Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Work of Art I am the most proud of

After taking Drawing and Painting class, I am most proud of my Unsung Hero painting. I am most proud of this artwork because I worked extremely hard on it, and made sure that the painting represented my Unsung Hero. When the class was assigned this project I knew I wanted to challenge myself by paint a portrait of my Unsung Hero. Before I took this course, I was unable to draw, let alone paint a face. By painting my Unsung Hero's face I was able to use some of the techniques I used during this course, and apply them in my painting to create a painting that represented my Unsung Hero. I had a lot of fun painting this because after I learned all about this man, Eugene Lazowski, I knew exactly what I was going to paint within the painting. I was also proud of myself for creating the illusion of perspective. By using this technique, I was able to make it look the Eugene Lazowski was in front of the ghetto. 

Revisting my Goals for the Semester

I believe that I did achieve my goals for the semester. My goals for the semester were to become better at drawing faces and human forms, and become better at drawing realistic scenery. After taking this course, I believe that I improved greatly on drawing human faces, human forms, and realistic sceneries. Throughout this course, I was able to learn how to draw faces, and draw a body form in both my sketchbook assignments and projects. I always wanted to learn how to draw faces better, and this course allowed me to. I am very thankful that I took Drawing and Painting, or I likely would not have been able to learn the techniques involved with drawing faces, body forms and drawing a realistic scenery. 

Watercolor Techniques

-To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor

After learning about ways to paint watercolor, I have gained a deeper understanding to all the techniques involved with the process in creating a high quality watercolor painting. The techniques I used included: loaded brush, layering, scraping with the end of brush, stamping, wet and wet, whisking, dry brush, tip only, lifting, changing in pressure, side only, and stippling. I also learning the importance of having a proper watercolor brush. When you don't have a proper watercolor brush, the brush will likely not pick up the paint as well, resulting in low-quality watercolor painting. The loaded brush technique is when you load the paintbrush with paint. layering with when you paint a layer of watercolor, wait till it dries, and then paint a layer on top of that to create different values in paint. Scraping with the end of a brush is when you put on paint, to then use the end of your brush and scrape the paint before it dries. This creates a design within the paint when it dries. Stamping is when you get paint on your brush and then stamp it onto the paper, resulting in thick short lines. Wet and wet technique is when you place water onto the watercolor paper to then drop in wet colored paint within, which results in a somewhat dye-dye effect. Whisking is when you take the side of your brush and whisk paint onto the paper, creating flowing lines. Dry brush is when you have no water (or minimal water) on your brush, and have paint which creates a dry look of paint, which has texture and white areas. Tip only is when you use the end of your brush only, and place this on your watercolor painting which results in a skinny, dense lines. Lifting is a technique when you lift the paint off of your paper, after being put on to either remove the paint, or if you want a lighter color. Changing in pressure is when you change the pressure to which you are holding the brush with, which results in areas that are darker or lighter in color, depending on the pressure you used. Side only is when you only the side of your brush. Stippling is a technique you use to create dots in watercolor painting. I believe that all of these technique concepts are important, and I will use them the next time I paint watercolor. 

Sketchbook Assignments

Imitation Drawing: Still Life

- To gain a basic understanding about Realism Art Movement and to identify artists who work(ed) in this style
- To practice drawing in the realist style by "imitating" a professional, realistic work of art.

Still Life Drawing

- To practice creating a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of drawing in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form
- To understand value by creating a good range between black and white
- To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing

Imitation Drawing: Portrait

- To become familiar with past and contemporary portrait artists
- To use critical thinking skills to analyze artwork
- To understand how and why artists create portraits
-To practice drawing in a portrait by "imitating" a professional work of art

Half Portrait Drawing

-To look closely at half of a portrait and complete the portrait by drawing similar features
-To practice drawing facial features: eyes, nose, and mouth

Autobiographical College

-To create an autobiographical collage that tells the story of an experience(s) that took place in the artist's life. It lets the artist express his or her thoughts and feelings about any aspect of his'/her life.

Mandala Design:

-To become familiar with Mandala designs and it's meaning
-To create your own, original Mandala

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Unsung Hero Portrait & Artist Statement

- Students will create a personal work of art based on their interpretation of an Unsung Hero’s character and actions;

- Students will reflect on their experiences by writing an artist statement that articulates their personal journey and interprets their work for the viewer.

