Monday, September 26, 2016

Artist of the Week: Basil Bacorn

Being an author is a very busy job, so I try to combine my career with all of my interests, like art. Writing on its own is fine and dandy, but drawing can help others see not just what you see, but how you see it. I like a fantasy element in my drawings, with an emphasis on the eyes. Eyes for me hold a lot of life and emotion and they are the things one sees through; observation is key to art and writing. That's why I draw eyes a lot; I like the reflective nature they have. In my turtle and book drawing, I tried to bring the focus onto the eyes of the turtle as the theme of the drawing: imagination. This is a common theme in my work, especially since imagination is key in being an author and artist. Worlds, wizards, and wonders  of the universe -- that's what it's all about.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Artist of the Week: Jessica Dean

The painting I painted was from a photograph I took in my dad's flower garden he's been working on. It's one of my favorite flowers of the group. I sat on the ground waiting to leave and I decided to get a picture of the beautiful flowers we have. I tried working in my liking for flowers into my painting. It's the flowers inside the flower garden. It didn't come out as I wanted or planned, but I'm learning to like it.
Flower Garden (acylic)
Learning about the traditional painting techniques helped me paint my picture. It helped bring depth and extra color to my painting. It helped make my main point be the main point. I learned many useful techniques that I'll use in the future. Three techniques I used were sponge, which I used in the background, blending to mix the light and dark colors together to bring depth in the painting and alla prima to make the flower and stems stand out more.
Artist Journal

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Alexa Blackman

Last year, I wasn't able to take an art class, but I did have Lyrics and Literature with Mr. Greer and we'd have projects where you could be artsy with it. In this picture, I had to depict what I thought a scene looked like from the rock opera The Hazards of Love by the Decemberists. We could only listen to the words and create what we imagined, since the band never made any music videos for it. In this scene, a powerful nymph who saved the boy from death and raised him is angry because he wants to leave the forest to be with the one he loves. However, his adopted mother wants him to stay forever since he owes her his life.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Artist of the Week: Kes Johnson

Art for me is a way to get away from stress. I have always loved art and I will always love it. My favorite things to draw are animals and characters and scenes from anime (Japanese animation) . My favorite animal to draw is the wolf, but it's difficult sometimes. I have learned that you don't have to be the best in the world at painting or drawing. There are many ways to express art from music to writing and painting or drawing. Art can make people happy! So I would like to share my art with you and others.
Wolf and Moon (colored pencil)

Altered book Art Journal

Journal entry: Favorite Quote

El Lobo (collage)

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