Art Portfolio

A collection of all my artworks. AKA My portfolio.

  • Color Design Project

    Color Design Project

     
     
     
     

    I started with a black, white, and gray design based around letters. That’s a re-design of a previous project on destructuring text. Based on the black and white design, I just started painting based on colors!

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  • Value Tenebroso Collage Drawing 4 elements

    Value Tenebroso Collage Drawing 4 elements

     
     
     
     

    In today’s episode of “what is mark drawing?”, I’ve been working on drawing a photo collage! It has some wacky movement and flow because I cut out a bunch of black and white photos I took that somewhat related to the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and air. I then overlayed a grid and drew…

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  • Playing with colors

    Playing with colors

     
     
     
     

    I’ve always struggled with differentiating colored because I interpret them differently. I’m red green color blind, as are about 9% of men or 1% of women. I’ve struggled with all the little different colors throughout the spectrum and how to actually label them. But working on building these colors out of the primaries really helped…

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  • Destructuring Text

    Destructuring Text

     
     
     
     

    Make a design using text as an element, but not for information. 1 what attracted you to the text you chose to use for this project, and why (what is your inspiration or starting point of the design)? It’s my name: Mark! I just kept playing with those letters, seeing how they could fit together.…

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  • Intuitive Colors

    Intuitive Colors

     
     
     
     

    We worked in class with some basic intuition of colors. This was our first time using colors in this class so we had some good foundation on design, but never with color. Lots of fun! Lots of cool designs all around.

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  • Mother Embroidering by Seurat

    Mother Embroidering by Seurat

     
     
     
     

    In class, we drew a woman praying or something like that. We started upside down and blurry to get us away from drawing from instinct and focus on what we see. Finally we flip it right side up and add the finishing touches! And on the final day, we touched it up! See my work…

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  • Working with Textures

    Working with Textures

     
     
     
     

    For our 2-D design class, we started working with textures, trying to incorporate them into our designs. Three of us brought in a bunch of pictures and materials to cut out into a design and this is what we came up with.

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  • Still Life of Plant, Watering Can, and Candle with Ink

    Still Life of Plant, Watering Can, and Candle with Ink

     
     
     
     

    For today’s homework assignment, I drew a still life using sumi ink.

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  • Still Life of Basket and Pine Cone w/ Ink

    Still Life of Basket and Pine Cone w/ Ink

     
     
     
     

    For Art 130A Intro to Drawing at CCSF, we drew a still life using sumi ink and various paint brushes and tools (hands, paper towel, etc). Comparing my first attempt with my final submission, I spent a lot more time detailing the intricate layering of the woven basket on the left. I chose to sit…

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  • Still Life of Piano with Charcoal

    Still Life of Piano with Charcoal

     
     
     
     

    For a homework assignment, I drew my piano! The assignment asked for a few rectangular objects and this one seemed like a lot of rectangles! I really like how it came out. The only part I’m dissatisfied with are the keys on the keyboard, I found I had to redo them quite a few times…

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  • Still Life of Boxes and Bags

    Still Life of Boxes and Bags

     
     
     
     

    This is the second big still life we’ve done for Art130A intro to drawing. The first one was drawing balls and round objects. Now we’ve upgraded to flat surfaces which is actually pretty hard because we have to find the little details in the fold.

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  • Figure-Ground Reversal with Black, White, and Gray

    Figure-Ground Reversal with Black, White, and Gray

     
     
     
     

    This project continues the figure-ground reversal project, but with a third color. I really struggled with this project, trying to combine organic lines in a three color layering that would evoke figure-ground reversal. I fell back to Claire Brees’ advice to fall back to a grid, and made a grid of black, white and gray.…

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  • Still Life of Round Shapes with Charcoal

    Still Life of Round Shapes with Charcoal

     
     
     
     

    This was my first experience using charcoal to draw real object. We spent about three 3-hour in-class sessions drawing some round shapes and I think it turned out pretty well! The process involved lightly shading in the areas AROUND the objects. Since the objects are white, we actually had to fill in the shadows and…

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  • Still Life of Gudetama Mug with Charcoal

    Still Life of Gudetama Mug with Charcoal

     
     
     
     

    This is a short homework assignment for Art130A with Elizabeth Leger. We are supposed to draw 3 round objects using charcoal. I chose a Gudetama mug, a soup spoon, and a weirdly shaped soup bowl for serving. I honestly would have never imagined I could draw something so fun and real before this class, yet…

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  • Figure-Ground Reversal with Black and White

    Figure-Ground Reversal with Black and White

     
     
     
     

    For my 2D design class, we needed to make a design that focused on “figure/ground reversal”. The black and the white have to reverse as to which is on top or the shapes of focus. You should be able to look around the design and wonder, “is this black on white, or white on black?”…

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  • Charcoal Values Practice

    Charcoal Values Practice

     
     
     
     

    This was a simple homework assignment to get us used to using charcoal to make different values. It was surprisingly hard to get the light values — even a little bit of charcoal goes a long way. The feedback I received was to try going for deeper darker values. I found with practice, especially once…

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  • Blind Contour of my Fridge

    Blind Contour of my Fridge

     
     
     
     

    Blind Contour is drawing without looking at your paper. In my case, we only used a single continuous line and drew the contents of our fridge. To save energy, I snapped a picture and worked with the reference in stead of leaving my fridge door open, but in general it’s preferred to practice with real…

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  • Designing with Lines

    Designing with Lines

     
     
     
     

    For Art125A at CCSF, our first project was to make four designs in growing complexity. The first is to only use straight vertical or horizontal lines. The second uses only angled lines. The third is to use curved lines, either organic or geometric. Finally, the fourth combines all the different line types. With these constraints,…

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  • Small Object Multiples

    Small Object Multiples

     
     
     
     

    I drew the same object — a small metal bell — 20 times through different prompts. Then I composed them all into a collage trying to create “interestingness” and flow between the individual pieces. Originally, I laid out the images “right side up” as a collage. This was in the beginning of my art journey.…

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  • Make Lots Of Marks

    Make Lots Of Marks

     
     
     
     

    Tasked to make marks using custom tools (rubber band, etc) to draw concepts like the smell of cut grass or the taste of bitter.

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