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Art Through Time

Art Through Time

I am going to have a look through my old art sketchbooks to see how I have improved over the years. I love seeing how much progress has been made it gives a real sense of achievement and I am going to share this with you all. It feels weird opening these sketchbooks that I have hidden away for so long! I am going to start at secondary school because they are all in neat sketchbooks and then going onto GCSE and then my work that I have done now.

art through time

Art Through Time 

Let's go back to 2005

At school, we had to different styles of art so here you can see still life, pen drawings and abstract art that we did to music. The pen drawings are close to what I do now which is weird. I always loved art at school it was my favourite subject. I don't think I took as much time over them as  I could but when you only have an hour a lesson you can't really spend too much on any of the projects that we were able to do. I have chosen a variety of different styles to show you my initial start of loving art. Sorry for the crazy backgrounds of some of these artworks, apparently I loved making my pages multicoloured and didn't know the meaning of less is more. 

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1. This was a detailed drawing from another person's artwork that we had to copy exactly. Apparently, at this point, I didn't have any understanding of what shading was. I have been able to get all the details in quite well though.

2. For this piece, we listened to music and painted anything depending on how we felt whilst it was being played. I think this worked quite well and was my first taster of abstract type artwork. 

3. I have found the idea of shading and having different shades within one object. Now I need to learn to blend, as it looks like I have stripes on the rock, I don't think the rock even had stripes on it. 

4. I think this is my most successful drawing from this sketchbook as I have added some details as well as attempting to shade and blend the shading. Definitely an approvement from the other pencil drawings I had attempted. 

Throughout my GCSE 2008-2010

In out art GCSE, we had different modules that we needed to complete, this involved portrait, still-life and trees where we had to fill out a sketchbook with research about a particular artist and then recreate their artwork in your own way. This was the problem I faced with art because I didn't like copying other artists because I wanted to experiment with my own way of producing artwork.

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1. This was a detailed drawing of my eye, we all had to hold a mirror and draw what we saw in the mirror of our eye. It was quite challenging but I think this was a good attempt. Also, for the painting one, trying to get a skin colour shade is the hardest thing ever.

2. This was a detailed drawing of another artist's drawing and I had to copy it to help me get the style of the artist for my own final piece that I would have completed. I think this is a good attempt and using other media that isn't pencil!

3. I love the details of this leaf and a rubbing of a leaf as we had to do research for our art pieces and this was my study of leaves as we had a tree theme. 

4. My first ever pen drawing. At the time I hated drawing them, I didn't get why pen marking made a good drawing, I was all for the realistic type drawings and they are only patterns on a page. Tell Emily in 2010 that this type of drawing is what she'd be doing now, she'll never believe you. 

Present Day

I love art when I am choosing the style of artwork I want to do. I am loving mandalas and pencil drawings at the moment. I am not a huge fan of painting really probably because it takes so much time to prepare everything and clear it all away. 

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1. I had a stage of drawing all the different Disney characters in my spare time at university. I had to do Elsa a couple of times because I couldn't get the face right. I am still a little unhappy with it, but it is my best attempt yet. I would definitely recommend using a grid whenever you are drawing faces.

2. I have never been the best at drawing portraits. But I had so much fun drawing Emma Watson and Ian Somerhalder.

3. and 4. I then started to get an interest in drawing pen type of drawing, I did not know where to start so I copied some off the Internet. If you want to learn something new the best way is to copy, so that's what I did copied and got better. 

5. I decided it was time to do this type of drawing bigger, so I did it on a A3 piece of paper and I am thrilled about how well it has come out. I also put my own patterns in as well as using a reference.

6. After all my practices, this is the first one where all the patterns are mine and I didn't copy anything. I now have the confidence to produce my own art in this style and come up with my own patterns. It really does help to copy first and then experiment on your own afterwards.

I feel I have improved a huge amount over the years. And my love of art has grown so much especially when I am able to create the art I want to do.

What have you improved at? 

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