Post 8: Future Plans

I really enjoyed hearing from the different groups and helpers on campus.

Being new to St. Eds Roel Martinez lecture on spring registration really helped clear some things up on what I should expect and dates. At the moment I’m mostly following along my degree plan making sure I don’t miss anything so knowing where I can get help is really important. I haven’t planned too far ahead, mostly just thinking about the next semester and possible summer opertunites.

Opportunities like study abroad. I never considered it because It always seemed to out of reach and confusing but after Meghan Ryan explained more on how its a step by step process and that the school can help get you where you want to be relly helped me see it as something I could consider. If I could pick any place to go I’d have to say Tokio or another large Japanese city. The way Japanese culture mixes the past with the future, design wise, always interest me and I think it would be a good place to pull inspiration from.

It was also nice to hear from a few of the student organization. Unlike the college I transferred from the student clubs aren’t very self-advertized and about but after the presentations, I realise that they are about you just need to look and ask about them.

Post 6: Classes

-My greatest strengths in Image Methodology include:
keeping on top of projects and assignments

For greater success in this course, I need to:
Think more critically about the assignments to better understand and meet the finer details

-My greatest strengths in Asian Traditions include:
understanding the lessons and taking supporting notes for test and quizzes

For greater success in this course, I need to:
keep up with the outside of class reading

-My greatest strengths in Typography include:
having a good understanding how to use illustrator and inDesign and use them to realize my creative ideas.

For greater success in this course, I need to:
Stay more on top of larger projects and balance my time better in order to complete them at a high level.

-My greatest strengths in Drawing 1 include:
Making use of my class time and a slight understanding of different mediums and design.

For greater success in this course, I need to:
Set more time aside for my drawings

Computer skills:

  1. My computer skills include:
    Typing; software (word, excel, photoshop, illustrator, inDesign), drawing software.
  2. I still need to learn:
    Faster typing; more hardware knowledge; troubleshooting skills

Research & writing skills:

  1. My greatest strengths as a researcher/writer include:
    Organizing my work and tieing my sources into the paper
  2. I need to work on these aspects of research and writing:
    Making sure my ideas are clearly stated
  3. I learn best & accomplish most when:
    I receive feedback or examples on how it could improve my paper

 

Post 5: Class Work

Sunlit Bohowarm

Fashion Photography:

The goal was to choose two styles and photograph them by themselves and then mixed together. We did preppy and Bohemian (as seen above) we started with researching and really learning what the “rules” of the style were and then built the outfits from there. The mixed outfits were a little harder because we needed them to clearly express both fashion groups.

Some weaknesses and strengths of this project’s end results were mainly in the quality and execution. the Boho photos came out really good because we had time and great lighting. Thanks to campus we where also able to find beautiful places to shoot the look as well. But in comparison the mix and preppy photos felt a little lacking because of lack of time to retake photos after bad shooting experiences. We used the photography studio to take the preppy photos and being called in before are scheduled time through us for a loop and lead to some difficulties and not being able to take all the shots we wanted. None the less are project come out strong and clearly defined the styles we were aiming for.

 

Post 3: Contemporary Art

BALLOON DOG (ORANGE) mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating  121 x 143 x 45 in. Created in 1994-2000. Currently housed at Christie's, NY

BALLOON DOG (ORANGE) mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
121 x 143 x 45 in. Created in 1994-2000. Currently housed at Christie’s, NY

Some of my favorite pieces of contemporary art are Jeff Koons’s balloon sculptures. Mainly known for his balloon dog that sold back in 2013 for $58.4 million dollars and becoming “the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction,” according to new york times. Each sculpture is made from stainless steel then coated with a transparent color coating giving them a very shiny and reflective look. They resemble balloon animals made by clowns but at a much larger scale. Koon’s balloon art is often unaccepted and criticised by the general public and art critics for being “baloney” and “cheap” but I believe there is a similar charm to the balloon dog as there was for Andy Warhol’s soup cans. The balloon dog is defiantly pop art and it is the placements of these sculptures that’s most interesting. Koon has placed his dogs in different environments where the shiny, bright, and playful balloon animals may seem out of place and yet takes on a stoic vibe. The meaning behind the sculptures is left to the viewer but their inspiration is described by Koon an interview, saying that, “I’ve always enjoyed balloon animals because they’re like us. We’re balloons. You take a deep breath, it’s an optimism. You exhale, it’s kinda of a symbol of death.”

This shocking pink Balloon Dog photographed on "September 9, 2008, at the Château de Versailles sparked controversy as some visitors said the work was crude and too modern for Louis XIV’s former palace."

This shocking pink Balloon Dog photographed on “September 9, 2008, at the Château de Versailles sparked controversy as some visitors said the work was crude and too modern for Louis XIV’s former palace.”

(L-R) Balloon Swan (Blue), Ballon Monkey (Red), Balloon Rabbit (Yellow) at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City on May 9, 2013.

(L-R) Balloon Swan (Blue), Ballon Monkey (Red), Balloon Rabbit (Yellow) at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City on May 9, 2013.

I enjoy these sculptures because of the playfulness brought up in an imposing way. Image looking up at a huge bright blue, metallic balloon animal and seeing your reflection in it. Aw striking and maybe a reminder that you don’t have to be little to be playful.

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Sacred Heart (Red/Gold) at the roof garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2008

Sacred Heart (Red/Gold) at the roof garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2008

Post 2: My Time

Tracking my Time: I found that, after tacking my time for 1 week, that I have a semi-bad habit of putting off work till the weekend. While this works fine some weeks, it can become a big problem if I overload myself and can’t complete everything or do it to my best ability. I need to find a way to better balance working and relaxing.

Creative Work: I’m very into computer and technology so as drawing became more of a hobby I started to move into digital and graphic design. Currently for digital art work I’m trying out more Asian pop culture styles steaming for anime and manga and well as character/fashion design. As for keeping up with graphic design outside of classes I mostly just help friends out with and thing from t-shirt designs for small clubs and online gaming communities. I also fine it fun to play with quotes, iconic figures, photos and manipulate them into something new.

"Fox Girl" Digital Paint

“Fox Girl” 

“Fine Dining” Digital Painting

 

Full Gate 17 Logo

Full Gate 17 Logo

"The world is a Bubble" Photo Manipulation

“The world is a Bubble” Photo Manipulation

Disney Quotes and Character Poster Print

Disney Quotes and Character Poster Print

Gallery

Post 1: Artists and Entrepreneurs

Article #1: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Artists (Links to an external site.)
Article #2: Are Artists Entrepreneurs?
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The main point of the two articles I read was to explore the similarities between artist and entrepreneurs and how the two groups can learn and build of each other. Both analysed the traits that artist has that bring them close to be an entrepreneur, if not already

Artist today can learn a lot from entrepreneurs including skills on how to manage and how to both satisfy the market and there personal goals.

12 characteristics I agreed with:

2- Artist are humanist
4- Artist are like children (have a sense of wonder)
6- Artist are comfortable with ambiguity
7- Artist are holistic, interdisciplinary thinkers
9- Artist are great story tellers
10- Artists are conduits and not “masters of the universe”

Something that I might add to the list that may or may not be slightly covered with other points is that artist are curious. Due to that and being humanist they also have lots of empathy.

TedTalk: http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit (Links to an external site.)
https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06f6QSOS2pZW9qR (Links to an external site.)

After taking the grit test I believe I have a good amount of grit but definitely could improve.

To help increase my grit I need to really push myself to finish or stay with projects or anything in my life. I need to stop letting my self slack to that I don’t stop knowing how to work hard.

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