THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST EMOTIONALLY DRAINING PROJECT EVER!! This is the first time that i have submitted a project in VCU that i am not satisfied with. Although i have come a long way with the idea and experimented with the materials i expected it to look different. Nonetheless, i am grateful for the experience this has given me. IMG_1686.jpg

I wanted to give the photograph a tint that would make it look more eerie, selfie harm is a touchy subject but some people feel euphoria in doing so.


Experiment- WORD

I was having a hard time liking my work so i thought i would change my idea, i wanted to keep the ‘creepy’ vibe and experimented with a creepy mask and shadows, upon doing these experiments i think i’m going to stick to my original idea and continue editing so it looks more realistic and up to the standards i want it to be.IMG_1704.JPGScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 10.03.26 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 10.04.29 AM.png


After understanding the material more i learnt how to work with it, my model could not make it so i had no other choice but to do it on myself. I am very unsatisfied with the way it turned out and i am even contemplating changing my whole idea; although i asked people i still think this is offensive to people who self harm. My idea behind this is sometimes, people feel euphoria in doing things like hurting themselves which is very sad.

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After many crtiques and a lot of feedback from my professors this is my final poster. I decided to get rid of the planets and use the used paint palette (my object) texture as the planets to get across the idea i was composing. I also changed the type on my poster, it is a Quranic verse that says “we have beautified the skies with ornaments, the planets” which i think speaks my message beautifully. A point that was mentioned in my critique was that there was a black box around the images when i printed it, i taught how to use a clipping path from my professor and no longer have that problem. I think my poster is energetic and an interesting metaphor. The spacing and contrast is aesthetically pleasing and because i used my own scan, the quality is much better. Overall, i am satisfied with the work i have accomplished and learnt a lot through the process.

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Critique for final draft of poster.

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In todays class, we played ‘hatorade’ where everyone in the class critiqued everyone else’s work. We were asked to make a list of the comments people made, below are what i gathered from todays class;

Clipping path ( it printed out with the black borders around some of the images.

  • Fix pixilation.
  • Add stars- more of a background.
  • Place planets further out.
  • Make that star clearer.
  • Too tight- composition wise, layer things more.


These are some shots i took with my model, i played with exposure and tried to create a story in some of them, after my final feedback on Tuesday with my professors i will see what i need to do with my final piece. I am assuming they will tell me to change my idea because the type face is unclear, nonetheless i am proud of the process i have done today.IMG_1576.JPGIMG_1592.jpgIMG_1613.jpgIMG_1614.jpgIMG_1619.jpgIMG_1621.jpgIMG_1623.jpgIMG_1625.jpgIMG_1638.jpgIMG_1639.jpgIMG_1650.jpgIMG_1651.jpg

Process to final- first polished draft.

For the final draft i decided on using the font ‘Bembo’ in semi bold/ italic. Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 4.13.10 PM.png

I traced it from the computer screen, cut the letters out and used face glue to stick it on my models forehead. IMG_1555 (1).jpg

I bought ‘fake skin’ and fake blood to give the effect that she cared out the word herself- below is a process video of how i got the final effect.