Artists Create Original Art
The theme for the project was up-close and personal. At first I didn’t know what to do. I thought of multiple ideas, but I wasn’t sold on any of them for a long time. However, I stuck with the egg idea after one of the warm up activities that we did in the class. I was assigned a yellow piece of hard candy and I was supposed to draw it and give it value with chalk pastels. It came naturally to me and I did pretty well on it. I realized that the piece of candy required the same type of shading as the yolk in the egg idea.
I eat eggs all the time and they are something that people eat without really realizing how cool looking they are. I looked through multiple pictures on the internet trying to find pictures that suited my art style. There were a lot of pictures that had multiple yolks in the pan. I realized that if I wanted to have a strong and singular focal point I would have to draw just one. Still, I used some of the other pictures to get an idea about how to properly shade.
Most of the ideas were mine. While I used pictures as references, I came up with the idea for the egg whites and the idea of having a purple background. There was not one singular reference point that I modeled my egg after. I would give myself a 3.
Artists Develop Art Making Skills
I have used pastels in the past, but I haven’t put much serious thought into how to use them or get the best results out of them. Doing this project I have learned a lot more about specific techniques with chalk pastels. I figured out how to smear the pastel to spread it out and make it appear smoother. It also makes blending easier. I had to deal with dust and smearing and learned how to control that. I used multiple colors to achieve the values I wanted. I would give myself a 4.
Before doing the project I thought about many things. I tried to predict what problems I would face. I saw that the biggest issue I would face was it looking too simplistic. I am not a particularly good drawer, and simply drawing the outline of an egg and filling it with base colors wouldn’t look very detailed or appealing. I realized that chalk pastels would make it better after drawing the candy.
Around halfway into the project I stopped and started to analyze myself. I saw that the egg looked good, but that the pan and the background were dark and boring. I decided to color the background purple to match to yellow yolk, and put more effort into adding value and highlight to the pan. This is how analysis helped me. I would give myself a 4.