After reflecting on my daily schedule, I’ve realized that I spend too much time watching tv shows and movies. I lose track of time which results in my having to stay up later at night to finish my work. I actually began to change my habits this past Friday. I made myself a new rule that i can only watch a single show for every 3 assignments I get done and published, I have a friend enforcing the rule so i don’t go back on my rule.

From my knowledge of design processes, I have gathered that there different design processes. The basic gist of it is that it is a series of steps that people follow when they are trying to solve a problem. My personal process of designing is to do a bunch of thumbnail sketches to get an idea of what I want, then I do a few rough sketches until I know exactly what I want to do and how, after I finish that I move on the the final piece. I don’t think I want to nor do I feel I need to change my work process, it’s working for me fine so far.

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Number forms

ijahne typography

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Reactions to laser cutter art


Standley Eric, (Unnamed) 2014, Cut paper,  20″x20″, stained glass windows created entirely from laser-cut paper.

In Standley’s pieces he stacks over 100 sheets which involve months of planning, drawing, and assembly. My initial reaction to his work is that of a Gothic church, Which I found surprising considering I later found out that his inspiration actually derives from Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation. I admire how intricate every layer of paper is throughout the piece. click here to view website.


Theilke Jason, “laser etching” (July 16, 2012)  Thinkspace Art Gallery and as prints on his website.

Jason’s work intrigues me because of all the organic lines that drags out the image itself. His work gives a sweet cross between geometric and organic, the two balance each other out instead of fighting for dominance.

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Research Techniques and Resources



When I am at a loss during an assignment. I go on to the sites you see above for inspiration whether it be for an essay, an art assignment, or a personal project. These assignments help me a lot when I have part of an idea but not sure how to piece it together for a finished piece.

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definitions and examples of professional vocabulary


  • linear perspective: a system of creating an illusion of depth on a flat surface. All parallel lines in a painting or drawing using this system converge in a single vanishing point on the composition’s horizon line.


  • line weights: is the visual lightness, darkness, or heaviness of a line within a drawing. In any architectural drawing, from a sketch to a construction drawing, the interplay of different relative line weights is used to communicate depth, importance, and proximity.


  • balance: a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.


  • harmony: the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.


  • rhythm: a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.


  • proportion: the correct, attractive, or ideal relationship in size or shape between one thing and another or between the parts of a whole.


  • unity: a thing forming a complex whole.


  • atmospheric perspective: also called Aerial perspective, method of creating the illusion of depth, or recession, in a painting or drawing by modulating color to simulate changes effected by the atmosphere on the colors of things seen at a distance.
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Brain pickings

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Why-How-What Reflection

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why: because I love art and I truly believe it relieves stress and brings peace

how: Traditional art mediums

what: My finished pieces

“People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of why you do it.” Simon Sinek presents the idea that great leaders inspire others by putting the purpose before the process or product. My purpose is something very simple yet more than needed at most times of the day, it’s happiness and/or peace. I want people to get consumed by my work and be able to go into their own special place. Sinek spoke about people making other people’s problems their own, and I want people to make my cause their own so they can find the same little blissful moments of peace/ happiness when they look at my artwork as I do when I create them. I am not yet at a leading stage in my life yet. I am still working towards that for the future, but in the meantime I have been and will continue to strengthen my how by expanding my knowledge and skills so I can perfect the execution of my artwork in the future.

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For this piece I really wanted to tell A small story. This piece is a mixture with realism and geometric style. I wanted to show how much I’ve grown into a more open person. I chose to do two self-portraits to show the change in my personality. I also chose the picture with my face straight to help push the point of my growth. The image of my younger self inside the thick triangle is all black and different shades of grey to show how conservative I was in the past. The present representation of me is all in color to depict myself as happy, open, and free. I don’t have a lot of different line weights because I wanted a really clean piece. I chose to leave the triangle white on the present me because I wanted to make them almost opposite but still be associated with one another. The pastels were the most challenging part of this project due to the fact that I’ve never used pastels for skin tone before. I did a lot of research on skin tones to make sure I was coloring/ shading correctly. In addition to research I asked my peers for their advice. Overall I loved this project even with the difficulties I faced because I learned to shade and blend with colors. This semester has groomed me more than I thought was possible. I’m creating pieces of art that I didn’t think I could do at the beginning of the year, I intend to keep soaking up everything I’m going to learn in the future as well as continuing to sharpen my new found skills.

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For my project I decided to make a 2 part project by having a sculpture off to the side while having a small hobbit house with a wire bonsai tree as the center. It’s almost like a mini pasture for a small person. For the sculpture portion, I ran into difficulties when it came to making the shape due to the fact that I haven’t thought heavily on 3D forms until this project. The wire bonsai trees took about 5-6 hours each to do. They took so long for me because you have to continuously manipulate the shape until it looks the way you want it, so that involves doing it then undoing the wire to add to it, etc. The house is made out of a wire armature that I stuffed with paper and wrapped in masking tape. Once that was done I glued the false grass onto it. The pond holds actual water inside of it. The process for this was carving a dent into the wood then cleaning up the edges to round them correctly. Once that was finished I made a clay border to make the pond taller, then baked it to make the clay sturdy and hard. Once all pieces were finished and sanded/painted I used epoxy to make the clay stay. I didn’t use regular glue because it wouldn’t have held the water. Overall I feel I did a very nice job with the execution of this project.

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