Friday, May 1, 2015

Blog Post #12

So this is it, it's coming to a close! Everything that I've worked on the whole year, it's almost over. I remember first hearing of 20 time at the beginning of the year, and it seemed like such a cool idea, but I felt really pressured. I felt like I needed to create something revolutionary, like an amazing invention or an idea, and I just felt...scared. Normally, I am a huge procrastinator, so the deadline for coming up with a project didn't affect me until it was staring at me right in the face. I panicked, and didn't know what to do, so I started to look at 20 time blogs from last year for ideas. I found the perfect project in drawing. It was easy, consistent, I had the freedom to choose what I wanted to draw, and failing wasn't really apparent. If you practice something long enough, you'll eventually get the hang of it. Looking back on it now, I wonder what would've happened if I did decide to invent something. I'm almost certain that I would freak out and feel like I had to succeed. Failure is a huge fear of mine; from the day you are born, you are told to achieve the highest grades, go to the best college, and have an important career that you get enough money for. I purposely chose something I would not fail at. This whole project reminded me of a huge investment opportunity. If you made $100, and someone you knew asked you to trade that in and make $1000, would you go for it? Would you risk everything you had to achieve everything you wanted? I didn't. I played it safe, and chose a safe project. Yeah, it was fun, but I feel like I was seriously missing out on something. I mean, when am I going to have this opportunity again? If you're reading this and you liked this project and maybe wanted to try it yourself, go for it! I'm not saying that this was a terrible project and it was the worst thing I've ever had to do, I'm just saying it was so...stagnant. Every Friday, choosing a picture, draw it, post it, you're done. But maybe I should be grateful for choosing this project. At the end of a long week, it allowed me to relax, and not think about anything but this simple project. Maybe I wasn't ready to reach out and start something new. Nonetheless, I'm so happy for this opportunity. Doing 20 time has allowed me to not only work on a drawing project, but also look at myself. It would have been a disaster if I had tried something that I was terrified of. Maybe one day, I can try and do this again. I'm still kind of scared for my 20 talk, because failure is still a fear, but there's a part of me that's excited to share what I've learned. I want to thank you guys for reading these posts and following me on this journey (if there's anyone still out there).

Thank you guys!

-Kiriel

Friday, March 13, 2015

Blog Post #11

Hey guys! I've noticed I really like to draw animals, so today, I thought I would try my hand at drawing a snake! Here it is!


And here is my recreation:

 
I really like this! I sort of stopped drawing at the end because the picture was blurred out, and I wasn't really sure how to end the drawing. I really like the scale details. I could've totally gone a different way, but I really wanted to pay attention to detail and draw each scale. The eye was probably the most fun to draw, and I really like how it turned. I also really like the shading. I've started to figure out that in art, it's mostly how you make it. Even if you're trying to copy or recreate a picture, it's really up to you to find your own way to draw it, it looks weird if it's exact. That's super comforting to me, cause I feel like I'm not messing up.

See you guys next time!

"We will get along fine, but hopefully not too fine because I am not looking for any new friends. End speech."
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation



Friday, March 6, 2015

Blog Post #10

Hey guys! I've noticed I really like drawing animals, so today I'm gonna start small, and draw a bluegill fish! 


And here is my recreation:


I am so happy with this drawing. I could've totally not drawn in the scales of shaded and took the easy way out, but as encouraged by my friend Cameron, I decided to do it. I shaded in some scales and shaded around them to give the appearance of light. I think it looks pretty good! YAAAAAY! This Ron Swanson quote really sums it up.

See you guys next time!

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation



Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Post #9

Hey guys! In celebration of Valentine's Day, which actually was last week (Sorry, I'm late), I'm going to try and draw a rose,. So we'll see how well this goes.


And here is my recreation: 

 I don't think it's that bad. I was drawing this on a desk at school and it gave the petals sort of like a bumpy shading, which I think is a really cool effect. I'm not sure about the shading though, I think I could've done some hatching or cross hatching instead of just regular shading, but this was pretty difficult. Not bad, I think. If you guys have any tips for me, let me know!

See you guys next time!

"Encapsulate the spirit of melancholy. Easy. Boom, a sad desk. Boom, a sad wall. It's art. Anything is anything."
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation


Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Post #8

Hey guys! I wanted to draw something really nostalgic today. I used to live by the sea an I would always see the sunset over the water, so that's what I plan to draw today.


And here is my recreation:


This was a little disappointing. I keep running into this problem where whenever I shade, when I move onto the next area, it's darker on the edges where I first begun. Does that make sense? I'm not sure. I used this really cool technique though; to make the sunset patch on the water lighter, I erased a little bit of it to give it that random sparkle look, it was a really cool idea! I was a bit rushed for time on this one and I definitely think I should've worked on it a little harder. I'm not discouraged though, in fact, I want to try even harder now!

See you guys next time!

"The whole thing is a scam. Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards."
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

Friday, January 30, 2015

Blog Post #7

Hey guys, I wanted to draw something nature-related this time, so I'm gonna draw Mount Everest!


And here is my recreation:



This was definitely the hardest drawing I've done yet. I tried some new shading techniques like cross-hatching which I think looked really cool. I gave up on drawing it exactly to scale, and became more creative by adding in my own lines and shadows, which was a lot easier. I've got a long way to go, but I think this is a really good start. See you guys next time!


"Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon."
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation


Friday, January 16, 2015

Blog Post #6

Hey guys! This time, I decided to do something crazy and draw an animal. This has been the most challenging thing I've ever drawn this year, but it was still a lot of fun. I decided to draw...A BIRD. Here it is:


And here is my recreation:


I'm pretty pleased with the result. The eye looks terrifying, and the beak looks good. However, the feathers underneath the raven's eye look a little childish, as does its wing, but whatever, I tried my hardest. And I don't know why, but right on the head of the bird at the top, there's this stray line that looks like a stray feather which is so cool because it was completely by accident and it makes the bird just seem so scruffy-looking and real. 

See you guys next time!

"Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait..wait..I worry what you just heard was: Give me a lot of bacon and eggs..what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Do you understand?"
-Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation