Reviewing My Art (Freshman Year at College)

Reviewing My Art (Freshman Year at College)


I’m back! I’m sweating so much I am so sorry for my sudden disappearance School was just so busy and I couldn’t keep up with everything else so I chose to sacrifice YouTube in order to focus on my studies That being said, it is now officially summer vacation for me which means I can go back to updating every Friday Yay! So I finally finished my freshman year of college Time really flies And I’ve accomplished a lot of things during this year and I thought it would be really cool to share it with you guys and kind of see the progress as I go So I’m planning on making one of these videos every year of my college career So if you didn’t know, I am an art student I go to SCAD, which stands for Savannah
College of Art and Design and I’m currently majoring in Sequential Art and not a lot of people know what that is and to be honest, it’s really hard to describe what it is because it’s a bunch of things mixed together Most people know it as manga or comics because that is what this major is most used for but it includes a lot of things like world building, character design and storyboarding so you can also go into animations with it which is my biggest dream I was going to originally major in Illustration but I chose Sequential Art over that because Sequential Art is more about storytelling and that fits me really well because I’m a writer So, so in SCAD it goes by quarters, where there are three main quarters that you have to take and a summer quarter which is optional Which means each quarter is about 10 weeks long and within those 10 weeks we have to make four to five projects Which means, we have very very little time for each project and we have to work very quickly, very efficiently and we have to manage ourselves very very well Which is why I wasn’t able to multi-task even though I applaud myself for being able to multi-task Which is why I wasn’t able to do anything else while I was in school because I just really didn’t have the time I didn’t even have time to sleep Sorry, this video is gonna be really really really long because I’m gonna go through all of my projects and I’m gonna kind of review and summarize them So, please stick with me, hopefully it’s gonna be interesting to see my work in progress Hopefully I don’t bore you to death So without further ado, let’s start with my first quarter at SCAD Each quarter, we have to take three classes: two studio classes and one lecture class and studio classes just means that you have projects and like artwork to do and lecture class is just like a normal class where you just like listen and take notes and like maybe have an exam or two So for my first quarter, the advisors actually chose the classes for the freshman students because we were new and we didn’t really know anything and these three classes are something that everybody has to take So they’re just like “okay, we’re gonna throw you into these three basic classes” and then later on, in other quarters, we were allowed to choose for ourselves depending on our majors So I was put into Communications class,
which is kind of like public speaking, DRAW 100 and DSGN 100 So for my first project in DRAW 100 is this one Which…I…yeah, this one So that one was basically teaching
us about contour lines which is like all the lines that make up a shape, like the— you have to follow the form of the shape and stuff like that and then we drew it based on a still life This is actually the highest grade I’ve ever
gotten for any project I got like an A+ I was so close to like a hundred percent
for this one and then everything else just kind of went downhill I was also pretty confident and pretty comfortable with this project because I am familiar with like pens and pencils
and kind of drawing from life so it wasn’t that much of a challenge for me because I have been drawing all my life compared to some of the other students who came in without really any experience which is also why I did really well for this project For my second project, I actually cannot find it, I don’t know where it went We had to do a perspective drawing where we had to like take a picture of a landscape that has strong perspective and draw that We had to use chalk, or like pastels, those
kind but it was only in black and white This class was pretty much all in black and white, which, to be honest, I don’t really like because I’m a very color oriented person But the purpose of drawing everything in black and white is for you to see the darks and lights the values, and having a full range of that in your pieces So this image—so this image, I actually kind of set myself up for failure because I chose a picture that didn’t really have a strong perspective It didn’t have a horizon line, it didn’t have vanishing points So it was pretty difficult, it also had a lot of detail so that took me a long long time to draw The main critique I got about this drawing was that I didn’t have enough values, everything was just pretty much gray Which I do agree and I also had a lot of problems with the chalks I bought They were just really crappy and they just wouldn’t really work It came out strokey[streaky] and hard to blend and yeah So this one didn’t really go so well, I got like a B+ I think for this one And the funny thing is when my teacher saw my process work, (we have to upload process works and like our prep work and all that stuff which sucks but it’s necessary) So when my teacher saw my prep work and my process where I took pictures of my progress throughout the picture, he actually said that the unfinished ones looked better because he could see the brown of the paper and I’m like, “okay…so am I supposed to just not finish it..?” So art is really subjective it really subjective, it really depends on you, your teacher, your audience For my third project, I did this I’m not sure if you can see it properly So again we have to draw from a still-life and it was all in black and white It was white on black paper which is kind of unique and something I was actually kind of excited for and I felt like it did turn out really well, it turned out really realistic and I think it really showed my kind of drawing skill But, again, my main critique was I didn’t have enough value, I didn’t have the really bright whites, everything is just really dark and hard to see So although my teacher said that I rendered things really well, I drew them really proportionately and well, I didn’t have enough values so I got a B for this one but I’m still really proud of it For my fourth and final project of DRAW 100, I drew this one It’s upside down And by the way that I folded it, you can tell that I didn’t really take care of this work because I absolutely hated this one Out of my first year, this one was by far my worst one There was one day where I was going back through all my artworks, and my mom saw it she’s just like, “what the heck happened to this one?” and I’m like, “yeah, you can tell this one really sucked” So, as I said before, the whole class was in black and white up until this point So this project, we suddenly were introduced to colors, only brown, earthy colors but still colors and so we were kind of lost at what to do We were supposed to use pastel pencils kind of things, but I bought the wrong paper because other paper was sold out and the paper that we were supposed to get was really smooth and worked really well with those kind of pastel pencils but the one I thought was really rough and so it didn’t look smooth when you put down the pastels and I really struggled on what to do because
