This was my first time painting a pallet knife portrait, and I love it. I think that the proportions, skin tone, and shadows make it look very realistic. If you stand far away it actually looks like the person. Starting off, I was very worried about it not looking like my friend. Normally, I draw myself, so if I mess up its not a big deal. However, because this was my friend and not me I didn't want it to look ugly and make them feel disappointed. This being said, I think it looks just like him, and he agrees. Honestly, I am just very proud that it actually looks like him. I also love the texture of the pallet knife. The combination of the color of the background and the texture creates a very soft feel. The organic shapes and texture suits the fact that the piece is a portrait considering the human body and features are organic. The one thing I wish i could change is the eye shape. I feel like they should be more curved and not as close to his brow bone. I also wish his eyes had been open but I didn't want to pester him for more pictures. However, I also kinda like that his eyes are closed because it makes the painting feel somewhat somber which is why I chose to add deep blues and purples in the skin tone and keep the background muted. I also kind of think its boring. Most of my portraits have some kind of alteration or distortion, so it feels weird to make just a plain portrait. However, because this was my first time using oils and a pallet knife to create a portrait, I thought it best to keep it simple. Overall, I really love this piece. It was surprisingly easy, quick, and enjoyable to make.
This project was quite the rollercoaster, and I really don't like rollercoasters. I am never going to draw bricks ever again. Drawing each little rectangle over and over again made me go insane. It was as if each rectangle that I drew dragged me closer and closer to hell. This being said, I actually really like the end result. I love my color pallet. Its very different from previous color pallets I tend to gravitate towards. I think the toilet could be better, but by the time I finished the bricks I was too worn out to care about the toilet. The perspective is kinda off, and it sort of just looks kinda weird. Overall, my favorite thing is the subject. Drawing a nasty bathroom stall sounds exactly like something I would do, so props to Allie for giving me the idea. Because it's a nasty bathroom stall, I am glad that I didn't use realistic colors. The bright colors make the nasty bathroom stall look less nasty. It also brings more interest to the piece because otherwise it would be all grays and kind of sad looking. Also, the colors make me think of space, and it's a space theme bathroom. The shadow coming from the side wall is also another favorite feature. I think it looks very accurate to the actual picture, and it shows that the side wall is not as tall as the back wall (if that makes sense?). It really adds the depth to the space.
This is my intokber monster man. I don't really know what I am supposed to say about this, but it was amusing to make. I remember making one of these in Art I, and It was fun to take a little throwback. Making this with my mentee was quite the experience. Liam is quite a character, and we basically trash each others work but it's all in fun. I mean it's just a cute little craft. Not really much to say.
This was my first real oil and pallet knife painting. I have recently been going through an art rut. Nothing really seems fun to make because I am considerably bored with the subjects I have been assigned to create. The idea of an "everyday objects" project bored me to death. I mean nothing against still lifes and everyday object art, but I am very conceptual and how in the world was I supposed to make an everyday object conceptual. However, I made the decision to use the pallet knife for this painting. This was the best decision I could have made. The pallet knife sparked an interest in me and made making the piece a lot of fun. Knowing I planned to use the pallet knife, I chose to paint nail polish bottles because they are basic shapes and there isn't a lot of fine detail work. At first it took a little bit of getting used to the thick layers of paint and having to be careful not to smudge. Also, the fact that oils take FOREVER to dry was also very irritating, especially because when using the pallet knife layers of paint tend to be thicker. Creating clean lines with the pallet knife was also quite difficult, but I think I did a fairly good job in doing so. I really like the color choices I made. However, I wish I had used a slightly brighter pink to stand out more from the deep blue. In general I think this is quite good for my first pallet knife painting. I am super excited to play around with it more and find new texture techniques and work on getting cleaner lines.