I started Arts Award Discover a few months ago. My focus has been on the visual arts, specifically faces. In building my portfolio, I began by drawing a still life with my art teacher. I drew a teapot, a blue bottle, a purple feather and a pitcher on a table. Then, I created a painting based on this drawing. The process of painting was interesting because we used a slightly different shade of color for each brushstroke (colors/shades could repeat but not twice in a row).
The faces began when I made a drawing of a woman that I needed to do in school but that I had not had enough time to do. I did it at home and I was very proud of it. If you want to see a picture of it, please look in the gallery below or check out my post on the exhibit at Kite Studios. Next, I had an art expo of my own at school where I needed to do an autoportrait "Dubuffet style." This is how I became focused on faces.
I took my work to Kite Studios where we cut out a stencil based on the portrait with a laser printer. At school, we were talking about Banksy so my art teacher at Kite Studios thought "Banksy + Dubuffet = super cool Dubuffet themed spray paint!" We also did a Dubuffet themed 3-D sculpture made flat foam and painted. It has taken several weeks to go through the whole process of making the final result of graffiti art.
I have included a few of my sketches from the Picasso exhibit at the Tate. You can also see these in my Picasso exhibit review on Voice Mag.