I hated that toothy look So I talked to the teacher and he said that maybe add water and make it look like watercolor instead and so I did that but when I did that, for some reason I couldn’t put a lot of colors down, so it all looked really light The project description for this one is to kind of build your own “little world” out of a box and little objects that are meaningful to you just to kind of like build a story So this is actually really challenging because first of all, you have to find objects that fit into a box which means you have to be small and then you have to place them in a way that looked good and then you have to draw it in a way that looked good Plus, we have to use colors when we were doing black and white the whole quarter so it was really challenging, I hated it from the very first second I started drawing and it just got worse and worse because I was tight on time, and nothing was going the way I wanted
it and so I just honestly… I didn’t even care about it anymore. I didn’t even put a background, I left the background white which I saw some other people were
putting backgrounds So I panicked last second, I was in the classroom like five minutes before critique was gonna start and I borrowed someone’s pastel and I just like drew in the background black but then it turned out really streaky, I couldn’t blend it properly it was a whole mess and I tried to erase it so the background there’s like these gray streaks of crayons and [sigh] it was terrible This one was by far the worst project I have ever done this year I got a B- on it, so it’s still not too bad, but it’s bad in my standards and honestly I just want to throw this away So, moving on to DSGN 100 So the first project I did for DSGN 100 is this one The project description was to make a non-objective drawing out of pens Non-objective just means it doesn’t look like anything, it’s just like shapes and blobs and stuff like that and we had to use a lot of different patterning and lines We also needed a really strong focal point, which is like the point that is the most important in a drawing and I think I did pretty well for this one I got an A for it and I really did enjoy making all the sort of patterns and stuff but when my teacher showed us drawings from another class, those who are really really good, they had depth they have like a whole world built and mine is just kind of like just shapes on a flat picture so… So when you compare it to other people’s kind of bad, but I got an A for it so I don’t really care The second project I did for this class was this one so the pattern side I actually drew it with color pencils on black paper which was pretty hard because I didn’t have like a super good quality pencils so it was a little hard to get the pencils to actually show on the black paper and I used up like all of my blue which kind of broke my heart and then afterwards we have to photoshop it onto an object and I got an A for this one again, it turned out pretty good, I’m pretty satisfied with it For my third project I did this It’s kind of hard to see So this one we actually have to cut into foam boards we had to draw out a design first and then redraw it onto the foam board and then cut out shapes and dimensions Also in the middle this little wonky one that’s kind of falling off, we had to draw it with pencil to make it look realistic so it’s kind of like a fun little Easter egg So, for this one, it could have been better, the cutting especially It was pretty difficult to cut and make it look really smooth and professional I got an A for this one again, but when the teacher showed works from another class again compared to those, this one is really crap For product four, we did this This project was by far my favorite project that quarter, because it was all digital and I am actually very much a digital artist, I don’t really like doing traditional art because it’s very tiresome and it’s hard to fix mistakes so when we did it digital, I was super excited But we had to find magazines at first and cut out pictures that we liked and we had to collage it in a way that was very interesting and had positive and negative space which, in my case, I had like a frame with a different background that comes out to another background so this is kind of playing on space and what world it’s in, I’m not really good at explaining it but yeah I got an A for this one as well And for my final project in this class I did this So we had a design cards for a deck of cards so we had to come up with a theme that would tie in the cards together and this project, I was super super excited for I love cards and like just those themes that you can do with them it’s just so cool I love it Originally, the teacher intended for us to do it in a traditional media like hand-drawn or something but then me and a few of digital enthusiastic people asked if we could do it digitally and she’s like, “yeah sure why not” so we did it digitally and for my theme I chose to do kind of a Halloween theme because for some reason when I thought of Jack, I thought of Jack-o’-lantern or like Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas so I just kind of ran with it and just came up with more ideas for Halloween some are stronger than others For example, this one I really struggled with, I had no idea what to do, and this one as well And in order to tie them all together to make them look like they’re from the same deck of cards, I put kind of a little glowing effect,
kind of smoky glow effect on all of them and again some are more obvious than others And the main critique I had about this one was that it didn’t look too unified, didn’t look like it was from the same deck which I tried hard on but it was still a little bit hard because Halloween is such a broad subject Also, the back side of my card, the blue one with like the moons and stuff, my teacher said that that one didn’t really link with the cards, it was hard to tell that that was the back side of those cards because it didn’t really look like Halloween, the color scheme was different but I think that I still got an A for this So I got an A for my design class and unfortunately a B for my draw class and to be honest I really didn’t like the draw class of that quarter I just didn’t like the projects and what we did but to be honest I don’t really like foundation classes in general because you don’t have that much freedom, you have to follow what they do and usually it’s drawing from still lifes, which is pretty boring but it’s a necessity to do because you have to know how to draw from life if you want to draw So for all of you art students out there who are starting art school or already in art school, and you absolutely hate foundations class suck it up and do it Take those foundation classes seriously and work on your projects seriously because those are the literally the foundation of your art skills and if you don’t do those well you can’t do it anything after that That’s my number one tip for art aspiring people Okay, moving on to my second quarter So for my second quarter, I took