School: West Valley High School
This is a cartoon I created in response to the 2016 presidential election.
This is a cartoon I created in response to the 2016 presidential election.
I was inspired to create this piece based on current trends of prescription drug abuse and overuse of antidepressants, as well as personal observations from time spent in the hospital. Using a drug reference book, I observed the many different pill types, shapes, and patterns before sketching the basic outline of this piece in pencil, then coloring with markers, using multiple layers of different colors to get the shading as smooth as possible.
This piece is a graphite study of hand washing dishes. I used high contrast in my value tones to create a strong focal point. The repetition of pattern and texture from the dish and soap bubbles successfully gave the drawing an overall rhythm and unity that I was very happy with.
This drawing was a colored pencil study of light, and texture. I used a very familiar subject matter of moist strawberries to focus on repetition of pattern in the seeds. The highlights and shadows give us a strong visual sense of the fresh water on the berries. Using black paper gave the colors a depth that I was very happy with.
This is a colored pencil study of my Sharpies. I used colored pencil to show a realistic gradation of value. My hope was to give a sense of depth in the picture through high contrast created by the shadows. Overlapping and foreshortening help create the shallow sense of depth.
This is a technical drawing of a bike. I used foreshortening to create a sense of depth in the picture. My media is graphite, and my goal was to realistically portray the many different textures on the old bike. I believe I was successful in showing the reflections, rubber, and rust.
The intense gaze of the wolf evokes the “Call of the Wild” — focused, fearless, and free.
She is the sea gazer, ever watchful. She watches over her blue kingdom, and all of the various creatures, big and small, scaled and finned. Like the sea gazer, we must always keep an eye on the sea, for it is our kingdom as well. Have we cared for the sea as the sea gazer has? Or do we turn our backs to it, allowing those who reside to be overpowered by waste, pollution, and the result of our carelessness? What right do we have to call ourselves caretakers of the sea? Are we truly sea gazers?
Wolves have always been my favorite animal, and I wanted that to be reflected in this drawing. I wanted the focus of this drawing to be of the wolf’s wise stare, her piercing blue eyes contrasting with the snow. She is truly on with the night, her fur blurring together with the small fury. I can almost hear the wind echoing through a barren pine forest in the cold hours of night as I draw her.
This was my first time working with pastels and velour paper and I really enjoyed the medium. I chose to work with a subject that had a lot of texture, color and a variety of lights and darks, for example, the grass has contrasting light and dark values. The panda bear has soft fur and with the velour paper and pastels I was able to create soft texture that resembled its fur.
An artist can use any medium to come up with his work of art, but the beauty of it exudes from the artist’s passion and how artistic he is in conveying the message to the beholder.
The mind of a teen going through the transition of adolescence to adulthood can be a relentless battle.
I wanted to further my skills in realistic drawing by drawing my little brother, Chance.
This is a colored pencil portrait that I was lucky enough to create for a young girl in Bolivia. To make this piece an accurate representation of her, I strove to achieve a realistic style.
In this artwork, I used pastel to draw my brother playing basketball. I chose an image of my brother because we’re really close to each other and I love playing basketball with him. I chose pastel because of the challenge and the fun of it. Whenever I draw, I feel like I’m expressing myself in a way that I can’t with words. And it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something afterwards. This drawing turned out looking well-blended.
I decided to create this image after I came back from my first visit to Disney World in December of this year. I wanted something to commemorate the craziness of the trip. The bottom of the image is blank because the Disney castle was so pristine and beautiful while the rest of Disney World was chaotic and rushed. Like the trip to Disney, the artwork is beautiful and chaotic.
When I was in second grade, we had a project in which we had to copy something from a book or magazine. I picked a bird from my book. After I finished, my classmates loved it. They said it looked like the picture that I copied. And that’s how I started. My inspiration to draw is probably because of my dad, because he wanted to be an Architect, that was his dream job, but he didn’t become an Architect. I was thinking of becoming an Architect for him. When I look back on my drawings, I can’t believe I did that. It makes me happy that I could do that.
There was a photo of some old ruins and I enlarged with grid. It was drawn and shaded using graphite pencils in a variety of densities.
This is a portrait of a girl from Bolivia her name is Jovana. I used color pencils to shade and color the picture.
This piece is a picture zoomed in on the bricks of an old building. I free-handed the artwork then used ink pens to draw and shade the bricks.
Creating what you look like might defy what others believe you to be. To create this self portrait, the most difficult part was identifying the most outstanding personal traits that truly portrayed myself. After that the process went very smooth.This piece contains symbols that represent things I: enjoy, admire, hate, fear, and define me. Each specific detail somehow connects to me as a person. I used COPIC markers to show my bold personality.
