You Are What You Wear “Uncomplicated”

In the studio challenge, “You are what you wear”, we were asked to create a large charcoal drawing of clothing that represents our identity. We created a large drawing using various types of charcoal referencing a photo we took.

We were asked to bring four pieces of clothing that expresses who we are. In class, we put placed the pieces of clothing in a interesting composition and good shadows. Then we took photos at different angles and made it black and white. Following that, we had chose 4 compositions that we liked and did little sketches to see which one works best. We also did media testing with charcoal. Finally, we split the large paper in to sections in order to get better proportions and drew our final piece. For my project, the final piece looks rather similar than what was intended. I simplified it by not including some of the complicated designs on the hat. I also moved one shoe from the right to the left to get a better composition. The challenge for me was shading. I overcame it by asking for help and persisting.

Though this project, I definitely grew a lot because it was a really big challenge for me. Using charcoal, drawing on such a big scale, and shading were all new technics for me. Even though I stalled and my piece isn’t the best, i really had to push my self to get to where I am. I should have taken better advantage of class time. In conclusion, I’ve matured as an artist because I’ve gained a new skill, learned to overcome obstacles, and learned to persist.

Develop Craft:

Drawing one:                                           Drawing two:

In this project, we had a chance to experiment with charcoal to draw and shade by doing sketches of eggs. The student drew two eggs one after anyone to see if there was improvement. Developing the craft was important for me because I’ve never done charcoal drawings and I really suck at shading. Besides the eggs, we also made a charcoal value scale. By developing my familiarity with charcoal I was better prepared for my actual piece.

Engage and Persist:

Personally, this project took a lot of engaging and persisting because charcoal drawing is really hard for me. In charcoal drawing you have to slowly build up the shadows and details using only black charcoals and erasers. Since the drawing was also rather large, you had to be engaged to complete the piece on time. Honestly I didn’t do a good job engaging because when there was something I struggled with I stalled from continuing. In the end, because I had to complete the piece, I persisted through obstacles and finally finished it.


     Observing was a big part of this project because the purpose was to draw realistically from looking. In order to have good proportions and good details it’s important to have good observation skills. If we didn’t take time to really look deeply at the actual objects, our piece would be off.  Since I changed the position for one of the shoes, I realized it was really hard to draw it in proportion without knowing how it actually is. In the end, I had to get out the actual shoe to draw it though observation to get the right shape.

In a Box: Escape

“Escape” –  Dreams

      Dreams are stairways leading away from the stress of reality and lift you up to the vast, peaceful, and exciting night sky. In the middle of the mysterious night sky waiting to be explored, the moon sits with a welcoming glow. At the bottom of the stairs, a sign says “Welcome to Reality.” One can step away and escape from the harsh reality as it slowly fades through the staircase to the moon.


     The “In a Box” project challenges the student to design and build a box that conveys a certain theme in a poetic way.

     Students were introduced to the to the “in a box” form of art by looking at Joseph Cornell artwork. Students were also introduced to “theme in 3D art” by looking at the work of Chiharu Shiota. We also looked at other artists like Kara Walker. Next, media testing was done in order to experiment with material what we could do in our boxes. We experimented using air-dried clay by sculpting in 2D and 3D. We also experimented using paper cutting to introduce layers in out 3D project. Then, students were asked to come up with possible themes for the boxes. The students each took a theme out of a hat. With the theme we got, we made an idea web and a word-image list. After that, students were asked to create possible sketches of the box design. Last but not least, the following days we studio days for building the actual project.

     My final piece turned out to be rather similar to what I had designed. The only big change was how the blue drape was positioned. I found that quite challenging because it was hard to make cloth take form. In the end, I allowed most of the cloth to hang freely with one part attached to the corner of the box and hot glue in hidden places to stabilize. Another challenge was hanging the moon. It was difficult to get the moon to hang at the right length ad the right position but I got it to work through trail and error. Creating the background was also a challenge. In the beginning I wanted the background to have a hint of washed over blue. I used the sponge but it wasn’t really effective because it was a bit blob like. In the end I just literally used a brush to wash it over with blue water. Luckily, because I did multiple experiments with splattering the stars on cardboard, the final product was pretty satisfactory. The cloud stood out to much plain white, so I spray painted it blue. I think I might have over done it because it was hard to control the amount of spray paint.

Sketch Book Photos:
Progress Photos: 


     This project has allowed me to grow as an artist as it challenged me to experiment new things and learn from them. I have never done 3D art before so this was a really good chance for me to learn by using different technics that I’ve never done before. It was interesting to position things in different depth and different texture. I tried my best to attend to detail and made sure to do tests on cardboard and etc. Although theres still so much room for improvement, I believe I’ve grown as an artist as I have gained a better understanding of themes in art, a better knowledge of layers in art, and better workmanship.



     Personally, I think this project has a lot to do with expressing as it was built around the idea of expressing a theme through art. Each student expressed a different theme in their artwork. in my artwork, I expressed the theme of dreams poetically by using the stair and moon as symbolism to express the escape from one’s reality to their dreams.

Understand the Art World:

           Joseph Cornell                      Chiharu Shiota                      Kara Walker

     For this project, we were introduced to a lot of good artists and artwork. We learned a lot about themes in art and 3D art. Joseph Cornell gives a really good example of how we can organize our box. Chiharu Shiota gives a really good demonstration expressing themes. In my piece, I utilized how Chiharu Shiota uses one main color across her art to better unify my piece.

Stretch and Explore:

     Last but not least, stretch and exploring was a really important part of this project. By using different media and technics, our art becomes more flavorful. in my project, I used acrylic paint for the background. I stretched it by adding water to the paint for a blue wash and by using the splattering method to create stars. I explored with air-dry clay by molding it on top of a paper cutout for the moon. I also spray painted the cotton clouds blue to unify my piece.

FAST/SLOW Rickshaw Drawing

Through the fast/slow rickshaw drawing we got to experience the feeling that different forms of drawing create by drawing a real life rickshaw on an A3 paper using water color and pens, incorporating gestural lines and continuous contour lines.

The “fast” part of the drawing was done with gestural lines using water color. Our task was to do a quick drawing of the outline of the rickshaw within a 2 minute time limit. We were given two water colors of your own choice and were supposed to use them with thick, diluted strokes. This created a very interesting dreamy texture to the piece. The “slow” part of the drawing was done with continuous contour lines using black ink pens. Our task was to take draw very slowly while mainly looking at the actual rickshaw and not lifting our pens of the paper. We are supposed to draw realistically what we see, incorporating all the details we could. The contrast between the two different styles of drawing overlapping each other works surprisingly well together.

When I was doing the fast/slow rickshaw drawing, I had trouble with some of the proportion and keeping to continuous contour lines. Some parts of my drawing aren’t exactly what I saw, but were tweaked a bit because I was a bit off with what goes where and the proportions. The water colors aren’t exactly matched up with the pen. Another thing I had trouble with was keeping my pen on the paper continuously. This was very hard because it unnatural. If I had the chance to do this project again, I would’ve looked at the rickshaw a lot more and planned in my head a lot more before drawing.

Over all, it was a very interesting and fun project : )