Sorry for the delay, it’s been pretty busy lately! Working out, hanging out, going out, you know how it goes in the summer.
In my previous school year (meaning just a month or two ago), I took Art. You could call it advanced art, in fact, but I’m not trying to gloat.
This year we did a variety of projects, using a variety of different supplies and techniques.
Our first project was a letter design, using any one of our initials as a theme. Mine, of course, was A.
We used a lot of cool techniques with this project. Some included using graded value (making something look 3D), stippling (using a fine tip sharpie to make small dots differently spaced so it looks like value), and scratchboards (center square, a black board that has white paper underneath that can be scratched to make a pattern). My two favorites were stippling and the scratchboard. (stippling- bottom left, scratchboard, top right)
Another project we did was a still life. This, by far, took me the longest to do, because pasta knows I am a VERY slow artist when it comes to sketching and shading. But I do think that this was my best work all year.
This took me about three months all in all, and it could get pretty frustrating at times. One thing that I am particularly proud of on this project is the suede on the bottom of the right boot.
I figured out how to do this all by myself, and I’ve been so happy ever since!
The trick is to use a very soft leaded pencil. I personally prefer 9XXB’s, which are about as soft as you can get. It’s also a very wide piece of lead, so you can get the right look for a larger section of suede.
Press the side of the pencil lightly against your paper, and shade. After that, take a blending tool and blend lightly, and you get…. suede! (I really love this picture)
I had one or two more projects this year, but alas, I accidentally forgot them at school on the last day. I’ll try and get a hold of it at some point.
Today, I journeyed across the highway to go to Hobby Lobby, because I wanted some new supplies. I had a watercolor pad to start with, but I had no sufficient watercolors! So I returned home with two 9XXB pencils, two blending sticks, a set of watercolors, and a HUGE set of paintbrushes.
With all of this, my plan is to fulfill #2 on my Hypothetical Plan for the Summer list sometime in the next week! I’ve got everything I need.
Creativity… is the key.