Date: Beginning of the 2015 school year
The first thing we did in CFPA art 1 was draw a skull (using a 2D sketch of a skull that was given to us by our teacher) to demonstrate our understanding of value. When I saw the reference image and was told that I had to draw it, I thought to myself, This was a mistake. CFPA was a mistake. After I drew an outline of the sketch, adding value was easy. I still think this is one of the most realistic pieces I have ever created. When I compare this skull to my previous art, I am amazed at how much hidden artistic potential I had. It's as if being in CFPA pushed me to unlock all my inactive artistic talent.
STORY TIME! One night, I was on my bed, working on my skull when I saw something small in my peripheral vision fall from the ceiling and move off my bed. I ignored it, thinking it was nothing. A minute later, a spider falls from the ceiling onto my sketchbook. It happened five years ago, so I don't remember my immediate reaction. I do remember going downstair to get my dad, and I remember him finding the spider in the corner of my room before he killed it.
Another interesting note, this is the only worthwhile thing I did in my nineth grade sketchbook. Also, I skibbled in the righthand corner because I wasn't thinking of how it could the overall presentation of the artwork. One more thing, I also added in the flower because I wanted to make the composition less boring. I think the realism of the skull makes up for the overall lack of composition though.