This poster is honestly just a compilation of my old works. I was a bit disappointed with it compared to everyone else's. I remember at the time I wasn't really sure what to do for this project and had a hard time coming up with a concept. Everyone else seemed to create something completely new and I just made a collage. I didn't really notice any stylistic traits in my work, mainly because I just like drawing or designing what I feel like. Nothing really surprised me either with this project and to be honest I don't feel like I learned much from it. All we did with this project in my opinion was recap on what we had learned from the first semester, it wasn't really about learning something new.
Before we started the "before" project, I knew few things about design. I always thought of it as just another art style and you could have any colors, shapes, positioning, or spacing you want. While this technically remains true, you have to know what works and what doesn't. Before gaining more knowledge about design, I also believed that making detailed and complex designs was the way to go yet the simplicity of some designs is very nice. While I still enjoying making paintings, designs, and drawings detailed, taking a break and doing something simple is always nice as well.
Throughout the process of getting through the "after" project, I think the main thing I learned is about how to position things and which colors work well with others and how that can effect the way your design is viewed. For example, when you position something in the top corner of the page (like in the "before" design) you need something in the other corner to balance it out so you don't have so much empty space. If I just left the bottom right corner of the "before" page empty, the design would have been too "top-heavy".
With color choices, if you make all of your objects bright colors they begin to compete with each other. Black and white are usually seen first as well as brighter colors compared to less vivid colors. Having one object stand out more than the others makes it easier for the viewer to see which object was meant to be most prevalent. Size can also come into play with this because larger objects are seen first compared to smaller objects. I still feel like getting the background color right is the hardest part of the design.
Many people make art for
different reasons, as for me, I make art because it’s a way of self-expression
and It’s a nice way to relax yourself in your free time.
As for what inspires me to make art, I guess it would be my emotions and
things that are going on in my life or if I see something online that I feel
like drawing then I draw it or change it up to make it my own. My art can
signify anything from morals I’ve learned or just things that I find that have
an interesting meaning behind them. For this specific work, I based it off the
“Wolves which batten upon
lambs, lambs consumed by wolves, the strong who immolate the weak, the weak
victims of the strong: there you have Nature, there you have her scheme: a
perpetual action and reaction, a host of vices, a host of virtues, in one word,
a perfect equilibrium resulting from the equality of good and evil on earth”
While most times I usually
just draw simply with a pencil or markers, recently I have been getting into
painting. My artwork is usually created by doing a line art first on adobe
illustrator and then printing it out and using graphite paper to transfer it
onto the final surface. After this process is done I usually begin painting or
coloring in the line art and ink over the lines if needed.
To me, this artwork (my summer works)
represents how there is a (much needed in my opinion) balance between
everything. In Japanese culture, koi fish are one of the number one symbols of
peace, tranquility and balance. As for the wolves, Okami, is a sun god, while
wolf link is a part of the twilight realm so they would balance each other
Katsura Hoshnio was born April 21, 1980. She is mainly known for her manga, D. Gray-Man. Hoshino’s first publication was Zone, which appeared in Akamaru Jump. Some other publications include Continue and Kaiten. Hoshino broke her wrist twice which caused a different style of the characters a little more than half-way through-out the series. I enjoyed learning about Katsura’s work greatly. D. Gray-Man was the first manga I ever read and I immediately fell in love with it. The artwork is fantastic, even though it changes throughout the series due to her wrist injuries. Her style is very original and a lot of detail goes into all of her work. The “akuma”, or demons, have so many bits and pieces to them and the detail put into them is remarkable. The shading she does should also be noticed as it seems to always be spot on.
Aubrey Beardsley was born in England on August 24th, 1872. In 1883, Beardsley and his family settled in London where he appeared as an infant musical phenomenon. His first drawings and cartoons were published in the school newspaper of Bristol Grammar School. He took up the profession of an artist in 1891. Aubrey Beardsley is an art noveau artist but Parisian fashion and Japanese style prints greatly influenced his work. Most of his images are done in ink, with large dark areas accompanied by large white ones. Some of his most famous drawings concerned themes of history and mythology. I studied Aubrey Beardsley because I’ve always thought art noveau was very different and interesting. I think the style is pretty as well. When I was looking up art noveau artists his work stood out to me because it looked original. Some of his art is very disturbing but it still looks nice. I really like the art noveau dragon in particular. Its very detailed and I’ve never seen anything like it.
The nice thing about art is that it’s not just drawings; it can be music, paintings/drawings, inventions, and even writings. While I’ve learned a lot of things in art, the main thing it has taught me is that almost anything can be art because of all the different techniques and styles that are used, which means you shouldn’t limit yourself. I’ve learned that if you try to limit yourself, later on you will regret it, wishing you had learned how to create or make other techniques.
Another thing that I probably couldn’t stress enough about is that it’s so important to always take your time when thinking/planning and drawing(or creating) your work because the more time you spend on your work, or practicing art in general, the better your art will become. If you ever create something and then look at and are upset with something about it, then don’t be lazy and just turn it in, take the time to fix it until you are happy with it. The most interesting thing I’ve probably learned is the fact that most things in art can either be built off of or were built off something. When I say this I’m not saying that it is impossible to be creative and original, but a lot of the things you learn can be applied to that creativity.
All of this being said, learning about art is just as important as creating it. Taking your time to plan and make the art will produce a product that you’re going to be happier with than if you had rushed yourself. If you can apply what you’ve learned or studied in art to your own drawings, (paintings, music, etc.) then you will find that your artwork will improve.