Self – Portrait

The self portrait project started with a complete dark charcoal. The first thing I did is find the lightest or the brightest part on my face which is the part of my nose that had the light shining on it. From the erased part I worked around it to create a nose. This part particularly was difficult. After working for couple of days I moved on to the mouth. Surprisingly drawing my lips was much easier than I expected. I knew the shaping of my lips and I guess that helped the process. 
From the mouth I moved on to the eye. Instead of just drawing my eyes, I worked the part of my face around my eyes. The shadows and the different values I saw brought the shape of my eye with out me having to outline it. For some reason I enjoyed working on my eye. I got to see how my eyes sit on my face and the fold it has and how my pupil sat with in my eye, and the angles it has. I found it very interesting. 
From my eyes I put in my eye brows. I knew exactly how what eye brows do so that was a little easier to add. And one thing I noticed while I was drawing is that the parts of my face that I knew well was much easier than the part of my face I didn’t pay attention to on the daily basis. 
One interesting thing I found towards the end of the project is the shape of my neck. I noticed that a lot of people have different shapes or angeles of necks that comes off of their face. At the end I liked adding a shirt to my portrait, it gave it a little more character. By the end of the project it was hard from me to see myself on the portrait. Others said that it looked like me but I had a hard time seeing it. However, I can see that my nose and my lips look like me. Like any of the projects I have worked on, it is rewarding to see the final product. As much as there are room to work on the projects for another 10 hours or even months, it is nice to see your hard work at the end. That has always been my favorite part of all of the projects I have worked on. 
Finally this is how it looks at the end. 
One of the things I have learned from this class is that value really contribute to a lot to the “thing” your drawing. I think besides the first project, the chair, the rest of the projects I worked on value influenced how the project looked. I never noticed that value had a lo to do how we see and perceive things. Another reoccurring theme through out the class was the idea of perception. How we see things really matter on how we come to understand the world around us. The concept of what makes art an art is this same idea of how we perceive what we see, and how we interpret it. One thing I learn is to get the drawing you want you just have to draw what you see instead of drawing what you know about the project your starting. This concept was present in everything I did this semester. Even though it was hard for my brain to undo what I already knew about what I was working on like how a chair looks or what a box does or what a noise should look like, I had to ignore why precious conception of those things in order to get a good out come. One thing I take from this experience is that perception matters. I definitely look at a piece of art a little diffusely than I use to. 

Visit to the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur

The pictures are made by people with disabilities and the profit from the pictures goes to help them. When I heard that story it made me appreciate the art works even more. The gallery’s art work didn’t even look it was made by anyone who had disabilities. I command the art institute for their effort in help those who are disabled. 



The Beauty and Power Within A Waste Land

Vik Muniz’s project is to go help the Jardim Gramacho garbage pickers in the outskirt of Rio de Janerio, Brazil.  Its aim is to help improve the lives of the catadores,garbage pickers, but at the same time show them a different world that they are not use to- different world where trash picking is not the day to day life experience. The groups that are involved in the project is the Association of Picker of Jardim Gramacho (APJCG) and Vik and his team. At the end Muniz would make portrait of the catadores and auction off the art work and give the money back to them to help improve their lives. Muniz other mission is also give back to community which I think he successfully does.

However, there was one main problems with the project. After the completion of the project, after showing the catadores a different world, they still had to go back to the very same place they are trying to avoid. Psychologically it can have an effect on the worker knowing that there is a different world that is “better” but they are still unable to have that “world”. Even though most of the workers that Vik worked with improved their lives after the project, the consequence of showing them a different world or taking them out of their place is not well though out. Muniz and his team didn’t have the best plant on how that would effect the workers and didn’t guarantee them a better life. In that aspect I agree with Muniz’s wife who questioned the outcome and the consequences of the project.


At the end of the documentary I can see how art can allow one to visit a world that its not part of. A world that is foreigner, perhaps a better world or a troubled world like the catadores but it is filled with strength and love. Art changed the lives of the catadores. It showed them the very thing society looks down on and hated, had more beauty and power any of them realized. The portraits of them which was made from the garbage they collected had the power to help them turn their lives around.



Graphic Project

Graphic and Animal Project


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All of the people in my group thought the distinctive unifying formal qualities in my antonym project are the shapes, and value. They pointed out that the shapes and value for both words give it quality of form and meanings. For the word strong they said the darkness of the abstract conveys strength and in the real life object they said the shadows and light on the folds correlate to the spaces in between the circular shapes on the abstract piece.

