I made an artwork about corona virus because pop art should have a subject that is very common for many people. Since the virus is affecting everyone in the world, I made an artwork that represents virus, and the situation happening now.
I started this artwork by choosing the size of a canvas. I didn’t have any idea of what size and shape of the canvas I should use. When I went into the room with canvases, the square canvas and the medium size rectangular canvas caught my eye. I had to decide between those two. I chose the medium-sized rectangular canvas since I wanted to have the background bigger than the virus and the masks in the center. I had the idea of what to paint in my head and notebook, so all I needed to do before actually going into the painting is to have a sketch to guide myself when painting. I used a light blue color pencil to sketch because when I use a pencil, it would see through the light color paints that I use for my masks. I started with sketching the virus because it needs to be in the center of the canvas, also it helps me draw the masks around it. Then, I sketched the mask in the front since I think it is the easiest among the three masks. I referred to a photo online of a KN95 mask on the right side of the virus because it was a bit challenging for me to sketch. After I finished sketching the virus and masks, I had to think about what to do for the background. I knew that I wanted to express that the virus in the center is spreading, so I was looking through the internet to get some inspiration. I found the “speed line” and I thought this suits my intention perfectly. I got a 50-centimeter ruler to sketch the lines. However, the lines’ thickness was a hard part to consider; I had to erase and resketch the lines three times because of it. When I was satisfied with my sketch, I thought about the colors that I wanted to use. As I mentioned in the plan, I wanted to use red and black, because red and black represents something negative. I started painting the virus. Since the main color of the virus is red, I painted red first. However, when I painted half of the virus, the virus didn’t stand out, and it looked very simple. So, I decided to make some parts more darker, so it has the effect of making the virus look more like a sphere shape and to show that masks are covering it.
During the process of actually making the artwork, I made changes from the plan. I was originally thinking of coloring the masks light blue, white, and light green. However, when I did the first mask in the front with light blue, I really liked the color. And when I did the second mask with white, it didn’t look good, so I changed my mind and decided to paint all the three masks in light blue. In addition, I originally thought of having the virus much smaller, so the masks covers all of it. However, I saw news saying that the covid is getting worse in some countries such as the US, so I made the virus big and masks smaller. I will talk about the meanings behind this soon.
As I mentioned, my art work is representing the virus and the situation that everyone is facing or have faced. The virus in the middle represents the virus itself killing and harming people. The masks in the middle are representing that people are working hard to cover the virus and stop them from spreading. Almost everyone in the world wears masks whenever they need to go outside their house. I thought wearing masks is the most common way that people try to stop the spread of covid. However, it not only represents wearing masks but it is also a symbol of all the work that people are doing to stop the spread, such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, keeping social distance, quarantine, and all the hard work that doctors and medical helpers are doing. The reason why I increased the size of the virus when the situation in the world got worse, is to show that although people working as hard as it was (keeping the size of masks same), the spread and people who are infected are increasing (larger virus). The reason I chose light colors for the masks is to show that people’s work is not as strong as the spread of the virus. Some artworks by Ai Weiwei, he uses some bad words on them to criticize thing. I was inspired by him, and decided that my artwork should also have a message to the world. And my message is that we should not give up in this situation, but work harder. I showed this through making some parts of the masks darker. The darker color is more eye catching and strong, meaning that the people are working harder.
My artwork relates to Pop Art. Pop art is an artwork that has a subject which is popular. My main theme of the artwork is corona virus. Corona virus is popular in a negative way, but everyone in the world knows about it, and probably had been affected by it. Pop art mainly uses strong colors, primary colors with strong lines or contrast. I think my artwork contains all of the above. I have used red, black, and white for most of the places. And I think it really catches the eye. Also, the contrast between the background/virus, and the masks is very strong making my artwork more interesting for the audience.
I am pleased with my art that I made. I chose this course because I wanted to have a class where I could paint, and work on art in order to give me some time where I could relax and enjoy. I am really happy that I made a decent artwork that I am satisfied with the quality. I was not an artistic person, although my mom majored in art and she has a job related to it, I always thought that I was really bad at art and I didn’t have an average art skill. After I made this art work I gained a bit of confidence. If I had more time, I would like to change some parts. First, I want to make the masks more detailed. The masks are very simple and I just have basic lines that makes the masks look like masks. I would like to spend more time on sketching the masks and painting it more carefully, especially the mask straps. Second, I want to be more carefull when I paint the black lines in the background. I used tape to paint straight line, however in some parts, the paint when under the tape and invaded the line. It was okay with red, because I was able to cover it easily with black. But it was almost impossible to cover black with red. Next time, I want to tape it more securely. Next time, I think I can improve the connecting part. I want to make an artwork that could show more the inspirations from other pop artists.