Art 1

Portrait Reflection

In our latest project, we were asked to do a portrait project based on a deep meaning. I made the project Angels and Demons based on my duality and the voices I hear in my head. I used oil and acrylic for this painting.

As I said, the project’s name was Angels and Demons and it’s based on my duality. The subject is me and I chose me because it was easier for me and I know myself better, in my head. Then again, not too sure I know myself completely. The guiding question I used was “how can we represent the intangible?”. I tried to make the colours as dark as possible to make the portrait look sadder and melancholy along with the black tears. I used the blue colour for the happy person for a calmer and peaceful side and red for the evil person to give off the horror like persona. I tried to make the blue seem lighter so it wouldn’t look melancholy when it’s supposed to be a happy person. I used mostly black, gray and white to give off a sad and serious atmosphere. I used blue and red because they were contrasting colours.

The artists who influenced me were mostly Seungyea Park because of her dark imagery and her gray colour scheme. I also liked Tom Bagshaw’s art because of his mostly dark colour scheme but with some colours standing out.

I enjoyed this project. Although like most projects, I was slightly behind but it was overall fun. I changed a bunch of things but didn’t look too different from what I envisioned it to look like. Whenever a challenge came up, I would just change the project slightly to make it look easier.

Honestly, I’m not too sure if I challenged myself enough, but I did use a lot of acrylic paint which I don’t like at all and I also did some dripping, which I’m not all that used to.

Envision – I used more envision in this project than I do in other projects. I had my project in mind and I tried to make my final project look a lot like the plan I had in my sketchbook

Express – I feel this project shows more of me and what’s in my heart than most projects because we got to choose our own themes and the media that we used.

Stretch and Explore – I used a lot of different medias that I didn’t like as much and other medias that I was ok with but was pretty difficult. I also tried different painting methods such as dripping and blending.




Spring Break Art Exhibit

Here are some photos of an art exhibit that I went to in France. It was sort-of in a cave and the paintings were projected onto the walls. They changed every now and then and had music to go along with it.


Photoshop Project Reflection

Recently we did a Photoshop project on the Converging Cultures unit. This is what I call “Who am I?” We were using something that we don’t usually work with, Photoshop. It was difficult since we usually worked on papers and weren’t really used to digital art.

The message I’m trying to communicate is a sense of confusion because in my life, I’m often confused about who I am and where I belong. I even have the same kind of people tell me who I am as if they know. I used buildings to show different places I could go to or where I could stay and in the middle, I used a sea to show the connection between each city and to make it seem like a passage between each city. I put a silhouette of me in the center and showed different things that represented each culture in the silhouette. I put it there to represent me as a person and how confused I am. If I chose another person, I would make it so that it’d be based on them, like where are they from and what are their cultures like.

I used juxtaposition, putting cities next to each other when they don’t belong next to each other, and turning a city upside down. I also attempted using scale, making a person bigger than the cities and the sea.

I’ve borrowed styles from Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann because they both had very fantasy-like styles and that’s why I tried to do in my project. Maggie Taylor’s works have one colour scheme and Jerry Uelsmann’s works are black and white, so I incorporated both of them into my work.

It was a long ride and there was a lot of stress. The final project ended up looking completely different from what I thought it would look like. The whole thing was a challenge because I had no idea how to use Photoshop and had no experience before, I had to go through a lot of changes because a lot of things weren’t possible and my original ideas had a clash of colours so I had to change the background to black and white. Overall, I’m glad I’m finished with it.

I genuinely believed I did my very best, although it may not look like I did much comparing to the other projects. I guess using something else other than things that go on paper did help me learn more about art. I kinda thought art was

I guess I tried to envision. I didn’t think too much about what my final project was going to look like in the end, but rather what I could do to make sure my actual final project doesn’t stray too far from my envisioned final project. I tried to stick to my final plan as much as I could by looking at it and trying to not let my work stray too far from what I wanted the final piece to look like.

I suppose I tried to understand the art world more. Before, I thought art was pens and papers but digital art is actually real art and that it’s a way for people to express themselves. I tried to make my work look more surreal and different from the anime style that I prefer to do and add less faces because that’s what I prefer doing.

I guess I did try to express myself in this piece. I’ve never used Photoshop before but I tried to express my mixed feelings about myself by putting three cities together. I wanted the background to be colourful to show the different sides and how they contrasted but there were just too many colours clashing so I had to make the background black and white. It still kinda makes sense because there are darker sides and different cities.


Documentary Summary

The documentary “Sky Ladder” explains Cai Guo Qiang’s life and how he came to be an explosion artist. It talks about his father, who was a calligraphic artist, and his family history. This documentary also talks about his previous works and his fireworks for the opening ceremony for the Olympics in 2008. This Sky Ladder project is for his grandmother to see, who is too old to travel or do anything by herself.


Valentines Day Card

This is for my middle school friend who’s always been there for me. For three years, the third person in our group always changed, but we stayed the same. I was always the airheaded and cheerful one while she was always the cynical and sensible one, occasionally my pillow-fighting buddy.


Photoshop Media Testing #4 Inception Effect

Photoshop Media Testing #3 Double Exposure

Photoshop Media Testing #2 part 2 Geometric shapes

Photoshop Media Testing #2 Kaleidescope

Photoshop Media Testing #1 Fruit Face – Furuhime-chan



In a Box – Reflection

In this project called In-a-Box, we created artwork based on found objects, printed objects, random objects and put them all in a box to create art.

