Tuesday, May 6, 2014


First, I got my sources for the drawing.  I took a few pictures to try and find something I would want to draw, and decided these two pictures were best.  
I then tried to draw a rough draft to practice.  I originally wanted to use color, but decided not to because it was a bit harder to try and blend colors correctly in order to get the effect I wanted.  
I finally started the final drawing.  I started with an outline of the face, then got to shading.

Now the drawing is complete!  Here are a few questions to analyze it:

Artists Create Original Art
How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
I came up with the pose to draw for my piece, which was my own idea.  
Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
I saw some ideas for portraits on Pinterest, such as different emotions to try and capture through drawings, and decided to incorporate my hands into the piece as well to make it more original.

Artists Take Risks
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
I decided to put my hands into the piece, which I wasn't really sure about at first.  I had never tried drawing hands before, and figured it would be hard to try and get them to look right, but after practicing a bit I went ahead and included them.  
Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?
Drawing the hands and things such as knuckles and fingers on them was definitely new and a challenge, but it was fun to try to draw them.  

Artists Solve Problems
How did you respond to challenges that occurred as you worked? 
I felt like my piece was alright until I started shading, which, as it turns out, I'm not very good at, especially when it comes to faces.  I tried to look up different techniques and analyze other pieces of art to see how the shading was done, especially with the nose, which was definitely one of the hardest things to draw and shade to try and make it look right.  
Did your work take an unexpected turn due to a mistake or did something happen that was unplanned?
My eyes were originally supposed to be looking straight ahead, but once I finished making one, I realized that it was looking more downwards.  I decided to make the other one looking the same way instead of changing the first one, though, for fear of erasing too much and messing up the entire eye.  

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