Throughout this semester I have practiced different mediums of art — oil pastel; pencil and paper, watercolor; as well as paper and glue. The two focal pieces I will be analyzing are my self portrait and Earth day final. For my self portrait the medium I used was pencil and paper, and for my Earth day final I used oil pastel. In my opinion my art pieces could use a lot of work. They are too terrible, however I just need to practice more. My oil pastel is the one that needs it most, but I’ve found that I don’t really enjoy that type of medium. However, I do my best to make my art pieces look nice and show able. Even though my pieces could use work visually, I feel that I do a good job expressing who I am. I tend to includes some details that puts me in the art piece — whether is with soccer or with other hobbies.
As the semester and even year went on I feel that my craftsmanship has definitely improved. I can see that improvement when looking at my self portrait. I took my time and paid attention to detail. By doing so, I included detail with my value, textures and even perspective. Perspective showed in my self portrait because I was able to adjust my values and make the image not be 2D. The layout and composition on the portrait was clear and neat, mainly because I was able to use a grid properly. In my earth day final I used the space that I was given and filled it with many colors. The colors I used had a color scheme, which followed the an earthy theme. There was green, blue, brown, etc.
Center of interest in any art piece is the most important part of an art piece. If it does not express the voice of an artist, it will be difficult to understand the point of it. For my Earth day project my center of interest was how polluted the world was. Foreground and background helps separate what the main focus is and what the details are in an art piece. The main focus would be located in the foreground and the details would be in the background surrounding the focus.
Middle ground is what helps the image/focus pop and brings the foreground and background together smoothly. Contrast is another big idea to put in an art piece, without contrast there would be no shadows or highlight and everything would just run together. Having balance corresponds with contrast because you need the right balance of shadows and highlights (values) to make the image to look like a cartoon. In my self portrait I made sure my values and contrast was balanced so it would not have an outline but the image still pops.
Having a voice means stating what is important to you, to everyone else. My voice is seen in most of my art projects, my earth day final is probably the one that shares the most voice. My voice in that I have in that piece says to my views and let’s them see the type of environment we are living in. All of my art pieces expresses my hobbies and interests. When looking back at my are pieces I have done they all have a common theme which is soccer. Not all of them have to do with soccer but a lot of them do. I feel that the little changes I make in my original ideas are what make my art unique. I say this because a lot of my art pieces are inspired by my surroundings and that’s what other people see. By changing the layout or even color scheme to my personality, I feel that is what makes my art pieces unique. I tend to express more thought than feeling in my art work. My earth day final, like I mentioned earlier, definitely expresses my thoughts. My portrait on the other hand expresses more of feeling, mainly because it shows a facial expression. My arts pieces, to me, means a lot. I say this because it’s all based on different types of inspiration that surrounds me.
The message I want to try and convey with my art pieces is always be happy. Now my self portrait and earth day project don’t entirely express that message but I do my best to try and hint at that message. The main way I do that is by the colors I use. I try to use brighter colors to make the image seem happy and joyful. What I want my audience to take from my art pieces are that they are able to express what ever you want from art, and you don’t have to be a professional artist to do