When I began the Unsung Hero Portrait, I started with a piece of paper and began drawing everything that came to mind when I thought of Eugene Lazowski. I picked Eugene Lazowski because his story invoked me to think about others and to always try to think outside the box. I knew that he treated many Jewish patients despite the Nazi prohibition. He did this by going into the ghettos during the night and treating people. Eugene Lazowski and his assistants discovered a dead strain of the typhus called Proteus OX19 bacteria. This dead strain would result in a positive test result for patients that did not have typhus. Their discovery would lead to a weapon against the Nazis. Eugene started using this vaccine on many people. In around two months, a large number of "positive" cases were established that the Nazi supervisors believed that a typhus epidemic had begun within the ghettos. Soon after, the Nazi’s started isolating places that they believed were inhabited by typhus. Eugene Lazowski made a safe area for Jews in twelve villages, and saved over 8,000 people. This sparked the idea to paint an isolated ghetto behind Eugene Lazowski in my Unsung Hero portrait, with barbed wire fenced around it. I decided to include a sign stating “Danger, Typhus, Warning”. This sign was made to represent the Nazi’s fear of the diease, and futhermore their unwillingness to go into the ghetto due to the fear of catching the disease. After researching what ghettos looked like I concluded that they were gloomy looking areas filled with many people. I decided to use a grey sky to represent this gloomy feel, and painted the living spaces, with the intention to make them look very dull and dirty, which was normal for a home in a ghetto. Eugene Lazowski was apart of the Polish Red Cross, so this had to be represented in the painting. After painting the man’s shirt, I painted on a Polish Red Cross symbol on his shirt with: “Polski Czerwony Krzyz”, which is “Polish Red Cross” in Polish. I wanted my work to express my hero’s character and heroic acts, so I included a shot needle, a hand with a doctor glove, and a Jew getting a vaccination on Eugene Lazowski’s forehead. The process of creating a work of art changed my view on life immensely. After learning and reading about this amazing man, I had many thoughts. I realized that a discovery of something that can seem so small, can result in amazing things. Eugene Lazowski thought outside the box, and was able to help around 8,000 people. His dedication to his job and his beliefs showed his true character. When he became a doctor, he swore the doctor's oath, to treat all people and to uphold ethical standards. He stayed true to his oath, and was always willing to uphold ethical standards, assisting those who were sick even though it went against the law and he put himself in danger. Eugene upheld his personal beliefs, thus inspiring me to go through life upholding my beliefs and never backing down from what I believe.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Landscape Perspective Painting

In my painting, I used many perspective strategies in order to create an illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. I did this so my painting would have depth and look realistic. A specific perspective strategy that I used in my painting was linear perspective.This is when objects that are similar in size appear less large at a distance. In my painting, you can see the buildings become smaller as the distance between the buildings and the viewer becomes larger. The buildings have multiple vanishing points, which have relation to the horizon line to give the painting depth. In paintings, I have always had trouble with perspective and being able to show depth correctly. After learning this trick, I think that I was able to achieve the illusion of depth within my painting. Another perspective strategy I learned was atmospheric perspective. In my painting, as the objects become farther away from the viewer, the weaker their contrast becomes. As you get farther back into the painting, the common temperature color turns into a more cooler tone of blue and colors become more faded. This allows depth to show through. It gives the illusion of things becoming less detailed as you go farther back into the painting showing perspective. The cooler tones showed the effects of the atmosphere on the buildings and water in my painting. Another perspective strategy I used was the usage of a foreground, middle ground, and background. This perspective strategy allowed my painting to show depth. My foreground was the larger buildings in the front, my middle ground was the water that faded into the background, which was the smaller buildings and the bridge. One more perspective strategy I used in my painting was a lot of light, reflections and shadow to show depth to make the painting appear more realistic. An example of reflection shown in the painting would be in the water you can see the reflection of the buildings colors. Under the bridge you can see the usage or shadow, to make the bridge look more realistic. In the buildings and water you can see an abundance of light usage, to bring life to the painting.

I faced many challenges when creating this painting. This includes creating and mixing the correct colors, usage of time, correct usage of brushes and the creating of prospective. When I was mixing colors for dark brown and lighter brown, I had trouble figuring out how much of each primary color I needed to get the color I wanted. It took multiple tries until I finally got what I wanted. When I paint, I tend to spend a lot of time on the little details. Since I had a due date for the painting, I had to make sure I used my time wisely, so I would be able to turn in the painting on time. When using brushes, I started using larger brushes for smaller details, which of course was not a smart idea. I had to start over and recreate the details with a smaller brush, and it turned out much better. The last problem I had was creating perspective in my painting. It took many perspective strategies as explained above to achieve perspective within my painting. Next time I am focused on a painting that involves perspective, some things I might do differently would be mixing paints before I start, so I do not have to after I start. One more thing that I might do differently would be to use the correct brush size when painting smaller details.

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

The story that motivated and interested me most is "The Weapon of Intelligence". This story, more than any other, made me was intriguing because of the unsung hero, Eugene Lazowski. His story took place in Poland during World War Two. During this time in 1939, Germany had invaded Poland, and typhus was spreading like mad around the country. The Nazis saw this as an opportunity to increase their isolation of the Jews, in order for the typhus not to spread more. Eugene Lazowski became a part of the Polish Red Cross, and treated many Jewish patients despite the Nazis forbidding it. He did this by going into the ghettos during the night. Eugene Lazowski and his assistants discovered a dead strain of the disease called Proteus OX19 bacteria. This dead strain would result in a positive test for typhus. Their discovery would lead to a weapon against the Nazis. Eugene started using this vaccine on many people. In around two months, a large number of "positive" cases were established that the Nazi supervisors believed that a typhus epidemic had started. The Nazis then started isolating places that they believed were inhabited by typhus. Eugene Lazowski made a safe area for Jews in twelve villages, and saved over 8,000 people. He inspires me to think about others and to always think outside the box. Eugene was a very clever man, and I am touched by his love for humanity.