Haven’t found the time to do anything remotely related to organizing or planning for the blog. So many Life things happening and not enough time to relax and take a breath.
We’re in the home stretch of the semester, two weeks of class left and then finals week. My head is swimming with due dates and project requirements, but it’s time for a much needed break so I thought I’d just do a photo dump of the recent projects in both Drawing 1 and Fundamentals of Design 1…
Contour line drawing – had to set up a still life and draw it using only various line thicknesses to communicate form and depth (as you can tell, I’m particularly good at that).
Reverse value (meaning black paper and white charcoal) egg drawing – the piece I can point to that made things “click” for me and the first time we were allowed to use value (shading).
Halloween chiaroscuro (extreme light to dark) drawing – it’s a still life of a ceramic jack o’lantern with a gnarled walking stick over top.
Scarecrow drawing – had to create a “scarecrow” (meaning a dummy) out of found materials and set up a scene with compositional climax … another project I had trouble with and did not enjoy; my scarecrow is a crystal pitcher “bird” with wooden salad tongs as wings and tissue-paper-filled tea cups for eyes.
Current WIP: Kitchen & Bathroom drawing – had to create a scene that emphasized a juxtaposition between kitchen/eating objects and bathroom/grooming items; I enjoyed setting up possible options and have a couple great thumbnails, but the angles are proving hard to translate to larger paper.
(I jacked up the photo so my lines are visible, I keep them super light to start)
Fundamentals of Design 1
Project 3: Geometric Assemblage – the object of this assignment was to take foam core and create a closed shape with at least 10 planes; it was to be kept as pristine as possible because the second stage of the project was to transform it through texture.
I used a sculpture by Jacque Lipschitz as inspiration to create a pair of figures I affectionately named Frick and Frack. I had a blast playing around with foam core, creating a beautifully-assembled cube as practice for gluing together the final pieces.
The texture and transform part was much more difficult. I had several conversations about this part with my professor, the first of which totally extinguished all the excitement I had and left me stagnating with indecision. I pulled through and after wandering around Jo Ann’s and buying way too much fabric, I was back on track and came up with something quirky yet edited.
Project 4: Selfie – as the name implies, this was a project involving a self-portrait, but like “Hand as a Narrative”, it was all drawing – graphite or charcoal only. Our inspiration was a self-portrait of a historic artist modernized to reflect ourselves. I chose Zinaida Serebriakova’s 1909 painting, “At The Dressing Table” and put my own spin on it using my clippers and staging it in my mom’s packed studio-turned-closet.
It was very tough and caused me so much stress, but I’m pleased with how it came out for my very first attempt as anything remotely close to a life-like portrait drawing of a recognizable human being. It’s hung in one of the classroom bays on campus and I’ve already been recognized a few times in the hallways as “that girl from the drawing”.
Project 4: Multiples – for the last project of the semester, we have to take a manufactured object and repeat it at least 20 times such that it loses its individuality and becomes part of a larger whole. I chose Q-tips because they’re plentiful and cheap and with a nod to Tara Donovan, I’m making my way along, pushing cut Q-tips in a 4-panel staggered arrangement with a horizontal wave undulating across them.
I’m more than halfway done with inserting Q-tips, but I still have to tackle the mounting part. It’s meant to be an installation and the spot I’ve chosen on campus is on a wall in a large stairway underneath a horizontal lighting sconce. I don’t have much time to experiment so I’m hoping I can find a quick solution.
That covers the major assignments since my last previous posts and an idea of what remains. There is one last Drawing 1 assignment involving texture and a collage, but I’m still confused about that one so I hope to get clarification from the professor on Wednesday.
Very shortly, I’ll be registering for the spring semester and I plan to have an identical schedule, just one level up — Drawing 2 and Design 2. I’ll have the same drawing professor, but a new one for design. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and improve as an artist and a student.
Let’s hope these last few weeks fly by in all the right ways, as in slowly enough to get everything done without losing my mind but fast enough that before I know it, it’s Winter Break!