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.
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.