Landscape Drawing:


Landscape Drawing Reflection:

I think I deserve a meet the standards because I tried hard to keep the painting technique as close as possible to the original piece (Red Buoy) by Paul Signac. Also, I tried to pay attention the the detail with in the photograph. I do believe that more could have been put in like the changes of shade on the sand/rock area, because of this I believe that the attention to detail is consistent and apparent but not outstanding. Overall my painting shows good quality but not quite to the point of high quality.
I think I deserve a meets the standards on the critical problem solving skills because in my painting there are some pieces of Ansel Adam’s picture that I left out. However, the colors within my painting, to me, are mixed very well and some what match the original colors of the Red Buoy. I do think that I could have used more of the lighter tones like the salmon pink and yellow-orange within the painting and not as much blue. I feel as if my understanding of the way Paul Signac paints is shown in my piece. With painting short dotty brush strokes it shows the transition with colors and isn’t necessarily realistic which is what I really liked. Overall with all the critical problem solving skills in my painting deserves a meets the standards.

Final Still-life Drawing:


Final Still-life Self-Assessment:

1. Look at the famous artist’s work that we discussed in class (the laminated sheets). Compare your marks to the marks created by Henry Moore, Vincent van Gogh and Giorgio Morandi. Which of the three artists’ marks, are the most similar to yours? Explain why and exactly where you used these marks:
The artist whose marks are most similar to mine is Giorgio Morandi. Morandi uses a lot of cross hatching in his artwork to show depth and contours. I also use a lot of cross hatching, for example in my final still life, I used cross hatching in the stacks of paper to show and more interesting pattern, rather than shading the box in quickly or doing the same motion of stoke over and over again. Also Morandi’s use of value is on a greater scale which I would like to think I did in my last still life. Overall Morandi’s cross hatching and use of positive and negative value is what I most believe to think is most similar to mine.
2. Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain:
The piece of work that makes me most proud is my contour final still life. I never thought that I would be able to finish since it seemed like such a great task. At first the boxes seemed really easy to draw since they are mostly squares, but after looking closer the ripples in the paper were very hard to draw. For me this is not the best drawing I have ever done, but I worked very hard on trying to make it as real as possible. Also considering my pre-instructional still life, I believe that my drawing techniques have come along very well.
3. What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
The three most important things I have learned are cross hatching, line sensitivity, and value. Cross hatching is one of the most important thing I have learned. Before knowing it I always shaded which doesn’t work as well as cross hatching at showing the transition from light to dark, and positive to negative space. In my sketch book it is very evident where I started to use cross hatching more than just lines and shading. By using cross hatching my work can become more real and look a lot less messy and careless. The second thing I learned is line sensitivity. Line sensitivity is important because without it drawing would look like a coloring book (staying with in the lines). When using line sensitivity my drawings seem to all work together and not have any rough edges to make the artwork unrealistic. Value in light and dark is the last important thing I have learned. I learned to push the values of the colors to greater extents to make the artwork more interesting to look at.

Color Vocabulary:

Hue- A color or shade

Primary Colors-Colors that can not be produced by mixing any two other colors (red, yellow, and blue)

Secondary Colors- Are created by mixing two primary colors together (blue and yellow make green)

Tertiary Colors- Are created by mixing primary and secondary colors (orange and red make orange red)

Analogous Colors- Use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, and are pleasing to the eye (yellow green, green, blue green)

Monochromatic Colors- Are all the hues, tints or shades of a (single) color (dark blue, and light blue are versions of the color blue)
Complementary Colors- Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. (red and green; orange and blue)

High Intensity- A color that has a lot of vibrancy (neon green)

Low Intensity- A color that has low vibrancy (gray)

Warm Colors- suggest warmth and seem to advance in space (red, orange, yellow)

Cool Colors- suggest coolness and seem to recede from the viewer (blue and green)

Value Portrait Collage:


Value Collage Reasoning:

1. Technical Skills:
I think I deserve a meets the standards. A meets would be good for my project because I know from putting the modge-podge on that there were some small gaps that I missed, but from far away it is not noticeable. Also the overall quality is good and you can see my resemblance through the ripped up shreds. Although my project is no where near an exceeds I think it measures up to a meets.
2. Creative Problem-solving Skills:
I think that a meets would be a little too high, but a partially is a little too low. In between would be the best score. I think that if I had more time to work on it, even though we had a lot, the shapes of , my face would be much better defined. Also at some points my artwork can look a little flat compared to other parts of my face. The mouth especially looks very flat compared to the rest of my face.
3. Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
The exercise of breaking down the photograph to show value with help later on in the way that it will be easier to make a picture more realistic. Knowing how to work different shades of black and white, even color, will make the 2-D picture look like 3-D. By ripping up pieces of paper we were not capable to draw and make it exact like. With this we really had to concentrate on the shades and not on the face as a whole.

Negative Space:


Negative Space Assessment:

1. Technical Skills Justification:
I think that I deserve a meets the standards. My thumbnail sketches are well drawn, but I think I could have done better if I really tried. I experimented will all different view points. The plant I thought would be hardest turned out to be the most fun to draw and thats why I picked it. My drawing clearly shows the shape of the plant and the design is different and seems almost like a chain wall behind it.
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I believe that an exceeds the standard is what I should receive. My background pattern is unique and different which, adds to the overall picture. Also the positive and negative space really works well together. because the way the plant touches three sides of the paper the background doesn't over power it.
3. Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
Artists use thumbnail sketches to practice different perspectives and view points in a smaller version to see if the like the drawing or if they should change it. The thumbnail sketches really helped enhancing my drawing because it made me think of different parts of the plant instead the outside where the negative space would take over. Also the thumbnail is a good way to if you mess up just start over. They let you warm up and get everything out with so you can do a quality sketch.
4. Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project?
The background pattern is very important, because if you had to much positive and/or negative it would look unbalanced. If the pattern is busy and hard to draw then your plant should be simple. If your pattern is simple then your plant should have a complex outline. The outline and the background pattern both depend on the other to create and wholesome picture/drawing.

Leaf Designs:

(Free Choice)




Positive/Negative Leaf Design Reflection

1. Technical Skills Justification:
I believe that a meets would be the right grade for my leaf design. I looked over all four pieces when I was finished to see if there was any pencil marks or glue smudges. I worked to my possible best in all four categories trying to think outside the box even if it seems that I might not have. Looking at the meets the standards requirements I have done all those and checked each art work many times to make sure, that is why I believe I should have a meets.
2. Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:
I think I deserve a meets. My free choice is the one that is the most unique and shows the positive and negative space the best. For rhythm I made at pattern almost like a circle to show a compromise of both positive a negative. When I think of tension jagged lines are what comes to me so making the lines crooked and not symmetrical really gave it the feeling of tension.
3. Which of the four designs do you feel is the most successful in terms of using positive and negative space well? Please explain.
My free choice artwork. I like the way that one part of a leaf is going into the black square and really showing a balance between the tow. When you look at the picture as a whole the balance between the white and black is almost the same. You can’t really tell if white is the positive or the negative which really gives it that ying-yang feeling.
4. Which one of the four designs do you feel best communicates the assigned Principle of Art? Please explain.
I feel that my symmetry leaf design is the best communication of the Principle of Art. In the way that it follows every rule perfectly. Also because you can really tell that it stands for symmetry. The white and the black shapes really work well together creating a balance and/or symmetry between the two.

Sketchbook Assignments

Painted Color Wheel:


Color Meaning Collage:


Still Life Two:


Still Life One:








Household Tool: