My Digital Portfolio by: Mei Phung

For my portfolio, I will be using different pieces that I have created throughout grade 10, 11 and 12 of my visual art courses. These pieces will vary throughout different mediums. Some of them will either have slight alterations made to them or is a recreation of a previous piece that I made in my courses.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo
Piece #1: Michelangelo's David
MEDIUM: Chalk and Charcoal YEAR: 2015 SIZE: 18" x 18"

The first piece shown here is the face of Michelangelo's most famous statue, David. The purpose of this project was to study the technique of chiaroscuro. Developed in the Renaissance, chiaroscuro was used by oil painters to help build a strong contrast between light and dark in their paintings. This created more lifelike and three-dimensional work.

We had to first pick from a variety of photos consisting of marble sculptures dating back to the Renaissance. Whatever statue we picked, we then had to replicate in chalk and charcoal. I drew the face onto the brown paper itself, noting areas where I would have to use more chalk or more charcoal. Once I finished drawing the face, I then started to use the chalk and charcoal. I would go over the areas with chalk and then use charcoal when I needed to shade in. This was very challenging as I had to found a balance between the chalk and charcoal. Blending them together was also very important. After finishing the face, I used the charcoal to colour in the background. Working on this project required a lot of attention to detail. It was hard, but I enjoyed the learning process of this activity.

I'll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die. - Toshiro Mifune as Sanjuro in Yojimbo (1960)
Piece #2: Yojimbo
MEDIUM: Drypoint etching/pencil YEAR: 2015 SIZE: 8.5" x 11"

The second piece is titled Yojimbo. The medium I learned to use for this project was drypoint etching. After choosing an image and sketching it out, the sketch had to photocopied and flipped. This happened so that when printing it out, the final printout would not be reversed. I had to place a piece of plexiglas over the photocopy of the sketch and then, using an exact-o knife, I began to etch the surface of the plexiglas, looking down at my image. One very important technique was to control how deep the lines you were etching in were going to be. Deeper lines would result in more ink being caught in there, while lighter lines indicate less ink. This technique was done to create a balance with light and dark, and create shading between different areas. After etching my image, I then had to sand down the corners of the plexiglas with a large file. The next step involved putting the ink on the plexiglas and removing it. with the hope that the ink will be trapped inside the etched lines. The plexiglas was brought to the printing press where it was flatten and transferred onto a piece of paper. Surprisingly, this was not the final image that I settled on and was marked by the teacher. This image above was the first attempt at printing, but it got a little wet so the ink smudged over. However, I ended up liking this a lot, so I used pencil to shade in the areas of the image.

The subject of the photo that I did is a Japanese actor by the name of Toshiro Mifune. He was a popular actor in the 1950s and collaborated with numerous films by the famed Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. This picture in reference shows Mifune on the set of the movie Yojimbo. Yojimbo was my first introduction to both the director and actor. Not only did I wanted to do a subject that was different from the animals that my other classmates have chosen, but it was also because I really like that character.

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle. - Alfred Hitchcock
Piece #3: Alfred Hitchcock
MEDIUM: Clay Sculpture YEAR: 2016 SIZE: 8.5" x 11"

The third piece here is a clay sculpture of the film director Alfred Hitchcock/ The assignment given to us was to pick someone that demonstrates power in some ways. After sketching from the reference picture shown on the right, I received a piece of clay to mold into Hitchcock's face. The elements and principles of design that I focused on for this project was mostly shape and texture. Trying to replicate parts of the face to jut out was important to me when making this sculpture. A very important technique I learned was slipping and scoring the clay. Slipping involves scrapping lines into the clay and scoring involves putting wet clay on the piece of clay that was slipped. I used this to attach clay pieces onto the slab that represented the face. A variety of tools were used to also dig into the clay and remove. After it was finished, a stand was placed onto the back of the slab through slip and score. A bisque fire was done to harden the clay, which turned white. The face was painted with various glazes and layered with a topcoat over it to create a shine to it. It was then fired again to have the colours permanent stuck to the clay.

Different views of the clay sculpture.

The power that Hitchcock represents is his influence that he had over cinema. His films and his directing have been critically acclaimed by critics over the years. His films have also inspired many future directors. One things that I found interesting is that a lot of Hitchcock’s films tend to focus on power in some way. In some films, it’s about people who are put into a situation and feel powerless (The 39 Steps, North by Northwest etc) and it’s up to them to solve the problem or mystery at hand. Other times, it’s about a character trying to exercise control over another person (Vertigo, Marnie, Rope etc). Hitchcock’s films and as a director can also be seen as an “auteur”. This is a theory in filmmaking where the director is seen as the “author” of the movie, and that the visuals elements convey more of a message than the screenplay.

