Thursday, October 1, 2015

Art One Self Portrait Hero/Villian

  Write a few sentences describing the process and your triumphs and troubles with the black and white portion of your drawing.  (4pts)

  Write a few sentences describing the color portion of your portrait.  Talk about how you liked/disliked using color pencil.   Be sure to include why you chose who you did, and what it has to do with your personality.  (4 pts)

  Add a positive comment to one of your classmates statements.  Your comment should be more than you like their drawing.  (2pts)


  1. The process I went through when illustrating my Hero/Self portrait was finding the measurements to sketch my drawing, sketching it all out, and then the coloring and shading process of the whole thing. My triumphs of the black and white part was getting all the measurements right and this led to the sketch of it looking really good. The troubles of it were the hair and shading of the face was really tough to get correct. The color portion was the same for the measurements and the sketched out part. I really liked using the color pencil opposed to the pencil because I found it easier to make consistent color. It made that part so much easier. I chose Superman as my hero because he seems to be a lot like me. He in the movies seems to be a really calm and laid back until he has to fight crime. This is very similar to my personality and I thought the drawing would show that no matter how different we look, we carry similar personalities.

  2. For my hero/role model I chose Drew Brees. I chose him for a variety of reason. One of the biggest reasons is because my favorite NFL team is the Saints. I like the Saints because my cousin used to play for them from 2008-2010. This was during the time when they won the Super Bowl in 2009. My cousin was a tight end and often talked with Drew and was involved with him. My cousin has told me many stories of how nice he was and how welcome he made him feel at the Saints. Drew even invited him over for Thanksgiving one year and got to enjoy it with him. I always thought this was really cool because Drew Brees is a pretty big star in the NFL. In a lot of cases you hear about how mean an NFL player or star is outside of the big stage and how much their teammates or coaches don’t like them because they are full of it. This is one of the biggest reasons why I consider him a role model. Despite being famous and a star in the NFL, he still treats everyone with respect and is just as good of a guy off the field as he is on it. I admire this a lot about him and I think it is a good thing for kids and others to look up to. This is why I chose him for my project.
    Blending the colors is very different than just coloring something in. I colored the entire face with just a light coat of skin color. I thought it looked pretty good but then Mr. Mitchell came over and darkened some other spots along with blending the skin with some browns and blacks. This gave the picture a whole new look that seemed much more life like. This is very tricky to see in a picture or photo and is something that was tough for me to recognize also. Many times after you blend something with a different color it doesn’t really look right, but once you finish everything with that color, it looks a lot better and more lifelike. Overall, I would say blending colors is not easy and is something that needs to be practiced constantly. However, it is well worth it because it gives the picture a much more real life and alive look to it.

  3. For my hero / villain project I chose Belle from beauty and the beast to be the other half of my face. I chose Belle because in all honesty she was the first thing to come to mind and we are polar opposites because she seems happy and cheerful all the time and really outgoing and I am happy but I am not as outgoing. I think the most challenging part of this project was trying to make the hair look realistic. Also trying to use 4 colors for each part of the face was tricky for me as well. Overall this project gave me a good challenge and was fun for the most part!

    1. I loved the shading characteristics that you put on your project. I feel as though the shading definitely added a good effect on your project and made it stand out from the others.

  4. The black and white shading part of the project was easy for me. I found it easy because shading was easy to make different contrast then the colored pencil. It was also tricky shading because you had to make sure certain places were darker than others.

    The colored pencil part of this project was very hard, but fun. At first the colored pencil wasn't shading right and then as more as the drawing progressed the color change. The hardest part of the colored pencil was trying to shade the hair.

    I chose Bella Swan off of Twilight. The reason I chose her was because I wanted a challenge with how dark her hair was. Also I was told that one day I would become a vampire by Mr. Mitchell, so I though she would best fit that role


  5. I chose my hero to be David Johnson. He is my hero because he is from Iowa. He is a nice guy and he visited my friend’s sister Tessa one time. He’s a good guy who takes time out of his day to improve other’s days.I watched him play in college at UNI. Now I get to watch him in the NFL. He held a football camp last summer in Cedar Falls and I went with some friends I got to talk to him a little and it was fun.-Noah

  6. The black and white shading portion of the project was pretty easy to do, but it was hard to find a happy medium between how dark or light areas needed to be. It was easy to erase and redo an area with the pencil. I feel as though using a pencil allowed for me to make the project better.

    When using colored pencils on the other portion of the project, it was hard to blend the colors. The colors were hard to determine how dark or how many colors to put in an area to make it look realistic. I chose Cinderella because she is kind, determined, and thoughtful. I feel as though Cinderella and I resemble the same kind of characteristics.

  7. It was easy at first while drawing my eye, nose and mouth. My chin took me a couple tries before I finally got it right. My biggest struggle with the black and white side was shading my face. My eyes were kind of simple and easy to do. My cheeks and lips were the hardest to do because I had to get it the right shade or it just look completely wrong.
    The coloring part of my drawing was the was my least liked part of the project because, it took me the longest to do. I hated how I had to use five different colors just to get it to look the right color, but i'm really glad I did. I liked the drawing part of it the best because it was the easiest to do. I also liked the part when i got to blend the colors together it really made it look more realistic even if it was the hardest part. In the end i was glad how it turned out. The reason why I chose the flash as my super hero was because I like to watch the show with my brother, and I kinda consider myself fast like the flash. He likes to help people, and he is a really good guy. I like to help people and i'm a good person as well, and that's one of the reasons why I picked him for my hero.

    Gavin Lage

  8. When I was measuring out the face I had a hard time getting my eyes to look right. but I had a rather easy time with the lips. While I shaded the eyes it started to turn out much better then it had been in just the sketch stage. The nose ended up looking a little larger than I planned but It ended up not looking too bad. The neck on the sketch and shade was a lot wider than on the super Hero/villian.

    When I was trying to blend the colors of Harley Quinn's face it started to look a little orange so I started to blend a little more white and brown into the orange patches. As I continued to blend the colors it started to turn back to the correct shade of peach and tan. I liked how the eye turned out with the greens blues and grey with the black looked as it continued to darken with each pencil stroke it became more and more realistic.

  9. The process I went through when I made my black and white drawing was finding the right measurement for it. Then I started to make a sketch and finally I began to shade it. My triumphs of the drawing was doing the my glasses and my troubles were shading my eyes and my hair.
    At the color portion I had the same measurement and then I started to sketch it again. What I didn’t liked about the coloring pencils was that it was harder to use them and it was more difficult to shade as with the shading pencils but I really like how it looks like.
    I chose Wonder Woman as my superhero because I heard a lot about her and she was the only female superhero I knew in my childhood. She was a very strong and powerful woman so I kind of think she is a very cool person and I admire her personality. -Julia