i haven't posted here in years, but i am so proud of this thing and need to show it off as much as possible.
i thought lady gaga would be one of the most popular costumes this year, so i decided if i was going to be gaga, it would have to be perfect. i chose my favourite of her looks: from the "telephone" video, an outfit i like to call "new look pirate gaga".
every piece of the costume is homemade or altered. the hat i made from scratch, with fabric on a wire base (the white wasn't added yet in the photo). the wig was a straight blonde wig i curled and painted. the sunglasses were painted. the jacket was an altered blazer i cut into shape and added wire so the sides stick out, which you can't see in the photo. i constructed the top over a bustier bra thing and took in the skirt to be tighter, altered the boots, and made the gloves from scratch.
i ended up winning the costume contest at the party i attended, in the "best homemade" category, and i was also the only gaga in attendance
i've just started my first year of the bachelor of fine arts program in university, and one of the classes i'm enjoying the most is photo. here's some of the stuff i've been working on:
pinhole photography. some of these are taken with a pinhole camera i made from a neat box-like purse i found, and some are a pre-fab wooden one. they were exposed directly onto paper, not film, so i ended up with negative prints. i haven't made positives of them yet, so these are scanned and made positive on the computer.
these ones were taken with a holga camera. it was the first film i ever processed, so i was pretty happy i didn't mess it up. i haven't made prints of them yet, so these are, again, scanned from negatives and fixed up digitally.
here's my first try at using a manual film camera, a really old pentax spotmatic. i had no idea if the photos were going to turn out, because it didn't have a working exposure meter. i don't have much knowledge about how to calculate the appropriate f-stop/shutter speed, so i pretty much just used a really wide aperture and really fast shutter speed, and got lucky.
the photos are of my last day of high school ever, we had a slip and slide :)
and here are a few that i took on a trip to ottawa a few months ago with a cheap disposable camera and just got developed, and they turned out suprisingly well.
i've been playing around with my camera quite a bit, and though i haven't quite mastered it yet, here are a few of my better photos. they're all just random things that were around me at the time, i haven't really set up any shots yet.
the stuff on my dining room table, including a creepy claw thing that one of my mom's students made, and the christmas tree in the background.
my friend. i wanted to take a picture outside to see if the natural light makes a big difference. there hasn't been much good sunlight lately.
we had a board game and hummus party. settlers of catan!
my main fault would be my shaky hands. are there any tips out there on how to prevent that, other than the obvious tripod and fast shutter speeds?
i got my new camera for christmas! it is, as i expected, an olympus evolt e-410 with 14-42 and 40-150mm lenses. so far i've just been fooling around and i really have no idea how to actually use it, so more advice would be greatly appreciated. especially related to aperture, depth of field, and which lenses are appropriate for different types of photos.
i'm currently doing an AP art portfolio as an independant study because my school doesn't have any AP courses. i've been really busy and i haven't had time to start on any of my big pieces so up until now i've just been hanging out in the art room with a grade 11 class for basically a free period while getting a few quick sketches and small drawings done. right now i'm about to start on my more substantial works so i'm posting here to get some feedback. critique is welcome, i'd love to know what i should work on improving or do more of, especially if anyone has done an AP art course.
these are in more or less chronological order
trying some watercolour techniques. not very good, and on horrible paper. i might redo it sometime.
very quick sketch-the cover of moulin rouge. i have the tendency to press wayy too hard when using harder pencils and wrinkle the paper, as you can se on christian's sleeve
first drawing with my new prismacolors. the scanner pretty much killed the highlights in the yellow fabric and the bright orange colour of the phone.
white pencil on black paper from a photo by karsh. i made her look too mean and the quality of the materials sucked (crayola on construction paper!) but i do like some of the drapery.
watercolor from a magazine photo. the shadows pretty much disappeared when i scanned it. not the greatest but i like it. i wish i took more time on the hair though.
one of my favourites. the colour was added as an afterthought. if this girl happens to go to this site she'll think i'm an absolute creep.
i drew a really bad flower and then felt bad for wasting the paper. so i drew this girl with it. i didnt use any kind of reference for the face at all, but it's not too bad considering.
don't trust the scan. another case of drawing something bad and attempting to fix it by adding something. i drew this girl and it was bad. hen today in biology class i felt like colouring. so we get this girl. i was focusing on getting a skin tone with contrasting colours in the shadows/highlights. no reference for the colouring. it's funny how these afterthoughts to things i hate turn out to be some of my favourites.
i haven't planned patterns or fabric yet, but i have a sketch of what i want!
green with the bodice sequinned with a subtle pattern of some sort using similar colours...houndstooth or maybe zebra...shorter length and as poofy as i can possibly make it. so far the plan is to make a test run for winter formal and then do the real one shortly after that, because i'm going to need lots and lots of time to sew on all the sequins!
i forgot about this thread! i always meant to add something to it...
well a new school year means new doodles. we start on the first day of grade 12 math. usually i take level one classes but this year i couldn't in math because my schedule sucked. so it moves a lot slower than i'm used to. boring slow math plus coloured pens equals doodle.
and now to biology. i conveniently sit directly across from a fishtank.
my school is just starting our musical, which this year happens to be my favourite ever, little shop of horrors. so obviously it's been on my mind. a two second sketch of seymour and audrey. barely even worthy of being called a doodle (seymour has an oval for a head), but for some reason i really like it.
and of course, audrey II. you can faintly see a pair of legs flailing about. guess who they belong to?
i just got back from an art camp at a university that has what i hear is one of the best fine arts programs in canada. it was for students going into grade 12 who were all chosen by their art teachers (so everyones work was amazing) and we lived in residence for four days and it was pretty much the funnest thing ever
we mostly focused on printmaking and photography, both of which were new things for me. here is what i did over three days:
this was the first thing we did, it was sort of a warm-up to photography. we used some sort of light-sensitive paper and put things on it and took it into the sun , so everything not covered up turned black. one has l;ace from my shirt, the label from my waterbottle, and a little thread bow, and the other has little scissors, elastics and bobby pins, and my hair.
these are my two favourites out of the photographs we took. we developed them ourselves, which i wasn't very good at, but it's definitely something i woud love to get more into. the contrast and brightness aren't great, but i kind of like the tree one being darker than it should. also, the camera i used kind of darkened slightly around the edges, which was actually because it was a really bad camera, but i like the effect.
this was a print that i did with styrofoam in the same way a lino block print would be done. it was done in the last hour or so we had to work so it could be better. also, how long does ink usually take to dry? i did this well over 24 hours ago and it's still really smudgy.
this is definietly my favourite of all the stuff we did. it's a drypoint print, and this was the third or fourth printing i did, the first ones were way too dark.
and just a verrrry quick self portrait i did in my room late at night. i was lying on the floor looking in the mirror on the door wearing my fuzzy headphones, when my roommate came in and i almost got smacked in the face with the door. almost actually looks like me, which i can never seem to get right. the shading practically dissapeared when i scanned it.
and that's the end of it. criticism is more than welcome!