signature self- portrait

Artist Statement:

The subject of this artwork is a self portrait. The materials I used were pen and graphite. I used my signature to create shading around the composition. I chose this photo because it had a lot of different values and I liked to have the snapchat dog filter because I thought it was funny. The element of art that I used was value to show the different shadows in the photograph. The composition rule that I used was formal balance because my face is set in the center of the paper. I was originally planning on just using one material; ink or graphite, but I decided to used both to add more value. This drawing relates to my life because I really like dogs and being goofy, so I wanted that to show in my artwork. If I could change anything I would make my dark areas even darker to push out more values.