Jumping Man Research


Before Research:

I think the story behind the photo is that in a city (probably England) it just stopped raining and now it’s slightly flooded, and the photographer wanted to represent the desperation of the people afterward by showing a kid running/jumping on the water, probably to go somewhere.


The photo is named “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare”, and the photograph was taken by Cartier Bresson. It was taken in 1932, and it was taken in the “Saint-Lazare” train station in Paris. “Photo of the Century” in Time magazine. At the time, many people were taking photos pf people jumping over water, but Cartier’s was unique and was the moust famous.

Art & Design: Painting with Collage

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Describe the elements of your collage and what relationships you have created through your images.  

The background is red and dark to represent anger, which reflects the fast pace of a section of the song which is in a minor key. Another element is me writing the music, which represents my passion for music.
How have you used the techniques of juxtaposition, dislocation, and or transformation.  Use specific examples from your work.

Juxtaposition: Placing my with a pencil and a piece of music in the background

Dislocation: I am writing the music in a background that is not very realistic, and appears to be somewhat angry

Transformation: The environment I am writing the music in is like a fantasy world
Describe your painting technique by explaining your process (what you used and how you painted)

My painting technique was a lot of small strokes, with first having “ugly” colors painted on the bottom and the red+orange painted on afterward, and red sprayed on the music slightly. At the end, I sprayed a bit of blue to lighten the colors a bit.
What areas of your work are you most proud of?

What I am most proud of is the texture I got on the red parts of my painting, that it looks more of a texture than just a single color, as I don’t usually consider myself an “artist”.
What areas of your work needs improvement?
The thing about my painting that needs improvement is the organization, making everything fit together. Right now it kind of looks like a red painting with blue just sprayed randomly on top, and the music isn’t highlighted as well as I thought it should have been.
What is the overall theme or message of your work? Please explain the impact of specific collage photos, color choice, and technique in painting or use of collage.

The theme of my painting is passion and anger. The colors are put together to show anger, the anger in the song, and my passion of music is represented by me writing the musical score. The impact of the painting is that it gives people an appreciation for music, and the anger behind this one piece.

Art & Design: Personal Hero

Original My Drawing
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Why did you choose this person to draw? What impact have they had on your life?

I chose to draw one of my uncles on my dads side of my family. I chose to draw him because he is very successful in being a mathematics professor, and the impact he’s had on me is that he’s an inspiration for me, someone that I could look up to. He has received numerous awards for his work on mathematics, and is the Head Professor of Mathematics at Hong Kong University currently.
How has drawing this person affected your admiration or respect for this person?  (Do you have a greater admiration or respect after drawing? Do you feel like you know more about this person i.e. facial features you never noticed before?)

I feel that after I have drawn my uncle I have more admiration for him because from his facial features I an tell that he has lived for a medium-long period of time, and has been able to accomplish a lot in his lifetime.  I feel that I know more about him now because now I have noticed a few features on him that I previously have never seen in family gatherings.

Explain what allowed you to achieve success in your drawing?

What allowed me to achieve success in my drawing was staying focused on my work, and working as efficient as I could. I was able to finish the outline shapes for my drawing quickly so I could start working on shading, which took up most of the time. From staying focused on my work I could easily find things that didn’t seem right and I could easily rectify them. Mr.Lee helped me in some parts of my drawing so that it looked even more similar to my uncle. All this led to my drawing successfully looking like the original image.
What did using the grid transfer method allow you to do? Name 3 important uses.

1. It helped me get the right proportions in my drawing so that my drawing wasn’t too wide/too short etc.

2. It helped me scale the printed A4 image onto the sized A3 image without much issue

3. It helped in telling me how tall or wide something should be, because I could draw shapes relative to the size of the box. Instead of drawing unique features, I could instead just match the shape in each of the boxes, and when they all connected up it became similar to the original shape.
What areas of your drawing could have been improved?

I could have improved the blending so the face looked more smooth, and also his clothing, as you can still see some rough textures. I could also have improved in getting certain features on his face to match closer to the original drawing, like the mouth, which in my drawing was more of a “smile” than in the original image. The nose and eyes could have been better, because they are recognizable, but not exactly what he looks like.

