Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Art x3

What is this dark image you ask? This is the result of my tumultuous Art x3 project. We received this project in the middle of the marking period, and I was happy when we were told we would be making a collage based on the Theme of Celebrities and what it means to be in the spotlight. However, I was not so thrilled when we were told we were going to have to share our works of art with 3 other people, working on the first two projects for only 2 days each. Honestly, I was confused by this concept, but decided to go with it and try it out.

For my beginning collage, I simply made a few transfers onto a white piece of paper, and stained it with some light watercoloring on the outsides. This can be seen below:

For my second, I received and amazing well started collage that looked complete, and I barley wanted to add anything to it. But, Alas, I had to, so I added some blue coloring, a cadillac, and a few other images to the top. This was by far my favorite image I worked on:

For my third and final project, I received a paper with several hard images glued onto a paper with sparkles. However, they were well placed and easy to work with: 

So I began working. We worked on these papers for about a week, and to be honest, I do like what I came up with, however, I must have been in a dire mood one of those workdays, As it turned out much more black and dark then I had intended. Yet, I lighted it with good old watercolors, and was  happy with the result. My favorite part of the final piece is the bottom left corner, where the shadowed girl is whispering 'gossip' out of her lips, with 'Star' above her. (Hard to see in the picture at the top)

Alas, Art x3 was a success, even though I was not too keen on sharing in the beginning.

Fortune Cookies Galore!

When Mrs. Kiick came in with a box of fortune cookies, we all were excited. A project based on cookies? Count me in! 

After eating several fortune cookies we saved our fortunes and were told to create a book page based on the fortunes we had received. My personal fortunes all involved Love, working hard, and working towards new things. So I set out to create a book page that interprets all of my personal fortunes, and added some personal flare as well. 

I decided not to use magazine images for my book page, as I wanted something soft looking, and sometimes the harsh edges of magazine images can take away from a paint. Instead, I decided to just doodle what I felt would represent myself. First, I divided the page with a tree, which is textured with modeling paste. This represents growth towards the future, so on and so forth. The two halves are representative of work, love, and the stairs of success working together to build towards the future self. Corny, maybe, but I like how the image turned out. It also helps that all the colors in the image are my favorite colors blended together. On a side note, The bird is made out of the numbers from the fortunes. It represents freedom and moving on.

Pop Prints

2nd Marking period has held several fun projects, the first being pop prints, produced ourselves by carving out of a 'Stamp'

This project was inspired by famous Pop artist Andy Warhol, whose famous reproducible prints flourished in the 1960s. His colorful prints of everyday items, such as the campbell's soup can (shown below), Were seen everywhere in the 1960s, as well as being household staples today.

Mimicking Mr. Warhol, our class chose one item from our 'Blue' collage to sketch and reproduce ourselves. I chose to reproduce a small, blue, squeaky tennis ball dog toy. I chose this individual item because I obviously love animals, and have had several of these same toys around my house for all the years I've been alive.

After carefully carving out our sketched images, we inked them and printed them, often with several different colors of paint. Shown in the lower image is my print alone, printed in black ink. The above image is the image I ended with, a colorful piling of tennis balls, which looks very much like the pop art we were trying to achieve. 

I personally enjoyed this project quite a bit, mainly because the exact image I had carved out could be reproduced again and again, in different colors, and would never lose it intensity. Yay for Pop art :)