Friday, May 30, 2014

Graduation Mash-up

For the last day of photoshop we had to combine a piece of art with the theme of graduation so I took an abstract painting of people and added graduation caps and a banner.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Animated Painting

I decided to use one of Monet's paintings to animate and I did so by moving the two boats across the water (and across the painting) . I got rid of the boats by covering them with the patch tool so that I could put the boats back in where I wanted them to go on each layer.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Watch for Sharks

I wanted to use the caution sign and combine with something wacky and I thought of the Sharknado movie and thought I could use that and have the sign warning people of flying sharks.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Figure Drawing

Artists Develop Art making Skills:
This was a really good project because it combined charcoal with life- size figure drawing which are both tricky.  I have used charcoal on previous projects but I still enjoyed using it again and I liked how the project combined everything we have learned so far with folds, the face, and body proportions.
Artists Create Original Work:
This is original work because I drew my model by proper proportions and made sure to draw all the folds first and then started shading bit by bit. I saved the face for last and while I am not that happy with the face's proportions, I am pleased with the rest of the drawing.
Artists Reflect:
I drew the whole thing in pencil first making sure to get all the contour lines and folds from her t-shirt and jeans. I then went over the same lines lightly in charcoal, and followed those by shading. I was really happy with how I started with pencil because it allowed me to correct mistakes without it being noticeable before I finalized the lines in the darker charcoal medium.

Easter Island Bratz

For turning a pop icon into a sculpture, I picked Bratz and Easter Island. I first got rid of the original statues and replaced them with the Bratz.  I then took the Bratz and made them black and white with hue saturation. I then increased the color balance to more red and yellow so it would match the stone. I also overlayed a picture of stone on top so that they would look like they were actually made of stone.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Skull Drawing

Artists Create Original Work:
For this self portrait, we had to draw our own face over the skull picture and  I drew my proportions off but this only helped me realize for future drawings. This is original work because was drawing my own face and figuring out the different techniques as I went.
Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
I thought this was a really good practice to help us see wear the facial features are supposed to go and how the proportions look. I knew for future reference that the eyes are supposed to go lower down over the eye sockets and same with the nose.
Artists Reflect: 
 I did realize when I was drawing the face how important the facial features' proportions are because if they are off even a little bit, it doesn't look as good or as realistic. While I had initially thought that drawing over the skull was hard and a little creepy, I soon realized how much it helped me in that drawing and how it would help as reference for future portraits.

Skeleton Drawing

Artist Develop Art Making Skills:
I really enjoyed this project because it helped me see the proportions of the body and showed how the body is structured. It was also really good practice for me with shading and depth. Drawing the skull really helped me see where the eyes are compared to the head with the other facial features.
Artists Solve Problems:
I did draw the skeleton too large so the ankles and feet did not fit on the full page. I resolved this by simply attaching an additional sheet and continuing so I could still have the full skeleton.
Artists Take Risks:
When I first started, I had thought I had proportioned the skeleton out but I should have double checked my measurements because they were off and when I realized that I just continued and did not remeasure. Even though it still turned out relatively well proportion wise, I think I could have measure it out better.

Fast and Furious

For my movie poster, I took a movie poster for fast and Furious and replaced the car with Lightning McQueen from Cars.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Shredded Portrait

This project was kind of cool because of how it helped introduce us to using the mask tool but I really wasn't happy with the overall look. I also added a drop shadow on both the masked layers to help the look.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Literal Images


I did the honey dew, eyeball, and duckbill because I thought they would be cool to make them literal. Fo the honeydew, I cropped drops of honey out of pictures and lined them along the edge of the leaves by using the warp tool and the smudge tool. For the eyeball, I simply put the picture of the ball over the eye and overlayed the image on top so they combined. On the duck bill, I cropped the picture of the duck into the dollar and then wrote DUCK beneath the picture.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Floating Umbrellas

I found this picture of umbrellas in Portugal that are suspended over the street and though it would be fun to make the umbrellas floating out of the picture. I made the umbrellas cast a shadow on the wall so that they would actually look like they were against the wall.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Snake Lolipop

For my candy critter, I used a picture of a coiled snake, a gradient, and a stick to turn it into a lollipop. I used the gradient because of how the swirly lollipops are all different colors and thats what I wanted the snake to look like.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Scuplture Artist: Jessica Harrison

For my sculpture artist, I chose Jessica Harrison who has a PhD in sculpture and excels in representing the human body through silicon, clay, pencil, ink, and several other materials.  She tries to change the way people usually see the human body in art by showing the subconsciousness and the movement of the body inside and out. I chose Jessica Harrison when I first saw her porcelain figures that were covered in tattoos because of how she combined two things that you would never see together. I also really how shes not just a sculpture artist and works with pencil and ink as well as the many different sculpture materials.

