Discuss one project where you felt you overcame the most obstacles. What were those obstacles and how to work through them? Explain how taking risks or challenging yourself made you a better artist.
Look at your body of work over the semester and choose 2 pieces that show your growth as an artist. Discuss each piece and how you grew in the following areas: application of materials, techniques and skills, artistic vision, use of the principles and elements, creativity, intuition and subject matter.
I felt like a child dropped into the deep end of a pool for the first time. You have the general feel of things, but not the rules you are used to. The contrast between these two moments is shocking and takes a bit for you to either adjust, or fail. Possibly fail then adjust. This is a good method for some people, but not so much for others. I think it worked nicely for me.
I like this piece and spent a long time on it, however, the foreground is the only good thing to look at (being the focal point) in my opinion. The background is sloppy and there was not as much effort put into it. There is too much negative space in this, which was covered by hasty scribbling. The idea was rather vague, and if there was more emphasis, it would look much better.
Some shading would have been nice. Or, at least, more defined shading. The fur on the rabbit is very nice (although it is not as visible in this picture). The ground at the front was an attempt at crosshatching. The effort on every part of the picture seems to have stayed about the same, if not a little better. However, the angle of the light on the eggs doesn't match up very well to their shadows. It was supposed to be an Easter Bunny concept.
The shading is improving, along with perspective and the different grounds (foreground, middle ground, background). In this picture the contrast and use of different colors makes it look nice. If you don't know what it's supposed to be, you might think it's something else... I've been told the balusters look somewhat like trees. I can't deny it. This picture doesn't show a clear plan of what's happening, but it's more vibrant and flowing than the others so far.
This needed a lot of effort. Breaking up every pine needle and gluing the tiny pieces to the paper. Even so, it came out looking very good. The contrast is shown just by grouping and spacing out the needles, and at the same time it doubles as fur. On the muzzle it could use a little fixing.
Lacking in some aspects of the mixed media. You can't see where some of it is. The mediums are; pen, watercolor pencils, photo transferring, and tissue paper. There was supposed to be fabric for some of the toys, but that risk was not taken. Mixed media is not my strong suit. The background coloring is sloppy, but the polka dots are worse. The smearing couldn't have been avoided, and it looks kind of good this way. Had the cat actually been holding the fabric toy I had designed, it might not look as open.. I regret not taking the chance. Having gone through the thought process many times now, it has a feel of being better or making more sense. Cats playing with toys? Funny. The color yellow and dots are also happy things.
This has very good contouring and balance. The negative space in the top left would be cancelled out by the tree meant to be there (given the chance to cut it out more), and along with painting, it would look superb. Even though it is unfinished, this very well might be the piece I like the best. Progression between my pieces is easier to see in this chain of them, and it is great.
In the end, everyone learns a valuable lesson from encountering new things. All of us came out better than we started. This method works, and it works well.