Hero analysis

The movie Hero originated on a historical event in China during 221 BC, before Emperor Qin first unified China. At that time, Qin had to annihilate the other six countries, Han, Zhao, Wei, Chu, Yan, and Qi, to unify China. Wu Ming (Nameless), the main character, is an assassin from Qi and wants revenge on Emperor Qin. In the movie Hero, directed by Zhang Yimou, the color scheme, camera lighting, and shot angles intrigue the idea that power can impact others to change beliefs and establish peace and harmony.

Overall, the whole movie is mainly separated into six parts by different colors, and each color represents a perspective of what happened and the narration of the story. In the last section of this movie, from 1:18:15-1:21:31, Zhang mainly utilizes black to portray each character’s absolute powers in the Qin palace. The Qin army represents absolute power, Emperor Qin for fundamental rights and authority, and Wu Ming for presided over the death of the King of Qin. The director uses black in this scene to tell us that the power of an individual can persuade us to believe in others and forget the revenge to achieve harmony between people. Wu Ming did not kill Emperor Qin because when he was standing in front of Qin, he realized his hatred seemed insignificant compared to the peace of all. The use of black in this scene has sublimated the theme, and the beliefs of Wu Ming influenced him to not assassin emperor Qin.

The lighting in this section is dim because the director wants to prominent the contradictions between the two opposite identities of Wu Ming and Emperor Qin. But also, the direct lighting on Wu Ming’s face shows his inner conflict: kill or not to kill.

The director utilizes a low shot and centered angle on filming the emperor of Qin; this represents the power and authority of Qin. To believe he is a trustworthy leader that can lead to “天下太平” (peace in all).

Moreover, Zhang uses close-up angles to contrast the conflicts of characters. In this shot, it is a very close-up angle on the sword of Wu Ming, and in this sword, it symbolizes the harmony of the citizens and the inner conflict of justice in his heart. Wu Ming knows if he killed Emperor Qin, then war would happen between different states, and China would never be unified, so he chose to believe in Qin and be shoot by the Qin army.

Propaganda Poster Rationale


This is a propaganda poster created by Angela, and the primary target audience is the residents that live in the People’s Republic of Angel-land. This is made because Angela wants to get votes from the people so she can be president. Through the use of bold primary colors of red and yellow emphasize the ambition for Angela (me) to become president. Also, the eye-catching use of red color is a symbol of power and strength. I used a yellow circle behind my picture because this represents a halo. Therefore committing a sense of pathos to this poster because I am establishing a feeling of “god” in people’s minds. In this propaganda poster, the image I utilized is me having my left hand holding to the sky and showing victory to the people.

Meanwhile, establishing an authoritative and solemn image into people’s hearts, so they can vote for me. I also employed a big, bold black lettering that said “VOTE ANGELA FOR PRESIDENT” to attract people’s attention to this poster. By using short brainwashing, language is a success to my propaganda poster.



In class, we came up with different ideas and drew them out in the sketchbook. I only took a photo of one idea because I forgot to take the others because the time was limited. I drew this final portrait of Marilyn Monroe because I was inspired by the statue of Marilyn Monroe – Forever Marilyn created by John Seward Johnson II.  (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/church-giant-marilyn-monroe-statue_n_5b1ec451e4b09d7a3d75bb1b) I was also inspired by Andy Warhol his printing of Marilyn Monroe and Roy Lichenstein his comic way of having printing dots over the character. (https://www.artsy.net/artist/roy-lichtenstein). I combined these ideas into one. I first sketched out Marilyn Monroe and having her smoking a cigarette because some of her photos always have her smoking. In the nineteen fifties and sixties, smoking was so common in the United States that almost everyone smoked. At that time, people not only didn’t know how dangerous smoking was but also had the approval of doctors. So my intention of having her smoking was to warn people that smoking is bad for health.

The idea of having the printing dots from Lichenstein was hard to do. Because I was limited to materials. At first, I was planning to use the hole puncher and having them punched onto a paper and then use spray paint to go over the dots in the background. It was hard to do it. So I created the 2nd part/ piece of this art- the digital version. The digital version I created by procreate and it really did look what I expected. The reason why I used the dots as the background is that I want the person- Marilyn Monroe to stand out more,.

