End of the Semester: How I’ve Changed

Well, this semester has come to a close, and it’s time to reflect on all I’ve did. I remember last year we had a final project in Digital Arts, and you had to show all you had learned, or something like that. I found the project, and it looks like this:


You could say there may have been a little bit of improvement this year. Here some of last years other notable works:


This is a cute flower sticker I worked on last year, using Adobe Capture like I’ve talked about before. It’s got some great line work, and it’s fairly even, but still looks like beginner level work to me.jeanseau_abigail_sureallism-1

I also worked with photo shop more, creating pieces like these two blue people. Now let’s take a look at some of my more recent work:

Black and White Sasqautch Unisex T-Shirt Front

You probably remember this T-Shirt I made for my dad at Christmas time. I actually free-hand drew this, so my line has improved considerably from last year. I’ve been practicing more in my sketch book and on the computer. Here’s a ballerina I’ve started to work on:


This was also done in my sketchbook. It’s very clip-arty right now because I still have some work to do with the limbs and hands (one of her arms is looking a little limp, and the other is much too skinny!). But I do realize that last year, I wouldn’t have been able to draw this well. I pretty much had to do everything digital because I hadn’t practiced drawing regularly, but this year I enjoyed transforming my own drawings on the computer.

I’ve also been working on learning more about actual theory, so I made some color theory posters. You haven’t seen these yet:

Color theory

This first color theory poster was actually really interesting to make because I got to learn about how to make your own art brushes. Anyways, most of the color groups that I learned about, I had already heard about or talked about with my mom, but it still was a good refresher.

My poster about tones, shades and tints, on the other hand, helped me A LOT. My artist mom is always trying to explain to me the difference, but words do not make as much sense to me as pictures. This poster helped me actually understand how tints are the hue mixed with white, shades are with black, and tones are with grey. I also discovered a really nice option on adobe illustrator which allows you to pick color groupings and then Adobe will make the different shades and tints for you.


Tones, Shades, and Tint

Besides learning more about color and composition, I’ve also learned a variety of new skills for my digital tool box. You’ll remember I did that fun My Own Font! post, where I showed how I had made my own keyboard. Then, I learned How to make Patterns!! which was super fun. Here is one of those awesome patterns I made:


Wow! Cool paint swirly things! So fun.

I’ve also done a little bit of Photoshop, like in this piece:


But mostly I’ve steered clear of Photoshop because I’m stubborn, and I find Photoshop to be not as interesting as Adobe Illustrator, which has all sorts of cool features. A good goal for next semester would be getting more comfortable with Photoshop, because as soon as I tried out Illustrator I kind of just abandoned it. I takes a lot more patience, and for my distracted ADD brain, Photoshop is like sitting in a seat for more than an half an hour without moving.

Anyways, I haven’t really talked about it at all on here, but I’ve also looked into some of Window’s digital arts and graphic design apps. They are pretty cool, but I haven’t had a lot of time to really get knee-deep in them and figure them out. One cool Windows app is the Paint 3D app, which allows you to create 3D objects on a virtual plane. In this way, you can create entire scenes, with depth and different perspectives. It also hooks up to their new Virtual Reality portal thingamabob.  I’ve just been trying out making different shapes and moving them around so here’s what other people’s projects look like:

Image result for Paint 3D

Pretty cool, right? You can pretty much make entire worlds, and then walk right into them. Think of the facets for using this: video games, movies, or just cool art projects! Imagine having to make a cell model for science class, and you actually make a walk-in  cell model, using virtual reality technology.

Next semester, I just might want to look into this. It looks really interesting.

In other news this year, I’ve really developed my personal style for digital arts. I have learned how to make more clean, and refined designs,  like this poster I made for my mom’s studio:


I actually had meant it to be just an excercise in drawing vector images, but it turned out so well that she ended up using it on her gift cards. I’ve also been helping her design her websites, here, and here. I’m also recreating The Abbey’s newsletter. I figured out how to get her business on Google Maps, which was really cool to see. Helping my mom with her website design has made me realize how much I enjoy just learning about new technology and creating things. I started this class hoping I would find my own way to enjoy art that was different than the rest of my family, and I think I found it. Digital Arts is really fun, and there are always new things to learn and discover. Programmers are constantly critiquing and changing their apps, there are always new tools and workspaces. It’s a multi-faceted genre of art. T-shirts, stickers, video games, websites, anything.

I can make gift cards for my mom, or I can make crazy pieces like this, that are more artsy:


The Digital Arts converstation is always evolving, and I feel like I’m always growing.

Overall, I’ve learned a lot in this class, and I’ve enjoyed exploring on my own a bit. I’ve never really been bored, because there is so much to do. I’ve improved my line, learned about patterns and strokes, and ended up actually doing some real world projects for other people. I also started a Redbubble site which allows you to upload your digital art so people can buy it in the form of T-shirts, mugs, and that sort of thing. Next semester, I hope to expand my horizons and learn about other programs beside illustrator.

But that’s all for now. See you next semester!


