Anyway, now for the actual assignment:
This year, I've really been able to hone in to what kind of art suits me. While I won't say I'm completely settled into an art niche yet, I am most definitely on my way there. In my adventures to discover what art is "me", I've discovered other artists whose aesthetics are similar to pieces I've completed, which gives me more inspiration and things to aspire to.
As for specific skills, I've very much improved in my proportion skills when drawing the human figure. Looking from my first figure drawing of the year to the one I used for my final, there's a visible improvement in the composition and proportion. I'm proud of how far I've come in this one year.
I would say that, as I said in the preceding paragraph, my greatest growth was seen in figure drawing. Not only has my technical skill gotten better, but I enjoy drawing the figure now. I used to abhor the activity.
I will say that I want to improve my painting skills. I had a lot of trouble and frustration while doing my oil painting (which I really strongly dislike), and I want to be able to do a successful oil painting at some point in my life, even if just to say that I've done it. It would be a nice skill to stick in my repertoire.
As for my path for Art IV, I see myself doing more three dimensional work than anything. The free-range sculpture project this year was a great experience in that I found how much I enjoy building things, either from scratch or using found objects. I also enjoy abstract painting, so that could be something that I incorporate into my work next year.
Thanks for a great year, Coach! I'm looking forward to lots of creating and learning next year! Stay rad!