Some qualities I want to develop in myself is getting use to seeing beneath art or design. I want to further my artistic eye by seeing how something could be made. Seeing the shapes of how it was created, seeing all the separate pieces that when put together make the drawing or design.
This is something my mentor has been pushing me to do. What we mostly do to get familiar with techniques to create a design and make it easier on ourselves is finding the shapes so we could recreate a logo/design. Doing that makes it much easier than trying to recreate the object as a whole. When I was practicing with a design that looked a little complex, at first I saw shapes in the object, but when my mentor came to help me he took out even smaller shapes from what I saw that I never even noticed. It made me realize how much I was missing, and how everything is actually made super simple but when put together it looks very complicated.
I had met an employee: Ruben, during lunch when I was drawing. He mentioned he was an artist as well. We had an hour conversation just about art and techniques, different styles, the process, art stores.. Everything and we had so much in common, like we could actually understand each other because we had the same artistic views and personalities. It was super cool because we could just keep going about the same topic. He mentioned the technique of finding shapes in drawings as well, and it was super interesting to hear from him because he’s such a good artist. He draws portraits in pencil that look like pictures and are super realistic. So this made me want to explore and challenge myself to always look at the little things that make up something.
Not only in my internship this has come up, but in school with Mrs. Nuvia when we would draw an object, she talked a lot about finding shapes within before drawing the shape of the whole object. This made it super easy and proportional to what it actually looked like. She stressed this technique a lot because it very important and helpful in creating a successful drawing. I never really took the limits of finding shapes beyond drawing, or didn’t even realize that's how things are designed.
Learning this from many people makes me feel like it’s a quality that’s very powerful to have and could be super useful in many ways. It makes you stand out, and your artistic vision and creativity completely changes and for the better.
Anna Nicole Barreiro
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