For one of the first times in college I wanted to breakdown and cry in class today. I was becoming increasingly frustrated with a project I had put a lot of time and effort into and then I realized it wasn’t going to work. I am working in Illustrator for this project and have to make 5 artboards with different tools in the program and I was finding it hard to put my own aesthetic into the work.
I have realized of course that times like this will happen, I have been frustrated with projects before. Blame it on hormones, or the fact that I was scared to lose my voice as an artist in this work. It is important to me to maintain pride in my work when showing it to the class, no matter what the assignment is.
After having a bit of time to think and reflect on how I could fulfill the assignment I am fairly pleased with what I cam up with. It just shows that no matter what there will always be times when you doubt yourself or feel stuck, but you have to breathe and reevaluate the task at hand.
Many of you have followed my projects in my Digital Foundation, my latest adventure has been exploring retouching. Many of my classmates have chosen to use portraits as a means to practice these skills, I chose to use tintype photos and use the scanned images to fix the damage.
I recently got an internship at the public museum, so being able to work with these artifacts will give me a chance to learn and appreciate old photography even more. This was a fun project for me, I’ve used the clone tools and levels etc to retouch some of my portraiture work but I had never dived into this side of retouching.
This has been a good lesson in patience as well as realizing that each photo will present new problems. I like having the options for healing tool, clone, paint, and fill to put together like a puzzle to create the best final image.
In January I signed up to be a part of a bloggers event where we would be paired up with another blogger at random and we would email back and forth in order to get to know each other better. I was paired with a lovely blogger from Colorado! She was extremely nice and we had a bit in common despite our age difference.
The last part of the event was to send a care package in time for valentine’s day. I ended up sending my partner a box filled with soap, lotion, perfume, shower gel, and a candle from Bath and Body Works. She sent me a gift card and a perfect little wax warmer that is shaped like a teapot with a bunch of wax tarts to use.
I’m really excited and pleased with the experience and it’s definitely something I look forward to doing again!
I love how a photograph can capture a moment, sometimes without the subjects even realizing it. This is one of my favorite shots from ArtPrize this last fall. I was going through my images from this event and stopped at this one. I like how unassuming this family is. It makes me question who they are, where they come from, etc.
Life is crazy. I cannot even believe how much positivity I am feeling right now.
I am a LaughFest Photographer.
I got an internship at the Grand Rapids Public Museum photographing and uploading images of the artifacts to the new database.
I am getting back into the darkroom.
Working on developing and producing a new student run magazine.
I am beyond happy.
Messed with layering. I like anatomy. I like pictures of Dustin. This was the result!
I love this photo I took at the Phoenix zoo, the juxtaposition of giraffes with a cactus and the amazing sky really spoke to me. It is such a unique image that I doubt I’ll ever come across again.
This may look like a basic picture of a bald eagle, and in one sense you would be correct, but what makes this image one of my favorites is because I took a painfully long time to edit out the chain link fence that covered up this beautiful bird.
I am quite happy with how the final product turned out. Clone stamp is a life saver!
Life has it’s ups and downs. I know that better than anyone. I can’t say that my life has been better or worse than anyone else’s but I can say that it hasn’t been perfect.
One thing that I have learned throughout everything is that you have to keep going. There is a quote that says “anyone can die, but it takes someone strong to choose to live”.
This photo was an edit for my digital foundations class, if you’ve been following my blog you are familiar with the work from that class. I really loved this message, a daily reminder to love everything including struggles.
Just some inspiration for your day. Enjoy!