(on the left is the drawing. on the right is the photograph)
The mask was made primarily to fit firmly on my face. An almost beak-like feature on the mouth was added as it was a personal preference. The face of my mask was based loosely off of the design of a mask in a video game I enjoy playing. The game is called “Skyrim” and the mask can be worn as a piece of armor.
My intention for this drawing was to show a high contrast in lighting, with the negative space being almost entirely black, and the lighter areas of the mask being almost completely white. The sudden contrast puts a much greater focus on the mask and almost gives the illusion that the mask is coming off the page. I challenged myself to draw the mask from a more complex angle as oppose to a full frontal view of the mask. I felt as though drawing a front view of the mask would not have given off the same feeling of “coming off the page” that the chosen view does.
When I first came to this major, I could draw form very well but that was all I could do. And I could only do so using a simple No.2 pencil. I could not shade very well. Nor could I use any other medium very effectively. I was also overly confident in myself and was never enthusiastic about exploring new mediums. I have since broken out of that comfort zone and am now eager to explore new things. I feel I’ve improved significantly since the beginning of this semester. I’ve matured as a person and I’ve grown accustomed to using different mediums of art. While there is need for improvement, I feel my skills in these new mediums have improved since I started this semester.