This is a picture of my box project. My theme was home and I wanted to convey the feeling that home is a place similar to heaven where you are safe and you feel where you belong. What I did first was I painted the background. Because of the Plexiglas, you can’t see it very well. I painted the bright light to make it seem like heaven. Then I made a silhouette of a little child wrapped in blanket to show the warmth and comfort of a home. At first, I wanted to draw a real person but it would’ve been too literal so I changed it to a silhouette. After that was done, I added the clouds. They wouldn’t stay in place for long periods of time but I thought the clouds could make a softer home. The Plexiglas was the hardest part and I spent most of my time trying to fix it up. I had to get it cut and then draw a proper keyhole that was well-done and not sloppy then I added the Matte-Medium which later had to be scrubbed off due to it covering too much of the inside. But now that I look at it, I think it turned out pretty well. Then came the hooks, the strings and the keys, which didn’t take much time

This is a picture of my final plan. There are many things that went differently and many changes that I never followed. The biggest change was the string pattern that held the keys. I wanted something similar to Chiharu Shiota’s work but many people were using that and it would’ve just seem way too copied so I went for a chandelier type. Another thing was that I was considering cutting an actual keyhole but then it was too time-consuming and would’ve been easier to just not paint the arinside the keyhole.

This was when I only had the background of my box painted and when I still had long hair. Here, we were critiquing each other’s works and telling each other how we could improve.

This was when I’d finished my silhouette and was sanding down the Plexiglas because it was too big to fit into the box. Trying to use the Plexiglas was the hardest part of this project.

Because of the Plexiglas being so hard to handle, I didn’t get much progress done, especially when I had to scrub the Matte-Medium off because of sloppy workmanship. Here, I learned how to properly add a keyhole shape on without making it look messy.

For the artist habits of mind, I think the main thing that I did was develop craft. Because I’m more of an anime artist, I tend to use pens and pencils. This project made me use a variety of different tools and materials such as Plexiglas, which this project introduced me to. The second was express. Everyone in our class had a theme with some kind of deep meaning and we all expressed our theme in vague and non-cliché ways. And the last was understanding the art world. Before starting on our boxes, we all studied about different artists, learning their styles. The main artist we studied was Joseph Cornell, who did a lot of box arts better than ours. The project was based on his work.


You Are What You Wear – Reflection

Here is my recent art project called You Are What You Wear. We were required to bring in clothes that we think represent us and we drew them in charcoal. Charcoal isn’t something fourteen-year-old kids usually use because it’s messy and pretty difficult but learning how to use it and using it in a project as actually pretty fun. Now I will introduce 3 Artist Habits of Mind and explain how I used it in this project.

Stretch and Explore – Besides crayon, I’ve almost never used charcoal to draw before. I’m more of an anime art person and normally I wouldn’t use charcoal to draw anime. But then the thing was, I had an anime face in my clothes composition, which was something nobody else had. I’d never drawn any anime with charcoal, which meant it would be difficult. There were many parts I had to erase and many times when I wondered “why did I choose to add a face? And one where I’m so scared to mess up?” It was the first time and it wasn’t the best, but I still did a nice job at it.

Observe – The best place to actually see your work is from afar. It was true, seeing things from afar does make it seem your work actually have some meaning into it. I realized that something was off and then I was told that my shadows were too light. Observations matter or else nobody would’ve noticed until the very last minute.

Develop Craft – During this project, we’ve mostly been studying how to use charcoal and the names of each types of charcoal such as charcoal pastel, charcoal compressed, vine charcoal and charcoal pencil. I think for this project, I’ve learned about the value scale, using charcoal from light to dark and applying that to my project by adding in different shades of gray, white and black into it.

During this project, first we were required to print out a black-and-white photo of our clothes and then divide it into four lines so we could focus section by section on the details. Then we traced the outlines of our clothes. I used a vine charcoal because normal pencil or charcoal pencil, I tend to press too hard. After that we added in the shadows and the gray-scaling. There were many times when lines didn’t match up correctly and I had to stretch and extend the clothes to match the other parts. It was completely different from what I imagined it to be and it wasn’t as good as what I imagined it to be but it looks like a something different from the picture itself, in a nice more abstract way.

The project itself was a challenge itself. Charcoal was fun but hard. Since my egg drawing didn’t turn out very nice, I was a little afraid to try new things and use the charcoal pastel (because I used that one the least) but I found using a Q-tip very efficient and able to blend things well. Throughout most of the project, I used at least 5 or more Q-tips because I kept running out but I kinda think it was worth it. I can’t say I took advantage of class time, but I did take a lot of time after school to do some catching up. When I look at my project, I can’t say that I’ve grown because I’m not good at judging myself. But I do feel that I’ve learned more about charcoal and how to use it.


Rickshaw Drawing

Here is a picture of my rickshaw drawing. In this assignment, we experimented with gestural and continuous line drawing. The gestural was our “fast” drawing where we had to draw in thirty seconds and not focus on any details but the outline. In our continuous line drawing, we paid attention to every little detail but we didn’t use our previous gestural drawing as a base. It was basically like a new drawing on top of another drawing.

In this assignment, we used watercolor for the gestural drawing to give it a kinda vague feel and we used a black pen for the detailed continuous line drawing because it’s more clear.

If someone was drawing this for the first time, I would tell them to not think too much about the gestural drawing and just let them draw first impressions, no details just the outside shape. And I would tell them not to get lazy with the continuous line drawing because the point is the pay as much attention to the little details as possible.

It was hard for me to pay attention to details because it would get really frustrating and I would just start drawing random squiggly lines because it looked “vaguely” like the actual thing. It was hard to stay calm during the gestural drawing because it made me panic to know we only had 5-10 seconds. I learned about this concept of fast and slow drawing and how much they aren’t alike but look so good together.