For the first part of the final exam, I had to pick the project that was challenging, yet successful. I think my opacity project definitely fits the description. In this project, I had a lot of trouble coming up with the right idea. In frustration, I just threw a bunch of objects in a plastic bag, not thinking it would turn out too well. As it turns out, this was one of my best projects I think I've ever done- the most realistic one at least. It came together so well in the end and when I added the texture of the wood and the crinkles of the plastic bag, it all came together. Working with the prisma colors is really nice because they blend so evenly and you can get the right shade or highlight without too much effort. The hardest part of this project for me was getting the perspective right. I had taken the photo at a weird angle and I just couldn't get it right. Thankfully I learned an new technique to get the perspective right. Overall I'm really proud of this piece and I think it is one of my best works!
In my opinion, my most successful pieces was also the one featured above; my opacity piece. As mentioned above, I had a lot of trouble coming up with an idea. Once I had the idea my next biggest challenge was getting the proportion right. I took the picture at an odd angle and decided to try and draw it to challenge myself. I was right. It WAS very challenging. Ms. Rossi taught me a technique that I had never heard of or used before. I used this technique for my piece and it turned out very well. I still need more practice, but I've improved immensely.
Over the course of this class, I feel that I have grown immensely. In the beginning, I felt like I did not fit in with the rest of the class because I thought I was a bad artist. Through this class, I did not only learn how to become a better artist, I also learned not to compare myself to others. Everyone has their own style and ideas. Similarly, I think the reason I've grown as an artist because I allowed myself to follow my own ideas and not try to become stuck on if mine looks the same as someone else's. At the beginning of the year I did a still life piece that I was not that proud of. The proportions were off and the shading was too light. I also feel like I rushed a lot on it was well. It was not one of my best works. What I did later in the year was a lot better. An example of this was of a candy I did, wrapped in a clear plastic. It was very tedious at first, but as I worked on it, it got better and better. I really love how vibrant the colors are and how realistic it looks. Overall I really really enjoyed this class and I might take it again my senior year to try and improve even more!