In terms of the material I used they thought that the push pins worked well to relate to the word weak. One of the reasons why the pins work well is because the pins are not pushed in into anything. They are just on top of the paper. It is almost like “they can role away from the page.” Even thought they are pointy they are not as powerful and painful as other harp object like the x-knife.
illuce said that she thought of the whole piece as a yin-yang dynamic. She noted the different relationships between the materials I used and the words I working with. She emphasized how a scarf which is seen as something soft and warm to describe the word strong that has boldness to it. In the other hand I used pins which are sharp objects to describe the word weak. The objects I used contradict the antonym words. However, they work perfectly because of the way I arranged the scarf and the pins to manipulate them into taking a new meanings.
Successful Projects
Itzel’s cancer preventer eagle is  a successful animal project! The material she used to perfectly expresses the mission of the eagle. Such as the spicks though out the body and the pointy parts of the feet describes the power of the eagle. Also the colors of the different parts of the animal also helps to make the connection to the eagle’s task.
Rachel’s graphic project is another successful project. I think the transition from the abstract to the real life works really well. Especially, for the word “constrain” her use of money helps to illustrate the meaning of the word. The way she arranged the quarters also help to add on the meaning of constrain.
 Lesson Learned
Therefore, one thing I learned from this project is that at the end materials conveys more meaning to the piece if they are manipulated and arrenged in the right way. This project definitely adds on to the idea of visual thinking. The way we perceive things and associate different meaning to the same subject. One of the main reasons why I think art is subjective. Each person can look at one piece of art and take away many different meaning than what the artist intended to do. Therefore, the point of the project was for us to expand on the idea of visually thinking.
For the animal project, I really liked how you get to see the skill of the animal visible and present in their projects. In some ways the animal project connects to the graphics project. I noticed that the materials they used gave meanings and added characteristics to the animals they created which is the same think I noticed in graphic project.
 Extra Week?
If I had an extra week to work on the project I would fix my pictures and make them a little more straight. I would also like to see how the whole project would look if I kept the “weak” real life picture as I originally had it on the abstract (declining from left to right). Since now I know materials and arraignment of them build on the meaning of the words I would like to see if there are other ways to describe weakness using the same pins.
 What is Visual Thinking?
Visual thinking has three distinct but interconnected ideas. First, in visual thinking you describe what you see in front of you. For instance, you describe how the lines are, the different shapes you see, the values that are present or the colors. Secondly, you start to put your input on the things you see. You can start naming the materials you notice and analysis what you know about the objects being used. To help you can ask yourself how is the object usually used, and what kind of meaning does that give off? if the answers are not obvious you can research them and start bringing meanings to it. Lastly, you use the two previous parts to make a conclusion of the object. What does the whole art or piece mean? you can conclude what you think about the art in this last section of visual thinking.

Contrast Words

The two contrast words I am working with are strong and week. To get a broader meanings of these two words I looked for different synonyms for each word. For some reason I came up with more synonyms for strong than weak. I had a long list of synonym words that described each word. From the list I choose to work with few that stood out, words that would allow me to create a visual. For strong those words are: darker, bigger, solid, stiff, rigid, close-together, and tight. For the word weak the words are: light, smooth, floating, liquid, soft and flexible. These list of words influenced the thumbnails I drew for the word strong and weak. In total I drew 100 thumbnails using different medias and patterns. 

                  “Thumbnail critique” 
         Does the person have 100 sketches?
         What marks define each term & why?
         What media & how it is used?
         Which composition defines each term best?
         Make contribution to the project
From the two people that looked at my thumbnails Anstaisia and Asha, they both gave similar answer. For the use of the media both of them think that pencil work best for the word weak because it conveys “lightness and softness.” Asha thought because “the word weak itself is seen as unsure”, the pencil is the best media to use. For the same reason Anastasia said that the pencil works better because it conveys the idea weakness. For the word strong they both thought that the sharpie is the best media because it suggests strength and the marks are bold. However, Anastasia also liked the marks with the pastel. Anastasia seem to like the tumbrils that with “single line going horizontally.” She though this was fitting because “the line appears fragile and light.” The two composition she felt defined the word strong was the thumbnail that was completely fill in with the black pastel because it was the on that commanded her attention from the page. She also like the thumbnails with many circular drawings with the sharpie because she felt it was bold. 
In terms of contribution to my project Asha suggested that or the word strong use sharpie and design a type of patters that is “in your face” or even a pattern with definite lines. or the weak try using pencil and lightly sharing in a box or make a line getting thinner as it goes out of the box as if it is getting weaker Similarly, Anastasia suggested that for the word weak to take “another thumbnail and draw thin line in the middle, and for the word strong to do the same thing except use a sharpie and make the line thence and more solid.”