1. With my midterm, I felt as if I had a concrete Big Idea and good project to show for it. However, after creating my final, I realized that art is more than just putting images together and manipulating them to make a cohesive project. I feel as if I was a part of my final, and that there was so much more meaning when taking my own photographs and sear hing for ones that I felt worked immaculately with my Big Idea. Technique wise, between my midterm and final, I learned to make the image look more cohesive. I learned how to rasterize texts, transform images so they looked like actual tattoos upon my skin, and how to animate both pieces of the final. I'm proud of how the animation turned out and added so much to the final images. The in-class discussion was awesome! Everyone had such great things to say that really made sense with my project. Many students came up with things I had never even thought about that worked perfectly with the Big Idea.
2. At the beginning of the quarter, I was completely lost and felt overwhelmed every day. As time went on, and I spent more and more time outside of class, that all changed. The quizzes were always the most difficult thing for me to create. Quiz #1 was atrocious and Quiz #4 was not much better. I learned that more time outside of class was necessary after receiving a C on the first one. I was confused about the exact credentials for the 4th one and that is why I didn't create a movie poster with characters from the movie. However, from the 1st to the 4th quiz, it is extremely apparent that I learned countless techniques in terms of layout, design, and cohesiveness.
Basic layering was one of the most difficult things for me at the beginning of the quarter. By the end of the quarter, with my final, it is obvious that I understand layers: the opacity and fill levels along with blending options. Masks were also difficult for me a very long time. I considered never working with them, but again with my final, you can see I used masks on almost every layer in order the get rid of the harsh lines of the photographs.
3. With my midterm, I felt as if I had a concrete Big Idea and good project to show for it. However, after creating my final, I realized that art is more than just putting images together and manipulating them to make a cohesive project. With my final, I did a lot of research beforehand on artists with similar ideas and tastes as myself and delved into a Big Idea in which I am passionate. I have a family member whom I am very close to that has suffered an eating disorder for years. I've also had weight issues for a long time and feel negative about my body image almost every single day. I feel as if I was a part of my final, and that there was so much more meaning when taking my own photographs and searching for ones that I felt worked immaculately with my Big Idea. When creating art, it has to go beyond just technique. You can teach techniques to everyone, but you cannot teach someone to become one with their art; to dig deep into their soul and thoughts to pull out their thoughts and feelings and then put them on a piece of paper, or say a photoshop document.
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