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 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 18

     Hello fellow bloggers! This week for my blog I'll be reflecting about my project, so I didn't draw anything. First off, I'd like to mention my ideas for what I'm going to talk about when I give my end of the year presentation on my project. The main focus, is not on the drawings, but on what I learned while spending my time doing the drawing. Obviously, creativity is one thing. I've learned how to make things in new ways. I've learned to develop different approaches. Also through drawing, I've become a lot more patient. If something isn't perfect the first time, you don't give up. That's a little taste of what's to come!
     What I've liked most about 20 time this year is that it's forced me to do something. To get off my butt and stop being lazy. I never would've done this if it hadn't been for 20 time. And I'm glad, because otherwise I would've gone through life continuing to be an awful artist (I'd like to think I've developed some skill!) Anyways, I'm happy I've been pushed to do something I've always been curious about. It's good to try new things out and see what happens. I think a lot of times people get stuck in their comfort zones and something like 20 time is the perfect thing to push them out of it. 
     If I had to change something, I don't know that I would. I've been choosing harder and harder drawings each week, and they haven't been that bad! I'm happy with my project. What makes it even better is when I tell people to be brutally honest with me about my drawings, they say that it's good! Meaning that I'm not just saying that I'm getting better, other people see it too! I like my 20 time a lot. 
Until next time, 

Brendan

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 17

     Hello fellow bloggers! This past week has been a full week off from school. It's been so nice. I didn't do much since a lot of my friends went out of town, but I still had a good time. What I did do was swim. This was the final week of the season, with our division meet on Saturday. We won for the 15th year in a row! I was really happy because I got new best times in both events that I swam, the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
     Also this break I got a sketchbook. I was exchanging Christmas gifts (only a few months late, I know) with some friends and they gave me a nice new sketchbook for my 20 time! It's really nice, I used it this week in fact.  
    I already drew a picture of the swimming medal, so I didn't want to do something so similar. I just finished reading The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe so I thought why not draw a raven! 
     Here's the raven I used as a guide:
     Here's my drawing: 
     This was really difficult. Way harder than I expected. It took about 2.5 hours. I started out how I normally do, drawing a rough outline of the figure, but then when I tried to actually do the details, especially the claws, it was really hard. I think it's pretty OK, nothing spectacular, but not awful. 
Until next time, 
Brendan  


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 16

     Hello fellow bloggers! This weekend was the beginning of the Winter Olympics. I really love the Olympics. I enjoy the summer games more, because it has swimming and just more events in general, but I still really like the winter games too. This year they're in Sochi, Russia. I'm always amazed at the athletes. The top ranked person for women's figure skating is only fifteen years old. That's ridiculous! I also loved the opening ceremony, showing the history of Russia. 
     This week, in honor of the Olympics, I decided to draw this cool logo of the games that I found. Here's the actual picture:
     Here's my picture:

     I think this is well done, and very cool. I like it a lot. I'm starting to get a lot more nit-picky with my drawings though. After I colored it in, I noticed how the writing kind of slants and it really bugs me! The flames at the top were actually pretty difficult, and I also tried to make the rings as perfect as possible. Overall, I'm happy. 
Until next time,

Brendan


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Artistic Advancement Post 15

     Hello fellow bloggers! This weekend the Super Bowl is on. I myself am rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. I'll be watching it with the guys on the swim team because during it, we will be bleaching our hair! We do it every year around this time because our division meet, basically what we've been working towards the whole year, is coming up. So, for my drawing, I drew the logos of the two teams. Here's the picture I used:
     Now here's my picture:
     I like it a lot. I think it's pretty good. It's  not impossibly intricate, but it wasn't easy either. I'm happy with it, and the color definitely made it better than when it was just black and white. I'm happy!
Until next time,

Brendan