I grew by taking risks with the use of oil pastel and baby oil. I didn't know if it would really work well and have the effect I thought would be best. I had never used oil pastel in an art project before, so that was new. I opened my mind to new methods of getting ideas as well.
If I could start again, I would choose a different idea. I would represent the downsides of war, and the feelings that these soldiers get. I would also use a glue gun to for the collage to stay on the paper. Thankfully, I did meet the goal and vision I had for this piece. My biggest risk was the different techniques and materials I used for the entire project: charcoal, baby oil, oil pastel, and collage, and in my opinion, it was a success, and I believe so, because it did have the flowing effect, and the contrast in colors did show the contrast in the personalities of both the fire-hearted, and the wind person. I chose to present it in my digital portfolio instead of physically, because the collage might fall off of it or get ripped off by people.
I decided to not change anything, because the person in the middle is bigger, because she is the main focus. My message is that people should be brave enough to stand up for others (the girl with leaf hair has leaves as hair because she has cancer. When people have cancer, their hair falls out because of treatment, and I found a connection between autumn leaves and her hair). I believe that I succeeded in making that message get across to the audience.
Everything is going well with my piece, except for the collage because the magazine paper keeps falling off.
One of the problems that I ran into was how to make it blurry and smeared, and I solved it by drawing with the oil pastel, and then with a q-tip with baby oil, and I smeared it against the "crayon-like marks" to make it flow and smeared.
I decided to have no setting or background place other than the colorful wind: no cafeteria. I only used the collage for words to describe the characters and what they said. I decided not to have any background because I thought that the place didn't matter. I wanted to avoid misleading people that bullying occurs in a specific place, but it doesn't. Sometimes bullying happens right under our noses.
I will use charcoal to draw people who say wind words (negative words) so they can have a dark and angular scary effect, oil pastel for the wind words and fire ones so they can have a flowing effect since they are "sent", oil pastel to draw people with fire words and fire hearts (good words) with baby oil so they can have a soft effect on their person, and collage for the words and objects in the cafeteria which is my chosen place for this piece, to have a small realistic message.