Independent Project #2


NOV. 28, 2017 — acrylic and pen on watercolor paper

In this project, since it was independent, we were allowed to formulate ideas on our own. The goal of this project was to create something that we would be submitting to Scholastic for art competitions.

At the beginning of this project, I had a very different idea. I was going to do something with canvas and acrylic, and maybe something more pattern-based. However, while doing that, I suddenly got a different idea—something centered in a dark ally, maybe in the middle of some city, with some ghosts popping out of the walls. I was really excited to do this because the idea of doing something perspective-based was cool, and I wanted to practice lighting, as well. As with most of my other projects, I started out by sketching my layout on a piece of watercolor paper, and then I went over those lines with pen. I used watered down acrylic paint to get the shading that I wanted, and finally I went back in with black and white pen to add some minute details.

I'm glad that this project came out alright. Starting off, I was a bit nervous because I wasn't sure that I would be able to execute it correctly. However, I'm pleasantly pleased that I was able to do it. I think that I made a good use of color and detail, and one spot that I'm really proud of is the blue wooden building on the left—I worked really slowly to try and create a pattern in each board that resembled wood, and even though you have to look kinda closely to see it due to the paint, it still looks cool. I also think that I did a good job with the lighting, especially since it's not something that I work with a lot. Most of my art is usually flat and tends toward graphic design, so it was different to be making a full scene with perspective and lights. Overall, I think that this project turned out okay.