Monday, October 29, 2012

A Study In Printmaking

1. Describe the overall composition of your artwork (balance, unity, rhythm and movement). 
 The composition is all right, it's sorta balanced. It's got a lot of textures in it, but it also has a lot of blank space. There is little rhythm, but the patterns in the feathers are all the same and the patterns in the peacock's body is the same. There is no movement, it's stationary.

2. How did you add texture and contrast to your print? Is this important? Why? 
You added textures by cutting out parts, and every part you'd cut out wouldn't catch the ink, so whatever you left is what showed up colored on the paper. It's important to add texture but not add so much that it hurts to look at, but you needed to add enough to differentiate between parts. Without texture, the print wouldn't work, because the texture (the bits you left/cut out) formed the picture.
3. Explain how you used positive and negative space to show your image. 
The positive space is the parts you leave in, and the negative is the cut out parts, because the cut out parts define the image's boundaries and patterns and such. Whatever you cut out, wouldn't catch the ink, and formed any patterns and lines in the image, and the parts cut out around the lines made up the solid blocks of color, once it was printed.

4. Describe the craftsmanship of your print. (How good the project is technically crafted) 
It's not very good. The print wasn't in the registration marks, it was crooked or splotchy. On all of them, I think, have smudges on the edges or fingerprints in the print. There was no cut out space to hold it very well by, which messed up the aiming of placing it and the smudges and splotchy parts, where my fingers were.
5. Were you able to achieve depth by showing a foreground, middle ground and back- ground? Explain. 
Sort of. I think. The peacock's body was the foreground, the feathers in the middle and any (there wasn't much) blank space in the back was the background. I hope I did a good job with the middle and foregrounds at least, but I think I didn't. You can, however, see a distinction, so whatever.
6. Explain your experience with Printmaking. What were the obstacles and advantages? 
Printmaking isn't something I especially enjoy. It's tedious, to cut out the linoleum. It's nerve-wracking to place the inked final copies onto the paper, and I screwed it up on every one of them. Printmaking isn't something I'm good at, it's something I could use more work on, I'm not very experienced.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Study in Chalk Murals

1. Explain your experience working on a team and executing your ideas for the mural. 
I think working on a team was all right. It was intresting and cool, however, to see everyone's take and interpratation of the mural. Also, it was a good help to have other people working on things they, specifically, were good at. People who were good shaders shaded, people who were good at colouring the solid blocks of color for the foundation did that, and people who outlined and added detail did that.  

2. Explain the importance of collaboration when working on a team. 
It's a big help. But at the same time, it makes no diffrence. It's a help in the way that it would take forever for someone to do the whole mural completly by themselves, and it was good to have people do what you weren't good at, but maybe they were. It dosen't make a diffrence when your teammates don't do anything anyway, or they have nothing to add or help with. When that happens, it's just like working alone.  

3. How successful was this project? Explain how and why.
I think we were sucessful. It think that the project turend out the way we wanted it, or close to it so that it didn't matter anyways. It looks good, and everyone on our team halped out with it at one point or another.  

4. Explain how you feel about creating artwork that others can interact with. Ex. Invoving the whole school?  
I think it's really cool, atucally. I went to Panter Creek last year, and the art program there never interacted with anything. So at Apex, it's really cool that we got to draw on the walls of the school and that we got to have people see our art all around school. I think it's awesome that eveyone and anyone who walks by it can participate in it.

The Study of Printing Sketches

1. Why is texture so important to have in your sketches? 
Because when you carve out of the linoleum, you won't have the shading or value or anything. You need to have texture to show lines and to show the animal to the best of your abilities. To make it look good once you carve it out. 

2. Why is it necessary for you to have several references of each animal and each background? Explain.
So you can get a look at the animal from all sides. Also, it prevents copying the picture exactly, if you have multiple examples to pull from. It means that you can get a better view of your subject from more than one example.  

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?  
I think so. It depends on which has the most texture and has the most detail, and it needs to have a good balance between detail and negative space, so you don't overwhelm the print with tons and tons of little lines.