Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Jeffrey Freeman


Unwrapping the Ink (pen and ink)

For my art project I drew a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar that has a large bite taken out. If I had to give it a title I would pick Unwrapping the Ink. I did a chocolate bar because it is something that everyone can recognize, if someone sees the picture then they may crave a chocolate bar or have good memories of eating one.
I started by taking a picture of a chocolate bar with my phone, then I printed out the picture and created a graph to transfer it onto a larger piece of paper by pencil. The majority of my drawing was done with a pen using cross hatching and for the really dark parts I used a paintbrush to fill the ink all the way in.
I drew a chocolate bar because I saw how simple it looked but also how pleasant it was to see the smooth brown texture. It’s just supposed to catch the eye with the look of uniqueness that the pen makes.
My main goal for my picture was to make it look as real as I could get it with the pen and ink. Another goal that I developed halfway through creating it was to improve my skills with a nib pen and I feel like I accomplished it.
             Overall I feel that my artwork turned out better than I thought it would. It was huge challenge at first because I’ve never used pen and ink but I felt like I needed to learn. On the rest of my art projects I will try to take more time and care into preparing everything perfectly so that I can keep improving. You could say I unwrapped the challenges I faced using a pen and learned to “eat it” without effort in the end.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Zachary Pruyne


My style of work, unfortunate to me, is very cartoony. I guess it's not uncommon for an artist to be dissatisfied with their own work. I'm not disappointed in what I've made, it's just not the style I've always envisioned. Now, if I had enough skill and time and patience and an endless supply of mechanical pencils, I might get what I want out of myself. But since I'm short on all those, I guess I'm stuck with it.

I fancy myself as the writer type.  I could describe everything there is to my story, but to me, thoughts are best expressed visually.

The story of my comic revolves around a future tech in an old world, like King Arthur meets Steampunk meets Frankenstein's monster. In this comic, I focus on my character Holland who time travels with Saul, a king who shares his power with him.  They are accompanied by the controller on the side of Evil, Matilda and the treasurer they hired as one of their four interns and Isaiah. He is kind of like a pet, but has human qualities.  He's used primarily as a deus ex machine if I need to. 

The theme and meaning behind Evil in Time is to showcase many of the crappy things humanity has done to each other in the past and present, in our time zone, as well as what we have learned from our mistakes.   My goal isn't to make a masterpiece that can be admired by abstract thought. I wanted to tell a story straight forward and hopefully teach some peace. The comic to me is more of something to be read and understood rather than a picture to be hung up on the fridge. I apply my own morals to what may be right in hopes people become a less angry entity. 




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

AAHS Visits Art Museum and Corning Community College

 
Art students from AAHS took a field trip to the Arnot Art Museum today.  Students viewed the exhibition of winning student drawings from the Scholastic Art Award competition.  They were also able to view artworks from the museum's permanent collection.  After touring the art museum, students visited the ceramics studio and painting studio at Corning Community College. We hope that they were inspired to take their art to the next level during the coming year, and to begin thinking about their own goals for higher education.









Sunday, February 5, 2017

Artist of the Week -- Brian Campbell


Branching Landscape

My artwork is a duck snake that is wrapped around a lot of tree branches and there are two trees on both sides of the duck snake. The branches from the left and right grow into and become the snake.  There is a river under the duck snake that is also branching off into different directions.   It is kind of a landscape, but then again, something very different.  I call it Branching Landscape because it is branching in more ways than one!  The sky is blue with pink clouds to look like a sunset.  I drew it in pencil and then used pen and ink.  Then I used watercolor to add color.  I thought my idea would look cool and it does.  I thought it would be fun to try and it was.  For a while I thought I would never get it done.  Then it was almost done and I couldn't wait for it to get done because I was hoping it was good enough to go in the art display.  I did not think it would come out as good as it did.  It came out great!