Telling Stories

Welcome! Just a shorter post this week because I have a lot to do coming up…

These last two weeks I’ve been working on a bigger project that focuses less on shapes and color, and more on telling stories through art. I was really interested in working more on doing some more work with Photoshop, which is hard for me to use, and make a peice that looks more like something that’s intresting to look at, than something practical like last post’s patterns.

So I started at pexels.com and looked through some of the stock photos they have to get an idea of what I wanted to do. I found this image of an old window which I really liked. The window panels reminded me of story panels; little pictures illustrating the outline of a story. So I decided to make a story by putting pictures in each of the window panes.

I remember watching this dance a few years ago where they told the story of this young woman who meets a guy, and get’s married. They have a kid and move into this big house, and everything’s going great. Then the couple starts arguing more, as time continues the husband starts sleeping on the couch, and coming home late. They barely tolerate each other. But before they can make up, the husband is drafted into the army and goes away. Both of them, on separate continents, realize that they were at fault and wish they could see each other. After many years, the man is coming back on a ship to see his family, but instead ends up drowning in a storm. The woman is heartbroken and for evermore she feels sees his spirit in everything; her children, her home and heart.

To many of us this is the worst tragedy. The fear of dying torments many of us, and the idea of leaving something unsaid is almost worse. The fact that whatever you do right now could matter so greatly, is terrifying. But it’s something we deal with everyday, as we write our own stories and make our own mistakes. I wanted to show this in the peice I made.

I used filters and effects on the picture:


As well as 11 different images for the story, taken with Adobe Capture:montage.png

Combined into a single image with some cutting and color matching:


Another version in black and white which I might like a little better, even though you can’t see most of the pictures as well:


So yeah. That’s what I’ve been doing. It was an interesting experience, because I don’t usually do projects that take so long, or require that much feeling.

Next I’m working on doing a short video with claymation. I’ve been experimenting with some cartoons and making my own sets. More on that later.


DPE 8- Q and A Questions

What grade do you believe you have earned? Why do you believe that?

I believe that I’ve earned a low A to high B. I’ve been really focused and on task, working hard on the different assignments we’ve had, but I keep forgetting to upload some of my completed photos and blogs…which is the actual grade. I am going to try to be better about that, it’s just a lot of bits and pieces to put together in my mind.

Post the image that you are most proud of and then answer these questions:ib-tshirt-design

Why are you proud of this image and more specifically, what did you learn while creating this image?

I’ve already posted this image, but I love it because it shows so much of my growth. This was the piece where I felt like I really mastered the pen tool, and I experimented with a lot of other different tools that I hadn’t worked with before. I learnt how to align things in a way I liked and really make a piece look cohesive. Even though it wasn’t a winner with the IB coordinator, I still really enjoy it.

What has been your biggest challenge in creating imagery this semester?

I think my biggest challenge has been creating images that I was confident about. I really kept self doubting myself while I was making my images and not focusing on the process. When we had a group forum with all the other ideas for the IB t-shirt I kept comparing my designs to the other one’s, which was not good. This was silly of me, especially since the IB coordinator ended up really liking some of the designs I made.

What project(s) have you enjoyed the most? Why?

I’ve enjoyed the Saxon project the most I think because it was the biggest challenge yet. Also, it was fun to do something in color after we’ve been doing so much in black and white. I really needed to splash some  colored pixels on the virtual canvas.

What project(s) have you enjoyed the least? Why?

 I’ve actually been really frustrated with our latest composite image project. I’ve forgotten a bunch of things from Photoshop and it took me awhile to find all the missing files in my brain about how to cut out part of an image and so forth. I was also feeling annoyed at the photoshopiness (that’s an adjective thankyouverymuch) of my image. You know when you can tell that something is very obviously fake and has been photoshopped in? That is  kind of what it looks like:

Predator Transformation and What I’ve been Learning so Far


My favorite piece so far this year is definitely this cute little baby hyena here- with the eyes of chipmunk. I put the eyes to the side of the head in order to make it more like prey instead of a predator.

Although I’ve created a plethora of Photoshop pieces this year, this is my best one because it’s a lot simpler than some of my others, and it’s really cute.

I’ve learned so much in the Digital Arts class, but by far the most useful thing I’ve learned is how to use the Spot Healing Brush. In this picture I used the spot healing brush to remove the hyena’s old eyes and replace them with the eyes of a chipmunk. I’m excited to use the brush to do photo retouches and make my pictures look better!

I’ve put a lot of effort in to this class I think, and I’m excited about the work I am doing. Although I came from a family of artists, I have never really considered myself to be a visual artist, I don’t have a very strong eye for color or composition. As much as I like art, I never really considered myself good at it. This class has made me love art even more and realize I don’t need to be a spectacular painter like my mom or sisters to have fun with composition and elements of art. I try my hardest in this class, because I love it, and I am eager to learn more.

The short term goal I’d like to set for this class is to work on being simple in my art, and not overthinking it. My digital art can often get cluttered, because I am thinking of to many things, and I need to learn how to control myself so that my pictures are pleasing to the eye.