5. What is artistic style? Artistic style is the distinct characteristics, techniques, and styles present within work from a particular artist or time period (Think Matisse, Monet, and O'Keeffe: a majority of their most famous pieces are distinguishable as being theirs). Artistic style can be influenced by a multitude of factors, including background, training, personality, life experience, and more. I personally don't yet have a clear artistic style, however below I point out some similarities among some of my drawings.
16. Do over: If I could redo a project from this semester, I would redo my intro to painting project. I really don't have that much prior experience to acrylic or painting in general and wouldn't consider myself skilled at painting, however I feel that I could've put much more effort into this piece. I think it's where I became frustrated at the medium and didn't take the time to add in the highlights and shadows that would've made it look better. Additionally, the instructions for the monochromatic painting entailed taking a single color and using different tints, shades, and tones to create your piece and I didn't entirely follow this. I think doing that might've potentially helped too.
This is a little rushed due to time, technical difficulties, and a last-minute change of plans.
1) Originally I made my tray set without any thought about what I would do with it; I thought the idea just looked cool. But as I was making it me and another student came up with two different ways it would work for. I think that it would make a good sushi tray. One could place a standard sushi roll on the tray part and in the speaker you could put soy sauce in one space and ginger in the other (no wasabi for me). My set could also be used as a mini hibachi tray. The actual food could go on the tray itself and in the two different compartments of the speaker I could place those two sauces you typically get. I thought that those were really the best two ideas.
2) When I was planning this project I designed a rectangular prism with two round compartments that reminded me of a speaker. I enjoy listening to music and thought it was creative enough, so I designed the rest of my project around this.
3) The first thing I did was draw out a plan in my sketchbook. Then I physically began creating my piece out of clay using a variety of tools. I used an existing tray as a mold for my tray and made the other piece by hand. Then it was bisque-fired and I glazed the entire thing. Finally, it was glaze-fired.
1) I used 3-point perspective.
2) The background is chalk pastels and the rest is color pencil.
3) The photo this is based on was taken on the Moroccan pavilion at Disney's Epcot when I went on vacation there a few years ago.
4) I thought that drawing the perspective and choosing a medium were the two most difficult components of this project.
1) I used 6 different mediums: tissue paper base, acrylic paint stamped on, pen & paper (the person), acrylic applied with a brush (hair), dried acrylic, and glitter (key and background).
2) My word was "secret". The objects in the person's hair are like secrets and their keyhole for a mouth is meant to be locked by the key, showing that the person is unable to tell those secrets.
1) My process since the in-process post: My box was fired in the glaze kiln. Then I used acrylic paint to cover the rest of the box. After this I was done.
2) I think that the way the colors, especially the blue with a hint of green to show water, turned out really nicely. I also had one swan that looked really good in person.
3) If I were to do my box over again I would've made the flower on top larger and more neat, because my original intention was for it to be the focus of piece and it doesn't really do that the way I made it. I also would've spent more time making my swans neater and not let my frustration at them falling apart get in the way. I also would have made the lines I carved into the piece deeper because once I put the acrylic on they were less prominent than I wanted.
1) My piece shows the theme of "line" in the way that a bunch of lines going in a consistent pattern form my pineapple and the shadow around it.
2) My piece is successful in the way the colors go to together and the way it looks like a pineapple. If I were to do it over again I would do a better job at applying the ink, because even my best print had grainy spots. I would also add more details to my piece.
1) I plan on putting clear glaze on the swans like pictured. I plan on putting acrylic on the rest of my piece (either pink or purple for the flower and blue for the rest). That's all I am planning for now.
2) So far, sculpting the box has been the most difficult part. The swans were the hardest of this because getting their shape was one thing, while getting them to not break apart was another. The swan that's sort of the focal point of the photo is my worst one.
3) The lid is what I find the most successful because I like the way the edges are and their texture. Also the flower on it doesn't look that bad.
4) My process up to this point:
First, I rolled the clay into slabs and cut out the sides of my box from the template I made. Next, I scored and slipped to attach the four sides together. I rolled out more clay slabs and traced the outline of my box for the bottom and the lid. I then attached the bottom by scoring and slipping. Next, I trimmed the top so that it lined up okay with the box before making a divot to open the lid and put little pieces of clay underneath the lid to prevent it from sliding off the box. From here I cut little lines all over my box to sort of mimic water and because it looked kind of cool. Then I made a bunch of little petals and pressed them together to form the flower on top. The final part of sculpting my box was to make the swans. I made a template so that they would be about even and scored and slipped them onto the box. From here my box sat for a few days as greenware. Then it was bisque fired in the kiln.