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AP Studio Art summer assignment.

I had to use a medium I've never used before, so I chose oil pastels. I really don't like them. I didn't like how limited I was in colors. There was no way for me to blend just the right color and use it over a very large area like the wall or his coat. So I ended up using a reddish brown color for the wall rather than a reddish-grey which is what I wanted it to be, and his coat was going to be grey with a hint of purple, but I had to make it blue to get the color to be consistant throughout.

The hair was fun though.

I doubt I'll be using oil pastels any time in the near future however.
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hannz0rz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Ohwow, I love this! Your colors may have been limited but the ones you used were really nice. 8D
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ty!
misterkenye Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Even though you were limited in what you could do with the coloring. I see in one of your comments your heart really belongs to Adams? Nice, haha I love them both so much! <3
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.. Adams is my hero <3
I mostly did this picture for my TJ-loving best friend.
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Amazing :)
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
if you say so. ^.^
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I really do think it's wonderful. Oil pastels can be quite tough. But you did well! And Thomas Jefferson is amazing in his own right. I take it you're a fan?
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well sorta. My heart belongs to Adams <3
but my best friend is a Jefferson fan, so I drew him for her. I did a sketch of Adams. This one and the Adams sketch are based of the HBO series cuz there arent very many good references out there for the real guys haha.
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Awesome :) So let me ask: is there any reason in particular why you prefer Mr. Adams to Mr. Jefferson? (I'm a huge fan of both.)

And what'd you think of the HBO miniseries?

And you're right. Until the advent of photography, portraits varied in degrees according to the artist. There were paintings of Washington his family and friends said barely resembled him. Not necessarily good references lol :)
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm loud, opinionated, kind of a "bulldozer" if you know what I mean. I kind of step on people's toes a lot. So I relate more to Adams. I went to Boston this summer to see Adams Nat Park and other things, and it was really amazing learning about his life. As great and well known as so many others are, I kinda like the underdog, y'know? He was so /human/ compared to how history paints great men; so flawed and fallible. But he was such a wonderful person. idk, something about that is what I love about him. Jefferson is my second favorite tho. My best friend is a lot like him, so it's all very ironic. Opposites attract I guess! (We even went through a long bad spell in out friendship too wah)

The HBO series, I love it! I mean I understand that there are some historical inaccuracies, but w/e. It seems pretty good to me. The actors were awesome, and for the most part, really looked like the real people. I hope to be in the film industry in the future, so what caught my eye most was the excellent cinematography and post-editing, filters, etc. It was very gritty haha.

I found two Adams pictures that look almost identical, so I'm just gonna go with those as accurate heehee.
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Adams certainly had no reservations about letting people know what he thought. He, and his son John Quincy, were incredibly erudite individuals. And his wife was nothing short of brilliant, either.

So what was at Adams National Historical Park? Was it his house or farm or what? One day, I want to get up there to see the library he kept. And his son's library, too.

I think that was the perfect thing about our Founding Fathers: they all knew how imperfect they were. We think of them as great because of the things they created -like our Constitution, and our nation. But they were great because they recognized they were human -and that everyone who followed in their footsteps would be human as well. They were definitely a God-blessed generation of men.

And you're right: when you realize that these men had personal, human lives, they become so much more easy to relate to. They aren't names and dates. They're people. For example, when you learn about how Jefferson struggled with his emotions and his intelligence; or how deeply Madison believed in God; or how Washington knew God saved his life in war; or how Adams, for all his intelligence, was also proud and wanted to be understood; or how Franklin struggled with his relationship with his son. It goes on.

Have you heard about the story behind why Adams and Jefferson began speaking again?

And you're right- there are some historical inaccuracies. But that always seems to happen, sometimes not with cruel intent though.

So what would you do in the film industry? :)
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
At the park we went on a little trolley tour. So first they took us to John Adams' birthplace which was literally maybe 50 feet from John Quincy's birthplace. We did a tour of both houses with a guide. Then we took the trolley over to Peacefield and did a rather extensive tour of that house. We went into John Q's library, which was probably my favorite sight on the tour. It was SO COLD in there, but it made it kind of eerie -- like we were actually stepping back in time in some sort of ghostlike fashion. I think we were supposed to take the trolley over to the church the Adamses went to, but I think we were short on time or something. So, my family and best friend's family (we all went together), walked over and saw the church and their tomb. We were the only ones there at the time so we got a cool private tour. There was a statue of him and Abigail across the street from each other, but they are both looking directly at each other. It was so cool. I definitely recommend going to Boston. You could spend days just walking around the city itself.

We also walked most of the "Freedom Trail" which took us through significant locations and memorials around Boston, such as the Old North Church and Breed's Hill. We took a ferry across the harbour to tour the USS Constitution, and also drove a few hours to see the Mayflower re-creation and up Cape Cod to have lunch on the beach. I wish we could have had one more day to spend at the beach, it was so beautiful. The food around Boston was A+ and it was very safe; i.e. not like the Marta in Atlanta where I live haha. There's no way in heck I'd wander around there at night!

Despite the expensive cost of living up there, Boston University is number 2 on my list for desirable colleges. I'm not a fan of the cold, but I'd withstand it to go to college in New England.

I wish we could have stayed longer, but my mom and my friend's mom had to go back to Georgia for work, and my dad took my best friend and me to Washington, DC. My dad goes there all the time so he knows several people (if ya know what I mean). We almost got a meeting with the president, but he wasn't in town the day we were there. We did a tour of the Capitol though and I cried. Nothing had touched me so much as the story out tour guide told us, and being surround by so much history.

I still feel like one can't be a true US citizen until they've felt that kind of admiration of their country. Even though it was a brief week I was on "vacation," it was a lifetime experience I'll never forget.


I have heard a little about why they started talking again. Something about Benjamin Rush I think >.> I think Adams was the one who wrote to Jefferson first.

I hope to, eventually, work somewhere in either the art department (like in concept art and character design. Not actually making anything, just coming up the designs for them, like costumes, makeup, creatures, etc.), or in camerawork. I particularly find cinematography fascinating -- how it impacts the feel of a film so heavily. Actors are obviously important, but even a film with horrible actors that is, however, filmed artistically and cleverly can be quite enjoyable. Maybe someday, when/if I have the funds and support, I'll be able to direct some of my own movies. I have so many ideas, but I highly doubt I'll be as lucky as Neill Blomkamp for example.

Sorry, text wall.
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