Self Portrait


For my self portrait project I decided to use new materials I am not used to using. I painted the hair and clothing with gouache paint and colored the skin with pastels. It was a challenge trying to shade and add detail while learning how to use these new tools. I did this because I believe the harsh colors of my hair and skin add to the quality of the image more than they would if they were monochromatic. The hair was especially difficult to get even blending yet trying to show the texture of more individual strands.

I decided to draw myself in this pose to reflect my personality. I have my hand shielding my face to represent my social anxiety. I’d rather look away or hide than interact with someone that I fear. I left my facial expression more intense due to the fact that I will do anything to better myself even if it breaks through my social barrier. The intense lights also represent how much brighter my life could be if I just let down my guards and stepped out of the shadows, which represent my mental illness.

In this piece I was inspired by impressionist painters who left their brush strokes in their paintings for the audience to see. you can still see strokes of paint in the hair and clothing on my piece, making it so that the closer you approach the less realistic the painting appears. I also decided to incorporate value into my painting to create a harsh difference between the lights and shadows on my face and hair. I incorporated color into almost every aspect of this piece even within the shadows. I added a blue tint to the shadows on my face and hand to try and create a more realistic representation.

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i’m trying to understand what grabs my attention with this video

it’s very simple and the animation is not full in most parts, it’s very choppy. But i have watched it maybe 30-40 times and counting. I love it so much and it inspires me. maybe its the emotion or the music behind it. it could also just be the simplicity? I want to find the traits that grab people and inspire them to do more just like this has done for me. I dont need to be perfect even though it helps, but i do need to find something that stirs emotion in people. It is hard for me to come up with non cliche characters because i tend to use myself as a model and frankly I’m quite a cliche person. I need to learn how to broaden my horizons within my stories and my characters while still improving and developing my art.

Tang, Ranchu. “What is goi n on here??” Youtube. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2017. <;.

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In this project I created the marionette of a character I’ve been developing for quite a while.  Her name is Melody and she is part of a humanoid alien species. I created her dress and legs out of wood and connected them with thin black ropes. I then created her head and arms out of clay and attached them with wire. She is controlled with two long pieces of wood. She is painted with acrylic paints and controlled by two wooden bars.

I decided to incorporate movement with the placement of the strings and the two separate bars. The arrangement of these objects give Melody an almost complete range of motion in her arms and the ability to have walking movements with her legs. With her design elements i decided to use extremely contrasting colors to separate the scales on her face and her hair from the lighter colors on the rest of her body.

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Character Model Non-Textured

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Menominee Creation Story Comic

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Creation story: Hoffman, Walter James. “The Menominee and Manabush.” Creation Stories. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017. <;.

Image: Unknown. Menominee Flower. N.d. Pintrest.


In this project we were to research a creation story and create a 5 or more panel comic based off of the story. I chose the Menominee creation story called The Menominee and Manabush. I decided to create the very beginning of the story where the main tribes are formed. I used a new style mixed with my coloring style to make the comic look as if it was drawn in a more Menominee style. I implemented their style of artwork with the thick outlines that make the piece look more geometric and disconnected. I got the idea for the style from this image.8cbbcc6e2dc77898b7d0038687f23ec5.jpg

In this piece i made use of line color and value. I used line to transition from each scene in the comic. I used shrinking lines to point your eyes towards the next panel or action, and I boxed in other panels to seclude them. I used value to give the pice a greater three dimensional feel. A mix of value and color was used to imitate shadows and other effects in the comic.

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Modeled head

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Skeleton Drawing



Birch, Simon. Untitled. 2013. Hong Kong. My Modern Met. Pinar, 12 Oct. 2013. Web. 4 Apr. 2017

In this piece I drew a skeleton within a popular pice of artwork created by Simon Birch. He created a series of paintings that featured the body in motion. I decided to abstract my skeleton within the piece slightly to increase the movement the artwork. I drew it to appear as if the bone was melting away or violently striking to the side as the form in the piece does.

I made use of line and value to increase the impact of my piece. I used line to separate the skeleton from the rest of the image. The dark outlines on the bones make it so they stand out from the rest of the piece. The lines seclude the white in the bone making it so your eyes are drawn towards them making them the centerpiece of the image. I utilized value to give the bones form and depth. On the ribcage I made the bones that circle behind darker as they grow further back in the image to give the viewer an understanding of the depth of the ribcage. I also gave a gradient to the leg bones to define that they stretch forward in space.

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