Sunday, 31 January 2016

Shading Practice

This is not a school project. Though this blog was for my art class, I'd still like to use it to document my artworks. This will allow me to look back on my work as I grow as an artist. Right now I am focused on getting better at shading. I am going to aim to draw something new everyday to help improve my technique. This was a 30 minute drawing that I did recently. I tried to use shading to make it realistic. Please leave your thoughts in the comments :)

Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Vision of Poetry

I researched a lot of poems and I didn't find many that I truly related to. I wanted something that other teenagers could relate to as well.

This poem is called "Your Worth" by Caitlyn Morton.

They say never give up,
Never give in,
Keep fighting that fight,
So the devil doesn't win. 
Through the hurt and the pain, 
The sorrow and the shame, 
The one thing you need to remember, 
Is that tomorrow is never the same. 

Hold on to your hopes and dreams,
For your fears are less than they seem,
So to all of those who feel like they are losing the fight,
And to those who feel like there is no hope in sight, 
Take a minute to look at the sky
And remember that there's something 
Out there bigger than you and I. 

Just like today, 
The sun will shine again, 
Through the clouds and the rain, 
The sun still remains, 
And all the darkness will fade away. 

So hold your head high,
And feel the warmth,
It may remind you,
What you are truly worth.

It can be found here:

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/your-worth

To me this poem is very encouraging for teenagers who might be having a hard time. Whether it be with school, friends, relationships, job, or family.

This next poem is called "Stay Strong" by Stephanie G.

You might not understand it, you might just ask why
That all I want to do, is just lay down and die

I tried to get help; I tried to see the light
But no matter what I did, I just couldn't win the fight

It was more than it seemed, it was more than you thought
Though sadly a little, is all you caught

I attempted to do the wrongs; I attempted to let life go
Now I wear long sleeves, afraid my attempts will show

I knew this wasn't the right place, I knew I had to get out
So I took my courage, and I let it shout

I did the thing I was afraid of; I did the thing I didn't like
And told someone my story, so that suicide wouldn't strike

I don't like to talk, I don't like to share
But I know this was best, before I start not to care

I will see the doctor soon, I will make it through
I know if I do, you can make it to

You can find the poem here : http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/getting-help-stay-strong

This I another encouraging poem that I really liked. As you can tell, these are not famous poets. Many of the people on the website are teenagers just like many of us. That fact helped me relate to their poems even more.

Final Task - Part Two

My Artwork

In my opinion, my most successful artwork was my project for the "You Are A Book" assignment. This assignment allowed me a lot of freedom. The project had to represent me & the way my mind works.

I hollowed out a real book to represent me. My thoughts and ideas run deep. And so I wanted to make something that represented that. I cut out the pages of a book and decorated it to represent myself. I painted it black and red to give it character. Those also happen to be my favorite colours.

I left the first few pages untouched to cover the hollowed out part of the book. To me that represented how I keep myself hidden. I don't like to share parts of my life with others. We all have our secrets. The first page had quotes and words of encouragement. Things that helped me stay positive through rough times.  The second page included first impressions that others had of me. I got a few of my friends to tell me what their first thoughts of me were and what words they would use to describe me. The third page were just random doodles of things I happened to be thinking about at that time. Art can be spontaneous and free. To me that's exactly what art is.

I learned a few things while creating my project. The first is to never judge a book by its cover. My book had a blank red cover. To many people that might seem boring. But that's only because they hadn't yet opened the book. You never know what you might find. You never truly know a person until they let you.

My least successful artwork would have to be the three piece series that I didn't get to finish. I was hoping to have three artworks that displayed my skill in shading and contrast. I was going to theme the artworks around my love for fantasy creatures. My first piece was of a dragon. It took me about a week to do. I worked on it non stop and tried my best to perfect my shading technique. It came out well. However, I didn't get to finish the second piece or start on the third piece. The second was going to be a fairy warrior. It started out well but did not get completed. The third piece was going to be a phoenix. I know that this project could have been a lot more successful had I given myself the time I didn't think I needed. Though the semester is over, I am still going to complete the project, not for the class but for myself. I know I can make this project a successful representation of what I can do.

Final Task - Part One

Artists Supporting Other Artists

Who understands artists more than other artists?

Artists know the struggle & stress that comes with created their own unique artworks. Whether they struggle with lack of ideas, motivation or creativity. Lots of artists strive for perfection and criticise their own artwork too harshly. They see everything that is wrong and can't seem to figure out how to improve. That's where the support of other artists comes in.

Many people don't understand how important an artists work is to them. They don't know how much time, effort, and passion went into making that project. Artists can work together and help each other. They could come together and share ideas. They could make a collaborative project and use multiple ideas.

Artists can also give their opinions and give useful advice that other artists can relate to and learn from. Things such as simple suggestions for improvement can be very helpful. Support can be given from artists around the world through social media. Simple tweets and comments can go a long way for artists who need a little bit of inspiration and encouragment. Artists can view each others artworks in person by attending gallery's and offering feedback.

People in the artist community need to support and encourage each other. 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Technique

I've always been interested in strange things haha. Things such as mystical creatures. Things like dragons. I've been wanting to practice my shading technique, so I decided I would draw something different, yet unique. Here is the progress of my drawing of a dragon.

I was hoping to use this drawing as a theme for my three piece art series. I am behind on this project but I'm going to put a lot of effort into it. I want to focus on shading as my technique. And I thought I should stick to fantasy creatures as a theme.

Updates will follow.

Thank you :) 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Syrian Refugee Crisis Response

The grade 9 art class had a very intelligent and creative response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Thousands of people have been forced to escape their home land and try to find refuge in another country due to the war in Syria. Hearing about the crisis and witnessing the pain and suffering that those people have went through is heart breaking.

The grade 9s did a great job in capturing the pain of the crisis in their artwork. The messages behind their artwork were very touching and meaningful. They connected the crisis to their own artwork and incorporated ideas from existing artworks to model the idea for their piece.

You can read about the crisis for yourself here. Thank you. 

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is known for many amazing artworks such as:

swans reflecting elephants - 1937
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening - 1944
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory - 1954

The Spanish artist and surrealist icon is best known for his painting of The Persistence of Memory, also known as the melting clocks. His artwork takes on odd perspectives that seem to violate the rules of reality.

Obviously clocks wouldn't just melt on a landscape in real life. But in his mind they do. His paintings really make you think and begin to alter reality in your own creative mind. His work is a reminder that there are no limits to art and the things that you can conjure up in your own mind.

I will include examples of his artwork, however you should research him as well if you are interested. You can find information about him and his artwork.