Friday, October 31, 2014

Color outside the lines: Final

I have completed my water color and pen project. Since the last post, I have cleaned up the lines and added some more color in certain places to tie it all together. Enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Coloring Outside the Lines

For this project, we received a list of themes, mediums, and elements of art that we could choose from. While reading through the list of themes, the only thing that continuously jumped out at me was the title “Color Outside the Lines.” For me, I have always been such a creative individual. Color outside the lines is in some sense my life motto, as everything that I do is just a little bit different. I like to think differently and create differently than outlined by others. I knew this was the theme that I wanted to build upon. I did not want to do something completely basic because that would be the opposite of the theme! I began to think about how being creative and unique is not something that can be grown or form, it is something that one is born with. I love photography because of the emotions that can be found behind all of the memories. I remembered how my family has kept multiple photos from my childhood that highlight my uniqueness. I decided to incorporate some of my favorites into a series of pieces.


I am fascinated with how watercolor looks juxtaposed with pen and ink, but I have never tried it on a large scale before. I decided to take a risk and explore that area with this project. I thought that maybe I could take some of the photos where I am acting outside of the box and “color outside the lines” with them. To do watercolor, I knew that I had to use watercolor paper, but I was not sure how I was going to copy my photos onto thick paper. I decided to try it anyway and it worked! I am glad that I took the risk because it really paid off. That was the main hurdle that I had to jump throughout this project.

Pen and water color example 

I edited the photos so that they were really faded. This was to emphasize the dullness of normalcy and to give me the opportunity to highlight the main figure in the photo. Once I printed out the photos, I began outlining the main figure with a fine line pen. In addition to simply outlining it, I added in value with lines in various thicknesses. After all the value was added in, I put in the color using water color pencils. I thought that water color pencils would be better than paints to be able to get more detail. I created some value with the pencils, but the majority of it came from the pens. I experimented with various textures and colors to create a very vibrant and upbeat feeling.

The overall project was not much of a risk for me as I did not experience many issues along the way. Despite this, I learned a lot from this project.  I have never created a series of pieces such as this that are all cohesive and enhance one another before. Making all four individual pieces work well together was at times a challenge, but I think working on that skill will definitely be beneficial in the future. I really like the final pieces and absolutely love the joyous and bouncy feeling they bring across to viewers. When I showed the pieces to my mom, she said that she was overcome with happy memories. She said that it transported her right back to the happy scenes. I think that I really captured the theme well but in a very non-conventional way and I am happy that is has inspired others! I am not completely finished, but here are my almost completed pieces!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Second Oil Painting

Final Piece

Second oil painting is done and I have to say, I may have a new favorite medium. From working will regular oil paints with this project and the previous one, I have learned so much about the quality of oil paint. Oils blend extremely well as a result of their texture and the length that it takes to dry. I love being able to blend the colors to receive new values right on the canvas. Just a few weeks ago, I still had the wrong conception that oils were tricky to work with and didn't always get you the final piece that you want. After completing two whole oil paintings, I completely disagree! I have learned so much about oils and cannot to build on those skills in the future.

Original Sketch
Reference Photo

The theme for this project was titled “Odd Interiors.” While we didn't have to use oils, I chose to in order to expand the skills that I learned during the last project. I began thinking of uncommon interior spaces, but the only things that I could think of were not very odd. I kept picturing rooms and houses and buildings, all of the typical spaces that come to mind upon hearing “interior.” I kept brainstorming by scrolling through the camera roll on my phone in hopes of finding some form of odd interior. While searching my photos, I began to have major summer withdrawals, seeing photos of my friends and I over summer vacation as well as pictures from many trips taken. I decided to take that inspiration and channel it into my new project! I immediately thought of a summer basic, lemonade. For me, lemonade means warm summer evenings outdoors with friends, complete with lightning bugs and fireworks. I jumped on the idea right away by making lemonade at home and taking a bunch of photographs  of the glass with many ice cubes in it from different angles. Taking the photos made me fall even more in love with the idea as I began to envision how I could achieve the icy forms and texture with oils. The painting would also contain a large, central focus on the inside of a straw which would contrast the color of the lemonade and background. How’s that for an odd interior?

In Progress

While painting, I encountered some issues that made me question my decision. My idea didn't seem as exciting and fresh when everyone’s comments seemed to be “It looks like a Pok√©mon ball!” in reaction to the interior of the straw. All of the comments made me question if my “odd interior” was too odd.

See the similarites? ;)

I remained in confusion and despair for all of five minutes when I decided to channel the critiques into something better. I altered the shape and values of the straw and fell right back in love. I loved painting the ice cubes and the drink itself. I admit that I was a little daunted at first as everyone is when faced with a tricky composition. However, I believe that this project really taught me a lot of things in that area that will help my take on trickier subject matters in the future.

Still Going 

I learned a lot about overcoming challenges and taking on risks with this painting. I really like the final piece probably better than my first oil painting. I believe that the composition is super interesting and the colors work very nicely together. I am excited with how this painting turned out and cannot wait to expand my oil skills in the future! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Everyday Object Oil Painting

Original Photo

Final Piece

This was my first time using oil paints on a large scale. This isn’t my favorite piece that I have ever created; however, I was really grateful for the experience that I had working with this medium. I learned a lot about the texture that can be achieved with oils as well as how the colors blend together. The final piece did not turn out exactly how I had envisioned, but I think that the oils gave it a unique quality that other mediums could not achieve.

The assignment was to paint an everyday object using oil paints. I was not very inspired looking around my house, art room, etc. Every object looked to plain and boring, and we all know that is the opposite of what I like to create. I walked into my bedroom, continuing my search, and noticed some of the objects on my bookshelf. I keep a lot of objects on there that were gifts or from travels, all of which have meaning to me. I decided to arrange them in an interesting composition and to give new life to them on canvas. I love the angle of the composition and the really bright colors. I am happy with the image that I was able to create.

I think that my piece is really inspiring as it highlights the idea that everyday objects can hold a lot of value, despite their sometimes plain, boring exteriors. By choosing objects that hold value to me, I think that I was really able to capture that message in the painting. I think that recreating and giving new life to everyday objects that many people overlook would be a cool area to explore in the future. I am happy that I was able to practice with oils on this project and had the opportunity to play around with them while also portraying an interesting message. On to the next project!