Art criticism process:
the purpose of critiquing a piece of art is to assess and interpret the quality of that piece, and the meaning behind it's creation. In order to understand it, you must first analyze the details- observe and describe everything; what objects were drawn, what colors were used, how were those colors used, what art styles were used, what mediums were used, etc. the next step is assessing how the piece was organized- how do the different elements come together, what might the artist be trying to portray, use principles to reflect on the art form. the third step is to interpret the piece- where do you think the artist drew inspiration from, is there any background surrounding the topic of choice that was used for this piece, was there a certain reason for specific methods or mediums used? the fourth and final step is evaluation- is this piece successful, what makes it successful or unsuccessful, give evidence towards your claim using vocabulary, what decisions did you think made this so successful or unsuccessful, how could it have been improved or made better if you think it wasn't successful?
half is drawn to resemble fire and lightning- a black fire with purple outline is set behind multiple lightning bolts, which spread out from the origin point in the center of the page. an electric-blue field surrounds the black flames. the other half embodies wind and water; a hurricane- a half- circle completes the black flame's "full circle" shape. multiple lines spiral around the inside of the half-circle, but leave a blank center-point; the eye of the storm. the electric-blue field subtly morphs into the spirals that depict the outer edges of a hurricane.
the colors used fall lower on the spectrum, with the uses purple, black, and blues. The varying hues of blue signify different parts of the art- lighter blues being wind and water, while the highlighted electric-blue being my lightning. by utilizing mechanical shapes, i formed lightning and the inner boundaries to my hurricane, while on the other hand i utilized organic shapes to bring my fire to life. charcoal was used to color in and around the black flames to make it seem as if the fire was burning- giving off heat, fire doesn't exactly have a definitive shape. This piece is asymmetrically balanced, as both halves balance each other even though they do not match. The black flames and eye of the storm have a greater dominance, while the lightning storm and wind have emphasis in the outlying background.
My inspiration was drawn from the classical elements and how they contradict one another. the elements portrayed to the left are violent and destructive, while the elements to the right are serene and almost calming. but i also wanted to bring about the idea of balance- even though some of the elements are considered opposites, they also attract to their said opposite. examples being fire/water, earth/air, etc.-yin and yang are at play here.
I find this very successful, but has room for much improvement. what i find exceptional is the use of charcoal- i think it was a very wise choice of a medium for representing fire because, as I've stated before, fire doesn't have a definitive shape. it allowed me to color outside the lines, while also keeping whatever was colored over visible. when deciding on a method to replicate wind and water, i came up with the idea of using curved/wavy lines. i found that most symbols depicting air are typically spiraling or wavy lines that follow a pattern, so i used a similar technique involving multiple lines spiraling towards a center-point. despite its appeal, i believe i could have improved upon this style- the lines that extend from the outside of the main object are meant to help it subtly fade into the white background, as there is less and less to show (think about a vortex)
example of vortex
1) What is art?
Art is an expression- a way that almost anything is portrayed or perceived. Art can be expressed in many different ways by a many different people or even groups of people. An example being an individual who specializes in 3D animation and posts his work to a blog, or an entire population participating in a lantern festival through crafts to support their culture. Different expressions, but all are art forms- and they don't all have to be a drawing or a painting to be considered "art". It comes in any form that involves producing something through creativity: drawing, painting, sculpting, crafting, forging, game designing, animating, music, culture, cooking, etc. the list goes on and on. down below are visual examples
5) what is artistic style?
Artistic style is a form of art unique to a specific person, or group of people. people develop art styles through practice and inspiration- if a person or group of people are exposed to something, it might impact how they want their art to be perceived. over time, a person will start to develop a sort of "signature" technique, or method they apply to all of their art- eventually it becomes natural.
down below are various styles used to draw the character Naruto
9) Illustration Fridays have been completed almost every week this semester, do you feel this assignment helped you brainstorm for main project or helped you skill levels in any way? Why, or why not?
