“Playboy”

June 12, 2018

“Playboy” is a short story to explain Rosaline’s internal conflict of whether she should report Romeo’s misbehaviors to Lord Capulet or not.

The idea surfaced when I thought about how Rosaline never physically appeared at the Capulet’s party. But what if she saw Romeo kissing Juliet? Would she report it to the Capulets?

 

I shifted my weight onto my right foot and peeked over the mure, hanging back my gown so it wouldn’t show. The moment it fell, he pulled her into him. Her chest pressed ‘gainst his. The quiet visage of Juliet blurred and drowned to nothingness. She drew him toward her with her eyes, inclining his face toward hers as he laid his mouth on hers like a freshly split-open fig.

I quickly hid behind the chartreuse mure. My heart hammered against my ribcage. Trying to remember how to breathe, the names bounced around my head: Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. It seems Romeo will only love those who don’t live in chaste.

Why is he with Juliet? Should I report this to Uncle Capulet? Has Juliet already given up her maidenhead to such a rogue? There were so many questions, yet none of them were answered. Pain slowly numbed my hand as it uncontrollably clenched down harder on the thorns of the rose. Leaving drops of red behind me, I turned and scrambled the opposite direction.

Outside, the sky was dimming. Tip-tap. Should I say something?Tip-tap. The light splatters of rain began to fall. As if a part of the greying, murky sky, a thick cloud of incertitude also began to encircle me. Stepping down the seemingly never-ending stairs, I grasped the handrail, dizzy from the growing confusion that was forming in me. I should really do something about this. Romeo deserves her not!

Downstairs, oil lamps illuminated the room as people poured in by the dozen, each sporting glamorous masks decorated in gold and silver. Therich aroma of pastries, roasted beef, and many other treats embraced me from the tables laden with delicacies that lined the mure. The classical carmen blared so loud that it made my skin tingle. The song got louder, pulling me in and wouldn’t let go. I had no choice but to join the crowd, jumping in a huddled group like peppercorns being shaken in a jar. As I weaved and pushed my way through the crowds of burghers and dowagers, many turned their heads to look at the bemused mess I was. Lost in a whirlwind of thoughts, I walked into a dim corridor. The sun has already disappeared, and night came along with the arising thunderstorm. If the Capulets know, the rivalry will worsen! But if they don’t, poor Juliet –

“Rosaline!” I turned around, eyes wide. It was Romeo.

“How are you? Why are you miching in the dark?” He greeted me with raised eyebrows.

 

“I’m fine. Wherefore?” I glared, straightening my posture.

“Your knuckles are white, and your hand seems to be stained with blood! Good Lord!”

I gazed down. He suddenly touched me. I jerked away, my face squinted with disgust.

“I’m fine, but I believe that you might’ve been struck with one of Cupid’s golden arrows.”

“What? Juliet?” Romeo sneered, crossing his arms.

Clenching my hands tighter together, the thorns penetrated deeper into my hand. “Fair Juliet is not a maid made for thrusting to the mure.”

BOOM! My words were lost beneath the thunder that rolled overhead by the fury of gods that tumbled onward through the darkened clouds.

“Look, I do desire we be better strangers.”

“Islove just a quote? Is chastity the only reason for love? The Capulets must know of this. Oh, but what about poor Juliet!”

“No. Of course, I chose fair Juliet over a brown-haired fustilarian like you. Her younger, blossoming beauty beats your 15-year-old’s. Plus, Juliet does not live in chaste. But you do.”

He paused, snickered, and looked straight into my eyes. “For this, you’ve wasted wings of your youth.”

“I don’t want thee to ruin Juliet. I must report such behaviors to Uncle Capulet to endue punishment upon thee.”

The laughter immediately evaporated from his eyes.

“No. There shall be no catastrophe. But even if you do, what’s the worst that can happen? It’s not like I will die.”

“You courageous coward! Oh, poor Juliet! You’ve not even considered her! If the Capulets know, then she, too, will be punished! I’ll just let it be.”

Annoyance instantly shot across his face. Again, he sneered as if I were talking nonsense.

Sighing, I bit down hard on my thumb.

“Do you bite your thumb at me?” He smirked.

“No, I do not bite my thumb at you, but I do bite my thumb at your soulless soul.” Unfurling my bloody fist, the crushed rose dropped to the floor.

