Art Criticism Process:
1. Describe the artwork
List the qualities and details of the piece. Describe the colors, patterns, and images.
2. Analyze the artwork
Give the art elements, such as color, line, value, shape/form, texture, space, and design principles, such as balance, emphasis, harmony, variety, movement/rhythm, and proportion.
3. Interpret the artwork
Describe the mood and messages being conveyed. Explain what feelings are being communicated and the stories being told.
4. Judge the artwork
What is your opinion on the artwork? Explain why you think it is or isn't successful. Support your argument with evidence/criteria.
1. What is art?
Art is a form of expression to communicate ideas, messages, and feelings. It may be visual, auditory, or a performing act and the only limit is the artist's imagination. Art is subjective, and can be interpreted in different ways. Art is mainly created to be appreciated for it's expression or the emotion it evokes.
2. Is copying always plagiarism or is there a gray area? Why or why not?
I do not believe copying is plagiarism. There is a saying that states, "Imitation is the greatest form of flattery." If someone admires another artist's artwork amd wants to try out the same type of style, this is okay. Someone can also use an artwork for practice. It is only plagiarism if the person copying another art piece claims the piece or style as their own or don't provide proper credit. Art is too diverse and complicated to deem a certain style as one's property, and it's likely that the style has already been done before. But when using another person's art as inspiration, it's better to be safe than sorry and give credit where credit' s due.
3. What are some reasons why artists make art?
Artists make art to bring out their ideas and express their feelings. Some create art to relax and release their emotions. It can be created for personal reasons or to incite social change for a movement an artist is passionate about. Art can bring about awareness on certain topics viewers may not have bothered to learn about before. The reason for art can range from putting the spotlight on problems to being as simple as doing it for fun.
For my final project, I did the name lesson.
I used a ruler to measure out 2 inches of paper and cut strips. I used tape to hold the paper to each other and used a flashlight while taking a picture.
For my pros, it was easy to locate and outline the shadows. However, I don't have hot glue readily available so it was a little difficult to get the "c" and "e" to stay in place.
I tried to do a portrait of my older sister. I used pencil to make a sketch of her as a guideline for a paper collage.
I first made a sketch of her using a selfie she took, and then gathered cardboard, newspapers, and magazines. I cut them up to the appropriate sizes and glued them on top. However, it did not turn out as well as I had hoped, so I restarted and drew another sketch. I tried making newspaper as her skin and it still did not turn out as I expected. She was looking like a Japanese horror game antagonist (and still does, which is why I'm including the picture of the portrait at the end of this blog post.) so I thought I could fix the portrait up by adding cut up squares of a manila folder on top of the newspaper to make it look like her skin. This only helped make the portrait look better by distracting viewers from her eyes. A big part of my portrait not being very successful is the creepy way the eyes stare back at you. South east Asians tend to have a bit of a squint when they smile, which I attempted to recreate (and did not do well). My sister has a light, easy-going smile in the original photo, but I unfortunately could not replicate it in my piece. I remembered you giving the class a speech on how it is okay to make mistakes and that not everything is going to turn out amazing, which definitely helped me while typing out this post on what might be my worst piece in this class overall.
The best part about this portrait is that my sketch was pretty close to what my sister looks like, and if I could do this project over, I would have went for a pencil drawing.
(I'm actually really glad we did not have a class critique on these portraits.)
The warm up that is most helpful is the face proportions one. I made a sketch as a guideline to know where to glue paper down and this warm up helped me a lot in determining where to place facial features.
What was most surprising about facial proportions was the size of the forehead and the location of the eyes. When I was following the lesson of drawing the proportions of a face we had to draw a circle, and then add another section onto the bottom of the circle. This made the forehead look pretty big and the eyes were lower on the face than I thought.
The piece shows off the theme of line in the background. I tried to make bamboo as the backdrop for the panda. The bamboo's "busy" aspects accentuate the panda by counteracting its plain appearance.
One successful part of this piece is that I managed to make the bamboo leaves look okay, I was worried that they would mess up the lines or look like mistakes.
If I could do it again, I would make some lines in the background deeper. Near the left, there are some empty spaces where I carved lines that were too shallow to show up on paper.
I used two point perspective.
The photo was take in my house, showing a piano from the side.
I found that the most difficult part was mixing the colors to make the right shades of brown, and I also made weird splotches in some areas because I added to much water.
The watercolor warm ups that helped the most was the water color techniques and the hallway sketch. The water color techniques helped me see how to control the brush and learn how the water affected the concentration of color pigment. The hallway sketch helped me see how the lines moved inward in one point perspective. I've never thought of looking down a hallway as the floor, ceiling, and walls moving towards one point in the center and how the lights and tiles also get smaller the farther they are.