Banksy Critique



My initial reaction was that it was of a man taking down graffiti, and that it’s ironic because it’s graffiti or “street art” of someone taking down graffiti.


I see the work of Banksy, which is on the left which shows that he uses stencils, and the work on the right which is freehand.

My opinion is that Banksy was wrong for doing this. I watched a documentary about the war between street artists Banksy and King Robbo. I learned that a street artist is NEVER allowed to put their work over another street artist’s work without their permission. Before this happened, it was King Robbo who spray painted on the wall, but since Robbo didn’t like Banksy, Banksy made it his own work of art by painting over it. This was actually how the feud between these two artists. It’s kind of ironic how it’s vandalism over vandalism. Here it is


This work was done in a canal in England. It is gone because when Robbo saw this, he was upset and spray painted over it again. Then Banksy saw it and spray painted over it again. This kept on going on until the death of Robbo.(RIP) Also, Banksy copied a lot of Blek le Rat’s work, so I don’t have as much respect for Banksy as I did before. Now Blek le Rat is one of my favourites. (haha!)


This shows what sometimes happens in street art, where street artists turn against each other when they step over boundaries and get defensive of their territory.

Unit 4: Part 3-Final Reflection

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How did you select the photo of yourself. (What made you choose this photo over others?)

At first I took a photo of myself outside with a lot of light, and since there was so much light, the camera didn’t focus on my face, therefore my face had no lighting and most of the photo was shadow, so there weren’t many shades of colours I could use. So then I took another photo indoors so that the camera could focus on my face and have more shades to choose from.

What is the most important aspect of your final work? Why?

The most important aspect of my final work is probably the contrast of shades I used  which gave my painting not a flat feel, but a deeper vision.

How is your work a representation of yourself and your connection to a community?  What personal qualities/traits/messages are you attempting to convey?

My work is a representation of myself and my connections to a community, and I show that in my pictures of my dad, mom brother who are family. I include friends like Ellis and Brennan in the portrait who are my friends and can even count as non-biological family. I have pictures of tv shows I love, such as “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Brooklyn 99”. A lot of my life is connected with Hip-Hop music, and I  show that with “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Run DMC. Run DMC is the beginning of Hip-Hop, or the roots of where and when it started. Unfortunately I forgot to include my friend Arnav, since we share so much Hip-Hop knowledge and probably no one in HKIS knows more about Hip-Hop than us.

What part of your work are you most proud of? What part of your work were you most challenged by?

I am proud of my shadings and how I got quite detailed and pushed myself to get different textures, especially in my eye-brows, as you can see there is a bristly look to my eyebrows. I am also very proud of my eyes which I made yellow which in my opinion looks quite cool, and reminds me of the cat bus in “Totoro”.

Unit 4: Part 2-Research on Self-Portrait Artist

Pablo Picasso 1907 Self Portrait.self-portrait-1907

In this self portrait Pablo Picasso used oil to paint and was drawn on canvas. I think that in this piece he used the textures very well. You would expect such a famous artist to be super detailed, but Picasso used simplicity to create this piece. You can see how primitive this artwork is, yet it still is a great piece of art, which reminds me of our ancestors who didn’t have as many tools as we have now. Now we know that no matter how un-detailed a piece is, it can still be a great piece of art. This was drawn during Picasso’s “African Period” where his paintings were influenced a lot by African sculpture. African Period.

PBL Reflection

1) VIA Strengths

I saw creativity because I thought of new things we could do to our project to make it better, curiosity because I always wanted to see what would happen if I tried something new, and hope because even when we kept on failing, I told Matteo that we would get it to work.

2) Collaboration & teamwork is important in problem solving because when one decides to not work on the project, the whole project slows down.

3) I liked the one with the ants because it shows how staying in large groups could save you. Sometimes going solo or in small groups is better, but in this case I think that it was better with a large group since that one ant got saved.

Summative Task: Action

This picture was taken by French Photographer Cartier Besson. In the background there is a sign that says Railowsky which is the name of a bookstore. After this picture was taken, the symbol for Railowsky became the man jumping over the puddle.



In this photo I applied the rule of triangles and depth. I tried to show a peacefulness through meditation where the mind is at peace. I also tried to show that sometimes you just have to get lucky and have a perfect timing when taking action photos.

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In this photo I applied the rule of space, the rule of depth and horizontal lines. I tried to show happiness and goofiness in this photo.



I added diagonal lines to this picture. I tried to show a meeting point where Aditya and Elis meet in the middle of the photo.


Action Sequence


I think that the 3 most important elements in action photos is background, timing and lighting.

Summative Task: Abstract

“View From the Window at Le Gras” This image is the oldest surviving photo. Nicéphore Niépce created the photo. The camera had to sit still for 8 hours.1024px-View_from_the_Window_at_Le_Gras,_Joseph_Nicéphore_Niépce

The picture was copied on to metal.

I applied the rule of pattern and lines to this. There are diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines. The message I am trying to convey is that even in things that people don’t bother to really pay attention to look at can be interesting, such as the inside of a trash can like this one.


I applied the rule of pattern and depth to this. I am trying to convey the message that if you dig deeper, you might find something that you like.


I applied the rule of pattern to this photo. I am trying to convey that if you don’t pay attention to the flower which is a attention grabber but instead look at the leaves, you can still find beauty.


I think the three most important elements in creating an abstract photograph are lighting, pattern and depth.

Self Evaluation

1. I am proud of my sketching of life and death. I am proud of them because I think i drew depth of the 3D figures well. I am especially proud of my human skull drawings.
2. I now believe that a lot of art is being different or abstract, such as the drawing of the skulls with flowers. It is sort of strange seeing a skull with flowers, but is like Ying and Yang, where there is dark in light. Life and death need each other, and light and dark need each other.
3. I need to improve in photography. I think I am good at taking pictures of animals, but I am not good at taking pictures of people.
4. I have developed a skill of observing things well. I think I pay more attention to little details, instead of the bigger image.

Summative Task: Portrait

“Afghan Girl”, who is Sharbat Gula was a widely know picture taken by Steve Mccurry. Sharbat Gula’s parents were killed by Soviet Bombing when she was six years old. Her picture was taken at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in 1984. She was compared to Mona Lisa, and has been called “the First Sharbat_GulaWorld’s Third World Mona Lisa.”

Summative Task: I applied rule of space and the rule of triangles. I was trying to show wisdom by the way he was leaning his cheek on his fist.


I applied depth and perspective to this photo where the background juts out from the back on the ceiling. I tried to show a loneliness from Isaiah’s expression and it is especially exaggerated because the lighting is dark.


I applied the rule of space and the rule of triangles from Samir’s head to body in this picture. I am trying to show feminism and sassiness to this picture.


I think that the 3 most important elements in creating a portrait photograph is the lighting, depth and composition.