I found the illustration Fridays the most beneficial assignments in our class. By randomizing words from which we had to have our illustration relate to, it forced me to branch out into drawing different objects and color/shade in unique ways to appeal to that specific topic. I didn't exactly receive inspiration from my illustrations for my projects, it was more like i took the same concepts and used them for both my illustrations and projects- but i did bounce certain skills and techniques that i learned from one assignment to the next.
down below are my past illustration fridays
There are four easter eggs! try to find them (pause the video at the right time) at your own expense!!
Yet again i do not have my finished piece with me but my finished prints had black paper backgrounds, and a dark, almost lavender purple as the paint color I used.
it was successful in the way that the intricate lines that detailed my piece didn't interfere with how it turned out when it was printed (the lines remained differentiated and visible when it was printed despite how small the gaps in between them were)
I would have carved the lines better if I were to redo this piece. i would have taken more time, making the lines look more refined and sharper. I would have also redrawn the hand, it appears a bit blocky in shape and i could've done better. other than that i am satisfied with how it turned out.
1) i'd say this is perspective 1, since everything revolves around the center point in the middle of the page
2) I used Sharpie to mark important lines and objects, then used a pencil to shade the inside of the lines, giving it an almost unsettling/distorted look (that's what i went for anyway).
3) I took inspiration from something called "Kamui". It came from an anime known as "Naruto". everything caught inside Kamui appears distorted as it is being sent, or withdrawn from a pocket dimension. So my drawing represents ninja stars being teleported out of Kamui at really fast speeds (hence the rounded lines that surround the tips of the ninja stars that have been fully withdrawn, as if they were spinning)
4) the hardest thing i had to deal with was how replicate the spiraling effect that is supposed to come from the middle. in the end i did 5 spaced "lines" that all came from the center and gradually became larger as they left the center.
my words had to deal with peace and love, so i had peace signs and lots and lots of heart symbols!!
I don't have my sculpture, but I based it off of Pandora's Box from abc's Once Upon a Time.
1) I planned for my piece to be just for decoration, or to hold simple or cheap things. there's not much you can do with a small square box, so I figured something small and fragile would fit nicely as a home decoration. I also think it to be a very well done tribute towards an excellent series and franchise.
2) I found mending the individual slabs that formed it's cubical shape and finding the right way to decorate it's outside challenging. putting the slabs together just took time, and because it appears rusty and faded on it's outside, i had to paint it a bit differently from the norm.
3) I appreciate how well my carved letters and sculpted jewel on top turned out. the jewel especially turned out well since it almost seemed realistic in it's own way.
4) I first sliced and made six similar clay slabs, then compacted them to form the walls, base, and lid into a cube shape. And finally before it was put in the kiln, I carved specific details that resembled those found on one side of the box.
1) After it was fired, i painted it as i described in #3 above, along with the ruby on the lid of my piece.
2) I find my paint job the most successful. I made it's surface appear rusted by adding dry layers and thin coats of grey, silver, gold, and brown. it eventually looked as if only certain colors were there in small patches, like it's original decoration had been worn over many years.
3) I wouldn't have changed anything as opposed to adding to its overall appearance. the decoration i put on the face actually is meant to be the same all the way around, and details surrounding the jewel on top could've been more intricate and refined.
i used an assortment of pen, colored pencil, marker, and charcoal. I used pen to trace my piece, the blue in particular for the lightning and wind. I used colored pencil to kind of trace the strands of wind coming off of the main piece/hurricane. marker was used for the lightning blue, making it seem more electric, idk. finally, charcoal was used to fill in the fire. it works well because the fire can come outside the traced lines, but they are still visible
i mixed two different storms; fire and lighting vs. wind and water
my favorite mediums are pencil and watercolor. with pencil, i have the most control over my shading and lines, while water color just flowed easier and i was more experienced by the time i started it.
my least favorite was paper cut-outs. it doesn't have the same, smooth or round visual appeal as the others do, plus the colors can't blend.