Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mixed-Media Anthropomorphic Portraits

This is an exceptional anthropomorphic portrait created by Ethan M.   It shows an owl dressed in a clown costume complete with an amazing neck ruffle and undersized hat.  Ethan has amazing drawing skills as you can see in the owl's face, but it was exciting to watch his skills develop while using mixed- media and collage techniques.  This image has some glare mostly because of the very cool leather-like texture he made with tissue paper and acrylic medium in the background. Can you tell that many of the lighter  tones were created with masking tape?
I really love the way that Sophia D. made the mane on this portrait of a young lion! It is so full and has layers of value changes and different overlapping textures.  The rich darkness of the chocolate brown sepia tone background help all of these areas to show clearly.  This image looks a lot like a candid shot, rather than a studio portrait.  Maybe one of his friends snapped his picture with a cell phone!
Emma V. was inspired by the art of ancient Egypt when she created this awesome portrait of a "cow goddess."   The background really radiates from light to dark and this adds a sense of drama to the portrait. It is great to see how all of the students showed evidence of their understanding of contrast by making important choices about having light areas next to darker areas.  Notice the way that the white dress "pops" against the darker watercolor paint background?  Check out the wonderful textures that she has on her accessories and fur, too!

This monkey makes me laugh!  Nathan made a teenager who has a laid-back style all his own; Just wearing a t-shirt and backwards hat as he stares at the viewer.  His eyes are almost hypnotic!  I like the way Nathan combined all sorts of wet and dry media when he considered which sepia tones to place in each area of the image.  Nicely done!
Sydney's grandma goose is wearing a cardigan and a sun hat.  I bet she is off to church in one of the southern states, don't you agree?  The great part of creating anthropomorphic portraits is that each character really came to life by the type of clothing the students dressed them in as well as the facial expression they added.  This profile view allows the viewer to see the length of the beak, which I think is important if you draw a goose!

Kate made a teenage brown bear who is going to her prom.  I love the subtle changes in value on the areas of chalk pastel on the face.  It was hard to fit such a full-figured lady in a dress with a sweetheart neckline!  Well done!  Did you notice that this portrait is in a three-quarter view? 

Lisa's lion is a formal guy all dressed up in a suit, tie and hat with ear-holes! Can you locate and identify the seven different art materials that are included in this piece? 

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