art history class DRAW 101 and DSGN 101 So again, let’s start with draw class My first project was this one which is really hard to see Even in photos, this one looked really light, you can’t really see it So the project description for this one is to put together objects that was part of your identity and I chose to put together envelopes and a mini “yearbook” that I had so the envelopes were written to me by my best friends and the yearbook was basically my childhood memories and all the classmates I used to have and I also put in a dino plushy which is based on EXO’s Chen that I made myself some seashells because I used to love collecting seashells I still have my like mini collection, just like a box of seashells earphones because I love music and we also have to include our head somehow in the drawing so I just chose to make my hand in a drawing position because I love to draw and we weren’t meant to use color pencils for this one and I have a very very light hand I don’t like to go hard which didn’t really work for this piece because it was just way too light My teacher said that I had a lot of details and when you go up close, it just— there’s so much detail that you can get lost in but overall when you step back, you can hardly see it, especially when I put it alongside all my classmates it was like invisible Even from my last quarter, my main main problem is value, I don’t have enough value I go way too light because I’m so scared I’ll mess up and so I usually don’t go hard and so it was a really big struggle for me throughout the year to try and just go big or go home I really had to get over that fear For my second project, I did this and I’m not gonna show the real one because it’s made out of pastel and pastel just kind of…the powder goes everywhere and I don’t want to like do that and clean up afterwards so I’m just not gonna take it out and this one was based on cubism where we had to see a still life and then we had to draw it in different angles but in the same piece and this one was a struggle for a lot of my classmates because they didn’t really understand cubism and the concept of like drawing the same object in a different perspective and like overlapping and stuff like that and this is the project that I did really really well on despite me hating pastels I absolutely hate pastels, it’s so freakin messy the powder goes everywhere, my whole desk was covered in powder I hated it so much. My hands were dirty and like every time you touched it or like added something, the powder would move and like [sounds of disgust] I hated it Despite that, it turned out so good I was surprised at myself And it was also a little bit more free compared to the first quarter because we could use a little bit of our imagination we could change the color of like the overlapping parts And I got an A for this one I even saw my teacher use it as an example for her next class which I was super proud about but I will never use pastels ever again in my whole life I hated it My third project was this one which is made out of watercolor And this project was actually the first time that I used watercolor and I absolutely loved watercolor So we had to find an object and then put it in an environment that would kind of shift the scale of it So one of my classmates had like a foot of a baby doll and then put it in the common area and then made the foot really big in the picture so it was kind of a play on reality and I chose this toy old telephone that I found in one of the classrooms And I decided to put it on like these floating plants that was in the hallways of our school And I really like that narrative because it kind of felt like the castle in the sky kind of thing with the floating plants and also the telephone was kind of like someone’s maybe waiting for a phone call or like it’s a forgotten phone call, something that someone wanted to say but couldn’t, or something like that, I don’t really know but I just enjoyed it I also enjoyed the colors of like the greens and the browns, it just felt very soothing and calming and I had a lot of fun with it I loved those little details of the leaves and stuff and I loved using watercolor and laying over colors and mixing but, again, my main critique is that I didn’t have enough value also my perspective of like the windows in the background we were a little bit off For that one I got like a really high B and I was really disappointed because I thought I did really well So I went to talk to the teacher like, “why did I get this score I thought I was gonna get an A” and then she talked with me and then she went through the rubric and she gave me extra points and she bumped me up because she said I was so close to an A just might as well bump you up which I am super grateful for so if you ever have a problem with your grade go ahead and talk to your teachers, they might bump you up, you never know And the final project I did for this class was this one This one was also done in watercolor and we actually had to build a mask out of paper first and then we had to wear it and then photograph it and then paint it and I actually have the mask right here, it’s kind of smushed out of being put under a lot of my drawings so yeah this one I made it myself and then painted it And I drew it based on this picture And this painting was my best project that quarter and it was actually chosen by my teacher to be considered to be put into the foundation exhibition So at the end of the foundations year there would be an exhibition for the best artworks of the students in foundation year so the teachers would choose the best artworks from their students and they would take it to be judged by all the other teachers and the best ones would be selected to show on the exhibition and get awards, etc. But unfortunately, I did not get chosen for an award or for putting my artwork out for exhibition My teacher said that I was really close, but really how close was I? I don’t know So that was a bummer, but at least I was chosen by my teacher So…eh Moving on to DSGN 101 so this class is actually color theory class and the majority of the class, we just spent coloring in squares to kind of learn the color theory principles which was super boring the paints were super expensive and the teacher was also a little bit nit-picky about how well you painted the squares like the paint had to be smooth, the paper shouldn’t be ripped, the lines should be straight And I got an A for this class They’re all in this binder I’ll show you the images that I took because it’s too heavy to actually flip through like that And then we had a final project which we had to do whatever we wanted but we had to include I think six of the color theory principles within it and then we had to give a presentation to explain what we did and how we did it So I chose to use digital art because that’s my strong suit But the teacher didn’t want us to do digital art unless we had to use digital art which means something like animation which has to be digital because it has to move So I chose to make kind of like a gif which is here And I don’t really want to go into details about the color theory principles because that might take a while so search up the principles and see if you can find them in my drawing yourself I’m giving work to you so that I don’t have to do it Okay, moving on