This is something I had to make for my Digital Art Class.
First I came up with a concept for my self portrait. It is something that is going to represent me. I created the some art based on my concept of Self Discovery. The road to Self Discovery can be grueling and difficult because you tear yourself down and then build yourself up again. I have gone through parts of my life where I redesigned the whole concept of me… I went through a lot of painful experiences. I had to build a stronger me each time I broke apart from bullies, tragedies, and hurt. I wanted to come out better and sinfully kind so the mean people could not touch me. The 12 art pieces hopefully reflect my intent. I put the pictures side by side because one is the self-destruction and the other art piece is the recreation of oneself. I think my self portrait is also very relatable because everyone goes through a self-discovery phrase.
Then I had to design and make the pieces for each representation. The upper left picture was made with Illustrator and Photoshop. I created the words in Illustrator and the person in Photoshop. The words spoke out to me because people die in this world without saying all the things they truly wanted to say. That to me says that you might want to change to someone who can say – or sing what you need to before you die. So each piece of art was crafted based on a central theme but has a different story to tell as well. It would take too long to explain each piece so I will let the audience infer the meaning behind each images.
These 12 pieces of art are combined to make a folded hanging piece. So I had to make the decisions about what descending order the pieces needed to be. I went with the beginning of the self-discovery, and the darker, harder elements at the bottom.
During this decision making time, I faced the challenge of blending in the photographs of the trees and leaves with the painting mediums. I played around with the effects of each photos to make them more surreal and painting like. While, I passed this challenge, my biggest regret with this artwork collection is that it’s too busy. I have so much going on in this collection that when they are folded into a hanging piece it’s distracting. If I had the time, I would make some of the photos less crazy and turn into simplistic ones instead so that the overall self-portrait wouldn’t look so chaotic. These pieces deserves more coverage and attention then being side flaps and cut off. An art book would have been a better way to show off these self-representations.
In conclusion, I liked the art project because of the amount of freedom I had to create each pieces. I faced some challenges that I fixed and came upon areas I could work more on. Even if I didn’t create the perfect self-portrait, I love this piece because it’s so raw and true to the process of self-concept.