I was inspired by Andy Warhol for using simple, primary colors because I think that pop art is not just the object/ people being popular but maybe also the colors being popping out and eye-catching. I think it worked out in my pop art painting because it is eye-catching for the audience and also it popped out from the background.

By using SCAMPER the first initial idea of the portrait of Marilyn Monroe was to paint a very stereotypical realistic painting of her but that would not look like pop art and so I replaced it with a comic style look. Also, I replaced a pure black background with the dot texture (digital version, on canvas, was limited). I also combined 2 different artist styles into one which is mine. From Andy Warhol’s primary color and Roy Lichenstein’s comic printing dot into one.

The color I used was basically 3 colors, yellow, red (rose-skin color),  and black. Yellow and red are primary colors and stand out more. I kept my artwork as simple as possible. I repeated the color red because I think red is a really sensational color for me. From her hairbow to her lipsticks to necklace and her clothing. If I didn’t repeat the color red then this artwork may not stand out as much and be not as simple as I intended to be.

The one idea was a character from Pokemon and my peers asked me how is this meaningful and I thought it’s not.   So then I picked Marilyn Monroe smoking. When people think of Marilyn Monroe they usually don’t think of her as a smoker because she stands for purity and ignorance so I want to tell the audience that does not rely on your ignorance about the disadvantages of smoking. Moreover, I think that smoking really impacted me because my mom is a smoker, and a lot of times I warned my mom to not smoke and she wouldn’t listen to me. This is also why I choose to draw out the posture of Marilyn Monroe smoking.


Marilyn Monroe Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe made by Andy Warhol is one of the most famous pop-art artists and had made several recognizable artworks in the world. It is made in 1967 by using silkscreen prints. It was created because of the unfortunate death of the famous Hollywood star, Marilyn Monroe. The portrait of Monroe reflects the helplessness and confusion of people in a modern commercial society. The most dominant art elements used in this artwork is line, shapes, and color. The artist used a lot of thick lines and dots to create the shadow of Marilyn Monroe. Warhol also used primary color, yellow, and red-pink. In the artwork, Warhol has used darker values for the hair, shadow of the face, and brighter color with lemon yellow and red-pink for the background which creates an obvious contrast for the audience to know that Marilyn Monroe is the “main character” of the portrait. Warhol also applies organic shapes to fill in the shaded part of Monroe. The design principles used in this portrait is Marilyn Monroe centered right in the middle but not following the one-third composition method. This is to emphasize the importance of Marilyn Monroe and to enlarge the scale of her portrait and to tell the viewer or audience to focus on the portrait itself. In fact, this portrait was printed 50 times by using different colors. The artist used this technique to show that such popular tastes, like his painting, are being produced in large quantities until publicity gets bored of them.


My own biases opinion for this portrait is this is an artwork but not 100%handmade. I would say 50% handmade and 50%printing techniques. I think this is just commodity printing instead of traditional artwork. I think that this portrait does not worth that much this should be the same worth value as any advertisement printing. Andy Warhol has broken the standard of art, he made art more popular but I think at the same time he devalues the value of art. My emotional response to this artwork is actually a bit tense and exciting. I think how Andy Warhol has broken the standard of traditional art made me really excited because not many artists do what he called printing. My mood was tense because this really made me think about what is art? And how should people interpret art?

Studio Art pre-assessment

The benefits of blind contour are that it is really fun and enjoying not see the object and drawing it out. It really did inspire us to look more at the object instead of our drawings. Negative space was a really fun activity too because we got to focus on the negative space and the outside shape of the object and it was quite challenging for me to just focus on the negative shapes and spaces. In value drawing activities I learned how to shade out from light to dark by using different methods, such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling (pointism), and blending. It really did help me in the future knowing how to sketch out different values by using the same pen or pencil. In the future, I would incorporate more blind contour because I think it is a way to have inspiration and it is a really good skill to practice just to focus on the object.


You and I under the lemon tree..

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