This is the finished version of the portrait, I had issues with my computer resolution so the the picture’s proportions are not correct. I finally got it fixed and once I looked at the picture, I tried to edit the best that I could. Now that I look at the picture, the main thing that bothers me is my eyes, I wish I had made them bigger and put more space in between the two. Also the shading was frustrating because if I made something too dark and erased it, it would be quite obvious. So messing around with the opacity and pressure of my pen was quite troublesome. Overall I’m pleased with the result as it is the first time I have ever made a portrait of myself and did it digitally.
I made a digital portrait of myself since I was not able to finish my charcoal drawing. These are some of the screen shots I was able to get, I took one every 30-45 minutes.
I accidentally deleted one of my screen shots after this, it was mainly focusing on lightening the general area of my face.
Today, we made larger thumbnails of the original ones and experimented. For obvious I used the “slanted/rolling box” and for subtle I used two thumbnails together. I used “warphole” and “dots”. It was recommended that I take out the actual warphole. I tried a gradient effect that didnt come out as good as I liked. I used an ebony pencil versus the mechanical pencil I used in the original. On the second try I combined warphole and dots, I used mechanical pencil. For obviousI used a sharpie and one the second try I shrunk the box and it gave it a floaty feel to it.
Today in class we had three people to give feedback on our thumbnails. I do have all 100 thumbnails, my two words were obvious and subtle. I got a lot of good feedback on obvious, I used thick lines with a sharpie. Which was highly received, for subtle even though I used sharpie some of my designs worked well with the word. They liked the faintness in subtle and the and boldness in obvious. My classmates suggested that I used pencil for subtle to give it even more faintness then what a sharpie could achieve.
I drew a picture of my centaur character, Blake Lockwood. He’s a big baby that runs away at any given moment.
Today we critiqued our boxes, we organized them the same way we saw the original box in our circle. There were many different ways peoole used to shade thier boxes. I used dots and making the pattern was extremely frustrating and time consuming. The black background on my mostly white box contrasts it like it is floating in the space.
Another frustrating part of the project was using the xacto knife. On the last day I ended up cutting my finger and nail. Then the dry on dry gluing made me anxious about the permanence. This project focused on the importance of value. With the different values we can see the straight edges of the box.
In class we tried Blind Contour drawing and it was quite interesting. Many people, including myself thought we were drawing quite well without looking at our drawing. We first tried drawing our hand with a sharpie and I noticed the sharpie made nice dark thick lines, but the lines came out extremely wobbly and had a bleeding effect for me.
Next we used an ebony pencil and this was more relaxing for me. I like this drawing the best because if you look at it, it looks similar to the hand I was trying to draw. Thinner lines and it was more smooth for me to draw with, probably because it’s a medium I use quite a lot.
I switched between sharpie and pencil, I learned that even when you are not looking at your drawing you can still tell what you are drawing if you take your time and really focus on the subject. I was really surprised when I drew skeleton because, anatomy is something I try to work on, but don’t quite enjoy doing. So when I drew the hand and ribs I was surprised when they actually looked like what I was drawing. This exercise trains our brain and eyes without judging our drawing and really focusing on the subject. By looking at every corner and curve we study and get to know know the subject. So that next time when we draw the subject we know how to draw it properly.