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Reflective Statement -

I ordinarily don't like to title my projects, as I feel that often sets up the viewer to have a formulated perception of the image/s. It creates bias, if you will, preventing them from coming to their own self directed conclusion. But in this circumstance, I had a specific concept in mind and wanted to convey something definite.

My concept for this is actually more of a focus on the inherent reaction of the onlooker to the work rather than the work itself. My aim was to eliminate the central focus that people naturally seek when looking at a portrait, with this being the eyes.

I wanted to create something which interrupted people's natural expectations, addressing the issue of complacence and the human ability of missing details in day to day life due to the formation of a pre-conceived idea as a product of familiarity.

Through this elimination I had hoped to awaken the viewer's awareness and force them to inspect the image further rather than take it for face value. To break out of that familiarity, to question and inspire imagination. It is through this that I hope to "change my world" - to open the minds of others and spark intrigue within them.

(Apologies, the quality isn't of the greatest - the images in person look stunning and the colours are more correct)

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Artist's Gouaché on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, mounted on 10mm foam core.
(All images photographed, edited, and painted by myself)

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This submission is for the "Billy Blue Change Your World" contest entry.
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As an awkward youth, reading was the only tool I was equipped with to avoid awkward social youths. During hard times and boring times, the joy of flicking through cheaply pressed pages cleared away all the rain clouds hanging around, and dragged me into the sunny times inside those fresh smelling bound publications.

Reading had always done so much for me, educate, humor, inspire, intrigue, avoid conversation. So I always thought it was time I should honour reading in some form or another. And so, a trifecta of events came together for this piece. The Billy Blue contest, with which I needed something to enter; The stumbling upon of old encyclopedias, which I could change; and as mentioned before, the feeling to honour reading.

And so I present, Why Reading Comes Alive, a sweet and simple homage to my favourite past time, with thirty two inked and separately cute pieces.

Enjoy
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This is my entry titled "Inspire Magic" for the Billy Blue Change Your World contest. It includes a photograph and image affects taken and created by me.

Reflective Statement
This work titled Inspire Magic is a representation oh how I wish to change my world by inspiring magic through creativity. I wanted to create a work that included elements of nature (flowers/garden) with creative utensils (pencils) and combine those in a fun and light hearted way (also including Photoshop modification to enhance the desired affect).

The idea is that you can change your world in a creative way by taking what is around you, seeing that beauty and transforming it into a magical world of your own.

The work has both elements of darkness and colour. The base is dry, not green and luscious, it is sticks and bark and the pencils and flowers are emerging from that into rich and vibrant representations of imagination and hope. The background is also dark, with bark positioned to frame the elements together.

I want this work to be a reminder to myself and hopefully other people that you can inspire magic within yourself, even when sometimes things might seem impossible or hard.

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In another entry included for this competition I created an artwork that was quite dark and hoped to show how I wanted to change my world through being able to use art as a way to express instead of escape. I feel like I was able to do that through this, and hope I can continue to do that.
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Innovation generally refers to renewing, changing or creating something new, or more effective. I wanted to try something different from what I have previously entered - something that applies more to everyone than just myself, but still a concept based change more so than physical.
 
The light bulbs, as they are often associated, are symbolic of 'ideas.'

In this piece, I have gone for the concept of taking one thing and putting it in a different and abnormal place to where it would usually belong.
My aim is to make the viewer think outside the box, to consider all possibilities and to accept something unusual as it's seen without question, even if it may be completely 'out of the norm.'

Our worlds can change in the blink of an eye, with our mood, or through our perspective. The idea conveyed here, is to not judge a book by its cover and automatically dismiss an idea, but to welcome something different and have faith in all its possibilities. Open your mind to something new.

This could apply to something as small as a new idea that may or may not be justifiable, as a dream that may seem too big to reach and even as accepting another person for who they are - no matter what beliefs, culture, style/looks or disabilities they may have. View the bigger picture around you, establish your own personality and stand away from conforming to the crowd, believe in all the possibilities, don't be afraid to try something new and unusual and accept things for what they are without stereotyping and judgement. If you can believe in your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem to others and test the limits of your ideas, you can surely achieve anything.
Perspective and state of mind is the most prominent way to change your world for the better, find a positive & accepting outlook, be innovative.   

Change your world, by changing your perspective.

I hope this impacts your perspective for the better and that you enjoy my artwork, thanks for your consideration! 
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I'm entering the competition~ Right at the last minute, but at least I tried ^^: Self-photography is quite challenging....

I hope my statement makes sense ^^; its kinda my thoughts on a page, but I hope they're consistent.

