For this piece I wanted to do something more abstract in mental disorders. I decided to use a phobia as it can be the cause of real mental disorders such as PTSD. Real phobias often develop from a traumatic experience involving the item in question. While some people just don't like certain things, a true phobia is when the mere thought is enough to drive you into a panic attack. As such I will use this one as a mental disorder in the case of it being the object of anxiety and PTSD. Anyways, for this I decided the most fearful thing someone with Ophidiophobia- the fear of snakes- could think of. I believe I have succeeded well in that department. Like most I started out with a white line traced on the brown paper. After which I decided on using watercolor prismas as a base before adding the actual prisma to it. Overall I think that this a good piece but there are some areas to work on. The snake seems too cartoony and, therefore, I would like to change it if I could. Another thing I want to change is to not use the water color prismas as the effect I thought of didn't work out in the end.
For all intents and purposes this piece was quite interesting development wise. I wanted to do an idea based on a mental disorder. The first one that came to mind was multiple personality disorder. While it may not be an official disorder, the idea was intriguing enough and has just finished watching the movie Split. As for pre-sketches, most were about faces along one person's head. These ideas were not what I was going for though. Then the idea of the idea of stretched skin. The idea was gross, but the sketch was calling to me more than the others. After choosing this I went to tracing the faces. I decided to go with only 7 faces instead of the original 12. After the sketch was complete I made the decision of which personalities I wanted for my piece. I wanted as much personality in each so I went for lots of expressions and symbolic colors. The 7 are as follows:
Red- A man full of anger, resentment, and frustration. His mood is seething rage to anyone. His color (red) symbolizes his fired up mood.
Yellow- A man of business if you want to put it lightly. The facial expression is one of greed and wanting everything that isn't his. Further highlighted by his monocle and jewelry.
Green-This was based of the Pixar movie Inside. Green was the color used for disgust and,as such, was used to symbolize his look of disdain and disgust for the others.
Blue-A drug addict. This personality is highlighted by various needles and his rather bloodshot eyes. Blue was used to show his relaxed, calm, and doped up mood.
Pink- A glutton at heart. He is more interested in stuffing his fat face than anything else. Pink was used to imply the actions of this one is like that of a pig.
Purple- This is the most depraved of the 7. His face is curled in pleasure and excess just because of the cut on his face. This just goes to show his perverse nature.
Pink/Purple- The only female of the group. The mask is meant symbolize a narcissistic and shallow character. The cracks serve to show the facade is peeling away to reveal the real person.
I did use a lot of black for this piece to specifically have a lot wrinkles for the expressions. I think this piece turned out quite well even though I used both water color and normal prisma colors. I would like to use new colors for expressions the next time I do a face.
Ever since stepping into the art world when I came to art one, my journey has been full of frustrations and successes. My teacher, for all intents and purposes, has done a great job along the way. They say experience is the most brutal teacher, and this can't be more true when it comes to making art. So many ideas floating around and so many "good" ideas. My teacher has helped me focus what is essentially a sledgehammer into something more of a scalpel. Now in an AP art classroom, I have come a long way. The last couple classes have taught me the basics, and now I get to take these and go wild with them. Art 4 has given me more room to express my creative ideas and what I have bubbling around in my mind. It seems when I have a drive to bring something to life I want to do better and greater with every piece. Coupled with knowledge of art techniques I have learned throughout my four years. I will be the first to admit not every piece is gonna be a success. Some are just tiny mistakes I notice and some are just complete failures to me. I find this part to be the most fascinating about art. The artist is essentially the creator of a story, characters, and their whole life. Sometimes it's great and other times it can be disappointing. But, like I said, experience can be a great if but uncompromising teacher. Only recently did I let me ideas come to the surface, and it's been a challenge. With no more constraints I was free to make whatever, but I seemed to be unwilling to access all my ideas fully. Eventually this accumulated into my most interesting pieces throughout my art class.
Every time I create something using my ideas, I wanted to do more than scratch the surface. I want to dig deep down and pull out the most deeply buried ones. I grab the monsters in my head and slap them on to a canvas for all to see. Some might see it as not art and some might just see it as something to be cured. To this I say "all artists are mad" and I feel I am more than anyone. When it comes to these pieces, I know it won't be for everyone. Some will understand and some might even appreciate it. In the end, I just want to make my own art. Four years have taught me not to be afraid of criticism. It has also taught me the difference between constructive criticism and being just picky. I want to make better art as I go along. I want to make more realistic art because I feel that, in doing so, I will make the emotions from my piece more defined.
The beginnings of the robots creation via a white prismacolor pencil.
