Monday, November 30, 2009

Mike Chan

Mike is from Hong Kong. Mike works with different types of design mediums. Mike became interested in designing when he was thirteen. When Mike was fifteen he created his first website design. His teacher who noticed his website skills encouraged him to create the schools website.



In the first image of the gun made out of flowers, I love the irony of taking something that can be portrayed as beautiful, peaceful, or calming such as the flowers and having the flowers form something that can be portrayed as dangerous, harmful, or destructive. The text in the image describes how weapons are used for attacking, hunting, or in defense in combat. I find it hard to take the message of the text seriously because even though the design of the gun is threatening the fact that the gun is made up of flowers is not.

The other image is very dynamic and vibrant. I love how the bird is made out of different sized triangles arranged together. A variety of colors are used in this image and they are all very vivid. I love the glowing effect of the diagonal lines and how you can see the lines clearly against a black background. The diagonal lines also emphasize the speed and movement of the bird's flight. I also think the one word of text completes the image very well because it's simple yet bold. The text explains the message of the image in one word.


Justin Maller

Justin Maller is an illustrator and art director in Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved with digital art for over eight years. Justin has produced illustrations and concept art for many different companies and publications worldwide. He also has collaborative relationships with many international design studios. He is a member of the Keystone Design Union and the creative director of depthCore which is an international modern art collective. depthCore was set-up in June, 2002.



In the first image above with the tiger, I love the connection between the inner world and outer world. The outer world appears to be influencing the inner world because the inner world appears more simplistic. The inside consists of walls that have rows of squares and the outside seems to pop up on a part of the wall coming out of nowhere. The spewing of leaves from the outside remind me of confetti. The leaves are also pre-dominant in the image which I believe emphasizes of the importance of the outer world. This image can also be interpreted in other ways. For example, a window of opportunity to explore or expand your comfort zone.

The other image, is just as dynamic as the first image, but displayed in a different way. I like how Maller shows the outline of the shoes but makes the shoes lucid so the viewer can see the other designs that are moving in and out of the shoes. Red, Purple, and Blue are the main colors used in this image. When I look at this image I get an electric feel to it because the designs are spiraling out in different directions and the colors are vibrant. I have a feeling he is either promoting this brand of shoes or is emphasizing the importance of exercising or some other activity.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Jerico Santander

Jerico Santander is from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Santander's fields of artwork are mainly Illustration, Art Direction, Digital Art, Photo manipulation, and surrealism.



I chose these two images from Satander's gallery because they both focus on surrealism. I find Surrealism very intriguing because it's abstract and makes you think in a very different way. The first image of a guy opening his chest to reveal what appears to be some sort of heaven. I love that Satander made the opacity lower to make the figure blend in more with the background, as well as choosing colors to make the figure appear to be a part of the natural landscape. I think the message Satander is sending by the figure exposing the inner parts of his body is the more open-minded, accepting, and less self conscious we are is the key to being free.

The other image has a very interesting structure. A person's face is constructed of bodies of water surrounded by cities and semi-engulfed by smoke which could be interpreted as pollution. These details outline the facial features of the person. I think the image shows Satander's view of the world. I like the contrast of dark and light which shows the shift between night and day. The lines could represent aging of the person. Satandar is showing the blend of nature and technology as well as it's effects on the world.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fabio Sasso

Fabio Sasso is from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Sasso is a graphic, web designer and the co-founder of a design studio called 3YZ Digital Performance. Sasso is also a blogger. He posts interviews with other artists, his personal portfolio, inspirations, tutorials, and many other aspects.



I found these two images of Sasso's to be the most striking and unique. The first image above is very attention-grabbing. The torch effect is incredible. The fire appearing from his hand reminds me of a superhero or villian in the movies such as X-men. There is a distinct contrast of dark and light which enables the viewer to have a connection between the man's face and the fire. The man seems to be appearing from the shadows (half bathed in light/ half hidden in shadow) The light travels from half of his face to his forearm. The facial features and parts of the man's body are very well defined. The fire appears to be coarsing through his veins making the attachment more real. The background is black and simple. It also doesn't cause any distractions for the viewer and the focal point.

