Tuesday, March 25, 2014
All Wrapped Up
Artists Develop Art Making Skills
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project?
In this project, I used prismacolors for the first time. Through experimentation and practice, I learned how to layer colors to get the shades I wanted. I also tried to learn how to make something in the drawing appear to overlap another. I worked on making things lighter and darker by applying pressure differently with the prismacolors.
Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
I didn't use any familiar materials, since using prismacolors was all new to me. The only regular pencil I used was to outline the basic shape of what I was going to draw, since it would be more difficult to erase prismacolor.
When did you step back and analyze you work during this project?
I analyzed my work in this project whenever I darkened or lightened an area to see if it looked realistic enough and to be sure that the change wasn't too sudden or odd looking. When I was creating the shadow, I also stepped back to make sure it looked alright and fit the rest of the work well.
Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
Yes, I thought about how the composition would work out before trying any new ideas with adding different colors and exaggerating highlights. On a separate sheet of paper, I tried out different methods of creating the colors on the wrapping paper by mixing reds and pinks and eventually got something that I thought would work well enough.
Artists Create Original Art
How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
I wanted to use a teddy bear in my art piece because I find teddy bears absolutely adorable. I then tried to think of different see-through things that I could put in front of a teddy bear, and decided on clear wrapping paper. I didn't have any clear wrapping paper at home to take my own picture, but I did have wrapping paper tinted pink that was still transparent. I decided to use that and wrapped a teddy bear up in wrapping paper, adding a ribbon as a last minute thought. I took pictures of it to use as my sources and to try and make every idea in the work unique.
Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
The only source I used for inspiration was looking up different transparent things to try and get an idea of what I could use. I got the idea of clear wrapping paper after seeing cookies wrapped in plastic wrap. I used my own idea of using tinted wrapping paper instead of having it completely see-through like the original I was inspired by.