Thursday, June 2, 2016


1. Describe the subject matter and meaning of your artwork.
The subject of my piece is space and this astronaut who is floating in space just kind of looking at the planet (earth) and taking all the beauty of the universe in. I absolutely love space and the galaxy so I thought being able to include that in my art would be really cool because it can be really deep, too, to the viewer, however they take it.

2. How did you use textures to enhance your picture?
I used texture in my piece with the scratch board, using the exacto knife to cut out the light parts of the piece.

3. How did you balance your artwork and create a well-organized composition
I tried to arrange it in a way that followed to rule of thirds and was pleasing I guess. With the astronaut on the side and nothing directly in the middle.

4. How did you imply movement in your drawing?
I implied movement in the piece with the astronaut- you can kind of imagine him floating in the zero gravity space he is in. Also the stars I think flow a certain way along with earth's slight pollution.

5. How could you improve your artwork?
I could have improved my art by probably adding more stars, if I wanted to. But I don't think it was necessary. It also kind of bothers me that the earth shape doesn't seem like a perfect circle so I could have fixed that.

6. How did you demonstrate a wide range of shading values?
I demonstrated a wide range of shading values with the different lights portrayed in the piece, the stars that are closer/father or bigger/smaller, and then I shaded the astronaut based on the light source and same with the earth.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Self Portrait

This is my self portrait. I used regular pencil for the drawing of me and then used prismacolor for the butterflies and the background. I chose to do myself in pencil and the butterflies in color because I wanted them to pop and I think it worked out.


The piece actually turned out quite different from what I had planned, because I made myself too big and didn't leave too much room for all the butterflies I planned to do- I wanted to do a bunch at the bottom of it but it didn't work out that way. I am happy, though, with how it turned out and I like it a lot. I tried to arrange the piece in an aesthetically pleasing way and I made every butterfly different.


I would say the piece makes me feel just happy and free- because of the butterflies. It doesn't really symbolize anything specifically so I am leaving it up the viewer to interpret it how they like. But I think butterflies can symbolize change and starting anew. It reminds me of the new live action Cinderella because she has butterflies on her dress.

Judgment or Evaluation
I think some of the things that I could have done better were make the background more smooth or make it match it better. I also would have done more shading on the face. In real life it looks better and my face looks less white but on the picture it looks like I did no shading. I think this is the best drawing of  person I have ever done and I love the hair. I practiced a while to get the technique down. I love the butterflies- I think they turned out very well. I'd also say my piece is pretty original. I don't think anyone did anything like this.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Practice facial features

We are learning how to draw faces so these are my practice drawings before I do my self portrait. First are my eyes, then my nose and mouth. Then we learned about the facial proportions so I did an entire face! I like the eyes a lot (first picture) and my entire face looks alright, but one eye is bigger than the other and it really bothers me. So for my self portrait I will be very careful when starting out so I don't make any mistakes like that. But I've loved learning how to do this because I've never been good at it!

Monday, May 2, 2016


1. Describe the craftsmanship of your drawing? (Is it neat and well executed?)
I think I did a pretty well job with making this drawing look like the picture and to me, it looks pretty neat.

2. Describe how your background choices help unify the three artworks and tie them together as one piece of art.

3. Describe your choice of colors/color harmonies and how you used them throughout the artwork.
I chose colors to match the picture but also with prismas you can add different colors and blend them together so I tried to do that a little bit, like have different shades of similar colors.
4. How did you create contrast in your drawing?
I created contrast in my drawing by using lights and darks and replicating the shadowing and light in the picture
5. How did you use textures, highlights, and shadows to enhance your artwork?
I tried to capture some of the texture of the fruit in the picture and highlight the lights of the back the fruit was in
6.Why did you choose a particular background color to mount your work?
My background was basically the complete opposite of the background in the picture, but I wanted to do something different. I chose a light background instead of a dark background.
7. Discuss the importance of understanding the media (prisma or pastels) and acquiring the skills necessary to create a successful project.
It was important for me to understand how to use prisma colored pencils so that I could understand what I needed to do to make the piece realistic
8. Describe any difficulties you had creating your drawing and what you could do to improve your drawing.
I had some difficulty making the bag look transparent but I think in the end I did a pretty good job with it

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Progression Drawing

This is my progression drawing, and it is of a hershey kiss unwrapping. The first one shows the wrapped hershey kiss, and by the end it is completely unwrapped with the wrapper in a ball next to it. I think it looks good, but there is not much consistency, like the hershey kiss in the second picture is a lot darker than in the third and fourth. But overall I like it! It looks kinda cool.

Jolly Rancher

We started a project where we have to draw something with transparency, so I am drawing a Jolly Rancher which is inside of a wrapper. We could use either the chalk pastel or the prismacolor, so I decided to use the prismacolor. I didn't quite finish but I like what I have done so far! I think it could look a little better but I think its pretty good.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


We started on chalk pastels which are really cool! I like using them and being able to blend the colors together. Its messy but fun. We drew eggs and I am pretty happy with them. The only thing I would do is go back and fix the shadows because one of them is way darker than the others and it looks a little off but I like my eggs and the colors I used> I especially like the blue one.

