Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Art Journaling

"Pick a song and lyric and base a page around it"

I chose the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles. I started with a drawing of "a girl with kaleidoscope eyes"  (lyric from the song) and incorporated other parts of the song such as "tangerine trees" and "cellophane flowers of yellow and green".

Artists Creates Original Art:
How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
The song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" has a lot of imaginary images such as, "marmalade skies" and "tangerine trees". These unique lyrics gave me the ability to make whatever i wanted out of the lyrics. I interoperated "tangerine trees" as literally a tangerine slice growing out from grass. Everything the song described allowed me to make my own original versions.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
Once again as stated before, i used the song as inspiration. I took the lyrics and made literal versions of everything described. The unusual lyrics allowed me to make new and original art.

Artist Develops Art Making Skills:
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
Before this project, i had heard of art journaling but never thought to consider it. I am extremely glad for this project because i discovered that i really enjoy art journaling. Its quick, simple and easy which makes it really fun. I can even incorporate other pieces i have already made such as, the "a girl with kaleidoscope eyes" drawing i made which i incorporated. 

Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
I didn't really learn new physical skills, but i learned a new way of looking at things. For example, I decided to use a lego dipped in paint to make the little dots all over the page. Never before had i looked at a lego and thought "wow this would make a great stamp". Using unconventional materials is another thing i really enjoy about art journaling.

Land Art

Artist Reflects:
When did you step back and analyze you work during this project?
Throughout the entire project, Abby and I made sure to step back and look at what we were doing. We had to be careful with big gaps, because they can be difficult to spot. Stepping back also allowed us to figure out which color we would use next and how big the next section would be. Being up close to the tree can make it harder to make a decision. Stepping back gave us a larger view and helped us to make better decisions. 

Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
One of the biggest problems we ran into were trying to cover up the sections where the trees split. There would always be a section in the middle that would still show the tree. We thought about several ideas, such as trying to wrap at a stepper angle. After nothing worked, we thought about weaving the a piece of string from one side to another. Eventually we tried this method and it worked.

Artist Collaborate:
Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
For the entire project i worked with Abby. Which means throughout the entire project, we both constantly asked each other what to do and bounced ideas off each other.  We discussed things such as what color to use and how large to make each section. Pointing out gaps and telling each other to cover them up was another way we gave each other feedback.

Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?
Abby helped me understand which areas had big gaps that i needed to cover up. She also gave me a tip to work faster. Wrapping the yarn around quickly and loosely and then going back and pushing them down to cover gaps and tightening the yarn is a quicker method. This helped me work quicker and made my arms hurt less from having to hold them up for so long.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Artist Collaborate:

Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?

Towards the end of my piece i wasn't sure if i wanted to leave the book uncolored or if i should add illustrations that also revolve around Alice in Wonderland. I was indecisive because i liked the look of the text, but i wanted to add color to make it more clear of what the carving was actually of. My friend later suggested that i use color, but color lightly. This way the text would still be visible. I also asked my friends their opinions on simple things such as, what color to make a certain part.

Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?

A friend of mine loves making book carvings. It's one of her main mediums. If i had a question on what to do i would always turn to her since she was an expert of sorts. She suggested i use a cutting board under each section to make sure i don't cut too far. This helped me out A LOT considering before i would always cut too far and instead of being able to stop i would have to continue cutting deeper. She also suggested i cut less sheets at once to avoid getting fuzzy pieces, but no matter how hard i try the pages still got fuzzy -___- . Regardless, her assistance was much appreciated.

Artists Develop Art Making Skills:

Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?

Book carving was something i had always wanted to try. Every piece looked really interesting and cool, so when the chance to try it myself came along, i took the opportunity. I learned book carving isn't too horribly difficult, but it is EXTREMELY time consuming, and lets face it, I can be extremely lazy sometimes. This project not only taught me the basic techniques needed for book carving, it also taught me to be a little bit more patient.

Did you gain skill with familiar materials?

