School: West Anchorage High School
This piece utilized many different aspects of the program and allowed me to explore digital painting more thoroughly. I only recently started digital painting and I wanted to try out some more of the many art forms available.
I was really pleased with how well my blending turned out, and how clearly the wave dimensions can be distinguished from each other. This piece showed me how much can be done with digital art and I will most likely do more pieces in the future.
This piece communicates a lot of friendship, it shows how close my friend and I are. I made this artwork to appreciate our friendship, through putting in the effort to make a piece and showcase the importance of the friendship. In my artwork, I usually have a lot of personal connection to whatever I may be creating, and this piece really shows that for me.
My goal for this project was to show who I am, and I believe I really achieved that through showing my personal connections through creativity.
Honorable Mention – Drawing
The title “Colors of the Yakuza” may seem a bit off setting considering I am not biologically Japanese along with the history of the Yakuza itself. But what really inspired me to make this piece, despite the history behind it, was the group of Yakuza’s tattoos. The attention to detail and usage of bold color in most tattoos, plus how they use up as much space as they can, leaving not one bit of skin un-inked, was a style that spoke to me. It was intriguing to me and I tried my best to sketch it in my piece while also giving it enough of a twist that can be recognized as my own, while also respecting the culture. My inspiration was not only the Yakuza tattoo designs, but just the beauty of Japanese art. I made sure to study the culture and meaning behind each item I drew. From the koi fish to the flowers, I made sure I knew what their meaning was so that I wouldn’t use it out of context, still, respecting the culture. Especially because of many rising Asian hate crimes at the moment, not only Japanese, but other Asian cultures, I wanted to show people the beauty in some of the things they may see as bad, to look past the bad and see just the littlest detail of light.
Overall, I think this piece not only gave me a lot of serotonin while making it, but I also was able to educate myself a bit on the culture behind it and the meanings each animal or character had. With coloring and placement, it helped me figure out a way to layout my art, both in color and shape, that can move they eye around. Alongside with playing around with a limited color wheel that helped me differ lights and darks.
Personally, my goal as an artist is to make things that I enjoy making, and also put a smile on a face, or a thought in someone’s head. I do think this piece helped me with that because I made sure that the flow of my piece moved the eye to make sure the observer saw everything and gave each detail a thought.
Honorable Mention – Printmaking
2nd Place – Printmaking
Mi obra de arte básicamente es un retrato que muestra similitudes con la primavera en Anchorage. El título que elegí para esta obra es “Primavera en Tiempos Reales”, lo cual considero que es un buen nombre por que no realmente esta obra se muestra como normalmente los visualizamos, no tiene los mismos colores que la primavera suele tener en lo habitual. El arte en cualquier sentido es un poco difícil dominarlo, aunque la mayoría de las obras intentan quedar de la mejor manera. Trate de mostrar cómo considero que es la primavera para mi en Anchorage desde mi punto de vista, demostrar que podemos ver las cosas como nosotros las queremos ver. Algunas de mis metas artísticas son intentar mejorar mis técnicas cada día e intentar crear algo que verdaderamente sea una impresión innovadora. Intento ser lo más perfeccionista posible para lograr la pieza final que deseo. No se aun si quiero ser artista, pero si elijo serlo me gustaria tener muchas habilidades que me ayuden con el manejo del color, las sombras y las técnicas para lograr una de las mejores impresiones, sellos o cualquier otra técnica en el arte. Espero que mi obra sirva de cualquier manera para reconocer el entorno que tenemos alrededor y poder verlo de una manera diferente que no sea la que normalmente vemos.
2nd Place – Photography
1st Place – Mixed Media