Monday, October 31, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Isabelle Menard

My artwork Little Thief is a shaded sketch of my dog, Coco. To create this piece, I first began with measuring lines an inch apart and drawing in sharpie on the photo I had printed. I did that horizontally and vertically in order to create multiple boxes. Then, on a much larger scale I repeated the same process, except I measure 2 inches apart and I drew my lines in very, very fine pencil. Besides the ruler,  used a shading pencil, eraser, and blending stick to create this drawing.

Ever since I was younger, in my hometown in New York, I visited a local art gallery and would marvel at the beautiful works of art made locally from the people in the community and school. I can still clearly remember a few shaded still life works. I remember thinking to myself, "How did someone draw a picture with no color and make it so realistic, it seemed as if you were seeing it in person?" When I began this project, I remembered those pieces of work and it inspired me to take my time and pay attention to all the details in the photograph.

I snapped this picture of Coco right as she ate my cracker. I captured the look of glee that was plastered all across her face. I tried to recreate that overjoyed emotion in my piece. Alongside, I named my artwork, Little Thief because Coco stole my cracker just as I was going to snap a picture of her.

My goal is to improve in every aspect of art from painting to drawing. This piece really helped me reach my goal. I always thought I couldn't draw, let alone shade a picture to save my life, but through creating this work 've gained confidence in my ability and it's taught me to pay closer attention to the little details in my everyday life. My final piece isn't what I imagined it'd be. As I said before, wen I started this artwork, I had absolutely no confidence in myself, so I thought it was  going to be a mess. I'm very happy with how it turned out in the end. This piece has a big influence on my future artworks because I now have an eye for the little details and I've learned different techniques such as representing texture.

Little Thief (pencil)

Landscape (acrylic)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reflections by Alexa Blackman

 The first piece I did was a charcoal sketch of a still life Jesus, duck and lemon. It brought me out of my element because I normally don’t draw things in real life, just things from my imagination if anything. I liked taking my time with it and trying very hard to accurately represent the shadows and highlights throughout the piece. It did take a really long time and I didn’t feel as though I had much artistic freedom, so the next project I played around with a new style I’ve been developing. 

 The characters all have big eyes and ears and little button noses as a repeated design choice and I’ve been creating little ghouls and monsters to put in a comic idea I had. I take a lot of inspiration from a YouTuber called “LavenderTowne,” who draws similarly and I really aspire to. With each little monster, I plan to create the “normal” human version of them from an alternate universe. I’m doing all the concept designs for them on watercolor paper that’d been split into six, I draw with pencil first and go over it with ink. That part was also new to me, I’d never used the ink pot and pen before so it definitely took practice. Even now, I still end up with smears or ink droplets sometimes. Another place where I’m simultaneously struggling and improving in is through body shaped and forms, arms and hands are difficult for me to draw (especially in a style I’ve never used before) and I’ve saved some picture references on my phone to practice with.

 I’ve always liked to draw, but I’ve never tried to go anywhere with it, so I think this project may be a confidence booster or at least an emotional outlet. All of my characters are going to have a double in a parallel universe that is accessible through a puddle. If you’ve seen the pictures I take, they’re often from an ant’s point of view or playing with the reflections of a puddle because I just think they look so amazing and almost like an optical illusion. The story behind my idea is how different people can be, how they’ve got different sides they show to different people and some are good, and some not so much. Creating my own characters and story is finally giving myself some freedom in what I do, creating my own little world (or two) that came from my head and nowhere else.

   I partially wish I could make more characters because they’re so fun to draw, but as far as this project goes I don’t want to overwhelm myself, and should try to keep it to a minimum if I’m still getting comfortable in this style I’m trying out. I don’t think I ever imagined I’d enjoy drawing this much. Usually, I’m trying really hard to get it just right, but since I just tell myself they’re just concept designs I’m not as hard on the art and myself.

 I hope that I continue on this path and retain some kind of artistic ability through life. It would be cool to enter some pieces in a gallery when I’m older and see what other people think about my art, too. Maybe I’ll end up making webcomics, who can tell? Whatever I decide, I think I’ll always come to appreciate the art teachers I’ve had and the artistic friends that make me want to do really cool things like them!  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Artist of the Week: Seanna Geiger

This project is a picture of two of three pigs on our farm from last year. Their names are Johnny and Alfred. I call this Pigs at the Trough. I've used many techniques to show different textures.

To capture the moment, I used my camera and now it's a wonderful piece of work. The tools I used were an ebony pencil, a 2B pencil, kneaded eraser, and a blending stump.

We work hard on our farm, and these pigs are just a little bit of proof. This project really hits home for me. In this project, I was trying to show how happy animals can be when you give them the love they need.

My goals were to show the pride we have in our animals. They are the perfect animals to make a portrait of, especially when they look straight at the camera.

I learned that if you work harder than you think you can, you can do even more amazing things than you ever imagined. I didn't think this project would turn out the way it did.  From now on, all the projects I work on, I will work as hard, if not harder than I did on this piece.

Pigs at the Trough (pencil)

Sunflower (acrylic)
My painting is titled Blur because the clouds covering the sky are darker in some spots. For the clouds I used the frottage technique to show how fluffy the clouds look. In the sunflower petals, I used drybrush to show the different reds and oranges in the petals. In the center of the flower, I used stippling and impasto for the texture. In the background, I used scumbling for the silo. Knowing the traditions of art helps us to make more texture in our works of art.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Artist of the Week -- Gracy Osborn

 Sweet Grooves is an acrylic painting that I did to represent and portray music in a visual aspect. The swirls represent music's constant movement. I chose to add Skittles for vibrant color. The color is energetic, much like the music that I enjoy. I used glazing for the swirls first layer. In order to create a fabric texture, I used impasto technique. The skittles themselves tool a lot of blending. I believe in a creative and positive environment and the best way to create that is through music and art.

Sweet Grooves (acrylic) by Gracy Osborn

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Artist of the Week: Matt Nowacoski

This piece is of my sister and her husband at a restaurant the day they got engaged. The drawing is named Newly Wed, celebrating their marriage a few weeks ago. I plan to gift it to them when they come home next. To create the drawing I used graphing and applied details starting with the faces and working out into minor areas. The goal was to capture their likeness, so regardless of how it turned out, it still resembled them in a way. Aside from some mistakes, I think the drawing turned out well and I look forward to seeing their faces when I hand it to them.

Newly Wed (pencil) by Matt Nowacoski

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Artist of the Week: Maddie Schultz

I really do love art because it brings out the creative and unique side of me. It makes me strive to do the best that I can do. When I was painting this flower segment, at first I didn't really know what I was doing until I started learning some new techniques. Then a bunch of ideas popped into my head. I first painted a picture of a Rose of Sharon. It was the first flower to bloom. Now I am drawing and shading a picture of my sister's dog, Luna. It is taking a while, but it will be worth it when it's all done! Personally, I think I'm much better at sketching, and I enjoy it more than painting, but I guess it will give me something to work on in the future.
Rose of Sharon (acrylic)

Luna (pencil work in progress)