Painting with Collage (Unit 3)

  1. Upload a good quality photograph of your work.Photo on 11-5-16 at 8.40 AM #3
  2. Describe the elements of your collage and what relationships you have created through your images.

In my collage, I inserted only a few pictures that really stood out in myself and my life. As well as pictures I was able to use color and words to combine my pictures and create a relationship to capture what my life is really about.

3. How have you used the techniques of juxtaposition, dislocation, and or transformation.  Use specific examples from your work. Juxtaposition means the act of positioning close together (or side by side). The pictures on the top of the collage show how some pictures overlap each other or are close side by side. Some of the words are in the technique of dislocation. As you can see for the word friends it is dislocation because since the words are going diagonally, the letters separately are placed either on the pictures or on the colored canvas. Lastly, transformation the act of changing in form or shape. For example, some of the pictures are cut out in the shape of the people or just left alone with the background.

4. Describe your painting technique by explaining your process (what you used and how you painted) My painting technique was very simple because I used ripples in half circles diagonally from the left. For my first picture I painted light neon colors alternating in squares to show the start of my life starts very light. Gradually, I was able to use two colors for my different sections of my ripple. I got lighter as I went because the more dark and light contrast, the better the color process stood out for each memory. I was also able to paint pictures and letters such as the Korean flag and the words HK to symbolize the life I am living in right now.

5. What areas of your work are you most proud of?

Some areas of my work I am most proud of is the fact that I was able to show the relationship between the color, and the pictures. Each color matched the picture which gave a lot of color for each picture and made it really stand out so that when others look at it they can see that each picture had its own right to stand out.

6. What areas of your work needs improvement?

Some areas of my work I need to improve is probably the words because since some of the pictures are big, I wanted to symbolize the pictures with words. Furthermore, the color of the words didn’t really turn out as well and because this project was very limited in time, I could of added different colors instead of black and white in my words.

7. 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 message I wanted to show in my work is the idea of the most memorable pictures in my life. I saw that others used a bunch of different photos but I didn’t want that because I liked having only a few that really stood out to me. They were special and unique and therefore it was more reasonable to include only a few memorable pictures. The color choice was very simple because it had a big impact on what the pictures were really about. Each picture resembles two colors. Finally, I wanted to show that only few pictures show the most memorable things in my life.

Personal Heroes Unit 2

Question: Take a photo of your finished drawing.

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Question: Also, upload your original image of your hero to compare with your drawing.

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Question: Why did you choose this person to draw? What impact have they had on your life?

Answer: This person is my grandfather from my father’s who I love and care so much. He has impacted my life because he is part of my family and he supports everything I do although he is thousands of miles away in Israel.


Question: 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?)

Answer: My grandfather is an artist. He does a lot of painting and drawing and I feel like because I was able to finally sit down and carefully look at the details to draw him, I have so much respect of not only him but for the art. This picture of my grandfather was taken when he was young and as I was drawing this picture, I never realized he had so much hair and the colour of his hair is blonde and light, and I haven’t noticed that before.


Question: Explain what allowed you to achieve success in your drawing?

Answer: I was able to take the time and focus on the little details that were in the original picture. Therefore, this portrait was successful because I was able to apply to features and use them with my tools such as the blending paper tool to create shadows or lines that were attached to the face (wrinkles) and blend them to make the picture as realistic so there is a pop up effect.


Question: What did using the grid transfer method allow you to do? Name 3 important uses.


1) I was able to put the small details in the picture and the grid allowed me to find where those small details need to be.

2) I was able to line up the parts of the face and other features so that it looked exactly as the picture.

3) It was easier to see the whole picture and therefore it looked successful.


Question: What areas of your drawing could have been improved?

Answer: As for some areas of improvement, there was a contrast between light and dark with the photo such as shading, blending, and definitely hair. First of all, the shading in the background was something that I have been struggling because it was near the hair and it looked like part of the hair and not seperate looking like a shadow. Secondly, blending was a hard thing especially under the eyes because I wanted to make it look realistic. Lastly, the hair. I didn’t expect it to be as lighter as usual and therefore it was a hard thing to do because I couldn’t match the lightness in the hair shown in the original picture.




Unit 3: Photography Themes

Question: Upload the series of photos


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Question: What was the theme for your photographic series?

Answer: The theme was life and death.