Lidded Jars

Artists Create Original Work: 
Even though we were all creating the same types of jars, they was still a lot of room to make our pieces are own through the designs on the jar and the type of handle we made for the lid. I didn't do any designs on my first two jars mainly because I was focused on the shape and the smoothness of the clay sides. I did however, make different handles by making one with a small round sphere and the other with a squarish arch.
Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
These little jars are a really good practice for me because They help with the developing of clay skills because of the different teqniques such as the cork as the inside and using the newspaper if we don't want it to stick.

Unconventional Material Project

Artists Create Original Work-
I had originally planned on putting almost a template on top of the foam board, my material, to create a sign look but I decide to instead paint through the template onto painted plywood so that would look even more like a sign. I sanded the edges a bit so that the color under the white background showed through and then I used the foam board to back the plywood and to give a sort of frame that could be used for hanging it. I really wanted to incorporate Paris because I am visiting the city this summer.
Artists Took Risks-
I wanted to give it the antique look by doing the color underneath that would only show through when I sanded the edges. I chose turquoise which i made with blue and yellow spray paint but I was kind of apprehensive because I wasn't sure how well the spray paint would work under the acrylic or if it wouldn't have the desired affect. 
Artists Solved Problems-
When I spray painted the letters and the Eiffel tower down onto the acrylic white paint, the images were unclean because of how some of the paint had leaked under and created splotches. I fixed this by going over the white spray paint with white acrylic and cleaned up the edges to give a straighter look. 

Relief Project

Artists Create Original Work:
I wanted to create the look of a silhouetted cityscape but combine it with my desire of traveling so I cut out monuments and famous landmarks for England, France, and Italy.  I decided to make the background a map to tie each of the places together and to complete the look. 
Artists Communicate Through Their Work:
I have many places, primarily in Europe, that I want to visit and because this summer I will actually be going to London and Paris, I seem to tie practically everything to my upcoming trip.  I wanted to show how each country is unique and has gorgeous landmarks and monuments that represent their history and beauty.
Artists Solve Problems:
When I was cutting out the tiny details of the monuments I did run into the problem of accidentally cutting something off or causing it to be too weak to stand up without drooping.  I figured out that if I glued a tiny strip on the back, it strengthened it so that it could stand up and still had all the important details. I also later added wire to the backs of the taller buildings.

Lightning Bulb

  I saw a picture of a light bulb and I immediately wanted to put lightning in the glass to kind represent the electricity.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Self- Portrait

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:
I definitely improved my knowledge and skill in different mediums because I used charcoal and I had only used charcoal a few times before and it was a big step to use it in a large self portrait. I also have never liked doing portraits and I had never had much luck with them in the past but I impressed myself with how much my portrait actually resembles me.
Artists Take Risks:
Coming back to the use of charcoal, I had only ever used it for small things such as warm- ups or class assignments and never for a major project. I figured out when and where to use a tortillion as to not take away from the piece but to help where needed.  I also used a soft paint brush to blend the charcoal in some areas because of how it helped increase the smoothness in the face where as a tortillion would have left faint streaks and would have been uneven.
Artists Reflect:
I had started a rough draft of the portrait by using griding and when I saw how it had already looked like me, it made me more determined to make the final piece some of my best work and I am really happy with the end result.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hidden Identity

I did a cat with a mountain lion shadow because of how cute and harmless they look but they can still have a tough side. They both pounce and even though one is wild, they both have the same natural instincts.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Brand Name Swapping

For my brand swapping project I swapped Canon into the Nikon logo because of my love of photography and the fact that they are kind of rival companies.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Quick Figure Sketches

 Today we had to do quick figure sketches which are cool because it really helps me notice the different shapes of the body and gets me to focus on the proportions rather than detail.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Singing Frog

I chose a frog to do because I thought it would be fun to add cartoon teeth to it and for my song choice I picked "Get Back in My Life" by Maroon 5 because its a really fun song. It was kind of tedious when making each mouth because I first drew each set of teeth and then had to put them in the frogs mouth on Photoshop. I didn't really like changing each mouth on Adobe Flash just because I had to go through every frame and because of how long my song clip it was almost 400 frames. However, the end result is really cool and I like both my choice of animal and song.