The Return

Looks like I’ve found an appropriate place to dump my photoshopped works. My boyfriend’s recently been involved with his friend, Tina, who’s an aspiring actress and had the opportunity to film and edit her recent short film. The photoshopper in me found it as another excuse to make promotional posters and thus I’m back on this blog.

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The end is near

So I’ll be tweaking things on this blog and have things finalized by Sunday. I already miss my digital imaging class but I didn’t need to do anything in a makeup class that I wouldn’t be able to do at home. It was really nice working with Mac desktops and a legit Photoshop CC.image

Since the last official day of class, I’ve been working on a paperkraft that my brother bought me from Poland. It’s really teaching me some patience.

I’ve also never been compared to an artist that I didn’t know about until these classes. It was both a one time thing but even my drawing professor compared something of mine to Matisse. It’s nice and reassuring to hear that kind of stuff.

I’ll be going to a mini orientation for the Nursing program soon. But I only have one thing to say before I most likely forget about this blog during the year: art will always be in my heart.

Or maybe I’ll be some sort of freelancer, that sounds cool too.

✌🏼️

I Survived (For the most part)

It’s been interesting simultaneously taking two completely different art classes. I’m satisfied how much I’ve grown in both of them and managed to further develop my skills. It’s a shame that I only had five weeks to even take these classes and it’s more of a shame that my college doesn’t offer them.

One of these days I’d like to do non-credit art classes when I have the time and money.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Republika!

Long live the Philippines! Long live the Republic!

Today marks the 117th year of independence for my motherland and I take every chance I get to post it on whatever social media site I have. I was not born there but have many memories from vacations and I take pride in sharing our culture.

We broke away from Spanish rule in 1898 after more than 300 years of being conquered. We had more to come from the Philippines-American war that shortly followed, and it wasn’t until the end of World War II that we were finally recognized as an independent, self-governing nation.

Our government like any other finds fault in corruption and money but we are resilient people, relying both on God and humanity to guide us through crisis. We are caregivers to our communities and to our families. We love our history, our culture, and our mangoes. We are Filipinos. And that’s what made me want to celebrate on photoshop with the header image present on this site.

Digital composition is everywhere

Earlier today I was picking up videogame cases that my niece broke into and promptly removed the covers of. I’m not surprised that I my first thoughts went to cubism and collage and I have a bunch of comments to make.

 

Well damn, look at that generic composition. The popular franchises nowadays have the main protagonist or a single figure dab in the middle of the front cover, illuminated by something. Is it smart for videogame companies to design their covers like this? Probably – they’re selling millions, aren’t they?

It’s straight to the point in the eyes of consumers and easy on the eyes of a beginner like me, who recognizes the rule of thirds being used. But doesn’t it get boring? Show-offy? Gamers can easily differentiate between the genres of these games, simply by what’s in the background or what the figure is holding or not. Where is the uniqueness though? And why hide it on the back cover?

Of course, there are many different versions of the game covers. But looking at the ones I have of Assassin’s Creed and Halo 4, they have thumbnails and sections. There are three pictures placed on the top or bottom of another picture, which is centered in the middle or takes up the amount of space as the three. It’s just something that popped into my head and made me question the designers’ final placements. I most likely would have done the same layout

Why

For fun and for practice, I decided to mess with photoshop at home last night with no planning whatsoever, just went straight at it. The final outcome turned out awesome but I wish I could do that same kind of spontaneity with the actual assignment. 

It’s gotten to the point that I lay out compositions in my head before I shut my eyes for the night. My shapes for the fragments come out curved in my head, and now to remember how to use paths to even make those curves oyyy….

OK Go!

As I was thinking of colors for cubism, my mind jumped back to spring semester and all of my friends gathering round a laptop in the commuter lounge to watch OK Go’s new video. I wasn’t surprised but they really outdid their treadmill video with Here It Goes Again

And of course, it’s catchy as hell so it’s also now stuck in my head for the rest of the week.

Update [11:01 PM]: OH GOD I remembered one of their songs that created so many illusions but was also so good! I honestly just want to share all of them right now but the Internet is so powerful that we can just search them up without a link.