Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Color Project


At first I had trouble deciding on what theme I wanted and what medium I wanted. At first I was going to do a hot air balloon which would incorporate the theme explore. But after thinking about it I decided I wanted to do something that I actually liked. I chose to do a turtle because it is my favorite sea creature; which falls under the theme of creature. I have incorporated this theme by doing an underwater sea creature.

After figuring out what I wanted to draw I was not sure on what medium I wanted to do. At first I wanted to do the turtle rainbow with watercolor on its shell. When I finished sketching it in my sketch book I really didn't like the way it turned out. So instead I decided to use oil pastel for the turtle's shell. On the feet and head I did watercolor with oil pastel on top. I chose to do this so that the oil pastel stood out on top of the watercolor. For the background of the painting I chose to do an ombre of blue, starting from the top corner with a very light blue and going to the bottom corner with a dark almost black blue.

The difficulties I have had so far are making the ombre in the background so that it is a smooth transition to light blue to dark blue. I also had difficulties with the head and making it to look realistic.

I think my piece was successful because I incorporated the theme of using a turtle as a creature. The areas that I am most proud of are the shell and the head. I liked the shell because I used different shades of red, yellow, and orange to color in the different shapes that made up the shell. I am post proud of the head because of mixing watercolor and the oil pastel it made the head look realistic.

If I could go back and change one thing it would be to draw lighter so that the pencil didn't show around the shapes of the turtle's shell.

From this project I learned that if you put watercolor first and then go back over with oil pastel it makes the object stand out more.
Finished Turtle 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two in One project

 In the two in one project I am morphing together a sunflower and a pocket watch. I incorporated the theme of the two in one project by morphing two different things into one. I chose to morph these two items together because I like sunflowers and I think a sunflower and a pocket watch would look cool together. The shape of my drawing is a circle because of the clock. The pocket watch chain is a vine with leaves on it to incorporate the sunflower.

The material I am using is pencil for the project because in my opinion pencil is easier to fix mistakes. Since this is my first project I wanted to use pencil because I have more experience using pencil in drawing. I don't like using charcoal because it is messy and it smudges my paper. I didn't want to use pen because it would be easy to make a mistake and you couldn't be able to erase your mistake.

The difficulties that I have encountered so far are choosing the right pencil medium for the clock. It is hard to find where the dark and light shading would be on a clock. Another difficulty that I have encountered is making sure everything is balanced and centered on the page.

I think the piece was successful because I chose a material that I was comfortable working with and I followed the directions of the assignment. I am most proud of the flower because I thought I shaded it good and liked the way it turned out.

If I could go back and change one thing I would make sure the lines were more straight and the circle was even.

I learned from this project that I have some capability of actually drawing and it not turning out like a little kid drew it. I also learned that I like to have an exact idea of what I want to draw before putting it onto the final draft.

Final Draft