Tuesday, May 7, 2013


This print making process was extensive. It was a lot of work and could become tiring and difficult. Researching and drawing was fun, I enjoyed that. But, the tracing over was tedious. I was worried I would screw up the linoleum or cut it wrong. I literally sat there staring at the linoleum frightened of even starting. Then, using the actually tool to cut it was a challenge. I had to have Kelsie help me put in the blades... After I got started it was really easy, I wasn't confused and had thought out exactly what I wanted to do. Then it was time for the actual printmaking... My first print was amazing! That I was super proud of it and noticed I had missed the center by a centimeter but, it was still the perfect amount of ink and no finger prints! *Phew* But, as I continued, I still tried just as hard but I could not get them as good as the first one. It was frustrating and that could be the placebo that caused me to mess up. But, the multicolored prints turned out really well! Those are my favorites, I was able to get a more abstract yet realistic look. I did learn that you need to be careful and art definitely takes time and it is okay to fall behind a bit. I was a lot slower when I was working with the actual ink and brayers. I wish I had done a few more practice prints, but overall I am still happy with the art I produced! I want to take home my linoleum and make a few more prints! I really believe I was successful with my carving and textures and I hope that we will be able to do more textural work and carving in our clay unit!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Frog Tongue

This photoshop project was definitely... Interesting. When I first looked at it, it looked a little bit... Disgusting and grotesque to be honest. But, it was actually a lot of fun, and not as difficult as I thought with the angry pancake project behind me. Now looking at it, I think it is actually pretty cool, and I'm proud of what I have done and know that I can accomplish in the future. The pattern copying cool (When moving the tongue onto the frog) was what I found the most challenging, but also very fun. The obstacles and challenges are what made the project fun, having to be tedious and work through them. I like that I did this, because it is something that looks like it would be in a commercial or something, like how they photoshop in advertisements? I don't know what this would be advertising... Frog lipstick? I don't think I want to go into marketing or anything, but, I'm glad I've learned how far art extends. It can be found in almost anything, even created on the computer, or with other technology! In this project I learned how create more realistic looking art, with a idea based on fantasy. Which is the art I like most, filling real world things, with unrealistic ideas.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Angry Pancakes Om Nom Nom

For this project, I was following along with the video very carefully. I haven't used photoshop for a long time and I have never used it excessively. I found making the mouth the perfect shape the most difficult. Cutting out the jaws was also very annoying and tedious. I could never select a section and I ended up with marching ants and lines all over my picture! The layers were also very confusing, it makes more sense now to have labeled them... While adding my blueberry spots, I could not remember which layer was which. It also began to slow down, and I could not finish blending all of them into my little pancake piranha monster. But, it was really fun, I liked it none the less. I wish that I had labeled my layers and I will remember to do so next time. But, I believe my spots and eyes make my angry pancake much more unique, and I will probably use photoshop more often in the future to further my skills!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stencil Portrait

Stencil Project

For this post please personally reflect on the experience as well as any lessons learned by completing this project. Explain your process (from design phase to create phase) for completing the project and how it was successful in your eyes. 

I really enjoyed this project because creating it was really fun. This was one of those projects where it was more about the journey than the destination. This taught me more about spray painting and painting. As well as more about photoshop. It was also very collaborative, we carved together and spray-painted together. Kelsie and I also got to go "dumpster diving" for cardboard! But, the picture I ended up putting onto the cardboard was a different one from the photo I started out with. I was originally going to spray-paint a picture of my mom, but, Kelsie and I decided to take a photo of us together! We were able to work closely because of the similarities of our values, if one made a mistake with the carving we could warn the other. It was also interesting how we did the spray-painting. I chose to do warmer, brighter colors (pink and yellow) and she chose cooler colors and more shades (blue, white, etc.). Together, these final projects really complement each other. This project was great for improving all aspects of my artistic side. I was able to become better with the materials we used, and closer to my classmates while I helped them, and they helped me.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

IPad Value Drawing

I enjoyed using the Layers Pro app, I found it much easier than using oil pastels. I could blend the colors a lot better using the IPad, and it looked really different and more unique than just drawing with oil pastels. It was also a lot cleaner, and I didn't have to shade, I could just select lighter and darker shades of the same color. I definitely learned what value can do to a shape to make it more realistic. Much like adding the speck of light in an eye with drawing faces drawing with the shape makes it look much more real. Also, putting a horizon and different planes and shadows helps to add more depth. I didn't realize how much depth and definition you could add to art with technology. I hadn't realized how important technology was until now. Especially with the beginning of the photoshopping/spray painting project I realize how large a part technology can be. It can be used for research or to create art using different programs. Technology is definitely very useful and important in creating art.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Contour Shoe Drawing

By using the contour line drawing skill I have been able to get better with proportions. By carefully drawing and holding the pen down it was easier to make the lengths equal. As well as make sure everything was equally distanced, such as making sure the laces were correctly spaced. It also helped me to make it seem more solid, I have a habit of sketching my drawings and not making good solid lines. But mostly I feel it just helped me to be more careful with drawing with pen and not taking the pen up helped with the lines as well.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cartoon Skeleton

Bugs Bunny Cartoon Skeleton

In my drawing some of the more obvious bones are in the feet. I exaggerate his feet a lot because his cartoon has big feet, so I had to makes the bones bigger and wider. His skull was shaped oddly compared to a normal human skull because I wanted to include his cheeks into the skeleton and emphasize his teeth. I wasn't sure of what kind of bones to put in the ears but I wanted them to be part of the skeleton, and because they were flopped over in the drawing, I assumed they would be more flexible like a spine. So, I drew his ears similar to his vertebrate. Lastly, I also made his hands slightly larger than the actual cartoon so I would have more space to draw the little skeleton in the carrot to make the drawing more interesting.