Change begins with an individual. As we as a society expand, more of our natural resources are being exploited in the face of industrialization. Trees are responsible for providing habitat for various animals, preventing erosion, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and moderating the climate, but their importance is often overlooked. It is estimated that every second, one and a half acres of forest is cut down. In my piece, I used recycled wood to bring attention to this growing issue. I strategically lit the world map to highlight countries with extreme deforestation. Each carving in front of the map represents one hundred million people that choose to ignore the problem of deforestation and remain stagnant. The more evolved human in the center represents the individual choice to face the issue directly and work towards a change. At the current rate of deforestation, there will be no rainforests in just 100 years. Will you make a stand, or respond like the masses?
My inspiration behind this artwork is my best friend Maliyah. She has been behind me through thick and thin. I chose this angle of this artwork the way I did to show both pain and strength. Maliyah has been through a lot at home and still pushes through it all with a smile on her face. Maliyah helped me and laughed with me for about 4 years now and I can't wait for many more to come.
Kids do the weirdest things. They also make you realize they might be smarter than you think. My job is to help out the smaller kids with their reading, writing, and to help out the teachers once and a while. While my time as a helper has been short I've learned so much from them. I've learned to appreciate what I have now and what I had. Today, I walked in the classroom and the children were on the floor watching a movie, fully energized, and excited for us to show up. While they might have the obvious luxury of not having sleep deprivation from work, carelessness, and innocence, we have the perks of independence and saying restroom instead of "the potty place". We all miss those days and wanted to travel back to a time when we were babies and not have a care in the world again. We didn't appreciate all those naptimes and breaks and now they are gone. Don't make the same mistakes and appreciate things in your life now, be happy, and look on the bright side like these smiling kids.
I based my drawing on a photograph I captured of my jack russell terrier. I used hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling to make him look realistic. Pencil is my favorite medium to work with but I challenged myself with pen for this project. Overall, I was pleased with the final results.
I like to make art because it lets me express myself, it lets me put what I'm thinking of on a medium of my choice. I like using paper, canvas, and video to communicate how I feel. I really just want people to see my work.
This is my dog Dixie. Ever since she was a little puppy, she has loved to chase our used milk jugs around the yard. I wanted to make a painting of her in action chasing a jug like she loves to do so much.
I made a collage of a bowl of Russian eggs, that are from my grandparents house. Then I drew apples with oil pastel and cut them out. My favorite part was painting the plant because painting is really fun.
I like snow, and I was learning about penguins at school. I put a hat and scarf on my penguin because it is chilly when it snows. I had fun making it.
Everyone says "The sky is the limit.", but I just see it as another barrier that I have to break to find my true potential, to reach new heights. I want to be the best I can be at what I love to do. When I started planning for this piece, I wanted to push into a realm of advancement in my art. I wanted to create beyond what I have already produced. My teacher, as she always does, pushed me outside of my comfort zone. She said all artist need a self portrait at some time. So I decided to create my self portrait, but using the stenciling method like Banksy. This took me about two weeks to do all the cutting for the stencils, and because of my prior knowledge in the medium about two hours spray paint. This work of art is my result of my stepping out of my boundaries and hard work.
James Charles is an inspirational Youtuber and artist. I chose to draw James Charles because he is funny and creative in many ways. For my portrait, I used realism because I love the different texture and movement used in the style. I drew this portrait using charcoals and different shades of pencil and chose a purple border for a pop of color. I chose to draw James Charles because he is inspiring, funny, and creative in many ways.
In class we created a sun and a moon face to represent the warm and cool colors. We could paint it however we wanted as long as we had all the colors we talked about in class.
Within this self-portrait, I am exploring the complexity of my seemingly simple thoughts or daydreams. I am contrasting my outer, bored expression with the chaotic, whimsical doodles in the background that symbolize my daydreams. This goes to show that even when I look unengaged on the outside, my brain is thinking a surplus of thoughts and ideas. I enjoy both technical rendering and free doodling, which is why I decided to combine them in an interesting way in this piece. This contrast between the two techniques, furthers the contrast of my expression and my thoughts.
I was inspired to create "Self Reflection" when I opened a kitchen cabinet in my house and was met with my reflection staring back at me. The clarity, but also distortion of the image intrigued me, so I decided to translate it into a work of art. I photographed myself holding the silver cup and then meticulously recreated it using colored pencils, making sure to include as much detail as possible. For me, this piece was an exploration of something very familiar to me, my reflection, from a new and different perspective.
In my piece, I tried to incorporate net neutrality and how it affects some of us. To me, the internet is like another life that I can go to whenever I like. It is an escape to reality and I can peek into other people's lives. Taking that away might as well take away half of myself. The internet is growing and getting more complex every minute; like me. The internet is how I learn to connect with people and learn new things that I'm unable to learn in school.
This little Eurasian kingfisher just flew about his daily routines and found his catch of the evening. This drawing represents it in the water clasping its beak around its fishy meal. Nature and the water have always been a big part of my life which is why I drew this king of the river, the kingfisher.
I wanted to design and build a city for my imaginary citizens.
I really love animals and I think that lions are beautiful. I was trying to paint a lion who didn't look too fierce, but had a wise face.
I like mountains and lakes. I like to paint beautiful things that are everywhere.
My inspiration was my cousin Kristina as she was getting ready for prom, and was taking pictures outside.
My art, "Lady In Red" is a 3-D piece of a woman opening a door. I used house paint to create my background and woman. Then, using different types of fabric such as quilting fabric and tool, I fluffed my dress up and then covered it in a red fabric. Her earring and necklace is made with real jewelry that has been cut. She is painted on a door to look like she is opening it. I wanted to show my girl opening a door so instead of just painting a door on a canvas, I decided to get a door and paint the girl on it to look like she is opening it. I used gold leaf to emphasis the girl on the background.
For me, art has always played some part in my life. IÕve always been connected to it in one way or another. I used to be an inventor and I would take things apart. My father always says that I have a very clever way of thinking. I make art because it has capabilities of occupying me for hours at a time combined with music or making music. This piece symbolizes a part of being in high school and how shoes are like armor for the feet. You can customize the way they look from a combination of plastics to fabrics to even things like aluminum and metal. Some of my thoughts that were put into this come from my previous brainstorming of how to attach the sole to the upper sole. Sometimes I do research on how these things are made to help with my art. The reason I make art is because it keeps me cool at times when I want to fidget. I also like to see the outcome and put my artwork on display in my house.
I like horses. My cousin melted crayons over a bottle and I liked the way the bottle looked. This is why I chose to melt crayons over my horse drawing instead of coloring or painting my horse.