This project, influenced by artists Tommy Kane and Danny Gregory, started with everyone taking four pictures of their favorite place in ISB, selecting the best one, and then cut out sections of a black and white version of the best photo. Then, we had to glue these sections of pictures onto a piece of white paper, also including a few sections of brown paper. Afterwards, you had to draw the photo on the brown and white paper using pencil, with help from the photo sections. Later on, we traced all of the pencil with black pen and some white pencil, then colored in the white spaces with Chinese ink. Finally, on another small piece of paper we wrote about our favorite place in ISB and stuck it next to the finished drawing.
My chosen place for this project was the swing sets in the ES playground. This place is so special to me because it’s where I have some of the happiest memories of my time in ISB. It was a place where my friends and I could just go to relax, laugh and have fun when we were younger, but now we don’t get as much of a chance to go there anymore. The swing sets are a place where many happy memories took place that I’ll always remember, even after I leave ISB.
My photo was taken at an angle, so the swing sets go in a diagonal line across the frame, going from the closest swing being really big, and the farthest ones very small. This perspective makes for a more unique photo than just a head-on shot of the swings, and a more interesting drawing. Besides the photo, each person had to write something about their place too, adding a personal touch to the final artwork. For my writing portion of the project, I wrote two short paragraphs, explaining why I love the the swings so much and describing my experiences there.
After completing this project, I have learned much more about perspective as well as basic pencil and Chinese ink drawing skills. A triumph for me during this project was that everything I drew looked much more realistic than I thought it would be and I completed it on time. However, since I was absent for a few classes, I missed a lot of valuable class time where I could have been working on my project, so, in order to make sure I completed it on time, I had to rush the Chinese ink painting. This resulted in my trees and leaves being a bit messy. Overall, I had a lot of fun with this project and am pretty happy with the final piece!