2. List some reasons that an artist would need to use observation when making artwork:
A lot of times, artists use observation when making artwork, there are several reasons for this. One reason why you would need to use observation is if one does not have a good image of what they are trying to create in their minds. If you use observation, then if you look at it and observe it you will be able to draw it accurately. Also, if you are trying to draw something to scale, then you could use observation to make sure you get the proportions correct. For example, we were drawing realistic human figures at the beginning of the semester. We had a person stand at the front of the class very still and observe them as we drew them. Another reason for observation is you can really get the textures of objects correct when you are working with the real thing, like when your drawing folds and creases in a person's sweatshirt, it is easier to draw this to the best of your ability while looking at the real thing than at a picture.
4. What are some reasons why artists make art?
There are several reasons why artists create art. One reason that artists make art is they use it to express themselves. Artists like Bansky use art as a way to communicate their feelings through their creations, which has proven to be very effective. Also, people create art just to have fun. For example, there is a piece of artwork that I created this semester that our prompt for it was Artist Steal. So I decided to "steal" the logo for the Starbucks coffee, and instead of using the mermaid on their logo, I put Ariel from the Little Mermaid. This was my favorite project that I made this semester as it was very fun and creative. Another reason artist create art is to let off frustration. Like some people use sports to let out their frustrations in life from things like school or just life in general, people also create art when they are mad or annoyed and it may actually turn out to be some of their best pieces.
6. What kinds of problems might artists encounter as they plan, make, or share art?
Artists may encounter several different problems as the plan, make, and share art. One problem artists may have is getting all of the materials needed to create the piece of artwork. For example, I made a piece of artwork that was supposed to be a corn on the cob made out of candy corn stacked together. However, I started this project around Halloween and it took a really, really long time. Before Halloween, there was lots of candy corn at every store and it was really easy to find, but after Halloween when I needed more candy corn, there was literally no candy corn to be found anywhere, and I could not complete the project. Another problem many artists may encounter are figuring out the medium that you want to use to create the project. When I make art, I tend to use mediums such as acrylic, colored pencil, or pen. Also, a problem I encounter with all art projects, are how to know when your done. I could literally keep working on something a trying to perfect every little thing, but at some point you just have to step back and say your done.
Copying is not always plagiarism because you can copy someone else's idea, but then take that and make it your own. Its kind of like when you are doing textbook work in class, and you have to copy down the definition of a word or copy down a phrase, but the teacher tells you to put it into your own words. For example, I was inspired by a particular piece of artwork that I saw when I went the the North Carolina Museum of Art. It was a huge mobile that was made up of thousands of little pink, yellow, green, and orange flowers into the shape of a plane spiraling. They had streams of flowers flowing off of the back of the plane as well to make it seem as if it was letting of smoke, like when you see planes drawing in the sky. My piece of artwork that I created based off of this artwork is an acrylic painting on a canvas of an old fashioned red biplane flying through the sky. So, the point of this is that I did not copy the artwork that had inspired me, but I did take that idea and make it my own.