Research Assessment 9
My mentor and I decided to challenge ourselves. Mrs. Jahanyfard suggested we work on art for one hour each day; the goal was to practice consistency. We could do just about anything to do with art, but I focused mostly on sketches and a painting. This challenge helped me keep track of my mission statement, my goal for the year. The consistency required to do something like this encouraged and forced me to stay motivated even when I was not motivated. It is exactly what I need. Moreover, it also has exposed me to various issues my recent artwork has; it has driven me to re-prioritise what I want to focus on with my art.
I noticed that there are various areas where my artwork is lacking. Mainly in regards to lighting and variety; I have been avoiding both. The sketches I made during the first day illustrated my failure to focus on contrast. It is the backbone of art; everything builds off lighting. Therefore, I should begin focusing more one it. On the fourth day I found that I enjoyed painting the background architecture of my house. To create believable perspective and forms, lighting is required. So, I believe if I were to begin focusing more on artworks that depict architecture, I will be able to gain some more practice in that area. Most of my work has been of close up photos of dogs, and it has been helpful. Painting those art pieces has allowed me to develop my style into something I am incredibly proud of, but now it is time for me to begin focusing elsewhere. It is not as if my style is perfect; it is competent. For that reason, moving on to addressing a weakness will be greatly beneficial.
Another area that needs addressing is my ability to draw people. I learned in the latter half of my sketches how little practice of drawing and painting people I have had recently. That has kept me from improving, and I even believe my skills have degraded in that regard. I should put more time into practicing drawing people, especially faces; it is difficult to do so. However, as I learned last year, the only way to better myself in art is to keep practicing.
Of course, for the aforementioned reasons, I should definitely begin re-prioritising and revisiting areas which I have neglected this year. That, I believe, will be a great way to improve and better myself. My grandparents asked me to paint their house while I was visiting them this summer. Doing so will help me develop the lacking skills in lighting, so I will begin practicing in my sketches to create an art piece like that. For the other issue, in regards to how I draw people, I will try painting more people in my AP artworks. The main subject is of dogs, but nothing should stop me from painting dogs and people. I ought to also keep trying to draw or paint for an hour each day. It has been undoubtedly beneficial in allowing me to see my weaknesses, but also in establishing a way for me to keep following my mission statement.
Truly, this challenge has been unbelievably motivating. For the last few weeks I have been feeling almost lost. I have lacked a purpose, a goal of sorts. This experience has encouraged me to find a new goal and to keep striving for improvement. Moreover, creating artwork is incredibly fulfilling, not to mention comforting. It feels like a break; something to even look forwards to. Painting is also calming because it allows me to clear my mind and reflect on where to go next. In this case, it is telling me to re-prioritise my areas of focus.