 

For this studio project, we were asked use either acrylic and/or oil paint to paint a portrait of either ourselves or someone else to convey authority and/or make a broader social statement and/or represent the intangible. I chose to work with acrylic paint because I really liked it’s fast drying qualities as I like to work quickly. I also worked with some glitter to enhance my work by focalizing the figure.

 

“The Unspoken” symbolizes the unspoken struggles and hardships of a models life.

The subject of my painting is international supermodel Adriana Lima. I chose to paint her because she is one of the world’s top-earning and most well-known supermodels of the world that is significantly influencing the beauty standards of today’s world. This piece both makes a broader social statement and represents the intangible. As a teen girl right now, I fully understand the struggles of meeting the “beauty standards” that modern society has set up for girls and women. However, it’s important to realize that the average person shouldn’t compare themselves to them because it’s their job to look the way they are. Many also don’t realize that a lot of models (including Adriana Lima) has suffered from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa. As can be seen, nothing comes by easy. And it’s clear that the models of the fashion world are setting unrealistic beauty standards for the society. So if you aren’t willing to sacrifice your health and your favorite foods, then simply try to eat healthier and be satisfied with the state you are in right now. This piece also represents the intangible since it showcases the dark, fragile, unseen side of a model’s career. It also represents the suffering the unrealistic beauty standards has brought upon society. The dark, unspoken mishaps of a model’s life is represented with the blue-skull half of the face. The skull both hyperbolically exaggerates the dangers of their career and the skinniness of their physique. The rough features of the face (at least not as smooth as oil painting), further emphasizes the roughness and hardships of a model’s life. The painting is set in a grim, frightening and mysterious mood. The mood is supported by the dark, analogous color scheme of blue, purple and red since these cool colors are able to evoke a feeling of fear and suspense. “The Unspoken” was inspired by the cool analogous color scheme of artist Jenn Mann and the dark, black background of color pencil artist Marco Mazzoni.

I began by sketching out several compositions. Then, I chose the one both my classmates and I liked the best. To paint my final piece, I had to find a picture of a model and alter the colors and contrast of it in Photoshop. Next, I projected my reference photo on the wall and traced it onto my canvas with a pencil. From that point on, `I began the painting process, which consisted of painting the black background and the central figure. The central figure was painted with several layers, with more shadows and definition added to each layer. Last came the finalizing process, where I cleaned up the little imperfections and added glitter around the figure and in her eyes to give her a glowing aura.

My actual studio piece ended up looking very similar to what I’ve envisioned in my final plan. The only difference is the neck, where I didn’t draw the bones because that would not have been reasonable with the time I had. Some of the challenges I faced were blending, finding the right lights and shadows, giving the hair the right textures, and finishing the piece on time. I addressed the blending issues by blending small areas with my fingers and big areas with a dry brush. By observing more closely at the painting, I was able to more accurately paint the light and shadows onto the figure. Finally, by staying after school countless times, I was able to finish my piece in time.

I challenged myself with new ideas and techniques in this project. First of all, I wasn’t very comfortable with using acrylic paint because it dried a bit too quickly. But eventually, I got the hang of it. Additionally, I challenged myself by choosing to paint a portrait of a side-view face as I normally paint forward-facing faces. This is the first time I’ve thought about the actual mood that my color scheme will evoke for my audience. Thus, by utilizing an unfamiliar analogous scheme, I challenged myself with new ideas and techniques. I applied myself to make my best work as I’ve come in countless times to guarantee the quality and completion of my piece. I didn’t take full advantage of class time as I spent about a whole class planning my final piece when I should’ve started painting it. But other than that one class, I took advantage of class time and fully concentrated on my piece. Looking at my completed work, I think I’ve grown and stretch creatively and has matured a lot as an artist. For example, after observing the work of others, I’ve learned to mix and apply a range of different shades, tints and hues of the same colors to at the correct places in order to get that 3D effect. I’ve definitely gotten a better understanding of the proportions and anatomy of a human’s face through the detailed applications of colors. I’ve also learned to manipulate meaningful symbols in a less cliché way (blue skull face turned to the side) in order to create more comprehension space for the audience. I’ve stretched creatively as I was able to incorporate different media to create more visual impact.

Develop Craft: In order to develop our skills of oil and acrylic paints, we painted two separate painting with them for our media testing. Through the media testing, I was able to better understand the different qualities of both oil and acrylic paints. Thus, this helped me decided what media to use for my piece in order to convey my message. It also taught me the correct ways to use the different paints and how to properly clean them up after usage.

