Friday, January 23, 2015

Final Thoughts

One of the assignments I enjoyed the most was the final still-life. Before this class I hadn't worked with acrylic paints because I wasn't confident in my ability to use them. After learning the different techniques and strategies of painting I felt more confident. I learned in my final still-life how to layer paint and how much that matters to get full and rich colors.

The eyes, nose and mouth assignment showed me how to focus on features and the details in them. I enjoyed this assignment because I was drawing my features so in my final self-portrait I was able to realistically draw my eyes, nose and mouth. I also learned how to highlight and show light reflection on my skin.

I enjoyed my imaginative self-portrait because it made me use my imagination to create images and symbols that are important to me. I learned how to create flow in my portrait and fill empty space.  

Work of Art that I Am Most Proud Of

I am most proud of my final self-portrait. I believe my portrait drawing skills developed greatly during this project. I learned how to highlight features first and darken areas from there. I also learned about basic facial structure and how to correctly draw proportions. While working on this final self-portrait I learned to draw what you actually say instead of what you want to see. I began with drawing facial features how I wished/thought they looked instead of what was in the mirror. I learned how to focus on each feature and equally develop them.

Watercolor Techniques & Book


  • To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques;
  • To understand and demonstrate many different watercolor concepts to create you own book.

The most important concepts I learned while doing the watercolor practice techniques are the many different ways to actually paint with water color. I learned that you have to layer the pigments to get a deep, rich color. I also learned that the amount of water you use on the brush can determine how the pigments move on the paper. While doing the watercolor book I learned many more styles of watercolor and how to use other objects to get different outcomes with the paint. The book also showed me how the mix these styles and use of the objects.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Perspective Drawing: One Point/Aerial Perspective

To review the perspective strategies that you learned;
To make connections between what you learned and demonstrating your understanding by creating a drawing using one of the perspective strategies.

Artist Studied: 
Leonardo da Vinci

I learned the different types of perspective drawing, such as aerial, one-point and two-point perspective. Each require different elements, but can easily be used together. In completing the final drawing I learned how to properly use colored pencils. Instead of just trying to find the perfect colored pencil, you have to layer them in order for the object to appear real. I also learned how to create a correct perspective drawing and the techniques. For example, I directed each line in the direction of either the wood or the vanishing point.

I believe I layered the colored pencils well, so the values in the drawing appear very real. The colored pencils I used were values relevant to the picture. While drawing, I focused on each section for equal amounts of time to ensure balance in my final drawing. I focused on details such as shadows and direction of the grain of wood. I also focused on straight lines and having specific lines meet the vanishing point. I believe I did each of these things well and it contributed to my final drawing in a positive way.

I believe the trees could have been improved. The detail in the trees is not as accurate as I would have liked. I wish I had spent more time on each branch. Also, I would have liked to have spent more time on the clouds. I could have made them much more realistic if I had done so. If I have practiced before doing them or if I just had more experience with drawing trees I am confident they could have been better.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Watercolor Painting & History

The date is not extremely specific but water-based pigments were used in prehistoric cave paintings and on many Egyptian walls and funerary paintings. The Chinese painted on silk with water-based inks and dyes. Watercolor can be especially traced back to the cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira.
Albrecht Durer is known as the “father” of watercolor. He mastered the techniques of watercolor painting. His watercolors were very detailed after his great time in Italy and the Alps. He mostly painted objects in nature. His color schemes were like no one elses, they were real. Instead of making up color schemes as the majority of other artists were doing at the time, Durer painted the colors of the object.
‘Wing of a Roller’ 1512

Claude Lorraine was a British watercolor landscape artist. He is known as one of the worlds greatest landscape artists.
‘Landscape with River, View of the Tiber from Monte Mario, Rome’

Anthony Van Dyck was a skilled landscape artist who worked with watercolor.

‘Landscape’ 1632

The most popular era for watercolor was in the 1700’s. The best education systems began teaching drawing and painting. While men were on the “grand tour” watercolor paints were very popular because of the portability; the few brushes and paints that dry quickly caused them to be in high demand. Women used the paints to make black and white prints which were popular in the 1700’s. Watercolors became a large part of the tutor-based education system of the upper-class.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s the watercolor popularity reemerged. Many exhibits consisting of old watercolor masters caused a huge uproar in demand for watercolors. Also the middle class’s demand grew with their ability to travel the popularity increased. Watercolor painting has changed greatly over the years. Most paints are more fade resistant and are environmentally friendly.

"HISTORY OF WATERCOLOUR." CSPWC English History of the Medium. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

"History-Overview." Watercolor Watercolor Painting Watermedia History Contemporary Exhibitions. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Final Still-Life Painting


  • To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies);
  • To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.
Artists Studied:
-Leonardo da Vinci

-Filippo Brunelleschi
-Leon Baptista Alberti

I believe in my final still-life painting I did the techniques I mentioned in my still-life studies blog post. I layered the paint to get the best values possible for the objects. I started with base layers and added from there. In the end the layers of paint added greatly to the finished product. My brush movements were very precise. Each brush stroke had a purpose, I didn’t add any that weren’t needed. I used brushes of different sizes for different parts of the painting. Small brushes for details and larger brushes for more general areas.
In still life painting I learned to paint what I saw. I learned to study the objects I was painting, and paint according to what I saw. I have definitely learned about different painting techniques. I used blending to ease into a soft shadow. I used dry brush on the pear to make the speckles more subtle.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Perspective Strategies

To demonstrate and understand, learn & create, various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface;

To review and interpret some of the work created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Linear perspective is a system using mathematics to create illusions of distance and space on a flat surface.
Horizon line-This line is drawn across the point in the canvas there the viewers eye line is. This line represents where the ground meets the sky.
Vanishing point- The single point in an image from the horizon line and the parallel lines meet. Generally this line is at the viewers eye line.
Orthogonal lines-Diagonal lines that connect the points along the outside of the image with the vanishing point. They help to draw the viewers eye into the picture.
Transversal lines-Transversal lines are at right angles to the orthogonal lines they are also parallel to the plane and each other. Transversal lines establish a fixed height or width between two orthogonal lines.
They combine the edges of a rectangle as it recedes from view.
One point perspective- It uses a single vanishing point. In one point perspective the front and back transversal lines stay the same unlike when the scale changes
Two point perspectives-A set of two orthogonal lines and two vanishing point to create each of the drawn images.
Atmospheric/ariel perspective is why objects in the distance look blurry or hazy. Leonardo used modern science about the atmosphere to solve his question. He found that the farther away an object is the more dust and moisture the light has to reflect off of it causing the object to appear blurry or hazy.
A perspective drawing of a circle an ellipse. The first circle is shown flat with grid outlines. The second circle is distorted with the same grid lines.