I really liked how my first piece came out, and drawing with charcoal taped to the end of a meter stick allowed me to really let go and see that art doesn't have to be done technically to be successful and evoke a response from the viewer. My first piece lacked depth. I couldn't create a sense of three dimensions because everything looked to be on the same plane. To counter this in my revised piece, I tried to include darker lowlights and brighter highlights. I also added a simple background which brought the piece together more. Finally, in the second piece I used my finger to blend rough edges, which allowed me to achieve better shading.
1b. For me this class was mostly about experimentation and seeing what I liked and was good at. In my first piece I was really trying to get a feel for the implement because it was quite awkward to use originally. I think this limited the quality because I was experimenting with different techniques on my finished piece. This gave it a sort of jumbled quality. In my second piece I was really able to focus my attention on the lines and how the different buildings fit together. This gave it a more finished, put together quality. Throughout this course I think I really learned to let go and that mistakes can be made into beautiful things too. At the beginning I was very critical of my work and it prevented me from attempting some ideas that I had. Now I am very open to trying things and if they fail I accept it and move on.
In this piece by Cinta Vidal, the everyday life of humans is examined. Each person in this painting appears to be in their own little world, although in reality they are quite close together. Their peaceful expressions and eyes that gaze no where in particular show that they do not find themselves much affected by others, and that they're more interested in their activities than the activities of others. I think this is a nice metaphor for society. Many people try to be unique by wearing different things or talking different ways, however humans are more closely related than we like to acknowledge.
2. How have you used art to document the human experience? In this political cartoon I criticize politicians who abuse their power to make money. While this is a common issue seen in politics, greed affects everyone, everyday. The desire to have more or be better than others is innate, and in some ways a good thing. Without competition, humans would be weak. That being said, when people in power such as the house representative shown above are greedy, it can lead to hardships for the people they represent.