Thursday, June 5, 2014


Artists Create Original Art
Instead of drawing a normal dragon, I tried to do a sand dragon.  Or just a dragon more suited to living in the desert.  The sail-like wings on its back are more suited to helping it zoom over the dunes than to fly.  The smooth scales all over its body help it slip through the sand.  Other pictures of dragons was my inspiration, though it was kind of hard to find a good sand dragon one without it being of Dungeons and Dragons or something.  This is my own stylized desert creature, though the design could be better.
 Artists Develop Art Making Skills
This is the first time I've ever used a scratchboard.  When I was first doing the wings, I messed them up and made them too scratchy.  Oops.  It looks pretty good for a first time.  I didn't gain any skill with familiar materials; I learned how to use a new material.
Artists Take Risks
First of all, I don't think any of us were sure about using the scratchboard.  Maybe a few were, but most of us had never done one before.  I'm one of the ones who hadn't scratched a scratchboard yet.  It was a bit like those lottery tickets where you scratch the material off.  The new material this time was the scraping tool.  It's pretty much a knife but in a better form for this sort of thing.
Artists Solve Problems
One of the big problems was the wings.  I had been too eager to give them a "leathery" look, and went overboard with the scratches.  There's no lighting or shading as a result, and it looks really messy.  I started doing the wings a different way about halfway through, and it looked super cool, so I tried to merge them together and make a smooth recovery. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Twelve - Graduating Art

On the Twelfth Day of Photoshop My Students Made For Me..

Graduation Day Art History Mash Up.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Ten - Scary Sign

On the Tenth Day of Photoshop My Students Made For Me..
Really Scary Signs!
Show us the signs we do not want to see.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Nine - Pop Icon Sculpture

On the 9th Day of Photoshop my Students..
Turned a pop Icon into a sculpture!
Stonebob Hedgepants.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Eight - Movie Poster Parody

On the Eighth Day of Photoshop my Students Made for Me..

A funny movie poster parody

Full Body Sketch

Artists Create Original Art
I used my own ideas by telling my person (Hannah) to stand with her head facing right. Then she struck a pose that was different than all the other poses, and I drew her.  I didn't have any inspiration for this.
Artists Develop Art Making Skills
Working on this made me realize that I draw the heads too big - way too big - and that I need to work on clothing folds more.  I spent a while on the jeans; they were hard to do.  Personally, I love charcoal, and working on a full-body scale with it was an interesting change.  It's a very good material.  The charcoal was fun and easy to use to draw this.
Artists Take Risks
I don't usually draw the bodies of humans, let alone on a realistic scale.  This was a little out of my league, but it was fun.  Proportions are a point that need to be worked on.  I picked charcoal - I don't usually use it - and it was really good.
Artists Solve Problems
The first time I tried to draw Hannah, she turned out looking heavier than she is.  The drawing definitely looked nothing like her.  I had to start over again because that attempt was horrible.  This one, the second one, is infinitely better than the first.  I'm glad I started over.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Seven - 3D Scribble

On the Seventh Day of Photoshop my Students Made for Me..  
Some Scribble Art that Almost Looks 3D!
Three dimensional.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Six - Literal Interpretations

On the 6th Day of Photoshop...

Literal Interpretations!

Friendship, It's the Bees Knees, Catwalk, Waistline, and Footrest

Monday, May 19, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Five - Photo to Life

On the fifth day of Photoshop the project gave to me, something that just turned into 3D!
 A cat drawing coming to life..

Thursday, May 15, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Four - Normal Extreme

On the Ninth Day of Photoshop My Students Made For Me..
Normal Extremes!

A person walking normally..  On a crane.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Three - Candy Creature

On the Third Day of Photoshop turn a Critter into a Candy. 

 Here is my Candy Corn giraffe.  I wish I had done better..

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day Two - True Identity

On the Second day of Photoshop the project gave to me, show a Reflection’s True Identity!
A cat...  Or a lion?

