Art 1 Final Portfolio

1.    Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester? Please explain.

     My landscape painting of Lake Pine was definitely my most successful and favorite project. It was personal for me firstly because I took the picture when I was dragging my friend Claire along for a walk around the entire lake *Haha. Also, because I used to paint a lot when I was younger but I thought my paintings were all really terrible because I hadn't yet mastered mixing colors and bringing out all the textures, tints and shades. But, after watching Mrs. Rossi paint, I was inspired to make one of my last projects my best. I am particularly proud of my layering. I feel that it really helped I began with a complementary wash and built up my painting from the background to the foreground instead of painting it in sections as I used to. I feel that this shows my growth, and it was really fun to do when I hadn't painted in so long. This made me really proud because it was one of the few projects I did completely on my own with no help whatsoever and it was just a huge connection to my childhood. It has also been a calming experience considering the stress and anxiety I have been going through, I could look forward to waking up and painting first thing in the morning!

2. Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from? Please explain.

Personally, I eventually grew to hate this project. The constant tracing, the actual printing with the brayers and the inks were the worst parts. In the beginning I loved the drawing aspect of it and the carving into the linoleum because that was fun. We all got to sit there together at our table and even though it was one of the scarier more permament tasks, it was still fun to carve. In the end, I like how it turned out, the different colors and backgrounds. I suppose if it had been easy it would have been the simple way and wouldn't look as complex or artistic as it does. This was the one I grew the most from simply because of how I could further my skills in drawing, printing, carving. The project fell under so many different categories, and brought together many different art styles (Sculpting, drawing, etc.).  I believe this really helped me to understand value, texture and  colorschemes. I began to respect the importance of those things in art, the little things that make all the difference.

3.    Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
        It is a shoe, and I think that makes it one of the easier projects, boots and everyday objects are easier to draw. Especially, when you have it sitting in front of you and you can see it from any angle and use all your senses to replicate a two dimensional drawing of it. This was an earlier project, but I have worn and seen boots before so I could use some prior knowledge. The drawing of the skeleton, the hands and all previous contour drawings really helped with how I focused on the details. Every slouch, every crevass, every wrinkle was taken into consideration.  It also helped we had learned about lines previously (Implied lines, zigzag, straight, curved, etc.), how we had used the pens to draw and didn't pick them up off the paper and drew blind. Most of the time I didn't even look at the drawing. The only time that was difficult was in layering, I would actually retrace my steps, but I liked it. This is when I realized that I was maybe not as bad of an artist as I thought. Everyone recognized the work I had put into it, and it inspired to work even harder and produce even better work.

4.    Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course? Please explain.
        This stencil was to me not built on what we learned. I am glad that we did the stencil, but, I can't say I looked back on this and took inspiration from it in any other project. Although we used photoshop multiple times, I wouldn't say that any other time and this stencil  were truly connected. This one, we just traced, cut and spray painted. I feel like this did not help me to learn the concepts of this course. I did learn more about time management, teamwork and not to wear your nice boots when it's windy and your spray painting with black and neon colors. But, other than that, there was nothing I really created on my own, and I prefer projects where I can create things. I feel like all I did was alter color schemes, and use box cutters and that didn't impact me as an artist. Although it did help me to see technology can be used in art but I feel like it increased skills I won't really use.

5.    Choose a piece of artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.

       What's up doc? I love Bugs Bunny, I love Looney Tunes! Daffy and Porky Pig are sometimes annoying... But are classics. I loved Bugs Bunny's clever and witty getaways I loved everything about it. But, mostly I loved waking up in the morning and watching cartoons like  Popeye and Tom and Jerry. These are some of my most cherished memories when we would watch cartoons down at the lakehouse of a close family friend. Then we would all go outside and play crochet. This cutsie, proportionally exaggerated drawing reflects me as an artist. I don't draw a lot like this, I probably should. This definitely shows off my personality and my style. It's one that I really connect with and I am glad it could be one of my first drawings when I started Art 1 and the last ones I write about finishing Art 1.

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