Friday, November 17, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Belle Rosh

This piece of artwork is a recreation of a photograph I took of my best friends, drawn with assorted pencils and with the help of blending stump. Titled, “The Trio,” this work depicts my three friends—two girls walking and one boy on a bike—walking through town with scenery around them such as a gas station sign, road signs, a car, a tree, sidewalk, etc. To create this drawing, I first sketched the drawing out lightly, only drawing the major shapes. For example, instead of fully coloring in an area that needed to be done in the darkest value, I simply did a bit of light cross-hatching as a key to show me for later on.
    When we were asked to pick out a picture for this project, I wasn’t sure if I had any photos that were decently taken enough to be drawn. Then, I stumbled across this in my camera roll back from the middle of the summer and decided, “Hey, I think I can do this!” My three friends that were drawn are very excited to see the finished product, and that pushed me forward when creating it. I also chose them because they’re the greatest friends I could ask for, and I hope they stay in my life forever. In a way, this artwork is in our small friend group.
    My goals for this artwork included: making the people look as close as possible to how they do in reality. As well, my primary goal was to see if my friends approved of it after it was finished. I hoped to get the scenery more blended, but I could only do so much, and I’m happy with it regardless. All in all, I say I’ve done okay with nearly/achieving my goals.
    Overall, I really do like how this piece turned out. There is most definitely room for improvement, but it’s a good start.


    In my sketches from a work-in-progress manga (Japanese style comics) project, emotion is very evident even in the rough draft. The beginning of this story consists of the main character being startled by a minor character. His eyes widen and he begins to run, and then there’s the sinister grin at the bottom of the page. Emotions such as suspense, grimness, and intimidation are apparent. By just showing the smile at the bottom, it creates a dark feeling. Smiles are typically known to be friendly, but this grin has quite the opposite effect. Overall, my sketches create a  dark, suspenseful feeling for the obersever by using certain manga techniques and rough sketching. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Allyson Rockwell

I took a photo of my dog Gunnar with my iPhone at the lake during the summer. Since Gunnar was sitting down for once, I snapped a picture with a view of the water and trees behind him.This drawing I made is a grid drawing sketched with three different shading pencils. Using a blending stump helped to eliminate the pencil streaks and create a smoother image.  Although there was a lot of grass to draw, he still appears to stand out. When I look at this drawing, it reminds me of the day we went hiking up the falls and dragged the dog along with us. I hope that people will look at this and find the overall artwork relaxing.


After completing “Dog Days”, I started working on a carving project of a bird. The feathers stand out in the printing process, and compared to the original photo, the outcome looks handmade. In order to change the look of the carving, you have to add various textures. It depends on how deep you carve, and the size of the tools you are using. A bird symbolizes comfort or freedom, and the shaded areas in the back help to draw attention to the bird in the center. White in the background appears sharp and shows purity. If anyone were to pick my carving, they could choose any color to stamp it with. The warmer tones represent energy and joy, and the cooler tones have a more calming effect.  

Final print of carving in black

Monday, November 6, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Chan Hirunsri

I created a sketch of a champagne glass based on a photograph that I took on a plane flying to America. I wanted to draw this picture because I always feel like drawing a glass is hard because we have to make the reflections on the glass to make it more real. So I decided to try something that I thought was hard.

The techniques that I used in this drawing were sketching and using the different shades of dark to show dimension in the drawing.  The lesson I learned from drawing this picture is to use a grid to measure the scale of  picture into a bigger or smaller size. I learn to use a blending stump to make the shadow look more smoother and more realistic.

