Friday, April 20, 2012

4th Breadth

7 x 9

This is my 4th Breadth.  I used pencil for this piece.  This is a picture I took of my friend Grace.  You can view her blog here:  I used an old vintage hat to give her a 1930’s look.  I drew her hair with different shades of pencil to give depth and value to her hair. After drawing her face and hair, I used a kneaded eraser to create the netting of the hat.  After erasing the netting, I darkened the diamond shapes to make them more visible on her face.  The highlights in her hair point towards her face which is the focal point of this piece.  The shadows of her face also gives her form. I really loved drawing this piece of art.  The white diamonds were interesting to draw and I’m happy with the outcome of this piece.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Breadth 3

Tangled in Colors 
'' x "

For this breadth, I used watercolor and pencil. First I did a contour drawing of my friend Dallas.  You can find her blog here,  I then transferred my drawing, using a light box, onto watercolor paper, which I had soaked for ten minutes and dried using paper towels. Before painting over the pencil, I practiced on a small piece of watercolor paper to make sure the pencil wouldn’t smear.   After transferring my drawing, I picked the colors I wanted to use for this piece and began painting.  I decided to have a little fun with the painting by mixing reds and yellows and flicking paint from the brush, using my finger, to give it a splattered effect.   This was a quick piece of art to do and allows you to have a good time while painting.  I encourage everyone to play around and paint with watercolor.  You won’t regret it! 

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Breadth 2

13 x 19

This is a contour drawing of my art teacher.   A contour drawing is a natural outline of an object or person.  It can be drawn with accurate or inaccurate lines.  The emphasis of this drawing is that all the lines point in different directions which allows your eye to circle around the entire drawing.  The pencil lines and the wrinkles in her clothes show movement.  There is also repetition in the folds of her shirt. There is no shading, which gives this drawing a very flat form.  This was a simple drawing but it can be difficult to draw because when drawing a contour piece, you have to let your eyes follow the out line of the object or person, and hardly ever look down at your paper.  My teacher was really fun to draw and I enjoyed the overall outcome of this contour drawing.  

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Breadth 1

Out Reached
8 x 10.5

I found this picture of my friend Camille and thought it would be interesting to draw.  I used the form of isolation to give a significance to her hand.  Though her face is in the background, I blurred it so her facial features can not fight over the importance of her hand.  I especially enjoy the foreshortening of her arm.  For this picture I used a 2B and 4B pencil.  I also used a shading pencil to get the blurred effect on her face.  The harsh lighting shows off the wrinkles in the hand which draws the eye toward the center of this piece.  This drawing also allows the viewer to circle around the piece because the tips of her fingers draws your eye.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Concentration 11

The Lonesome Child   
7" x 10.5"

For my 10th concentration, the medium I used for The Lonesome Child is pencil.  I took the picture of the statue and added a different background.  This background gives depth to the entire picture.  The diagonal wall points toward the statue, which shows the importance of the statue. The flower petals at the bottom of the page also point towards the statue.  The Pencils I used for this piece is a 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B. I also used a shading utensil, which gives a smooth look to the dark shadows.  I used the stippling method to give a worn look to the statue. I used a kneaded eraser to lift parts of the pencil to give a lighter effect. This adds to the statues worn look.  I really enjoyed drawing this picture mainly because of the detail in the statue.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Concentrations 10

The Shadowed Man   
6" x 8"

For my 10th concentration, the medium I used for The Shadowed Man is pencil.  The Pencils I used for this piece is a 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B. I used a shading pencil to give a smooth look to the suit.  To give a harsh aspect to the face, I used a kneaded eraser to lift parts of the pencil.  This also gives the statue, a worn look.  The darkened eyes gives a sullen and scowling expression.  For his mustache, I used a kneaded eraser again and outlined the organic shapes to give texture.  I also used this technique for the beard.  The shadows of the trees add to the erie atmosphere of the entire drawing and overall completes this drawing. I really enjoyed drawing this picture mainly because of the statues eyes.  I like the invert colors with his face in contrast with his eyes.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Concentration 9

A Dancing Angel  
9" x 11"

For my 8th concentration, the medium I used for A Dancing Angel was pencil.  
Because the face is almost completely white, the darkness of the background balances it out. The different values of the flower are repeated in the folds of the statue’s hair.  For this piece, I used a 2B, 4B, 6B, and a 7B.  I used the 7B for the background to make it dark.  To lift the dark spots in the hair, I used a kneaded eraser.  I also used the kneaded eraser to give a worn and weathered look to the statue.  I overall really enjoyed drawing this statue because of the unique proportions of the face and the extreme lighting.