Saturday, December 21, 2013

Contour Line Pieces

[both photos pending]

- Explanation of your process.  This includes what materials did you uses? Why did you use these materials?   What was your planning like?
- What is one thing you are most proud of in the piece and why?
- If you could go back and change one thing, what would that be?

My first contour piece was using the prompt "wild", a ghost bear (it was a group idea; mine is the one with the base guitar on the right end).  At first, I sketched my outline on the paper in pencil, not adding in too much detail because I knew it was going to be faded greatly by the painting part. Then, I used watercolor to paint the colors in, haphazardly covering it with green, then coloring the guitar and jacket purple so as to contrast with the green. I also splattered the piece with purple paint to make it look more "cool". Once it was dry, I then outlined the picture with pen. I am most proud of the guitar and the way the splatters turned out, though I wish I could make my bear look more bear-like.

My second piece utilized the prompt "urban", and was a contour line drawing of a fox jumping from one building to another. This was the first thing that popped into my mind when I was told urban and contour lines, so I just went with it. Making this piece was simple- I just drew the image with pencil, then drew each line with pen, moving the line up or down where there was a window or the side of a building. I used a red pen for the fox, to make it stand out. I was pretty happy with how the image looked overall, but I really wish I could have fixed the line I messed up on on the left building.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Printmaking- Fennekin

Perspective Piece: Skyscraper

[photo pending]

I chose to do three-point perspective for this project, because it struck me as interesting to work with and I wanted to try something new, considering I've done the other perspectives before. The hardest part of this piece was the beginning, where I had to get a ruler and tediously draw a bunch of lines in just the right angles from the three points I was using. Once I had all the lines put down, I erased some of them until only the straight tower part was present. I kept the top square of the newly-formed tower, but for the sides I drew curved lines leading from their starting points to the end points- this was to make the tower look curved as it's going down. I don't know why I did that but either way it turned out okay, so, yep. From there, I added the basic details to the tower and the background in pencil- the continents down below, and all the sections of the tower with different themes like an old cat lady's apartment, a sketchy hotel, an aquarium, etc, and also put a pool at the very top. Once those were in, I outlined everything with pen and added linework to everything to add depth and interest. Overall I think this piece turned out really well and it's very busy looking.