to my final quarter of my freshman year So for that quarter, I did math which I don’t understand why we have to do math but it’s required for I think all majors to take during your foundation year so I had to take it I did DSGN 102 and Illustration 218 So this is the first major class that I took because, as I said I was originally going to major in Illustration but I changed my major so this class becomes an elective So let’s start with my design class This design class was a little bit different from my other classes because for the first three projects, it was actually a group project and this class is about 3D forms, so it was all like sculpture kind of things and I don’t have any of those sculptures, I didn’t take them home so I’m just gonna show you pictures So for our first project we did this one which is made out of wire and it was supposed to be life-size based on one of our group members and we called this one ‘Another Day at the Beach’ because the person originally wore glasses but we wanted to make it a focal point so we put color on the glasses which made it kind of look like sunglasses and sunglasses reminded me of the beach, so I’m like, “let’s just do a beach” and his pose was originally supposed to be like a bored pose but after putting the sunglasses on, he just kind of looked like he was chilling on the beach but was also kind of bored at the same time so we just named it that for a little fun The second one was this one And the objective was to actually use wood any type of wood like chopsticks, toothpicks, popsicle
sticks, which I think we used and to build the tallest tower possible with pattern, repetition and rhythm and at the very end we were supposed to put an object on top of our sculpture so it had to actually bear some weight and for ours, our design was a little bit complicated it was very delicate because we had to spin it and—but we didn’t like measure the angles or anything so it just turned out kind of wonky, it started leaning and some of the sizes, like the spaces in between layers were different so in the end we couldn’t make it too tall or it would fall over and we couldn’t bear too much weight so that was kind of a fail for us we did end up putting a really light plastic globe on top And my classmates really liked because they said it kind of showed like human connections because our patterning looked like DNA So it did help with our narrative and it didn’t turn out too bad but we did get a B for this one because we didn’t really fit in the objectives and our last group project was this one Which was texture switch, which means we had to find, I think each person had to find three objects and then we had to change the texture of those three objects to make it kind of look surprising and we had to have a theme for all of the objects put together So this project was by far the hardest one because it was really hard to just understand what we had to do And the theme was also really hard to come up with So we just went with food because everybody loves food and we went with instant foods because college life is usually just like a bunch of cup noodles and chips and sprite because we’re poor and we don’t know how to cook and everyone’s trying to figure out how to adult so we went with that theme of kind of like college life foods and then we just changed the textures however we wanted, we didn’t really—my group and I didn’t really communicate well for this one so the objects kind of didn’t turn out that well together because we had to put them together at the very end and they didn’t really fit together like the colors were different, the object sizes were different, everything was kind of different so we got a low B for this one, which is fair because honestly this one was really hard and we didn’t communicate well and the end product just didn’t turn out very well And then we have three more projects for this class which is individual projects and these three products are basically based on the group projects so the group products were basically there for you to practice and to kind of figure out what to do so that you can do well for your final individual ones So for my first final individual project I did this And we were supposed to use wire again to build a bust of yourself but for the individual ones, we were supposed to add a hanging element which is why I added stars inside my head, it’s kind of hard to see but the concept for this one is a dreamer because I like to daydream and creative stuff requires daydreaming so that’s why I put colors to emphasize my eyes and inside my head and honestly I didn’t really like working with wire because it’s pokey and is hard to bend and hard to keep together and I still have a lot of wiring left over so I don’t know what to do with them As of right now I don’t have the final grades for these projects because school literally just ended like a day ago so I don’t have the final grades yet but I will update in the description when the final grades come out Hopefully I get a good grade but I don’t know For my second individual project I did this So this one was basically just to build a non objective object out of wood that, again, used pattern, repetition, rhythm and I think a little bit of movement as well and, again, not objective just means that it didn’t look like anything and I don’t know why I just really want to make a shape like that so I did and because it was very delicate and fragile, it just kept falling apart and getting squished by other things so I named it ‘Fragile Mind’ because it’s delicate and kind of chaotic like the mind And for my final individual product, I did this one, which is again the texture switch but this time, because it’s individual, we only had to do three objects and I chose a plastic bottle a bunch of plastic straws and the Starbucks cardboard carry out thing and then I assembled those together and for the cardboard box I glued on feathers and cotton for the plastic bottle, I glued on white string and made it look like a wood texture and for the straws, I bet you can’t tell that those are straws, I glued on tissue flowers over them and so basically, for this project, we were supposed to three objects and then we had to change the texture, but we had to change the textures flawlessly so you can’t see the original texture and we were also supposed to assembled these three objects together to make a new form so like we had to combine them kind of like a transformer thing and I think I did that really well the cardboard box was a little bit amateurish because I didn’t have enough feathers and then I thought of using cotton which didn’t really cover a lot either so you can still see the cardboard underneath all those but I do like how it turned out and the concept behind this one is kind of
