YR 1 PORTFOLIO TOUR! (2018-2019 / Visual Arts Major)

Hi, so today I decided I was going to film a portfolio review of everything I made during this first year as a visual arts major. If you don’t already know I go to Bismarck State College which is a community college here where I live. As for the first year I can genuinely say that I really really enjoyed my experience there. It was loads of fun and because there’s not a lot of visual arts majors at this school I got to really have close connections with all my professors and classmates that were also interested in visual arts Which is super super nice to have those kind of connections. Luckily I was able to take three studio classes. In my first semester I took drawing one which is just a basic overview of the Elements and principles of art and how they apply to drawing and so I won’t be showing all of the projects from that because some of them were just simply to learn about very specific things that I’d rather show other drawings that I’m more excited about than just these practice ones. So just so you know, I have more drawings than I’m showing today, but these are the most good ones in my opinion I guess. So yeah, I took that and then second semester I was able to take drawing too, which is taking everything you learned from drawing one and applying it. But now we were using color and we had more freedom in what we were drawing Because in first semester drawing one you have specific still lifes given to you that you have to draw or very specific guidelines of what you need to do. Whereas second semester, we have much more freedom and I’ll talk about that later. And also a second semester I had to take a class called 2D design It was essentially learning the same basics that we learned in drawing one but taking them and applying them not only to drawing but painting as well and having a varied amount of projects that again had more freedom than drawing I did it just because you were able to come up with your own subjects. So yes before I start showing the actual pieces I want to let you know that I do have an online portfolio created now, and it will have all of my pieces that I’m showing today. Along with in the future It will have all of my new projects that I’m making and working on through college and on my own time which is super cool. It’s a fun place to have all of my works at once and so I will have that link in the description so you can go check it out if you want cause you can see the images straight on your phone or on a computer and they’re probably better quality than I might be able to muster up through this video. So yes on that note Let’s get started So first off I’m gonna start with a few of my drawings from drawing one. As I said before, a few of them I’m not going to show. But basically we started off the semester with some gesture line drawings just to get into the swing of drawing while standing up and on and on big pieces of paper But our first genuine project was a ladder project and it’s kind of hard to explain unless you can visualize it really well. But we have a ladder placed in the center of the room with a bunch of random objects on it and it was a focus on positive and negative space which positive space would be like me or this door cause it’s actually taking up space and it’s there and negative space would be everything around me because there’s nothing there but the air And so what we did was we flipped the two around with this ladder and so we made on our drawing the ladder and everything On it had to be connected as one whole positive space but we flipped it so that there was nothing going on there in the photo and then all of the negative space around the ladder and the objects was The positive space and that’s where we had to put some sort of design. And so my title of this piece is plaid-er because it’s a ladder and I did my pattern as plaid in the background and it’s just done with graphite I liked it It took a lot of time for it being my first actual project which isn’t a bad thing but I think I had my mind in the wrong spot and if I were to do this again, I probably Wouldn’t do the plaid Because it kind of takes away a little bit from the ladder and all the straight edges that I have going on But I still I still enjoy it because it was my first genuine piece and I took a lot of time To make sure that plaid looked nice and so I’m proud of it next up in this semester was a piece still focused on positive and negative space but more leaning towards trying out contour line, which is when you just do the very Straight edges around something. You don’t have any value or anything. It’s essentially like coloring book pages so we did that but this time around we were just supposed to color in the negative space and have The subject would be the positive space the subject being an upside down bicycle in the middle of the room Because bikes are very hard to draw as it is and so to have it upside down and see it from a new view actually made it a little bit easier because we had to come at it with a new approach and we couldn’t Try to do it for memory We had to physically look at the bike to make sure we were drawing it correctly, which is important And so I entitled my piece old bike I remember this one taking me quite a while to Decide where I wanted to draw the bike because I really wanted to do this section to see how I would do on it but I also wanted the tire in there and I will say it’s not one of my favorite pieces just because I Did I did sharpie a little on the background and that looks really nice because I did so many layers of the black So it’s super thick and you can’t see the paper through it, but the moment the part that I wanted to convey the most It doesn’t look that great in my opinion but you know, it’s all a process and I still think it is good and it looks like a bike but I Would probably give this another shot eventually if I had to. And so continuing on with the contour line drawings. The next project was the subject was a big skeleton in the middle of the room and it had objects strewn throughout it and We had to just draw it. It wasn’t dealing with positive or negative space or anything We just had to do a drawing of all the outlines of everything on the skeleton without any value in it So I entitled this piece. Leaf me alone because I chose an area-I wanted to do the leg of the skeleton and have the foot in there but to do that I had to draw