The critiquing process can be broken down into four simple steps. Each step is simple to understand, but some have more importance to the process as other steps. Though, overall, each step is still needed to give a proper critique. The steps to the critiquing process are listed:
1. Describe- Tell exactly what you see. Observe the detail in whatever you are critiquing, and look for the contribution to the piece that each detail has.
2. Analyze- Use the elements/principles to reflect upon the art form. Form detailed descriptions of what you observed from the first step.
3. Interpret- Put into consideration, some specific questions: What is the artist trying to say? What caused the artist to say it? What is the historical milieu that surrounds the work of art? Why was this work of art created in this style?
4. Evaluate- How successful or important is the work of art? Notice any affects the work of art had on anyone or anything.
My Critique: Acrylic Painting
1. My painting was of a white and yellow flower. However, I used a only compliment colors on the color wheel, so I used purple and yellow acrylic paint. The yellow and purple was painted in different tones, tints, and shades.
2. There is an element of texture to the dirt and dropped leaves underneath the flower. That portion of the piece was done in purple, so using different tints, tones, and shades of purple helped add the texture to create the dirt underneath the flower. The use of white for bordering the flower also helped to make the flower the focus of the painting.
3. The purpose of this painting is to focus in on one flower, even though a flower is such a common thing. People see flowers everywhere, but this painting was painted to focus in on just one flower. It helps to portray the uniqueness of every individual flower. Detail can be shown, which helps to show that uniqueness.
4. This work of art was indeed a success. The use of just two complementary colors put a good meaning and value on the painting. Each detail of the painting has its own purpose. Overall, the painting turned out looking very good.
1. What is the point of this class? What did you get out of it?
- I was able to get a lot out of this class. The purpose of this class was to learn techniques for each of the styles of art, and to learn all the mediums of art. Through this class, I could gain knowledge on all the mediums, including terms that would improve my work. By terms, I mean techniques and aspects such as value. I was also able to take this class and find out what my favorite and/or specialty mediums are. I found that my best mediums are pencil and pen. I work best in monochromatic, because I usually enjoy adding a lot of value to my pieces. As most can probably tell, value is the technique that I feel that I benefited most from.
2. What did you find most difficult about this class? What could be done in the future to prevent it?
- The thing I found most difficulty about this class was coming up with ideas for projects. I have always set big goals for myself, which sometimes causes me to be an overachiever. With that said, it was always hard for me to come up with really good ideas, because I always wanted them to be super cool and really unique. In the future, there are two things I can think of to help with this. One way, is to simply try to not set such high expectations for myself. That will be extremely hard for me though. The second way, is to make a list of a bunch of possible themes for me to follow at the beginning of the semester, so that I have a quick place to refer to for ideas. One project that I had the hardest time thinking of an idea for, was my morphing project. Eventually, I came up with the idea of morphing a flower and a lion, and it turned out nice.
3. What is a technique that you used in your artwork that worked well? Explain what technique it was and why it was successful.
- The technique that I made sure to use the moot was value. Adding value to all my pieces with shading and highlights, helped me to make my pieces more realistic. Value is an element of design that defines light and darks in an artwork. You can add value to a piece of any medium. As mentioned in a previous answer, my specialty medium is pencil, so those pieces are where my value is portrayed the best. Again, adding value to my artwork helped me to make my pieces much more realistic.
The tray piece that I sculpted follows a Beauty and the Beast theme. The try that I made is a representation of the rose that the story revolves around. The petals on the tray are each individually hand made. There is a total of 42 handmade rose petals along the outside of the tray. The handles on the tray represent the vine/stem part of the rose. However, the unique part of the tray, is the writing in the center of the tray. The writing reads "Beauty and the Beast", but it is not just the title of the story. In the movie, these words are sung, which is the true intended interpretation of the words in the center of the tray. This tray is used for holding anything really. It is meant as a decorative piece to have out on display. It could hold anything from food to other smaller objects, which could be helpful at parties, or just daily use.
Along with the tray, I created Cogsworth, which is a character from Beauty and the Beast. He is a clock that comes to life in the story. I made Cogsworth to go along with the beauty and the beast theme, but he is meant to be more of a decorative side piece. I made Cogsworth into a salt shaker, so that he could have some purpose other than just looks.
I chose to do this for my project for one simple reason. I was simply inspired. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, and I thought it would be cool to create a set of sculpture pieces based on the story. So, I chose my favorite aspect of the story, and my favorite character. My favorite aspect of the movie is the rose, and my favorite character is Cogsworth.
