Looking at artists

The art show I went to visit is the Luo Hong art gallery. The media used is his art exhibition is photography. It was really interesting looking at his artworks and observing about his past, Luo Hong comes from a small town in Sichuan and since a really age he realized that photography is his biggest passion. It was fascinating learning about how he started off by creating art in the shape and design of cakes because he wanted to fulfill the wishes of his mother. His pieces are all focused on traveling the world, there a lot of saturation and colorfulness. His focuses are natural landscapes and animals.

‘Converging Cultures-“Miles Apart but United”

Introducing the project:

For this project we were asked to create a digital piece of artworks that represents different cultures converging together. The main media used for this project were photos and Photoshop. Some challenges I faced throughout this process was that at first it was very hard to understand how to use Photoshop and apply what I imagine in my head on to my artwork.

 

My Message:

Through my two pieces of art I want to portray the western culture and the Asian culture. Growing up as an international kid it was always hard for me to answer when someone would ask me where I am from because I genuinely wouldn’t know the answer. To this day I still feel as if I don’t belong completely in any culture but a bit in every culture. My title of these two pieces is “Miles apart butUnited” because I want to that thesecountries and cultures are so far away yet they all unite together in me. In the first piece you see me holding an earth over a notebook(this notebook isn’t just any notebook, it is my journal) and this was meant to show that when I open my journal and write, I’m in my own world. Different things about my culture, for example holidays and traditions are written in my book which is why I thought it would be perfect to usein this artwork. I want to show that I am not in either the Western culture category or the Asian culture category but I have my own culture. For the first piece of artwork, myself, the notebook and the transparent background of my room were all taken by me. The two astronauts are there because I think astronomy represents the futureand in the future I will be moving to the United States. I thought I would add this to show what’s going to add to my culture in the coming years. I chose to put the galaxy in the background to show that the universe is very big and that everyone has a different culture Scale is used in the earth and notebook, transparency is used in the background with the galaxy and my room, levitation is used for the floating earth.

For my second piece, it is me opening my journal again but this time you see buildings. For these buildings, I combined all of them that have meaning to my culture. There are buildings from both my Western culture and also Asian culture. The building with a cool shape at the front left of the buildings especially has a lot of meaning to my culture. It is the science museum of Vancouver (where I was born) and I’ve spent countless afternoons in there. For the background I picked the sea because the ocean makes me feel very free and myself and for this artwork I’m showing everyone my culture.  For this artwork I have scale because of the size of the buildings, dislocation because none of the objects really belong together and transformation because my body is transforming in to the sea. For this piece, the picture of me is a primary source photo.

These two pieces are connected because for the first piece you see a more zoomed out image, it expressing that I want to show you my own culture, world, and then the second piece is more zoomed in and it shows what my culture. The second piece is just a zoom in of the first picture and of my culture. Kellansworld, this very famous Instagram Photoshop artist inspired me to create these pieces of artwork. The photo attached is of the photo that stirred up my ideas. I really love his style of creating art, I think it looks very modern. When I saw this picture of his, I really liked the idea of someone holding a floating city or a planet, but then I decided touse a book for mine because I wanted it to turn out like one of those sickout picture books. I also think a journal represents more of myculture because inside is everything about my life.

 

Creative Process

My final idea ended up being so different from what I envisioned at the beginning of this project. What happened was that I had a lot of ideas in my head and I either couldn’t express my idea on to Photoshop or the idea was too simple. I faced a lot of challenges because it was almost like I had too many ideas that I couldn’t think of one specific one. I struggled for a long time figuring out what I wanted to do until I stumbled upon Kellansworld’s Instagram page. I also face challenges because Photoshop is a very hard program to use, I have definitely improved and learnt a lot of new skills. Some tutorials I had to look at by myself were creating shadows. It also took me a long time to figure out how to make me more obvious and be out of the background (of the sea or galaxy). I had to do double exposure and then turn down the opacity of the mask. It seems really simple but took me a long time to figure out what I needed to do. Below is a copy of what my artwork looked like at first but I ended up scratching out idea.

              

 

Effort and Artistic Growth

Shadows and cloning were tools I used that wasn’t really taught in class. On the last class for some reason there was a long of my backgroundnext to the person deleted so I had to clone the seas. I think that I challenged myself because I am someone that walked in to this project not knowing how to use Photoshop at all. I like how my artworks turned out and I think that a lot of the little details are perfected and well done. I think I could have used my time in class better because I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do so I wasted a lot of class just trying to find inspiration for my project. Overall I think I have mature as an artist because I have entered in to the digital art world and broadened the media sources that I know how to use. My skills grown so much since the beginning of the project

Develop Craft

In this project I developed a lot of craft. In addition to never using Photoshop before, I did a lot of practicing. I did 5 media testing and others to explore more of what I can do with photoshop. You may not be able to tell but double exposure was used in my first artwork (but just with the background and mask the same picture)  and I practiced doing this skill 2-3 times until I perfected how to do it.