The image below the pyro I like even more. The image speaks to me more because it represents how I feel when I dance. It captures the beauty of movement. I love the cloud effect that wraps around her body as she dances. It also emphasizes the heavenly feel. The colors, the hand reaching toward the sky, and the bursts light coming from her body also add to the heavenly aspect as well as creating a spotlight effect. The girl's outfit is simple yet classic and doesn't take away from her movement. I wonder if the two arms reaching in different directions symbolize her either trying to connect her spiritual life and present life together or is torn between two worlds spiritual and natural.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Art week

For Art week I attended three events. I attended the Presentation Demo: How to present your work – Cutting Mats, Faculty Forum: Opportunities for Art Majors, Art Minors and Art Students, and Understanding the Portrait: Filmed Interviews with Photographers and Sculptors. For the cutting mats demo I learned the supplies needed for this project are: mat boards (any color), archival or non-ascetic tape, penicl, cutter, and ruler/ straight edge. A few tips I learned during the demo were: make sure everything is square, use a lot of pressure when cutting, measure sides and align them with the border, always put the front side face down (because the marks are made on the back), and make sure the blade faces towards you. At the Faculty Forum I was informed about requirements, study abroad, internships, scholarships, and tips about asking for a recommendation. This was very helpful because I'm planning on being a art teacher. The photographers and sculptors in the film had many different perspectives about portraits. The photographer I found most interesting was the woman who took photos by placing a camera in her mouth. I have never seen that method used in photography before.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Roan is from Mexico City, Mexico. Roan's does illustration and digital manipulation work, which are often blended together. Roan explores many different styles as well as themes.

The bottom image is the original artwork as a whole. The other images are parts of the artwork broken up into different pieces focusing on certain areas. The image is called "rockcycled" I love how Roan combined nature with technology. Many parts of nature are pieced together to make a pair of headphones. For example, wood, grass, caterpillars, and other types of plants. Also, the fact that the headphones are being dunked or pulled out of the water suggests the headphones are completely waterproof. The message I have received as a viewer is that we should find ways for nature and technology to be used in harmony and not have one destroyed the other. We should be able to enjoy both while being enviormentally -friendly. I also like how the lighting falls mainly on the headphones making it the main focal point and the background does not distract the viewer.

By viewing this artwork, I've learned that thinking outside the box as well as experimenting with different ways to express the same motif are useful qualities to have as a digital artist. It also gives you more opportunities to explore or use different tools, media, and themes.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Ricardo Ajcinvinac

Ricardo's is main love is graffiti art however his artist skills include illustration and photo manipulation as well. Rircado is from Guatemala.



I wanted to talk about these two images that Ricardo has created because they spoke out to me the most.

The first image with the heart is somewhat geometric as well as textural. The way he filled in the heart reminds me of make-up blush you put on your cheeks. This blush effect is powdery which creates the texture. I also like the drop shadow effect of the heart. The text on the bottom part of the image "tan vacio" translated in English means so empty. The underlying meaning could be about heartbreak or lonliness. The clouds, shadows, contrast of black and white, and the glassy geometrical effects also add to the melancholy tone of the image. The other image is the complete opposite of the image I was just describing. "Amor" translated in English means love or to love. The lightning and bright rainbow colors reminds me of a tv commerical about skittles and how it's like tasting a rainbow. The clouds may look similar to the ones in the other image but are viewed in a happier light. Also the brightness and boldness of the word amor and the explosion of shapes in different colors gives the viewer a clear message of how Ricardo interperts the emotion of love.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Luke Munn

Luke Munn is a cross-disciplinary artist which means his artworks include a variety of different mediums. For example, sound composition, performance, and new-media. Munn often works with a range of musicians, artists, and programmers from Germany, Poland, Spain and New Zealand. For sound composition Munn sometimes uses field recordings such as: traffic, glass shards, and water being transferred from one hand to another. One of Munn's artworks can be found on youtube it's called "idk"


Friday, September 18, 2009

Vivi Fitriani

Vivi Fitriani is from Bandung, Indonesia and brought up in Rochester, New York . Her artwork includes cultural influences from Indonesia and America. Fitriani is currently an MFA candidate at CSU Long Beach. A piece of artwork Fitriani did called Garden Grove Blvd and Brookhurst St. deals with effect of displacement. By moving images and the usage of space in urban areas the viewer may feel slightly disoriented from watching it as I did. The artwork is seen below.


The viewer may also feel as if they are standing still while objects are moving around them.

The two main components that are used in Fitriani's artworks are motions and space using a variety of subjects such as domesticity, religion, and eggs.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Aaron Higgins

Aaron Higgins is a professor at Indiana University. Higgins teaches Introduction as well as advanced digital imaging. Higgins has created video projections for set designs for the theatres in Indiana University. To look at videos of some of Higgins projections go to and type in comp3 (terra). Higgins works with a time-based medium and explores abstract expressionism. Space, color, and movement are three main components that Higgins uses when creating a composition. Spirituality, nature, and reflection are some of the inspirational factors Higgins uses. The composition at the bottom is titled "Matter of Process"

"Matter of Process"



ten digital images

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Will Luers

Will Luers lives in Portland, Oregon. The type of work Luers does is montages or combining multiple images together to make a single sequence. Luers gets his inspiration from different cycles in nature. For example, seasons, traditions, the movement of water, or transportation. Luers explores to see if a certain cycle in nature is the same everytime. Therefore, in his artwork, the message he might be trying to show is the changes of a linear and other types of sequences.


links to some of Will Luers artworks: