Thursday, December 5, 2013

For this project I showed my animals movement by stretching out the tentacles and curving them upwards to show that he's floating down into the seaweed.  The prismacolors I found were very useful for this piece especially because I did a lot of layering and shadows on my octopus and they apply very smooth and light.  I found activities like the paper bag and paper curls to be surprisingly useful when I drew this figure because they taught me how light works and which sections of something should be light and which should be dark accordingly.  The biggest challenge for me I think was the seaweed because it took so long to show lights and darks on every piece and also the octopus took many layers because it's yellow on such dark paper.

Proportion I think is most important in a drawing due to the fact it's what makes or breaks a work as realistic.  Proportion is what makes a piece look distinctly human, and often can show the age of the person being drawn.  In my drawing I started with the drawing of ovals, which I found to be a very helpful technique, and then drawing the clothes over as I saw them on Caroline.  I liked watching the videos of the techniques and found the quick draws to be the most effective way for me to learn to draw people.  I hadn't ever tried a person before this really and that was a big challenge for me but I feel that the transitions between activities was very nice and while I did like doing the longer sketch I had trouble with the details.