Question: How have you chosen to represent your theme through your photos? Share about your subject matter, scene, and camera settings.

Answer: Life and death was a hard project for our group not only because there are many choices to represent what life and death meant, but most of the photos that our group took were based on the theme adulthood and childhood. They are very similar themes but somehow life and death gives more exaggeration and expression to the photo. Through these two photos, my team and I decided to represent the photos with expression. Expression was the key to find out what life and death really meant. Mostly we were thinking about confusion or the regular two themes happiness and sadness. Somehow, we wanted to tie all of them together and thought that would really be effective. If we had more time, we would definitely use some light to show the confusion like the portrait photographic themes that we were working on before for photographic stories.

Question: How did you use compositional rules in your final work?


First picture – Shows horizontal and vertical lines, some pictures have a diagonal line, rule of triangles, rule of space, Repetition and pattern in the background, and form.

Second picture – Horizontal and vertical lines, diagonal lines, rule of thirds, repetition and pattern, and form.

Question: Is your work “original”? Why or why not?

Answer: The first picture is not as original as the second because it has that effect of a photo collage which includes many different photos created into one. The second one, is very original with how basic the theme is with the leaves and the hands, and to top it off, the black and white against the original really brings out the sense of guilt and feeling to the photograph which makes the picture effective enough to be original.

Question: Evaluate your photographic series.  How effective is your series in conveying your theme? What would you change?

Answer: I think for the first photo, I might change that our team should of just included one photo instead of many photos in one because it is not as effective to show the expression and meaning of what life and death is. Other people might look at this photo and won’t understand the theme and what we were trying to convey and that cancels and destroys the whole point of the theme. The second photo shows effect because it really brings out the originality and how many expression it shows for others to feel about this photograph. In conclusion, the second photo was more effective than the first.

Question: Explain what your role was in the group work?

Answer: My role in this group was to give ideas which included setting, position and what feelings the character or scene is trying to convey in the photograph. For example, the leaves photo we wanted to show for setting a plain background that didn’t distract the main focus of the scene which were the hands and the leaves.


Unit 3 Photography: Photographic Stories – Summative 2

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2) I think the story behind this picture is that it might be raining outside because you can see the reflection of the man, and maybe he is running because he is in a rush to go home.

3) Citation: Khan, Nazeer. “Assignment1 – “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” Picture Analysis.” My 2012 E-Journalism Site. WordPress Blog, 2012. Web.

This photo also known as “Behind The Gare Saint-Lazare”was taken by Cartier-Bresson. This is a black and white photograph outside the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris in 1932. Coloured cameras did not exist in this period of time. Cartier-Bresson a beautiful frame from the architectural buildings in the pool of rainwater. He decided to wait until a busy businessman ran across the pool of water onto a broken and ignored the ladder. Cartier-Bresson decided to snapshot the photo just as the man was jumping across the water. 

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Question: What compositional rules did you apply?

Answer: There are horizontal lines, diagonal lines, rule of thirds, rule of triangles, rule of space, repetition and pattern, and form (depth, perspective).

Question: What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?

Answer: The story I was trying to convey was in this case, my model (Emily Kim), to be jumping high in the air because she so happy and therefore, Alix my other model, was able to capture the moment in a different angle. I found the perfect timing when using my shutter and therefore Alix and I were able to get the moments at an accurate time.

Question: What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)

Answer: When using shutter speed it is very important to find:

1) The right angle of the person to move. In further details, it is very important to find or how you want to show the audience the position your model is going to convey. For this to happen, find the right angle to show the action of your story.

2) The person’s expression is important as well to show how much character there is involving with the story. Therefore, it is easier for the audience to understand what you are trying to take.

3) Timing is very key when it comes to shutter speed because when using shutter, you have to see the moment the person is moving/jumping, etc. If you capture the moment when your model is landing, it is unlikely to see when and how the person is using shutter.



Unit 3 Photography: Photographic Story Summative 1

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2) This girl is alert and very scared of the person who is taking a picture of her.

3) Citation: Newman, Cathy. “Afghan Girl.” A Life Revealed. National Geographic, Apr. 2002. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.

In 1985, a photographer named Steve McCurry took a photo of this Afghan girl. She was a refugee living in Pakistan and McCurry noticed something special about her. She has “sea green” eyes and therefore it captures the moment in the photo. It was the first time someone has taken a photo of her. This picture is really famous now since this picture was published on the cover of National Geographic company magazine. A new picture has been taken of her 17 years later.

