Self Portrait Reflection

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This is my finished self portrait painting! I painted a self portrait using a photo I took of my self, and I painted it with grey and black.

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

If I’m totally honest here, I only took one selfie of myself to use, I kind of just randomly took a photo of my self quickly to use in class. So I only had one selfie to choose from.

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

I think that the most important part of my painting is my style. My painting and how I look has a unique style, and differs from how everyone else’s looks. Mine looks more flat and cartoon-like, whereas my friend Veronica has a more realistic painting of herself, and she has blended her values together. My special style of my painting makes it unique and different from others.

Also, I believe the separation of values on my portrait is a important aspect on my self-portrait, because it makes the painting have it’s own sense of originality. It brings a cool effect to the painting.

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

I have many photos of communities I’ve been in behind myself in the painting, like friends, classmates, and my family. Putting pictures of people and groups kind of brings a connection between myself and the communities I’ve been in, how I’m related to all these people who have influenced my life.

I think the photos of myself and friends bring a sort of friendly look to my painting, because behind me I have many layers of photos of smiling people. My face, however, kind of looks like I’m smirking, which sort of suggests sly-ness. I think I was just trying to portray my whole life and all the experiences that I’ve been through in a painting.

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

I’m pretty proud of my background, because it was quite challenging to cut out the people perfectly and lay them on the canvas so the layered each other in the way I wanted it, with no blank spaces. I liked the way it formed a nice collage background that fits with the main focus of the portrait. I also liked how the are cut in a way that shapes around my face.

Drawing myself on the canvas was pretty challenging, because it’s hard for me to draw realistic people, especially if it’s myself. And I screwed up on my boxes to help draw in proportion.

Overall, though, I’m pretty proud of my work. I like the final result and am happy with it.


Research on a Self-Portrait Artist

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Title: Self-Portrait

Year: 1963-1964

Artist: Andy Warhol

Medium: acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas; in four parts

Size: 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm.)

This was Andy Warhol’s very first self portrait, made, obviously, by himself. Any Warhol is very famous and known world-wide, mostly because of his many Campbell Soup artworks and his Marilyn Monroe works.

The picture consists of four blue photos of his young self, wearing sunglasses and a tie. In the lower right panel, he has signed it as ‘To Mrs. B, Andy 64.’ He was commissioned to make it in 1963 by Florence Barron, a well-known collector,  for $1,600. It was later sold at an auction in New York on May 11th, 2011, for-believe it or not- a whooping 38 million dollars. The auction was described as ‘the longest auction in history’ and took around 16 minutes.


Abstract Photos

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This photo is a close up shot of a tree bark with bamboo tied to it to help support it. I took it close up because I wanted it to seem abstract, but even so, you can still see what the photo is of. I used the composition rule of horizontal lines, because the tree bark in the center is horizontal. The message I am trying to say with the photo is that you need others to support you. I took a photo of this park of the tree, where the bamboo sticks are holding it up, so it can show this message. Another message is unity, because I feel like the bamboo sticks helping to hold up the tree shows teamwork.


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This is a zoomed up picture of an old electrical plug, near the water fountain. I took the photo at an angle, which kind of uses the compositional rule of diagonal lines.  I looove the clearness and detail of this photo, you can see all the paint splatters on it.


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This is a photo of the top of a lamp. No, those dots are not dew, but in fact, part of the texture of the lamp. I like the clearness of the picture. I used the compositional rule of space here, you can see some of the space in the left top corner, so the photo isn’t completely focused on the object.


All in all, it was kinda hard to use any rules because the photos are all close-up and somewhat abstract. I had a lot of fun with this project, though.


I believe a good abstract photo needs to be very clear, and detailed. You cannot have a blurry abstract photo, because it is harder to tell what the photo is of. Also, the lighting on the photo is very important. When you can clearly see the lighting on the photo, it is more nicer to look at. When you can clearly see the difference between the light and the dark, it makes the photo more likeable to look at. The perspective and the angle you take the photo is important too. A leaves veins in a straight, horizontal lines convey a different message from the veins taken at an angle.




Photo Story #2

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I think this photo was taken long ago, probably when there were only black and white cameras. It’s somewhat hard to see what the photo is of, because it is somewhat blurry, but you can tell it is of buildings. I don’t know why, but it reminds me of Germany. I think this was probably taken during a famous time period, because the photo is very famous.


