Students were to create their own personal project.

Students - please post your project and answer the following questions in a complete paragraph format. Grammar and spelling do count!

What did you try to communicate with your project?
Do you feel you were successful?
What was the most difficult part of the project?
What did you learn from your project?
If you were to redo this project, what, specifically, would you change?

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I've still been trying to create a series of sprites that could be used in a 2D game. I think I have been getting better at creating the different movements. Drawing while zoomed in 1200x is still difficult but now I'm a little more used to it. I learned some effective ways to show detail in such small drawings. I would probably change the way the characters hold the weapons but I cant think of a more natural way when they're so small.

Good.  The detail on the characters is getting a lot better.  Keep at it.  I am interested in seeing this finished.

   I was trying to communicate a mystifying feelings. I felt that I was somewhat successful. Blending the two colors of water was the most difficult. I didn't really learn much. It was more of a review. I would make the wave bigger.

What is interesting about this whole thing is that there are people relaxing in the shallows as the monster wave is about to crush them.  The color blends are good, although  the spit on the top of the wave looks a little fake.  It is oddly surreal considering that no one seems to notice that the wave is going to crash on their heads, but not quite Dali surreal.

I have always loved listening to Sublime and one day when I looked at my ipod and saw the sun that's the cover of 40 oz. of Freedom album, i decided i would like to redo it. I am happy with how it turned out. The most difficult part of this project was the maaaaaaany many colors and layers that I dealt with to get the right affect. I learned that when you have alot of layer with one project you HAVE TO BE organized. If I were to redo this project, that's what I would work on. (Don't pay attention to all the white! when i printed it out, i cut it all off and it looked ALOT better (: )

Very nice representation of the Sublime sun.  I like the gestural lines and the color blends.  Very well done.

I tried to make a cool looking poster thing for call of duty black ops on the xbox 360. I think i was successful in making the xbox logo look really cool in the explosion. The most difficult part was actually getting the idea to do this, since my last project was apparently the best, I didn't think I could match up to that. I learned alot about blending changes during this project. If i would redo this project, i would make the knife look better.

You did a good job of blending the logo in.  It could have used a little more of a glow in the x in order to stand out more as a logo. I see that there are different images in the smoke, but I can't tell what they are or why they are there.

I made this project a few months ago, but never turned it in for anything. So I decided to turn it in for my Personal Project. With this project, I was just trying to communicate who I am as a person and my interests (as far as music, television and movies). I felt I was very successful with the point I was trying to get across. The most difficult part of this project was trying to find a way to make it colorful and not plain. I didn't really learn anything from this project. If I was to re-do this, I would arrange the words in a more complex way instead of just making columns.

I like the splatters, although, I think they could have had more impact if they were more random.  They look like a set pattern.  It is an interesting description of you and your interests.  I think you should have played with the text a little more.

so ya...

i decided to finish my 2nd project of the year this week

i kinda got the idea from a slappy david made 2 years ago

so i wanted to redo it the way i interpreted it


eventually I want to make it into i shirt,

thats why i put that texture in the background

and i guess thats it


oh and i made that wall from bits and pieces of walls i found on google

and i took that picture of the moon with my phone.


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"Smother": Self-Portrait

Self-portrait, 2015. 
I don't even really know how to describe how I feel lately. Even though I overcame my bout of depression earlier last year, I still sometimes question if I've learned to control my overwhelming negative emotions or instead just stifle them and deny their existence.

It used to be such a big deal to me to speak my mind and voice out my struggles whenever I felt like I was in emotional distress or if something bothered me, but I realized that putting out so much negative energy started to create this unlikeable image of me that nobody wanted to be around.

It's quite harsh, but the tough reality of things is that if you continuously act like this unhappy and negative person, nobody will want to be around you. And I learned that the hard way... I am still in the process of revamping my image and putting out positive energy to attract the same type toward me.

I think the sad thing about our culture is that we are in this new era where it's unacceptable to portray any passionate emotions-- you can be sad, but if you're too sad you're written off as a depressed and hopeless person. If you really love someone and show your affection, you're perceived as a desperate psychopath. If you're outwardly happy and upbeat, people think you're needy for attention. If you're angry, your loved ones might try to refer you to a therapist.

And now, we've succumbed to accepting that if we show too much emotion, we are vulnerable, so we keep everything inside out of fear of being judged. It's incredibly sad.

Chivalry is also nearly dead because of this. I was never fond of the word "dating," because I never knew what that meant to people. I think it's ludicrous that people can accept having one-night-stands with no strings attached and then move onto the next because they don't want to allow themselves to show any emotion or affection... because they don't want to get "attached." People "date" because they don't want to commit and still have the option to jump ship if things go sour. Others might like to have their cake and eat it too.

... what? What does this even mean? Isn't that the point of a relationship, to grow fond of them, to grow side-by-side as individuals and together as a couple? I don't understand. Maybe this is why I will be single for a long time-- I don't agree with this. I've always been traditional when it came to the opposite sex.

In terms of platonic friendships, true friends no longer think it's "in their place" to tell their friends the cold hard truth of when they're in denial or blind towards an issue. That problem now becomes their own, because said friends don't want to get involved.

It's almost as if with the Internet and social media evolving to this 2nd life where we are able to create alter-egos, we share pictures and texts of how much we love each other... but in reality, we are completely alone. Emotionally smothered, forced to live out lies because nobody wants to stick out like a sore thumb.

As I stated in the last blog, I have always been such an emotionally turbulent person but never knew how to appropriately express those emotions. If I'm happy, I will jump up and down and squeal in excitement. If I'm sad, I will probably sulk without knowing I am. And it's unfortunate that this is how life used to be back then, before the Internet and media joined forces and created this new society of emotional numbness.

Being emotionally unavailable is the new standard. Pushing people away has become the new code of conduct. Nobody has close friends. Affairs and infidelity are an everyday thing.

What happened to our hearts? Did we all just learn to lock them in a box and throw away the key out of fear of being judged and getting hurt?

Pain is inevitable, I understand this completely. I have went through a lot of struggles throughout life, and I'm sure most everybody else has as well. But to completely deny yourself the ability to feel bad things is also robbing yourself of the ability to feel wonderful things. Opening up emotionally is scary as hell, but it's not so bad when you experience the most beautiful emotions like passion, love (whether platonic or romantic), drive, success, and acceptance.

But a life void of all emotions... is that really a life worth living?

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