Foundation Class

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Cristian Negroni

Foundation DGMA 1413

Week 3:

A lot has gone on this past week. I recently just joined the class during this week in their process so it was hard to keep up for a while. We were then assigned a project that consisted of 8 drawings. 6 of them representing value and hatching of a circular object and how light reflects on it. 1 on negative space within an object of our choosing and another one made completely out of guide lines.

When I first joined the class I was excited to begin. I haven’t drawn ever since I left high school so I’ve been a bit rusty since then. During the class we were practicing on observation drawings and how we perceive them to be. Though I have to admit, I’ve taking a few observational classes back in my art program in Brooklyn, but none of them compared to how the professor took charge. Constantly drawing and pushing to move our arms faster. Even if your arm came off she’d still tell you to draw faster. At first i was a little skeptical, but once I saw her draw during class it was like her hands and eyes were in total sync. I couldn’t believe it.. with that I continued to trust her in her method of teaching

During the time she assigned us the projects, I started to feel a lot looser when I draw. Took a while to get my skills back when I did. When working on the different types of value and shading for the circle drawings I was proud of some of the outcome of some of them. There were two drawings that I was of doing since it involved me to get out of my comfort zone. For one of the shading drawings I had to use styrofoam to get a difference of how shading works with different materials. Also for the shading with hatching lines was also difficult since I’ve never drawing shadows with line before so I felt that this project increased my understand of value and tone.

Name: ___Cristian Negroni_____________________

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7 Sleep Class Prep Sleep Class Prep Sleep Sleep Shower
8 Sleep Class Sleep Class Sleep Sleep Project
9 Sleep Class Class Breakfast Sleep Project
10 Class Prep Breakfast Class Prep Breakfast Class prep Brunch Brunch
11 Class Study Class Study prep Class Shower Project
12 Class Class Class Class Study Drawing Drawing
1 Lunch Class Lunch Class Study Drawing Drawing
2 Class Class Class Class Class Drawing Drawing
3 Study Lunch Work out Study Study Drawing Study
4 Study Study Work out Work out prep Study Drawing Study
5 Study Karate Study Karate Lecture Dinner Dinner
6 Dinner Karate Study Karate Lecture Nap Study
7 Study Study Call Parents Study Lecture Nap Study
8 Study Dance Shower Study Lecture Homework Shower
9 Study Dance Sleep Dance Nap Homework Study prep
10 Study STUDY SLEEP Dance Study Study Watch TV(:30)
11 Finally Sleep Sleep! SLEEP!! Shower and sleep Shower and sleep Homework Sleep


*How many hours of class in journal, hours of sleep, Hours of homework

End of the schedule

In journal, type in the week (Week 3)

Diatom- group of algae

Gesture- Motion or action in a given image or object

Simular to attitude, signature, mediums, paint, starved to death,

Theses are some of the significance of gestures and how they are performed of created.

>>>VALUE<<<- lightness and darkness in a picture(usually the main thing when focusing on textures and shadows)

(ex.)When we see a picture in black and white we see only a rendered version of value between lesser hue’s

Stippling- creating an image with just dots, receive density with the dots and how close it is together


About crisnegroni

I have lived in Brooklyn, New York my whole life and I currently live with my sister and my mom in a apartment building in Williamsburg. My mom is from Puerto Rico and my father is from Italy. My mom works as an assistant principal at B-SMART in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York as my father worked as an MTA transit for New York. During my years in highschool , my mother was well aware of my love of drawing. She encouraged me to enroll in a special art program in Manhattan, NY. I was accepted into the Sony Animation Project. It was there I learned about “stop-motion” animation. With a partner, we created two “short” animation videos. At the end of the six month program our work was screened at the Sony Wonder Theatre, where we received a certificate of character creation and cinematography. I attended the program a second time, created more work and received another certificate. After the films were spotlighted on YouTube and the certificates were hung on my wall, it was time to move on. In my Junior year of high school, I came across an application for a fifteen month fellowship with the “Ghetto Film School” also known as GFS. At first glance the application was intimidating and the curriculum seemed exhausting. Did I really want to go to school all summer, nine to five and even some weekends? It seemed like a lot of work. Each film student would receive a professional camera and would learn about directing, editing, writing scripts, lighting, sound, camera operating, and locations. Though there were over one hundred applicants, I got the call: I got in. I received two call back interviews and an orientation; later I was well on my way. After two weeks of class work, traveling all over New York City, visiting college classrooms in Columbia University, and taking trips to HBO and Google offices, each student was assigned final projects. We had to write a script, get it approved, hire real actors, secure a location, and direct the entire six minute short film. Only ten students would be chosen to have their movie screened at Lincoln Center. Guess who won a spot? I had to pinch my mother twice when she heard the news. Fall came, and I was still attending GFS on the weekends. I decided to accept an internship at ISCP- “Into the Studios” funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Here I got to unleash a different kind of art, at a slower pace. I worked in the gallery with other students on painting, sculptures, different types of mediums, and learned the history of other artists. You would think attending programs and keeping my grades up would be impossible, but after the intensity of my summer, it felt like a piece of cake. My heart was in everything, nothing felt like work. In GFS I collaborated on an aired ESPN commercial as the cinematographer and actor. We screened and critiqued in many short films for the class and spoke with directors and guests lectures. By this time, our enormous class had shrunk down to under twenty students, and only five would be chosen to go work on a thesis project in Shanghai, China. After a successful pitch for a lighting director part, I won a coveted spot in the group as one of the five chosen! I was off to film in Shanghai this summer, what an honor! During the end of that week, all of the ISCP students had a gallery exhibit and I was told to bring my parents. As my teachers started talking about me, my mother and I found out that I had won a summer scholarship sponsored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to go study in Napa Valley, California to the Oxbow Art Camp. I thought my mother was going to faint. As a boy born and raised in Brooklyn, New York this was a life changing experience, an artist dream. As I watched Mr. Jose Ortiz and my wonderful art teachers from the foundation explained to my mother that it was all expense paid and would not interfere with my China trip. All in the same summer, I felt like someone was going to wake me up out of my dream. As the summer came to an end, and I embark in my senior year, I leave many things behind as I look towards my future. I leave my fears, limitations, and my insecurities to dream….I’m in a new frame of mind. Going to Alfred State College is just another milestone I’m gonna have to over accomplish.
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