Observe

For this project I really payed attention to little details and if you zoom in to my artworks, you can see that all the lines are perfected. Especially in my second piece it was really hard for me to combine tens of buildings and photos together. I think I did a good job of observing closely to see where the buildings should be placed and also making clean clear selections. For my first piece I also added stars in the background (some of the shining things are hand drawn) because I observed that the galaxy looked a bit empty

Stretch and Explore

I think in this project I did a lot of stretch and exploring because I didn’t know how to use Photoshop very well. Most of the time I didn’t really have a plan in mind, I had an idea of what I want my project to look like but I didn’t know how to make it so I just explored a lot of different medias. I kept going when I liked how the project turned out and took out anything that I didn’t like. As you can see in the picture, I had so many layers because I was just trying a lot of things and sometimes they didn’t turn out well but that was just part of the learning process.

‘Converging Cultures-“Miles Apart but United”

Introducing the project:

For this project we were asked to create a digital piece of artworks that represents different cultures converging together. The main media used for this project were photos and Photoshop. Some challenges I faced throughout this process was that at first it was very hard to understand how to use Photoshop and apply what I imagine in my head on to my artwork.

 

My Message:

Through my two pieces of art I want to portray the western culture and the Asian culture. Growing up as an international kid it was always hard for me to answer when someone would ask me where I am from because I genuinely wouldn’t know the answer. To this day I still feel as if I don’t belong completely in any culture but a bit in every culture. My title of these two pieces is “Miles apart butUnited” because I want to that thesecountries and cultures are so far away yet they all unite together in me. In the first piece you see me holding an earth over a notebook(this notebook isn’t just any notebook, it is my journal) and this was meant to show that when I open my journal and write, I’m in my own world. Different things about my culture, for example holidays and traditions are written in my book which is why I thought it would be perfect to usein this artwork. I want to show that I am not in either the Western culture category or the Asian culture category but I have my own culture. For the first piece of artwork, myself, the notebook and the transparent background of my room were all taken by me. The two astronauts are there because I think astronomy represents the futureand in the future I will be moving to the United States. I thought I would add this to show what’s going to add to my culture in the coming years. I chose to put the galaxy in the background to show that the universe is very big and that everyone has a different culture Scale is used in the earth and notebook, transparency is used in the background with the galaxy and my room, levitation is used for the floating earth.

For my second piece, it is me opening my journal again but this time you see buildings. For these buildings, I combined all of them that have meaning to my culture. There are buildings from both my Western culture and also Asian culture. The building with a cool shape at the front left of the buildings especially has a lot of meaning to my culture. It is the science museum of Vancouver (where I was born) and I’ve spent countless afternoons in there. For the background I picked the sea because the ocean makes me feel very free and myself and for this artwork I’m showing everyone my culture.  For this artwork I have scale because of the size of the buildings, dislocation because none of the objects really belong together and transformation because my body is transforming in to the sea. For this piece, the picture of me is a primary source photo.

These two pieces are connected because for the first piece you see a more zoomed out image, it expressing that I want to show you my own culture, world, and then the second piece is more zoomed in and it shows what my culture. The second piece is just a zoom in of the first picture and of my culture. Kellansworld, this very famous Instagram Photoshop artist inspired me to create these pieces of artwork. The photo attached is of the photo that stirred up my ideas. I really love his style of creating art, I think it looks very modern. When I saw this picture of his, I really liked the idea of someone holding a floating city or a planet, but then I decided touse a book for mine because I wanted it to turn out like one of those sickout picture books. I also think a journal represents more of myculture because inside is everything about my life.

 

Creative Process

My final idea ended up being so different from what I envisioned at the beginning of this project. What happened was that I had a lot of ideas in my head and I either couldn’t express my idea on to Photoshop or the idea was too simple. I faced a lot of challenges because it was almost like I had too many ideas that I couldn’t think of one specific one. I struggled for a long time figuring out what I wanted to do until I stumbled upon Kellansworld’s Instagram page. I also face challenges because Photoshop is a very hard program to use, I have definitely improved and learnt a lot of new skills. Some tutorials I had to look at by myself were creating shadows. It also took me a long time to figure out how to make me more obvious and be out of the background (of the sea or galaxy). I had to do double exposure and then turn down the opacity of the mask. It seems really simple but took me a long time to figure out what I needed to do. Below is a copy of what my artwork looked like at first but I ended up scratching out idea.

              

 

Effort and Artistic Growth

Shadows and cloning were tools I used that wasn’t really taught in class. On the last class for some reason there was a long of my backgroundnext to the person deleted so I had to clone the seas. I think that I challenged myself because I am someone that walked in to this project not knowing how to use Photoshop at all. I like how my artworks turned out and I think that a lot of the little details are perfected and well done. I think I could have used my time in class better because I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do so I wasted a lot of class just trying to find inspiration for my project. Overall I think I have mature as an artist because I have entered in to the digital art world and broadened the media sources that I know how to use. My skills grown so much since the beginning of the project

Develop Craft

In this project I developed a lot of craft. In addition to never using Photoshop before, I did a lot of practicing. I did 5 media testing and others to explore more of what I can do with photoshop. You may not be able to tell but double exposure was used in my first artwork (but just with the background and mask the same picture)  and I practiced doing this skill 2-3 times until I perfected how to do it.

