I haven't posted my progress posts yet because I still need to add photos to the drafts, but here's the final piece! I'm not mad at how it turned out. The piece is 16" x 20" so it's kind of big, and I wish I had been able to add more detail into it but honestly mixing the colors took so long, especially since most of it was rock or cobblestone with a ton of colors. This is my first painting on a thick canvas so I'm not sure how to resolve the sides yet, so please let me know if you have any suggestions! I'm also wondering if I should go back in and add more details to the people's faces, but I feel like the detail may seem out of place. The sky looks a little funky from close up, but from far away it looks accurate so I'm not sure if I should blend it out more.
Doing the grid for this was SO HARD. To be fair the picture I used was not the right size for this canvas so my plan was to just paint it to scale and then add extra sky up top where my reference photo ended. I don't know why it ended up being such a hot mess (spoiler alert: it's because I can't do math for the life of me) but I somehow ended up fitting the whole image on the canvas, meaning I must have stretched it one way or another. I only realized after sketching the whole thing out, but by then it kind of looked pretty okay so I just went with it. I picked this project bc I knew it was going to be a challenge bc I haven't worked with paint in so long, but I'm already over it whenever I paint I feel like I revert back into my 6th grade self and all my forms and colors look like they're out of a crayola box. I hope adding detail will make it look more on the realistic side.
She's finished! I'm really really proud of how it turned out to be honest. I'm still not sure how it's going to be received but it looks like how I wanted it to look in my head. I think the story kind of lands, but I think the messiness of it might not. I sprayed it with fixative but something about that mechanical pencil really doesn't want to stay in place. I also added some pops of highlighter to the images which I feel like brings them together pretty well. I didn't keep with a super consistent style while drawing them which I was unsure about, but I like how it turned out. I really love the ballroom drawing and I definitely want my next piece to incorporate the graphite grid like a blueprint under the main image. Dare I say it.... I think this is definitely the direction I want to move in with my future pieces. I love sculpture, but I really enjoyed making this piece, and it was definitely a lot easier and my final product was a lot closer to what I originally imagined than how my sculptures usually turn out.
It's coming along! Up close there are a lot of imperfections in the layout but I really like it that way- it gives me a "scribbled in the coat closet" kind of feeling, almost as if the scientist wrote it themselves. I do think that the style of each drawing is kind of different and not as cohesive as it could be, but I think once I add the highlighter to each image it'll draw things more together. I'm not sure how much shading I should put into them because I want the pictures to stay kind of basic, but I feel like I shouldn't leave them too simple. For example, I shaded the van because I wanted it to be black but now I feel like I should shade the other images too, but I don't think I'm going to do that.
I'm so excited for this piece!! It's very much inspired by the Deb Sokolow's work and just the general vibe I get from it. I've written the story and I'm attempting to make commentary about the short sightedness of humans as a society and how they only think about turning a profit. I really hope that the story gets the message across, because I feel like the message could either hit the mark or totally miss. I really like the combination of the graphite and the highlighter together, and the color gives it a sci-fi feel.
With this project, I wanted to create an almost abstract piece with chalk pastel and black paper. With my last project, I really enjoyed how much planning I was able to put into it, especially since it made the actual production rate so much better. Unfortunately since we have so little time for this project I wasn't able to put in as much planning as I had originally anticipated, but I am enjoying using and exploring this new medium in a more free way. Coach Hall did inform me of an unfortunate fact: using black chalk pastel only dulls the intensity of the colors, and I had already put down large amounts of black since I wanted to create darker shades of all the colors to make the scene more mysterious. My game plan now is to just blend it out and put down different more prominent colors to try and add some intense color back.
Edie Fake was born in 1980, and is an American artist and transgender activist who works primarily creates gauche and ink paintings and murals. He is currently best known for his award winning comic-zine series "Gaylord Phoenix". in 2002, Fake earned a B.F.A degree in Film, Animation, and Video from the rhode Island School of Design. He then worked as a film cutter for several years until going back to school at the Roski School of Art at the University of Southern California. He later became one of 7 students to drop out of the school (later known as the USC7) in protest to mistreatment by administration. In his work, Fake explores identity in the transgender and queer experience. His style is abstract and reminiscent of a fantasy, and he uses this style to redefine historical queer spaces.
This lunchtime lecture was different from all the other’s I had attended since it was a more informal discussion between a group of prior Maggie Walker students, instead of a speaker who had more of an intentional and directed message. I really appreciated the honesty in their answers; it didn’t feel like they were trying to convince us to all go to art school, which was what I kind of expected. I learned that VCU arts is a better program than I had originally thought, with lots of resources and studio space. People are at all kinds of different artistic levels when entering art school, so at VCU all first years take AFO, which introduces them to all kinds of different materials and art “foundations”. While some of the speakers said they benefited from this experience, others said they kind of felt like they were wasting their time learning basics they already knew and didn’t end up changing their mind about their major. Overall though, I feel like the program has good intentions and is a good idea.
I don’t plan on going to an art school at the moment, but I still had one really big takeaway from this lecture- you can harass your college for financial aid! I honestly didn’t know that was a thing because in my head right now colleges are all powerful institutions, but Lily May and Alex’s advice was to go to the financial office and just ask for more financial aid, and if they say no, go and ask again. In Alex’s experience, it's also how she was able to study abroad for a little bit which is something I definitely want to do. Overall, this lunchtime lecture was really informative, and I appreciated getting to hear about art school but also just about college life from real students.
The piece is almost done! The tracing and filling in is my favorite part because it's so easy after all the layout has already been done. I wish I had done this project on a larger piece of paper because I feel like if there had been more space between the steps, it would be clearer that step 3 is one scene that stretches across the entire bottom of the page. The manual is based on Ikea manuals that have no words in order to make them easier to understand, and at the end I was debating about whether to include an Ikea logo on the piece, but then I decided against it because I don't want to draw attention from the real meaning of the piece and make it seem like commentary on Ikea the company itself. I don't love how the title is in Swedish and then there are still English words on the signs throughout the piece, but I couldn't think of a better way to communicate the "SOLD" or "NEW" since the words are completely different in Swedish. In hindsight, I think I should have just kept the title in English because while I thought it would force the viewer to look at it a second longer trying to figure out what it says, I think it just makes it unnecessarily confusing. In general though, I enjoyed the straightforward process of the piece and the clean final product. For my next piece, I want to do something kind of architectural and incorporate graph paper, because I really liked the process of drawing the houses and want to create something more elevated.
I learned how to use the laser printer to make stencils! It's surprisingly really easy; I just drew out the shapes I wanted and colored them in with a sharpie, and then you put them in the printer and it scans them. Then it uploads the scan onto the computer and you can re-position the image and highlight any negative space the scan missed, and then laser print it onto a piece of transparent paper. It all happens in the same place, the scanning and the printing! The stencils I made aren't super clean and smooth, so there are still some shaky edges that become apparent when outlining with sharpie, but they still helps me space things out evenly on the page so I'm glad I made them. Coach also said the printer could be used to burn into wood, which I think would be a super cool way to elevate pen and ink drawings, so I'm going to keep that in mind for future projects.
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