Body for my character created in Maya
I finished my pencil and outline for my comic. I need to add line weight to my outline and need to touch up some areas of my pencil version, mainly in the first panel, I need to straighten lines out.
For my self-portrait, I wanted to focus my images on my different expressions. I narrowed my pictures down to two. I chose the one where I have a confused face. It explains my characteristics and is more expressive of myself. I tend to over-analyze tasks given to me, and I end up being very confused unless given step-by-step instructions. This leads me to a constant state of confusion. I cropped out my hair since it distracts from the softness of my face. The larger and zoomed-in picture of my face better exaggerates the expression that I’m wearing.
For my self-portrait, I plan to take my six photographs with a theme. I want to use different emotions in each picture. I plan to choose the two pictures that I believe portray me most emotionally.
I chose the beginning of the Greek creation myth for my comic. I focused on how in the beginning, there was Chaos, and out of it rose Gaia, the earth, Tartaros, the depth in the Earth where condemned dead souls go to their punishment, Eros, love, Erebos, the darkness, Nyx, the night, Aether, the air, and Hemera, the day.
For my comic, the first panel will portray the Chaos. I chose to create a maze to represent the confusion and combination of elements within the Chaos. Roman Poet Ovid once believed that the Chaos was a mixture of all the elements. In the end, all the pathways are connected in some way. I will have five main pathways: one for each element. The five elements that are included in Greek beliefs are fire, wind, water, earth, and Aether. A star symbol was embraced by Greek philosophers. Each point represented one of the five elements. My plan is to color each pathway the color that represents one element.
The next three panels show Gaia, Tartaros, and Eros. The last panel shows Erebos and Nyx holding hands to represent their union of love. I will also draw personified Hemera and Aether near them.
“Aether – The Fifth Element
(Alchemy, Astrology, Symbolism).” Aether – The Fifth Element (Alchemy, Astrology, Symbolism). N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2017.<http://www.aseekersthoughts.com/2009/04/aether.html>.
“Gaia.” Creation Stories. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2017. <http://www.gly.uga.edu/railsback/CS/CSGaia.html>.
In order to better understand the skeletal system, for this project, I was to take a famous piece of artwork and draw the skeleton of the human figure. I chose Edgar Degas’ statue “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.” I am fascinated by dancers’ figures and poses, so I chose a work with that ideal. I wanted to draw the statue at an angle where I could see the hands so I could practice the bones in them. For my work process, I broke this project down into three main parts. I first got down the basic form and added slight details to the girl and her clothes. After I was satisfied, I shaded the statue, trying to mimic the lights and darks in the picture. I’m not very confident with my shading skills, but I was very proud of how this project turned out. It leads me to believe that I am improving. After shading everything, I used white charcoal to draw the skeleton inside. I found this part slightly troubling since I haven’t practiced enough with drawing skeletons. For the parts where my shading was lighter, such as in the skirt and near the ribbon, I used black charcoal to outline and shade some parts of the skeleton to make its form more obvious. One of the problems I found with my final piece was that in some areas, such as near the chest, the white charcoal blends and it becomes difficult to distinguish where the bone outlines are. Perhaps I should have shaded the bones a little as well, similar to how I did with the pelvic and hip bones in the skirt. After drawing the bones inside, I did do a few touch-ups to certain areas since the white overlapped with the shading and hid some outlines. I mostly darkened the area around the shirt and the arms to redefine them. At first, I wasn’t sure how well my final project would turn out, but overall I feel that my final piece has the form and shading down well, and I am confident in my piece.
“The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer | Edgar Degas | 29.100.370 | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2017. <http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/29.100.370/>.