2. The project I feel I overcame the most obstacles with would be my 'Enlightenment' piece. Prior to this I wasn't familiar with using ink at all let alone combining it with watercolors, and it was a challenge for me to learn to appropriately use stippling. Before I started this project I practiced and practiced and practiced everything I planned on including in my piece to make sure it'd come out exactly as expected, and learning to draw lotus flowers took me a good chunk of my time as well as the fabric on my deity. This project made me better as an artist because it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and learn and struggle and eventually succeed.
4. I think the freedom of choices was very beneficial in this semester because it teaches one to think for themselves and have their own creative process. Prompts are nice as a starter but I think true art mostly comes from within and how people perceive situations and assignments. I know I for one learned a lot over this semester and definitely broadened my artistic horizons from techniques to material choices. Over the semester I switched from pencil to pen to prismacolors to watercolors, my favorite being prismacolors because of their versatility. Before I took this class, I mostly taught myself stuff as I went and didn't think in the same way I do now towards projects and their requirements/expectations. As seen in my moth project at the beginning of the semester, I had trouble with shading and making a piece look three dimensional, and by the end with my octopus and characters, shading is my favorite part of a piece. Freedom within a classroom, much like freedom within a country, is a spark for creativity and constant development, and I believe the learning style should stay as it is.