These life sketches are from Columbia University's summer program in 2014. I had an absolutely wonderful experience on campus and in New York City. Miguel Cardenas, a previous Columbia art teacher, exposed me to different artists and art concepts in the classroom, at museums, and in his studio. He had an extremely sharp eye for color and proportion (which I always find impressive since my father the detail-oriented physicist could always discern the most minute details whereas I happen lack that trait). The summer program was a mix of personal expression with critique, stepping outside of my comfort zone while honing already acquired skills, and not to mention getting paint everywhere, trying to grab seats in every museum room, eating good pizza, and playing with an odd-eyed cat.
New York '14/'10
While at the Columbia 2014 summer camp, I knew I had to experience the city. Thankfully I had adequate free time to explore, eat, sketch, and shop. I sketched at the Met and while waiting for food at places like Ollie's, Eataly, and Friedman's. Subway goers made for interesting snapshots. However, drawing people in my surroundings makes me terribly fidgety if they notice me sketching them. I have no idea why this happens because I've become rather used to scrutinization while I paint, but I still find it incredibly awkward to catch someone's eye while drawing that person, although children's reactions are quite amusing.
Overall, New York was overwhelming, loud, cramped, diverse, and interesting all at once, and I loved my experience there. The last three sketches are from my trip in 2010.
115th from Columbia
Columbia Law School
Broadway From Ollie's
Friedman's, Chelsea Market
In May of 2014, I participated in a district-wide workshop organized by my art teacher and the Savannah College of Art and Design. We practiced gesture drawings, looked at various artists' websites, and discussed the pursuit of visual arts careers. Overall, the instructors stressed that those who succeed in artistic careers do so because art is part of their everyday lives--something I can definitely relate to.
In eighth grade, I received a scholarship from the Glassell Advanced Junior Studio Program by the Houston Museum of Fine Art. The program focused on drawing, 2D design, painting, and 3D design. These are sketches from the drawing class and some studies. The program gave me a first taste of art at a (simulated) college classroom level. I enjoyed studying different artists' styles and capturing the essence of each style solely through lines. I especially loved the looser sketches because I tend to use looser styles in my work. However, I have always found fascinating the fact that lines can be so swift, carefree, and careless almost, but still convey an extraordinary level of detail. This concept can be translated into painting, and what immediately comes to mind is Monet and the seemingly randomness in his strokes that portray depth, light, shadows, mood, and structural detail. Even as his eyesight failed, his genius did not.
Western Art Academy '12
I attended the Western Art Academy on scholarship due to the generosity of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest. I spent four weeks at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas painting and sculpting (paintings and sculpture on Portfolio page). The teachers taught an enriching curriculum centered on Western art history and Western art as a cultural experience. I had an amazing time at Schreiner and really enjoyed being in the studio. I had never sculpted before the camp, so learning the whole process was very eye-opening. I met amazing people at Schreiner, and to this day that summer remains one of my best ones.
Charcoal Life Sketches '08-'11
These charcoal sketches are from 2008-2011, when I was taking a life sketching class at Mr. Wang's studio. I probably have 10 of those 5' by 3' newsprint pads tucked away in my house somewhere, but most of these sketches are from 2011. This class really helped sharpen my eye when it came to proportion, shadow, form, and quickness.
From life. Meadows Extended Day Summer 2008
In middle school, I carried a little purple sketchbook with me on family trips. My dad is a huge nature lover and amateur photographer, so we always tried to catch the sunrise at the best time and spot all the alligators at Brazos State Park. These life sketches are from Texas bluebonnet fields, Washington on the Brazos State Park, Stewart Beach, a dragonboat festival, the Alamo, and Wildlife Safari in San Antonio. Besides the numerous mosquito bites I always took home, I also returned with a humbling appreciation of nature as well as life sketching experience for which I will always be grateful to my dad.
This sketchbook contains what my mind would have looked like during 8th grade and freshman year if it were a tangible entity, I think. Inspirations for some of the drawings include The Lovely Bones, the English IV Literature textbook, a gem exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, my favorite scarf, the Glassell School of Art, and Desert Rain by Sting.
I took this sketchbook with me to Italy in 2012, but I came back with more photographs than sketches.
I also took this book with me to Florida when my family went on vacation, but the majority of the sketches are studies from the National Gallery of Art in D.C. (Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes remains one of my favorite exhibits).