Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Final Reflection

Senior Studio has been an unbelievable experience for me. I felt proud of the work I created, friends I made, and advice I received along the way.

Starting out, I was unsure of what to expect and what I wanted to accomplish. After having the time to familiarize and experiment with materials, I found my passion for drawing. I used charcoal, pencils, and even pastels to make my artwork.

I remember my journey as an artist, growing my knowledge and expanding my skills. While its sad to leave Beaver and the wonderful teachers, I am positive I can take the knowledge I've gained, and apply it to my future endeavors.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

End of the Week Reflection

Looking Back:

  • Made progress on my final product
  • Got helpful feedback 
  • Added details and decided how I want to finish my project
  • Looked at gallery and pictured where I want to put my project
  • Researched backgrounds and frames for my project

Looking Ahead:

  • Frame it
  • Shade the tiger so that I can incorporate what I learned before and apply it to my final piece

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Final Project Update

This week has been hectic to say the least. I started drawing my tiger portrait on Monday and have been working hard to finish it on time. After I draw the dark areas, I will begin to use color pencil, hopefully I can finish this before the fast approaching deadline.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Final Product Visualized

I imagined my tiger piece going in the gallery. What made this vision so strong was I saw the tiger in a new way. It was climbing down the jungle surrounded by bamboo trees.  This made me think should I be doing this as my final project. The drawing was big and done by colored pencils with the surroundings painted using watercolors. I need to plan immediately because with 14 hours left, I need to have a clear idea of my final piece. I think that I will continue to visualize my piece so I can get all the components down.

The reality of my work in the gallery

  • Design my final product
  • I want to put a glossy film over it to make it shine 
  • I don't know if I want a frame on it
  • Should I draw the tiger?
  • What message do I want to send?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

End of the Week Reflection

Looking Back:
  • Finished painting the portrait of the girl
  • Sat with Mr. Ingenthron and Ms. Patel to discuss my final project
  • Experimented with the background of my pieces
  • Good feedback from my classmates
  • Mapped out my final project, incorporating text

Looking Ahead:
  • Constantly ask for critical feedback when unsure of what to do next
  • Focus and not get distracted
  • Decided what I want to do with my final piece in the gallery

Friday, April 4, 2014

Final Portrait

When thinking of what to make for my final portrait, I consulted Mr. Ingenthron and Ms. Patel. First, I made a list with Mr. Ingenthron about what I liked about my previous pieces. We came up with the following:
1. Experimental and cute
2. Accessories and layers
3. Background and subject
4. Personal
5. Many dimensions
6. Fun

After I searched for images that had a profound effect on me. I choose:

The raw beauty and importance of this photo immediately made me drawn to it. Ms. Patel highlighted that I needed to show why this picture is important to me. With the recent Arab Spring conflicts and the bravery to stand up for woman's education by Malala Yousafzai, I felt emotional attached to spreading the importance of freedom to learn, and the power the uprisings had in the Middle East. 

As a background I wanted to have a simple yet elegant design I decided to use Henna, and Indian design that plays with shapes and colors. 

Now I need to spread the message and make a piece that I love and shows the importance of standing up for what's right.