Stretch & Explore: I’ve been faced with several challenges throughout the process. These challenges have inspired me to try out new ways to fix things up. For example, one challenge was creating realistic hair. I found it really difficult to utilize acrylic’s unique qualities to create hair with some texture. I addressed this challenge by finding new ways to applying paint. Instead of using a regular brush, I used a really dry and rigid one so the paint is scraped onto the canvas so it creates a stringy, hair-like texture. One of the new things I’ve explored in my painting was the usage of glitter. As one of my final touches, I wanted to spice things up a little bit. So, I chose glitter. I placed glitter all around my figure and inside her eyes to focalize her. Overall, the glitter worked out great and it both unified and enhanced the painting.

Engage & Persist: I’ve worked really hard for this project, and I believe the number of times I’ve stayed after school for it is evident for my effort and engagement. I also added many layers to my original base layer in order to give the painting more depth and dimension. The process photos below will show the layers added as well as my persistence.

 

 

Artwork Analysis

April 19, 2018

Artwork 1:

Artwork 2:

 

 

–What were the steps of this media testing? Explain each step.

  1. Taking the photo: we had to take a photo with contrasting colors and values so it would be easier to work with when adding the different values.
  2. Photoshop: We altered the contrast, hue, brightness, and saturation of the photo.
  3. Printing: We printed 2 copies of the modified photo
  4. Gluing the photo: We glued one of the photos onto a piece of cardboard.
  5. Priming the picture: We thinly covered the entire canvas with a gesso so the paper will be suitable for acrylic painting.
  6. Choosing the colors: We squeezed small portions of primary colors and white onto our palettes.
  7. Creating colors: We mixed the colors with each other to create the desired colors we wanted.
  8. Painting: We painted the highlights or brightest spots of the photo with white.
  9. Layering colors: We slowly layered different colors onto the photo in the order from the lightest colors to the darkest (which were the shadows)

— What new things did you learn about how to properly use paint and care for the materials?

Although I love how acrylic can be thinned with water and used like watercolor, I learned that too much water can break down and disperse the acrylic paint.I learned that choosing minimal colors is a great way to get started with acrylic painting because it can help me learn how to mix colors so that I can attain my desired hue and understand the role that each color plays in mixtures. Additionally, I learned that I need to work fairly quickly because acrylic dries up pretty fast. I’ve also learned to waste as little paint as possible as it easily clogs up the sink.

–What did you enjoy about the quality of oil paints as a media and what it allows you to do with painting?

Acrylic paint allowed me to be more creative because it offered a range of dark colors I could use for the shadows other than the usual black. I like how it is water-soluble when wet and yet because it is a plastic polymer, dries into a flexible, water-resistant, and durable surface to which subsequent layers of paint can be added without disturbing the underlying layers. Its fast drying time allows me to fix and paint over the many mistakes I’ve made without having to wait a very long time. Moreover, since it dries quickly, I can work in multiple layers without muddying the colors. I also love how acrylic paint can be thinned with water and other mediums and use like watercolor.

–What was frustrating about oil painting?  How could you deal with this problem if you were to use oil paints in the future?

It was really frustrating how my I wasn’t able to achieve the beautiful bledning that can be achieved in oil painting. At somt points of my painting, I wanted that creamy, luscious segue between color A and color B, but it was hard to achieve it. If I were to do this again, I would apply color B, and quickly, while it is still wet, reapply some more of color A right next to it, blending as I create my strokes.

–What questions do you have about using oil paint? Are there certain techniques you want to learn how to do?  Reference an artist who works in oil regarding the technique you want to learn if you can.

When, exactly,  should I use water to thin out the paint? One technique I want to learn is how I can use unusal colors as shadows. This technique was used by Jenny Saville in most of her works.