Starting off the project, I decided if I wanted to use regular grey/white clay, or red clay. I chose to use regular white clay, because I knew the size of my tray would cause me to need a lot of clay, and red clay was lower in supply. I started by cutting the base of my tray, using a tray mold. I then ran a slab of clay through the slab roller, and cut out all my petals. As I cut the petals, I was shaping them to the petal shape that I wanted. Once all the petals were shaped, I scored and slipped, as I attached the petals around the base of the tray. I then cut out two "bone shaped" pieces of clay from a slab of clay, and bent them at the ends to create a unique handle at each end. Once I scored and slipped the handles, and made sure everything was well secured and dried, it was ready to fire in the kiln. After being fired, I glazed the tray with a red for the petals, green for the handles, and grey for the base of the tray. I made sure to apply many coats of each color so that there was not much white showing after firing it a second time. The last touch for the tray was adding a glaze coat for the writing in the center. Once that was done, I fired it for the second time, and it was completely done.
When making Cogsworth, I started out with a big condensed block of grey clay. I carved his general shape out, and kept carving down until I got to detail. I used an x-acto knife to carve in the details, and then fired him. After coming out of the kiln, I glazed him with a brown and a yellow/gold color. I made sure to touch up any details needed, and then put him in the kiln. Eventually, he made it out of the kiln, and both of my pieces were complete!
My perspective piece was drawn using 1-point perspective. I chose to use this perspective because I found it to be a good fit considering the scenery in the piece. This project was done using pencil as my medium, which is my specialty medium. Although, I did not just use regular graphite pencils for this piece, I used drawing pencils that have a different heaviness to the graphite. Using these special drawing pencils helped me to add value to my piece, which to me, is one of the most important things to do when using pencil as your medium.
This was drawn based on a photo that I originally took myself. I took this picture while driving to Mason, Ohio. We had been in the car for hours but suddenly reached a flat and straight forward road while driving through the mountains. The drawing itself is not too far off in comparison to the original image.
When drawing this, I found it difficult to get the value to "pop". For example, the grass on the sides of the road and the road itself were similar in terms of shading. So, I had to smudge some of the graphite on the grass to add a grassy effect to it, which made it stand out more rather than just blending into the road.
In this project, I used five different mediums to cover my post card. The five mediums I used were: paper, tissue paper, glitter, sharpie pen/gel pen, and acrylic paint. I used the words I was given to act as the paper medium. I glued the slips of paper on to help set the theme for the post card as a whole. The tissue paper was used on the bottom layer. I used purple, blue, and pink tissue paper, as well as some transparent glitter paper. I made sure to choose bright tints and shades of the tissue paper colors so that the positivity of my theme would be shown. As for my third medium, I chose glitter. I used the glitter to add a unique sparkle to my postcard. I used a stencil to fill in the castle with the the silver glitter. Though I had to redo the castle many times, I eventually got the shape to show up more clearly. To make the shape of it even more noticable, I outlined the castle in white gel pen, which went failry well with the castle in terms of color. For my fourth medium, gel pen and sharpie pen, I used for two things on my postcard. I used the sharpie pen to shade in a person's head in order to make it bold enough. Having the head appear so bold helped to make it a good layer for it's true purpose, which was to hold the brain that I drew inside the head. I was able to make the brain pop out on the postcard by drawing it in white gel pen. As for my last medium, acrylic paint, I just added detail to pull the postcard closer to the theme. I painted Mickey and Minnie heads, Mickey with yellow paint, and Minnie with Red paint.
My two words/phrases that I was given were "mind" and "the last place you traveled". The last place I traveled was Disney World. Disney World is all about imagination and family, so I figured I would make my postcard as positive as can be. To keep the Disney theme going, I added the Disney related things such as the Mickey and Minnie heads, as well as the Cinderella's Castle. To keep the mind part of the post card connected to the Disney part, I used a girl and her brain to represent the imagination involved in all things Disney. Overall, the piece was simple but portrayed the themes fairly well.
Since my last post on the process of my sculpture piece, I have so far continued painting the glaze on my piece, and finished the project. I finished glazing my whole piece with the dark blue, and coated the line work onto my piece with a light blue glaze. This was done to add value to my piece, rather than it just being a simple piece. I chose glaze because I personally like the looks of glaze more than regular acrylic paint. Acrylic paint would have been easier, yet I was more influenced by the looks rather than how easily it can be done. After the glaze was completely dry, I placed my piece into the kiln to get fired. After about a day, my piece was ready to be taken out of the kiln. After taking it out of the kiln, it looked great. My glazeware had a good finish that did not bubble too much, which prevented other issues with the final piece. Overall, my piece ended up as a good, completed piece.
