Friday, December 8, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Mackenzie Stringham

I made this drawing of chickens.  It is based on a photograph that Dr. Wales took.  I chose it because I like chickens.  Behind the chicken is a barn and a barbecue grill!  Is the chicken about to get thrown on the grill?!  I sketched it out and used colored pencils to fill it in.  For the grass, I filled the area in with green and used a black colored pencil to make the texture of grass.  In most of the areas I blended together at least two different colors to get the right color.  My goals for this artwork was to try something different and more challenging.  I think I probably reached my goal.  After being successful in drawing chickens, I was confident to try a drawing of ducks next.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Rayleigh Blemle

The Freedom of Art

For my watercolor painting, I decided to do the American flag, but I made it more abstract. I decided to make sure the colors of the flag caught people’s eyes. Instead of having just red stripes and a blue background for the stars, I decided to use the color that's beside the original on the color wheel (analogous colors), just to bring out the ability to catch others' eyes. But I still want the shapes to stand out, so I made the lines and stars very precise. Then for the rhythm of the flag, I wanted to make it look exactly like the original when it came to the shapes. They were all even and precise and each repeated in a nice way. Then I wanted to emphasize all the colors. The colors are what really gives the flag a meaning, and adding just a bit more can make it more of a “wow” to many. I decided to use the watercolor techniques:  wash, graded wash, color drops, flat wash, and wet on wet. For the color drops, I used it on the whole painting to show that colors can be put in any spot or color and they’ll still look great. And for wash, I used diluted color for the area that is originally suppose to be white, because I wanted the flag to be as colorful as possible and I wanted to show that white should have some color too, so that it can feel important in a way. 

Sunflower Print


I decided to carve a sunflower as my next project and to use it as a print. I enjoy sunflowers because yellow is such a bright color and it shows so much happiness. But the sunflower shows beauty even when it doesn't last a long time. So, when you see a flower, you'd want to stop and embrace its beauty before it ends. So I used bright paper for my prints to show the different colors of beauty and how the brightness can make your mood positive.  

The picture I drew is of my dog lying on our porch resting, as the day was hot. I titled it Resting with Energy because he still wanted to go out and play, but it was to hot to keep going. I created this artwork with pencil by creating different shades and using tools to create different techniques. I tried to show his emotions of him being completely awake but looking worn down at the same time. My goal was to attempt to make it look as realistic as possible. I think that the overall work came out great, but I wish it was more realistic in some spots.


Artist of the Week -- Gustine Brown

Hi there!  I am Gustine Brown and I am kind of an artist. I don’t really do art that much , but I love art. Art means a lot to me. I am more like a jester type of artist, because I love to joke around, mess around with things, and explore things. And I mostly like to deal and work with funny things. I like and always try to see how interesting I can make something look like by using my art skills.

Practicing is a good thing and is good habit to get into. It helps you, it guides, and it make you better at thing you want to get better at, the same as practice sessions. The benefit of practice sessions is that, the practice helps you to get the flow of something if you are trying hard and practicing every time, it will make you get really used to all you have been working on in the past few days, weeks, months and year.  And these few past weeks I been working on gesture drawing,  which is just a laying in of the action, form, and pose of a model or figure and series of poses taken by a model in a short amount of time by and artist. It's mostly all about allowing a person to pose and drawing a simple form of them first and keep adding on until it’s perfect enough.

Capturing Light
  1. Artists imagine the artificial light and  they add shadows on the drawing at the right spot, show the light areas by leaving the area blank with no shading, and start showing the cast shadow, They smudge the farther area of the cast shadow. Overall they use light to show how far, deep and bright and dark an object from a light by add the highlight, transitional light - middle values, core of the shadow and the cast shadow.
  2. All these steps taught me how to grasp and detail the main features like the light part and dark part of a drawing


Practicing the knowledge of proportion accurately is sometimes easy but sometimes a hard thing. Artists use knowledge of proportion to draw accurately by observing. They sight and measure the main feature and main size of an object. It’s all about capturing the main proportion and size and where things are supposed to go when drawing the object. The main thing and most important thing is that you always have to  focus on how you see the subjects or object that you draw, and draw what you see, what is in front of you, and put things  where they need to go.  I have done this in this lesson. Here are a few drawings that I did.
I drew exactly what I saw. It’s all about observation.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Savannah Hoffman-

Unique Opposites
No matter how much you think two people are the same, there are always differences.  In my painting there are many complementary colors.  Wasn’t that abright idea?” There is an almost symmetrical balance of shapes -- both vertically and horizontally.  The center shape is the focal point. It stands out the most because it is gray instead of colors and because it’s placed in the center. I put that in the center, because it's the most common way of showing the Yin/Yang symbol. There is pattern, by having five of the same shape, although they are in different colors. There are four rectangles, but only one diamond.  I used the watercolor techniques of crayon resist, pencil and wash, masking tape, and washes.   Where the pink overlaps the gray, it makes a nice purple line.  I used masking tape because it gives a perfect straight edge.  

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.