For my project I chose to study Akira Toriyama, the creator of the dragon ball series. By studying Toriyama, I had to create an art piece that either was an attempt at doing his own artwork just like him or making my own art but in his style, I chose the latter. I drew two African American warriors, powering up I guess, some distance away from a city. I meant for the picture to mirror Akira Toriyama’s characters of gohan and piccolo, well their relationship. My taller and more muscular character was supposed to be my smaller characters teacher and mentor, like piccolo is to gohan. By the taller character being older, I decided to give him grey hair as well. I wanted to depict my characters as African Americans because they’re are very few in dragon ball. This also connects with me because I am African American and I really see my race and culture in the anime style. In my artwork I used a pencil, micron pen and crayons, nothing out of the ordinary. I drew my characters and city background with pencil first and then went over them with micron pen. I waited for it to dry a bit and then I erased it, so only the micron pen was left. I then colored my characters and the city landscape. I wasn’t to happy with the coloring but aye it can’t be perfect. Compared to my other work done for this class I think its relatively around the same level. I’m still not really impressed with my artwork for this class. My art outside of class is a lot better in my opinion. I also used the same old, usual materials. I think studying the anatomy of Akira toriyama’s characters and their eye placement is really important. I’m proud of the fact that I got the eyes right. So in conclusion, I wasn’t very proud but it overall I guess I am satisfied.
My art is a split between my artist and his work and me with my mindset and my work. The background for both me and my artist are different and the things in the background are different on both sides. I wanted my work to communicate that the artist that I compared my style to is similar to my work and we live in the same world but our mind drift in different ways and how my universe, imagination runs just as wild but in a different way. The tools that I used to display my visual is watercolors, watercolor paper, watercolor brush, micron pen, and a pencil. My previous work is similar because it my last work Ii compared my different works in different worlds and backgrounds with my imagination. The process of creating this imagine was simply but time consuming because at first I thought of my idea but trying to display it was hard. I first started my sketch and then when over with the watercolor paint, then I went over for the details with the micropen. The artist that is similar and inspired my work is Salvador Dali and I put him in my artwork to compare both of our work. I am most proud of how my idea kinda came to life with the pain even though it wasn’t 100% how I wanted it. If I could change one thing about this painting I would change how I used the watercolor in some spots near the face. In conclusion in this project showed me how to use the watercolor and what I could do differently with how I create my ideas.
For this project, I created a colorful butterfly surrounded by different designs. The background of this painting consist of many designs such as circles, stripes, and zig zags. The same colors used for the background design was used for the inside of the butterfly. Through this work I want to communicate that the viewer has to look deeper behind the background to see the beautiful butterfly. For this project I used paint brushes, acrylic paint, paper, and a pencil to create this artwork. Before painting, I made a detailed sketch of the outline of my painting. My current work relates to my previous work because of the acrylic painting and paper that was used. This painting didn’t take as long to create because of the simple colors that were used. I use green, red, yellow, and purple paint. I used painting the background of the butterfly first. Once down the background, I began painting the inside of the butterfly with little light paint strokes. An artist who makes similar work who inspired me was Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst was inspired by John Noakes to try spin art. Damien has stated the inspiration for his famous spin paintings were also from a children’s TV show called Blue Peter. This TV show demonstrated this technique in 1975.A certain technique that was important during this artwork was not to use too much water when painting. Something I am most proud of in this work is the neatness when painting the background. If I was able to change one thing about my project, I would change the color choices. I only used about four colors. I wish I bended more colors which would of made my painting look more attractive to the eye. Overall, I enjoyed creating this artwork and learning more about different artist.
This quarter I did a drawing inspired by the artist I studied during quarter 3. Most of the sculpture or photographs she took were inspired by natural disasters, for example the movie twister. My drawing is of a camera recording a wild fire in the forest. The work i drew doesn’t communicate with my culture or my personal experiences. We don’t live anywhere where wildfires occur or any other type of natural disasters. Yes fires do happen but not in a very overly dangerous way where it would burn down half our city.