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Question: What compositional rules did you apply?

Answer: This is a composition of many rules that apply to horizontal lines and the rule of thirds.

Question: What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?

Answer: I was trying to put my demonstration (Emily Kim) as one of those towers that people take as pictures and how Alix is holding her so it looks like Emily is on her hand.

Question: What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)

Answer: 1. The background and setting to set the mood or tone of what you are trying to represent. 2. The position of how you are taking the position for example horizontal, diagonal, just to get it from a different point of view. 3. What you want others to see for example if you want to convey a sad and lonely portrait and the person’s expression is happy it won’t match your theme.


Hand Drawing Photograph

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1) Give a brief description of your work

I didn’t exactly know what to do with my hands for the picture but I decided to do something that is different and unique that no one has chosen before. Once I got into the drawing part, I thought of patterns and the colorful texture that gives in the center piece to show the main focus of the picture.

2) What kind of hand gestures and/or expressions did you use and why? What are you “saying”?

Like I mentioned in the first question, I wanted to do something unique and different with my hands that I haven’t seen before and create an image that shows the main focus or attraction of the piece.

3) What effect do the line drawings have on your photograph?

The effect I am doing is a very simple but distinctive to capture the main focus which is the silver and gold, pattern effect in the center. As you can see, the patterns give a sort of pop up to meet the center piece between which is the leaf. As for the outside, I surrounded my fingers to be the border for the leaves to give a little shadow effect.

4) In your opinion, is your work “successful” Why or why not?

I think my work is “successful” because I was able to prove myself not only to use my hands but also the texture and the style that I am bringing into the picture. I was doing something that was different and never really thought of and I like the idea of exploring new features and things during my artwork.

Unit 1: Sketchbook

Take a good quality, clear, and interesting photo of your finished sketchbook.  The photo can show your sketchbook at an interesting angle and does not need to show the entire sketchbook.  You may want to show only a portion of what is most interesting to you.  Think about the composition of your photo (ex. how do you want to show angles of lines and placement of light and dark areas)

Answer: I haven’t taken a picture yet because I haven’t started my design. Sorry!

Question: Describe the work (sketchbook) and how you made it.

Answer: When Mr. Lee first explained the different steps to make the sketchbook, it sounded a little bit confusing. But after I got used to the first steps, I was able to finish off and make my complete sketchbook. It was easy at first to pick out the pages and use the clips to adjust the papers to make the holes in between. Sewing is not one of my strongest techniques but it was quite an experience getting used to looping and doing the two front and one back combination. I thought it was interesting how we made the sketchbooks instead of giving it to you like we had in the six grade quarter classes.

Question: Look through this link ( and select an artist or organization that interests you.  There are many!

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Monica Holtsclaw shows a great cover design as you can see in the picture above. This is a very unique book cover because the color is pretty and doesn’t distract the title of the book as much. What I am really interested about this book is the inside. The pages are some kind of pop art which gives it an effect for the reader to see more. For the past lesson, we have been talking about creativity and I think this is really creative because it brings out something that is new and this design really makes me think of the bigger picture.

Question: Post 1 or 2 photos as examples of the book work.

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Question: What is the name of the artist or organization?

Answer: The name of the organization is called Ink and Awl.

Question: Describe the work of the artist/organization? (Look for the purpose)

Answer: As you can see it still gives up that pop art effect, but you can realize that this book can open up and be unique with every page it has. You can probably see all the lettering and it is creative because it shows one page in many different ways.

Question: In this age of ebooks and ereaders, are paper books necessary anymore? Why or why not?

Answer: Doesn’t matter what it is, a book, is a book. I haven’t read a book online before but what I can say is yes, of course! Paper books are necessary. Without paper books, none of us would start reading. It is a key thing because paper books are original. You can listen to an audio book many times but how many times can you read an official book from the author him/herself. It is different for everyone but I think that paper books should still be existed.


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Creativity is all about looking outside of the box and into the bigger picture. To have creativity, you are able to have the mind to think of an idea and create or make something new. Don’t be afraid to try new things and that is what creativity is really about. This picture was a perfect example because when you are thinking about taking a picture or publishing a new design, you are able to take it to a whole new level because you are seeing something that is unique.