Drawing Final

1. Choose a project that you felt was challenging but successful, and please tell me the process that led up to your creation of it.  How did you think outside the box and challenge yourself as well as the restraints of the project?

I think that a piece that meets this criteria of description of my scratchboard piece.  The criteria of the project was to represent texture and movement, and at first I was absolutely baffled as how I was to do that. Eventually, though, I started doodling, and a fairly decent idea emerged.  With the help of Ms. Rossi, I was able to make this idea into a better composition.
     I think that my idea is fairly original.  I believe it would be in the genre of magical realism, because the figure, the girl, is dressed in modern day clothes with an magical twist.  And I really liked the idea of movement to be more organic, such as the movement of wings or the movement of hair.  So I combined those two ideas.
     The brainstorming for my project looked like this:

This was my original idea, which I very much
had my heart set on. 
This was a rough sketch of another idea I had.

At one point, I was invested in drawing bees. 
These were some other ideas, involving bees and
the girl standing at different angles. 

These were more of my general ideas.

    Application techniques for this project proved to be more of a challenge for me than any other project during this semester, including drawing in white charcoal.  Because I had to remove the lights, instead of applying the darks, I made several mistakes.  Also, because what I drew was irreversible, the quality of my drawing took a hit.
    I also felt challenged in the subject matter.  It is a sore point for me, that I can't draw a full  human body very well and very proportionately.  I don't feel like the body represent here was the most proportional, but I think that I made great strides towards being able to draw how I want to draw because of this project.
    I thought outside of the box on this project, mainly because of my idea.  I did challenge myself, both in the subject matter and with the medium used challenged me as well.  Overall, I am very proud of this project, and I think it was successful considering the skills that were required to complete it.

1.  Which project was your most successful?  Describe the theme and/or topic and the process you went through to complete the project. Where the choices you made regarding material, size, technique, etc beneficial to enhancing this project?  Please explain.

    I think that my most successful project was my zombie portrait.  The theme of this piece was, of course, self-portrait with a twist, so we could have chosen to draw either ourselves;  zombified, emotional, or mechanical.  I went with zombified, and added flowers instead of decaying skin.  I had this idea very early on in the project, as I usually do, but after several days of completing compositional sketches and reviewing my other options, I came up with a more mature and compositionally pleasing sketch.
   I think the materials I used in this project were the most beneficial.  I used a charcoal pencil in three different weights for the main body of the piece, the right side of the face and the hair, and prisma colors for the flowers on the left side of the face. This really brings out a contrast, I think, and makes the piece much more visually appealing.
    The size of the piece detracted the most from it, or at least the shape of the paper.  I really enjoy drawing bigger pictures, so I don't regret that at all, but the length of the paper was disproportionate to the width, considering the paper I'd drawn my sketch on.  So, my portrait came out more elongated than what I'd previously pictured.
     And I think that my technique was one of the stronger points in this drawing.  At the beginning of the school year, I was absolutely clueless on how one uses prismas, but I think that the hydrangea flower in the upper left hand side of the face shows how much I've progressed technique-wise.  And my use of the white charcoal for highlights also demonstrates how much I have improved this semester, because I believe my highlights are really well done--they are not too numerous, and they are not too little, and also they look very natural.  I am very proud of myself for that.
    In conclusion, I think that this was my strongest project because it shows my growth over the semester, and showcases my abilities well.

3.  Choose 2 mini lessons that you felt were the most beneficial in your learning for that particular project.  Include photos of these and explain throughly. Do you feel you needed more instruction for success?  Explain. Or, did you feel that the instruction given was enough to ensure success?  Explain. (If you do not have a photo for this just answer the question without one.)

   The prisma color orbs that we did were a very good introduction into prismas, I think.  When I first started drawing with these colored pencils I didn't understand the layering that needed to be done and how all of the different colors played off of each other.  Doing these marbles helped me see how different colors ended themselves to shading and made the object more realistic, even if it wasn't being depicted 'realistically' per se.  I feel that the instruction I received on this project was very helpful, and contributed to my success.  You can see my progression even during this mini project--the orange marble was the first one I drew, with the blue marble being the second.  This skill set went on to benefit me in many different projects.

  The white prisma and white charcoal ribbons that we did were my second most favorite mini lesson we did.  I only would up using this technique in my scratchboard, though I did think about using it for my portrait.  I think that I did very poorly on this mini lesson, and I would have appreciated more instructional time and maybe another mini-lesson or another project to help me fully grasp the concept of reverse shading. But I really enjoyed this project because of how difficult it was, and how much I eventually learned from it.

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