I made it!

About a month ago I had IB exams. Everything went smoothly (if you consider staying alive smooth). I can’t wait for July 6th so I can see my final grade. Now that I’ve finished the rest of my classes, I noticed some new followers on this blog. For this reason I’ve decided to make a closing statement.

Thank you to Ms. Fernie, my classmates, and everyone else who helped me along this journey. IB art helped me hone my skills, express myself creatively, and discover new mediums I can practice in the future. Today I still do henna and digital art. I’m not sure that would be the case if I hadn’t gone into this program.

It was hard work; that’s for sure. But I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without that extra push from IB. For anyone who is considering entering this program, I encourage you to give it a shot and try to make something beautiful out of it.

You’ll learn so much. And although you may forget the nitty gritty of cellular respiration, all of those books you read in English, or how to conjugate that verb in French, you’ll never forget what you learned about yourself.

Thank you to all my followers (classmates and otherwise), and goodbye!

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Update! Flowers, Acrylics, and Ink

Finished Beauty is Abstract!

I’ve finished Beauty is Abstract completely by adding flowers. Glad to be done! Now that I’ve got that off my shoulders I can start on some new projects!IMG_2049

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, I’ve finished my digital art piece.
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I started working with ink in my sketch book. I plan to do a piece in ink over the winter break, because I own india ink and a calligraphy set. I’m not sure what the piece will be exactly, but I’ll begin studying artists and art movements this week so I’ll be able to start working over the break. Here’s what I did over the weekend.

 

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Freedom!

FREEDOM!

Finally, after months of work on Beauty is Abstract and weeks of fooling around with my self portrait I’m finally done.

Okay, not actually done. I still need to add the flowers and put my self portrait on a canvas, but all of that won’t take too long. Before now it seemed like the finish line was all the way over the horizon and now that I’m here it seems weird that I can see it right ahead of me.

Next I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do with ink as my next project, but I didn’t think that would be for a while.

Only three more projects to do after I finish these!

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An albeit slightly blurry photograph of what Beauty is Abstract looks like now. I cleaned up the edges around the body and added the leg hair. I think I’m going to leave the hairline as it is. Wouldn’t want to mess anything up. If you look in the bottom right corner (near the lips) you can see my signature too. I might paint over it and redo it though

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The digital art piece of my unnamed painting. Any name suggestions?

Digital Art and Self Confidence

 

This is my progress so far on working with digital art.

It was so frustrating at first. I didn’t know how to use the brushes and any of the tools on the side bar of Photoshop, but I’ve come a long way since then. While at first it was so difficult that I was regretting choosing it as a medium, now I love it so much that I find it’s difficult to do anything else. The clean up is definitely easier than traditional art.

I’m thinking of doing a self portrait, working off the theme of self-expression. Ms. Fernie suggested I make it a multimedia piece, and I think that’s a good idea. Around the portrait I’ll have an abstract expressionist collage like in Beauty is Abstract. The collage will be about the beauty industry and the stigma our society holds against self love, something that I’ve struggled with for a long time as a young adult, seeing all the women around me constantly diminishing themselves.

I remember seeing a Clean and Clear commercial on Youtube recently about being confident in your own skin. The girls in the commercials always talk about how they were bullied for their acne in school, but this product helped them become confident.

So we’re taught that the only way we can gain confidence is if we look good to others. We must be acceptable looking enough that people won’t be nasty to us, as if it’s our responsibility to look good for someone who will abuse us otherwise. It has never seemed right to me.

But what I’ve found with shaving my hair and not shaving my legs, is that the only way to be truly be confident is by being fearless in showing your true self, despite any messages telling you otherwise, despite the fact that people might not understand why you do it. You think before hand that it will be terrible if anyone sees this thing about yourself that you’ve been trying so hard to hide, but in reality nobody cares.

So anyway, I hope this piece turns out well and I finish it soon, because Beauty is Abstract is still lying around unfinished and the days are ticking by before exams. I haven’t finished a piece since summer, and the time before exams and now is becoming more and more comprehensible.

Crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to finish in time.