environmentalistic(?) so I named it ‘Artificial’ so I found mass-produced products and then used other mass-produced products to create a kind of nature feel For example the plastic bottle I used string, but I used string to make it look like wood and then for the tissues I made them to look like flowers and for the feathers and the cotton, I just kind of made it look like a bird’s nest, in a way And so the idea was that we are trying to mimic nature because we’re destroying it but we’re still trying to mimic it and I put everything in white because white is symbolized as good and pure, but at the same time it’s like a bleached white so it’s still an artificial white, but we’re trying to make a look like the good kind of white and natural white so that’s the concept behind it and I think I executed it pretty well other than the cardboard box I saw a lot of my classmates they didn’t really understand what we were supposed to do, and they just had like three separate objects put in a way that’s like an exhibition or some people were making like just a sculpture and not like texture switching but this project was really hard to understand so I understand why some people would misunderstand So hopefully I get a good grade for these, but as I said, I’ll update you guys later once I get the final grades And these projects, because they’re really
big and bulky, I ended up throwing all of them away The group ones nobody really wanted, so we ended up throwing them away and individual ones I also threw away because they took up way too much space it was hard to transport around and honestly they were just a bunch of trash During the last day of school everybody was just heading towards the dumpsters that were at school and then one of my classmates kept complaining, she was like, “this is a waste of my time, this is what’s in my effort, this is waste of money and materials The environment is dying and we’re still making more trash” and I’m like, “yeah, I totally agree” but art is like that, I guess especially for a class, because we don’t get to choose what we want to do we have to follow what the project brief says so a lot of times it’s a waste of money and materials and we don’t even like these projects but if you want to be an art student, this is
just what it’s like Okay let’s move on to my illustration class So for project one, I did this This project I used watercolor and color pencil and I really enjoyed it because these two mediums are ones I really enjoy The project description was that we had to find an old painting, so like Mona Lisa and stuff like that and then we had to replace the head with an animal which is kind of funny and interesting So this one had a lot more freedom compared to the foundation classes and for me, I found this drawing I don’t know why, it just caught my eyes so much, it’s so beautiful and then it reminded me of betta fish, like the very elegant fins and I just thought of like putting those two together and I didn’t replace the head like we were supposed to and I talked with my teacher, she said it was fine so instead of replacing the head, I wanted it to look like a photobombing picture But like there’s no photobombing during that time because everything was painted and you have to pose for like hours and they didn’t have cameras but I just really liked that idea of like someone’s painting this woman’s portrait but like a fish just like swims by and they’re just like, “oh crap” So it’s just kind of like that funny play on old times and new times and photobombing and also portraits are usually focused on the face, but in this case, you can’t see the face you just see a fish swimming by so I really liked that idea and I think I executed this really really well So if you compare my watercolor paintings, they just kept getting more and more vibrant, in a way, so—because I’ve struggled a lot with value I really really worked hard to get down those values make the darks really dark and the whites really white and I think this one turned out really really well It’s one of my favorite pieces so far The critiques that I had for this one were that the color pencils weren’t really smooth enough, because you could kind of see the grains of the paper since my paper was a little bit rough so my teacher said like next time maybe like sharpen it every time you draw and I’m like, “hell no” but anyways these are just kind of like nit-picky things and you can always improve so I guess I’ll take it For my second project I did this And this one is called an editorial calligram, which is kind of like something for move magazine or like a newspaper and calligram is just like making a picture out of words which is very difficult to do because you have to fit the words into an image and you have to plan it really well So for me, I drew this girl and then I put all kinds of words that girls would hear, like for example, I used words like bitch and slut and whore which we were allowed to do, I did ask that we were allowed to swear within our drawings so basically these are non-pleasant words that girls hear, that’s kind of like sexist and oppressive and I have on her face ‘no don’t speak’ so it’s kind of like girls are not allowed to speak in society and then I have on her neck that—a necklace but it’s also kind of choking her that says ‘weak’ and I drew her in a very feminist? Feministic? Is that even a word? Feministic? Like a very feminine way and very like cute doll kind of way and she’s kind of like looking… Like her head is facing down but she’s looking up like it’s kind of like she’s being yelled at and I also had like hands that’s touching her hair combing her hair or like putting makeup on her, so it’s kind of like girls are expected to look beautiful and have to dress up for people and they can’t really show their true selves and that’s kind of what I was trying to portray with this drawing it’s kind of a very uncomfortable unsettling kind of drawing and my mom really doesn’t like this one, like every time she sees it, she’s just like, “I hate it it just feels so uncomfortable to look at” and I’m like, “that’s the point!” So this picture is really talking about feminism and sexism and how girls should just be themselves and just not care about social standards However, I didn’t get a very good grade, I got like a high B for this one so, in my book, it’s not like the good grade, I’m Asian and I want the As but anyways, I got a high B for this one and the main critique is that my hair was really good but the face is a little bit lacking in reality,
especially because my hands were also drawn very realistically so it kind of like…didn’t fit in a way and my teacher also wished that I put more words in, like kind of make up the face with words and I…that would be too much work so I
didn’t do that but I guess like the teachers always want you to go that extra step Oh I also forgot to say that at the very bottom it says “I am breaking [apart]” and she’s just kind of breaking apart and that part, my teacher really liked, she
says my rendering and my detailing is super beautiful This one I used ink and I literally used a tiny paintbrush and like dipped ink and like drew around all the lettering so that took forever, my arm almost broke and during critique day, everybody was just like, “oh I used markers, I used pens” and I’m like, “we were allowed to use PENS?” Why did I like waste my time and like break my arm trying to like color in the words? [Sigh] Anyways, I guess that did train me to be even more detailed so…I guess that’s okay and even though I didn’t get the grade that I wanted, and my mom really didn’t like it I do really like this one and I feel like it’s really powerful and meaningful and it’s very close to home because I am a girl, and I do experience these things I also see a bunch of people online and my friends and family that went through these so I think it’s a very meaningful drawing For my third project, I did this one, oh it’s kind of falling over Whoo, her head’s like falling over, you’re not meant to see it up right, you’re meant to see like lying down so this is actually a children’s book spread and you can see like the shiny parts like here and those parts don’t really show up in a picture so I had to show the real thing So this one is cut paper and we were just supposed to like do a remake of a classical children’s story and I chose Cinderella because it would—it just instantly popped up in my
