Friday, May 16, 2014

For Aslan!

Done with the Narnia Project! So here is the final:

Sorry the quality is so bad, I promise it looks better in person!

So this was a lot of fun to do. It was one of my first collaborative art pieces, and it was wonderful. My entire group laughed so much and had a ball trying to figure everything out. There were some frustrating times, like when kids would smear the chalk and wipe it off. But the experience was awesome. I wasn't the one in charge, which is odd because I usually am for things concerning art. I think this was really good for me, though. It let me focus on details, and it pushed me way out of my comfort zone. I wasn't in charge, I've never used chalk, and even the style of the drawing was so vastly different from my own. I also had to take critique from the other kids, which didn't bother me, but it was cool to see how people's opinions of how things should look were different and how we resolved it.

In the picture, you can see Aslan, Mr. Tumnus, Beaver, and a few other creatures. They actually have a shocking amount of detail. The trees, too, are really detailed. It was over all just a cool thing to be involved in.

For Narnia!

So, we started this perspective project thing, and it's Narnia! Yay, right? So this is the original idea:

Sorry its upside down. I don't know how to fix it haha.
 So in our group, there are six people, including me. Jacob, Jordan, Chase, Kimberly, Nowell, and Me. After a hard core brainstorming session we considered a classroom behind a broken wall, monsters crashing through a wall, and some form of a Narnia scene. The Narnia scene won out, because I mean, everyone loves Narnia, right?

 So this is our progress:
\ So it was super bizarre drawing with chalk. I've never done it before, but it was weird. The brick was too bumpy, so we started using our fingers to rub it in, but that got painful and we realized that it was just wiping it off and the colors were really dull. So then we tried paint brushes, but that was also taking more off than putting on, and the water made it really hard to color because it changed the colors so we didn't know what we were doing. And it destroyed the brushes. Then we figured out that paper towels actually worked pretty well.So that's what we did. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

time project

So the piece of art here is not the final project, but the video. Okay, so taking a video of myself doing art is not very original, but I think the piece I made is. This is kind of a design I always do when I'm doodling, or don't know what else to draw, so this time, I cleaned it up a bit for your enjoyment!


The reason I like this particular design so much, so consistently, is maybe because it is free, beautiful, unlimited, but at the same time, exactly what it is supposed to be. I like to think that is how I am, or at least how I want to be! We all have dreams, right? Well, I actually kind of had to plan ahead with this piece. Not a lot, I didn't know where each pattern or outline would be, and I didn't know what colors I would use. Not until I actually got to that point in the piece. But I did have to figure out the different kinds of patterns I would use. There are only a few, and it only took a few minutes, but it's a lot more forethought than I usually put into art.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Hey guys! Guess what I did! Okay, so this is a painting of a watch. And it is watching you. Because it's a WATCH. Get it? Okay, here's what happened!
 So, I was brainstorming with my friends about this project, and we were trying to come up with ideas for appropriation. One of them was wearing a watch, and I was like "A WATCH WATCHING!" I was going to do a wristwatch with a face where the face of the watch was, but even though it would have worked, it would not have gotten the watch part across successfully. So I did this. It came to me as an original idea, but after looking at the final, it reminds me of Mad-eye Moody's eye.
 It was also weird for me because I rarely ever paint, and if I do, it includes no detail or texture. So this was a challenge. I used a sponge (which I've never used in paintings before) to give the watch band texture. Also, the iris is really cool to touch, because I used a lot of paint gradually built up to get the right colors, so it's all bumpy.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tutorial: wrinkles and watercolor

Start out with a picture of someone who has wrinkles. It works on younger people too, just not as well.
This was my starting picture. Okay, now on to the actual steps.

 Open your picture in photoshop.
 Okay, go to the little black and white circle at the bottom right, and select the black and white option.
 Okay, now that you've done that, you will have another black and white overlaying layer.
 Now, change the layer mode to "overlay" about halfway up.
This is what it should look like now.
 STEP 5:
Go to Filter>Artistic>Plastic wrap.
Your settings should be all the way up in all three areas. Then click okay.
Change this layer to Multiply, like you did before with the overlay.
This is now what it should look like.
Now, click the little drop down box in the upper right hand corner of the layers box. Flatten Image.

Duplicate the image by right clicking on the layer. Do this 3 times, so you have 4 of the same image. Click the little eye on the left side of the top two. This makes those two invisible.
Make sure you are on the top visible layer, so the second from the bottom. Then go to Filter>Artistic>Cutout.
STEP 10:
Your settings should be at 4, 4, 2, respectively. Click okay.
STEP 11:
Change this layer to luminosity.
STEP 12:
Now make the third layer visible and select it. Then go to Filter>Artistic>Drybrush and turn all of the settings all the way up.
STEP 13:
Change the setting to Screen.
STEP 14:


Friday, January 3, 2014

Wrinkles in Watercolor

So this was another version of the wrinkled picture I did yesterday, but I used photoshop to make this look like a watercolor or a painting. It didn't take very long, but I liked it a lot. A really cool effect I'll probably be using a lot.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wrinkles are Beautiful

This was a very quick Photoshop deal to dramatize the effects of wrinkles that is pretty popular among photographers these days. The photo is not mine, I just got it off of Google. I will say this, however. As a younger female with no wrinkles, I see how they have effected the faces and hands of the older women around me. I find them astonishingly beautiful. Wrinkles in today's society have been turned into something undesirable, something ugly. But wrinkles mean you have been around long enough to be effected by life in a way that physically changes you. Like gray hair, wrinkles mean beauty, age, and wisdom that only comes from a long life. So ladies, know you are beautiful at all ages.