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.