Kelly – the figure

My overall theme is drawing figures with varying degrees of colors, perfecting proportions, and shading. I have always enjoyed drawing figures and developed my approach as a way to create such pieces while being appropriate for a public high school, and keeping in line with their regulations on nudity. I try to diversify body types as well as their genders to help convey whatever message that piece is about. I use many different approaches to capture the figures; some of the mediums include graphite, lead, watercolor, and digital art on an Ipad. 

The themes in my work can be described as body positivity and equality. An artist that influenced my work is Auguste Rodin with his sculpture work.The solid white color and forms of his sculptures have inspired many of my pieces. I also draw much of my inspiration from Instagram. I acquire pictures from photographers of professional models then proceed to draw from observation from the chosen photo. The photos can consist of torso and/or full bodies. My favored mediums are graphite or lead, watercolor, and graphic design/ digital art. These mediums allow me to be able to work with a single chosen color and then focus on the finer details. The tools I use to create all these works are able to achieve a very fine, precise level of detail. The small watercolor brushes encourage detail as does the Apple pencil. With the Apple pencil, I can also use brushes other artists have created to help with my work.

One of my goals is to become better at drawing figures. Another goal is to become more adept at incorporating themes and underlying ideas into my artwork through the use of poses, shading and colors. I intend to work more with large scale designs, and perfect and polish my mediums as much as possible. Through this style of art, I hope to achieve a better level of shading and highlighting along with more accurate proportions.

At this time, I’m currently working on my Ipad on a series drawing of figures. I am experimenting with illustrating different body types along with trying out various kinds of shading. Through the painting, drawing, and digital art of various body types, and using different mediums to display those bodies, I hope to demonstrate the diversity of peoples shapes and increase acceptance of all body shapes and sizes of all genders. In college, I hope to refine my art skills and learn new techniques and approaches, while experimenting with materials, styles and mediums.

The works chosen are all examples of color. The works share the consistent theme/ concept of human figures. The artworks are all human or something you can find in a human. The different colors contradict or complement the other with the monochromatic colors. The works that most represent my theme are Ooh, la, la!, Emily, and Reproductive. They fit this theme the most because they all show a vast amount of colors. The rest of the pieces also follow this statement. I chose the media that helped me achieve this look to my work. I hope to display works that contrast and complement each other. I want the viewer to see the pop of colors and register what they are, but I also don’t want them to be overwhelmed by how much there is. I feel that placing them like this will help this. I want my display method to be in straight lines. My vision is to group them in trios, pairs, and singles to help the color. I want the viewer to feel the emotions behind why I chose what color I did and what it means. I also want them to make meaning of their own when they look at my work.

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Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont