Image Gallery Project

Hey everyone! For our latest project in my desktop publishing class we had to create a multiple page website that functioned as a image gallery. My partner, Marissa, came up with the idea to focus our images around typography. We’re focusing on the subject in another class we have together so we thought it would be a good way to integrate the two classes. We first set up our html documents and then moved on to choosing our images. I really liked this project because it allowed us to use our creative site and personalize our site a little more. I have to say I’m pretty happy how the site turned out. I thought the navigation worked well and was very user friendly. I am also in love with entrance page to our site, I was really happy with how it turned out! As promised, I want to start showing you guys more of what I’m doing so here it is! ūüôā

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What’s your Style?

I used to get tongue-tied whenever someone would ask me to describe my style mostly because I didn’t know! Sure I knew what kind of artwork I liked but at the time it seemed like my interests and likes were all over the place. It really frustrated me because if someone asked me to describe my work I couldn’t give them a proper description. So this summer I set out to find a way to discover my artistic style and solve my problem once and for all. One of the things about me is I’m more of a visual learner, sure I can learn things by just reading but I prefer to have some kind of visual or someone to actually show me something.

This leads me to YouTube, there are TONS of artists creating videos with advice, reviews, and tutorials relating to art. YouTube is the main site that I start searching if I want to learn how to do something or just discover tips and tricks. To get to the point I found a YouTuber that created a video about finding your own illustration style and breaking your artist block. This video really helped me come up with a way of organizing artwork I liked and finding out what my style is. You guys can check out the video for the method she uses but I’m going to tell you what I did here.

As many of you know I am addicted to Pinterest so that seemed like the perfect place to collect different types of artwork and keep them all together. After I got that solved I had to make some criteria for this board, I already had ¬†an Art I ‚̧ love board so I had to find a way to distinguish the two. I decided that anything I saw that I’d like to recreate or that gave me ideas for something I could do in my own art would go on the new Artistic Inspiration board (which is my Style board). After that I went through a bunch of images and placed them accordingly. After I had a good amount I was able to view them all together and compare the artwork, seeing what was similar or different. What characteristics kept coming forward? What mediums was I drawn to?

After making comparisons and contrasting the pieces I was able to find my Style! What I found out was that I tend to like soft artwork, meaning light applications of mediums, soft lines, I was also drawn to a lot a lot pieces created with colored pencils and watercolor. It was really interesting and I think I learned a lot about myself. You can check out my board here: http://pinterest.com/melissam177/artistic-inspiration/ , please feel free to leave any comments on what you guys think! Until next time!

Back to School!

Hey everyone! I know things were really slow on here during the summer but I really wanted to focus on my artwork and more specifically my drawing. I just wanted to let you know since a new school year has started I’ll be posting more frequently on here! Yay! So I hope you look forward to that and there will be some changes on here that will be different from what I was doing before. I really want to personalize this blog more so I hope to add more of my school projects on here and other stuff I’m doing as well!¬†That’s all for now but I hope you’re looking forward to this year as much as I am! See you in my next post!

100th Post and Update!

Hey everyone! I can’t believe I hit 100 posts already! It’s seems a bit surreal since it doesn’t feel like its been that long but maybe its just me. As I’ve mentioned in the past this is technically a school blog but even though it’s a requirement I’ve really had a good time writing up these posts and getting feedback from you guys. I never EVER expected anyone but my teachers to read this so every ‘Like’ and comment means a lot because it means people are actually interested in what I have to say. So, once again, thank you guys! I also thought that I’d take this time to make an announcement about what’s to come over the summer and in the very near future. I’ve decided that I’m ready to have ¬†a more personal presence on this blog which means I’m going to start sharing my own work with you guys. I think it’d be a cool way to get feedback and just let you guys learn a little bit more about me as an artist! I’m also going to be creating some kind of online portfolio and I’ll give you guys the details on that as soon as I can. I hope you guys will like this new aspect and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Until then keep looking out for more posts! ¬†See you then!

Personalized Portraits!

Hey everyone, lately in my photography class we’ve been experimenting with taking portraits and studio lighting. To say the least I really didn’t have much experience in this area so I needed to find some inspiration to help me figure out ways to make so successful photographs. I came across this group of shots of famous actors in their element which gave me so pretty good ideas. The actors themselves were dressed in regular clothes but the props or accessories they had made a connection to roles that made them famous or just who they are. I thought this would be a great way to incorporate a similar idea in portraits of ordinary people. To photograph them with something that represents an aspect of themselves!

If you think about its a really simple idea but it can be a good place to start if you’ve had absolutely no experience taking portraits. I recently did a shoot with my sister and although we could have focused on poses and props I kind of just let her be herself. I didn’t want to recreate her image into someone she isn’t so it was a really casual shoot but I learned a lot and I think I did okay for my first time. I wanted to share these in case anyone was looking for some inspiration and I think this idea would be really easy to use in photographs! I’ll put a link to the photographs below since they are all one long strand and it would be hard to stick in this post. Until next time!

Link to photos: http://9gag.com/gag/6169355?ref=chrome-ext

In Your Dreams!

Hey everyone! I found this artist on the front page of Yahoo long time ago and never got around to making a post about him! Photographer Ronen Goldman has found a creative way to capture his dreams and bring them to life. He recreates a part of his dream that has the most significance to him and recreates it  in the real world. I thought that this was a really  unique and creative way of thinking.

Sometimes dreams can be great source of inspiration if you know how to tap into them. I think that some of my favorite photos are the ones that have some kind of object suspended in air. I thought this was an interesting way to use your dreams within your work.I know sometimes with my writing (I’m a writing major too, remember? :D) I use ideas that come from experiences within my dreams, so why not use them in art too?