a lot of foilage and a lot of leaves which I really didn’t want to do, but I’m actually very proud of how they turned out especially all these little strings coming from them that took a lot of time to make sure I got it looking right and All these little points on the leaves, but I think I think Idid pretty good This next piece was something we kind of had to make on our own time the assignment was to draw five different hands, contour line drawing again, but they each had to be expressing different emotions The five different emotions I had would be rock on or hardcore for this signal groovy for the peace sign Connected for the pinky-promise Confused which would be the middle hand. That’s kind of just grasping at nothing and then anxious or not giving upwith the the bottom hand that’s holding on to something almost and then next we have another contour line drawing and This one initially. I did not like it how it looked but right now After showing it to people and hearing their comments. I have a new view on it and I actually really like it I just entitled it shoes Because the subject matter was literally just a pile of shoes in the middle of the room and we had to try out Hatching and cross-hatching which is these pencil markings that you see all along it. I had always really admired drawings that could do cross hatching really well for shading and then I Was able to do it here myself actually, and I I really liked it so next we were moving on to doing a lot more value and shading which meant we were using a lot of charcoal just because We could cover a big surface better with it. Now. This next piece is honestly my favorite from the whole semester of Drawing one. This was one of the first ones where we were able to really use our imagination moreso on it because there was a subject matter in front of us Which was this skull that I’ll show you But there was nothing else around it and the rule was we had to come up with our own background for it to be sitting in And it’s framed currently because I actually-as you might have seen in the vlog-I put this in The gallery for the student show because I’m so proud of it So it’s still in the frame and I might hang it in my room but I called this one Kubrick because I placed the skull in the hall from The Shining If you don’t know me, I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with the movie for a while it’s slowing down now, but when I first saw it I was just so in awe and I still think it’s just it’s filmed so crazy beautifully and just weird and I really admired that and so This skull kind of ties into some of the theories people have about the movie So I thought I’d place it in the hallway. This was one of One of my first attempts with charcoal. I went piece by piece I just slowly worked my way down and actually honestly surprised myself at how well it looks because I Don’t really like charcoal, but I really love this piece. So yeah, and now the last pieces I’m going to show you from drawing one are three landscape pieces that we had to do what we were instructed to do was draw an interior landscape exterior landscape and then an abstract one they had to have Some sort of point perspective either one or two point in a room Which means you line up everything and you have to use a ruler for a lot of it to make sure it’s all angled correctly and looks realistic and I’m not a big fan of these just because I don’t like working with rulers a Ton on drawings just because it feels more Robotic, which I don’t really enjoy but these pieces do look really nice. So I thought I’d show them for this This is the interior landscape I call it living room because it’s my family’s living room and then the exterior piece I called down on the corner This is not based on a real place as you can see because we don’t have a theater really like this here. I’ve done a landscape piece before a lot like this actually so I thought I’d take a new spin on it because the previous one I made in middle school, I believe so I was like Let’s let’s compare what I did then to now and this is a lot better and it represents me a lot better now I think and so this last piece was the last piece of the entire semester and it’s the abstract landscape I call it interruption because what I did was I tried to make asteroid looking things in space and I have two different perspectives happening here one’s coming straight down that way and then this piece is just Interrupting all of them and almost crashing into them at a different perspective And what I did around it instead of just coloring it all in black. I decided to stipple with a thick sharpie marker and Go around it because I felt like that showed that they were genuinely going through space rather than having it just completely dark and as if these Asteroids were forced to be there. So yeah, I feel like it gave a more natural look to it So yeah, that is all my drawings from my drawing one class It was really fun. I had a wide variety of people in there So we were all able to inspire each other a lot with the varying levels that were at and the varying Ideas that everyone had it was really fun, but the next class I had would be 2d design and drawing two But I’m going to show my drawing two drawings first They go in a cohesive order whereas 2d design is just kind of all over the place So again in drawing two we were now introduced to color and varying materials using it such as oil pastels chalk Pastels colored pencil and we were encouraged to use color on all of our pieces Compared to last semester where we were just learning the basics so we had less drawings, but these ones are more Advanced than the previous ones in my opinion because we took so much time for them. The first piece We had to make was out of conte crayon. It’s literally like a chalk stick, but just more heavy-duty And the assignment was to create subject matter as a meaning and we got to even create our own still life and we just kind of Jumbled everything together mind you we had five people in the class at the start of it and at the end of it we had two it was Just Drighten and I But at this time there were five of us and so there was just this really random jumbled still life created and we were able to take whatever we wanted from it and we had to draw it in a way that represented a meaning thus Became my piece I entitled grasping the subject matter I chose from the still life was a glass bottle and The skeleton