Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seeing is Believing

We are approaching our final critique - which will be done as a whole class. I have noticed that some people seem to progress faster than others, which is helping me to put my own work into perspective. I am beginning to realize that sometimes your work can't be rushed, and while it is a good thing to push yourself and improve, sometimes this must happen at a slower pace, through mistakes and discovery.
Some artists I recommend:
1) http://kyleatseniorstudio.blogspot.com/
2) http://technicolorstarfish.blogspot.com/
3) http://kgseniorstudio.blogspot.com/
Some artists (outside the class) that I have discovered:
1) http://mandrykart.wordpress.com/
2) http://www.kristahuot.com/
I was recently told by a painting professor to ask myself what I wanted from my painting(s). He gave me various suggestions of how to approach this question. It got me thinking....each time I sit down to begin a new project, I will try to ask myself what I want from the painting, how I want to change, what do I want the painting to say, etc...yet even my prof. told me how difficult these things are to answer. If I could do the same about my projects pertaining to this blog, I would probably choose to turn my back on the previous work I have presented in critiques. If I were to focus on the future and the work I will have for the final critique, I would say that I want my art to tell a story by drawing the audience in. Some aesthetic appreciation would be nice too!
*above is a preview of part of my project, in an abstract form

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Critique 2

This post pertains to my second critique, which occurred a few days ago. In my opinion, it was more successful than the first, but I'm the kind of person who always thinks they could do more!
For this second portion of my semester-long project, I had a roll of paper where I could chart out various short stories. I opened a Word document and made a list of short stories, and then constructed the story by frames, which I drew on the paper. In the end, I had just under 20 stories, 1-5 frames/storyboards each, and 3 pieces of paper, total. I also chose 3 stories to express more fully, which I did using gouache and watercolor paints, on Stonehenge Cream paper.
Overall, I think the class was pleased with my stories. If I could critique myself, I would say that some of the stories were more poorly executed than others, however, I made it clear to the class that I was more focused on storytelling than the drawing aspect.
For my final critique, I hope to combine the elements of my first and my second critiques, and create at least 1 cohesive story, that is fully expressed (in terms of drawing skill, detail, and color) and demonstrated through 6 storyboards. Today, I am sketching out my storyboards to scale, while watching Harry Potter :).