During this art project, we were asked to do a portrait of either someone we know or someone we didn’t know. The paintings were to convey either one of the three leading questions. We could choose either oil painting, acrylic painting or both. I decided to paint a picture of myself with acrylic paint. However, it was not an oblivious choice, it was either my mother, my father or me.
The name of my portrait is The Unfinished Painter, as it was meant to look unfinished like Howard’s art style. The meaning my painting is conveying “When no one is there for me, Art is my way of suffering it.” The subject of my work is myself as I felt I couldn’t do anyone else, even my brother. My guiding question was “How can portraits convey authority?” but I felt that my final sketch didn’t reflect that at all. So I went with the guiding question “How can we represent the intangible?” My visual elements were value, color, and space. There is a lot of contrast and more the while there is positive and negative space. The way that the art represents my guiding question is that I am expressing my emotions onto the other canvas, however only I can honestly tell what I am painting. I borrowed elements from artists Howard Tangye and Otto Dix, the posture of the painting was from Dix while I tried to mimic the art style of Howard.
My actual studio piece looked a bit more different regarding colors that were chosen and art style. It ended up better than I envisioned it to be, I thought the colors I chose were wrong as I felt it would look awkward. I did have difficulties doing it, after all, I am still learning how to paint. One of the problems I had was getting the skin color correct. For that, I experimented with different combinations of colors.
I did challenge myself in trying this project, in the beginning, I felt that I couldn’t even draw the face or anything else. Now, I can do better than just drawing a picture of something or someone. I did take advantage of class time, I worked really hard to get to this point, and I had grown a lot.
Express: I had learned to create art that expresses what I mean it to say. The posture and the colors show an image that most people would hopefully understand. I used where my eyes are pointing to convey that I am concentrating along with my painting.
Envision: I envisioned the portrait like at least more than half my painting that I painted. However, after a bit of thought, I realized that was a bit too hard for me at my skill level. So some revision later, it turned out all right for my level.
Reflect: Comparing before and after the project, at first, it was a complicating project with the workload ramped up to 10. There were so many things to consider doing this project as it is our last project of the school year.
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