Self Portrait Reflection part 3

How did you select the photo of yourself. (What made you choose this photo over others?
I just though it was an interesting angle and it was an okay quality photo so I just went for it.

What is the most important aspect of your final work? Why?
I think the photos at the bottom show a sense of community and are an important part of my self portrait because a lot of things that make me myself are the people and things that I’m a part of. I also think my colour scheme of my portrait is important because it isn’t very bright and trying to get attention because I wanted my picture to focus on the images below.

How is your work a representation of yourself and your connection to a community? What personal qualities/traits/messages are you attempting to convey?
Yeah definitely. I tried to show me with different groups of friends and in different sports and things like that to show that us as people are very interconnected in everything we do. I think it’s interesting when other students portraits also include pictures of people in another persons portrait/

What part of your work are you most proud of? What part of your work were you most challenged by?
I think the most challenging part was getting my facial features right. It was quite difficult and took a lot of painting and re painting and erasing to get even close to what my face was. I guess I’m most proud of how I was able to recreate the same shades on my face over and over again which was challenging but I’m happy I was able to do that.Photo on 22-5-15 at 8.39 AM #3

Self Portrait Reflection


1) Created by Rembrandt who made dozens of self portraits. He created so many self portraits throughout his life time that you can really notice his appearance changing throughout time. His painting skills came from when he studied with a famous historic painter for six months when he was young. He later moved to Amsterdam and established himself as the town’s leading artist.

2) His portrait was painted around 1659 in Amsterdam with acrylics and oil paints.

3) My first impression of the portrait was the expression on his face. To be honest his portraits did not seem as creative, interesting, or outstanding as the other portraits so it makes me wonder why it is so famous. He just seemed really sad in most of the portraits.


Banksy Critique

1) Initial Reaction
My first though when I saw this piece was that it really spoke to me. It was very clear about it’s controversial meaning and it really made me think. Banksy’s work has also changed my opinion on street art because seeing political opinions in the form of street art is very interesting.

2) Describe (& Relate)
His picture was of two soldiers holding guns in front of a peace sign. This is significant because wars are usually fought to end fights but wars itself are bloody. His image seems very anti war and fighting because it is not the right way to maintain peace.

3) Analyse
I think this is unique because this art is really just speaking about current problems. A lot of art created now is modern art and the meaning is usually not as clear. I appreciate this style of street because it is very down to earth and I feel like if you want to know how the people feel about a city you should probably check out it’s street art.

4) Interpret
This was produced I think during the time of a war in the Middle East. It was a very controversial piece because it is seemingly disagreeing with the purpose of the war. I think its kind of refreshing to know that the people still have strong opinions on much of the wars going on and things.

5) Evaluate
I think the art work is very successful because I feel that it will cause anyone who passes by it to think. If the meaning of art is to make people think than it does a good job.


Final PBL Update


During PBL because I was working by myself I saw a lot of leadership and initiative to make sure I was on task and meeting all the design requirements I had set for myself. I saw a lot of self-regulation while I was constantly regulating how I was working during the projects and the aspects that I could improve.


I think collaboration and teamwork is important because two heads always seem to be better then one. When there are a few people in a group you can play to each others strengths which can give you a better result in the end. Also more people equals more ideas and creativity in ways to solve the problem and in the end you have a wider range of solutions to problems and you can use the one that best fit the criteria.


I liked the effective collaboration video because it demonstrated how sometimes working in a group can be ineffective due to a members specific needs and how sometimes people need to sacrifice in order to find the best solution for everyone. I also liked how the group members made their decision in an organised way.

Action Photos

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– Composition

The compositional rules I used were rule of thirds, rule of horizontal lines and rule of vertical lines.

– Mood

I think the mood and message I am trying to convey in my action photos is that sometimes things run by really fast and often as people we have to stop and enjoy the moment and I conveyed this message by capturing interesting parts and moments in a single frame.

– Elements

I think three important elements in an action photo would be lighting to enhance the photo. Perspective is also important to make the photo interesting  especially during and action shot. Finally I think timing and capturing specific movement definitely makes for an interesting photo.

Abstract Photos

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– Compositional rules

Because my photos were abstract the rules i applied were mostly horizontal line and vertical line and rule of triangle on the leaves.

– Mood

There isn’t a specific mood I’m trying to convey but with the natural theme of leaves, bamboo, and rocks I guess I’m trying to convey a relaxed mood that is peaceful.

– Elements

I think the most important elements for abstract is having good lighting and shadows so the picture looks clean and not too busy. The arrangement of what is inside the photo is also important to demonstrate what is abstract about the image.

Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare




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This photo was taken in 1932 by street photographer Henry Cartier-Bresson in Paris Railway station Gare Saint-Lazare. New York times named this photograph of the year though most puddle jumping photos were cliche this photo had specific elements which made it spectacular. The photographer took the photo and had taken two photos one which was partially covered by a black border.

Art & Design Self-Evaluation

– We have not had many projects yet but so far I have enjoyed working on the handy value project.

– I have gained a better understanding throughout the units about art and design when we study other art pieces and learn about the artists and why the pieces were made.

– I think one area of improvement for me would be to reflect more often on my work and other people’s works and reflect in depth.

– I think I have developed some shading and photography composition skills. I also think I have developed some good homework work habit skills.