Mentor Visit Assessment #3
Mentor: Zahra Jahanyfard
Profession: Fine Artist
Location: 2355 Lebanon Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A few months ago my mentor and I decided to challenge ourselves by creating some sort of artwork every day. We did so fairly easily. What really stood out was the how much I enjoyed the process. There is just something about art that calms me; really, it is cathartic. I decided to do so again in hopes to keep building art as a habit.
This really is just a sketch for something I will paint later. Now, however, it served to show me how much I have improved. I never thought I would be able to draw this. It looks like a distorted dog. In a sense, it looks fractured. I have tackled it now, though, and it seems more manageable. I feel more confident in my abilities. It is incredibly encouraging to feel this way; I am compelled to further challenge myself.
This is not the only sketch I have drawn for today, but it sort of symbolizes all of them. They are not detailed; they are scribbles.
I have mentioned time and time again how much I adore the less realistic art styles. This way of sketching reminds me of the style of painting I adore. It is more free-flowing and filled with movement. Practicing this style feels amazing and still challenging. There is a fine line between a good stylized drawing and messy scribbles; I am still searching for the balance.
Today was very similar to yesterday. This image, however, serves as the first sketch in a series I did today to start thinking about a promise I made while I was in Brazil. I told my grandparents I would paint their house. Of course, this sketch is rough and malformed. Nevertheless, it is helping me see the areas in which I will struggle when I actually commit to painting this. The backyard of their house is cluttered with nature and small building; I want to do them justice, so I want to ease into this. The slow, but consistent drawings will allow me to gain a better grasp of how to face this challenge. It will also prepare me to create the best painting I can.
For this day I decided to explore something completely out of my comfort zone, fantasy. This sketch was my attempt at sci-fi. The odd circle is a planet; the weird rectangles are parts of a sort of space-station. Maybe “space-city” would be a more appropriate word. I imagine the white lines being streaks of a spaceship flying around the city, which, itself, orbits the planet. My hope here is to challenge myself to do something different. I have been meaning to step out of my comfort zone. Working on projects like these should help me actually develop my skills in this area.
As part of AP Art Drawing, one of my classes, I have to draw twelve pieces with the same theme. For this year, I picked my dogs. Painting them has allowed me to develop that expressionist-sort-of-style I adore. Nevertheless, I have grown bored of painting semi-close-up artworks of my dogs where I focus on their fur. I want to do something different. So, for this sketch I focused on perspective, but still managed to include the dogs. I will be painting this at a later date, but, for now, the sketch alone has served to encourage me to pursue more change and improvement.
I went for two opposing spectrums today. I continued my attempts at exploring sci-fi, but I also drew a portrait of what I imagine a roman would look like. I rarely draw people, not to mention robots. This was my way to re-familiarize myself with both concepts.
I feel I should do this more often. For the past few days I have been veering further away from what I usually do. This constant search for change shows me how much I still have to work on and how little I actually know. Stepping out of my comfort zone will introduce me to new concepts, techniques, and styles. It will allow me to further grow and develop as an artist. Of course, I want to keep doing this. The only way I see how is by continuing what I have been doing.
By continuing to explore through my sketches I will be able to more quickly scroll through the massive amounts of opportunities I have in the arts. Narrowing what I truly enjoy will be more difficult, but it will help me better understand what I enjoy and seek.
I went back to form today. Still, this sketch does a sort of combination of things I have been trying to do recently. The sketch tackles the odd sketchy style I am attempting to develop, it incorporates something different than my dog, and it helps me prepare to draw my grandparents house.
What this sketch did that differed was that it showed me another medium I may work on. I have drawn in the board before, but I never realized why I keep doing so. I enjoy it; really, it is fun! I also feel more free to be crazier with my lines.
In a sense, I am motivated to explore with more mediums to draw and paint on. I have explored cardboard and now dry-erase board, but I rarely touched anything else. This could be another way for me to explore more ways to challenge myself.