Observe

For this project I really payed attention to little details and if you zoom in to my artworks, you can see that all the lines are perfected. Especially in my second piece it was really hard for me to combine tens of buildings and photos together. I think I did a good job of observing closely to see where the buildings should be placed and also making clean clear selections. For my first piece I also added stars in the background (some of the shining things are hand drawn) because I observed that the galaxy looked a bit empty

Stretch and Explore

I think in this project I did a lot of stretch and exploring because I didn’t know how to use Photoshop very well. Most of the time I didn’t really have a plan in mind, I had an idea of what I want my project to look like but I didn’t know how to make it so I just explored a lot of different medias. I kept going when I liked how the project turned out and took out anything that I didn’t like. As you can see in the picture, I had so many layers because I was just trying a lot of things and sometimes they didn’t turn out well but that was just part of the learning process.

Bansky Documentary Reflection

My documentary is about an artist named an anonymous guy named Banksy who does street art. People love his art so much that they try to take it off walls and sell it. This documentary helped me realize that art doesn’t have to be super complicated or take up a lot of time. Banksy’s art takes him around ten minutes to do but yet it is so famous. In this contemporary art world, you can create art out of any media out there at any place. It doesn’t have to be just the old fashioned paintbrush and paint like before. An issue that was brought up in the documentary is the idea of street art. Is it a form of art or vandalism? Personally I think it is an amazing form of art and people should not go to jail for it. Also the art that is done on the streets belongs to the artist, no other people. Even though the art is not done on the artist’s own property, it doesn’t mean the art isn’t his. After watching this documentary, a huge takeaway that I will always remember is that art comes in all forms and it can be found all around you.

Valentines Day Card

This card was designed for my best friends to remind them that I love them and am so grateful for them even though sometimes I don’t. I used unity and emphasis to guide me through this card as the candy hearts I made on the outside are balanced and unified and it leads your eyes to focus on the words in the middle at first.

Card

10 quotes that will change the way you think of your dog forever

Here are 10 quotes from the phenomenon “A Dog’s Purpose” by Bruce Cameron that will put you in the shoes of your furry friend and change the way you look at them forever. Ever since I read this book, I’ve given my dogs so much more attention and began to think of them differently.This book is written in the point of view of a dog who stays in the same soul when he dies but switches bodies. It will bring you bundles of joy and sadness. If you have’t read this book yet, you definitely should add it on your reading list.

(click on photos for gif!!)

1.“This was, I decided, my purpose as a dog, to comfort the boy whenever he needed me. Sometimes”

Take at least half an hour out of your day and show your dog some love.

2. “Dogs are not allowed to choose where they live; my fate would be decided by people.”


Remenber that you can choose which dog you want but a dog cannot choose who his/her owner is…

3.   “Dogs have important jobs, like barking when the doorbell rings, but cats have no function in a house whatsoever.”

Don’t be so hard on your dogs! Sometimes they think their helping you out when barking at the door or strangers or eating up the carpet.

4.“The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take. All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him more than anything in the whole world.”

 

A furry loyal companion who will be always be by your side till death do you apart.

5.“I remembered the boy crying the day they buried Smokey in the yard, and I hoped he wouldn’t cry over my death. My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and bewith him, to make him happy.”

For you, the world is big and consists of education, fun, love and many more, but for dogs, your there world. They always do what they think you want.

6. “I realized that today I truly understood my purpose as Ellie: not just to Find people but to save them.”

 

Dogs are friendly creature that always help people in many ways, which is why you should take good care of them.

7.“a dog’s job was to do what people wanted.”

go give your dog a treat for always helping you out!

8. “Her sadness washed into me, and I pulled against the noose, wanting to go comfort her. ”

Dogs can always sense your emotions and they are your most loyal companion.

 

9.””No!” Mom or Ethan would shout when I wet the floor. “Good boy!” they’d sing when I peed in the grass. “Okay, that’s good,” they’d say when I urinated on the papers. I could not understand what in the world was wrong with them. ”

 

Potty training a dog is just as frustrating for the dog as for you.

 

10.””Stay”? “Dog Door”? “Good dog”? How were these terms, which I’d heard so often, even remotely related, and which one was “Stay” again? None of this made any sense to me.”

 

Have you ever wondered that maybe dogs aren’t as smart we think they are? most of the time they can’t understand what your saying to them but only hear from the tone your using.

 

BONUS…

11. “Because failure isn’t an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”

 

A quote from Cameron to remind you to never give up!

Have a good day and go give your dog a hug and some treats! 🙂