The best art class I ever had was in Junior High School, in that class the teacher actually taught us to draw. However, in my High School art class we were given assignments with very little instruction, and we completed the assignments independently, mine was a continuation school, basically a last ditch effort to get troubled kids a diploma, so I don’t think excellence in art instruction was a priority, rather we were there to do our time and get our elective credit. There were a few students that the teacher took under her wing and gave more instruction to, but I wasn’t one of them.
One of the assignments I was given was on cartooning, we were given a chart of all kinds of different facial features for cartoon characters, and we could put them together to make our own characters. We were also free to invent our own features. We were told to complete six characters. I based the first four on people I knew, most of them were people I knew from outside of school.
Be sure to check in Friday for information about February’s giveaway drawing.
So, I am continuing to share my old art from Junior High School Art class, which puts this way back in the early 1980’s. Some of my artwork from so long ago has been lost, and most of it is damaged at least a little. One assignment I remember involved taking a magazine picture of someone’s face, cutting it in half, and then trying to draw the missing half of the face. I’m sure this is probably a really good way to improve your portrait drawing skills. At the time I was happy with the results the way I did them, but now I look at it and really wonder why I didn’t do more details in the eye, I mean I just colored in the entire iris and pupil in gray, and didn’t give her any eyelashes at all! Oh well, I was just a kid after all..
Some Blogs I’ve Enjoyed Reading During the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
The January Ultimate blog challenge is almost finished, and today’s suggested topic was to share some of the blogs we’ve enjoyed reading during the challenge. I have enjoyed several. These aren’t in any specific order, just because I list one before another doesn’t mean I like it better.
Jane Porterfieldalways gives lots of great SEO and website tips, I know I really need to take the time with her blog to try out all her suggestions, its like a crash course in Search Engine Optimization.
Chondra Rankinis a blog that is great to go for personal development and positive thoughts!
The Martha Review gives great book and product reviews so you can find out about an item before purchasing it.
Nita Beshear is a blog about life from the perspective of a widow who still manages to be postiive most of the time.
I thought I would start sharing some of my older pieces of art, things I did before I ever would have thought to call myself an artist. I don’t have a lot of this work, most of it has gotten lost over the years, and of what I do have, a lot of it is damaged. Still, I thought I’d share it, to kind of look back on my artistic development. So each Wednesday I’ll share a piece, until I’ve shared all that I have.
Seventh Grade Art Class
I had a difficult childhood, there was abuse, there was neglect. I don’t want to get into a lot details, but by the time I was in 7th grade I was fairly messed up. I skipped school a lot. Sometimes I was at school but would fail to go to all my classes. One class I never willingly missed though was art class. It was my 5th period class. I wish I could remember my teacher’s name, he was really a great teacher who cared about his students. Sadly, I don’t remember though. It was in this class that I learned the basics of drawing, shading, perspective, etc.
One of our assignments was a self portrait, it was done in January, I know because I wrote that on the back. I remember I wasn’t happy with it because the mouth was crooked, I felt that the rest of it was pretty good, except the mouth. I tried to erase, but we were using a strange brownish red chalk I’ve never used since, and a cheap paper… my efforts to erase were doing little more than wearing a hole in the paper, even though I was carefully using the kneaded eraser that the teacher said would lift the chalk. Finally, I stopped erasing, figuring a crooked mouth was better than a big hole.
Now of course as I look at it, I see a lot more wrong than just the crooked mouth, I did almost no shading on the cheeks, I NEVER had eyebrows that thin, and didn’t draw any eyelashes at all, plus my eyes are much wider than my own eyes are, but I probably made that change on purpose because I’ve always disliked that one of my eyes kind of droops and both tend to squint. Still, I guess it wasn’t horrible for 7th grade work done by someone who really didn’t focus on anything I should have focused on at the time.