Sunday, June 8, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 25

     For the last time, hello fellow bloggers! This is my last blog post. I didn't draw anything. Instead, I'm answering a bunch of questions about 20 time. 

1. I really liked the idea of 20 time, I just wish I had put more time into thinking about what I was going to choose for my project. I loved mine, but I think I could've done something bigger that I was more passionate about. Twenty time was so much fun though.  

2. I wish I had a longer amount of time to pick my project. I put it off and then last minute scrambled to come up with something. I think a lot of other students did the same. Also, it really needs to be drilled into kids heads that while they should pick something they want to try, make it something they are very interested in so 20 time is never a chore. 

3. Keep the project long. Maybe a little shorter than this year so there is more time to think about a project, but still long enough where you can accomplish something. Keep blog posts due every two weeks. 

4. Most definitely. It allows students to actually do something they enjoy for a grade which is awesome. Also if you pick something you're passionate about it can help you test out possible options for what you want to do in life. Also, having 20% of your week off from regular classes is never a bad thing. 

5. Make sure you pick something you absolutely love. Don't pick something you're "eh" on because you won't want to follow through. Most importantly, it's OK to fail your project. 

6. The event was awesome, it's definitely something the school should host again because it will motivate students to try harder with their projects. They want to share something cool that they're proud of. Also it forces students to actually find some meaning in their projects, which usually ends up being some pretty profound stuff that they didn't know they believed in. And also it's very refreshing to hear inspirational stuff from actual students because then you actually feel like what they're telling you is possible to do because they're similar to you. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 24

     Hello fellow bloggers! This is the last weekend before my talk! I'd just like to get this over with right now: I know two weeks ago I promised two drawings. Well, I have one. I thought I'd be able to get them both done, but creating and rehearsing the talk really took all of my energy. I'm very proud of this drawing and I'm glad it will be my last one, though. 
     Lately I've gotten really into the show Game of Thrones. So, I decided to draw a dire wolf (which is an awesome animal). Here is the picture I used:
     And this is my recreation:
     I think this is for sure one of my best drawings. I put a lot of effort into this one, and I'm proud of it. 
     As for my talk, I'm all ready to go. I cannot wait to get it over with, I'm nervous! But I know it's going to be great. I worked really hard on it and I know that will show. This project really did teach me a lot and I can't wait to share that with everyone. 
Until next time,
Brendan 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 23

     Hello fellow bloggers! I just want to apologize in advance for my drawing. It's not very good. I tried, but I had very little time. The past week has been very very stressful due to regular amounts of homework on top of studying for two AP tests. I'm really nervous and I spent a lot of time preparing for them. I cannot wait for this coming week to be over. But once it is, I will be able to focus on 20 time. I know my slides and I have a detailed outline of my talk in my head, I just need the time to put it into writing. I promise that two weeks from now I will have two great drawings and I will be in much better shape with my talk. 
    Ok so this week I drew something that my classmate suggested. The Tower at our school. I'm changing it to a tower, since my picture looks nothing like the one I had in mind. Ok, here it is: 
     I spent about 45 minutes on this, but my mind just wasn't there. I didn't know what to do to fix it. It's not HORRIBLE, but it's nowhere near good. This has taught me that it takes not only time but focus to accomplish something. I need to keep that in mind. 
Until next time, 
Brendan

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 22

     Hello fellow bloggers! This past week I've been on spring break. It's been so nice to be off from school and just relax. As far as my 20 time project, I accomplished a good amount of things, even though I did not draw anything. 
     I know exactly how I want to set up my slides. I want it to start with a drawing I didn't make this year, but when I was younger, to show where I started off. Then I'll progress through my drawings from this year and about three quarters of the way through (slide 6) I'll put what I think was my best drawing. At the end, I'll put my last drawing. The reason I'm not putting my best at the end is to emphasize that this project, while at the beginning was simply doing whatever you want to, is more about what you've learned while carrying out your project. I think that's more important than any drawing I've ever made. 
     Also, I've thought about my speech a little bit more. I know I want to talk about patience and creativity (while being as little cliche as possible). I also want to talk about how just because you might not have tons and tons of natural talent , it doesn't matter. I stunk at drawing. Flat out was terrible. But I worked at it. And I'm no Picasso now, but I've come pretty far from my original "chubbykins". So I'm excited to share this. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 21

     Hello fellow bloggers! This past Monday was opening day for the baseball season. I wanted to draw something having to do with this, so I drew the Detroit Tigers logo!
    But first, I want to share something I found. I was talking about what I remember my drawings used to be like in elementary school, and I really wanted to find one. I was able to. Here it is…
     I used to call them "chubbykins" because they were just a bunch of ovals put together to make a person. They still make me laugh. I think I've come a long way since the chubbykin days. 
     Ok, now here's the drawing I based mine off of:
     And now, my drawing: 
     I think it's pretty good! The body is completely awkward. You'll notice that in the actual picture that isn't even there, but I couldn't draw it without having to do that. Oh well. I really like the face though. Also, I think this was a really difficult drawing as it is. It was not easy. So that makes me feel a little better. 
Until next time,

Brendan


Friday, March 21, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 20

     Hello fellow bloggers! I did not post anything last week as you may have noticed. Our class decided to start doing a post every two weeks. This was so people could have more to talk about in their blogs. This doesn't really apply to me because I have something to talk about each week. 
     Over these two weeks I only drew one thing because this weekend I won't be home, I'll be in Traverse City! Anyways, this week I was looking online for something to draw and saw the category of mythical creatures. I saw a dragon but didn't really like the look of it so I searched around for a picture I liked better. Here's the one I used: 
     Pretty cool, right? I did my best to recreate this. This is what I produced: 
     I've noticed that I've been doing drawings involving feathers or scales of some type. I have no idea why but I've repeatedly chose a picture containing those. I think this drawing is OK but it's not great. I re drew the arms and legs until I thought they looked right but I can now see they're still a little off. Body parts are extremely difficult to draw! Something to work.
Until next time,

Brendan 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 19

     Hello fellow bloggers! This week there wasn't really anything in particular that inspired my drawing. At first I drew a skull because I had been writing an essay about Edgar Allan Poe, but it turned out awful so I had to draw another thing too. Here's the skull: 
     I really do not like. I need to work on shading because I am horrible at it. 
     So my other drawing was a pair of angel wings. Here's what the real drawing looked like: 
     Here's what my angel wings looked like: 
     I think they're pretty good. The hardest part was making them look similar. One by itself was easy. But then when the other one was put next to it I realized they didn't look the same at all. Also, it was weird to basically draw the same thing mirrored, so that made it more difficult. Pretty fun though! 
Until next time,

Brendan