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.


Drawing Palm Trees

Often in class, when I find my mind wandering, I start to doodle on whatever I have in front of me. Whether it’s paper, gum wrapper, or desk its self, I’ll draw on it. One of the recurring doodles I have is of palm trees. They usually sit on a little island surrounded by water.

I decided to take my palm tree drawing to the next level.

Using this step by step process, I made an improvement quickly.

The use of a grid helps me tremendously to have a consistent scale.

I ended with by far the best palm tree I have ever drawn.

I was just looking to draw a palm tree, and I learned a totally new skill with a grid in the process.


Public Art Around VT Campus

Attending such a magnificent campus, there are beautiful works of art all around. Here are a few that caught my eye this past week.

The first picture on the left is of War Memorial Chapple pylons. Here all the names of Virginia Tech students who died in world war one are etched. Aside from being a sentimental monument, it is a fantastic work that symbolizes power with the tall stone pylons and the detailed soldiers on each one.

The right photograph is in D2 at Detrick Hall is a very ascetically pleasing piece of work that always catches my eye. The curved steel ribins throw the light all over the room and look to be suspended by the thin dowels. It is intriguing because the sharp edges are on the bent ribins and the soft curves are on the straight dowels.

The final photograph on the bottom is behind Burchard Hall. It is of four abstract pillars that, at first glance, look like white french fries. Each one is unique but connected by color and curvy nature. My favorite one is the second one from the left. I like the gradual curve that meets a sharp turn and then dies into the ground.


3 Aspects of Photography


The Relationship Between Light and Matter - Principles of Structural Chemistry

Every photo needs light. Light is an emotion, that gives feeling to a photo.


question-mark - First Assembly Raytown

What the photo is about. The reason the photo was taken.


This is how your photo is put together, it is a mix of simplicity, balance, breathing room, and interconnectedness. When all of these things are stacked with an interesting subject that has light you have an excellent photograph.




5 Artsy Pictures

War Memorial

This is my favorite picture even though it is a grey day. The eight pilers have defined straight edges that show strength. Due to the arrangement of the pillars, it draws your eyes to what’s behind, and because there is a drop off that adds a lot of drama to the picture.





University Bookstore

This building has so much potential, and it just falls short. there are some fantastic architecture and engineering at work here. The whole structure is fairly large and is built into the side of a grade. Due to the lack of different colors, it makes the whole design look flat. Because of the flatness, there is no texture depth or even drama.





Squires Student Center

This is the only indoor picture and also the busiest picture. Even though it is inside there are a lot of things that are typically outdoor features. One of which is the red brick that pops off the wall and stretches down the hall. The other outdoor feature is the natural light that pours in through the massive skylight. There is a nice pattern of arches that all have nice depth because you can see what’s behind them.






Torgersen Bridge

This beautiful bridge is another fantastic demonstration of architecture and engineering. The top edge is straight and looks well supported by the powerful curve underneath. At either side of the bridge, there are two castle-like structures that anchor the whole structure down.




Newman Library

This building is unlike the other ones due to its abstract architecture. The main part of its abstractness is the curve to the building because there is no defined edge it gives the feeling of an infant boundary around the building. Another question is for how far the building goes up because from the vantage point in the picture you can’t see the top of the building.







All of these pictures are original and taken by me for their beauty and abstractness. The pictures where all taken on the campus of Virginia Tech and for more information on the campus click here.


Beauty With Meaning

Strong Field at the Surf Club









Living in the small town of Madison Ct. there wasn’t a lot to do. It takes 15 minutes to get to the closest grocery store and a lot longer to anything else. However, the greatest and only thing the town did have was the Surf Club. Every day of the spring there is at least a couple of youth lacrosse and baseball games. In the summer the beach is packed in the day and the grills are cooking in the night. Friday nights in the fall, the whole town comes out to watch our high school football team play. The place is more than beautiful having a beach, picnic area, athletic fields, and more, there was always something going on at the surf club.