Artist Panel

We had the pleasure to listened to 3 artists about their journey in their career and lives’ as an artist.  It was nice to hear a fresh perspective from people who have gone out into the real world and actually struggle and succeed as an artist.  I found their stories to be motivating and inspiring, gave me new ambition and willpower to be persistent in my profession.

Some of the main points that stuck with me were:

-Push yourself beyond your limits

-Surround yourself with like-minded people.

-Don’t give up! You’ll get a thousand NO’s before you get a Yes.

-Dream big and take risks.

-Do your research.

-Always have an open mind, read books, educate yourself.

-Learn about the world, gain perspective, explore your purpose in life and community.

-Build a support system, helps keep your focus and motivated.

-Believe in yourself and your work.

-Be curious, try new things and new mediums. Keep an open mind to everything and attach to nothing.

-Set timelines, is one of the biggest obstacles.  Push yourself to finish work on a schedule and dedicate time to be creative.

-Stay humble

-Never give up. You’ll find a way, if not; you’ll make one.


Final Thoughts

This has been one of my favorite classes, is fast moving and the projects keep you very busy and engage.  The projects that I like the most are the Photo Booth Project and the Studio.  I found this projects to be the hardest and most enjoyable, both projects set you in a very uncomfortable position and both were a lot of work.  The least favorite project, in my opinion, is the Panos.  I found myself struggling and feeling stressed, I think I made myself a bit too frustrated when things weren’t going right.  I want to try this project again on my own when I have a bit more time.



This project was a bit more difficult than I original thought.  The only image that I was able to get right was the vertical pano shot. The horizontal and planet images did not work well like I originally plan.  I’m gonna keep trying this shots that I’m missing on my own, once I get a little more time to do more research.

Guess Speakers

Today our guess speakers were Arthur Marquez and Ben Lewis, two of the Navy photographers; specializing in underwater and aerial images.  It was fun to hear their experience with the Navy and how they got started as photographers while in the   service.  Both had no prior experience and like many of use, are learning on the job and constantly improving their skills through research and video tutorials.


Photo Book Project

Over the years as an artist, one grows through education in various methods of artistic expression, and we become more self-conscious of what you actually care about.  Finding yourself is a process that takes several years and maturity.  As you mature, we become more social and universally aware the world around us, and we begin to develop our perception of reality.  Once you find what you care about, it tends to define you as a person, changes your core values and your views of the world. The way we see the world becomes a reflection of your work and the manner in which we decide to express art, convey the message and ideas.  Every idea has inspired a life experience or creative process that’s connected to your core values.  The core values are often influenced by the environment and the tools we choose to express our creative outlet.  Creativity can be express in many artistic forms; the most common in today’s age is digital art.  Digital art as a medium uses computer technology in its creation.  It has revolutionized more traditional art forms like painting, sculpting, photography and cinema.  Digital is the newest medium for an artist to tell a story and express ideas, only being limit by the imagination.


For this project, I have chosen to do a book based on my personal portfolio that will showcase the work I have done as a digital artist.  The portfolio will be a collection of work that I created in the last three years in digital paintings, illustration and photographs.  The work is done through various computer programs such as Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator and Adobe Lightroom.  Each program has a unique function and serves a different purpose.  It all depends on the desired outcome and deliverable for which the work is intended.

Plan of Action

My plan is to create a book that will display all the different types’ of digital art that I have done in the last 3 years to present day.  I want to have a different section that will display various illustrations and images depending on what program it was created on.  The first section of the book will cover work done in Photoshop.  These images will be a collection of photo manipulation, as well as photo overlays and line drawing coloring.  The next section will focus on Painter, a more a traditional artist tool used for drawing and paint brushing with a digital pen on a tablet.  In painter you can create unique images that cannot be reproduced easily in other programs, the illustrations here will have a mosaic feel and texture.  The following section will consist of images done in Illustrator.  Illustrator is a graphic software used mainly to create vector graphics, cartoons and fonts for photorealistic layouts of Adobe Photoshop.  The last section will have various pictures that I have taken and edited in Lightroom.  Lightroom is an image management and editing program, which helps organize, import, sort and finally output for processing in print and web.

