Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Second Year

My second year of art was certainly my best one yet. We did tons of new things like the bike drawings, tempra batik paintings, and fortune cookie projects! I loved how the art program expanded and how it will continue to expand in the near future. My art has exponentially progressed and I love that some of it could be displayed at the extravaganza.  The totem pole project was the highlight and I was so, so proud of my work and all the work I've done this year.

Second Time Around

I am so proud of my book this year. More happy than my one from last year, that's for sure! I really worked a lot inside of it and this year I actually had a color scheme. I planned it all out from the beginning from the colored paper all the way to the book cover. The one new technique I loved this year was the bubble blowing technique and it gave me tons of great papers to use, like my insode cover paper! I loved the whole new perspective on the book since this is my second year.

Time Capsule!

This year, our art class created cardboard boxes with the intent of filling them to the brim with items from this time, to be opened in 20 years or so. I put a drawing of my ipod with my favorite album this year on the top (Night Visions by Imagine Dragons - I highly recommend it) and on the sides I put books, symbols from anime, and things that make me happy. Inside I put all my cards from my 16th birthday, a lyric art sheet I made, and letters from not only my present self but my friends right now. It was such a fun experience and I look forward to seeing it 20 years from now!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Heather, Helix, Hollow, Hearth, Hinder, Hummingbird

I was always afraid of the dark, so when the blackness ended I had no idea how much time had passed. When afraid, time is irrelevant. While living a nightmare, minutes could pass, then hours, or even days.
I woke up lying on dewy grass. I was alert as if I had been asleep seconds rather than hours. Was I even asleep for hours? I didn’t know the answer. In fact… I didn’t know anything.
As I sat up and surveyed the world around me, I was perplexed. Thought I was on a flat expanse of silvery green grass, I couldn’t see where the field ended. In fact, I couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of me because of the thick, light gray fog that was so dense it almost took on a bluish tone. The fog felt like a tangible thing, like I could cut though it with a knife.
What am I doing here? I thought, standing up.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three Times the Challenge

I have to say, the Artx3 project was a lot funner than I thought. Initially, I was horrified that I would receive something covered in bright pinks and blues - which, judging by a lot of the first pieces, was a justified fear - but after I received a great second piece to work on and an even better third, my fears were pushed away. I had so much fun crafting using a background someone else made. It made me realize how much art can be influenced by other's.

The picture attached is my first layer. I kind of went overboard on the paste...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quite Fortunate

I have always found it hard to follow specific guidelines when creating art. When we were given fortunes from fortune cookies, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a lot of freedom, but I soon discovered that what I had to work with wasn't as liberating as I thought. The fortunes were relatively straightforward - at least, the ones that I got were - and I didn't know what I wanted to do. I began to take several components from various fortunes and I stuck them together to create something really cool. Its simple, yet its exactly what I wanted. I'm so pleased with how its coming along!

The first picture is the skeleton of what would become the second picture: the finished product.

Queen of Pop

We delved into the world of pop art prints, and it was really fun. Messy, yes, but fun! Last year we did something similar, but not with stamps. I remember back in middle school when we carved stamps. The carving was defiantly my favorite part, aside from the constant fear of stabbing yourself with the carving tool. (When the fire drill bell rang I almost took my nail off... Yeah, I really shouldn't be using sharp objects in excess.) I loved using different color combinations to see what would work, and ultimately making a massive mess. I was afraid my print would be too intricate to pull of, but the necklace I picked to make into a stamp was too pretty to pass up.

The picture attached is the original sketch that became my stamp. I almost enjoyed it more than the stamp itself. I'm very proud of myself for it :)