Look to the Light (10/15)
I drew this scribble self portrait of myself last year in pen.
To me, I see light in the face of darkness. The subject, me, is looking toward the light, her face turned towards it. Looking at the piece, even though my figure is enveloped in darkness, my eyes are drawn to the light.
Was I actually thinking about the metaphorical meaning while drawing this? No. It's just where my mind took me. I do feel, however, that this drawing encapsulates me and my strive for positivity and happiness even in dark times.
(I am also very proud of this because it actually looks like who I was drawing because I struggle with that sometimes!)
This was a drawing that I did last year, drawn from the paper crane decorations at homecoming (which I also helped fold). I photographed in black and white the two cranes depicted, and added my own color. I added the gold in the background as a way of connecting the two. I decided to submit this artwork today because I look back upon it with pride. Recently I have been frustrated with my colored pencil drawings and this drawing reminds me that I CAN show dimension, realism, and value if I really put my mind to it.
My Escape (11/12)
This was the most recent sketchbook assignment that I submitted to drawing class. I did a watercolor background and drew over it in pencil. Honestly, it is still a work in progress. If I wanted to finish it, I would probably use pen, and it would not be in a sketchbook. However, I like its roughness, and the whole sketched pencil look. My prompt was: Draw something for which you are thankful. My first thought went to my friends, but to be honest I didn’t want to spent a huge amount of time trying to draw them accurately. So, I turned to dance. Dance let’s me express myself and have fun with the steps and with my friends. It really is my escape.
Tool drawings were the first activity last year in drawing 1 and this drawing is the first I drew in that class. And actually, this is the first I ever did where I used real drawing pencils. That seems crazy to me now, how could I ever draw without them? It just makes me realize how much I have grown as an artist in the past year.
Day of the Dead Prints (12/10)
Though it’s not around Day of the Dead time anymore, I started making these around then. They are block prints, and my first time block printing! I drew the design, transferred it into a soft linoleum block, cut areas away, rolled the block with ink, and printed! Printing is a lot harder than it looks! It took me dozens and dozens of tries to get these six that I liked.