Process: To begin this piece I researched endangered animals and by taking a look at the list I decided to do some animals that people might or might not recognize but not know are endangered. So for my typography piece I had to choose some words and the first thing that came to mind when I thought of endangered animals was “eat, delete, ruin.” For the order I had to look at how each animal was becoming endangered. The Saola was becoming endangered by getting eaten for wild meat. The African Wild Dog was having its habitat being taken away because of forest destruction and human deforestation. And the sea turtle as most people might know is having its habitat being ruined by humans by us throwing plastic and all kinds of garbage in the ocean destroying their organs, appearance, and suffocating them to death. To begin drawing this I had to find a pose for the sea turtle that would fit the letters “ruin” and so I came across this photo, and printed the image out. After this I got out some tracing paper to trace over the image, and then I transferred it into a sheet of paper for practice. For the letters I retraced the letters on top of he practice image, and then I wrote the letters on top of the tracing paper. After this I transferred it onto big paper and then end t over it in thin pen. After this I erased all the pencil marks and then used watercolor pencils to show the location here this was happening which I painted behind the turtle, the ocean. The piece demonstrates how sea turtles are endangered in the ocean and as a viewer by guessing what the word “ruin” they can get the memo that humans are trashing the ocean with plastic and garbage that is ruining the sea turtle and many other animals lives.
Formal/Technical: Mrs Johnson said that she liked w yellow circle that demonstrated the ocean behind the turtle, which I wasn’t certain about, so I decided to keep it. She also said that she liked the way I made the animal come off the page, bc I was thinking about redoing it but she said it was fine.
Expressive: I took Cerri’s advice of making the animals relate to one another by being endangered instead of selecting just random animals.
Sensory: Anna Claire suggested that I try using different mediums, such as watercolor, which I included in this piece, and everyone felt like this piece was a success.
Elements and Principles of Design:
-Shape: I used shape in my piece, by watercoloring a circle in the background to make the ocean, also by making the words for my piece in the shape of the part of the animals body.
-Line: I used line by incorporating shape into the direction in which the line went, and by doing this I was able to show that the letters ruin made up the object which is a sea turtle.
Space: By making the letter kind of fat like bubble letters I was able to emphasize the lines and the vast difference from white in the letters and in the background. Also by making the yellow circle just an empty object not detailed or anything, I made the piece look more simple.
Reflection: I love this project because with this new concentration topic I chose, there is so much I can do with it like how I did typography, I could’ve done a lot of things and by continuing by concentration I plan on exploring different areas that I can expand to make my pieces more professional and unique looking. And with the idea of focusing on endangered species and adding color/ more mediums I’m excited to see what other kinds of art pieces I can make without copying directly from the photo. I learned that I could make my artwork into or with letters to make it unique and emphasize a point. I’m proud of how good I could male my typography look, and at some point I would love to be able to do it digitally on my IPad Pro or something. Also I am proud of how I was able to make sure you can tell what the animal is and also able to successfully transfer the piece onto paper successfully, because I’m kind of new to using trace paper and tracing artwork in general. In the future I will continue making endangered animal artworks continue testing the waters with different mediums.
Concentration Statement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17nEduKmGxxdASzBVFEOqLUbqvf10IvFikqUnTVtK9Ec