In Art 1, our second project is distinct from the other projects because of the medium used in creating this artwork. It focuses on utilizing charcoal to draw our clothes.
To create this piece, practices were required; first we created a charcoal value scale and drew eggs. After that, we took photos of our clothes and sketched out the compositions in our sketchbook. Out of the four compositions, we chose the one we liked best. To create the final piece, we first sketched out the most favored composition with vine charcoal on a big piece of art paper. Secondly, compressed charcoal and charcoal pastel were used for shading and mass filling. I started off with the darkest and gradually became lighter. Blending with a Qtip and tissue and detail refining with a charcoal pencil was constant and happened in between.
The texture of the drawing was not at all how I expected, I honestly did not think it would turn out so realistic because, nonetheless, it was monochromatic. The composition did travel the same road as how I envisioned it because the dividing lines made sure the objects had the same ratio as the actual objects. Some challenges I faced was trying to keep the paper clean. I realized it was nearly impossible. The charcoal smudged easily and, even with an eraser, the marks could not be entirely removed. How I dealt with this major problem will be explained in the “Engage and Persevere” section of my reflection.
I challenged myself from the beginning. The angle I took the photo was peculiar, not aerial view, but from a corner to place the focal point on the shoes. In the drawing process, instead of using my hand for blending, I tried using Qtips, which in response, allowed to develop numerous techniques for blending and I used it as an art tool. Looking at my final artwork, I can for sure say I have grown. The way value enhanced and produced such a realistic quality was never done by me, and now I have. I have also branched out from my limited art supplies and into media such as charcoal. Extreme proudness is felt whenever I see this piece of artwork.
Engage and Persevere:
Charcoal. It definitely was a medium I’ve never handled with before. I don’t even see charcoal in my daily life, so when Ms. Zvinakis informed us that our next project involves using charcoal, I was stunned with both excitement and fear. For shading in the large masses of my drawing, charcoal pastel and compressed charcoal were necessary and they were very messy, especially compressed charcoal. An accidental swipe of my sleeve and a turn of my hand will consequentially result in a big, dark smudge, like a huge X staring up at me from my paper, telling I have failed. After many accidents, I’ve learned not to panic. I learned to engage and persevere, to continue and build upon those smudges, and last but not least, to open my mind and move on from mistakes.
To be accustomed to charcoal and ready us for the final charcoal drawing (this piece), our class did many practices. We created a charcoal value scale and practiced shading and observing through egg drawings. These exercises most certainly did help us to develop the final craftwork.
The wrinkles on clothes are ever-changing, like undulating waves over the seas. Therefore, I wanted to capture a photo of my clothes at an angle when the wrinkles seem to look like waves. I took six photo compositions and sketched four of them. I envisioned each one on a large scale and chose the one that will be most efficient and clear. I thought about which image will bring out the image with only the black and white contrast.