14-days challenge

14-days challenge - student project

 

 

DAY 1 - JOURNEY

 

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In the middle of my journey, there were two options, and then after that, two more options, ad infinitum...I took a long time to flourish once I chose my path, but when I finally did, I saw freedom and love. 

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DAY 2 - CLOUDWATCHING


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I really enjoyed this exercise. I wouldn’t have drawn a leg and foot as big as these if it wasn’t by accident. I love this lack of proportion! It reminds me of Abaporu, by Tarsila do Amaral (Brazilian painter).

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DAY 3 - FEELIN’ SLOW

 

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I got frustrated with this exercise. Although in the beginning I did it very slow and it gave me time to think before making decisions, in the middle of the process, I just forgot the purpose of the exercise and got too attached to the subject and how ugly it was....Also, I spent like 10 minutes trying to think about a subject to draw. 

 

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DAY 4 - SHAKE IT UP!
 
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I had so much fun with this exercise. I've been noticing that no matter what I choose to draw, if I don't like the color palette, It won't please me. So in this exercise, I decided to start by choosing a good palette. I was halfway to loving it. Then, I chose to draw my new favorite subject - landscapes - and I tried to reproduce in colored pencils what I've just learnt in Laurie Anne's acrylic painting classes. I really enjoyed feeling the energy of making it fast and strong, because I was not attached to the details, which I think is my biggest mistake, since I don't like realistic painting/drawings. I'm starting to improve with this challenge! 

 

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DAY 5 - METAMORPHOSIS

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I've been struggling to choose good subjects to my drawings, trying to discard obvious ideas in order to explore my creativity. Focusing on color seems to be an interesting way, since I love the feelings that colors tease me. I started choosing a nice color palette but at that moment I had no idea it would be the metamorphosis itself. Only when I started painting with yellow, this idea came to my mind. So I just followed the sequence and made my fingers dance on the paper in different directions. The bowl was the last element added to the scene. I've been thinking how I tend to control my ideas trying to plan everything before putting into practice. I'm really loving to lose control during the process and feel what my heart wants to say. 

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DAY 6 - METAMORPHOSIS #2

 

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I loved this idea of representing metamorphosis as a girl getting older. That’s exactly the beauty of life. After finishing this drawing (which really pleased me), I was not sure If I had accomplished the challenge of filling all the page, so I decided to add a stripped background. 

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I didn’t like the final result because the background end up too dark and overshadowed the drawing itself. But anyway, mistakes are part of the process...

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DAY 7 - CROWD CREATURES

 

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I had no idea how fun it was to draw creatures! I felt like a child, exploring my imagination and creativity. I love the color pallette but I didn’t like the composion. But it really doesn’t matter, because the proccess was more important than the product. 

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DAY 8 - COLORS & MORE COLORS

 

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I’ve found Emma Carlisle’s drawings on Pinterest and I was planning to explore her style in my drawings. This exercise seemed to be the perfect opportunity for this, since unique and non-realistic color pallettes are part of her identity as an artist. I love the freedom of representing nature with many different and unexpected colors. Also, I like the way the “strokes” remind me of a child’s drawing. “No rules!”, that’s what I really need to make my creativity flourish. 

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DAY 9 - FLATTEN IT OUT

 

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I finished this drawing pretty quickly and It seems to me I didn’t explore my creativity at all in the exercise. Maybe I was too focused on the product so I saw the left side of my brain controlling the proccess. I adopted symbols (instead of my imagination) to represent something I’ve already drawn many times. Although it is not ugly, I didn’t enjoy it.

 

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DAY 10 - THREAD

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I had no idea what I would draw when I started the exercise. It started just like the cloudwatching exercise and when I recognized a face, I decided to complete the rest of the body trying to avoid realism (I’m not good at all in drawing people which helped a lot). It took me 10 minutes to finish it and the final result really surprised me. I like the way I mix figurative and abstract styles and how some parts don’t mean anything. This is something I would see someone doing and I would think I wasn’t capable of reproducing. 

 
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DAY 11 - TRANSFORM ME

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The base drawing came from my first try for the previews exercise (thread). I did it very fast trying not to take off my hand from the paper but I didn’t like it and I abandoned it. So I transformed it for this exercise and I kinda like it. I’ve realized that the drawing doesn’t need to be beautiful to make me happy, it just has to be interesting and in my opinion, it is. I like the way a new layer and new materials can transform something ugly. 

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DAY 12 - STRUCTURE

 

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My inspiration came from the trees, natural structures. I tried to create some hierarchy from the trunk to the small branches and then I added some stripes to “correct” proportions and make it stronger. I’m not sure if I like it, since It was not very creative, but at least I keep trying. 

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DAY 13 - TAKE 2

 

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For this exercise, I mixed day 8 and 11, by drawing an abstract landscape with colored pencils and some threads with a pen. I really enjoy mixing mediums, although I’m not sure if I like the final result. 

 

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DAY 14 - TEXTURE

 

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From a plant texture to a “dragon”. I just started copying the texture and I didn’t know how to transform it into something figurative (since I don’t feel confortable with abstract drawing). I ended up drawing a dragon’s mouth. It’s funny and it’s a good drawing to my son, but I’m not very proud of it.