Art & Design: Hopes and Fears

Unit 3: Photography Themes

Upload your series of photos

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What was the theme for your photographic series?
Hopes and Fears
How have you chosen to represent your theme through your photos? Share about your subject matter, scene, and camera settings.

We used a quick shutter speed to reduce light, and give the image a dark feeling to show fears. We had light sources to represent light, which is hopes that we have. The hands holding each other represented hope, as in help, someone is helping him reach his hopes and go away from his fears. The image of Mudit praying is showing that he is surrounded by some of his fears, but his praying is bringing him his hopes.
How did you use compositional rules in your final work?

We used the rule of thirds, rules of space, rule of triangles, rules of diagonal lines, lighting, and form.
Is your work “original”? Why or why not?

It is original because we took the pictures of the photos and we were inside the photos. We didn’t have any references or examples that we copied off of, we made the image first.
Evaluate your photographic series.  How effective is your series in conveying your theme? What would you change?

I/We believe that it is (word) effective because we are able to show
Explain what your role was in the group work?

In the group, my main roles was to take the photographs, as I knew that posing for photos were not one of my strong points. I did pose for a few photos, but they did not end up as well, so we did not use them in the end.

Unit 3: Photography (Portrait)

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 9.45.50 amI think this image is a picture of someone who was in a conflict, because the background is quite dull, and she looks quite dirty and in robes that seen worn out.

After research, I found on national geographic that actually the image is known as the “Afghan Girl”. Steve McCurry took the image in a refugee camp in Pakistan, the girl is named Sharbat Gula. The image was taken in 1984 and was used as a national geographic cover in 1985.

Newman, Cathy. “Afghan Girl.” A Life Revealed. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.


Portrait of partner:

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I used the Rule of space and Rule of thirds.

The story I am trying to convey is that there is a mystery, and there’s a light, as in an idea to what the solution could be.

I think the most important elements in a photograph are: The Lighting, as it shows what to focus on. The background, to make sure it’s not too distracting. And The subject’s expression, to show what mood the image is in.


Art & Design : Hand Drawing Photograph

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For Art and Design class we were assigned to create picture of peace shown by our hands. I took a picture of both my hands pointing at each other in the gun position, in front of a lamp that had a broken glass. I chose this because it shows that guns can’t be used to create peace, but it could help in beginning it. The line drawings show “shock waves” that come from the guns, to show that they have an effect on those surrounding it. The somewhat jagged peace symbol in the middle is to show that Peace is coming, but it cannot come completely, as guns are blocking it from fully showing. In my opinion, this drawing wasn’t a success because you can’t make out most of my messages unless you read this paragraph, so I need to do a better job in showing what I mean when I draw pictures.


Art & Design : Sketchbook Reflection

Part 1:

Art & Design Sketchbook

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The sketchbook is made from two cover pieces and 10 A3 papers in the middle which are the pages.

How I made it:

First I layered all the A3 papers on top of each other, then folded them across the middle (Landscape).

Then, I glued two cover pieces onto the pages on the outside, with the rough side facing out.

Next, I taped over the fold inside and outside the book several times so it stayed together.

Then, I marked 9 dots 3 cm apart from each other inside the book, on the crease. I used a hammer and a nail to make holes where the dots were.

Finally, I used string to sew the book together using the “Two over One under” Method through the dots. After that I designed the cover so I could easily recognise it was mine from a distance.

Part 2:

Transient Books:


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Transient Books is a company that creates custom book designs for people. They are located in Argentina. They create creative designs that they ship to distributors in the USA and Argentina. Their purpose is to give custom books for people that need/want them.

Part 3:

Even though eBooks are becoming very popular, I believe that we still require paper books in the world. I believe this because eBooks have to be read on electronics, and many of them are very expensive. Paper Books, on the other hand, are cheap and a lot of people can access them easily. Libraries would go out of business very fast if eBooks took over and if Paper Books were obsolete.