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His dreams seem particularly interesting, they¬†really look like a scene from a story or movie¬†and it makes me want to know what exactly is going on here.These photos are really attention grabbing and I love them because of how abstract they are and how they represent a small part of a story.Included below is the link to where I originally found the photos and also a link to Goldman’s blog where you can find more photos when you click on the Surreal Project tab! I hope you guys found this interesting, see you next time!

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Yahoo Slideshow: http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/photographer-turns-dreams-into-surreal-photos-slideshow/ronen-goldman-photo-911873380.html

Ronen Goldman’s Blog:¬†http://www.ronengoldman.com/?p=975

iLove It!

Hey everyone!

For this ¬†week’s post I found some photos that were taken via iphone that I really love! Unfortunately I don’t have an iphone butf92ea85f04a5ef74c7f2aad59e2ab70a 2ffca8bd94d8b53466f5834fff812998 b893c8b48ff42c8c61b5a84e3e74e90c 5b11c7e6ee89e7455f4922c4764203d9 ¬†I think this just shows you how you can make great photos with what you have. Any camera can make a good photo, you just have to know how to use it to your advantage! I thought that these were some cool photos and I wanted to share my favorites with you guys.

The photographer is Brock Davis and he has come up with some very interesting and playful ideas for his photos! I was also able to find some common ground with this photographer which a little bonus for me. One of the things I do with my own photographer is try to not manipulate my subjects very much. I feel like my photographs are too set up and unnatural. I like to photograph objects in my environment in their natural state which has really helped me I think.

I makes me take the time to look at things from a different viewpoint. Davis seems to do something similar and he also uses everyday objects to create his pieces. I know I’ve said this before but there are possibilities for creativity everywhere you just need to look around you.

Link to Brock Davis’ site and more photos:http://www.itistheworldthatmadeyousmall.com/46345/973711/new/2012-iphone-photos

All Around the World

Hey everyone! I have to admit I almost forgot to make a post this week! ¬†>_<¬†Which is kind of weird because I’ve¬†been doing this for awhile now but anyway I have some amazing photos to share with you this week! I came across these photos and they really inspired me to keep working with my photography skills, and maybe travel sometime soon! I came across a photographer that has taken some amazing photos while in his native Berlin, Germany and on his travels to various other places. His name is Lukas Kozmus and I am very envious of him for several reasons. His photographs are really beautiful and very rich in color.lukas-1

Also I love silhouette photography (I made that term up, I think) so these photos are right up my alley in that respect. Although I love me some silhouettes I have to admit my favorite photo is not one with a silhouette. I really love the photo that was taken with the children play in the rain in the street. I like the golden warmth to the picture and how the rain drops look like gold. My second favorite is the shot of the biker on the road, once again I love the warm lighting, it just seems to add some kind of a mystical feeling to the photos.

I thought all of his photos are really beautiful and they really inspired me to keep at my own photography. Sometimes I get discouraged but I can tell that my photos are getting better and its really a matter of just getting out there and shooting some photos. I’d love travel and take these kinds of photos but I think the more I practice I’ll get there, in the mean time I’ll keep sharing things that inspire me with you guys! Thanks for reading! I’ll put some links down below in case you want to check out more!

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article site: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/11/the-travel-photography-of-lukas-kozmus/

Lukas’ flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56047188@N06/

Heavenly Photos

Hey Everyone! I found some photos that are just heavenly and I had to share them! These photos were created by photographer 201a-photography 201b-photography 201e-photographyDavid Stephenson and I love how intricate they are. Stephenson photographed the ceilings of various cathedrals, basilicas, and churches. What attracted me to his photos was the idea that although they were photos of ceilings they seem to present themselves as something else.

A lot of these shots make me feel like I’m looking through a kaleidoscope. I love how the patterns and repetition of the designs are caught very nicely by the camera. One thing that I think¬† I have trouble with when taking photos is lining up the shot to capture the necessary¬† elements. Most often I find myself capturing a photo and find that I have unnecessary elements to it that I didn’t need to include in my shot. Another problem I have is my lack of simplicity in my work.

It might not seem like a big issue but when you have too many things within a piece it often takes away from it rather than add anything. I tend to go a little nuts sometimes but I’m working on it! I also really like the depth of field within some of these photos, and the angles too! Stephenson also has a lot of other cool photos that I think are worth checking out so I’ll post the link to his website down below incase anyone is interested! I hope you guys enjoyed this! ūüėÄ

The Inspiration Grid Link: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?cat=4#heavenly-vaults-photo-series-by-david-stephenson

David Stephenson’s Website: http://www.davidstephensonart.com/index.cfm

Water Wigs?

Hey Everyone! I found these really fun photos that I wanted to share.These water wig photos were created by photographer Timenhanced-buzz-26717-1361468136-35 enhanced-buzz-374-1361468286-0 enhanced-buzz-32125-1361468116-1 enhanced-buzz-26748-1361540693-0 Tadder. I thought this was a really creative and planned out series of photos that are really fun to look at. What I found the most amazing was the way the water moves in some of these photos! I also love the bright colors with in the photos, I think they really add  a playful feel to them.

According to Tadder he threw water balloons at the models and used a laser and sound trigger to capture the water at the perfect moment. As I mentioned before its amazing how sculpted the water looks, it’s hard to believe that it really is water! This is a really¬†short post compared to most of my other posts but I think these photos speak for themselves! If you want to see more I’ll post a link down below! I hope you guys enjoyed this, see you next week!

Link to the site:http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/the-mind-blowing-photography-of-water-wigs