queeny210 1 / - Sep 5, 2016 #1This is still a really rough draft! I'm mostly looking for constructive criticism of my ideas.I am a messy perfectionist. Although this might be an oxymoron, it describes my artistic process and final artworks. I am not organized or neat when the time comes to sit down and paint a new piece, nevertheless I do not consider an artwork finished until it meets my idea of "perfect". Repainting or redrawing an artwork is not an uncommon occurrence; I find it a valuable part of my learning process. Generally, I take inspiration from other artists in my school since I can relate to their thought processes and motivations. Traditional style artworks and techniques such as Grisaille and Baroque paintings influence me because of the mastery of contrast and precise details.Much like every other young artist, strengthening and expanding my portfolio is my priority. I have taken those summer arts courses, figure drawing sessions every Tuesday, and all the art class my school offers. However, one class that allows my artwork to grow is American Sign Language. Recently, I have been making connections between Sign Language and the reason I create art. Art and Sign Language are more similar than most people may believe. Sign Language is a visual language, unlike English, Spanish, French, etc., so communication is only hand movements and facial expressions. Art is a language of its own, but visual in the same way as Sign Language. It expresses ideas, opinion, and emotions exclusively through sight. It is talking without speaking. My best artworks can convey my concept without explaining every artistic choice and motivation.Once I had someone ask, "Why will your artwork be significant 100 years from now?" From that point on, I have been purposeful in all of my art. My work will be significant 100 years from now because it is a language. Regardless of my presence, people will understand my ideas by solely viewing my artwork.I am a strong candidate for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago because I possess the qualities to make meaningful and insightful art that remains relevant years in the future. Striving to be an innovative thinker and create artwork is more than just a "good: drawing or an aesthetically pleasing photo is vital to me. The opportunity to be surrounded by hundreds of other artists will be beneficial to my art making process and learning experience.