Let Me Take a Selfie

Hey everyone! I debated about whether or not to post this because I wasn’t sure if it was artsy enough but I figured this is my blog and I thought it was interesting, so here it is. I read an article recently about camera that were installed in a koala enclosure in Australia. What really captured my interest, besides the cute koalas, was the idea that these cameras were used to take selfies of the animals. Basically the animal would have to approach the camera and get within its frame and a sensor would go off to capture the image and viola! The cutest selfie!

What stood out about images is how interesting they came out and how they look like a photographer took them. I thought it was a nice way to have the koalas engage in the process and have a more natural photo. Apparently the koalas liked the idea too since there’s plenty of photos. We’ve been talking a lot about the presence of social media within our world and selfies are a large part of that too. They allow us to capture what we are doing in the exact moment we are doing it, regardless of how ridiculous we look. That concept can be seen with these photos too as we are able to see the koalas explore and capture their personalities in the moment without human interaction. As always I have my favorites below but I’ll link the rest incase you need more! Until next time!

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Link:http://gma.yahoo.com/photos/cute-koalas-get-in-on-selfie-craze-at-australia-zoo-1396579723-slideshow/koala-selfie-photo-1396569776841.html

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Art Journals!!!

Hey Everyone! It feels like it’s been forever since I last made a post but things have been pretty hectic and when you throughartjournalthekathrynwheel inart-journaling-january-art-journal-prompts-by-milliande-day-21-mixed-media-mandala-2-X3  mendocino the holidays, well, you can imagine! Anyway I’ve been wanting to make a post about this topic for a while now and now that I’m back I thought this would be a great post to do since we’ll be starting a new year soon. I’ll explain a little bit more about that later but for now let’s talk about art journals! I first kind of discovered these through a YouTube video I saw and I thought it was such a great concept.

Many of you artsy folk may already know what these are and not see my discovery as a big deal but keep in mind that I’m pretty new to art, in a way. I didn’t really even think of pursuing an art degree until around my junior year in high school so that being said art kind of went on the back burner for me at that time in my life. I didn’t take many art classes or get more involved with my art because at the time I had other things in mind. So basically what I’m saying is, that in some ways, I’m just beginning to explore the world of art and I certainly don’t know everything that’s out there. So when I see something that inspires me I get really excited, even if it’s not a big deal to other people, and they think I’m a little nuts.

For those of you who don’t know, an art journal is kind of like a sketchbook however the work is much more involved than just sketches. I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures online, I’ll put some here as examples, and it seems like these journals are either a compilation of pieces or a journey through the artist’s work, or both. In a way it’s like a scrapbook for art, it’s not a book full of unfinished or rough sketches, it mostly contains finished pieces. I’ve been completely inspired by this and I’m really going to try to make my own. I think not only is this a fun project but it’s a great way to kind of show your style as an artist. I think that you can really learn a lot about someone by looking at one of these.

This is where my New Year’s resolutions come in! Now to be honest I don’t really do resolutions because I usually don’t stick to them but this year I want to start of the New Year with some goals. One of them will be to make one of these! I really love the idea and I think it could be really fun and not to mention interesting. Whew! This was a long post but I hoped you enjoyed it none the less and you guys are enjoying the holidays! See you guys soon!

Sabeena Karnik

Hey Everyone! I came across this amazing artist while looking for inspiration on Pinterest! Her name is Sabeena Karnik and she is a graphic designer who uses paper quilling to create her designs. I’ve always been interested in paper quilling because I love the way it looks and how versatile this technique is. After seeing Sabeena’s artwork it makes me want to give paper quilling a go and maybe try it out for myself! The first piece that caught my eye was the alphabet that she created.

I loved how she used a simple typeface for her alphabet and used the paper within and around the form. It makes the letter tight and readable while at the same time giving it a creative flare. Another aspect that I really liked was that she used different colors and different shades of the same color. I feel like it really makes the letter pop and it adds some dimension. From what I can tell this artist is as well-known as some of the other artists I’ve talked about so far but I think her work is really good and very creative.

She doesn’t have a website that I could find but I’m going to put the link to her online portfolio at Behance.net. She has a lot of other pieces there and I highly recommend you check them out.

I posted some of my favorites on this blog so you can get a taste of what she does. Take a close look at the Z. Do you Z what I Z? (Look closely 😉 )

Check out her portfolio here: http://www.behance.net/sabeenu

I Can’t Put My Finger On it…

I recently saw something very interesting photographs on Yahoo and I have to say they’re really

creative. The artist, Dito Von Tease, uses his fingers as inspiration for portraits. From Ronald McDonald to Frida Kahlo he’s done it all and has really succeeded in capturing the likeness of his subjects. As I young kid I remember doing the little fingerprint doodles in art class so when I saw this it really blew me away. I found these really fun to look at and figure out who these people were, even though he does a such a great job there isn’t much need for guessing. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really look for ways to involve my body within my art. I feel like this is a really unique idea and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before.

Anyways I thought these were really cute and creative so I wanted to share them with you. Some of my favorites are Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, and Self Portrait 010(the Sherlock Holmes looking one). I know this post was kind of short but take it as a break from my longer posts! If you want to see the rest of the pictures you can check out the Yahoo slideshow here: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/dito-von-tease-artist-makes-slideshow/-photo-2520155-170800294.html