Selected renaissance photo
Final renaissance portrait
For this renaissance portrait assignment, this acted like an introductory to Photoshop in this course. Drawing inspiration from the melon head assignment and surreal landscapes, we were challenged to make ourselves incorporated into a renaissance portrait painting. While I was doing my process work, I was most inspired by the endless possibilities that one can do with the power of illustrator and Photoshop combined. Being able to seemingly replace my face onto a painting over a thousand years is a quite fascinating concept. The most difficult part of this assignment is most likely learning how to use Photoshop properly. I can not say I’m a pro at using it, but taking the time to understand the use of each tool, how you can take a pen tool and fabricate over your work, were lessons and time well spent. The coolest part for me during this process was most likely seeing my work start from something dull, to something vibrant with a few mouse clicks. I realized how fascinating, an advanced these editing programs are. This assignment taught me how to look outside the box, and stray from tunnel vision ideas. If you are not happy with what things look like or what information you have gathered, take the effort to supplement or even be open to subject you ideas to make anything you do in life better, and more productive.
For this surreal self-portrait assignment, we drew inspiration from artists such as Salvador Dali, using his creative mindsets and work to create out own surreal portraits. While doing my process work, I was inspired by many works of surreal photos. It is quite fascinating knowing what the works of illustrator and Photoshop can do with a simple photo. Taking inspiration from a few photo’s Ms. Yamashita used I started brainstorming for my piece. Using a photo taken of me by a fellow student in our class during our session with Steve Carty, I started thinking of what I could do. I loved the photo of me where I am in almost a wilting position with my hair down crouching over. Suddenly it hit me where I was going to make someone control me as if I was a puppet of some sort. At the time when I decided my piece was going to be made I was going through a rough phase where I felt like I always go out of my way for people, helping them, forgetting about myself, and my well being. So there was relevance as to why I made my surreal portrait of someone controlling me because at the time I felt like I had lost touch with myself. The hardest part for me was most likely choosing my base portrait. I had many shots of myself that all had potential within this project, but it was hard for me to choose one that I could relate the meaning I had behind this project. The coolest part of this process for me was most likely was seeing my end product and having my vision come alive. I think what I overall learnt from this is being able to express myself through my own work. Not only can I apply this aspect to my future works, but I have also learnt a new way to speak through another art form.