Prismacolor dum dum

I'm actually really proud of this drawing!! I think it's my best piece from this class so far. I like using the prismacolor colored pencils a lot, and mostly I just like using color. So this one was fun for me. I think I'm getting better at drawing things by looking at them in real life instead of looking at a picture. I tried to use more colors than I actually saw in the lollypop, so I added more greens and through out the dum dum. Through this piece I learned that you have to start doing light layers in prismacolor and then add darker and darker layers until it's all smooth and how you want it to look. Overall I liked this project!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Still Life

1.Describe the craftsmanship of your drawing.
I used pencil to create a realistic still life drawing with shading.
2.Are your values and shadows realistic? How many values did you include? How and why are values important?
I tried to use as many values as I could but I probably could have gone a little darker. Values are important because they show the shadows and how the light hits to object. It's what creates a realistic look.
3.Is there a clear source of lighting?
I probably could have done a little better with this but I think the lighting looks pretty good
4.How important were the compositional sketches. Explain.
The compositional sketches were important because I got to figure out which objects I liked drawing more and experimented with a few different things. I chose one of the compositional sketches to do for my final still life piece.
5.How is your final drawing successful?
My final drawing is successful because I was able to draw the whole thing and include values, shadows, and realistic features of the still life object.
6.Are the proportions, structure and perspective of the subject correct?
I think the proportions, structure, and perspective are mostly right. The only thing is that I feel like the objects don't match up because some are more realistic and some are more impressionistic-like.
7.Does the placement & grouping of objects create a pleasing arrangement (composition)?
I tried to pick a spot in the still life that had pieces I would like to draw but also an arrangement that was pleasing to whomever looking at my still life, so I think I did well with this.
8.Is there a center of interest and is it well located?
The center of interest is probably the elephant, because it is mostly in the middle of the piece.
9.How well did you manage your time and resources throughout the process of creating this drawing? Do you see where you could improve in this area?
I think I managed my time well in class.
10.What challenges did you encounter during this project and how did you overcome them?
I had trouble doing the flower at the top but I just decided to go for it and I think I did pretty well with it!
11.What have you learned drawing a still life?
While drawing this still life, I have learned what I am good at drawing and what I am not good at drawing. I have also learned that I need to stop being "afraid of the dark" and just go darker with my values because it will create a more realistic look. I have also learned that I really like using color in my pieces so this was a little difficult for me, to do the whole thing in pencil.
My composition sketches:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Final Fabric

1. Did you use a wide range of values? Explain how this is evident.
Yes. It is evident in my piece that I used a wide range of values. I tried to blend really well to create the look and folds of the fabric. The white colored pencil is the light parts of it and I also used black pencil to darken it.

2. Explain how your knowledge and creating practice studies with value contributed to your piece.
Practicing the fabric piece really helped because I was able to find out what type of medium I liked the best and how to actually draw fabric. I think I made a lot of progress since my first time drawing fabric.

3. Describe the blending and transitions in your fabric (discuss your use of pressure with pencil/colored pencil/charcoal pencil and other techniques to achieve this.)
I blended from white to black through prismacolor colored pencils and I used pressure without blending to create the light/dark contrast.

4. Explain how your interpretation of texture is essential in capturing the look of the object.
Texture is very important when drawing because it makes the piece 3D and gives people the opportunity to see what the object would really look like.

5. If you could recreate your pieces what would you do differently to enhance the final outcome?
If I could recreate it, I would probably try using different colored color pencils or use charcoal, just to get more practice with different types of drawing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


We have begun learning how to shade. These are some shape drawings I have done with pencil or charcoal:
We also drew ribbons:

Thursday, February 4, 2016


We have started drawing fabric and these are my practice ones. The first picture is of the one with white colored pencil/white charcoal and pencil on a colored sheet of paper. The second picture has two: the top one just pencil and the second one black charcoal.
I decided for my final to do the white charcoal because I think it looks the best and I am the best at it. My pencil one isn't very good because it was my first and I was still figuring out how to draw fabric. The charcoal could have been blended more. But I really like the white charcoal/pencil.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Contour Room

1.Did you use a fluid line? Explain how this is evident.
Yes, I used a fluid line. This is evident because the lines all connect and it is not sketchy.

2. Explain how your knowledge and creating practice studies with contour line contributed to the success of your piece.
I did a practice study of the same area in the room that I drew. I got to see what I didn't like the first time I drew and I tried to fix it the second time.

3.Describe the difference in your contour line drawing to an outline drawing.
An outline would have not had any details. As I am drawing in contour lines, I get all the details of one area before I move onto the next.

4.Explain how your interpretation of line is essential in capturing the look of the room.
My interpretation of line is essential because I need to understand how to do contour lines but also which lines are important to draw in the room in order to capture the look of the room.

5.What did you learn from completing this drawing? If you could recreate your piece what would you do differently to enhance the final outcome?
If I could recreate this drawing, I would definitely try to figure out the perspective thing a little better because I have forgotten how to do that somewhat. I also could have paid more attention to detail. I think I was just overwhelmed with all of it- I need more patience.

My practice contour room:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hand Drawings

The first thing we did was draw out hand, shaded. This is my hand:

So far in drawing class, we have been learning how to do contour drawing. Contour drawing is when you draw without lifting your pen. It is a singular fee-flowing line. We first did blind contour where we could not look at what we were drawing. These are those:

 Then we did modified contour where we could look at what we were drawing. I mostly drew my hand but I also started drawing my cracked phone. I think the cracks look really cool with contour.