I try not to think of others and compare their art towards mine, because then I’m just worrying on someone else’s than my own. My work is based around me, which is people. This theme started in my junior year in high school in AP studio art. I wanted to get better in my realism, and whats the best way to practice is to draw people and animals. I practice, and drew so many drafts on how I’m going to make a picture from a reference pop out of the drawing. My style is based on color and on mixed media. So when I started to work on realism which is based off proportion and shape of highlights and shadow. Most of the time a regular portrait is “on point” or so real it looks like a picture. Well I didn’t want to do that. My art teacher from high school taught me about pencil control and how smudging is not the ideal way to make the picture pop in your art. Smudging is usually a mess to clean off your paper and especially your hands. So my technique in a way is most of the time precise and sometimes unpredictable, determining on what I am making. In realism, I have twisted its style with my own. I add color to portraits and mixed media, which can be a mixture of many things such as spray-paint, paint, paper, color pencils, and so on. With my style I’m creating a new type of life in a picture, that can be relatable to others and has never been thought of, so I have been told. I am still a student learning new things, and I thank God that he has given me this talent to share to others and a bright future with it.
Group MSTTA photo ids: Left to right:
Alicia Willis, Kelsey Stosberg, Aliya Willis, Maggie Baltz, Bailey Guinn and Michelle Riggle