A New Chapter

This is my own interpretation of the phrase ‘A New Chapter’. I made it relate to my own personal life and the layout of the collage is from right to left instead of the usual which is left to right.

The previous chapter in my life was full of insecurities and I felt that I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I also went through some issues. The window represents the window of opportunity which I took to start a new chapter in my life and a woman can be seen walking away from the previous chapter to the new one. The new chapter is full of new things and filled with confidence and comfortability in ones own skin. It represents starting a new life with University, moving away from home and exploring new things.

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Lines

The word for week 3 is ‘Lines’ and below are my sketches and description of what I was thinking at the time I drew them.

The archway basically caught my eye and so I decided to draw them.

I’m interested in makeup and I like their usefulness such as putting it on myself or someone else and so I thought it was appropriate to include it here. They also vary in colours which is really good as you can put on whatever colour you want to express yourself.

I just wanted to share it here as it is also my first time wearing glasses.

I’ve been using the table everyday now and its getting easier and easier to use it and its really handy when sketching or drawing digitally.

Culture

Second week’s word is ‘Culture’ and we went to the McManus Gallery to look for inspiration.

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These branks which are also called ‘scold’s bridles’ were worn by women who were accused of slander or swearing to prevent them from speaking and were then led through the streets. Research suggests that the branks may have come from Belgium, Netherlands or Germany. I thought they looked creepy and just plain weird which was why I have decided to include it in this list.

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i drew a sketch of the arctic fox because I thought it was such an interesting animal and I found them beautiful. They were hunted by the Inuits and their furs were used for clothing and as a source of income.

The shrunken head came from South America in the Upper Amazon. Tsantsa was a Shuar tribe ritual which is basically another name for making the shrunken heads. It was a tradition for Shuar men to take enemy heads to avenge the death of a relative and it was not seen as a violent act. I was intrigued by the head cuz of its small and unusual appearance.

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This is an Egyptian sarcophagus commonly carved out of stone and displayed above the ground. It is used to lay a corpse to rest inside and usually accompanies other objects in the room if the corpse was of royal blood.

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This is a sugar skull and they are commonly seen on Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the dead. I included this in the list because I really like the look of them and they vary in styles.

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Geisha’s are traditional Japanese female entertainers who acts as hostesses for mostly male customers. They have been a part of Japan’s history for centuries and I thought they were beautiful.

I really enjoyed this weeks word because I can put more thought into it and come up with things that I really liked.

Explore

For my first week in uni, we were given the word ‘Explore’ to interpret and visualize on paper, through a picture or a poem. The following pictures and sketches are my own interpretations of the word.

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I took a picture of the view of Dundee from my bedroom window as it is a new place for me to explore which is why i included it in.

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For me, this embodies the word ‘explore’ as you see with your eyes things that you have and want to explore. The background represents the universe in a more diluted form because in my point of view there are still things out there that we still haven’t explored.

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I took this picture when I went back to Philippines for a month long vacation. We were on a pump boat going around to explore the other islands near Boracay Island which is a beach resort that is famous for the white sandy beach and clear blue waters.

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I drew this cave with a small but deep body of water inside which gives off a bio luminescent glow because of the large amount of algae blooms. i feel that it gives off an ethereal atmosphere which lights up the inside of the cave. i thought that it fitted the word as I see it as a pay off after cave exploring and finally you come upon this beautiful treasure inside after all the exhaustion of exploring.

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This picture was taken before I jumped off the boat to go snorkeling and explore the barrier reefs and see all the fish swimming around. I had a wonderful experience with snorkeling, especially seeing all the colourful fish swimming and being able to get close to them.

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i drew a treble clef because in music you can explore different instruments, playing techniques and music genres to suit to your taste. It allows us to explore a part of ourselves by expressing it through music.This is also a part of my personal life as I usually play about with music in my spare time and I also play some instruments such as the guitar. ukulele, etc.

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I took a picture of our journey to the port where we would take a ferry to go to Boracay Island. We past many towns and villages from the city to the country and the difference was astonishing.

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This image was taken at Dundee Law when my boyfriend and I went for a walk there to see the view from one of the highest point of Dundee. It was breathtaking even though the walk there was exhausting but it was all worth it at the end.

Black Squares

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In the practical session of Dynamic Communications, we were asked individually to come up with an arrangement of 4 squares depicting the following emotions; paranoid, delightful, cheeky, angry, hungry and tired. We were then put into groups of 3 and was asked to pick which ones we thought fitted each emotion after swapping our individual ideas with the other groups.

The image above contains the final choices my group and I made for each emotions:

Paranoid: The bigger black square is right at the corner of the box while the smaller squares are at the opposite side in a group which I interpreted as the bigger square being paranoid and almost scared of the others making judgments about them, turning to isolation to be rid of paranoia.

Delightful: The way the squares go from smallest to the biggest from bottom to top which gave me a sense of satisfaction and delight as it is in order, placed in a stair like manner.

Cheeky: The squares are lined up in a linear position which creates a sequence of squares with an interruption from a tilted square which makes it look like its in the shape of a diamond. followed by another square. By interrupting the sequence, the diamond shaped square is seen as ‘cheeky’.

Angry: Even though it looks similar to ‘Paranoid’, I interpreted it in a different way. I see the much bigger square as someone to be feared of, that is why the other squares are huddled together to hide from the bigger square.

Hungry: I thought that the way the three squares were positioned made it look like it was the character ‘pacman’ from the game and it looks like he is about to eat the smaller square which was why I thought it fitted the word ‘hungry’.

Tired: The positioning of the squares made it look like it was too tired to even form some kind of sequence or order by the way they are just strewn about.

I thought that this exercise created ways for me to express or interpret things in my own way which i see to it and I found that it was a lot of fun coming up with ways to put the emotion into paper 🙂