Monday, May 17, 2010

Drawing #3

This drawing was for our Emulation project. I chose the artist Adrià Fruiós, a Spanish illustrator whose work I enjoy. This was a challenge for me because my pieces this semester have all been realistic up to this point. However, I enjoyed drawing in a cartoon style and for my medium I just used colored pencil. I first started off drawing in Sharpie on an illustration board, but after getting done with the linework I didn't like the piece, and I noticed that he doesn't use thick outlines in his work at all. I started the new piece (above) after that. If I could re-do it, I would make a different color choice.

This was one of his pieces I used to look at. His work is a little different in that he uses acrylic paint, and works much larger scale.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Second Drawing

Detail, Flat, Sandpaper.

These were my three word I chose out of a box for subject matter and materials for our second assignment. I wasn't quite sure how to approach drawing something detailed yet flat, but I took it pretty literally. I looked up the definitions (and chose the best ones)

flat: ~without vitality or animation; lifeless; dull
~having a generally level shape or appearance; not deep or thick

~attention to or treatment of a subject in individual or minute parts
~any small section of a larger structure or whole, considered as a unit
intricate, finely wrought decoration

I had the idea that cracked dirt on the ground would be interesting to examine and portray artistically. But I took my camera and went outside of the art building to take some photos. I had a few different ones but I ended up choosing a picture of very detailed, busy siding of the trash can. There are small rocks embedded all over the sides, something that is easy to overlook. But it was very detailed. And from afar, it would seem to be very boring and flat (like I normally view it).
Once I chose the photo, I had to decide how to use sandpaper to make the drawing. I chose to simply draw on sandpaper. I ended up gluing sheets of sandpaper on a much larger piece of paper, so that was a little bit of a challenge. From there I used the photo and mapped out the forms of the rocks. I started out using chalk pastel but that didn't stay on the paper very well, so I switched to oil pastel.

Here is the photo:

And the final drawing:

Friday, March 12, 2010

First Drawing.

Drawing #1: Ordinary/Extraordinary

For this assignment (our first) we were asked to take a path that we normally take in our daily routine and take digital pictures of anything that we noticed. From those the assignment was pretty open but we were using simply paper and charcoal. I took pictures along my walk from my dorm room to the art building. I took a lot of pictures but my favorite ones were close ups of objects or patterns that I saw. Here are the images I chose to work from for my drawing....

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Art Lessons, Ch. 1-3

Deborah Haynes' book, Art Lessons, was a pretty interesting read for me, at least in the first few chapters that I've read. She had a lot of interesting viewpoints and ideas, some that I could easily relate to and some that I was not sure about. The first thing that stuck out to me, in the Preface was that as a young child she was very interesting in the world around her and she questioned pretty big things. I could relate to her love of clouds, because I am pretty fascinated by clouds and the sky, and it is usually the first thing I notice when I go outdoors. I thought it was interesting that she searched for answers to questions about theology, because I believe that those beliefs should be sought out by us as human beings and that we should not remain ignorant of what views there are in the world.

In Chapter One Haynes talked about what it means to be an artist. I liked the theory that Jospeh Beuys came up with, that everyone can be an artist. I think that there are some people born with artistic gifts but becoming an artist is made out of your intention, your creative action, and your imagination. I think I have always taken my artistic talents for granted, but it wasn't until I was about seventeen or eighteen that I realized I wanted to become an artist (before deciding this I had planned on majoring in English). At the end of the chapter she mentioned that the most important thing in art is to think about what you are doing, and she believes in using your body, soul, mind, and spirit. I believe that these are what make up a person, and they are all a part of who we are and how we live our lives.

In the next chapter, Haynes talked about aesthetic education, which had five main points. She said we need to learn how to write, have a relationship to sustaining tradition and culture, recieve training and learn skills, know contemporary cultural theory and the issues today, and think about the question of the audience in our art. I liked this chapter and thought it brought up a few really good points. I really can respect the author, to me she seemed to be very aware of the world around her, and she was open to a lot of things. I think it is extremely important as an artist to not be egotistical, and to have the ability to know about the world around you. I think history is a huge part of who we are as humans, and really without it we would not have anything to define ourselves. In this chapter she asked where you got the idea that you wanted to be an artist. This was a hard question for me to answer. I think in the back of my mind I've always loved art the most out of everything, but I didn't realize I could focus on this until probably last year. I think my interest stemmed from my love of reading as a child and the artwork that was included in these books. And lastly I just agreed with the author that we need to be citizens of the world, and take in everything around us; analyzing history, the present, and the future, in order to become a knowledgeable artist.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Self-Portait for Drawing II

About Me

Hello, my name is Lauren Marie Grant (known as Lauren-Bot to a special few) and I am currently nineteen years old and a sophmore at U-W Stout. My major is studio art, and I will be soon declaring my concentration as drawing and painting. I was born in Michigan and moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota when I was eight years old. I came to Stout to major in Graphic Design but I fell in love with the studio classes here and decided studio work was what I had to do. But outside of the art field, I'd have to say my best experience at Stout so far has been admiring, chasing, and taking pictures of the extremely fat squirrels.

As a child it was my ambition to become an author and illustrator; I had a collection of stories I made up along with illustrations. This interest started because I loved children's books and loved their illustrations. Some of my favorites were and still are The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I have always loved to read but I'm now more interested in the area of illustration.

I absolutely love to draw, it is my favorite art form I have discovered so far. I find doodling is a way to help me focus, think, and relax. I wanted to take Drawing III because I still have a lot to learn about drawing. Although I have done pretty well in the previous classes, I still haven't pushed myself to explore my own ideas and get outside my comfort zone. I'm hoping to learn how to be confident with my ideas and express myself better through drawing. I also need to explore new mediums! I hope to use these skills so that after school I can pursue illustration or maybe something else, I'm not positively sure. I took some black and white photography in high school and I have a smaller passion for taking pictures. So I am thinking about minoring in photography. That's about it!