My portrait, Curls, represents an empowered woman with a mysterious side. I am a firm believer that women can be just as empowered and confident as men can be and in this portrait I was inspired to express that passion. The large, cowboy-style hat is meant to give her a mysterious vibe, because it covers her left eye and casts a dark shadow across her face and luxurious curls. Her sharp features show that she is not soft, but rather serious and assertive. The curls are bright and bold and give a nice contrast with the shadows to make her appear more mysterious. The lips are plump and round, to give her an alluring intimacy. I used oil pastel for this portrait because the contrast between dark and light is enhanced and I wanted that effect to take over the majority of the piece.
I was fooling around with this idea of a cabin and the drawing just kept growing.
Graphite drawing of an American Bald Eagle.
In my art my, my main focus is texture and line quality with which I like to create value and dimension. In this piece I wanted to explore the idea of unknown lifeforms also seeking out new frontiers.
In my work I focus on texture and line quality in which I create value and dimension. With this piece I was inspired by the Illuminati, I wanted the piece to give the impression that the viewer is always being watched.
I intended for this piece to be a statement on the music industry, how one band or artist is just one cog in the system. Part of the message is that the music industry sees the artists it employs as black and white, you either make us money, or you don’t work for us at all. Doing this piece in graphite was a challenge for me as it was the largest graphite piece I’ve drawn to date.
This is a piece from several works in which I highlight features using dynamic lighting. It was done on black drawing paper and it pushes the light features of the face to the foreground, while also hiding the hands in the mid-ground. To create artwork I used white charcoal and white gel pen.
My piece, titled simply “beer.”, is part of a series I’m currently working on exploring what a drink can mean to a person or a culture. “beer.” displays the emotions of those seemingly trapped in the grasp of alcohol. The foreground of the composition is a large bottle containing multiple beings malcontent with their surroundings while the background is littered with the remnants of a broken bottle. Shattered through unknown circumstances, the background represents either the escape of formally encased beings or the inevitable collapse resulting from the abuse of alcohol. The use of crosshatching by ink sharpens the piece to illustrate the unforgiving nature of alcoholism.
I tried to capture my niece, Olivia’s personality, which is full enthusiasm and curiosity. This is my first portrait, but it certainly will not be my last.
I am experimenting with isolating and fragmenting the parts of a portrait in order to understand and improve the process of creating three-dimensional illusion on two-dimensional surfaces.
This is a collaborative work that I helped direct. Contributing artists include Myself, Joshua Doucet, Danielle Benzo & Rowan Miller.
All my life I have been fascinated by the human face and form. I’ve practiced in many mediums trying to capture a person’s essence and this has honestly been one of my favorite processes. I used prisma-color on illustration board. The piece took weeks of obsessive detail work. I’ve discovered a lot about a medium I had rarely used before and enjoyed myself immensely. For a lot of the highlighting and texture I used an x-acto knife to cut into the board and fray the paper, the process for which was extremely frustrating and ultimately rewarding. I get my passion for art and people from my great grandma who gave me the base for all I know.
This piece was a project in Drawing 1 based on cubism.
I created these dragon’s while I was at a bakery. I got inspired by the cupcake I was eating to try and capture the feeling, so I began to doodle the cupcake, right on top five an older drawing of a small plain dragon. That gave me the idea to begin drawing the dragons as food, desserts specifically because the bright color and pretty decorations made for simple, recognisable designs.
Basically in short, I was hungry.
This piece is meant to give off the idea that art is a universal thing. Art takes us hand in hand through anything we can dream of. No matter who we are or what we look like. Art isn’t discriminatory. It brings us all together.
I had been sketching and drawing the rising star Ruby Rose and couldn’t help but paint her for the school’s art show in like five hours. Its called “The Thorn Rose” because she has a tatoo on her right shoulder saying just that. Also, tatooed on her knuckles are the words “Just Love” which is the name of my photography piece.
(Honorable Mention – Drawing)
I use colored pencils in this piece to study, in depth, value and texture changes. My subject matter is something our family enjoys doing, roasting marshmallows inside together. The marshmallow and the flame create a very strong focal point through using a very detailed texture study. The repetition in the flames helps the eye travel to my focal point.
(Honorable Mention – Drawing)
A teary eye hides a mystery of emotions which no one can tell if it is due to happiness or sadness, but the act of tearing soothes pain and lightens a burdened heart. It does not necessarily convey weariness because it takes so much strength to burst out or release emotions in order to pacify anxiety, pain, and hardship.
(3rd Place – Drawing)
I wanted to visualize the sound the instrument makes.