I chose the artist Gil Bruvel. He works with steel, oil, other metals and wood. He uses wood to create pixelated 3D art, usually faces. He cuts the wood into long, thin, square peices and stacks them to create and image in the front and a colorful visual in the back.
Bruvel was born in Autralia and raised in Southern France. He started experimenting with art when he was 9 years old and shortly fell in love. His father was a cabinet maker and was working with wood all the time. This inspired Bruvel to start working with wood. He studied art of the 14th through 20th centuries and thats what inspired his sculptures. He moved to America in the 90's and is now continuing his dream of experimenting unigue ways to show his creativity.
Bruvel inspires me because he works with 3D objects. I mainly work with drawing and painting, which is 2D. I have high respect towards artist that can work with unique material such as wood like Bruvel. His is art is truely inspiring and reminds people that art isn't just pen and paper.
Charcoal - Pen - Pencil
My charcoal piece (furthest to the left) was probablly the one i had the most trouble with. Charcoal has many benifits like being easy to earase mistakes because you simply just blend the color back into the background. However i had a difficult time being able to capture highlights and brighter colors. Drawing with pen (middle piece) was the most fun and easiest to do. I enjoyed that it didnt have to be extremely detailed and still being able to look realistoc. That being said, working with pen there isnt much option to add intense detail or being able to blend shading together. My pencil drawing (furthest to the right) took me the longest but was the one i was most comfortable with because ive been using pencil to draw most of my life. Its beneficial that you can add more detail and blend shading and other things. But with that you have to pay closer attention and spend more time blending and shading.
Composition and Value
I found the shaded spheres to be the most helpful warm up this unit. It taught me about composition and value. Composition is the placement and arrangment of visual elements in an art piece. Value is the visable lightness and darkness of a color and image. So with the sphere, composition would be the angle the sun was hitting the ball and the placement of the shadow behind it. The representation of value in the sphere was how the color of the ball was light where the sun was hitting it and smoothly transitioned darker towards the back of the sphere.
These activities helped me understand mixing colors and the techniques to create texture with them. Since we were only given primary colors to paint with, we had to figure oit how to mix and create other colors with them. I definitely think the color mixing and texture activities were the most helpful so i could have a wide range of colors in my peice and make it look more realistic. Toning is also easier now that i understand how to add whites and blacks to a color to tone it down or make it brighter, this is a useful skill to make shadows.
The color mixing ones were the most helpful to me. Not all were sucessful but it challenged me to try and make the right shade. The green was especially difficult. The brown shades were rather easy to create because you just add complimentary colors together. That is also how i started to create dofferent skin tones you see below.
The picture on the left is the painting in the process and on the right is the final piece. This hill is in Coolidge Park in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. I grew up here and went to the park all the time. This is even where my parents got married. It never really snowed here so during the summer we would tear up cardboard boxes and sled down the hill on the grass. The most challenging part about painting this piece was trying to get the shadows and the blending of the clouds right. The most successful part of my painting i would say was the blending and color of the grass along with the shadows on and around the little girl in the piece, which is me.
First I started by painting the whole background light blue for the sky, then i started building the shadows and texture of the clouds. I had to create the clouds as dark blue and grey at first then went over them with white. Then i moved on the the grass and blended a lot to create the right color. Then finally i painted myself.
Water Color Painting
This is a picture I painted of downtown Apex. The first building with the red cover over the door is actually my boyfriends grandmas art shop “The Red Canvas”. She inspires me a lot with my art and I just wanted to paint her building. It was difficult to go into detail with water color but I traced over small detail with pen once it dried. However I do think I captured orthogonal perspective and all the angles of the buildings really nicely.
Below are the two warm ups I found most helpful with this project. To the left is the brush control warm up and to the right is the perspective warm up.
First I began to sketch out my perspective lines lightly with pencil guided by a ruler. From then on I sketch further detail onto regular copy paper. Then to lighten my lines further and switch to water color paper, I put the sketch face down on the water color paper and scribbled on the back of the sketch. This made my sketch transfer onto the water color paper. Then I painted big shapes and blended shadows then went into further detail.
water color warm ups
These were some of the water color warm ups that we used before starting the project. I found that the letter perspective warm up and the hallway warm up worked the best for me. I like the fact that you can be more free and abstract with water color but that’s also what frastrates me. I usually like art to be very neat and “perfect” and it’s hard to do so with water color.
sculper Vessel Project
This is my clay piece in process. I still plan to paint it. I’m thinking the snake a shiny copper color and I’m not sure the color for the cup yet. It was pretty difficult to put the snake on in one piece because you have to make it stick on somewhat proportionally and visually pleasing when it wraps around the cup, but I did it.
