I have created a collage of pastel art pieces representing a polar/arctic environment. To create this collage I used soft pastels, paper towel, grey tone paper, pencils, and an eraser. The big idea behind my work was to show off different aspect of the polar regions from the ice shelves, to the mountains, and even an ice berg. My goals were to improve my artistic skills with the soft pastels as it is a medium that I have not used very often. For the most part I have worked with paints and graphite so this was a new and interesting experience for me. Overall my drawing came out a lot better than I could have hoped. I did not expect to be able to make a decent drawing that incorporated realistic aspects (3D and perspective tricks with shading) to make the pieces more realistic. I believe that there is still considerable room for improvement with this medium, but for now I think the current quality will suffice.
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For my 2D wet median art piece I have created a mask. The design was inspired by that of the Akashi masks from Africa. I created my art using watercolor and graphite pencils. I looked up images of Akashi masks and drew my mask based off those images. The idea behind my art work was to create something that represents African culture. Furthermore i wanted my art to resemble the Akashi masks. Overall I think that my work is okay. I honestly believe that I could've replicated the design of the Akashi masks. Furthermore I should've incorporated more abstract designs in my piece to make it seem more foreign and eye catching. Finally I should've used darker colors to further reference the Akashi masks as they tend to be darker in color.