Monday, May 12, 2014

12 Days of Photoshop; Day One - Brand Swap

On the first day of Photoshop the project gave to me, swap a products brand identity!
 It's supposed to be the Google logo and the IBM logo switched. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Motion Sketches

In Drawing Art, we got some iPads and trekked to the Gym to draw some people.  It was very nice; trying to draw moving people is a good exercise.  Out of these, I like the drawing of someone throwing the ball.  It's the best out of the three and really captures the motion that he was going through.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Old Shoes

In Computer Art class, we were assigned a project that was all about making something sing.  So I found this image of a pair of old shoes online, and chose the song Structure by Innerpartysystem.  It took a lot of time, but it was worth it!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Self Portrait

 Artists Develop Art Making Skills
With this project, controlling the pencil and shading became easier.  I'm learning how to shade a face.  The nose still needs some work, though.  I've been drawing them too big and without enough shading.
Artists Take Risks
I wasn't too sure about drawing a human.  They're hard to draw, and the essence of life is almost impossible to capture.  Each person looks different, which makes it all the harder.  The media I used was a drawing pencil, which wasn't really a risk.
Artists Collaborate
I asked Mrs. Rossi and some of the people at my table about my art as I worked.  If it was too creepy, if the nose was too big..  With their help, I fixed some of the uncertain aspects of the drawing.  I'm glad I asked them for help.  Mrs. Rossi is slowly helping me understand how to put the lighting on a nose.
Artists Reflect
I stepped back to analyze a few times.  First, when the sketch was just made.  Second, when the face had just been shaded.  Third, when the cat was shaded.  I considered putting more fur on the cat, but that wouldn't have looked very good, and he isn't that fluffy, anyway.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Halle Poster

 I thought I had finished my poster..
When I realized I was missing a piece...  So I changed it to this.
My poster for the Apex High Reunion Show.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Self Portrait Practice

This was an attempt to draw myself.  Emphasis on attempt.  This looks almost nothing like me.  So; we took a diagram of a skeleton (the skeleton's figure matched none of ours..), tracing paper, and pencil - then drew ourselves.  Pretty interesting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014


In Photoshop today, we made some planets.  It was really fun and super easy to do. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014


We drew Chick (Mr. Sands' girlfriend) in drawing.  So..  Yeah.  It was interesting, and I'm sure that my drawing skills have increased since freshman year.  (This was a project?)
 Artists Develop Art Making Skills
 By drawing Chick this time, I learned how to shade a bit better. The ribs are completely shaded (those took forever...)  and I've gotten a few tips on perspective.  My skill with a drawing pencil has improved.
Artists Collaborate
While all of us were drawing Chick, I stopped to look around at other people's drawings quite a few times.  To take a break and to see how others are doing the same thing in different ways.  I know that the ribcage perspective doesn't really match with some of the rest of the body, and seeing other works helps you see mistakes with your own.  No one really inspired me because this is a drawing of a skeleton...
Artists Reflect
I stepped back after drawing the head and thought "Well, what now?"  and then drew a quick sketch of the rest of the body.  It branched out from there.  Every time I shaded a part of the body I had to step back and think about it was good or not.  If one part isn't shaded correctly, you can just tell.  I thought about doing a super realistic spine, but then decided off of it.  I couldn't see the bones well enough.

Brushes in Photoshop

Nic Cage cat brush.  Wonderful.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Symbol Spraying

I used a dragon outline from and colored it.  Then turned it into a symbol and sprayed the dragons all over..  After that, the colors on most of the dragons were changed.  Illustrator is interesting.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2D Icon Buttons

We made some icon buttons in computer art today.  I made my name out of buttons.

Monday, April 7, 2014

3D Logos

We made some logos in Adobe Illustrator today.  A very interesting activity.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pen Tool Duck

This is the duck I made in Adobe Illustrator.   We used the pen tool to outline a rubber duck and then put a gradient fill in.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


We went to the library and drew some little things on the iPads.  Warf.


We made some nice little flowers in Adobe Illustrate.  The pucker & bloat tool is super cool. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

All the Things You Can See Through

Artists Reflect
Every time I stopped and looked at this drawing, I saw mistakes.  There are still mistakes.  While working on the fish himself, the scales and the fins were hard to draw.  The pebbles proved to be a challenge as well.  I thought about doing clear pebbles, but that would've been horrible to draw and would've taken forever.  In the end, Keith's actual pebbles were drawn.
Artists Solve Problems
At one point, all the scales on Keith had been drawn.  They weren't drawn well, so I had to erase more than half of them and start over.  That cycle repeated a few times.  I didn't expect the scales to turn out so well, so that was definitely a surprise. 
Artists Take Risks
I'm not good with drawing fish.  Never really tried to draw them before, so this was hard.  Drawing a fish was certainly a risk - the whole piece is focused on him, after all.  If Keith wasn't drawn correctly, the drawing would be ruined.  While drawing this I tried to go slow and color thoroughly.  My lines always end up sketchy.  That's just the way it is.  I did my best to color it in full.