Play to Make

Fall 2021


Giving Simple Drawings Motion

Putting ourselves in motion while drawing, we were talked about making a series of drawings have motion.

I drew three simple stick figures, each in a different position Hoola hooping. Then I put the three pictures into a stop motion program and watched them come to life.




Here are the dudes in action: flipbook


Drawing in Motion

After drawing for a bit, we transitioned to talking about drawing motion because everyday life is always moving. To start drawing things in motion, we changed the motions that we used to draw. One day we took the class outside to draw on the ground with chalk. Drawing on the concrete with chalk was much different than drawing with a pen on paper. We had to strategically move our bodies around while being close to the ground to draw with what we intended. Without even noticing, this turned into a semi-physical task and was quite fun. Needless to say, it was a great way to demonstrate motion in art.


Learning to Draw from Different Distances

While drawing in our journals around campus, we were asked to select a scene somewhere on campus that we could draw three pictures of. The first one far away. Then the second one half the distance as the first one. The third one half the distance as the second one.

I chose to draw War Memorial Pillars while standing about 100ft away on the drill field. The first picture had a lot going on, and I found it to decide what got a lot of detail and what didn’t. I also was tasked with drawing the staircases and greenery around the monument. From such a far distance, I was also able to see an orgasm bridge between the pillars enough it is probably about 700ish ft beyond the monument. The second drawing I did was half as close as the first, and it was much more specific in what I encoded, not the sides. I wanted to include the tops of the pillars, so I moved my imaginary frame-up, which resulted in me cutting off some of the picture’s bottoms. I also noticed as I moved closer, I couldn’t see Torguson bridge nearly as much. Finally, I felt extremely close to the monument for my final picture, and I zoomed very much in on the doors and ground leading to the doors. I did make the decision to not attempt to draw the individual hokie stones, though. From this distance, I could no longer see the bridge or much of the pillars as well.


Drawing Nature in Color

We were instructed to go out into the brisk October air and find 3 tangible pieces of nature with distinctive colors we could draw with color. Unfortunately, my drawing selection was lacking, and the colors and textures don’t match as well as I would have hoped for.


The first piece of nature that I acquired the end of a fern. The skinny stem explodes into three offshoots that have healthy leaves congregating at the ends. The leaves have red veins flowing through to their sharp dark green edges.







Next, I found a maple tree leaf that was notably being infected by fall, as the green color is being absorbed by the red. This leaf also had a vein looking system to it live the fern leaves above. Although my drawing doesn’t do the picture justice, the leaf is also fragile because it is all dried out.





Lastly is a pretty little purple flower that’s vibrant color caught my eye. Its oversized petals overlap each other and show depth with layers. I find my eyes attracted to the outskirts of the flower because the colors overflow from the center.




I enjoyed spending some time outside appreciating the fall foliage.


Look How Beautiful Virginia Tech is!

Just a random Saturday in October, I was captivated by this breathtaking view from the 5th floor of the Newman Library. The overcast acted as a ceiling enclosing the outdoors. The early stages of fall give off crisp feelings and spiced vibes. The view is rather intense from the vastness of information; however, soothing to know this is the wonderful place I live.