Joining AP

My summer

After finding out that the art teacher at Fort Meade High school wanted me to join her AP 2D course towards the end of my sophomore year, I couldn’t help but feel excited to take a challenging art class. Summer 2014, all I could focus on was taking decent pictures for the upcoming class. Good thing I travelled a lot during this summer. I took pictures of great sceneries. I remember taking pictures of waterfalls, lakes, rocks, mountains, donkeys, flowers, delicious food, people, and I even took macro shots of smaller objects. I love photography, that’s why I enjoyed every moment. Thinking about it now, I am glad that it wasn’t something to stress about. If anything, these were my happy moments. And for the first time, I was looking forward to return to school.

Self-taught

AP 14Ms. Bellflower, had two classes at once. The Ap course, and her regular. The thing was, the AP students were left in the AP room to learn on their own. That doesn’t mean she didn’t help us. She did guide us and would help out whenever the help was needed, but we did have to learn how to use photoshop on our own. I’ll be honest, my practice attempts were terrible…. But after playing around with the program, the tools started making sense to me. Before editing, I never had a creation in mind. All I would do is look through my images, open one, and then edit. Nothing in mind, until I later edited I would come up with an awesome idea for the image. The best thing about the first semester, was that I could create whatever I desired. So, I did. I had countless images, and I would even go back to my previous edits to see a difference in my skill. Second semester, I was finally given a topic for my images. First month… did not go so well. My mind went blank, for I did not know how to combine quotes with imagery. Therefore I decided to over exaggerate with my editing. My first edit, was something I felt accomplished of. I did exactly what I set my mind to do, which was to over exaggerate. After that. everything became slightly simpler, yet I still managed to challenge myself as time went by.

The testing

The AP test was to submit 24 pieces. Even though I had enough pieces to submit, I began to question if they’ll be good enough. The last two weeks before submitting my work, I went back through all my images, edited those that needed to be edited, created more, and finally came up with my decision. This test felt more important to me than any other tests going on at the time. I guess that’s because I was feeling anxious of the critiquing. I received my scores the last week of school. My scores had me jumping of happiness. I felt accomplished, I shared the news with my parents, friends, and other teachers. What I worked for all year turned out to be success. It’s a test, nothing too special. But to succeed in something you love doing, just builds you up. That’s why I’m still pushing myself. I even started college as soon as possible to continue doing what I enjoy, but at the same time I want to face new challenges.

 

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Is 3D for me?

Two Courses

I have a great interest in art, that is why I decided to take two different art courses during my freshmen year. Going into high school allowed me to have a variety of courses to choose from. Yet, I decided to stick to one subject. I took Draw/Paint and 3D art. Both classes were fun and I met interesting people, but the amount of effort I put into the work differed. I grew up drawing, that is why I would always challenge myself in my Draw/Paint course hoping to improve my skills. If I felt like I didn’t get enough finished in class, I would continue drawing during my free time. I could have chosen a simple drawing to get my work done with, but I don’t like simple drawings. Every detail had to be perfect for me, and I would draw for extra hours to create a great piece. In my 3D class, I am not proud to admit that I slacked off. At first, I thought that maybe it was because of the people around me, but the thing about me is that I was sociable in both classes. Looking back now, the assignments were not difficult, if anything they were more simple compared to the other class. 3D was just not for me. I did enjoy the work, but I did not challenge myself as much. Is that because it was my first time?

 

Going back

I decided to go back into a 3D course during my senior year, because that particular course was the only art course that fitted in my schedule. I was supposed to be in AP 3D art, but I chickened out. I did enjoy it a lot more this time, because we got to work with clay more. I can’t help but also notice that my attitude towards the course changed. I tried, and I can see why I didn’t try as much during my first time. Creating a 3D object is difficult! Also, it is very time consuming. I loved messing around with clay, but I did not have plenty of time to work on my project. Only thirty minutes were used for constructing, that’s not enough time! The extra twenty minutes were spent on creating ideas on how things can work together and cleaning.  Towards the end of the year, my laid back teacher gave us the option to create our own sculptures. That’s when my creativity came in handy. I created more abstract sculptures that you wouldn’t see in nature. This helped put my mind at ease because I didn’t stress about creating replicas. I enjoy creating my own work, that is why I always preferred drawing over sculpting.

 

3D Modeling today

Months after graduating and being a student at Keiser, I am finally taking another 3D course. Only this time it’s on the computer. Yes, I was excited, but the first week was hard because it’s a new software. Then again, I can’t expect everything to be easy. Our first assignment was to create our own character. Now, what I regret was that I decided to create a human. I spent hours trying to find ways on how my figure can look close to an actual person, when I could’ve gotten creative instead and create my own unrealistic character. I changed my decision and went for something “simple” and Egg man. Silly me thought that it would be easy, but it was not. But I stuck with the character this time, and did what I could to create a decent character. After two more days of working on it, I was able to add more to my character and even create a weird story for him. What makes me happy about all this now is that it is completely original. If I thought about the idea in the first place, I would’ve had time to upgrade things a bit. My mistake made me realize that the reason I never got into 3D at first is because I’m used to drawing humans. I’m only good at drawing them… Yet, when it comes to creating objects in 3D, I’m better off creating something that isn’t found in nature. Now that I am aware of that, I am hoping to make the time to create more unrealistic 3D objects and improve my skills.