Friday, April 20, 2012

3rd Breadth

In my third breadth piece, I did a self portrait in acrylic paint. In this piece, I used a very vibrant warm colored palette with many reds and pinks and yellow hues. Because the areas of shadow are done in more cool colored tones, these areas recede, while the face, the center of interest, is brought to the forefront. Similarly, the contrast of the light area of the face and the dark area of the glasses, brings out and emphasizes the details of the glasses.  For this work, I layered two images of myself on top of each other. The second layered image helps to create some dynamic lines which add interest to the flatter areas of the work. This piece was done as an AP art class assignment in which everyone in my class created a self portrait painting which, after completion, we all placed together to demonstrate the differences in each of our respective styles.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Breadth #2

This was a simple breadth piece I did to demonstrate my knowledge and ability to make use of line to create form. It is a contour drawing of my mother which I drew while she was helping my younger brother to write a paper.  This piece probably took about 30-45 minutes to complete.  A contour drawing is essentially just the rendering of the outlines of an subject.  A contour drawing is usually sketched from life, as mine was, and demonstrates the artist's ability to capture the life action or expression of the subject.  The expression I wanted to capture was one of deep concentration, as my mother was concentrating very hard when trying to help him with his paper!  The deliberate clean lines which I used to draw my subject help to give this piece a certain excitement and freshness.  The curving and slanting lines of the work also help give a sense of movement to an otherwise stagnant piece.

Here is the final result:

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