Blog Post #5 Part I & II


Clara- Photography Major

The B&W she uses in her images is a lovely balance of light and dark. Her film work curates a moody aurora as if the images were precious and intimate to the viewer. Clara’s macro images of nature showcase crisps details and rich color in an organic manner.

Alexis- Interactive Games Studies

Alexis’ sketch showcases a clean, concrete idea of how designers should begin processing their work. I appreciated being able to see her self-taught growth with Photoshop and art skills.

Hanna- Graphic Design Major

With her strong typography-dominant designs, Hanna puts the viewer in the world of design education. She showcases the significance of knowing the design tools and utilizing them in a hand-drawn, narrative manner.

Michelle- Visual Arts Major

Michelle’s dreamlike world presents the beauty of bold, fearless design concepts and artistry.   I love her passion for creating in-depth contrast through colors, line work, and expressions. Her poster designs also were bold, clean, and simplistic yet captivating.


James Jean 

Hunting Party II

James Jean’s design work is not only astonishing, but he presents the artwork in a professional manner. James’ website allows his bold, fantasy based work to stand out in an appropriate manner. The website presents a modern slideshow layout with manual navigations for viewers can enjoy the beauty of James Jean’s artistic narration. Overall, James Jean unorthodox style and professionalism helped me select his work for artistic inspiration.

Kehinde Wiley 

Randerson Romulado Cordeiro

Kehinde Wiley is a superb portrait based painter who work revitalized African American culture and highlighted its creative freedom with pure positivity. Vibrant colors and bold patterns for the backgrounds, this stylistic format Kehinde maintained, sky rocketed his career to the next level. Kehinde’s attention to detail and color contrasts made it easy for me to select him as inspiration. The portfolio portion on his website is one of the fews that distinguishes itself from the others with a circular format and transparent lettering, until you click on the artwork.

Marius Sperlich


Marius Sperlich is a Berlin based photographer and art director who creative eye is wildly expressive. Marius uses provactive and explicisive content to convey a powerful message, capturing stimulating details of his mediums. What I love about Marius’ portfolio is he uses advanced technology and found an explicit, social conscious style that separated himself from the rest. His modern viewpoints on photography opens up a space for viewers to create their own captions and form their own perspectives. His portfolio caters to receiving more following on social and new media applications.


Speed of Light

Mcflyy is a LA based graphic designer and artist who made a name for himself by working with musical celebrities such as Chris Brown and YG. With a passion for anime and video game character, Mcflyy naturally navigated to special renditions of his favorite icons. His design inspiration spans from Takashi Murakami and Akira Toriyama. I love his portfolio because it showcases how art does not always have to convey a deeper message; art is whatever the artist makes the medium formulate. Mcflyy’s portfolio pushed him to gaining major connections in the LA area and a huge fan base on social media.


Blog Post #4 Part I & II

Herb Poster, 11×17 in”

Rose Poster, 11×17 in”


  • What was the goal of the assignment? Or what was the question posed by this assignment?
  • How did you go about reaching this goal or answering this question?
  1. The Assignment: Develop 2–3 poster designs inspired by your site. They can be photographic, illustrative, typographic, or a combination. The Proposed Questions: Think about what your posters should say and can be used for. Do they advertise your site or an event at your site? Are they an artistic expression of your site? Are they informative? Do they work together as a system?
  2. Answer: I rearranged my recent findings over my site (Zilker Botanical Garden). I wanted to come up with a concept that would showcase the generalization of the garden, using the slogan “The Jewel in the Heart of Austin.” I knew I wanted the two posters to correspond with each other, but also portray different visuals. I came up with the idea of using a jewel in one poster than highlighting a specific garden in another and my professor simplified my idea to using jewels in both posters to form a continuum of series.


  • What is the strongest aspect of this work?
  • What is the weakest aspect?
  • How can the project be strengthened conceptually?
  • How can the project be strengthened technically?
  • Additional notes.
  1. The strongest aspect of this work I would say is the concept. The concept of nature being as precious and beautiful as a materialistic item; it is straight-forward and simple which allows consumers to digest the design, then step towards finding more information online or visiting Zilker Botanical Garden.
  2. The weakest aspect I would say is the formatting. It is a typical vertical format to showcase the hierarchy of the design but I feel I could’ve found an unorthodox layout to make the poster more whimsical/dream-like.
  3. Thinking conceptually, the project could of dove deeper into the significance of each plant/flower. For example, the rose could’ve presented a sense of “love” or “feel the love at Zilker Botanical Garden.”
  4. Thinking technically, I could have strengthened the opacity of the items in the jewel. Also, I could have filled more of the blank space around the main pictorial element of the poster.
  5. Overall, I love how the final product of the posters. I usually love to form a complex design, so it is definitely a nice change to see a simplified design still give me the feeling of accomplishment. I can always feel the need to work more on my projects but sometimes I have to get comfortable with putting the pencil down and yearning towards the next project.

