Thursday, January 9, 2014

p e r s p e c t i v e

1. How did you demonstrate Perspective in your work? It was a show of perspective, but not in the normal way. It was two pictures, one of fire and one of water, what I cut into strips and mounted on zig-zagged tag board. When you looked at it from the right, you'd see the fire picture. When you looked at it from the left, you'd see the water. That's the perspective I used- just looking at it from one side or any other. 

2. Why did you choose this solution over the others? I chose this because I didn't want to do a traditional "perspective" drawing. I did this once before in like, 7th grade, and I though I'd remembered the steps... So I just did it again. 
3. What techniques did you use to create this work? Colored pencil, pen and ink, and technical skills; scoring the tagboard and cutting the drawings into precise one-inch slips, and then gluing skills- mounting it to the tagboard. 
4 Did you take any risks with this project or where you trying to perfect a previously learned skill? Why did you decide to take this path? I took risks, I think. The risk was that I didn't fully remember how to do this project, and the other risk was that I kept cutting the stuff not straight so it looked sloppy. It was the second try that I got it was ready to turn it in.

Monday, December 2, 2013


1. What where some of your ideas for Layers? 
Well I think basically for a change, I had a ton of ideas for this one. I started with this idea to do a print over and over again with words and stuff in the background. It would be a print of Plexiglas  and I even cut into the Plexiglas and everything. And then you like, put ink on it and wipe off all the stuff that's extra. But then I forgot how to do it, so I had to change.
I know I had another idea before this but I don't remember it, and I'm not good at like writing it down and stuff so....

2. Layering has several meanings. Some view it as the bottom layer having no more valuable than the top. What is your interpretation of Layering and how did you show Layering in your project? 

The layering project I did was mostly like layering colors over each other and it was in the same shape so it was a little repetitive and that added more to the Layering  I think. It was just layers on top of layers, but only overlapping a little, to show layers.

3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? 
I used like heavy paper, like mat board and then magazine cutouts. I really like cutting out of magazines and there's so many different color choices in magazines of different colors and textures so that's why I chose it- to add like, variety.
4. What issues did you have creating this work? We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new. What risks did you take creating this project? 
The first issue was what to do- and I guess that was my risk too. The fact that I couldn't do it because it was such a risk that I couldn't remember how to do it so I think that's very risky actually. 
5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?
I like medium for this. The more I look at it, the more I like the way that the colors in the raindrops look. It took forever to organize them all by color and shade and whatnot  and I think it adds to the layered look it has. There was some magazine cutouts in other people's art, but none quite like this and so I like that.

Time as A Element

1. What where some of your ideas for Time as an Element?
Um for time as an element I wanted to do a bunch of watches or clocks and that's all I wanted to do. The decision came up between rather doing a colored pencil drawing or like, a painting using a heavier-duty paint than watercolor. Rather than do something that showed the progression of time in a creative way, I really wanted to do something more literally, like a literally showing of time.
2. Which solution did you chose and why? 
I chose this because I had the idea for this and it was stuck in my head and I could not think about doing anything else. I thought that the watercolor underneath would pop some of the darker black areas, and that cutting the rough draft of the clocks up showed a distortion of time.
3. How did you demonstrate Time in your work? 
It's a bunch of clocks with all the same time, 12:30. The clocks are cut up and not complete like, all over the paper... Which sort of shows a distortion of time, how they;'re not in order or convalescent  they're messy and scattered and to the point where they hardly even look like clocks.
4. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? 
I decided to use pen and ink over watercolor. I liked the idea of this in my head, and to be honest, I thought it would look better than it does.
5. What techniques did you use to create this work? 
I used watercolor underneath, trying to do a darker wash. Then I drew a rough draft of the clocks on newsprint, and used some cubist techniques to make the clocks cut up, which is when you cut the paper and slide the pieces around. Then I used pen and ink to go over it.
6. We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new. Did you take any risks with this project? 
Well since I suck at watercolor, I used that fact to improve on my skills. And I think the general idea of the piece went over a lot of people's heads- like, why is there all chopped up clocks all over the place? it just looks like messy scribbles... I can tell you that there were some people in the class who didn't really think this was good or a good show of time.

 7. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?
I think that concept would go the best with this. I didn't see any other art in the room when we were doing our time project that showed time as literally as this. Most were time in action, or the effects of time. This was more like showing time and distortion of time, physically. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Merry. Christmas.

