Monday, January 13, 2014


Prompt: Explain how you developed your design for your book carving. How important was it to have a clear plan before starting? What were the challenges you faced when working on this project? Explain how you overcame them. Discuss your design and how it relates to the book you chose (if that was the case, if not just discuss design). Did you take any risks? How and why? Describe how you felt about the overall project and if you felt it was successful.

I had a lot of plans for book carving but was uncertain about most of them, but then somehow somewhere the phrase "the inner workings of a book" popped into my head. that phrase transferred into this.i was going for a steampunky vibe. im really mad that i painted it. wow. but i really like the carving and the metal centers. it was so important to have every layer planned beforehand and to trace really slowly and not try any shortcuts, whenever i would try to do too many pages at once it would have drastically horrible effects on the aesthetic of my book carving. i used "the godfather" bc i just found it sitting on my shelf. my dad saw me cutting into it with an exacto knife and yelled (well, stated. he doesnt really yell), "HEY! thats a good book! stop that!" but it was too late. my risk was painting it when i thought it wouldnt look good, it didnt, i was right. but i still am okay with the fact that i tried painting it. I had a different design beforehand, same mechanical layout but more pieces/closer together, but it was too difficult to carve and would have taken a decade. i think there is a nice theme behind this book carving, which i dont think i really have to explain (or really i just cant put it into words, but basically something about what it takes to make a book run/the inner workings/mechanics of a book) ok bye

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1. How did you show amusement and variety in your piece? Explain your choice of subject matter and how you created a unified piece of art.
2. Describe your experience with using mixed media. What mixed media did you use for your piece?
3. What role did our lessons on visual journaling play in the success of your piece? Explain.
4. Discuss any challenges you experienced and how you overcame obstacles.

Mixed Muddia
Amusement because the character is daydreaming, thinking about a myriad of pleasing topics. i tried to use tons of color, i didnt want the colors to mix together but i did want them to kind of flow into one another (i didnt want it to look block-y). I picked a bunch of pictures from my textbook or classwork this year which was fun to look through, but all of the little doodles were done prior to this project. visual journaling taught me a lot on how to make it all look like it fits together, not like a bunch of random pieces of paper un-strategically placed. My biggest challenge was actually startuing the project. sorry it is late. love u

Thursday, December 5, 2013


1. Who did you choose to do a portrait of? Why did you choose that person?
 Originally i was going 2 do myself and paint it with makeup on a mirror, when i did that i did not like the way it looked one bit so i brainstormed for another idea
2. When brainstorming about this project how did you decide what would be the best materials to use to create it? Explain how your material choice impacted the look of your piece. Why was this so important. Explain.
I decided to use tinfoil in order to create a crumpled feel and crumple up the other faces, it is my face but the problem with tinfoil is that it is not very neat so my project ended up looking very messy :( i still incorporated makeup as well also to enunciate the facial features and as a symbol
3. Describe the risks you took or that were involved in creating the project. What were the challenges you faced?
Big risks with using tinfoil and having a somewhat random background, plus instead of really doing a portrait of one person i tried to capture a concept. i was  also rushed when i did this project since i wasted too mucch time on the makeup portrait.

The crumpling of the tinfoil is to portray the destruction of self image over time, and the makeup is a symbol of how high of a regard beauty is held in this society, amen
i really liked my  idea but i am not totally happy with the way the project turned out aesthetically, i had a different picture in my mind of it i think

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

goopy dudes

Use the follow questions as a guide for your self reflection on the blog. You do not have to answer the questions literally. You may deviate and tell us a story about your journey through this project! We like to read interesting posts too so have fun with this.
1. Explain how you developed your ideas for "Sticky Situation"
2. Were you able to think outside the box when you were thinking about ideas?
3. You were to incorporate repetition, rhytnm or pattern. How did you accomplish this?
4. Describe your choice of media (acrylic, watercolor) and your challenges and successes while using it.
5. How important were the mini lessons to the success of your final product?

Goopy Dudes

This wasn't my original idea for sticky situation, i wanted to paint a picture of a road and then put gum on it, but as i was looking at reference pictures i stumbled upon this picture:
and as soon as i saw it, a picture of four dudes covered in it standing in front of a brick wall popped into my head so i decided to paint it.
I incorporated pattern through the goo and the bricks, and repetition because there are four goopy dudes. I decided to make sure there were little parts of skin showing on the men so that you could tell they were dudes and not just goopy monsters. Im not really sure why theyre covered in goo 
i used acrylic which was fairly easy for me because i am comfortable and familiar with acrylic paints. the hardest part was painting the outlines in black because i am not good at not being messy. The mini lessons were very helpful to me and also i learned a lot doing them/they were nice n fun.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


1. Upclose and Personal was our theme. How did you develop your ideas for this project and why did you choose your subject?
2. How did you demonstrate Emphasis in your work?
3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? Discuss how it enhances your piece.
We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.
4.. Did you take any risks with this project? Explain.

5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art?

 I had two ideas for this project; this tree stump and a close up of a pearl necklace. I chose this one because i had better colors available, i wasn't sure how i would have made good looking skin tones with the available pastels.  I originally was just going to do a close up of a tree stump without any trees around it but i remembered an art project i did in a painting class when i was in elementary school and i incorporated that. i chose chalk pastels because i had worked with them earlier at sparkcon and while using them i thought "wow i want to use these again on an art project.".
I tried to emphasize the colors in the tree stump but you can't really tell because everything else is so colorful as well. I do believe i took risks with color, i layered lots of different colors, even ones i knew generally do not mix well, and i am happy with the way it turned out. I think that i included technique and medium in this piece, i used vertical and horizontal lines on purpose to show length and shape, and i used chalk pastels which are a new medium for me.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

whats point

What is point

 1. What where some of your solutions to What’s the Point?
I had a lot of different ideas for this project, my favorite ideas that i was considering were piercings, existential crisis, sea urchins/aquarium, elf(pointy ears), this one (boy with needles in head)
2. Which solution did you chose and why?
I chose to draw this picture of the pins in the mannequin just because i had a very clear vision of what i wanted it to look like, and i wanted to work on shading and making things look 3D 
3. How did you show contrast in your work?
I made the shadows in the mannequin head very dark, especially around the edges of the mannequin
4. What medium did you decide to use? Why did you choose this medium over the others?
I used drawing pencils because it is easier to be precise with drawing penicls than with charcoal, and i needed to have clear points on the needle/pin/things 
5. What techniques did you use to create this work?
lots of shading techniques, and i had to figure out how to make the needle/pin/things look like they were popping out

We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.

6. Did you take any risks with this project?
i think so, i believe that the idea i chose to use was a risk.
7. What message are you conveying? How are you convey this message through the use of your images or use of art elements or principles?   
stick needles in your enemies