Color Vocabulary

1) Hue-The attribute of a color by the virtue of which it is discernible as red, green, etc., and which is dependent on its dominant wavelength, and independent of intensity or lightness
2) Primary Colors-Cannot be created by mixing other colors: Blue, Yellow, Red. (See Color Wheel)
3) Secondary Colors-Colors made by mixing two primaries: Green, Orange, Purple. (See Color Wheel)
4) Tertiary Colors-Colors achieved by mixing a secondary and a primary color: Purple, Teal, Avocado. (See Color Wheel)
5) Analagous Colors- Colors Located close to each other on the color wheel: Red, Purple, Violet.(See Color Wheel)
6) Monochromatic Colors-A Variety of Colors derived from one color: Blue, Teal, Blue-Gray.

7) Complementary Colors-Colors located opposite of each other on the color wheel: Red, Green.
8) High Intensity-Pure Color before it is darkened or lightened: Blue, Green, Orange.
9) Low Intensity-Color that has been significantly lightened or darkened:
10) Warm Colors-Vivid and energetic: Red, Orange, Yellow.
11) Cool Colors-Calm and Soothing Impression: Blue, Purple, Green.

In-Class Work
Sketchbook Still-Life

Value Study Assessment

1) Technical Skills Justification: I think that I deserve a Meets the standard for technical skills for several reasons. Firstly, I kept the sizes of the pieces fairly uniform throughout the whole project. Secondly, there are very few open spaces, as almost all of the pieces overlap. Lastly, standing at a distance, anyone can tell that the photo I used is of me, not someone else.

2) Creative Problem Solving Skills Justification: I think that I deserve a Meets the Standard for creative problem solving skills because I effectively solved all the problems that came along. The biggest problem that I had to solve was how to match the color values to the photo accurately. I did this by taking the time to mark off and label the photo into 6 sections corresponding to the 6 shades of gray that I had.

3) Why might the exercise of breaking down a photograph into value shapes help when you are drawing?
It allows you to focus on separate parts of the drawing and perfect them individually and then put them together, rather than try to do it as a whole. Taking it apart and making each part look realistic before combining them all makes the drawing look much better overall.

Positive/Negative Space Drawing Reflection

1) Technical Skills Justification:
I think that I deserve a “meets the standard” in this category for several reasons. Firstly, It took a really long time to fill in all of the negative space with the small x’s and I was able to keep the size and shape of them very consistently throughout. Secondly, the leaves of the plant that I used as a subject had some wavy curves that were difficult to reproduce with nothing other than x’s, but they still came out looking very real.
2) Creative Problem Solving Skills Justification:
I think that I deserve a “meets the standard” in this category also, because I was able to work around the two main problems that I faced. The first problem was figuring out how to erase the outlines of the plants and still maintain a realistic interpretation using the x’s. I was able to do this by only erasing a half an inch at a time and filling in as I went. The other problem that I faced was that as my hand grew tired from filling in the background, the figures got sloppy and unevenly spaced. I solved this by taking frequent breaks, and working on different parts of the drawing rather than doing the whole thing at once.
3) Why do artists make thumbnail sketches before starting a formal drawing? In what ways did it affect your work?
Thumbnails help artists get an idea of proportions and how the final work is going to look. I think that making a thumbnail first helped me a lot. I was really surprised how well my larger drawing came out after gridding out the thumbnail.
4) Why does it matter what pattern you choose for your background? How do different patterns affect the “look” of this project?
Different background designs can greatly affect the way the project looks. If you choose a larger, more intricate design, then there will be less of them and more space in between. If you choose a smaller, simpler design, there will be many more of them and they can be a lot closer together.

Leaf Design


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