First I started by makeing a slab of rectangular clay to create the cylinder. After wrapping a piece of PBC in paper towels I rolled the clay around it and smoothed it into a cylinder. Then I used scratch and slip to attach the bottom and then created a lid. The snake was not my original idea but when it came to mind I just coiled clay and scratch and slipped it onto the outside of the cup.
since forming it, I fired the price to harden it and then painted it with acrylic paint. I think the contrast in color on the outside was a good aspect of my priece to draw attention to the snake. However, if I did it again I would find a way to make the outside where the snake is NOT stuck to more interesting and detailed.
ASL Hand Sketches
I think my linocut peace shows the theme “line” because it shows that even with little detail everything is still light and dark. There’s either color or darkness in my piece but that also means that there’s line or no line.
Overall I feel like my piece was successful with a few things I could fix. For example I really like how the eyes turned out with the detail in the eyelashes and how they catch your attention, but her eyebrows look blocky so I would try to ad more detail. And although I like my picture I cut, it doesn’t really make a mesmerizing or intricit pattern, more like a repeated picture. This was my goal and I knew it would look like that though so I would definitely put more detail and thought into a limo cut pattern that was supposed to be more intense.
I did my portrait of my close friend Aislin with a lead pencil. I first started to draw basic shapes and establish proportions, angles, shadows, etc. the start to draw darker to fill in detail, starting with the hair. Then I added feature by feature to the face and final touches. I think the hair looks rlly good and realistic however, I think her face looks too unrealistic compared to her hair so I would try harder for realism next time.
I thought out of the warmups above the hair and the facial feature practice warm ups were the most helpful. Drawing proportionally is difficult because you have to notice and use everything you see like angles, shadows, etc.
Mixed Media Art
I used five different material on my mixed media piece. I first used tissue paper to make the ombré blue background for the ocean. Then used paint to create the flower crows and some other details. After that I sprinkled glitter in the sand and made a mound of glitter for king Neptune to stand on. Then I made the Krusty Krab out of popsicle. Then finally added some construction paper and a cut out of Neptune to finish. King Neptune is actually the inspiration. My theme word was “mythology” so I did a twist on the cartoon Spongebob and used there God, king Neptune, to represent mythology.
This was an art piece I made that had to be wearable. I designed a necklace into a design of roses created with twisted wire. I created the chain first by making links out of short prices of wire. Then created the aesthetic, messy rose center. If I did it again I would space my time out more wisely and make it bigger and bolder.
The ART CRITICISM PROCESS starts with Describing your piece. Literally just the basics; sort of like explaining the price to a friend on the phone. Then you start to Analyze the textures, shapes and other aspects of your piece including, hue, shadow, balance, harmony, emphasis, etc. After that you can begin to Interpret the art. This is more focused on the story of the piece wether than the technique. You’ll try to figure out the tone, mood, storyline, authors purpose, etc. The final step would be to Judge the piece, give it an overall review. You’ll decide wether you thought it was successful in being eye catching and have the ability to make people think about the piece.
The piece I chose to criticize was my water color piece from more towards the beginning of the semester of downtown Apex. The first thing I notice when I look at this piece is the bright color scheme and the perspective. I would simply describe it as a view down the street of downtown Apex. Downtown Apex already has a really visually pleasing color scheme, and since that is what I painted, the color scheme is balanced and emphasized well. I think it was cropped and portioned well to where there wasn’t a lot of empty space. Most of the page was filled with purpose. I also think outlining most of the piece with black ink when it was finished being painted was a nice touch of texture. It made the piece look lighthearted but still emphasized the important parts. Which leads into the mood of the painting. This story could really be anything you wanted it to be about. For me, the building in the front with the red cover is a very close friend of mines grandmothers Art studio. The bright colors and simple scene just create a more upbeat tone and mood. In conclusion I do think this piece, although there’s always room to improve, was a success. I feel it is eye catching and gives of a positive vibe, the color scheme helping, making it pleasing to look at. The perspective helps the scene feel more real and makes the painting look more realistic. I feel like it also has a good mix of more abstract and messy versus realistic, which I think is good to leave the viewer more interested and thinking about the piece.
Below is my WEARABLE ART PIECE and I thought it was my most successful piece. I didn’t go with the crazier ideas like other people in my class, I kept it simple and literal and made a piece in my opinion someone could where on the daily.
Above are two pictures, on the left from less than 2 years ago, and the right this semester for the PORTRAIT unit. I learned so much about manipulating textures and shades to draw realistic images. Most of the lines on a human face aren’t even harsh lines, instead they’re just shadows at different points and different shades.
Below is the NOSE DRAWING WARM UP and I thought this was very helpful in the portrait unit. I have been practicing drawing people for a couple of years and the nose has and still is a big struggle for me. This warm up helped me see some techniques to focus on shadow for soft skin like noses that don’t have harsh edges.