mind we were supposed to do like a two-page like when you read a book and you like see this page with just like a long drawing that goes over two pages we were supposed to do those So, as I said, I did Cinderella and I did the scene where the clock strikes midnight she loses her shoe, she starts to transform back into the peasant girl and I think that it turned out really well because it was my first time doing cut paper and it was a bunch of fun I just liked cutting and putting things together and kind of like seeing it evolve I also did get a bit carried away like I put a little bit too much[many?] elements within the drawing, but at the same time not enough because there are some spaces are kind of empty, like the pumpkin could be a little bit bigger and I didn’t really know what to do with that area so I put a bunch of like shiny paint dots, which weren’t that shiny and obvious and so my teacher’s critique were that I wasn’t intentional enough with my mark making so if I were going to make shiny dots, I should cut them out of paper or like make it really really obvious so that it becomes like its own thing and like it’s just popping out instead of just kind of like, “ah, I didn’t really know what to do so I’m just going to add some dots” which I actually did do she also said that I tried a lot of things, I experimented and I put together a lot of textures and papers and shiny stuff and she liked that about it, but at the same time it didn’t feel like it fit together that well which I don’t really understand what she means, and I asked her about it like how I could improve, and she couldn’t really answer because it’s very subjective, these things, and she felt like it didn’t fit together I felt like it fit together, so I don’t know she’s the person who grades me, so I guess… and there were also some really small nit-picky things, like it’s not original enough like I went pretty similar to the original, even though I did put the clock on her dress but I still made her look like the original Disney kind of Cinderella and she wanted us to go a more unique, our individual road and also, her hand was a little bit too close to the border and not enough breathing space and, as I said, a little bit too much negative space and stuff like that So I got a, I think a high B for this one, which I really wish it was an A because I worked really hard on it I think it turned out really well but My teacher also said that I went too much with the sparkly stuff like that’s kind of really on the surface and doesn’t really add to it It’s just kind of like, “oh shiny!” that’s it but I really like the shiny because I like shiny things and when I think of Cinderella I think of magic, and when I think of magic, I think of shiny stuff so I think it’s okay, but the teacher said it was ehhh so… I don’t know. What do you think? For my fourth project, I did
a portrait series And these are all like curled and stuff And they’re actually like 3D so This one’s like kinda popping out Yeah So, as I said, they were a portrait series and we were supposed to choose like three people to make a portrait on and they were supposed to be someone that everybody recognized and I didn’t really know any important people or celebrities so I just asked if I could do like Disney characters instead and my teacher said, “yeah sure, why not” so I chose the Disney Princesses, but Megara isn’t a Disney Princess, so… Disney…female characters So I chose Ariel, Jasmine and Megara So Ariel, if you didn’t know, is from The Little Mermaid, Jasmine is from Aladdin, which, by the way, did you guys watch the live-action of Aladdin? I haven’t but I’ve heard that its… there are some good parts but there were some parts that didn’t quite meet the expectations Anyways, back to topic So Jasmine from Aladdin and Megara is from Hercules So originally, I was going to do like the evolution of the Disney Princesses, like how they became more individual and self-driven rather than the damsel in distress as Disney progressed But eventually, I thought of villains because villains are super cool, I love villains and I thought of just…how about I combine them? And so I made the Disney female characters into the villains of their movie So Ariel became Ursula and Jasmine became Jafar and Megara became Hades So this one was also made out of cut paper but it’s mixed-media, so our teacher told us to use paper and other 3D objects to create them which is really not my thing, I just don’t like 3D, mixed-media, collages, I don’t know, it just feels very cheap and trashy to me like when you just glue stuff together, it doesn’t feel like an artwork That’s just me personally, there are so many famous artists that are famous for collages and stuff like that and their artworks are amazing but, for me, I just don’t like it So I kind of didn’t like this project I chose flower petals as my object because flower petals come in multiple colors and
they’re also kind of easier to manipulate to fit into the shapes that I wanted I also made the drawings look more cartoon and I call it an “anime style,” but it’s not really an anime style it’s like my style mixed with cartoon mixed with anime style and it was a really simplistic style because I didn’t want to have too many details to like put flower petals in it would be too much and really difficult to do so I went for simple and, as I said before, we didn’t have a lot of time for each project so simple is always good but you have to be simple in a good way and so I designed the characters based on their villains so like the clothes they’re wearing and stuff like that and the color scheme is all from the villains but for the backgrounds, I kind of recycled their colors so for example, Ursula is purple and then I used purple background for Jasmine And then Jasmine is red so I used red for Megara and Megara is blue so I used blue for Ariel So it’s kind of like they all tie in together, the—color-wise and I used the same style and same size for everything so it would look like a series and my teacher said that I did that well, they do look like they’re made by the same person, that they’re from the same series, but she doesn’t like the anime style because she knows that I can draw detailed and realistically so she kind of wished that I either went for more realistic style or a more Disney style but I didn’t want to go Disney because I felt like that wasn’t me and that felt too much like copying Disney so I don’t know, she didn’t like it, I felt like it was fine considering how hard it is to make details with objects so I don’t know, I didn’t get a very high grade for this one I think I got like um… I still think I got a high B but it’s the lowest out of my four projects so far and I honestly didn’t really like this one that much, as I said before, I don’t like mixed-media and you can tell