This spring break, I went to the National Art Museum of China that’s located in Beijing. The show featured a range of different artists and media. Moreover, the artists were all exposed and skilled at Chinese traditional paintings (guohua (国画)) while the majority of the media used were also Chinese traditional paintings. The unanimous goal of the artworks was to visually present traditional Chinese culture. Because the artworks are supposed to reflect traditional Chinese culture, the artworks are made in a way so that one can experience the emotional expression of the spirit, thus comprehending the true meaning of art in the image through cautious formal qualities such as detailed brush strokes, colors, and lines. In other words, the artwork’s visual unity helps the viewer think of China historically, thus the genre of art is mainly focused on culture and history. Historically, traditional Chinese art pieces (guohuas) were extremely difficult pieces made with ink. It was difficult due to the demanding skills that were required. Furthermore, these skills included the ability to alter the formal elements of art in a way that helps the piece come together. For example, tree leaves may require cautious and quick brush strokes while mountains and rocks may require rougher textures. These specific formal qualities are what brings out the theme because they are the foundation of traditional Chinese artworks.

Below are three pictures of my favorite artworks.

 

Artist: SunQiFeng (孙其峰)  Name of piece: White Eagle (白鹰)

Artist: CuiZiFan (崔子范)  Name of piece: Osprey Bamboo (鱼鹰竹子)

Artist: ZhaoShaoAng (赵少昂)  Name of piece: Floral Butterflies (花卉蝴蝶)

–What were the steps of this media testing (taking a photo, gridding, drawing, painting)? Explain each step.

  1. Taking the photo: we had to take a photo with high contrast so it would be easier to work with when adding the different values.
  2. Photoshop: We altered the contrast of the picture while also changing it to black and white.
  3. Printing: We printed the modified photo
  4. Gridding the photo: We evenly gridded the black and white photo with 3cm by 3cm squares.
  5. Gridding the board: We lightly gridded the painting board with 3cm by 3cm squares
  6. Drawing: Using an HB pencil, we lightly sketched out the general factors of the photo
  7. Preparing to paint: We squeezed small portions of black and white oil paint onto a wax-paper-like palette. Then, we placed newspaper underneath all of the materials to avoid any messes. Finally, we got our brushes and turpentine.
  8. Painting: We dipped our brushes into the turpentine and mixed a small portion of it into the paint we were about to use to thin it out a little bit. Next, we start to add different shades and values of black and white onto the sketched-out photo by mixing different portions fo black and white together. To finish off, we constantly wiped the brush and blended the different values with a little bit of white.
  9. Cleaning up: First and foremost, we dipped the brushes into the turpentine and wiped off any excess oil paint in the brush using a paper towel. Afterward, we thoroughly washed the brushes.

— What new things did you learn about how to properly use oil and paint and care for the materials?

I learned that oil paint is extremely hard to clean off a brush, therefore it’s crucial that the excess paint in the brush is removed first before washing it. I also learned that only a small amount of black oil paint is needed when mixed with white to form another value. Most importantly, I learned that the lightest values should be painted on first while the darker values should be painted on top or after the lighter values.

–What did you enjoy about the quality of oil paints as a media and what it allows you to do with painting?

I really enjoyed the smoothness and the prolonged time it takes for oil paint to dry. It’s smooth texture and prolonged drying time allows me to blend different values more efficiently. It also allows me to fix mistakes because it won’t immediately dry up. With oil-based paints, revising was easier compared to other media. I also enjoyed how oil paint allows me to paint layers when diluted with turpentine or other thinning agents.

–What was frustrating about oil painting?  How could you deal with this problem if you were to use oil paints in the future?

It was really frustrating how my darker values kept getting covered by the white I was using to blend in the different values. I found it really hard to blend smoothly. If I were to use oil paints in the future, I would definitely wait for the paint to dry more but not too much before blending.

–What questions do you have about using oil paint? Are there certain techniques you want to learn how to do?  Reference an artist who works in oil regarding the technique you want to learn if you can.

How do you soften colors and edges more so it looks more blended and smooth? One technique I want to learn is the sfumato technique, from the italian fumo, meaning smoke. This technique was used by Leonardo Da Vinci in most of his works, especially “Mona Lisa”. This technique is used to soften colors and edges with dark glazes. This technique would allow my work to be more visually unified as a whole.

Spring Fair Logo Design

March 29, 2018

No matter how hard I try, it always seems like one of my cultural identities is fading away. In the “Converging Cultures” studio challenge, we were challenged to use Adobe Photoshop to create a composition or a series of compositions that incorporated both secondary and primary photos to poetically display the cultures that are significant to us.

 

I’ve created a series of compositions to fully express how I view myself as a multicultural American-Chinese. The name of my first piece is “Sucked In” while the second piece is called “Rotating Moon”.Both pieces present the same message in different contexts.  I am mainly trying to express the repetitive phases I constantly go through when it comes to my cultural identity. The phases mainly revolve around how my fading cultural identities will always eventually end up back with me because of my unceasing fondness for them both.

