Friday, December 7, 2012


1. When we went to the lab, we went onto photshop and changed the threshold so that the picture was black and white so it was easy to decide what to cut out and what to leave in the stencil.
2. With the background of a collage, I made mine relate to my stencil by doing things with color and having to do with the beach.
3. Postive and negative space really changed the compostition of the stencil.  It showed where the spraypaint would go and how well the image would stand out.  To ensure the contrast was right, you needed to test out how it looked in photoshop.

4. With an Xacto knife, cutting out the details was very important.  If you made one wrong cut, the entire thing could be ruined so avoiding mistakes was critical.  Since mine was an easy design to cut out and draw, the cutting part was simple.

5. Spray painting was intresting to test out with the stencils.  You had to make sure that the colors worked with eachother well and nothing is too dark or covered up.

Anamorphasis Critique

1. For our anamorphosis project, we had to change the picture so that when we draw it, it would appear to pop off of the page.  In the lab, we used photoshop to scale picture.  Going to the top of the page, we went to the button to hit threshold and transform the way the photo looked.  Because of this, the photo was disotrted and the perspective was from a different veiwpoint.
2. By distorting the picture in photoshop, the perspective was off unless you looked from the bottom, almost eye-level with the paper.  We had to grid the picture and our sketchbook so we could draw it to scale and see it as it was when we printed it out.  After we put the grid on both pages, and drew out the sketch, and used colored pencils to add values and shadows to picture to make it really pop off of the page.
3. The most important pieces in this to make the sketch successful were to edit it on photoshop, add in values, and also adding a shadow to the final picture.

Monday, October 22, 2012


1. The compostition of my piece, in my opinion, was that it was done quite well. There are few stray marks and the detail is shown well with the wings of the dragonfly, water texture, and lilypads as well as the plants the dragonfly is resting on.  If I had perhaps made the lines in the water smoother, it would have more unity and rhythm.
2. Texture and contrast are, as I mentioned in question one, everywhere in this print.  You can find texture with the lilypads, movement of water, and the wings of the dragonfly.  Contrast is shown in how the plants dip into the water and how one is colored but the other is solid black.  It is also shown in hwo the plants go vertical whereas the water and dragonfly are horizontal.
3. Positive and negative space are shown fairly well in the artwork.  The water and sky are postive as well as the cutouts in the lilypads and dragonfly wings.  The negative space are the lilypads, ripples in the water, plants and the body of the dragonfly.
4. Craftmanship of this piece was overally done well.  There are only a few stray marks and because I made this, I know it was hard to avoid.  The branches that the dragonfly is sitting on have small, spaced details to counteract the dragonfly itself and the cuts are deep enough that no ink can get stuck in it.
5. Depth was something I struggled with.  I did figure out how to use placement to put the dragonfly first, water and plants behind that, and air and sky behind everything else.  If I had made a few more details to distinguish the veiws, you may have been able to tell them apart easily instead of looking for it.
6. The printmaking project was a really cool project to do.  I loved being able to carve the linoleum out and make my own print however I wanted.  It was hard learning how to carve and make the prints without smudging it or pushing too hard, which would mess it up. Overall this project was worth it and I think it'd be fun to do again.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chalk Mural Critique

1: Working with a team for the mural had its ups and downs.  We all had differnent ideas and talents.  The final mural turned out really well becuase of this.  One thing that I didn't like about the groups was that some of our group decided not to participate so the rest of the group had to do extra work.  All in all, I think that this group project worked out well.

2: Collabortation is a huge part of working as a team.  Like I said in question one, we had different ideas for the final piece, a roller coaster, fishbowl, disneyland, and even riding on a unicorn.  After finally deciding on the final piece, and with all of our talents combined, the mural was very successful.

3: I think that personally, our chalk mural turned out great.  There were a miriad of colors in it, so much detail and the coloring showed off values wonderfully.  If given more time, and chalk, we could have made it even better, added more color, tinier details and done some more blending.

4: I really enjoyed this project being life-sized.  It was fun to walk by it and tell people about the idea and concept of it.  It was interesting looking at pictures of people interacting too.  They seemed to love being crazy and pretending that they were in it and it was a nice distraction between classes and being stressed about work.

Print Sketch Critique

1: Texture is very important in sketches because it helps to define what the subject of the sketch is and adds detail as well as some depth.  Using the texture can also help eliminate the empty and open space of a sketch.  Texture makes a sketch distinct and quite life-like.

2: Refrences are very important in art and help with sketching.  You can pick out your favorite things in each picture and combine them to make your very own.  Refrences are also helpful in creating depth.  Seeing several different veiws can assist in drawing the subject so you can include all the different angles to make the sketch 3d.

3: When looking at my three different sketches I can tell which will be the best print because of texture.  Like in question/answer one, you need to be able to see depth in the print as well as using up all the empty space.  My favorite sketch includes lots of texture on the animal but less texture in the background so that the subject of the piece, the animal, stands out and makes the veiwpoint of the picture.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Value Portraits Project

For this project, I first had to choose a picture of the person.  Next, using tracing paper, I outlined the shape of the values found in the persons image.  After that, I transferred the shapes of the values onto paper in my sketchbook.  Finally, I drew the image and values using what I had outlined, using the original picture as a guideline for shading.  We looked for individual values by looking through the tracing paper onto the picture of the model.  Then we just drew the shape of the different values we could see through the paper.  In my portrait, I think that I found a full range of values because on a person's face.  I believe that I did find it because, looking at it, you can see the depth and shape through values and my project ended up showing depth and shape while also being 2D. If I searched harder, I know that I could find more values, perhaps some darker values as well.  Looking at the craftsmanship, I know that I could've done better by finding even more shapes of values and a larger range of values.  I do think that my portrait that I created had good craftsmanship, even if I can make it better.  At first some obstacles I found were that I didn't understand the way to do the lesson and I wasted a sheet of tracing paper on that but after Ms. Rossi explained the lesson I restarted and did it the right way.  Another thing I had trouble with was that finding the values was kind of hard.  I had to search under the tracing paper to find some values to make the project look normal and not flat.  That was what the Value Portraits Project was all about.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Value Project Answers

For the final value project, I liked the way the pieces turned out.  Even though there were not all of the colors on a color wheel, the contrasts of the colors melded together to make a beautiful piece of art.  I think that this project and last drawing we did were very sucessful.  I learned a great deal on how to shade and use values in a piece of artwork.  I think that if I were to redo this project I would practice blending the oil pastels more before I tried to do a final.  To me, the most difficult part of this project was blending the pastels because I hadn't worked with them very much before hand and trying to make a shape have depth and value without knowing the tools is difficult.  All in all, I liked this project but I would like to have more practice before making a final piece.

Values Study Project

1. Describe your overall thoughts on the final piece.

2. if this was a group project, what was your contribution?

3. How successful do you feel this piece is and why?

4. What worked about this project? What didn’t work?

5. If you were to do this project over again, what changes would you consider making?

6. What was the most difficult part about completing this piece and why?

7. What did you learn from this piece?