K.

  K.

By Cher Wang

For this art project we were asked to use either oil or acrylic paint to draw a portrait of someone that has meaning to us and convey one or more of the guiding questions. I decided to paint myself because I know my own life story and emotions the best, therefore there are lots of things that I can express through my brush strokes. The medias I used were oil paint and acrylic paint because I like the consistency of both types of paint but for different parts of the painting. I like the usage of oil paint for painting people because it blends easily and I like the usage of acrylic paint for the background because it dries easily.

The title of my painting “K.” relates to the conflict I have with social media, our society and it connects with my emotions. “K.” stands for “okay” and it’s something people write when texting over social media. Usually when people say “K” they don’t mean that they are okay but there just saying it for the sake of it. In my painting I want to make a broader statement about people’s judgement and social media versus reality.

The questions I decided to address were “How can we represent the intangible in portraits?” and “How can a portrait make a broader social statement?” For my painting I decided to use the colors blue, pink, purple and green to create a slightly sad and calm mood. The colors purple and blue are next to each other on the color wheel so they blend very well together. Pink and green are complementary colors so they contrast each other and that emphasized the highlights and contours in the painting.

Along with the sad and calm mood of the painting, I tried to express my intangible life stories in this portrait. I would say that I’m always seen as a happy and bubbly person on the outside but when I’m by myself I’m not always like that. There has been hardship I’ve been through and even though I always seem happy, there are times when I’m experiencing other emotions. I wanted people to be able to experience the things I have experienced in my life when looking at my portrait. The reason I decided to paint myself is because I think I know myself and my own emotions the best and I would be able to portray that through my brush strokes well. I feel like there are people who have a certain image of me but in reality these images are not true. There are only a few people in the world who really know me as a person. I think that people often misjudge me through seeing my social media or in real life, without really knowing me as a person. These judgements and images don’t harm me but they’ve definitely made me build a wall around myself and sometimes they make me think that I have to act a certain way to be accepted by the society. In my portrait, I wanted to express what I’m really like when my wall is down and the intangible parts of my life and me as a person.

The broader social statement I wanted to express also has to do with social media and judgement. What people are seen like on social media and the way people act in front of certain people are not always what these people are really like. Social media often creates unrealistic images about everyone and makes people believe certain things about other. It’s not fair how people judge others before really knowing how these people are. In my painting I wanted to express that sometimes I feel like an object being constantly watched and commented on for everything that I do or say. The social statements I made in this painting has to do with how our society functions and our standards.

This painting was inspired by Jen Mann. I really like the way she uses oil paints and so I wanted to try out her color themes in my work. I used more colors than Mann usually uses in her paintings which made it more challenging for me. It was definitely really hard blending the colors together and making sure the painting isn’t messy.

The actual painting ended up being slightly different than I originally imagined. There are more variety of colors in my painting but overall it was pretty similar. While painting my portrait, sometimes it was hard to blend the colors but then I eventually learnt new painting techniques.

In order to blend the colors well, what I did was get a dry brush and dab the colors together with that brush That was a new painting technique I used. Throughout the entire process I think I grew as an artist because I learnt how to make the colors look more blended together and for the painting to look more three dimensional. I think I spent a lot of time of this portrait and used my class time well. I tried making it the best I could.

For this portrait, I observed clearly at my painting and tried my best to make it the best it could be. I tried making the painting as similar to the photo as I could and I did that by observing closely at both the photo and my canvas.

I also reflected on my work, I would always take progress photos so that I could look at my paintings and see what I needed to do better.

For this portrait I also developed craft. At the beginning of the unit, we tested different types of media such as oil and acrylic, so that we’d know which one we liked better.

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Painting Reflection

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

For this media testing we were drawing on top of our colored picture so we started off by attaching our picture on to our canvas by applying matte medium. Then afterwards we just started painting on top of the picture with colors.

–What new things (concepts and/or skills) did you learn about how to properly use acrylic paint and care for the materials ?

I learnt that with acrylic painting you need to paint and mix the colors fast because the paint dries really easily.  To care for the materials you have to make sure that you always fasten the lid and also make sure that the paints don’t mix together in the mop

–What did you enjoy using acrylic paint as a media?

The texture looked very nice and lots of the colors easily popped up. It was easy to emphasize shadows and highlights.

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

It was frustrating how hard it was to blend the colors together and also make shades look natural. If I were to use acrylic paints in the future, I would blend the colors out on the canvas so that it doesn’t look streaky.

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

How do you make acrylic paints blend easily?

Oil painting reflection

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

for this media testing, we took a close up picture of our face and then gridded the picture along with our cardboard. Then we labeled each box on the canvas and picture to make sure that they matched so that we could draw accordingly. After we gridded we sketched out the features of our face on to the cardboard so that each corresponding box had the same things inside. I thought this was a really helpful way to help with proportions and placing in a picture. Then after that we started painting with oil paint on the grids, make sure that the picture and cardboard looked the same.

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

I learnt that in oil paint you need to draw bravely because its alright if you make an mistake and the colors blend very easily. The brushes have to be cleaned very well after you use them so that there is no oil paint left over or else the brushes would be ruined.

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

I like how you can colors very easily with oil paint and you don’t have to be scared of making mistakes because you can easily to cover it up. It allowed me to paint freely and also to create smooth strokes, create a gradient in colors.

–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 trusting to get that pop of color in oil painting, have certain parts to pop up. The shadows and highlights would always get mixed so that they became a neutral color but they wouldn’t be able to stay dark or light. If I were to use oil paint in the future I would add the highlights at the end and just not blend the shadows as much so that they stay dark.

–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.

I want to learn how to smoothly blend colors together like Jen Mann’s paintings.

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.