that was against the wall at the time. Originally the skeleton’s hand was placed down on the table so I had to do a lot of Practice drawing my own hands and looking at bones and everything to make sure I could draw it correctly since I was having it face a different Way and then I took the bottle and almost placed it in his hand, but not really it’s floating That’s why the piece is called grasping. The original meaning I had for it was something in itself just about this subject this this person here, but After doing the critique for this piece, I learned that it can have a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people So I won’t really go into much detail of it because I’ll have you make of it what you have for yourself But essentially it’s kind of representing this person who even after death is still grasping for something so the next piece we did was a triptych which is um, it’s An art piece that has three different Sections of it. The assignment was to pick a subject matter of anything we wanted which I chose a slice of an orange and We had to take it and draw, on the first drawing it had to be as realistic as possible and then the second drawing had to be Abstracted a little bit to the point that you could still tell what it was, like you can still tell it’s an orange But you know It doesn’t look right and then the third drawing had to be completely abstracted non-representational So that if someone looked at that drawing on its own they wouldn’t know what it is. But with the three of them together um You understand that it’s all an orange. I did these in chalk pastel It was my first time ever using chalk pastel and let me tell you it was a lot. It took a really long time to get everything to look the way I Wanted it to especially on the realistic orange because I had so many layers of color but in the end I’m really proud of how they look. Through the critique We realized that all of my pieces-since the orange goes off of the picture plane-if you put them together a certain way Which I’ll show here They actually kind of flow into one another and look as if they’re all one orange morphing into different versions of itself I thought that was super cool I definitely like the realistic orange the best because it took me so long and I’m so proud of how it turned out But all of them together look really cool as well Our next assignment was entitled expressive color which again we were told to choose whatever subject matter We wanted which I chose two hands again kind of like the ones that I drew beforehand in that other Picture and what we had to do was use color in a way that isn’t realistic whatsoever But it’s expressive to ourselves. So this piece is bigger than the average pieces of paper we used I went and bought a black piece of paper Actually and we were told to use oil pastels on this.What I did here was I chose on this hand I was gonna represent Sadness anger and anxiety , yknow emotions that we don’t really like having and these are the colors that I associate them with Obviously red is anxiety and anger and the blue is sadness and then on this hand I chose to represent happiness, calm, content, joy, Eagerness and love, stuff like that the good emotions That we want to have and then I used the colors that I associate those with yellow Obviously is more of a happy color along with orange and pink I titled this piece hands tied as it’s literally representing two different emotions and how they are bonded together But at the same time this one is much bigger and it can overcome that one And even though they work together hand in hand up in our noggins There can always be much more joy The next project was the self-portrait and it didn’t have to just be a realistic picture of ourselves It had to be something that represented us in some way or another and the material we had to use was Colored pencil and this piece is framed currently because again, this one was also in the student show But I call this piece me in green. I Chose to do me making this sort of face because I’ve just always admired art That can portray faces doing just non attractive Kooky and weird expressions. I chose to use green because it’s my favorite color, even though I knew I would look like an ogre It’s me. I wanted to represent me. So there’s that there were only two pieces left in the class And the next one was a collage. In the class we had to do a style research project and pick some sort of art style from the past and research about it and eventually make A piece based on that style. I chose fauvism and even though I was doing a piece already based on it I kind of wanted to try my hand at recreating one of the pieces because we did that in the previous semester And so I was like, why not try it with collage because if you know fauvism, you know It’s all over the place with color and I was like this would be cool with magazine cutouts and so here I have a Recreation of woman with a hat by Henri Matisse. It’s on cardboard I really like this one because I had always wanted to try collage and Originally, I never really wanted to do collages like this with just random paper everywhere I wanted it to be the more precisely cut out and organized pieces that you sometimes see But I figured this would be a good first attempt at it because if it didn’t go well, well..whatever but it did go well and like previously stated I studied Fauvism and so this piece is based off of The techniques they used in that style. We could use whatever medium we wanted and Any subject matter it didn’t matter what it just had to be representative of the style We studied I used chalk pastel again surprisingly. This is a landscape drawing From outside the window of the art studio which is why I entitled it day in the life It was a lot of fun I actually got it done within a day because I just went at it and It was so based on feeling and just intuition that I was able to get it done pretty quickly And I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially the trees That was my last project and drawing – and like previously stated This class got really small really fast But it was nice still because even though it kind of sucks to not have all of that inspiration flowing from other classmates It was still nice because straighten and I are super-close friends obviously and so we were able to talk about it in and out of class and Get to know our professor a lot better because we have him Next