Here are some more pictures of my sketchbook drawing pages that weren’t in the last post!
Almost done with the in class project! Just a few collage pieces to paint and then adding more physical pieces and then some minor fixes and detailing left to do. For the at home project (the homework one), I have worked a bit on the first of 5 elements and am near finished with that part! The rest of them will hopefully go by faster now that I know what I want to do and how to do it.
Here are a few pics of what is in my sketchbook so far... I was pretty inspired by new people that I met recently...
Here is a photo of the progres from this week! It doesn’t looks like I did a lot but I actually repainted the body to have the same undertones and obviously I added some of the collage painting work. This week I hope to have finished the background. I wasn’t home all weekend so I couldn’t do a lot of the homework project, but I definitely spent my time on the plane thinking up plans and drawing thumbnails for what I want to do. I have a pretty clear idea on that project so all I need to do is execute it this week so I’ll make that another goal of mine.
So far, I have made a quick water color reference piece just as a plan for composition and reference for ow to paint the collage pieces. I then did a quick watered down underpainting type thing and added color just to the person. My plan from there is to paint on the collaged paper from my reference sketch and then to do the background. While working on the canvas, I also thought about where I wanted to go with the background and other details and I think I would like to mute the color of the background more to a grey or desaturated blue. I also decided to not paint the eyes in detail because I want to play around with collage or a realistic replication of it. Regarding the collage portion of this piece, I plan to realistically paint on the collaged papers and also add a few actual paper cuttings. I will do the same for parts of the background, but I also want to add texture to the painting so I think I will try using my acrylic paint to build texture. It may not sound like it makes sense now, but I do have a plan and I will hopefully get more done next week!
The career that I am looking into for my college applications is Art Conservation. This field of study entails working on past art pieces to improve the condition by stabilizing physical condition and repairing disfigurement arising from deterioration or general damage from age or external factors. To get into this field, one would need to get into a graduate conservation program in conservation and proceed to complete apprenticeships and internships with museums and other programs. There are not many colleges that provide graduate programs, the few that do are University of Delaware, Buffalo State College, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University IFA, Queen’s University,University of California (Los Angeles/Getty), and University of Pennsylvania. In order to get into these graduate programs, a major in art history is really helpful. However, most programs just require that certain hours of credits be reached for certain programs. These classes can include art history, chemistry, and studio art. There are some additional requirements, such as the GRE test obviously, and certain GPA minimums. Some of the top programs in conservation are provided by University of Delaware and Buffalo State College.
I got really into gardening and nature in general this summer and became intrigued with certain bugs. These were made with sculpey clay, metal wire, acrylic paint, and some had cloth for the wings while some had plastic wrap.
Over quarantine, I also went through a magazine phase in which I was sucked into the amazing photography in Nat Geo and Madame. I made use of this by creating art with the pictures I loved. I made it a goal to fill this little notebook with collages and I was successful! I had a lot of fun with it and it made me realize that I want to incorporate collage work into my projects more often. (the first collage was in the beginning of quarantine and is a comment on the whole situation with the race to find a vaccine and the new regulations in place)
One of the many things I learned in our time off was how to knit and crochet! Here is a blanket that I have been working on as well as a sample of the MANY hats that I made. I made so many hats that I considered selling them, but I think I have settled on donating them to homeless people who need them (especially during this whole pandemic).
Overall, I was a lot busier during quarantine than I thought! I did all this art in my spare time from work and college searching, which actually helped me strengthen my passion for art after spending most of my creative time making art for assignments (which is fun, but when there are rules/guidelines for some reason it makes me do art just to get it done with rather than because I want to be creative/express myself). I posted some more little stuff on my Instagram over quarantine, so below is the link.
The theme of this piece is portraiture, however it is expressed differently from my past pieces that were more literal as I wanted to step back from what I am familiar with. Using magazine cutouts and my typewriter, I expressed all the elements that make up a person/portrait in a way that creates the implication of a portrait.
This piece is representative of the cycles of life through the concept of aging in humans and the growth of plants. The woman reaches through the canvas as an old woman with her hand out to support the growth of new, young life.
Today I finished all of my projects for the Fantastic Four assignment. The two head projects were based on the theme of "life" and they are the plant pot sculpture and the painting of the flowers. The pot is both a carrier of new life (sprouting plants) and made up of old life (the old woman). The painting also plays with the concept of life (and also death) with the plant in water and the falling petals. There are also dead flowers littered among the painting to signify the end of life. My two heart projects share the subject of portraiture. One was made using a typewriter and the other is made of paper (magazine and card stock). The typewriter portrait is made up of words from different song lyrics (with a few typos). The final piece is a self-portrait made up of Nat Geo pages and card stock. Ironically they were about Leonardo DaVinci and humans.