My love for Photography

The memories

Early 2000’s I’m sure lots of people owned cameras, because it was better than taking pictures from a flip phone. My mom loved taking pictures. That she even had an album. I was only like seven when I wanted to own a camera. I remember back then that for every field trip, I had to have a camera. So I did. I wanted to capture the fun memories and have them saved in my album. That’s how it started. As a kid, I knew that I loved taking pictures, but never thought of it as a career. I only took pictures because it made me happy, still does to this day.

It is art

I found out about photoshop in 2010. It amazed me how images could be edited like that. Every little edit amazed me. That I even wanted to photoshop images of my own. Then I did in 2014. I never had an idea of what kind of editing I wanted to do, I just let my hands do the magic. It got to the point where I started getting creative with my images. Most of my images were…..unreal. I was satisfied with the results. And receiving comments like “How did you do that?!” or “That’s so cool!” made me want to keep going, and do better. Even to this day, I use photoshop.

Self-expression

Having control of a camera means that I get to choose what I take a picture of, it means that I pick the angles, the lighting, close-ups, etc. And once it’s done, I’m in control of the editing. Each image does have a story behind it. That does not necessarily mean that the meaning is deep, but there’s something to it. Or if I choose to create a story to an edited image, I can! Photography is so much more than a click of a button, it is a form of art. And each image is different, taken from a different person.

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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.

 

The Beginning

First Dream

If you were to ask me what my dream job was back then during my elementary years, I would respond with “veterinarian.” Did I give such a response because I loved MY pets? As time passed by, I came to the realization that I was not much of an animal person. I hated the responsibilities of being a pet owner, and I did not love many animals. Then again of course, people are unsure of what careers they want to pursue when they are younger, and are in the stage of gaining new interests. How did I first gain an interest in art? Well it all started when I saw scrolling through YouTube, and came across an anime show called Naruto.

Ninjas caught my heart960

I’ve known about the show months before I decided to give it a try. That is why I am disappointed to say that I only gave it a chance because of boredom. Funny how I was able to quickly become interested in this anime about ninjas. So even to now, I’ve been hooked on the show for over eight years. I loved that the show consists of numerous characters with their own distinct personalities and backgrounds. Also, compared to the previous “cartoons” that I’ve watched, I loved the design of this show. And for the first time, I felt like I was watching a cartoon with a real plot. I became so obsessed that I wanted to create my own characters. So I did.

And the drawing begins

It was during my seventh grade year where I would remember coming home from school and went straight to drawing. I created my own characters, but because of my love for Naruto, I made them into ninjas.  I was young, and my dream was basically to create my own show. The first character I created was Kimiko. She was the main protagonist, and I thought of her of someone I wished to be. I then created eight more characters around the same age group. Each of them looked different from one another, and I gave them different personalities. Eventually, I got bored of only having nine characters. At the time, my drawing skills have improved, which is why I upgraded their appearances. My goal before my eight grade year was over, was to complete drawing ALL the characters. I managed to create over thirty more characters. I even created villains as well. The most fun about this, was giving them personalities. Also, I enjoyed giving each character their own look.

Realization

I always thought my reality was dull. I felt happiest when I was drawing out characters. I was creating a world where I wish that I could’ve been a part of. And I had favoritism over Kimiko because I wanted to be a hero like her. Unfortunately, the only reality I can get from this is to actually work hard to make my dream show real.