“Sucked In” description: “Sucked In” revolves around the themes of representative colors, language, and animals. My Chinese name is integrated with thy scales of a dragon. The Chinese characters are written in a calligraphic manner. With calligraphy being an extremely prestigious and difficult style of Chinese chirography, the style can convey that parts of me are extremely traditionally Chinese. The dragon scales can be alluded and compared to one of China’s greatest architectural buildings: the Great Wall. The Great Wall of China is commonly alluded to a dragon because of its length, stability, and power. Moreover, it signifies that I have a solid Chinese background. The cosmic image in the cup is made up of the colors of the American flag: blue, white and red. The black hole in the middle, therefore, becomes an important emphasis and focal point of the piece. Visually, the second character of my name looks like it is being sucked into the black hole. When put into the right context, it signifies the enfeeblement of my Chinese culture at some points in my life due to many surrounding factors. The gradient change of color of that character is there to help build the inevitable transition of my Chinese culture being lost into or overwhelmed by the American one. In the end, however, I will always “drink” both cultures back into me. This is a repetitive process that helps me better myself at being a balanced multicultural individual.

“Rotating Moon”: On the other hand, “Rotating Moon” revolves around the themes of traditions, holidays, representative animals, and beliefs.      The moon represents one of the phases I’ve been through. Astronomically, the moon is forever rotating, going into each of its 8 different phases every once a month. This, again, empathizes on the repetition of my lost and gain of cultural identities as the ratio of dark to light changes through each phase change. Here, the moon is divided into two semicircles two represent the two different cultures. The black half represents my American identity while the lighter half represents my Chinese identity. Contrary to “Sucked In”, my American identity-mainly represented by the eagle silhouettes- is flying away in this piece. The sheep silhouettes that are both on the ground and the moon represents the 12 Chinese zodiac signs and the beliefs that come with it. Personally, I was born in the year of the sheep. In China, it is widely believed that you will be luckier and more successful when your “year” arrives. Therefore, this reminds me of Chinese New Year celebrations because it is the celebration that takes place when welcoming a new “animal of the year”. At the same time, the bright, spherical objects represent 2 things. The first thing is a lantern. A lantern strongly symbolizes Chinese New Year celebrations because it is what people would traditionally decorate their accommodations with in order to welcome the new year. The second thing is a pumpkin. This introduces a new aspect of the piece because the tree branches of the tree with red fruit gives people Halloween vibes. In brief, I love both Halloween and Chinese New Year, 2 very different holidays with very different traditions from 2 very different cultures. Moreover, the falling down of the red object means that these cultures are in a way, entering me, as shown by the growth of the tree on top of my underground head. This conveys that sometimes I am truly indecisive of which culture I belong to even if sometimes I tend to favor one more than the other.

These are the surreal devices that I’ve used in my pieces:

Scale: The cosmic galaxy is restricted in a small cup. In “Rotating Moon” , my head is almost as big as the moon. Furthermore, because the moon is imagined as a big object, it also makes the audience think of the sizes of the objects surrounding it. For example, are the birds and sheep just really huge or is the moon just really small?

Dislocation: The sheep and red objects are placed on the moon, an unfamiliar environment for those things. My head is also buried underground, a seemingly weird place for a head to be at.

Levitation: In “Sucked In”, the two Chinese characters on the side looks a little bit like they’re floating because of the shadows behind them.

Juxtaposition: In “Sucked In”, the words are combined with the scales, which is somewhat an impossible combination. The black hole is also unusually combined with the cup. The birds of “Rotating Moon” can also be described as juxtaposition because some are connected and combined with the dark side of the moon.

“Sucked In” was inspired by Victoria Siemer, otherwise known as Witchoria, and her placements of galaxies in coffee mugs. I thought that it was a very interesting idea that had a lot of meaning to it. Therefore, I borrowed her both her idea and technique from her. I integrated an American-styled black hole in a Chinese-style mug.

“Rotating Moon” was inspired by Jerry Uelsmann and his high-contrast, black and white themed pieces. I admired the way he was able to use contrasting values and shades of black and white to create focal points in his work. That’s why I made the majority of my artwork black and white, making parts of my work more contrasted to emphasize on more important symbols. The black-and-white theme was also able to bring out the only colored object in the piece: the lantern/pumpkin, which is an important symbol in my piece.