that my quality isn’t really there compared to my drawings so that’s kind of a bummer and we did tell the teacher that we didn’t like this project as much as the other projects and she is totally understanding because she’s always trying to improve her course and like considering that we all didn’t like it, she’s gonna probably change it next quarter And for my final final project this year I spent so much time on this one So yay, congratulations for making it this far! This is my final project and it is a scroll drawing It’s actually called an exquisite corpse scroll drawing and if you don’t know what that is, exquisite corpse is just basically like a game kind of where you draw something and then you kind of fold the paper and the next person draws something but you have to connect the lines and then at the very end it just kind of looks like one long monster kind of thing so basically we have the scroll and then we were supposed to draw something every day of the quarter and we had to connect the lines and then at the very end we would unroll it and it would be just this like really long drawing and for this one, we were given three colors: a blue pen, a black pen and a red pen and these were the only three colors that we were allowed to use and then everything else is up to you like theme or like whatever you draw, however you connect the lines, it’s all up to you so it’s a very freeing project but also very difficult because we were supposed to drew(?) one every single day of our quarter which means when we’re supposed to do about 40 drawings in total and me being the big procrastinator that I was I didn’t start until like in the middle of the quarter so I didn’t have a lot of time at all to complete it And I started so late because I actually didn’t know what to draw I wanted it to be something that I could be really proud of and I could put into my portfolio so I really wanted to have concept and theme and something that would like progress like a story so I couldn’t think of what to do and I just put it off all the way until I couldn’t put it off anymore Okay so I’m gonna unroll it now and I’m actually really nervous because I’m scared that it’ll get ripped or something like that because it’s actually, what’s it called… transparent paper, this is like on paper you can overlay on top of drawings and then trace over Tracing paper! It’s tracing paper Yeah, so it’s very very thin and easy to rip so I’m really nervous about doing this but So there’s like a moon And this is something that I can’t really take a picture of because it’s so freaking long so there’s a mermaid and then there’s an octopus that kind of destroys a ship, yeah How am I supposed to do this? Um, should I roll it back up? As I go? So this is really annoying to like unroll and roll again as you can see Let me figure out how to show this to you guys So like you can tell that I connected them by making the hair into the octopus’s tentacles so the tentacles and then these ones are
kind of like the ship breaking apart, the debris Okay And then it goes down to the mermaid kind of looking up and seeing what’s happening and then…so basically this is about the adventures of this mermaid she kind of repeats in a lot of drawings but not all of them and one of my classmates says that it kind of reminds them of Where’s Waldo? So you have to like kind of look for the mermaid and then there’s like this water dragon which is actually quite important because I repeat him quite a few times he’s important to the story plot So the water dragon is kind of like the guardian of the ocean and he’s just kind of watching over the mermaid Here we go And then it goes down to a bunch of fish swimming This is so annoying Okay. And then it goes down to a bunch of jellyfish And then there’s the mermaid just lying on top of a jellyfish And then—okay, and then there’s like this kind of a giant rock? Cliff thing, but it’s
in the shape of a monster so it’s kind of like a sealed-off monster or like a sleeping monster type thing and then it goes down to this it’s kind of messy when you look at it, you don’t really know what’s going on but I intended it for it to be actually a water castle like kind of like as Atlantis, or something like that, but like highly inspired by corals and stuff like that and it’s upside down so like the castle is actually upside down in the water so it might be even harder to kind of tell I do have a picture of that one specifically so I could show it here somewhere, somewhere Oh wow, okay this is all getting crinkled Woop Roll it back up in a way that’s nice Hello this is a very unflattering image of me Or like a perspective? Perspective? An angle Unflattering angle of me, yeah Okay Okay Okay, so The…kind of the Atlantis place kind of leads down to so I intended for this to kind of be like her room or like she’s inside the palace somewhere and she’s looking out a balcony and then she is sitting on some corals just looking at a fish and having other kind of fishes swimming around her And then it goes down to kind of a whirlwind, tsunami, hurricane kind of…what is this called? It’s just a whirlwind right? [Tornado?] Or like a whirlpool? I don’t really know but yeah That thing A bunch of fishes around her and she’s kind of like whoa And then it leads down to these sharks and I originally wondered if I should fill them in with black, but then that seemed too… too difficult, like too much—too time-consuming to do and then I talked to my teacher and she’s just just like, “why not just keep it like this because it’s interesting” and I’m like, “okay save some time and effort for me” And then a giant squid which my friend says we all made one in our lives and she took a picture of it yeah, giant squid Then I thought, okay And this is just a really big coral with some fishes swimming around And then it leads down to these flying turtles that have wings and I actually did an old artwork of these turtles before So it’s kind of my thing these flying turtles, and actually they were inspired by an artist called Yuumei ’cause she did something like that before and I just loved it, so I kept doing it as well so in a way it’s not originally by me but I kind of made it to my thing And then it goes down to these betta fish look at the fins, I love the fins and then it goes down to these manta rays so there’s like a big manta ray there if you can’t tell and I put patterning on it so it’s kind of like Moana inspired like the grandma, the patterning on that manta ray it not exact, I kind of made it up, but it’s like inspired by that And then it goes down to these electric eels Can you see it properly? And then it goes down to three dolphins so at this point, I kind of don’t know what to draw anymore like because I had to draw a bunch in a very short span of time and I didn’t know what to draw anymore, it’s very hard to keep up a drawing a— like drawing once a day, especially when you have a theme that you stick to it’s very hard to think of what to draw and a lot of my classmates, they have started out with a theme and then they couldn’t keep it because it was just too difficult so they just kind of went whatever but for me I just really sticked…stuck, stuck with a theme (I should know this I’m a writer) Yeah, I stuck with my theme of this mermaid and underwater kind of thing And then yeah there’s the water dragon again just kind of swimming by And then it goes down to this kelpie and I love this kelpie, it looks so
