Tania Winston. Memorial. Acrylic on Paper. 18×22
For my final project, I decided to do a little something for my husband and create a memorial. I wanted to utilize the expressionist method, because I don’t think I did a very good job of it in the last assignment. I wanted the blood to be bright and stark against the green, so it would stand out and create a very strong emotion of not only violence and anger but of passion. The idea behind the painting was to memorialize the brothers my husband lost, and signify them with the unit patches.
When I first did the sketch, I was unsure of what to do with the flag. I didn’t want it to drape on the ground, so I put it up between the boots, where the rifle would be located in the fallen soldier memorial. The blood was the hardest because I wanted to make sure it looked like blood and not a red stain on the ground. I tried to incorporate different shades by using the pure red and then mixing in some black. I didn’t blend them in very well at first, but I went over it a few times and finally I visualize the blood. I thought the boots would be difficult, but I am very happy how they came out. I mixed the yellow ochre color with the white to lighten up the shape. I then added just a miniscule amount of burnt sienna to it to darken it up a little. I used that to outline and provide some shading. I then used the original burnt sienna to do the lace holders, and then lightened it up for the laces.
I placed a tree in the background to show distance and also to fill in the empty space on the left. Overall, I am pretty happy with this painting.
My concept is a patriotic design. I wanted to incorporate the combat boots because my husband is an Infantryman and he has been through many pairs, walked miles upon miles in them across various countries. I wanted to include some kind of memorial in the sketch, commemorating all the hardships and heart ache he has gone through. I think I want to put in some depiction of the American flag, and the unit patches that signify the deployments and soldiers my husband has lost. I know that I want to focus on an expressionist kind of style, where the concept of sacrifice is the main component, and use a color scheme that would highlight that concept. I am not quite sure on how I am going to do that yet, and that is why the boots are the only thing sketched. I am leaning toward having certain parts of the picture in a gray scale or black and white scheme, using color to highlight the emotional points.
I do know that I really want to make sure I take my time with this, and focus on design and the use of color. I know that those are the things I really need to work on. I chose the expressionist style because I think that my last attempt at this with The Rose wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be. I need to make sure that I use the colors to express an emotional response, because that is what I am looking for in this picture, or what I hope to convey once it’s completed. I think I am going to incorporate a red, symbolic for blood, but I want to also incorporate a little bit of a different color. I don’t know if I want to have the flag be vibrant and stand out, or have the patches, or the boots stand out. I was thinking about having the flag fall to the ground and the red from the stripes at the end of the fabric create pools of blood around the boots, but I really hate even drawing a picture of the flag touching the ground, so I am struggling with how to portray that in a different way.
Tania Winston. Sails and Dolphins. Rule of Odds. Digital. 9×12
For my rule of odds picture, I have the a total of nine objects (4 birds, one sun, one cloud, one ship, and two dolphins). I also placed them in a way as to draw the eye in three locations. I used the grain filter to add some texture.
Tania Winston. Red Poppies . Rule of Thirds. Digital. 9×12
For my rule of thirds, I tried to make sure I put the largest group of poppies and the graveyard cross in the areas of the picture that would be sectioned in thirds. I also used the rough pastels filter to make the picture look like I had painted it.
3 concept designs
Tania Winston. Quick Cup A’ Joe packaging design. Markers on paper. 9×12
I am actually not happy with my design and color. I had spent a lot of time on Photoshop trying to create a digital copy. What was coming out in Photoshop was not what I had envisioned, and as I am not as proficient with its use as I would like, I had to trash all my attempts. I had very limited time and this is the result.
My concept was basically a coffee cup and kettle that could brew coffee quick and on the go. This made me think of my husband in the field trying to brew coffee, and I thought this idea would go well with people who not only wanted to be eco-friendly but wanted something quick and easy, with no mess.
Tania Winston. Umbrella 2 . Dark value dominance. Acrylics on Paper. 9×12
Tania Winston. Umbrella. Light Value Dominance. Acrylics on Paper. 9×12
I actually prefer the light value over the dark, even though the darker colors were easier to apply to the paper than the lighter colors were. I had to use more strokes in the background of <em> Umbrella </em> in order to create the rainy scene, as opposed to the fewer strokes in the darker depiction. I also felt as the the darker colors of the puddle were muddled and blended in with the rainy background, creating an even lesser effect of contrast.
Tania Winston.Grandma Lilly Mae. Watercolor Texture Photo
This photo is of my husband’s grandmother, Lilly Mae. I didn’t really have any problems in this photo shop lesson; the tutorial video did a really great job at step-by-step instructions. I did set the Radius at 5 because of the resolution of the photo, and then the Edge Brightness I set at 14. I did have to do the brush strokes for the water texture part a few times until I got the hang of where I wanted the contrast to hit. It took me a while and a lot of Control/Alt/Z undos.
Tania Winston. Bezold Effect 1. Construction Paper. 9×12
For the Bezold Effects, I used the same shapes and colors, but only changed the dominant color of pink, in the first one, to yellow in the second one. The red circle and triangle stands out more in the second one, while the orange square and the green rectangle and circle stand out more in the first one.
Tania Winston. Bezold Effect 2. Construction Paper. 9×12
Tania Winston. Birds in Sunset . Discord Colors. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12. Purple and yellow
I used a yellow to do the background of a sunny sky, while I used different purple hues for the birds. I was trying to get a different purple to mix, a more bright and vibrant one, but couldn’t quite seem to get the right mix down.
Tania Winston. Rose . Expressionism. Acrylic on Paper. 9×12.
I am not quite sure if I did the expressionist aspect of this assignment right. I tried to get the red color of the rose to be the one that stands out the most, as rose petals are the most important part of the flower. I first painted the background grey, but I don’t know what was wrong with my white and black colors. The grey that I got was sticky as I put it on the canvas, almost as if it was drying out, but I had just squeezed it out onto the palette and mixed it. The background effect was not what I wanted.
I made a fleur-de-lis pattern with two eight notes. I actually didn’t have a problem following the video tutorial for this photoshop assignment. Every step was easy to follow. The only thing I don’t like about the pattern is what happened to the colors after I did the gradient overlay. The eight notes were a nice dark gold color and the yellow was a light gold before I applied the overlay. Overall, I am just excited that I was able to finally do one of these assignments easily, without becoming frustrated.
Tania Winston. Frog Pointillism. Acrylic on paper. 9×12
My pointillism took longer to do than the brush style painting. I love the different greens in the background and the way the grog stands out against them. Though I probably should have put some more detail in the background.
Tania Winston. Owl. Van Gogh Marking Study. Acrylic on paper. 9×12
The <em> Owl </em> looks great, though I wish the brush strokes would have come out better once I digitized and cropped the photo. I used mainly white and grays, with brown and dark browns for the owl.