There aren't many materials needed for book carving besides an exato-knife, a cutting board, and, obviously, a book. I had already used an exato-knife numerous times, so there wasn't really an opportunity to learn new skills with familiar materials. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Artist creates original art:
How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?

I decided to make a my whole drawing out of the same lyric written over and over again. Making a piece out of only words isn't my own completely original idea, but the concept of taking a lyric and making a concert scene is  something i have never seen done before.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?

I got the inspiration for this piece from a tumblr post i saw a few weeks ago and had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try this technique and was really excited when we started this project. The original post was a drawing of Noah and Allie from the movie "The Notebook", and was completely made from the repeated phrase "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." I took this concept and made a concert scene made out of the lyric "Sleep is for the weak and we will never rest." (a lyric from the band that i based the concert around).

Artist take risk:
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?

I had never made a drawing completely out of words and i had no clue what i was doing at first. I didn't know how i would make variations in darkness versus lightness, so i was basically concerned and unsure about everything. 

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?

Once again, using text as my material was a new concept for me to try. I was worried at first and still am considering the piece still isn't done, but i can tell already that it's going to look pretty awesome.
In Progress


Michael Smith is a non traditional shibori artist. He is based in North Carolina and has been creating wearable shibori art for 25 years. Most of his pieces are oriented towards retail and  are available for purchasing on his etsy shop.

He uses a technique he calls "random suprise". Smith uses a variety of different materials, including silk, cotton, chiffon, and even velvet. The fabric starts by being  soaked and folded two or three times. He then uses his hands to fold the fabric more into small patterns. Once the pattern is made he sets the crinkles using a machine he calls a "Crinkleator". Then the dye is added and once it is set Smith washes it out.

I was initially drawn towards Smith's work because of the bright colors and intricate designs on his pieces. His use of other fabrics beside cotton made him stand out to me, as well as his non traditional method of dyeing.

Michael Smith's Website

Monday, April 21, 2014

Art History Project

Homer "Snap the Whip"
"Snap the Whip" was painted using oils by American artist Homer. He was primarily known for his marine subjects, landscapes, print making, and watercolor pieces. "Snap the Whip" is a realism post-civil war piece.

The realism movement started in france and was different from pervious movements because it depicted subjects exactly how they were seen. Hence the real in realism. Real life situations and common men were painted. No gods were included into paintings because they are not subjects that can be physically seen in the real world.

For this project Travis, Abby, and I were all included in the actual film part of the project. Abby and I made the presentation poster while Travis helped research. If we were to re-do the project i think getting clothing similar to what the boys in the painting are wearing would be a nice touch.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I drew a picture of myself from when i was three years old (i think..) for this assignment. I am quite happy about the way it came out but its not my favorite drawing i have made.
Original Picture
Artist Solve Problems:
While drawing my portrait i found myself thinking that what i was making looked really creepy. At first i didn't exactly know what to do considering i couldn't figure out what exactly it was that was bothering me, but then my lovely art teacher helped me come to the conclusion that what was bothering me were the eyes. They were not level. Taking my teachers suggestion, i made the top of the eyelid move down a bit. After fixing the eyes i moved on to work on other features, but the eyes were still bugging me. I decided to do something similar to what my teacher suggested but in reverse. The eyes were to far apart so i extended the inner corner to make the eyes not look so far apart. And after everything, i think the portrait looks much less creepy.

Artist Reflect:
Throughout this project, i had to stop and look at what i was doing a lot because as mentioned before the eyes were giving me  hard time. Not only were the eyes difficult, but  the shading as well. I have a tendency to shade something then process what i just did which comes back to bit me because its sometimes hard to erase dark shading. This time though, i made sure to think before actually shading.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Abbey Road GIF

I am a huge music junkie and i have a vintage record collection of roughly 100 records. Abbey Road is one of my favorites!


Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
Before this project, i had never worked with linoleum. I learned how manipulate the linoleum into a stamp by cutting out the pieces i wanted to remain white, or whatever color i previously used. basically, everything we did this week was new information that i learned.

Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
I had known about linoleum from previous art classes, but i had never worked with it. Now i feel comfortable with working with it and might use it again in the future.

First linoleum stamp
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
I had never tried printmaking before so i was a little unsure. Printmaking is what i would describe as an "oops oh well"  project. Nothing it guaranteed. Every print is going to look different because there is a lot of room for error. You could completely miss aline something and theres nothing you can do about it. Although i was wear, i feel that i produced a trippy piece i am proud of.

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
We didn't exactly get to pick the material or technique we could use, but i did work with a new material.
Layer one of print

Final products 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Meme Challenge

Original Definition of Art:
Anything someone creates using their imagination
New Definition:
I think art depends on how the viewer/creator view the piece. Art can be anything. Its just a personal opinion on whether something is or isn't. There isn't any guide lines. If an artist believes what they make is art than, in their eyes, it is. It doesn't mater what other people think. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Origami "S"

Color Project

In progress:
For my color project, I decided to choose the theme "Creature". Immediately, I thought of one of my favorite band's recent album cover. It features a weird looking creature that I wanted to put my own spin too.

I decided to eliminate the fine detail of the creature and change the base of its face from black to a bunch of rainbow lines.After debating between using colored pencils or oil pastels for the lines, I chose colored pencils because I liked the cleaner look.
Basic Planning (The picture wouldn't rotate
no mater what I tired -_-)
So far I haven't come across any difficulties. This piece certainly isn't the hardest thing I have every tired to make. I am essentially just drawing lines...which is starting to drive me insane.

In progress
I am extremely happy with the outcome of this project. My goal was to create something extremely trippy and fun to make. This project met both of those goals. I really love the bright colors i used and the contract between the rainbow face and the black and white background.

If I could change one thing it would be to go back and add more detail to the horns, mouth, and other facial features. Later when I have time, I will probably go back and do so.

From this project I learned not to underestimate the amount of time it takes to draw simple lines and designs because I almost went insane from the repetitiveness and the extreme amount of time it took. 
Final Product

Monday, February 10, 2014

Two in One

In Progress:
I decided to mix the face of a girl and a traditional  Day of the Dead sugar skull. I chose to do this because one of my favorite things to draw is a persons face. This is because i like that every face is different. You can make the nose, eyes, lips, eyebrows, basically everything different. I can create a whole new person just with a pencil and paper. The reason why i chose the sugar skull is because i have always been intrigued  by them. There's something interesting to me how you can take something typically gruesome and creepy and make it beautiful, yet still unnerving, by painting intricate details and adding other gentle features, such as flowers. By mixing the delicate and innocent girls face with the almost overcrowded and creepy skull i can play with the idea of juxtaposition, which is something i often enjoy doing. The simple and delicate features of the girl clashes with the chaos of the skulls face.

 The medium i chose to work with was charcoal. I plan on drawing the basic outline with pencil and going back with charcoal to add depth to the girls/skulls features.Charcoal was the medium i chose because its my favorite medium to work with. Its easy to shade with and i tend to make most of my pieces very dark, and the charcoal allows me to get a rich black color.

So far the part that i am struggling the most with is the girls nose. I want her nose to be delicate, almost like a china dolls, to really extenuate the idea of juxtaposition that i am playing with, but every time i either make it too big or way too small, i mean it either looks like she has a  nose the size of a five pound rock or a pebble.

I absolutely love the skull/skeleton side of my piece. The detail and shading turned out just the way i wanted it. Drawing a skeleton was something i had never done before, but it completely fits my personal style and i LOVE the way it turned out.

Although I am fairly proud of my drawing, i think there are definitely places for improvement. The plan for the girls face was to make her look almost like a china doll, therefore i wish i had made her lips smaller. Among other things, i feel that the placement of the nose is a bit too high and still too big.