Monday, June 2, 2014

SCRATCHBOARD FINAL AND BLOG POST

Artists take risks.
-try new things: I have never used a scratch board before. I do not like it. I can not control how much pressure I use with the carving pencil thing. It is difficult because I cannot just erase it like I can with a pencil. I experimented with the scratch board a lot and found that animal fur is the easiest most practical thing to do on a scratch board because that fur affect is what is most easily achieved. 

Artists develop art making skills.
- learn techniques and processes: I learned techniques with this, like to draw from where the hair is coming from (or in this case draw from where the feathers are coming from)
- explore media: the media in this case is the scratch board and scratcher pencil. I have never picked up either of these in my life until this project. It looks like a thin flexible mirror covered in dark black goo that dried.

Artists solve problems.
- try alternative solutions: There was really no way to erase or undo what I did with the scratcher. the only way to fix it was to make the area around it more light also.
- use mistakes as learning opportunities: next time around I will try different materials and practice the pressure I use with my hand. 
                                                        FIGURE DRAWING BLOG 
Artists take risks.
In this project I tried something new. I had to measure Hannah accurately and try to put her life-size body on paper. I have never done this before. The dark red paper we used was even more of a risk. The charcoal was the biggest risk.  I wanted to use a normal graphite pencil but it was too light on the red paper. I could not see anything. 
Artists develop art making skills.
I learned techniques and processes in this work. I also explored media and really used charcoal a lot more. I found this challenging because you cannot erase charcoal very well since it is so dark. Also, it is very messy. I had fingerprints and hand prints all over the outside of my work. 
Artists solve problems.
In this work, I tried alternative solutions to my problems. This includes how I blended the charcoal. I had tried several things. I tried my hands, paper towel, and tortillions. The tortillions worked well for smaller parts but the paper towel worked well for larger parts. 

I used my mistakes as learning opportunities.