3. The transformation from the simple box with pen and ink to the layered tomatoes in colored pencil are an accurate representation of my growth as an artist during this class. The box was one of the first projects we did and it is very flawed. I improved so much at blending my values well because in the box the values are quite layered. However, in the tomatoes, I was meticulous in making sure that all of the colors in each tomato were well blended together in order to prevent banding. Another area I grew in this semester was through my use of color. At the beginning of the semester, specifically in the first piece, I was afraid of using color. I thought that pen and ink was all I wanted to use because it was what I was best at. Art II proved that to be quite wrong because, like in the second piece, I found using a wide color palette to be exciting. Throughout this course, I learned to push myself out of my comfort zone in the subject of my pieces. The plain box is obviously a simplistic and frankly, quite easy idea to create. On the other hand, the tomatoes were incredibly difficult for me and required much more time, thought, and level of creativity. In conclusion, the progression from the simplistic box to the intricate tomatoes accurately portrays my positive evolution as an artist.
4. The oil pastel can and the colored pencil lollipop were the most beneficial in my learning for that particular project. First off, the oil pastel can was an eye-opening experience for me. In the past, I had never attempted to draw an actual object with oil pastel; I had only ever drawn simple shapes. Using oil pastels to draw a can helped me greatly because I finally understood and was able to appreciate how difficult oil pastels really are. Although in my final piece for this unit I did not use oil pastels, this mini lesson would have prepared me for success. The second piece that was most beneficial for my learning for a particular project was the illustration of the lollipop using colored pencils. Before this mini project, I had never used Prisma Colors. If we had not done this lesson, I would not have been exposed to the incredible blending capabilities these colored pencils have. I ended up choosing to use Prisma Color colored pencils for my final piece, so this mini lesson prepared me very well for success in that piece.
5. Mixed media was my favorite medium to work with for several reasons. First off, I felt like it was great to not be confined to one medium because using many creates a strong sense of unity within any piece. Secondly, I found that the mixed media project was one of my most successful pieces of work because I am not incredible at any one artistic technique. Rather I used my skills that I have gained throughout Art II in all mediums to create a piece that I am extremely proud of. I thoroughly enjoyed working with mixed media because I liked searching for pictures and feeling a sense of satisfaction when I finally found the one that worked well. Finally, I liked working with mixed media more than the other mediums because I was able to accurately represent myself. I included images of my family which made the piece unique to me. Overall, the mixed media was my favorite medium to work with. Ending the semester with this project is leaving me with a renewed love for art and an interest in a technique that I did not know existed before I began in Art II.