Monday, December 2, 2013

Imagine the Impossible

The theme I chose to run with was imagine the impossible. My whole life revolves around speed and times in the water. I thought it would come in handy to be faster than the speed of light. This piece was very out of my comfort zone because it dealt with motion and capturing a story instead of just scenery. This skill will come in very handy when I create my concentration pieces on national parks and their history. Capturing stories in pieces is challenging at first, like every other skill, but is one I must learn to portray before starting on my concentration pieces.

I decided to work with line in this piece  because part of speed is getting from one point to another as fast as possible. A line is the shortest route between two points.

Acrylic is the medium I will be working with in my concentration pieces so I will continue to practice withit in the future.

I enjoyed this project and got much positive feedback on the final outcome. I had no idea what the piece was going to turn out to be. I was very happy with the final piece.

Imagine the Impossible

Allie Snyder
Medium: Acrylic and Medium
November 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Breaking Down

For my sixth project in Art IV, I used a theme I created, breaking down. I pondered through ideas for this piece and wanted to put a spin on its negative meaning to most people. My list started out with ideas that reflected heartache and depressing topics. When you think of breaking it usually brings negative thoughts to mind. How was I going to change this outlook? I began to look into Picasso and his breaking down of detailed works into shapes. I loved this idea and knew water color would give me the effect I wanted.

I wish I had more time to spend on this project but I had one weekend to complete the assignment. I worked really hard on my Over the Edge project and ran out of time for this.  I love how well the final looks being this was my first time working with this medium, watercolor. Once the piece was created I felt something was missing. The rocks were just not enough to give the piece natural beauty. I added a lighthouse that was very bold and drew the eye in. This gave the piece a clear topic of emphasis. The boldness and royal blue color attracts the eye.

I really enjoyed water color. I wonder if water color could be put ith acrylic somehow..? This will be something to experient on future projects. 

My Plan:

My References:

My final :) The photograph doesn't capture its real beauty. To me, the colors are a lot bolder in person.

Breaking Down

Allie Snyder

Medium: Watercolor

November 2, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over the Edge

For this project I had planned on painting a bridge for the theme over the edge. I drew out a couple sitting on a bridge with an emphasis on them.

Emphasis was going to be my topic using the people in bright colors. In the end, emphasis was still the theme but using rocks. After exploring the skill of palate knife painting, I discovered a talent in it. I love the way the knife made the rocks seem so realistic.

My media was acrylic. I love acrylic painting. It is something I have been working with for many years. I love painting sunsets so painting the water and sunset int he background was very natural for me. After seeing how good the painting turned out before the bridge was painting in, I decided to save that idea for project six and complete the painting with an extra layer of mountains faded in the background.

The theme would still fit and I could work with adding to the background easily. I used medium to dull out the mountains and make them appear to be in the distance behind the previously painted mountains. I really enjoyed this project and working with the acrylic medium.

 I can not wait to start project six and go with my plan of a couple on the bridge.

The following pictures map out the processes and steps I took to complete this project:

Over the Edge
Allie Snyder
Medium: Acrylic and medium
October 24, 2013

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Homework piece: 2D to 3D art

I love doing this art. Seeing ordinary objects in  a completely different way lets your imagination run wild.

Tea Kite
Medium: Pen, Tea bag and folder
Allie Snyder
October 7, 2013

Pairs (Project 4)

For my fourth project I went with the theme of Pairs. I brainstormed objects that are always together. As always, the ideas got more creative as the list went down. I ended up with the idea of a knife and a fork.
Next it was time to plan. I went through many ideas and designs before I reached my final decision of using stings and nails on a board. 

The nailing process was the most time consuming of this project and the winding of yarn between nails was the most time consuming. I loved this project. On the drawn parts I used paint pens. They glide easily across the table cloth fabric. The simple elegance of the final piece was worth all the hard work.  I can see me using line art in the future in art. 

My topic was asymmetrical balance because of the way the two pieces (or pairs) need to go together to look like one piece. The weight evens it self out when the pieces are stacked.
The final piece medium was mixed media (yard, table cloth, nails, and paint pens). 
And at last the final piece..
Medium: yard, table cloth, nails, and paint pens
Allie Snyder
October 7, 2013

Along for the Ride (Project 3)

For my third project I went along with the theme of Along for the Ride. I brainstormed some ideas for this and came up with a lot of objects involved in movement. Then I started thinking outside the box about moments in life that you go along with. I came up with the idea of relationships that later lead me to the idea of a wedding dress.
My chosen medium was paper sculpture. Weddings are very detailed and so is paper sculpting. On Pinterest I saw a wedding dress made out of paper and cotton balls. It was a very basic design that I found a lot of freedom to work with. Of course, I went through Pintrest and found references. :)

Through looking through the book The Art and Craft of Paper Sculpture, I learned ways to cut paper to work with shadows.  This project contained a lot of mess ups and restarts because I had no idea what I was doing.  I have cut paper many times but never in the fine detail needed for this project. I enjoyed this project but do not see me working with many paper sculptures in the future.  Not only is it too time consuming for this class, it is also very tedious and requires that you do not have many breaks from it.  There is no good stopping point when working on this project because messes are made and supplies takes a while to get out everyday.

The halfeway point and the final piece. The base of the dress is a basic flower turned upside down.  I learned how to make the simple flower on a YouTube video.  It doesn't get much simpler than that. :)
 The topic that is most easily seen in this piece is texture.  Since the dress is 3D and all the paper is layered, the dress looks extremely realistic and textured.
Along for the Ride
Medium: Paper, Paper and more Paper
Allie Snyder
October 7, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Up Close and Personal

My second project deals with the theme of up close and personal. When I think of this theme I think of touch and focus.  My planning and brainstorming shows these ideas in the image below.

