I made it!

About a month ago I had IB exams. Everything went smoothly (if you consider staying alive smooth). I can’t wait for July 6th so I can see my final grade. Now that I’ve finished the rest of my classes, I noticed some new followers on this blog. For this reason I’ve decided to make a closing statement.

Thank you to Ms. Fernie, my classmates, and everyone else who helped me along this journey. IB art helped me hone my skills, express myself creatively, and discover new mediums I can practice in the future. Today I still do henna and digital art. I’m not sure that would be the case if I hadn’t gone into this program.

It was hard work; that’s for sure. But I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without that extra push from IB. For anyone who is considering entering this program, I encourage you to give it a shot and try to make something beautiful out of it.

You’ll learn so much. And although you may forget the nitty gritty of cellular respiration, all of those books you read in English, or how to conjugate that verb in French, you’ll never forget what you learned about yourself.

Thank you to all my followers (classmates and otherwise), and goodbye!

Update on Studio Pieces

I started another painting (although I lost the beginning photos). This one is about the hope for a fresh start after IB. The layers and colours are more more variable than Stressed Out, showing how although right now seems bad, it will only be a moment in my life, while the future has many possibilities and many experiences.

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With Soul, I’m going to start using ink with a nib to get the details. IMG_2225

These are the two finished abstract expressionist pieces side by side. I think that I’ll definitely have to display them beside each other. Any ideas for how I should position them? Do they look better horizontal or vertical?

And that’s all. I’m going to start working on the clay bust and try to finish the ink piece this week.

Update on studio pieces

I have two studio pieces on the go right now, one at home, and one at school.

The one at home is my piece in ink. This is what I have so far:

It’s a bit difficult to see, but I messed up in the second photo. I wanted the blue orb (AKA, the soul), to be spotless and clean, but I accidentally got some black india ink on it! Oh well, it’s done now. I should have covered it up before I painted the black strokes. I’ll do that when I start paint the strokes around the face.

The key to this is having patience. If you don’t have patience, you’re going to mess up guaranteed. It’s calming, though, which is the point.

Question: although using ink is classified as a drawing medium, would I be able to say that for this? I want this to be classified as a drawing, but I don’t feel like it really is.

Next up is the one I’m doing in school:

I’m making this by mixing up media in a glue bottle (gloss medium, glue, paint and water), and then spraying it onto the canvas like that. It’s very easy and very quick, and gives just the kind of effect I was looking for.

The point of this is making a painting about everything that is stressing me out right now, trying to illustrate how I feel jumbled and overloaded, bursting at the seams with stuff to do. Any title suggestions?

I’m also planning on doing a clay bust, but I only practiced a bit. It’s a lot more difficult than it looks! But that’s what I said with digital art and I ended up loving that, so hopefully it will get better.

This is something I made while practicing. IMG_2134

Not the most attractive thing ever, but I think it would be easier to form the face with a bigger working area (this was about the size of my hand) and harder clay. The stuff I was working with was quite soft.

Anyway, that’s all!

Classic or Contemporary?

art then, art now

 

In class today we compared classic and contemporary art, using a venn diagram to find the differences. Then, Ms. Fernie opened the question up to us: “Is classic or contemporary art more important to you as an artist?”

My first thought was that that’s a hard question. Many of my favourite artists are contemporary, like Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollock, but at the same time this infatuation with surrealist, impressionist, and abstract art hasn’t been around long. It was only after trying to expand my horizons in IB Art that I really got into the contemporary, and before that I was more into realism.

Now, I tend to mix the elements from classic art with elements from contemporary art. For instance, I’m a nut for realistic anatomy. Katsushika Hokusai, an ancient mangaka is also a great influence for me, although he’s on the verge of being contemporary.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are elements of both classic and contemporary art that shine through in my work. Realistic people, portraits, and anatomy are in sync with the classic movement, but abstract backgrounds with a variety of mixed media go along with the contemporary movement. Both are important to me, and I hope that shines through in my artwork.

What about you? What do you think?

Update! Flowers, Acrylics, and Ink

Finished Beauty is Abstract!

I’ve finished Beauty is Abstract completely by adding flowers. Glad to be done! Now that I’ve got that off my shoulders I can start on some new projects!IMG_2049

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, I’ve finished my digital art piece.
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I started working with ink in my sketch book. I plan to do a piece in ink over the winter break, because I own india ink and a calligraphy set. I’m not sure what the piece will be exactly, but I’ll begin studying artists and art movements this week so I’ll be able to start working over the break. Here’s what I did over the weekend.

 

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Freedom!

FREEDOM!

Finally, after months of work on Beauty is Abstract and weeks of fooling around with my self portrait I’m finally done.

Okay, not actually done. I still need to add the flowers and put my self portrait on a canvas, but all of that won’t take too long. Before now it seemed like the finish line was all the way over the horizon and now that I’m here it seems weird that I can see it right ahead of me.

Next I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do with ink as my next project, but I didn’t think that would be for a while.

Only three more projects to do after I finish these!

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An albeit slightly blurry photograph of what Beauty is Abstract looks like now. I cleaned up the edges around the body and added the leg hair. I think I’m going to leave the hairline as it is. Wouldn’t want to mess anything up. If you look in the bottom right corner (near the lips) you can see my signature too. I might paint over it and redo it though

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The digital art piece of my unnamed painting. Any name suggestions?