided I would do Hogwarts. It was a lot harder than I expected it to be but I enjoyed the process and I am pretty proud of the final result. I wanted to piece to remind people of their childhood and the books they read and loved. To carve the castle I printed out a simple drawing of Hogwarts and taped it onto my pumpkin. Then I used a pumpkin carving knife to cut along the edges until I had the shape I wanted. After that I drew in a few details with a sharpie.Initially, I didn’t feel very inspired or excited to draw a self-portrait. I have drawn or painted self-portraits before in other art classes but I have always found it difficult. On the day I started the drawing I was pretty tired and that is why my eyes are not fully open in the portrait. My lack of inspiration and motivation to do a self-portrait is reflected in my drawing. I wanted the piece to show how tired I was after working on several projects and staying up late several nights in a row. I wanted the piece to show that sometimes life is easy and fun but there are also times when you have to work hard in spite of being tired. Looking back on the process I found that I enjoyed attempting to draw a self-portrait. It was challenging and that made it more exciting.