Art 3 Final Portfolio

1. My most successful project was the Jack and the Bean Stalkers one. The point of this project was basically to take something and fit it into something else or turn it around somehow. Here I took "jack and the beanstalk" and changed it so it meant some beans stalking a boy (apparently named jack). It was a somewhat creative idea, and quite enjoyable to think up and plan. I especially enjoy the expression on his face, because of how carefree, happy, and utterly oblivious he looks. The shading on the bricks makes them look sort of 3D and gives them a lit-up appearance under the streetlamp. I also like the curtains because of the varying colors and the depth they have, as though they are actually folded up and wrinkled a bit. Through making this piece I learned a lot about shading, especially with a strong, nearby light source. The fact that the color scheme of the piece is grey with only some bits of color in it gives it a rather mysterious look.

2. If I had any rational reason to do any project twice, it would be the Time project. This is mostly because I really liked the idea of a shaped sun tan. I'm not much for tanning, but I think this concept has some potential to turn out pretty cool. The main reason this potential was not met was because of my lack of faith in the abilities of the sun and of acrylic paint. Also, there was the overall lack of sunshine, which we could definitely use more of now that summer is beginning. With the increase in my experience and the seasonally intensifying radiation from the heavens, this project would certainly turn out better if I did it again

3. I most enjoyed working with markers. I did not like the project. I did not like staying up late because I had to finish it. But I positively adore fine point sharpies. Their appeal is in the strength of color they give, like paints, while simultaneously being as detailed and simple to wield as a pencil. I didn't really delve very deeply into the magical depths of crayonmansip. Funnily enough, crayons are regarded as child's instruments, while the more mature artists will proudly bear their oil pastels and the like. The problem with oil pastels though is they are way too smeary and smudgable. Which is perfectly fine if that's what suits your style. My particular method of manipulating waxiness, however, demands that the stuff stays where you put it. Go crayons.
4. The most beneficial warm up assignment was the one where we had to draw not the skeleton, but the empty space around it. I was already aware of that particular technique, however, my patience certainly needed some stretching. I am not very patient artist. Those ribs were the most annoying things, like, ever. However, I was reminded of the benefits of slowing down and paying a scrap of attention to whatever tedious detail needs attending.

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