The best part and most successful part of my piece is that the piece was well worked on. You can tell that there was a good amount of time put into the piece, which there most certainly was. I also think I was successful with keeping my piece sturdy and well structured. I did not run into any issues with my piece because of that.
If I were to do this project again, the one thing I would change is how I did the lid. I think that I could have done a better job with shaping the lid so that it better fit the clean shape of the box.
The theme for the linocut print was "line". My final piece had to somehow portray a decent amount of line work. I chose a simple pattern in terms of how I would use line work properly, yet I still challenged myself to cut an original piece. I used many lines to create a simple looking scene of a hobbit's door. The line work itself made the detail come alive in the piece, rather than there just being general shapes.
Overall, my piece was a success. The final linoleum cut came out clean cut, and the final prints eventually transferred really well. The hardest thing about the printmaking project was finding the right areas to keep shaded, and the right areas to cut out. Because of how small the lines I had to cut were, the transferred print looked smeared at first. I went back over the original cuts in the linoleum and cut deeper, hoping that the transfer print would be a much cleaner print. After doing so, I tested the transfer printing again and the small detail created by the lines showed up a lot better. Therefore, if I were to do this project again, I would be sure to keep other areas of my piece shaded, so that the cutting of the linoleum was not so difficult.
Being in the process of completing my piece, I plan to finish applying multiple coats of glaze to it. I am using multiple shades of blue to add value to it, and add any details that were not originally carved into the piece. In the end, the details, such as any words, will be painted on with acrylic paint.
So far, the most difficult part of making this piece was the lid. I had a hard time getting the lid to be the right shape and the right size. Second to the lid, the carving of any detail was also very difficult, because of the small line work needed on the front.
the thing I was able to do best when working on my piece, was getting a good solid shape for the box. I used the slab technique and scored and slipped the slabs together. Having a good shape for the box made it slightly easier to finish the lid.
inthe process of making this piece, I first sketched my idea to make sure I had something to go off of. I then created templates for the size of my clay. They were simple paper templates so it was not a very time consuming part of the project. I then rolled slabs of clay through the slab roller, and cut my pieces based on my templates. After my cut slabs were sized correctly and ready for being sculpted into one piece, I scratched and slipped each side and smoothed them all out. This was very important considering how big my piece is, so I needed a very solid structure. I then made the lid by simply carving a block of clay to fit the correct shape and size. I did have to stretch it a little bit to make it the right size, but that is one of few major complications I ran into. After I finished north the box and lid, I carved the correct line work, and was ready to put my green ware into the kiln. My piece was fired and, after cooling down and being removed from the kiln, I began to start testing the bisque for the right glaze color. I decided on a darker blue, but I am adding detail and value with a lighter blue. I will continue painting my piece and adding multiple coats and plan to put it back in the kiln for my final piece.
The watercolor landscape I chose to do was a river bank. I made sure to add to the scenery by including mountains and a fair amount of trees in the background. To create this peice, I used many different watercolor techniques.
The two objects that I chose to morph together was a lion and a flower. I decided to do a lion and a flower because the mane of the lion would be easily morphed into a flower. After a lot of thought, I decided to use two different mediums for my piece. I did most of the work with watercolor paint, but added a little bit acrylic paint to add highlights to my piece.
The process taken to put together my final piece was complicated and time consuming. I first started out with a sketch of what I wanted it to generally be like. I then transferred my idea to watercolor paper and drew a light outline of everything. From there, I started with the watercolor. I used a gold color for the head/face of the lion, but brown for the inner part of the mane. It took a little bit of brown mixed with the gold to get value in the face of the lion. After I completed the head, I moved on to the mane. I started out on the center part of the mane, using a simple brown. As I progressed through to the outer layers of the mane, I continued by adding small amounts of red pigment to each layer. Eventually, when I reached the outermost layers of the lion’s mane, it was 100% red, rather than a mixture of brown and red.
I then moved on to the highlights I made with the acrylic paint. I matched the shade of the acrylic paint with the shade of the watercolor in the area I would be applying it. I highlighted the fur and/or petals of the mane by outlining each one with the acrylic paint. I added the texture of the petals using different designs on each layer, using darker shades of watercolor.
Finally, I added the last little details, such as the eyes, and finished my final product.
More details about the median:
As mentioned, the medians I used were watercolor paint and acrylic paint. The watercolor was decided on because it made it so that there was a soft transition from the lion to the flower. However, this made some portions of the piece too soft and not as noticeable as it should have been. So, I decided to go back over with acrylic paint, to highlight the objects in certain places. This resulted in a soft transition from the lion into the flower, while still allowing the piece to stand out wherever it was needed.