Portraiture-“The Unfinished Painter” May 28, 2018

During this art project, we were asked to do a portrait of either someone we know or someone we didn’t know. The paintings were to convey either one of the three leading questions. We could choose either oil painting, acrylic painting or both. I decided to paint a picture of myself with acrylic paint. However, it was not an oblivious choice, it was either my mother, my father or me.

The name of my portrait is The Unfinished Painter, as it was meant to look unfinished like Howard’s art style. The meaning my painting is conveying “When no one is there for me, Art is my way of suffering it.” The subject of my work is myself as I felt I couldn’t do anyone else, even my brother. My guiding question was “How can portraits convey authority?” but I felt that my final sketch didn’t reflect that at all. So I went with the guiding question “How can we represent the intangible?” My visual elements were value, color, and space. There is a lot of contrast and more the while there is positive and negative space. The way that the art represents my guiding question is that I am expressing my emotions onto the other canvas, however only I can honestly tell what I am painting. I borrowed elements from artists Howard Tangye and Otto Dix, the posture of the painting was from Dix while I tried to mimic the art style of Howard.

My actual studio piece looked a bit more different regarding colors that were chosen and art style. It ended up better than I envisioned it to be, I thought the colors I chose were wrong as I felt it would look awkward. I did have difficulties doing it, after all, I am still learning how to paint. One of the problems I had was getting the skin color correct. For that, I experimented with different combinations of colors.

I did challenge myself in trying this project, in the beginning, I felt that I couldn’t even draw the face or anything else. Now, I can do better than just drawing a picture of something or someone. I did take advantage of class time, I worked really hard to get to this point, and I had grown a lot.

Express: I had learned to create art that expresses what I mean it to say. The posture and the colors show an image that most people would hopefully understand. I used where my eyes are pointing to convey that I am concentrating along with my painting.

Envision: I envisioned the portrait like at least more than half my painting that I painted. However, after a bit of thought, I realized that was a bit too hard for me at my skill level. So some revision later, it turned out all right for my level.

Reflect: Comparing before and after the project, at first, it was a complicating project with the workload ramped up to 10. There were so many things to consider doing this project as it is our last project of the school year.

Final Plan

final painting

Process picture 1

Process picture 2

Process picture 3



Portrait Media Testing Acrylic Painting Reflection May 13, 2018

First, stick your painting on the cardboard and cover it with some kind of glue substance (I forgot what it was. Then paint your background when it is dry, along with some of the details. I find it easier to manage this because of the fact that I can touch it without fear of smudging it as it dries quickly. Is there a way to clean up damage left behind during the process.

Portrait Media Testing Oil painting Reflection May 13, 2018

All you need to make a painting like this (or better) is some oil paint, thinner, cardboard, a picture of yourself or a family member, ruler and pencil. Draw a grid on your picture and the cardboard, make such you measure your lines carefully. Next pour thinner in a small jar, your oil paint in a container. A concept was that it wouldn’t dry quickly so you could rework areas that were damaged or done wrong. For me, using oil paints proved to be harder than using other paints, due to it not quickly. Often ending up with sloppy ends covered with dripping oil paint. Is there a way to make it dry quicker?

Painting Analysis 1 and 2 May 11, 2018

Converging culture – Inside the mind of a novice March 11, 2018

Our project for the last few weeks was that we had to make a converging culture photoshop picture/ photo. It should be based on our experiences in our world, like feelings and emotions. The message of my project should have been “My mind when it’s drifting into a state of uncertainty”, instead I felt it sounded like I had a state of peril. Every single time when I was working on it, I was stressed like there was no tomorrow. Even if it was not showing, I felt it in my brain. There were a few surreal devices that I used, scale, levitation, transformation and more… I think at least. Jerry Uelsmann was the artist that Inspired me to make this is most of the project is in black and white.

The creative process of the project was like this, first, we had to learn how to use photoshop. Since we had little to no experience with a program like this, we had to do it step by step. Next was planning the project, I had a few ideas but I felt they were useless in total. The third was presenting the project to people, this was one of my first problems because I was not a good public speaker. If I were to talk to people, I would feel trapped by their onlooking stares of intent. Repeat this a few more times then we got to work on getting the project done. My actual project looked very different from what was planned. A few of the challenges that we came across was that one, I didn’t know how to use photoshop in the first place. The second was that I had limited time to make it and third was that when I add something, I add more, so much stuff until I had too much in my project. I did really challenge myself so much that I felt like this would take forever to complete it, but now it has ended. I did take advantage as much time as I needed for this project. 

The photo above was one of the process photos that I had, this was engaging and persisting. Even though using photoshop was challenging, I try to remain as calm and collective as possible. However, the only thing that nearly brought me down was that I saw a lot of people works were greater than mine. I have to admit, it nearly broke me, as I felt that they would be praised and mine would be scorned and forgotten. It was tough.

I used my observations from my past to make these pictures, I felt they were nothing much but rubbish. The way that I said that is because I had at the time, saw from the corner of my eye, one of my classmates’ pictures. It was astounding compared to mine (which was trash). When we had to present them, I saw each and every one of them that was in my group and felt terrible.

Another of my process photos, this was for understanding the art world. I have to admit, I couldn’t understand a single thing that is happening to the art world. A Banksy is better compared to mine, and yet his/ her works are being destroyed because they are deemed as disruptive and an offense.



Saving Banksy February 27, 2018

The documentary (known as Saving Banksy) is about a artists work being either destroyed by the public or being sold by people who should have no right to sell it. The people who are painting it are not getting paid (reasons of being unknown to the public). That even great art can be labeled as graffiti and destroyed. I agree with trying to preserve these works of art, modern art is boring annoying and so minimalistic. Seriously, even nowadays, even a dot could be considered a work of art while people are being arrested for making good art. The most important thing I learned was that you don’t need to be known to be a famous artist. (People recognize the name Banksy, but don’t know his face).

Valentine’s day card February 13, 2018

The card is intended for anyone that knows RAF slang, these people are special to me because I play with these people every day. I felt that my card should be a bit chaotic, just like the old times. That my cabbage crate is me sending my love to them. (cabbage crate means bomb). I am not really a creative person I understand, but I try. I guess that there is some humor involved, me dropping a bomb of caring upon my friends. Meanwhile, people who don’t know think I am dropping an actual crate of cabbage on my friends. It is funny to hear people question me about it.


Double exposure 1 and 2 February 7, 2018

Inception photoshop February 7, 2018

Photoshop testing Pop out Effect January 22, 2018