For the tools I used for my drawing, i used pencil, coloring pencils, markers, and oil pastels. It was a very simple process for drawing this piece. I think this piece is very different from all my other pieces, they were things that I was into or they were drawing that symbolizes my childhood experiences. The artist that inspired this work was Dora Budor, she didn't do any certain techniques that made her work stand out, I just think her work itself was different from other famous artist. A new technique that starts using was how I colored with pastel charcoal crayon, I use my fingers to spread the color around. Im most proud that I came up with the idea that I should color the camera, I made my drawing look a lot better. I think I’d I could change one thing is that I would’ve pushed myself to draw something more detailed.
I created a 1 of 1 jean jacket piece inspired by my artist who uses fabrics in her art. It was originally a black denim jacket with no coloring. Now it has a distressed collar and a flower design going over the arm and back of the jacket. I want the work to communicate several things like where you can find creativity. I used a pair of red shorts to create flowers on the jacket and I never thought I would be able to do that but my artist was able to help me see deeper than what was in front of me. I used a sewing machine for most of the project and scissors to cut up the materials. All of the jacket was done pretty much by hand. Using certain techniques is important because you want to be able to do your best on the product and clothes cost money. I learned that finding a piece of work that looks kind of similar to what your final product should look like helps guide you through the creating process.
I’m really proud of myself being able to create a denim jacket with my own taste on it for the first time. I think I also found a new passion through this project so I’m really happy I did this and chose the artist I did. Now if there was one thing I would change it would be the amount of gold I put on the jacket I feel like I could of done more to make the jacket even more unique.
Throughout this project I have learned how to use my creative eye to create a one of one piece that I can wear. I’ve improved my sewing skills and learned some techniques for sewing on the way.
May 24, 2018
For this quarter 4 project in Art 2 I drew a picture of myself based in the style of artwork the artist I studied have done, I included different symbols that had some importance to the world like freedom posters, people holding hands to show unity. I included worlds like faith, an equality symbol, and a lotus flower. I drew this artwork to show what I reflect on and what I see in the world.
For this project I used a pencil, markers, transfer paper, and white copy paper. Throughout all the work I have done I had a connection to the artwork or even artist. Throughout completing each project I always create a plan and have rough copies of the final. To create this project I first studied the artist I chose to base my artwork on, I created an informational google slideshow. Then, I planned how I would use my time. I created my rough draft of what I wanted my final outcome. I made another rough draft by changing the picture of myself. I transferred the draft to the final paper tracing over and then using markers to color my final copy.
Another, artist that resembled Faith Ringgold’s artwork was Joseph Kosuth. Where his focus is more on being conceptual like so http://www.pomeranz-collection.com/?q=node/210
Many different techniques are important to art like using the best tools that fit the specific like maybe watercolor when creating a calmer piece or even little things like different textured paper. I worked more with transfer paper and grasping the idea of how it works which made the process a little easier. I am most proud of incorporating a reflection of the artist but something I like as well. One thing I would change is the size of my self image making it bigger to take up more space. Throughout this project I have learned more about another artist and even more and their way of expressing art, their ideas behind the art, and all that you can do to make an art piece.
The emancipation approximation is a series of paintings made by kara walker. I chose to recreate this particular painting which is a screen print of a woman with a bird leaving her mouth that is represented as a swan. The woman appears to be standing in a wet area with plants around it. The background of the painting is white along with the plants, and the women and swan are painted black. Throughout the Emancipation Approximation Kara Walker used the swan as a symbol which is based on the greek myth, Leda and the swan. The swan served as a way to portray a dirty/sexual statement. With the images of the women and the swans Kara Walker hoped to communicates the history of rape on female slaves by their masters. To create this painting I started out by sketching the image in my scrap book with just a pencil. After making the sketch, I drew another draft of the painting that would be transferred on to a canvas by tracing. To make the canvas, I cut a square from a canvas roll and stapled it. I then painted the full canvas with white paint. After the canvas dried, I transferred the drawing on to the canvas and began to paint. For the woman and swan I used black acrylic paint, I painted the background with white acrylic paint for a fresher look. To get a better texture of the acrylic paint, I used water with the paint brush. I am impressed at my ability to make remake the painting, considering the fact that there were many small areas that needed to be painted that could not interfere with the white paint.