    I created a watercolor painting from a photo of a Sakura tree that I took in Tokyo, Japan. I wanted to do it in watercolor because I wanted to try something new other than sketching. Techniques that I used in this picture are watercolor techniques such as wet on wet,wet on dry and dry on dry to create different textures. For instance, when I painted water I used wet on wet(wet colour on wet paper) to make water look more realistic. I try to make the emotion in this picture peaceful by using color that not too dark and using colors like pink or green. The sakura (cherry blossom) is a symbol of love for Chinese people and symbol of hope for Japanese people. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Phoenix Jacobson

My artwork is of my dog Sophie. Sophie is my best friend, which applies to the title A Dog is A Girl's Best Friend. This is a drawing based on a photo of my dog that I took. The techniques that I used were shading and blending. The fur on Sophie consists of fine lines that vary based on the darkness and lightness of the of the picture I was using. I used a value scale to help me find out how dark and light the pencil can go so I can refer to it. 

My dog inspired my artwork and I wanted to draw her because she is my best friend. This drawing of my dog is from a day we were sitting outside and and I decided to take a picture. The emotion is this artwork will make you say, “Adorable!” or “Awwww”. As an artist I want to make more realistic artwork, and do more pencil drawings. In college I want to take a art class as well. I also want to get better and excel with my artistic abilities. I do think I  have reached one of my goals, I learned things from making this and this will help me in the future. I learned from mistakes I have made from the past and corrected them. I believe that this will influence my future artwork in a good way.

In the painting that I am working on, the butterfly represents rebirth and transformation.  There are many colors that take this role in this as well. The colors that are bright are the main focus point, but there are dull colors in the back. This could mean you should put your focus on your bright future instead of looking back at the dull.  The painting is in progress, but is based on the photograph below. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Lucas Aquilio

I drew a picture of me holding a sea bean. This picture was taken in the Florida keys when I went down there for the summer. I made this project by putting a grid on picture you had printed and I put another grid on a blank piece of paper. Once I had the basics down I had to shade in the darker parts first and make my way to lighter parts. I also had to erase the grid lines as i went on. I think I chose this picture because when I was down in the keys I had such a great time. The kind of camping experience was a once in a lifetime kind of thing.

The other reason why I chose this picture was because of current events that happened down there and I feel like some things can come and go so fast. Just by looking back at this picture all the memories of me and my friends doing the things on the island  come flowing back. We had done some amazing things like fish in a reef and in the deep ocean to other things like exploring the island and the many other thing that it provided. Going to the island and watching the sun set over the ocean reminded me that there is always peace somewhere in the world.Seeing all the wild life get along with each other like how small things like hermit crab get along with other creatures like the tiny key deer.  If you've ever heard the song “What a Wonderful World”, that's the song that went through my head the whole time I was there. My goal for this was to improve the way I draw pencil drawings. I think that I had done a pretty good job on this project but I feel like I could have done a little bit better.
After doing the realistic drawing, I  moved on to drawing cartoons and comics.  I had already had drawn the characters over the summer, because that's usually what I do for fun.  I had the idea of having a syfy kind of comic but I want it to have humor in it. In comics the emotions are very emphasized.  My comic is about teenagers that are traveling in space and stumble upon a strange planet that says FREE BATTERIES and they crash land on said planet. They find out that there is a great evil come to their universe and they must stop it. I feel like it might take me a while to make it but I am dedicated to finishing this before Arts4All.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Avery Boss

 I chose the leaf and squirrel stencils because I like the colors of the leaves. I see squirrels in my backyard.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Gabby Doty

For my pencil drawing I decided to draw my cat, Peanut. My project titled Peanut Butter was created with various gray-scaled pencils for shadowing and shading. The strong-point of my drawing was showing the shadows of the cat. The project was done on a large sheet of drawing paper with multiple pencils, a blending stump, and a kneaded eraser. I started off by drawing grid lines on my printed picture as well as my drawing paper and labeling each block downward and across. In each block I drew the main shapes I saw to help see the bigger picture. I decided to draw this picture simply because of the love I have for my cat. One of my goals for this project was to improve my drawing skills from previous years. My other goal was to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. I achieved each of these goals. I think my art piece turned out better than expected and I’m proud of my piece. I learned multiple skills from my project and hope to excel in further art projects.