Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Art Block

What happens when you have an idea in your head but are having trouble getting it down on paper?

Thanks for asking this question, Alex J! Blocks can be annoying and frustrating! My advice is really pretty simple....draw, draw, draw. Transferring an idea you have in your mind's eye to paper can sometimes be difficult. I suggest you just sketch small parts of your idea and keep after it. Try to grab on to some part of your vision. Are there some special colors (do a quick color study), are there some dominant shapes (block out the shapes to see how you can organize the composition), what art material do you want to use (PLAY with that material by exploring what kinds of lines and value you can get)...these smaller steps can get the juices going and can help get into your idea.

14 comments:

Kristen p. said...

I think this drawing represents alot. To me,it symbolises how friendship requires trust on both sides of the relationship and how you can rely on good friends. It has really good detail on the hands. I've tried drawing hands in this position before and it DID NOT turn out right but by looking at this one I see the shape of the fingers are more like rectangles (NOT circles)!

Brittany G. pd. 2 said...

I agree with Kristen on her comment on how "friendship requires trust on both sides of the relationship and how you can rely on good friends". This piece of art really reminded me about a book I had to read for my english class. The book, The Chosen, had many themes and one of them was friendship. I just wanted to say how that piece of literature and this artwork are connected in such a way that I think it is inevitable for one of my classmates to see this and not think of the book.

Sheridan T. said...

I think the problem of truly communicating one's vision wracks every artist's brain. I thought I might add a few of my suggestions: it's helpful to figure out how you think - I know sometimes visions come in words, visuals, or sounds, and it is good to figure out the medium of your inspiration. Sometimes I start smearing oil pastels when I realize the message I'm trying to communicate would be much more effective.
As for this art piece, I think it really represents the idea of uniting forces and the white background added this beautiful image of simplicity in connection.

Adrian B, 2 said...

I've had this problem way too many times, and recently I've had this problem show up with the journal assighnements. I know the topic and what we're suppose to do, but in the end it takes me an hour to draw and give a so-so explination when it should take me 30 minutes. Maybe it's because I don't connect the topic with my drawings until I have some time to think. Yeah, that's probably what it is.

Anonymous said...

this is a drawing that can mean many different things to many different people. for me it show the bond that is entailed in friendship. the texture that is created in the red lines that are outside the hands is wonderful.

bobthebuilder said...

I like how the hands represent unity or togetherness. It's cool how this piece can make us think of strong bonds in history or now.

Franco B. 1st

Jeniz V. 2 said...

This piece of art is not vey detailed. The red outlining the hands makes the art work pop out. It gives emphasis.Also the art gives a message, in my opinion it is stating that we should give a helping hand to our friends or anyone that needs help. Also we need to stick together and become one.BE UNITED...

rg 4th period said...

This reminds me of lord of the rings, because the arms are hairy like hobbits. This like the frienship between frodo baggins and sam

RG 4th period

Daniel S. said...

This drawing gives a thick contrast between red and white in the arms and hands of the two people, it also seems as if those two people were coming together to get a task done or accomplish a goal.

Miss Ward, 1 said...

This is a very good example on how texture, and even just texture alone can make out the forms of different things. Even shadow! Why was that certain texture used, and red? Maybe it is meant to mean something more than just unity by the brightly contrasting colors.

Alex J. 2nd Period said...

I think this drawing is muy bien! I like the red sketch. The drawing however, in my opinion, seems to be a bit controversial when I look at first I see arm wrestling, but after I look again it look like a handshake. It could symbolize friendship and sometimes it is not easy.

Jordan C. said...

I like this.. You can almost see the strength in the grip. I think the artist used red to represent that strength. The grip looks like it would be familiar and genuine so its a strong bond and you can almost feel it through this drawing.

Caroline P. said...

I really liked this drawing. To me it symbolizes strength and power through friendship. How a person can find courage or overcome a weakness through, or because of another person. Being drawn in red emphasized this "friendship" even more, (red being a bright, vivid color).

Anonymous said...

DJ 4th period
I like this piece of art because of the extravegant detail and energy that is exemplified by the arm hair. Ive always liked sketches with great detail i make some of my own. Many of my own sketches are of action scenes.
xoxo Gossip Guy