In-Class Work

Negative space with reflection

DSC00989.JPGTechnical Skills Justification:

I feel as though I deserve a 3.5 on this. I had the plant laid out very well on the page. There is an equal amount of white and black space. Also the black space is just as interesting as the white space.

Creative Problem-Solving Skills Justification:

I feel as though I deserve a 3 on this. I feel like I chose a simple yet interesting negative space design. I think that I chose a plant drawing that spread the page and kept things interesting. Also I added a little bit more to the plant then there really was to make it a little bit more interesting.

Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?

The thumbnails allowed me to see what I liked best. It allowed me to draw a couple of different times before I started the final product. It allowed me to experiment with different designs. Finally it allowed me to perfect my drawing form.

Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the "look" of this project?

The background affects to mode of the art. The mode could either be tense, in the middle, or calm. The circles that I chose are rather calm compared to a more jagged shape. Overall the background has a big affect on the painting.

Leaf Designs with reflections

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I feel that I deserve a 3 in this portion of my leaf designs. I was very precise with my cutting and placing of the shapes. I used an equal portion of positive and negative space. And finally I made it work with a rather big leaf.
I feel that I deserve a 3 in this also. I took my time to cut everything well. I took my time to plan my design by placing the design many different ways before gluing. And finally I feel that with that hard work my designs turned out well.
I really like the tension leaf design the best. I feel that I showed tension very well by cutting a saw shaped design around two sides of the square that the leaf was cut out from. I also feel that cutting about a fourth of the leaf off and sliding the square into that leaf helped make tension. Lastly, I also feel that cutting the same saw pattern in the space where the leaf was cut up helps create tension.
I feel that my free choice best communicates the assigned principal of art. It is simple, yet very pleasing to the eye. Uses and equal amount of positive and negative space. And also a lot of thought went into it.

Color Meaning


Color Wheel


Final Still Life w/ Reflection


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: I would say that I am a mix of all three artists. Like Moore because I used my marks to show the shape of the figure and draw off the line. Like Morandi because I used strong light and dark markings(very defined). Like Van Gogh because my shading creates a strong sense of shadows.
2. Look at your work (all in the portfolio) and progress over time. What drawing(s) make you the most proud? Please explain: My first drawing makes me very proud. I like it because it turned out well. I thought that I did a good job of shading. I thought that I did a good job of getting my proportions correctly. Lastly I had no prior drawing experience with still life or anything like that .
What are three important things you have learned? Please explain why they are important.
I learned the technique cross-hatching. I feel that this is a very important thing to utilize because it just adds to all of the other techniques and makes them stand out from the others. Also you can just add this to something with no “set” value.
I learned a more effective way to blend the black and white charcole. I learned to add streaks off black value to white spots that are not totally white. It just adds darkness and makes it more pleasing to the eye.
I learned to hatch more effectively. I learned to make my hatching more defined and to show the shape of the thing that I am drawing a lot better.





DSC00879.jpgHousehold Tool

Value Portrait Collage


Still Life


Still Life 2


Technical Skills:

-I think that I deserve a 3 on this. I broke down the page well. Used my colors well. And I was successfull in not having the background merge with my face.

Creative Problem-solving Skills:

-I think that I deserve a 3 on this. I did a good job varying my colors just a little bit to not allow my face and the background to merge. I used limited amounts
of white, because non of my face was actually white. Lastly I think I did a good job not allowing my face and neck to look like one.

Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?

-It may help to know what colors should be used. I helped to divide the values up and actually see what your face looked like. I helped to divide your face into smaller portions so that it was easier to work on. And lastly it helped make this a more doable project in general.

Hue: A color shade

Primary Color: any of a group of colors from which all other colors can be obtained by mixing. Red, Blue, Yellow. The red buoy.

Secondary Color: A color resulting from the mix of two primary colors. Green, Orange, and Purple. The papal palace.

Tertiary Color: The remaining six colors that are created by mixing both primary and secondary. Aqua. A bigger splash.

Analogous Color: Uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Blue, Green, Light Green. Portrait of nick wilder.

Monochromatic: All within one hue. All different shades of one color. Under a northern sky.

Complementary: colors directly opposite of each other. Red and Green. My shanty.

High Intensity: Energy/energetic colors. Red and Yellow. The Railway

Low Intensity: Dark colors like blue and green. The papal palace.

Warm colors: Bright colors such as red and yellow. The red buoy.

Cool Colors: Dull colors such as blue and green. Flight.