The Enchanted Doll Shoppe
This is the front and back of my sketchbook called The Enchanted Doll Shoppe. The front cover is of me from my dance recital back in 2018 as the Spanish Doll. The storyline is about four curious girls who break into an old toy makers shop to play and see his life size dolls that supposedly come to life. The full picture as you can see is also the back cover with the four girls watching the doll as is starts coming to life. In order to make this, I put canvas over the sketchbook and painted with acrylic paints. I was not confident painting because u rarely paint but was satisfied with how it came out. I made sure to really enhance my values with lots of shading, lights and darks. The prompt was to express something about yourself on the cover and I believe I accomplished that.
Janice and the Watering Can
I did this piece for the Water Art competition. I named the girl Janice as a joke at first but the name kinda grew on me. The storyline behind this is that she is getting water for her home, whether it’s for her family or for her entire village, water is essential for every job and every life. I used pencil and water color for the water to add a pop of color. I took a little bit of an abstract approach to it by not drawing a whole lot of scenery and also not giving her a face. Part of the reason for the face though is because I’m not good enough at faces yet and didn’t wanna put the drawing at risk of not making it into the competition. Sadly I did not get the managers award which I got last year but i feel I made a valid effort and answered the prompt.
The Eye of Light
My chiaroscuro is a portrait of me with one streak of light on my face with the rest of me fading into the background of darkness. I tried to make the audiences perspective go straight to my eye with the bright pupil which in my opinion pops the most in the whole piece. I tried to show an emotional connection in this with a very gloomy facial expression as I’m taking in the last bit of light before I’m fully engulfed in the darkness. To create my work of art, I used black and white charcoal pencils as well as cotton swabs to blend and enhance my values. I tried to really push my values to make it as realistic as possible. I think I was able to convey a meaning behind my art as well as really well the emotion with my facial expression.
Before I Go
I call this artwork Before I Go with inspiration from Billie Eillish’s hit song. The meaning behind this is about heartbreak and abandonment. A couple have just broken up but the boy still has feelings for the other. Even though they are still friends, there is a period of distance between them which absolutely hurts the boy because he has a mindset that he’s going to lose the girl. While he wants to hold on to his feelings for her (hence holding her hand), he feels it’s best to let go...but should he? The girl’s feelings on the whole thing aren’t clear and he’s afraid if he lets go, it’ll be a mistake because the girl may still have feelings also. But is it worth all the sadness and depression? The written statement on the describes the mood and message behind the artwork. I used mostly pencil but also colored pencil to add accents to the piece so it’s not just a sea of gray. The only thing I think I could’ve improved is how I used my space with colored pencil. I could have added more on the upper portion but also I left so much blank space to draw attention to the sun and moon in the middle.
A re-accruing theme in my sketchbook is the relationship of the sun and moon, as well as warm and cool colors. The concept I was going for is connecting between the time of day with certain colors. Obviously when you think of night time you’ll think of colors like blue and purple. And then same thing with the sun, you’d think of colors such as orange and yellow. I used colored pencils to skillfully blend the warm and cool colors together to make a fading effect as the wings expand. Behind the butterfly is the sun and moon coinciding with its designated colors. I absolutely love how the wings turned out. Something I could have improved was the background. Due to time crunch I was lenient on the background but could’ve had more detail and more interesting things going on then just a plain sun and moon. It just shows how two parts, even opposites can come together and make something beautiful. Something about the connection between and the sun and moon just speaks to me and relates to aspects of my life.