For both pieces, I began by brainstorming and planning out my ideas. For some extra inspiration, I looked at several other pieces of successful artists. Afterward, I started gathering primary photos for the sketches that my peers liked the most. I used a total of 4 primary photos. The first one was a picture of my hands cupped around the mug. I purposefully painted my nails red to further emphasize with the Chinese culture. My second primary photo was my Chinese name. I wrote my Chinese name on a separate piece of calligraphy paper using actual calligraphy ink and a brush. The third photo was that of my head. The fourth photo was a photo of bright, lit-up lantern fruits that I took over the Chinese New Year break. Next, I found all my high-resolution secondary photos. These included the moon, the silhouettes, the tree, the cloud background, the black hole, and the scales. The final touches for both pieces were spent trying to perfect the little details.

For “Sucked In”, I first started off by selecting, fixing and placing the first two primary photos on a 76 cm by 55 cm canvas. To make the background look nicer, I altered the brightness, colors, and saturation of the background. I used the warp tool to pull certain parts of the second Chinese character into the black hole so that it seems like it’s being sucked into it. Then, I masked my black hole picture under the circle I’ve selected on the cup. Then, I placed another red galaxy like the photo on top of the black hole and blended in it so that it had more color and meaning to it. I did this by lowering the opacity, erasing certain parts, and using the blend and blurring tools. Then, I masked some dragon scales underneath the two Chinese characters on the sides through the same process. Next, I masked 3 different photos of dragon scales underneath the second Chinese character to convey transitional change. I blended, blurred and erased the areas of intersection for the 3 different layers to make it have a smoother transition. Finally, I added shadows to the 2 characters on the side so that it would look more realistic in terms of the light source and have a floating effect.

(Process Photos of “Sucked In”^)

Similar to “Sucked In”, I also began “Rotating Moon” by selecting, fixing and placing the picture of my head on the bottom of the canvas. I drew a black rectangle underneath it and used the eraser tool to randomly and roughly erase the top of it to make it look more like an earth ground. Next, I made the head black and white. I also made brightness/contrast, hue/saturation and such small changes to it. Following that, I placed my cloud background underneath everything while the moon is placed on top of the background. Later, I used the dispersion effect on the dark side of the moon. I did this by using a scattered/dotted brush that I’ve previously downloaded to erase the dark side. To add dark spots outside of the moon, I had to liquefy the dark side and stretch it out so I had something to erase with. I used a variety of brush sizes for different spots to make it seem more realistic. Eventually, all the eagle silhouettes were selected and all carefully placed into the right positions. To make the dispersion effect more realistic, I changed the opacities of the silhouettes. The ones near the center of the moon were lighter while the ones further away were high in opacity. As for the rest of the objects, I went through pretty much the same process of cutting, selecting and placing them in the right positions. The red objects’ brightness was lowered and placed as some of the top layers so the black and white effects of the head won’t affect its natural, bright redness.

(Process Photos of “Rotating Moon”^)

My final pieces ended up looking very different from my original plan because of all the challenges and changes that I had to go through. One huge challenge was the loss of my previous work in photoshop because my computer suddenly crashed a few days before the due date. However, I think that this challenge has given me an opportunity to improve my piece even more because I had to redo it. Another challenge that came up was that I was lacking cultural representations in my work. It wasn’t clear what I was trying to convey with my piece. I overcame this challenge by adding more symbols and details to my work.

 

(Completed project photos^)

