Experimentation. Seriously.

Experimentation. Seriously. - student project

Hey y'all!

Short story: when I was a kid, I somehow came to the realization that I had no particular gift for drawing. I took that self-judgment very seriously and decided not to draw anymore. Of course, that decision wasn't conscious at all, but I can see clearly that I've slowly eliminated drawing from my life since then.

Literally, years have passed without me drawing anything at all. Just now, I'm kind of revisiting my past decisions and seeing what happens. All that being said, drawing is not my strongest suit and I feel a little shy to share my project here on Skillshare, where everyone is a pro when it comes to crafts in general.

I feel so happy I've experimented with stippling! I just have to share my project and my thoughts about the whole process. So, even if you're an great artist, an art teacher or equivalent, please, bear with me. :)

Experimentation. Seriously. - image 1 - student project

1. Squares: here, I just followed Amanda's instructions and experimented with stippling using different materials. The ones I felt most comfortable with are noted with a little heart above.

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2. Lines: I was honestly starting to feel a little bored here. All I wanted was to fill in the entire worksheet and stop stippling. My hands were hurting, as I'm not used to pens and pencils (I grew up avoiding them, in favor of the mouses and touch-pads). Not proud of the results, but I did find out the 0.8 pen felt a little more comfortable (probably because there were less dots to make than when using a finer-point pen).

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3. Crazy line: at this point, I was VERY bored. Most of the times, when I feel ultra-not-talented at doing something, I try to "be creative" and "think-out-of-the-box" by "breaking rules", which usually does the job of bringing some attention and thoughtful-quality to my work. In this case, that translated into drawing another crazy line and working with their intersections. Did not work, of course. Looks bad and I hated the whole process of making it. *note that I didn't fill in my worksheet in the appropriate order.

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4. Triangles: this is where it all began to change. This is also the part that took me the longest, actually almost two weeks (can you believe that?). I was very disappointed with how terrible stippling felt to me. I hated the fact that I needed to make a thousand dots, I hated the time it took, the pain it caused my hands, etc. But this is when I began to use another resource that I'm a gazillion times more familiar with: text. Oh, words! How bittersweet they are! By simply adding a feeling or comment to the triangles, I felt free to create and explore, which changed everything. Ideally, I would be expressing myself through each dot, but since I lack the artistic resources for that, I was just having a lot of fun with letters. You can notice that I even felt way more enthusiastic to try out materials such as brush, pencil, sharpie, etc.

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5. Big triangles: having fun with it, I decided to go against my own sense of aesthetics and my initial plans for these triangles. What I had in mind at first was to make the dots super dense within the center/small triangle, and reduce the number/density of dots as the number of intersections diminished. That's why I did the exact opposite and, motivated by a mix of laziness and artistic intuition, I added some asymmetry by painting only one of the sides. I'm very satisfied with it.

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6. Circles: I guess, by looking at it, that I've gone deep into an experimentation vibe when doing these circles. This is probably the part I had most fun stippling. Each circle is completely singular when it comes to the materials I've used, the plans I was trying to accomplish and even the words I added (or decided to not add) to it. My favorite part of the process, though the result looks kinda sketchy.

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7. Value scale: to finish it up, I did my value scale using a Sharpie with fairly thick point. Honestly, it was just the easiest and fastest way to finish the whole worksheet, but I'm weirdly proud of the result. Doesn't it look... kind of how it was supposed to look?

Final thing: by the end, the whole worksheet looked like this:

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Special thanks:

Once again, I've gotta say that the process was surprisingly pleasant and that I feel I have both learned and accomplished a lot. I really want to thank Amanda for encouraging me to take her course and to try out stippling with no preconceptions of how I should approach it all.

That was it! Cheers! Hope I do this again in the future!

Gui Bueno
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