Portland Underwater illustration.

Portland Underwater illustration.

Sneak peak of one of my new Illustrations .
Mary had a dead lamb,its fleece as dark as ash

Sneak peak of one of my new Illustrations .

Mary had a dead lamb,its fleece as dark as ash

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Ya so here is my class Mikasa inspired lady of the night !Attack on Heart.

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Painting Illustration done over the Summer.

Wasteland

Wasteland had got me thinking. Why is okay to treat people a certain way because of a class system? People all feel the same emotions,some at different times but what I saw in the movie,I saw the lowest level of sadness. Though the people who worked in the dumps where living such a sad and utterly dull life that was not seeming to go anywhere they pushed on. The people pushed on in hopes one day breaking through the class system and finally winning their right ,their basic human rights. through art their pain is shown,with their own troubles being used as the medium. Waste land was truly inspiring and made me feel like I was able to almost connect to the suffering through art,but I know deep down I will never understand their true pain.

House fire

In 7th grade my house had caught on fire. An old stove deciding to flicker on and off and igniting everything while everyone was outside and my little brother in the house. I lost my pets ,many of my belonging and a numerous amount of family photos that can never be replaced. So this is the list of items I would save and some that where still safe downstairs in my basement that survived the event that happened almost 7 years ago. 

I wish I had brought all my photographs that day.

My mother had lost all her wedding photos and countless family photos that where swallowed by flame and barely remembered in memory. This one photo is one that survived and is hanging on the wall in my mother’s room. If something like that where to happen again all the photos would be rushed out of the house.

It isn’t just a game to me anymore.

These two gamboy games and my game boy advance where what was left of the fire. All my games where in the living room by the kitchen fire. Everything was covered in sut and water from the firemen. These two games where found in my basement two years later in a box in the basement untouched by the flames. The two games and gameboy remain with me where ever I go in reminder of the joy I felt finding them 2 months after the event and are the meaning behind the tattoo that lays on my back. These games will not leave my sight and will be one of the items I would grab if I had to experience that day again. 

On that day I also lost two pets of mine,my green tree frog Jupiter and my beta fish Orion. Though people could care less about small animals like that ,I really wish I could rub upstairs that day and save them,they really did mean the world to me.I wish I had a photograph to remember but those where gone with the rest.

All things aside those where what I had lost on that day. Thinking about that day makes me think of what else I would take if I had to face the horrors of that reality again.

My cat Nami,my best friend since 9th grade would be  the first of my list ,after my family was safe of course. She comforts me and was there during every rough moment I have had,I would be lost without her companionship.

Lastly I would run out with my artist portfolio,though many pieces in it are quiet embarrassing they hold memories just like my photographs and I am not willing to lose them.

Writing this is both fluid and painful . I am grateful though I was able to express my self through text on a site I feel safe on.