I think that I grew a lot with this studio challenge because a lot of effort was put into it. I mainly challenged myself in 3 different ways. The first way was the dispersion effect. I had to go online and watch several tutorials to find the one that would work best for my piece. The dispersion effect that I’ve used in my piece is harder than the normal one because the normal one only asks for the first part of what I’ve done, which is the erasing and liquefying part. On the other hand, I have to add birds on top of that and change the opacity of every single one of the eagle silhouettes to get the desired effect. Not only that, I also had to restart the whole process with my moon several times to see which brush would look the best. I believe that I’ve also challenged myself in terms of creativity and ideas. With how I would’ve usually chosen very cliché objects to represent my message and thoughts, I think that I’ve really challenged and improved myself on that aspect. I think that these 2 pieces are my most un-cliché work because they incorporated very unoriginal symbols of the two cultures that can give the audience space to think and comprehend it themselves without having the work itself directly tell them the message. I’ve also challenged myself in terms of colors. The majority of my second piece was based on a black-and-white color theme. I think I’ve really stepped out of the box because I’ve never worked with such a color theme before. I think that this has better taught me how to use different values and shades of the same colors to create emphasis and focal points. With that said, I think that I’ve definitely put in a lot of effort and has made the work the best it can be. I spend the majority of class time learning from tutorials, which was quite useful in the long run. Looking at my complete work, I definitely think I’ve grown and matured as an artist. One example is my desire to try new ways of creating art. This studio challenge has taught me that new ways of creating art can greatly benefit my understanding of art. For example, the black and white theme of my second piece has shown me that art doesn’t need many colors to be great.

Understand Arts Community: I’ve more or less interact with the artists that have inspired my work because I’ve incorporated their styles and techniques into mine. For example, the “black hole in a cup” idea was inspired by Withchoria while the black and white theme was inspired by Jerry Uelsmann.

          

(My work in comparison to the inspirations of my piece^)

Envision: Planning and envisioning what the next steps were for the piece were a crucially important part of this project. It was important because it leads to the preparation of primary and secondary photos. I’ve done this with my brainstorming and sketches in my sketchbook so I could bring in class the things I wanted to take pictures of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Final Plan Photos to plan for primary photos^)

Express: These pieces express how I view myself as a multicultural individual. Therefore, it conveys a personal meaning. I think that I’ve successfully expressed myself because I’ve fully expressed the complexities of how my identity is constantly changing with several symbols imagery.

 

 

Saving Banksy is a documentary created in 2017 that tells a story of how Banksy, a graffiti artist, leaves his mark on San Francisco in April of 2010 and goes on to become internationally known through a series of events. A huge part of the documentary is told by Brian Greif, an art collector, and the challenges that were brought up in the process of his attempt to preserve a Banksy piece from demolition. During his challenging journey, he was offered and bribed with large amounts of money which he refused to accept because he believed that such artwork should be “saved” and truly honored in a rightful museum.

What new ideas or understandings did this documentary shed light on for you in terms of the workings of the contemporary art world?  Please explain in detail.

I’ve always thought of art as a medium whose sole purpose was to please one’s eyes. However, this documentary has taught me otherwise. I learned that an artwork in the contemporary art world is not only an object used to please one’s eye. However, art can be extremely deep in meaning and can send out an important message that holds significance to all of us. For example, Banksy’s world-famous “balloon girl” piece looks aesthetically pleasing. When you first see this piece of street art on a London street, you soon realize that it’s a stunning work with a basic red color set against a background of urban decay. This is what I would’ve thought before watching the documentary. If the artwork is observed more closely and further comprehended, we can see that the little girl is trying to tell a story. The red balloon of color we are drawn to immediately just seems to transcend being more than a children’s plaything. Something deeper and philosophical is going on here. Being heart shaped the balloon comes to represent the hopes and dream that we all have in this everyday mundane life. It can even represent our love for life or the loss of innocence. It can also be argued that the child is trying to grasp a lost childhood or a lost parent as it releases the balloon off into the atmosphere.

What is an issue brought up in the documentary that you STRONGLY AGREE OR DISAGREE with? Explain the issue and give us reasoning as to why you agree or disagree with it.

An issue brought up in the documentary regards whether a graffiti piece should be preserved in museums or left outside on the streets. The street artists themselves believe that their artwork should be naturally left outside while most art collectors believe that they should be preserved in prestigious buildings where it can be admired by others. At this point, I strongly agree with the street artists. There are many different forms of art. Some are the way they are for a reason. It is unnatural and ironic to have graffiti taken apart and preserved in a museum. The messiness and the ___ is what makes the so called art a “graffiti”. I believe that it is wrong to take away something unique from a form of art because that’s the same thing as taking away the artwork’s identity.

What’s the most important takeaway from watching this documentary? What will you remember about it moving forward? 

Graffiti/street art is out in the public so that the artist’s message can be seen by everyone. Therefore, collectors shouldn’t go against the natural will of street art. The most important takeaway from watching this documentary is that all art has meaning, and should be treated the way it was meant to be treated. In brief, I will remember that all art is created with a meaning and purpose in order to send a message to its audience.