Desired Outcome

The idea behind this book is to give the viewer a sense of what can be accomplished with digital art, through various computer programs.  The book will allow the viewer to submerge themselves in the digital world and get a sense of the advancements in digital mediums through digital paintings, illustration, and photography.  The goal of this book is to also serve as a standalone gallery of my artwork, which showcases my growth and technological knowledge in digital media.


Resources Needed

The resources needed for this book will be a computer, an external hard drive, and a digital camera.  The computer will help edit the images into a book manageable form and also host the program to layout the book program.  The external hard drive is the key component, facilitating the transfer and save data from different computers.  The digital camera will be used to photograph a couple of projects that now only exist in print form.


The book project is an opportunity to showcase my work professionally and at the same time serves as an artistic portfolio.  The main goal overall is to create something that people can enjoy and take the time to view with attention and analyze its content.  I want to create this book not only to display my work but to show my personal growth and diversity as an artist in the digital medium.









Mopa: Museum of Photographic Arts

Prix Pictect: Disorders and Seeing is Believing.

My recent trip to Balboa Park, involve visiting the Museum of Photographic Arts or MOPA for short.  It was the first time I have ever gone to this museum, I didn’t even know it was there in the Prado building.  The museum is host to several exhibitions but the ones I found interesting in particular were the “Prix Pictect: Disorders” and “Seeing is Believing”.  The “Prix Pictect: Diorders” highlight important social and environmental issues through the artistic expression of photography.  In its Sixth Cycle, 12 artist examine the disorder they see in the world.  The Exhibition Prix Pictet: Diorders brings global attention to a range of concerns from mass production to the effects of war to natural disasters.  The artist whose work I found interesting were the series of photos from a book called “A Million Shillings- Escape from Somalia” by Alixandra Fazzina.  In this series Alixandra worked over a period of two years to chronicle the exodus of migrants and refugees from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula.  The resulting book was published by Trolley in 2010 and re-launched in Arabic(2011).  A “Million Shillings” was shortlisted for the pictures of the year international best photography book of the year award.  Alixandra works has a lot of dark tones that play with very bright and contrasting color, which is style that I find fascinating and one that I tried to emulate in my own work.

The exhibition “Seeing is Believing” was probably the most engaging, fun and interactive display at MOPA. It takes you through the history of 3-D photography for an immersive experience that shows how we see in three dimensions.  It was a very nice display, it had an ipad which play videos that gave you information about the history of 3-D photography, as well as it explained how we see things through different color spectrum.  In order to see 3-D each eye must see slightly different picture.  In the real world, our eyes naturally do this by being spaced apart allowing each eye to have its own slightly different view.  The brain then puts the two pictures together to form on 3D image that has depth to it.  In a 3D image, both images are combine to form a single picture or anaglyph.  When viewed without 3D glasses, the images will look blurry and discolored.  Using a red and blue lens tricks the brain into seeing a 3D image.  One of my favorite photographs in which you had to use the 3D glasses to view the display was the “Bird in Hand” by artist Claudia Kunin.  The picture is slightly multicolor and it displays a girl with her eyes close, holding a small bird on her hand, against an open field background. At first glance the image is not very interesting but when you put on the 3D glasses, I was shock to see amount of depth display in the background and the separation between objects.  It was certainly my favorite picture from this exhibition.  The rest of the display is very entertaining, it allows people to learn a bit about the history of photography and how we perceived the world through our own eyes.

Photo Booth Project

The Photo booth project really brought me out my shell and exposed me to the masses.  As an artist, I find that I tend to be very introverted, so this job at first, gave me a bit of head ache and anxiety.  It also gave me a chance to meet people from all walks of life and from different parts of the world.  It was a fun experience, which I would gladly do again.  For this particular assignment I decided to get out of North county San Diego and set up shop at Balboa Park during a busy weekend.  In order to attract volunteers, I created a sign that read “Free Photos” Cal State San Marcos Student Project.  In addition I gave vouchers to every person whose photo I took, with my name, email and web link to download the images from.  At first approaching people was hard, the free photo sign help break the ice but It also took a bit more explanation about the assignment to convince people to volunteer.  As the day went on, it became easier to find volunteers and I started to feel a bit of an adrenaline rush.  It also help that I decided to move to different spots throughout the park to find volunteers.

Video of the Location