For my nature V mechanical piece I wanted to do something more robotic creature imitating something from nature. The ideas I had were based on various animals turned more robotic. The last three that made it to sketching were the alligator, the deer, and the pelican. After much deliberation and second opinions, I decide to go for the alligator style mechanical. As with most prismacolor pieces I made a white outline for everything I wanted to put into the final piece using tan toned paper. After that I chose metallic grays and whites for most of the body. The "eyes" and the feeler like wires were made with oranges and reds and the ends in blue and black. After a pretty generic background I used black to divide the segments of the metal body to show how it moves in a natural manner. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out but I would like to do more with it. I would like to create a scene or something with it like the creature is chasing someone that he found. Another thing I would like to do is make the eyes have an emanating red light to signal alertness. In general, I want my piece to tell some sort of story. Overall, I like how it turned out but I felt the story behind it was lacking somewhat.
.For this project I wanted to do scratch board to make a portrait of my loving animals. It was a tough decision but decided on my cat for this project. I have always loved scratch board and the ease of adding details into it makes for great pieces. I like being detail-oriented so scratch board is very fun for me personally. The sketches were by far the hardest part because getting these pictures were difficult. The cat was especially hard because getting his attention for just a picture was maddening in the most. I think that is why I wanted to make his so bad because of what I had to do to get it. So I get my scratch board and zoomed in a bit when I did a base outline in white pencil. After that I went over this with the xacto knife to reveal the white beneath. For the white fur I scratched off more and for the dark hair I made slightly less marks to indicate it. All the dark areas were also made in groups of lines to show the furry texture of my cat. Lastly, the color I made patchwork patterns to indicate the metallic texture and distinguish it from the fur. Overall I think this piece turned out very well and the textures turned out good as well. One thing I thought I could do better would be the eyes, Compared to the rest of it the eyes lacked the same amount of detail I like to incorporate.
For this piece I wanted to be more subtle with the body changes than my previous ones that involved faces (pretty much all of them). My first sketches had the idea of cracking porcelain or glass and my hand trying to hold it together. The next one, and my final one, was about a scarecrow with his stitching coming undone and being annoyed. The last one was just me being crazy and altered as per usual. I thought the scarecrow was the right balance of expression and subtle changes in the body. I did a orange was of my canvas to start with and then doing a base outline in the canvas via a white prisma colored pencil. I decided on shades of blue for the skin to contrast with the warmer background colors I would add in later. I first did the hand and neck as areas to get the proper shades of blue down and then worked my way up the face. For the stitched areas I went over them later with black paint for detail work. As for the opened ones I just left parts unpainted and used the yellow before going over it. The clothes were shades of gray and white thrown in for detail. One thing I could have done better was to possibly lighten up areas of the face for brighter blues instead of what I have. Another alteration was to add more of a realistic feel to the stitches to show the skin being pulled and stretched by them. I am really happy of how the detail in the face was preserved and not over blended like I feared would happen. Overall, this piece I felt had some really good parts but also some spots I could improve on for a more realistic look to my face. I feel that increasing my ability for realistic looks can make bodily alterations more morbid and uncanny.
I'm starting to sense a pattern here. So far two of my projects have been in some shape or form a portrait style piece. However, they were altered in different ways to fit the theme I was going for. This one was meant to fit the idea of interior space. The idea behind this was a form of mutation that has warped and broken the face into something less human and more alien to the observer. I think I definitely succeeded in the morbid part as this is one of the creepiest pieces I have made so far. For this
vI have to say my AP art pieces have got to be my most cherished works of art. Each one I have some sort of personal connection to them. For this one I decided to use my masks, many of which I have collected or created in one way or another. My masks are special as they represent my feelings on halloween, as I act very differently when wearing one. Sometimes I am very eccentric, other times I act scary as I feel that is what halloween can be all about. Other times I am in a partying mood as Halloween is a celebration after all. As for my piece I created different combinations of masks but settled on the Guy Faux mask, the masquerade mask, and my modified "screaming mask" on the right. I chose this over my bottles cause I already did a reflection based piece. I decided to use a burnt siena as a wash instead of using the white background of the frame. I then decided on some color alterations as to create depth and contrast (Ie. the white face mask). Other alterations of the picture including bring out things that were behind the masks like the ribbon on the beaked mask. By this time the outline was complete and the painting was set to begin. I started on the mask because it was the one with the most little alteration and blocked out parts of the mask for high lights and then started with a cream based color. Detailed work included grey and pink colors in the cheeks and lips. The screaming mask was up next, starting on the graphic design along the eyes and nose first. The mask color was a base of white with sky blue for value and a slight amount of black to. For the mask the ribbon was simple blending and placement of highlights. The mask itself like creating cracked ground with bright yellow in between each. Lastly, the background was cloth done in different colors. I really enjoy oil paints compared to other paints based off the projects I have done so far. It is easy to blend for me and to achieve and good amount of color in the piece as well. The one challenge I had was details as my hands are not very steady, causing me to make mistakes I managed to fix in the end. If I could change anything it would be to add more masks into the piece, leaving only the red background. Overall, I think this was a successful piece given that it was my second time using oil paints.
The fourth and final edition of art class. Creating some of my best works using my 3 years of experience.