Blog Post #3- The Artist Who Shattered The System: Mark Kostabi

In galleries across the world, Mark Kostabi’s paintings were/are installed at places such as Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1992) and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. via.  An American artist who rarely touched a brush during the pinnacle of his career plundered the art world. Mark’s actions left many questioning his abilities as a labor artist. Mark was the happenings of a great modern Con Artist. Let’s take a step backward… Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960. Studying drawing and painting at California State University, Mark found his passion for arts and the business side of its corresponding reality. Moving to New York, Mark discovered a sense of style, direction, and provocative persona that captivated high-end consumers. This footage from the 1980s showcases Mark’s blunt, yet honest personality during his career. His faceless figures quickly became the foundation of the Kostabi Studio. Using bright colors and unorthodox shapes to form a limitless world of artwork, Mark Kostabi found the niche to keep art collectors buying his productions. I love the details, ideology, color schemes, and overall consistency showcased in Mark’s portfolio. An article from Globe-News Wire introduces excerpts from Mark’s career and his recent activities while depicting past artwork. Mark Kostabi redefined how a new generation will perceive the structure of buying modern art. Mark’s vision for the art world is beyond art itself; it also takes on a psychological, social, political and economic perspective. Does a person care more about the art or the character? One may view Mark Kostabi as a manipulative con-artist while I see him as a human being who adapted to breaking the loop.




BIT BY BIT, 1992



Mark Kostabi

Blog Post #2 Part II

Before my career at St. Edward’s University, I created a self-portrait piece for photographer and casting agent Kevin Amato. In collaboration with Kevin, I wanted to produce a piece that would portray a specific story and raw emotions. The drawing contains significance such as self-confliction of masculine and feminine perspectives. Also, the artwork showcases the relations between the human species and Mother Nature. The hair is combined of whimsical flowers, showcasing my natural desires to be free and embrace the femininity within. The leaves falling from the face represents disconnectivity of complying with natural elements. The tear drops on each facial expression showcase the raw emotions of frustration, confusion, sorrow, and acceptance; acceptance of masculinity at a vulnerable state of being.

– The Crying Boy. Graphite on Strathmore drawing paper, 8 x 10 inches.

Blog Post #2 Part I

In the mornings, till noon, my schedule maintains a consistent routine; I wake up
around the same time and prep for school/work. I like to start my day off with
consistency because it sets the overall tonnage for how the week will end.


As the day continued, I noticed my schedule was packed with an abundance amount of work load. I enjoyed the concentration of getting assignments completed for all my classes. Majority of the day is dedicated towards school and freelance work. One aspect I did notice about my schedule is it begins to shift a little as time gets closer towards night.

The night arrives and my schedule becomes a tad bit scattered. For the majority, I tend to know the tasks which need completion before I am able to sleep. Relaxation and taking a break in between work load is still significant. Therefore, my schedule becomes looser for the sake of my sanity. A strict time managed regimen throughout the week is not my ideal lifestyle. Also, I believe nights is more suited for comfortability because they tend to run longer than days (depending if one chooses to stay up late than wake up earlier).

The latter hours, from PM to AM, are the trickiest because they test my abilities and deep intuitions. More days of the week I will stay up past 2 am, sacrificing sleep to have more time for my true aspirations/desires such as creating for personal projects. I am currently trying to utilize more of these hours for every day of the week. Honestly, where’s the fun in living if I sleep life away? I love to appreciate all hours of the week and try my best to live in the moment (losing track of time). Tracking my time concluded my realization that time is insignificant to living, yet made me feel the need to abide by a certain standard.

Time is the real enemy not space aliens. Time abducts our memories, it turns our brains into mush. It performs creepy experience on our bodies…

  • Bill Brown from Roswell Documentary

Quotations/contributions included: Bill Brown

Blog Post #1 Part I & II


(Discussing relations between artists and entrepreneurs).

1. What are the main points of each article?

The main points of each article are showcasing the relationship between artists and entrepreneurs. The article from Fortune provides valid evidence of how the two careers correlate by showcasing examples of arts and cultural leaders in the World Economic Forum. Tim Leberecht attaches significant characteristics (twelve) of an artist to convey its leadership atmosphere, while Amit Gupta from Huffington Post directly combines artist and entrepreneurs in a description to later differentiate its core.

2. What can artists learn from their “entrepreneurial cousins”?

Artists can learn how to organize and create a system of work expanding further away from just a creative standpoint. Many freelance artists also do not finance their projects as well as their entrepreneurial cousins because one may become vulnerable to their artistic worth.

3. Do you agree that artists are entrepreneurs? why?

I do agree that artists are entrepreneurs because the demand for the arts is never ending. With the right connections, an independent artist has the ability to shift a cultural viewpoint in a powerful way. This type of demand leads to the artist having an opportunity become successful entrepreneurs and capitalize off a stream of options.

4. Which of the 12 characteristics of artists do you agree with?

I agree most with “Artists are like children” because one must put oneself in a vulnerable, imaginary state, only with more strategic thinking (this comes naturally as one matures).

5. What others would you add to the list?

Artists are psychopaths. As unpleasant as it sounds, artists become disconnected with a sense of reality and begin to reside their consciousness in other realities. Disconnection can cause one to become emotionless, passionate, or rather unsure about Western conformity of time.

6. Additional thoughts.

The contrast between artists and entrepreneurs is unorthodox because a person can temporarily deplete a job conformity to succeed in another. Therefore, is being an artist any different from understanding the core of entrepreneurs or is it another attempt to limit one’s ability to become self-dependent?


(Discussing relations between artists and entrepreneurs.)

1. Do you have grit, or is this something you need to work on?

I tested a 4.38 in the Grit Test. The test calculated that I am grittier than 90% of the United States population. I definitely believe this statement as the past year I’ve watched myself become more committed to achieving my goals, a long-term relationship, and many aspirations. I still need to work on allowing minor set backs discourage me from my overall vision.

2. List a couple of things you could do to increase your level of grit 

  • Turning my weaknesses and utilizing them as lessons for strength and endurance.
  • Consistently pushing my “limitations” and sacrificing daily comfort.
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