To create a an original work of art with repetitive patterns and bold colors using colored pencils and ink.
In my piece ‘Splash of Color’, I was initially given the requirements of Colored pencils, ink, and ‘Something Colorful’. While these topics are vague, and caused me to wrack my brain for ideas, this has enabled me to be creative to my heart’s content and to let loose. Due to me just finishing a mandala project, my mind was filled with overlaying patterns and different contrasting colors when I started working, which helped me to improve my coloring skills greatly.
I had my family to help encourage me and give me productive criticism throughout the entire process, step by step. With most of my family having backgrounds in art related fields, their experience was very helpful. Even my dad, which is not experienced in art at all, was able to give me a valuable unbiased opinion about his view of my art and gave me good suggestions.
This proved to test me and my decision greatly when sketching this piece, as it consists of swirls of aqua blues, gradient green patterns in the shape of feathers, mandala shapes flowers floating in the background, and many more contrasting shapes. The shear detail in this piece drove me to the ends of my patience and abilities, not to mention my sanity. Looking back, I would have planned ahead a little more, as it would have made the process easier and show fewer mistakes.
This piece was a great learning experience from beginning to end. Through my frustrating progress of learning new things, I have attempted and conquered how to use colored pencils for color value, skin tones, reflections, metallic surfaces, and the different uses of color theory. It was a pure joy to do and a great learning experience. This piece was selected as one of the top 10 pieces of art from Butler Tech School of the Arts and was heading to compete in the Art Show State Championship SkillsUSA last spring.
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