Friday, June 7, 2013

Pastel Still Life

I planned my composition in a way that would show all three bottles but still focus on one in the middle. This would include all of the bottles in the composition but maintain a focus on just one bottle. A thumbnail sketch is a quick sketch that the artist does to plan out how he is going to arrange his props in the composition. A thumbnail sketch is small and brief only for planning. The viewfinder helped me find the best way to show all of the props at once without making the final drawing too small or too big. I made my items appear three dimensional by making some areas on the bottle darker than others, adding light streaks and zones, and adding shadows on the final composition. I created a light source by bringing in the light from one side of the Still Life. This allows all of the bottles to have light on the same side and int he same areas and have similar shadows coming off of them.


The medium of my project is white clay. The size of my project is small to medium. The design element I stressed was simplicity while adding a radial design. The technique i used was a hump mold and the rest was done by hand or with some tools. My project could serve many functions from storage to a bowl to eat out of. To create the design for my project I started out with a design to ambitious and then toned down the design to make it more simple and look better. I learned that working with clay is much harder than it looks and it is a very fickle medium. I would change the project by adding more red clay to my design to make it stand out more.


I organized my painting in a way that would create a pleasant background and introduce an object in the foreground to focus on. This creates a nice balance to the painting and leaves it simple and not too busy. Atmospheric perspective is the perspective of the painting created by the atmosphere. The lighting, placement of objects in the painting, and three dimensional aspects all contribute to the atmospheric perspective. I created it in my painting by creating light coming through the mountains striking the ground and tree, as well as making the sky different colors and making the mountains seem further away and the tree closer to you. I created a light source by making certain areas of the painting much lighter than others. You can see light coming through the clouds and striking the mountains, ground, and tree. I had an analogous color scheme with reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows being included. I used long brush strokes for the sky and ground to make them seem more natural and less splotchy. I used shorter brush strokes for the mountains and i dabbed the brush straight up and down for the leaves on the tree. I used value in my painting by introducing light and dark areas as well as areas  closer and farther away.

Plaster Hand

In the creation of my plaster cast hand there were several steps taken to insure its success. First we had to come up with a pose that we wanted to have our hand do. Then we cut strips of plaster cast to put on each others hands. Our partners dipped the strips into water and placed them on our posing hand until everything was covered. To make the cast better you need to squeeze the water off of the strip before placing it on the hand. After waiting for the cat to dry we pulled the cast off and painted it.


For our logo we had to design something that represented us but was still aesthetically attractive and professional looking. I combined the first letter in my name and my love for basketball to make my logo. First we drew a sketch of what we want our logo to look like before doing the final project. Then we drew the logo in pencil on the final sheet of paper than we outlined it in sharpie and pen. After completing that we turned in the logo to Mrs. Brokke so she could shrink it down. After our shrunken logos were returned to us we put them in the hallway outside of class for display.