1. What where some of your ideas for Intertextuality?
Um I wanted to do a spoof on the Boondock Saints picture (here) but instead of having the guns as actual guns, I was gonna do water guns or flowers or something. Basically, that was the only idea I had besides the one that I did.
2. Which solution did you chose and why? 
I chose the one I came up with over the weekend, like it was 3am and I had like, an epiphany and the basically I knew that this idea is what I wanted to do. It seemed like a good idea, and the general idea of it seemed like it was what we were going for in this project.
3. How did you demonstrate Intertextuality in your work?
Well instead of doing like Christmas like peace on earth love your neighbor and all that crap, I was like well, having hand grenades instead of ornaments sounds pretty hardcore and like, the opposite of what Christmas means. 
4. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? 
I used spraypaint on wood. When I came up with the idea, I wanted it to look like a stencil  in the lettering and in the white -breaks in the tree. I chose this because I thought the grenade would look chill in spraypaint, and I think it does.
5. What techniques did you use to create this work? We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new. 
I used the X-Acto knife, paint and spraypaint. I think they're all general skills separately  but when you put them together, it shows a lot of technique

6. Did you take any risks with this project? 
I think I did. I've never been good at spray paint or stencil, the ones I made in Art One sucked. So I knew I wanted to do it in spraypaint, but I wasn't sure of how it'd turn out because I'm not really the best at it. 
 7. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?
I think the medium was what I included into this. The fact that it's basically a sign/post thing is different from anything I've ever done in art before, and I like the idea of it being a sign, stick it in your yard around Christmas sorta thing.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Culture through Text.

I thought pretty hard about this project, only because "culture" is a really vague and broad subject to pick from. You've got language, religion, clothing, food, all different for every country or ethnic area, and on top of that, you have tons of sub-cultures! I chose this because I think that the four monuments I chose are easily recognisable and are the focal points of the specific country or city. I tried to make it so that the text of the country or city filled the monument- so that it was written within the boarders of the monument. I chose to use paint on canvas mostly because I wanted the look of colors popping on a clean white background


 and I'm not very good at keeping in the lines of canvas, so I wanted to work on my canvas skill. I guess that could count as a risk- the fact that I'm not that great with paint on canvass and not spreading it all over the place, which I used to do all the time. Other than that, it's a pretty small risk project. I like the way that the writing was the darker color of the background of the actual monument- and I like how clean it looks on the white. It's a nice contrast.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Study In Gameboards

I didn't like this project very much. I'm not sure why, but I wasn't interested in perspective, and it wasn't an easy thing to do. That might by why I wasn't interested, but it doesn't change the fact that this wasn't one of my stronger projects, nor was it one I liked. The final isn't that good, I think that I messed up, the lines aren't parallel somewhere, and it throws the whole picture off. I liked the watercolours, even though I might have gone too dark, I started over after the first time I butchered it with the watercolours (I didn't do a light wash, it was too dark), and I think that I went a little crazy also with the coloured pencil, it's too dark and the colours aren't blending and there is no value and no highlights or shadows, none of that. There should have been gradation between the colour transitions, instead, I just coloured really hard over other colours, and it sort of blended, but not much.
I would spend more time and effort with the colouring of the picture, the sketches were fine, all that was okay, but the colouring is what looks bad, and also I'd add more details; if I had the chance to do it over. The most difficult part for me was keeping everything in perspective, carrying lines out to the horizon lines, even the overlapping ones, which were confusing and not something I was good at. I couldn't keep a fix on where the vanishing points where, and that made the whole picture out of perspective and not good-looking. I learned not to color too hard, and I learned that I don't like perspective and I can't draw in perspective very well.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Study of Stencil

1. Explain how you changed your photo in the lab to create a stencil.
We found the picture on the internet, then opened it in Photoshop and edited the picture, creating more contrast though the positive and negative space through the Threshold effect in Photoshop.You then had to make it in black and white to create more difference between the parts of the picture.

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.
My collage backround for the stencil was the Las Vegas sign, so I wanted to go with bright colors and flashing lights and things you;'d see in Vegas: half-naked women and bad ideas paired with drinking and drugs. I layered it with light watercolours because Las Vegas is a bright city, and then it was done.

3. Discuss the way positive and negative space was used to create your stencil.
It showed the major contrast between what you needed to cut out, to show the spray paint color, and what you'd keep, the parts that would show through the background. The black, for example, would be everything you'd cut, and the white keep, or vise versa.

4. When using the xacto knife, explain the safety procedures, how to use the knife and any challenges you had to overcome while cutting.
The Xacto knife was scary. You had to make sure you always cut away from your fingers and body, and trying to do so without being cut. You had to push the knife down hard though the paper, but you had to make sure it didn't cut though the blackboard or cutting board or whatever underneath. I kept cutting out the wrong parts, so I had to use tape to fix it.

 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.
It was okay. I mean, I sprayed too close and too hard the first time, which messed it all up, but I did a layer of blue over the background, then black for the stencil, and then white over it to define it. The composition was in the middle, so you could see the original background, the blue, the botched white layer, and then the black. Even though I messed up, I think it looks way cooler. The colors had to define the thing, and contrast with the background too, in order for you to see the stencil.