Update

What I’ve learned

  1. How to Screen print

  2. How to Shin Colle

  3. Learn about my artist process

  4. How to ink properly

  5. How to make buttons

  6. How to wet paper correctly

  7. How to mix inks

  8. How to clean up inks from the table

  9. How to overlay prints

  10. How to rid smudges from prints

Skills I have

  1. Understanding what colors work with other colors

  2. Making simple thumbnail sketches

  3. Creating a piece that tells a story without text

  4. Being able to figure out what works in a composition

  5. Being able to recognize when I do something wrong in a piece

  6. Knowing when something is a “happy”accident

  7. Being able to understand people’s concepts in their art

  8. Getting straight to the point in critique

  9. Being able to converse with someone while having an open mind

  10. Being patient with my work

Skills I want

  1. Oil painting well

  2. Knowing how to screen print quickly

  3. Taking better composition photographs

  4. Elite photoshop skills

  5. Figuring out the skills I want

  6. Learning to be  happy with something you hate

  7. Learning how to print things in better value than kinkos

  8. Getting things done a week before

  9. Pottery skills

  10.  Wax resist designs in ceramics.

My artistic influences

  1. Junko Mizuno

  2. Yoshitaka Amano

  3. Audrey Kawasaki

  4. Miyazaki

  5. Matsuo Hiromi

  6. Fumito Ueda

  7. Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

  8. Kirsty Mitchell

  9. Masaaki Sasamoto

  10. Otto Schmidt

Art I want to make

  1. Elegant tea party dresses

  2. Screen printed t-shirts

  3. Short animated film

  4. Giant watercolor painting

  5. A big mug for eating cereal

  6. Stuffed plush cats

  7. Popup book

  8. Broches

  9. Porcelain dolls

  10. A mock up movie re-draw poster

Wow! This year was quiet the year for me.  With the variety of classes I was taking this past semester brought me to a realization of testing myself. This public engagement printmaking class challenged me in every best way possible. I had the chance to engage with the public and share with them my interests and hear their own . Though I wish there was a lot more done with the community for this class there just wasn’t enough time because the semesters where so short.As an illustrator I got to experience types of mediums I thought I never had to change to toy around with. Learning how to screen print was a new awakening for me,a traditional type of printing with crisp lines and colors(if you where able to print it correctly). After various tests and failures I had found what had worked the best for my printing style.Screen printing would have to be my favorite procedure of print making that  I had learned how to do all year.Print making,especially screen printing is something I was to incorporate into my illustrations through my artist career. I enjoyed being in a friendly environment where I could easily speak to the professor without being afraid to ask any questions(Which should be like this in every class!). I was able to express my own style in a medium which was basically a free for all,which I loved very much. Getting messy was half the battle though I must confess it was pretty fun getting ink everywhere on myself.  Being an intended major where everything has to be right there and craft is key,I incorporated it into my work as best as possible. Though being in a printmaking class it allowed me to experiment more and worry more about process for once . Learning more about the process has easily transferred to my illustration work and it is there to stay.Being in this SYL was a surprise,especially since I didn’t read it was a printmaking course. I had always wanted to minor in public engagement every since I heard it was a possible minor,and this class sealed the deal for me to continuing to pursue that minor.  Being able to interact with the Avesta residents was a breath of fresh air . I was quiet ecstatic when I heard we where going to be doing a project based off one of their collections!

Honestly I am sad this may be my last printmaking class,depending on my scheduling through my few years left at MECA. This year was surely an awakening for me. Taking the risk and trying new classes I was no where near familiar with was one of the greatest decisions I have ever decided to take. I has a supportive professor in my SYL class that i thought I would dread but with her help I was able to push through. Hopefully the rest of my career at MECA will be as enjoyable as this class and my past semester.  

After cutting and inking my collagraph print was done . Being inspired by the sweet fashionista at Avesta , I had done my best to embody her personality into my print . The results where each very different but had a different sort of happy mood in each one . The photo I have above is not my bet print but the texture and colors shown through truly captivate me . Though each print is significantly different , some with smudges , darker lines, and or ghostly … Each where happy . The inks vibrancy speaks to the print and to the sweet old woman’s outgoing personality .

After cutting and inking my collagraph print was done . Being inspired by the sweet fashionista at Avesta , I had done my best to embody her personality into my print . The results where each very different but had a different sort of happy mood in each one . The photo I have above is not my bet print but the texture and colors shown through truly captivate me . Though each print is significantly different , some with smudges , darker lines, and or ghostly … Each where happy . The inks vibrancy speaks to the print and to the sweet old woman’s outgoing personality .

The giveaway was a ton of fun! It was very interesting to see everyones pieces looked like and the variations of ideas. Each person had a different idea and each person from Avesta was included. One of my friends outside of class has been seeing me work in an out of the printmaking room and ended up taking one of my prints after class. They had mentioned to me though I wasn’t enthusiastic at the beginning to print make that my results where very familiar to my illustration style and that it is easy to tell what is work regardless of medium.  At the end everyones prints became a collection , they all had complemented each other.

The giveaway was a ton of fun! It was very interesting to see everyones pieces looked like and the variations of ideas. Each person had a different idea and each person from Avesta was included. One of my friends outside of class has been seeing me work in an out of the printmaking room and ended up taking one of my prints after class. They had mentioned to me though I wasn’t enthusiastic at the beginning to print make that my results where very familiar to my illustration style and that it is easy to tell what is work regardless of medium.  At the end everyones prints became a collection , they all had complemented each other.

Meeting this woman had inspired me to do my final assignment on her . Even though she was lost in translation her happy go lucky attitude was appealing to me as an artist . She had reminded me of my grandma who knew very little words in English but was always enthusiastic and had always loved sewing . My idea was to cut thoroughly my boards to create her shape and outlines of her clothing . Vibrant colors where always on the plan , since the colors reflected her up beat personality . I was going to use chin-colle , but the colors where clashing way too much and I enjoyed the simplicity of the print .