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Art Unit-3 Reflection

In my portrait’s subject is Jae Hyun. He is a really good friend of mine. In my painting, I tried to express him by what he likes.  The pictorial elements are the basketball and his glasses and the hat he always wears.  I think the glasses and the hat is his symbol. My attempt was to have a punk visual art influence which I found out that it will be a challenge for my portrait. According to Wikipedia “Punk visual art is artwork associated with the punk subculture.  The main aesthetic of punk visual art seems to be to either shock, create a sense of empathy or revulsion, make a grand point with an acidic or sarcastic wit. One characteristic associated with punk art is the usage of letters cut out from newspapers and magazines, a device previously associated with kidnap and ransom notes. “I made my painting look like punk visual art by painting letters in kind of like a cross word puzzle. In punk art, most artists use news paper letters and stick them on the page. My idea for the letters are to make it look like a computer keys because Jae Hyun likes to play on the computer.


For my background, I used two layers of paint. The first layer was with a warm colors like yellow, red, and orange which are analogous colors. This will give a vivid and energetic expression. After drying the first layer, I used white paint to painted over the first coat so I can have the 3D effect and the transparent effect background. It is showing lots of brushstrokes in the background.  I tried to tint the orange color by adding white. The emphasis in my painting is Jae Hyun holding the basketball by using complementary color to stand out, so the viewer’s eyes will focus on it.


My alternative approach for the portrait will be the color and the setting. I would like to use the cold colors to give a calm and soothing impression.  I will draw a person, Jay Hyun in center  with more expressive look and not so much of the background.


I think the meaning of a portrait is determined by the audience. Because when people look at my portrait, they don’t know exactly what I was trying to express or my idea.  If there are ten people looking at my portrait, there will be ten ways of interpretation.  It depends on the culture, age, female or male, background, knowledge etc. All of these will affect their interpretation of the portrait. For example they might think that Jay Hyun is mad because I used a lot of red, and orange. They might think that Jae Hyun is a famous basketball player.



My name is Kai and my goal was to be a special unforgettable T-shirt designer. My client was Nike in America. I chose Nike because I want my design to be recognized by the world like the wing mark logo on Nike shoes. My first plan was a design with the Egyptian God Anubis in the middle of the motif. But then I thought, it might look like a T-shirt someone bought from the Museum shop! I realized that simple designs are better. Simple is better because it is easier to carve and more pleasant to see. I tried to make my newer design simpler to have more impression. Also the new design had much better interlocking designs that made shapes of their own. I was trying to make a design that is unique and unforgettable. I changed my idea because I am American but not Egyptian. I was trying to create a design that is simple but impressive.


My strength was that I always have lots of ideas so it was really easy for me to brainstorm. I liked putting cultural influence and my personal influence into my motif because it always looked really cool when you could see there was both of the influences mixed together. My weakness was when I was making my design, I couldn’t focus on one design. So as a result I completely restarted my motif because I had thought of a better design.


I used the American flag as my personal influence because I am from America. I always liked the way the American flag looks. I used the American flags stars at the corners of the paper which worked as an interlocking part of the motif. The stripes waving across the sides also interlock. The cultural influence from what I learned in class was the Celtic patterns because I like how lots of celtic patterns weave over and under each other and have mostly overlapping lines. I used overlapping lines from my Celtic cultural influence with some stars and stripes from my personal influence. My creative thinking was how I balanced my positive and negative space. I used darker ink and colored paper to give my pattern a natural look. When I printed it came out just as I had planned.


To next years students, the most important thing that I learned in this unit was to KEEP IT SIMPLE.  Brainstorm carefully before you do anything to your carving plate because you only get one. After you finish drawing, make sure you like it! The design looks better when the space is balanced between negative and positive space. And lastly just as a tip to keep you on track, COME TO OPEN STUDIO. When I restarted my design, I finished carving and test printing in three open studios! So if you stay on track and be focused you can finish quickly. It is a hard and long process, but at the end you will be amazed by what you can make.

Photo on 4-24-15 at 3.33 PM