Personal Landscape (psychologists are not allowed to analyze this)

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It’s a wheel… and it has color

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Two-Point Perspective Activity Log

I enjoyed drawing the two-point perspective more than drawing the one-point perspective because i was sure of the guidlines i needed to follow. Most of the work I did on the Brophy hall drawing was erasing lines i had already drawn because they were not aligned to my vanishing point. On the Brophy Chapel I always made sure to align all of my objects to the two vanishing points. I also thought that the Brophy chapel in general was easier to draw because it was easier to measure the relative heights of each object than in a small inclosed space. I didn’t like the fact that the tape we were using to mark our vanishing points well… vanished. I swear that someone was peeling the tape off the ground just to make my work harder. I was pretty happy with my final drawing and like the result. It was fun.

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Two-Point Perspective Resource Post

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Artist: M. C. Escher

Title: Ascending and Descending

Dimension: 14” x 11¼”

 Media of each work: Lithograph

Why you chose it: I like pictures of impossible shapes and forms.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  Escher uses the concept of 2 point perspective to integrate impossible shapes in what would be a stereotypical two point perspective of a building.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  The house he grew up in is now a museum.

Artist: Van Gogh

Title: Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen

Dimension: 41.3×32.1 cm

Media of each work:  Oil on canvas

Why you chose it:  This was a piece of work by a famous artist that demonstrated two point perspective well.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  Van Gogh was able to fit in uneven objects such as people into the rules of two point perspective.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his ear. He only cut off a small portion of his ear lobe.

Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Title: The Colosseum

Dimension: 444 x 701 mm

Media of each work: Copper Etching

Why you chose it: I liked the detail and overall grandeur of the artwork.

What about the reference image you can integrate: Even though the Colosseum is curved Piranesi demonstrates how it can be made to fit two point perspective.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  He spent the final hours of his life doing artwork.

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One-Point Perspective Activity Log

The one point perspective drawing was very hard. Using the vanishing point and keeping everything in the correct ratio and slope didn’t let me use guesswork in my art at all. Usually I like using a ruler in my artwork, but it sort of got in my way when i was drawing on the floor. I thought that a lot of my vertical lines were not very clean as a result, but the lines parallel to the vanishing point turned out to be fine. The things I had the most trouble with was creating the distinction between the white walls and the lights and reflective glass. I slightly shaded the walls to create that distinction and the windows turned out fine, but the lights still didn’t display that brightness. I felt like i had to outline the areas where the lights were in order to convey the space they took up in the drawing.

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One Point Perspective

Artist: Raphael

Title: The School of Athens

Dimension: 200” x 300” in

 Media of each work: Mural Painting

Why you chose it:  It looked like a legitimate and skillful painting.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  I liked it because the vanishing point was more subtle than a lot of other paintings and the curves of the painting look more natural.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  He was born on Good Friday

Artist: Van Gogh

Title: The Night Café

Dimensions: 72.4 cm × 92.1 cm

Media of each work: Oil on Canvas

Why you chose it:  The colors were interesting and caught my eye.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  I liked it because Van Gogh not only made the lines move toward the vanishing point, but each stroke parallel to the vanishing point moved that way too.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  Vincent only sold one painting during his lifetime and only became famous after his death.

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Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Title: The Last Supper

Dimensions: 460 cm × 880 cm

Media of each work: tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic

Why you chose it:  It was a famous and iconic painting

What about the reference image you can integrate:  I understood how da Vinci used one point perspective to bring the viewer’s attention to Jesus.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  He invented the bicycle 300 years before it appeared on the road

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Pen and Ink Activity Log

At first I was kind of scared of the Pen and Ink drawing. All my friends had told me how difficult the pens were to work with and how everthing splattered. Mr. Nelson told us in class that Pen and Ink drawings were the art equivalent to a high maintenance girlfriend. I think it was because of these warnings that i was able to do fairly well. During the grid portion, i was pretty confident because i could at least get the correct dimensions for the most part. When I began inking I proceeded very carefully and methodically. There were still a few splatters but nothing that utterly destroyed my work. I was able to get a lot of the finer details such as the bricks and shingles of the roof and the grass. Putting in shadow was pretty hard but i succeeded for the most part. The only thing i absolutely disliked about my Pen and Ink was that the top of the chapel wasn’t centered on the roof it was on.

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Still Life Activity Log

I guess I was glad that we didn’t do something totally stereotypical like draw fruit. The pine cones were pretty fun to draw as well as the chandelier. I made sure to use a variety of pencils so I could create distinction between each object. The thing the best thing i did was the shadow from the old fashioned grinder thing on the terra cotta pot. To be truthful, i did not look at the black and white picture of the still life for the contrast as much as i should have. The only thing i really didn’t like was rendering cloth. I left that until the very end and it is very obvious in my final drawing that i B.S.ed most of it.  I think that I have improved a lot since drawing class in third grade and I was pretty impressed with my final picture overall except for the cloth rendering.

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Still Life Resource Post

Artist: Willem Kalf

Title: Still-Life with a Late Ming Ginger Jar

Dimension: 77 x 65,5 cm

 Media of each work: Oil on Canvas

Why you chose it:  It caught my eye and the items chosen for the painting were very exotic compared to bread or fruit.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  I really like Kalf’s use of color and shadow which draws the onlooker’s attention directly to some objects but not others and forces him to look deeper into the painting to see more.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  His name does not appear in the land register of Amsterdam where he spent 40 years, and there is no known will of his in existence.

Artist: Georges Braque

Title: Violin and Candlestick

Dimensions: 61 x 50 cm

Media of each work: Oil on canvas

Why you chose it: I liked his overall style of Cubism because it drew you into the painting

What about the reference image you can integrate: I like Braque’s use of color and shadow that simply but effectively created a three dimensional scene but also to create emotion and let the observer’s mind travel through the painting.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s). A head wound he received in 1915 during WWI made him temporarily blind so that he could not paint again until 1917.

Artist: Paul Cézanne

Title: Still-Life with Skull

Dimension: 54.3 x 65 cm

 Media of each work: Oil on Canvas

Why you chose it:  I thought it was kind of random that a skull would be sitting with fruit on a table.

What about the reference image you can integrate:  Cezanne’s different uses of depth and color create multiple perspectives for just one painting even though it seems very simple at first.

Some interesting factoid about the artist(s).  Paul Cezanne had a parrot who he taught to say, “Cezanne is a great painter.”

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Leaf Drawing Activity Log

I had fun during this leaf activity, especially because I had lots of opportunities to make leaf related puns. Leaf it to me to use such a low form of humor. On the first day, I thought I had a good foundation and the leaf was fairly easy to draw. Unfortunately, overnight, the leaf curled and I was left with a very uninteresting leaf that forced me to change perspective and to work with a very technically difficult object to draw (maybe my kharma was getting back at me for making the leaf puns). I got to redo most of it, and was able to start the drop shadow on the second day. During the third day, I added definition and used shadows within the leaf to seem like there were folds and color changes. Right now I think that is one of the limits of my artistic talent, because the shadows looked like deliberate attempts to create depth instead of being subtle enough to actually make the onlooker percieve it.

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