To see Life; to see the world. - Life Magazine Motto
Piece #4: Sci-fi
MEDIUM: Photoshop YEAR: 2016 SIZE: 17" x 11"

This piece up there was done in PhotoShop and the images that were used was magazines. Our assignment was to go through various magazines and cut out any images that appealed to us, putting them together to create a college. The college was then copied onto a separate sheet of paper. It was then scanned and upload to the computer, where it was coloured in on PhotoShop.

The theme I chose was a Sci-Fi theme, hence the title. The main focus point, the man with the glasses, was from a front cover on an 1989 issue of Life Magazine. This cover drew me instantly and I wanted to include it in my project. The hand and arm was also quite unique, as the arm is actually a telephone cord from one ad and the hand was used in another. I made some changes from the initial pictures like the colors originally used in the spaceship or the man saluting.

Pain is weakness leaving the body. - The Soldier
Piece #5: Soldier Walking
YEAR: 2014 MEDIUM: Animation Size (Frames): 8.5" X 5.5"

The fifth piece were is titled "Soldier Walking". It features a soldier walking in 7 frames. This was my first animation done in Photoshop. For the assignment, we had to design a character that will go through the different stages of walking. I had to very meticulous; careful about the legs and placements and predicting where they will go next. This was sketched out 7 times as you see in the photos above. We then scan the frames and used photoshop to then colour our character in. We also used Photoshop to help put the frames together into a gif. Since Adobe Spark does not support gifs, I have a link below that will open in Google Drive which will play there.

From paper to Photoshop

The soldier that I picked is from the video Team Fortress 2. When I think of a soldier, one of the images that come into mind is a soldier marching. The way they walk is very stern and commanding, so I tried to emulate that. I also picked him as I do like the game a lot and I thought his character in the game to be very fun and absurd.

Do the D-A-N-C-E. 1, 2, 3, 4, fight
Stick to the B-E-A-T, get ready to ignite
You were such a P-Y-T, catching all the lights
Just easy as A-B-C, that's how you make it right
- Lyrics to D.A.N.C.E by Justice
Piece #6: Need a Hand?
MEDIUM: Photoshop YEAR: 2016-2017 SIZE: 7.5" x 7.5"

The final piece here is called "Need a Hand?". This was inspired by a previous piece that I did in grade 10 where we had to create a entangle. It is a method of creating images with the repetition of patterns. I wanted to recreate this by employing a rule in mind and that was to only use colours from different music albums that I listened to (other than the background, where I used purple as it is my favourite colour). I sketched out my hand and then "cut up" different sections of the hand to feature a different pattern. I mainly focused on lines and shapes in my patterns, avoiding what I did back in grade 10, where I felt like I used too many random colours and patterns. After scanning my sketch, I coloured it in Photoshop. To get the correct colour scheme of an album, I would copy and paste the album image to a separate layer on Photoshop as a reference and use the eyedropper tool to help locate the exact colour that I used to later paint. It was very extensive, but I am ultimately proud of the work that I have done.

A list of the albums that I really enjoyed and used.

These are the albums that I used for this project. In order of row:

Row 1: Music Complete (2015), Low Life (1985), Power, Corruption, and Lies (1984), Technique (1989), and Movement (1981)

Row 2: The 2nd Law (2012), Black Holes and Revelations (2006), and (what is suppose to be) the Resistance (2009)

Row 3: Hot Fuss (2004), Day and Age (2008), and BattleBorn (2012)

Row 4: Run the Jewels 2 (2014) and Run the Jewels 3 (2016)

Row 5: Evil Empire (1996) and the Battle of Los Angeles (1999)

Row 5: Cross (2007) and Woman (2016)

Row 6: 99.9 % (2016)

Created By
Mei Phung


Created with images by Arturo Espinosa - "19/11 - Reflejos rojos" • nathanh100 - "Portrait of Michelangelo, @1535" • japanesefilmarchive - "Yojimbo (1961)" • Hoshi_sae - "Alfred Hitchcock" • SenseiAlan - "1967 Polaroid Advertisement Life Magazine October 6 1967" • Crypticommonicon - "TF2background" • Jeff.Dlouhy - "Justice"

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