cool, I love it this is like one of my favorite ones so far I kind of wanted to repeat him somewhere, but I was… like redrawing him was too much work and he turned out so great here so I didn’t want to ruin him somewhere else And then I repeated the shark but I kind of put more value in the tail so it’s kind of like he’s transforming into a real fish instead of just like an outline and then my teacher actually suggested that and I’m like, “sure, that sounds like fun” so I did it And then I drew this lion fish And then I drew a big seahorse and she’s kind of sitting on his tail And then…whoo! We’re almost there Almost And then here, she’s kind of swimming down this canyon? I don’t know what to call it but like this these gaps between these cliffs, these rocks towards the darkness so you can see that I added some black to her hair to kind of show her like she’s going towards danger in a way And then over here I repeated the ship so if you can’t tell, that’s like the ship broken apart and then there’s like some debris some of the flags at the bottom there and then like through the hole, you can see the octopus that was in the second panel so it’s kind of like foreshadowing So art and writing are not that different Really it’s not that different And then here she gets attacked by the octopus and I made the octopus kind of like go towards black because it’s like danger and evil But I hope that people can tell us the same octopus And then here are just a bunch of bubbles that kind of showed that she got pulled down and sunk and then here the dragon comes back and he kind of saves her and wakes her up so you can see her lying down there I think my teacher wasn’t able to tell what that was but that’s actually her lying down And this dragon is highly inspired by Ghibli’s Spirited Away, the dragon in
there, that water spirit dragon And then the dragon kind of like leads her back home and a bunch of fishes like kind of following her and like showing her the way back and then it kind of calms down and like just goes to show lily pads and flowers floating on water And then the very very end is upside down so, let’s show it so this is her swimming towards the sun, which actually was meant to mirror the very first panel, where she was looking at the moon So it’s kind of like this full journey of the moon to the sun and she’s… she went through her journey and she’s
going towards light now So yeah, that was my final project, the exquisite corpse scroll and I am super super proud of this one this is by far my best project out of the whole year Well there were some that I really like too, but this one was just really me, it was my hand and my style and like my theme, my story so everything about this was very freeing other than the fact that it had to connect and it had to be in those three colors, but I felt like that didn’t really that didn’t really matter much to me because once I thought the theme I just went with it and how did I come up with underwater or like the mermaid things? One of my classmates asked me that and I actually don’t really know how I came up with it but like for some reason these few months I’ve been so obsessed with mermaids and underwater and I think it’s
because I did this during mermay, which is a month long challenge during May to draw mermaid everyday and I just saw people on YouTube doing that and that might have influenced me a lot but I just kept doing like mermaids and underwater stuff and I did a lot of Disney stuff as well so that kind of, I guess, it inspired me to do something similar to The Little Mermaid So I’m really proud of this one, what I accomplished I actually didn’t get to do 40 drawings, I only did 37 because I just could not think of what to draw anymore Like, everything I draw just turned out to be complete trash and I felt like rather than trying to hit 40 I should just do like the best ones that I can and 37 is all I could do so I just stopped there and it’s not like the teacher was counting them, she’s not strict about how many you have to draw it’s more like what you draw and like how high-quality is it So yeah, if I spread it all out and just like filmed me spreading it out it would look cooler I actually did that during class during my critique and it was actually really cool to just see like a long line of my drawing and like the story progressed but unfortunately, it’s really difficult to do that on camera so this is all I can do I hope to be able to photo every single panel and like digitally put them together so maybe I’ll do that one day in the future Yeah I don’t know, but for now that is what I’m gonna show Maybe one day when I set up a portfolio website, I might put it on there so maybe in a year or two come back and check and I’ll have a website where you can see the full thing So thank you so much for watching you made it to the end this was such a long video my throat is dry and I’ve been talking for like two hours it might be shorter once I edit it but for me it’s two hours but yeah I’m super proud of what I’ve accomplished this year and I’m so excited to start Sequential Art classes next quarter because I only did Illustration this quarter and I’m really excited about Sequential Art because I’ve heard a lot of good things
about it from my upperclassmen so I’m super excited and I really love art So hopefully I’ll do another video like this every single year so I can see what I’ve accomplished and what I improved on So what I improved on this year obviously my values my values improved a bunch I went from super super light, you can’t even tell what it is to a lot more range, it’s still not like full range but a lot better My drawing has improved I feel like because when I was in high school or like other things I just basically sketched every once in a while I did high school art but those…that felt different it didn’t feel as professional so when I went into art college and I had to draw like literally every single day and I had to draw until like 4am I really really improved a lot and practice really does make perfect, as you can see once you draw everyday you do improve So yes that’s the end, I will stop talking now you guys can go back to live your lives and not waste time on my videos anymore but thank you so much for watching I’m so excited to be back and on vacation and just being able to do what I love so I will be going back to writing soon and next time I’ll be posting a writing video so please look forward to that Also comment below: what was your favorite artwork that I made? Which one just really caught your eye or like even the scroll, like which panels did you like? I would really like to hear what you guys have to say like any comments, any suggestions, any advice, any critiques, like I’m always open to hearing that because part of being an artist and a writer is to get feedback and critique and improve So if you ever have anything you want to tell me about my artwork, about my writing, please please please do so you can follow me on Tumblr, you can follow me on Instagram, you can email me you can comment in my youtube videos just any way you can, just contact me because I love to hear from you guys And I’ll see you next week! Bye!

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