What actually happened: this photo is the world’s first photograph taken. Ever. It was taken in the early 1820s. It’s titled, “The View from the Window at Le Gras,” and was taken by a french inventor by the name of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce at his studio. Nice name, huh?


(Information from: here.)

Portrait Photos

I took three photos of my partner, Veronica:

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In this photo I tried to use the composition rule of space, making the photo look a bit more dreamy, like she is looking up in space, lost in thought. I also used the rule of thirds. I chose the background of bamboo because I liked the bamboo’s texture and thought it’d make a pretty background. There’s also a lot of rhythm and movement in this photo caused by the bamboo.


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I blurred the edges of this photo because I felt like it would help bring more attention and focus to the model rather than the person looking at the background. I also put a light filter over this and saturated it so the colors would stand out more. I tried to use the compositions ‘rule of triangle’, because her body is almost triangular in shape. I told her to look and smile so it looked somewhat casual.


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I put a black and white filter on this photo because I felt like it would bring balance, and nobody would get distracted by colors. Also, the black and white makes the picture look a but more peaceful. I used the composition rule of space, making her look as if she is daydreaming. Her body also looks almost triangle-like, which is like the composition rule of triangles. I made her in this position because I feel like she would look very dreamy and imagitive in this position.


Overall, I was trying to portray a girl who is daydreaming in the park, in a casual manner.


I think what is needed to make a good photograph is a main idea, a main object that grabs the attention of the person looking at it. (ex, a person.) You also need a good background, one not too distracting. You might have no background, either, just white behind the main object, but that makes the photo look like an artificial photo, like a school photograph of a student. The lighting must not be too bright, but cannot be dark either, unless you are trying to portray a scary photo.



Photo Story #1

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I think the girl in this photo is of a girl from somewhere in Asia. She looks like a young adult, around the age of 16 or so. Since I know she was on a magazine, I assume she has done something very big, like stand up for her education or her rights. She has rips in her shawl, suggesting she is very poor and doesn’t have too much money.




What actually happened: this woman’s photo was taken by a stranger very long ago, and she was published on the cover of the magazine, but nobody knew her name. She was known as the ‘Afghan Girl’ for around 17 years, before the reporter (Steve McCurry) searched for her and found her. Her name is Sharbat Gula. A soviet bombing killed her parents. She and her brother survived. She later lived in a refugee camp. The reporter found her in the refugee camp, and she gave her story to the reporter. She had not seen the photo as a child.

(information from here.)

Hong Kong Protest Photos










I like all these photos of the protest and think they are very powerful is because all of them give the message that all the protester are united for a certain purpose. The first photo shows a lot of student holding their arms up in an ‘X’ position, the second with all the protesters with their arms up, showing they mean no harm, and the third one with all their hands held together and their wrists tied with yellow ribbons. This gives the message that they are all working together.

I also like these photos because they are strong yet peaceful. They are peacefully putting their hands up, and in the second photo, they are all showing they have no guns/weapons and just want to protest peacefully. (kind of like what the people in Ferguson did).


Hand Value Drawing

This is my hand value drawing I made in Art & Design class:

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It’s a drawing of 3 hands in different positions, and 5 lines drawn across the paper. I shaded the edges of the lines/hands to make contrast between shapes. I used a 4b pencil to do this.


My hand gestures consist on one open hand, with all fingers out, a pointing hand, with the pointer finger and thumb out, and a gun-like hand, with the middle finger and the pointer finger out together and the thumb sticking out. I chose these gestures because they are all very common and can be seen every day.

I feel the pointing hand is very accusing, because it is pointing very harshly at someone, as if accusing them of doing something or making fun of them. I think the gun hand is very threatening, because guns are very threatening, and it is also very pointing-like. It seems somewhat judgemental. And I feel the open hand is very peaceful and vulnerable, because it is showing its palm and opening up without closing any fingers.

I think my drawing is showing the pointing hand and the gun-like hand are pointing at each other meanly, almost like fighting, and the open hand is coming in between them both and trying to stop them and bring peace.


I think the value and the shading bring help the hands stand about a little bit, and the darker spots help emphasise the lighter shapes. The separation of spaces help by making the picture more unique and detailed.


I think my drawing is successful, because I finished it and did follow all the instructions to draw it. And I think my shading stays somewhat inside the lines and it is very easy to tell what my drawing is a picture of, so I do think my drawing is successful.