This week I finished up my "school project," and I am generally happy with how it turned out. I switched directions again.. but that isn't a surprise.
This week I painted was canvas in a couple layers. Fist I painted it a blue because I read somewhere that if you put blue down under white it can make the white look brighter. Then I started layering the white on and gave the canvas a little bit of texture. Finally, at the end of the week I got to mix the heavy gel and red painting together and started working on the figure.
After hitting a road block last week with the original idea I had for my school project, I decided to switch directions and regroup. Through lots of research and thinking of what I want my art to represent I came up with this idea: how colors express certain emotions and the contrast between two extreme emotions.
This week I mapped out more of my drawing. next week I hope to finish mapping out the rest of the drawing and working more on the finer details.
This week I wanted to start on my independent project first because I knew it was going to take me a lot longer than my other piece. I started to scale up the drawing and tried to make it as precise as possible.
This week for homework we were asked to explore careers in the arts. One of the careers that I found interesting was a fashion consulate. Similar to a fashion stylist, consulates help their clients, whether individuals, customers, or companies, enhance and develop their personal or professional image. To become a fashion consulate, you would have to have a high school diploma and most likely a bachelor's degree in a fashion marketing and merchandise. In addition, one to three years experience in a retail or fashion related position. One of the schools in the area with a decent fashion program is VCU. There are also other college like Iowa State University, Oregon State University, and the Fashion Institute of technology that all have good fashion programs.
During the long summer, I had the opportunity to reflect on my artwork and create new meaningful pieces.
In my first piece, I wanted to explore the use of one line to create one large image and multiple forms. I first drew the figures with a black marker, but I thought it was too boring so I added primary colors throughout the piece with watercolor.
In the second piece, I wanted to experiment with the idea that individuals in a society are blind to certain persons and events. Some people only hear and see things they want to and disregard the important problems in their community. I wanted to focus specifically how numerous people don't take rape and sexual assault allegations seriously or how they are brushed under the rug as if there aren't any victims. The phrases within the artwork reinforce this idea.
For the head part of the project, I wanted to focus on identity. In these two projects, I did one piece directed towards personal identity and the other about Richmond's identity.
For the heart part of the project, I wanted to focus on the face and body form. One of the first pieces I did was an abstract acrylic painting of a man's face. The second piece was three different and unique body forms.
The theme I would like to focus on is identity and body image
I don't think I would have a specific subject, and I would like to experiment with other medium like candle wax and maybe try some photographing with digital editing.
Through my art this year, the subject that was repeated the most were faces for my play pages. One idea has emerged out of my art which is the idea of identity. I have shown identity with my sculpture project and starting with the play pages. I don't think I have one specific medium I like to work with but some of them are makeup, black ink on white paper, and acrylic paint. As of now, I'm most engaged with drawing, but I would like to make more collages and research more about print making. I think the most fun page for me was with the use of makeup on my face. It was interesting to experiment with abstract elements and to see the effects of makeup. Some of the pages that I didn't think were too successful were with the use of colored pencil and charcoal. I feel like I don't work as well with those mediums as I do with others. The charcoal in particular smudged a lot and I didn't find to get as much of a variation in shades. Makeup was another medium I found difficult to work with on paper. I wanted to see how well makeup work compared to the face and paper as a base, and paper definitely did not work well. Some of the pages that I found more successful/ I generally liked more were the ones I did abstract minimalist drawings on. I really enjoy doing these, particularly faces, because you can create a whole facial feature structure in one line.
Student at Maggie L. Walker High School. Currently a Junior in Art 4.