year for..I’m gonna have him for three maybe four classes. I’m not sure yet. And I learned So much so so so much from this class whether it be from the projects themselves and pushing the limits of what I can personally do or from the conversations we had about Whatever we were having conversations on It was really Influential and I’m really glad I took it when I did. These last pieces are from 2d design and like previously stated They’re just kind of all over the place and they were focusing on different elements of art I won’t be showing all of them like the drawing one class Some of them are so random and just kind of focusing on practice that I just I won’t show them Okay. So our first project in this class was called line dynamics, and we had three different drawings We had to make, one was a circle one was a square and one was a rectangle What we had to do was use Sharpie markers to create Depth in a piece and it had to be abstract. It couldn’t represent anything specific It was a lot for it being the first project in the class But it really got the blood flowing with creativity because again, this class was filled with people of all different levels So the first out of the three that I made was the square and I called this one inspection This was the one I was most excited for but honestly It’s probably my least favorite of the three just because the other ones turned out really cool. There’s nothing wrong with this one I kept a theme in all of the pieces of a checkerboard Somewhere in it. The next one I made is in a frame This was the last one that I put into the gallery for the student show. It’s called Intergalactic, I really like this piece. This would be my favorite out of the three It’s not like what I normally make because I’m not really into abstract art yet. I’m still working with how I put my own take on it and this I feel like I did a really really good job and all the varying textures and the Stark contrast between these checkerboard lines and all of this messiness over here And then the last one I worked on was the circle and I call this one. Oh the places because it looks like dr Seuss it pretty much came out what I wanted it to be So..can’t go wrong there, this is another expressive color assignment We had to create four pieces on bristol board using whatever medium we wanted it had to be just some sort of plain object that we show different emotions on I did a Green banana, this one is disinterested and then I did a blue banana This one’s probably my favorite out of them. And this would be abandoned banana and this is my second favorite. It’s a pink banana and It’s attractive and this is the whole banana. This assignment was visual music. So we had to take an instrumental piece and Listen to it and make an art piece based off what it made us feel or what we felt the song embodied and again, it couldn’t be representational no actual subjects So just an abstract piece based off the song. I ended up picking this song the breakfast machine from pee-wee’s big adventure the movie soundtrack It’s a wacky song. You’ll have to listen to it while looking at this piece. I just entitled it the breakfast machine I love this so much. I took pencil and just outlined circles of the same size all around it Going underneath this outer red and underneath the yellow But above everything else and so I cut those out with an exacto knife and then I crumpled up little pieces of blue construction paper and literally just taped them to the back behind the circles so that they they don’t necessarily pop out but you can tell that there’s there’s depth to the piece and so This is the last piece I’ll be showing for the entire video. This piece was a dualities project So it was a self-portrait essentially, but we didn’t necessarily Again have to show just a realistic version of ourselves. It could be a landscape or anything that we wanted to represent Ourselves, but what we had to do for the dualities was represent two varying parts of our personality I chose this theme before I started getting more and more of those heavy migraines lately so I chose this and then I got a bunch of headaches and Then was able to apply the anger and frustration I had from having those headaches on to this because that’s the theme I chose one part of my personality being The fact that I always try to put my best self forward and try to stay positive through everything just keep my hopes up then there’s the other part of my personality that’s Constantly struggling with these headaches and stress and anxiety that weigh me down at times and make it hard to be hopeful I have me down here smiling showing that I’m happy on the outside and trying to be friendly with everyone but then Cut off from this point on where my headaches are you can see all this stress and anger that comes through it and I tried to make it look like flames which is why I Ripped these pieces and everything but I chose red and then I have a hand here that happened to be red and then this sad looking person and this person That’s literally like shielding themself with their jacket to represent Stress and anxiety that comes with these headaches this part up here is all collage again. And then this part is Acrylic paint along with the background another fun fact about this piece is the fact that I didn’t sign it I just I wrote the date down and then instead of signing it I taped down the wristband that I wore from the ER when I had to go down there for one of these headaches Recently and it’s kind of just a slap into the face towards my headaches to be like, yeah You can restrict me for a few days, but then I’m gonna turn around and make that pain into art. So Yeah, so that concludes my portfolio review for my first year as a visual arts major I hope you enjoyed the pieces! Again there’s more but they’re not worth showing on camera because this videos at this point It’s already probably really long which I apologize for, but not really cause if you want to see art It doesn’t matter the length because it’s art So yeah You can definitely tell the growth I think through my pieces from the drawing one Pencil and charcoal ones up to my experimentation with all these new mediums in the second Semester I had. Again if you want to see these pieces in more Detail and good quality go check out my online portfolio. The link will be down below. Alright See you next time. Bye!

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