During the 14th century, there was an increase in the development of Zen Monasteries thanks to a shift in government power at the turn of the century. The monasteries, which were built due the surge of popularity in Zen values within the upper class and elite samurai, brought Chinese Zen art practices into Japan which influenced artists living there. This brought about a change in art in terms of subject and influenced artists to make black and white paintings based on East Asian calligraphy at the time. Continue reading
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Following within the ideas of modular design, I wanted to create a figure that had a repetitive yet a linear flow within it. Using balsa wood that was carved into similar pieces I fitted them together to create a snake like form. After, using more wood, I carved pieces for the legs and then attached everything to a clay base allowing the movement to center around the heavier form. Thanks to this movement within the individual pieces, I believe that I have achieved an interesting yet complex marionette. Finally, I used a blending of colors to add even more complexity and unity to the figure.
As the end of the semester approaches, I find that it is best to look back and appreciate how much we have grown in terms of artistic knowledge and skill. One of the best ways to do this as an artist is to redraw or reattempt an old work, to see how far you have come. That’s why my final project for my Figure and Drawing class couldn’t be more perfect as it is a repeat of the first project we completed in this class: a self-portrait. This project allowed us to use many of the skill we have picked up in the class and allowed us to not only to face new challenges, but also give us an opportunity to tackle some old problems as well. Continue reading
As the end of the semester draws near, it is no surprise that my class and I have been given some large scale projects. Projects that require the knowledge and skills that we have learned up until now. This time, we were put to the task of creating a five panel comic that depicted a piece of a creation story of a culture. In addition to our artistic skills, the project would require our research, comic, and understanding of art principles which is why it is important as an end of the year project. Continue reading