A toy I used to love when I went to the Toy Chest when I was growing up was called PenPression.  I would stand in the toy isle and press into the pins, forming different shapes on the other side until it was time to check out. While looking on Pintrest I found a image of the Virgin Mary done with a topic of line.  I decided I would combine my love from PenPression and the eye catching Virgin Mary piece to make my own piece using the line topic.  My references shown below.

My final piece was done with water soluble colored pencils as the medium.  I first drew the piece using only colored pencil. The next class period I started adding water to areas to make the face impression stick out more.

I am very happy with the final piece because it broke me out of my comfort zone in acrylics and painting and opened my eyes to a new media.
After adding water the final piece looked like this:

Up Close and Personal
Allison Snyder

Medium: Water Soluble Oils and Water
September 2013

Glassed Over

In my Art 4/AP Art class we were given a list of themes to choose from.  It is our job to branch out form these themes and create artwork that says something about us and speaks to the viewers in a certain way.  In order for me, the artist, to relay a message to a viewer I must choose from the list of topics we are given and the list of medias we can use to portray my feelings and thoughts.

The first project I created was under the theme Glassed Over.  I made a list and brainstormed everything that came to my mind when I thought of what glassed over could mean. My brainstorming and rough sketches are showed in the image below.

Next I found references that would help me sketch out my artwork.  I chose the topic of distortion to portray my idea of glassed over by taking the term both figuratively and literally.  I decided to create a winter scene with a iced over lake with a layer of cut glass over the final product. My references can be seen in the image below.

The final step before creating my final piece was to sketch out my idea.  I used my references and small sketches to draw out my final idea in my sketchbook. This is where the fun and creating begins!

Now its time to create the final piece.  After all the research and planning I have done I know pretty much what the final product will look like.  I chose the oil paint media to work with the create a glossy look in my painting.  I am very familiar with acrylic paints but oils were a whole new experience.  The oil paints were much thicker than acrylic paint and the patients you must have with oils can be the difference between a smeared, sloppy piece and a clean cut finished piece. At first I had my painting done in all earth tones.  The look was very dull and boring. I knew I had much more in me.  I began placing very bold colors onto my canvas and the painting began to come alive.  To keep the same idea of iced (or glassed) over I dry brushed some white over the colors.  Dry brushing allows some of the old bold colors to shine and show through the white layer.  The final step (the literal part) is when I cut a piece of replacement glass to be placed on top of my final piece.  This was the hardest step because I had never worked with anything similar to cutting glass.  I got better at it the more I practiced but I don't think I will be using much glass in my future projects. It is a time consumer and in this fast paced class I do not have much time to waste. I am very happy with my final product (shown below) and have learned a whole new media to work with in this creating process.

Glassed Over
Allison Snyder

Medium: Oil Paint and Glass
September 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Allie's Talking Tiger (#3)

Talking Tiger

For my final exam in Computer Art and Animation, I had to take a tiger that was painted by a elementary school student and animate him to make him talk.  We started by going into Photoshop to making 8 faces that the mouth makes when talking.  Then we imported all the faces into Flash and went to work.  Its safe to say that I would not mind not hearing The Tigger Song  for a few days after hearing it broken into syllables and played in slow motion. I enjoyed this project and would love to do something similar in a song that is more my age and with my artwork.  Maybe this will be my new thing.  Taking my portraits and making them talk... we will see.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sparkle Project of Hannah

My Sister, Hannah

Medium: Photoshop

My sister is my roal model in life. I look up to her all the time and I will support anything she does. I made this once she saw my last Sparkle project of our friend Hayleigh and requested one of her.  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER IN ONE WEEK!!!

Allie Snyder 5/10/13

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sparkle Portrait

Hayleigh Murphrey

Medium: Photoshop

My friend Hayleigh had her boyfriends dad take her senior pictures and I thought that this one had a lot of energy and would be perfect for my project.  With her permission, I deleted the once grey background and added energy to the picture by inserting a combination of different brushes and filters.  I enjoyed this project and would love to do another similar project or projects using these skills in the future. 

Allie Snyder 5/6/13

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

more patterns



Medium: Photoshop

I used many layers, gradients, blurs, brushes, and stamps to complete this pattern.  I loved this lesson because there was a lot of freedom in what you could do.  Can't wait for the project now!!

Allie Snyder 5/1/13

Monday, April 29, 2013

Brushes Tutorial

Abstract Brush

Medium: Photoshop

In this tutorial we learned how to add brushed in Photoshop and how to change brushes color, size, and movement.  I love this artwork.  I think it is more abstract than I am used to but I see the emotion and thrill in this type of art once I created it.  The one problem I ran into was remembering to download brushes from Brusheezy instead of just images.  I did not click on the brushes tab and ran into obvious problems when trying to download the "brushes" into Photoshop.  I enjoyed this lesson and look forward to using it in future projects.

Allie Snyder 4/29/13

Friday, April 26, 2013

Parts Project

Parts Project

Medium: Photoshop

I enjoyed this project but if I were to do it again I would choose objects that went with the dolphins movements and left some white space.  I think that my dolphin has too much, and while more is more, the eye has no place to rest.  I enjoyed this project and working with Photoshop again.

Allie Snyder 4/26/13

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hand Portfolio

Hand Portfolio

Medium: Illustrator

Through this project I learned to love Illustrator.  Once you get used to the differences from Photoshop and Illustrator, you can easily learn and operate Illustrator.  I love the color scheme but I would like to learn how to create my own.  My favorite colors are salmon, aqua blue, and teal.  I kept my color scheme limited to salmon and purple to create unity.  I love this project and love using my new skills to portray myself. 

Allie Snyder 4/18/13