Reflective Statement;

I believe that before changing the world, you have to start with something smaller, like yourself. Whether it is to improve your qualities, setting good habits and (or) working to improve your gifts, changing my world is the first step I'm trying to take. I have photographed my self and my desk in order to reflect upon that, to further add meaning, I also sketched various things in photoshop. The desk is scattered with paper and art materials - to reflect my personality and my want to grasp everything. I have used white guideline type sketches on my desk to signify my artistic progress - only just begun and under construction. The two chibis; one on my shoulder and one near my arm keep me light-hearted company and help me through my process whilst the guidelines on my body remind me to learn from life. The sketchy dove near my head gives me hope and the rainbow is the process of which my world is being changed. To be able to change myself for the better, I hope that in the future, I shall be able to change others' world through my art.
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This is an original work (one of two entries that I am submitting, both vastly different), that I have created specifically for the ‘Billy Blue College of Design’ – ‘Change your World Contest’ moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour…

How exciting - an Australian competition, we (Aussies) do get excluded (due to distance) from many other competitions so this is a fabulous opportunity. I wish I had more time for my submission/s, they are rushed - but I can’t complain after all I have only just returned from another fabulous overseas trip!

So the brief requires that I take anything from the world around me and improve on it / depicting a change that I have made to the world… I am a digital artist and as such I am constantly changing the world as I see it, bringing to life visions that others might also connect with or relate to. I can create or recreate time, worlds and people - such as this image that I am submitting. This image represents the Fifth Battalion (Australian) who were transferred to the Western Front in France in early 1916. After that, over the course of the next two and a half years the 5th Battalion was rotated in and out of the front line and took part in a number of significant battles including at Pozieres, Ypres, Amiens and the Hindenburg Line. Can I change history? No but I can influence others to become interested in our history and from this influence change.

Resources:
All photo stock used is taken by myself (most came from images taken last month on the old Western Front in Belgium including ‘no man’s land’).
Textures from my own resources and also sirius-sdz.deviantart.com/
Brushes from www.brushking.eu/Category/Abst…
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Ok one last entry.

Now Available on Red Bubble! www.redbubble.com/people/charm…

Reflective statement
This was just a plain white T-shirt I wore to my grandmother's funeral (Asians wear white to a funeral). As you can see it's very plain and I wanted it to have a new purpose in life. I initially painted out the design with Chinese inks, scanned it, edited it with gradients and text in Adobe Illustrator and then painted it onto the T-shirt.

In uni I chose to study conservation biology and zoology. Even though I haven't made a career out of it and I don't feel I've done as much volunteering as I should have done, I still think the environment and conservation biology is important. It saddens me when I find out another species has gone extinct and it makes me saddened and disillusioned by mankind. Fashion can make important statements and this shirt is a reminder of what we are doing to the world so hopefully will remember what they are doing to the environment and change for the better. It also serves as a bit of a conversation starter. My family had no idea what this shirt meant and thought that zebras weren't endangered at all (There are a few species of zebra. The Plains Zebra is relatively common but mountain zebras are endangered). I sincerely hope the concept is understood by the rest of the world.

Constructive criticism
I painted this design onto the T-shirt with Permaset silk screening inks. Some areas of the shirt look very drybrushed unfortunately. I'm still debating as to whether or not I should have used a stencil. The inks were also very thick and I couldn't think of a way diluting them to make them thinner and easier to paint onto the shirt. Any ideas? There's not much point in me getting a silkscreen - unfortunately I don't do silk screening often enough to warrant a set. Still any ideas would be great. Constructive criticism on the design is also appreciated.
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Beach pebbles are a beautiful thing, they’re smooth, fit nicely in your hand and have very pleasing shapes but sometimes I give nature a helping hand. Over the years I’ve painted hundreds of these pebbles and all have been given away as random gifts. I paint them with non toxic paint and a waterproof sealer so they can handle water and weather.
On occasion I will paint one and take it back to where I found it, wish it a good life and walk away. This is my way of giving back to the beach from where I gathered my pebbles. Some I’m sure get washed away into the ocean and live their lives as a colourful addition to the beauty below the waves, some will get worn off by the turns and tumbles of the pebbles surrounding them and some will be found by passersby. Can you image the stories these people would tell once discovering the painted pebbles and try to imagine why they are there and where they came from. I’ve never found out the fate of any of my journey pebbles but that doesn't stop me from creating more. 
Ours is a world full of colour and mystery. It is my hope that a little improvement now and then, a little human intervention, might render it even more beautiful.

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Here's my submission to Billy Blue Change The World Contest

moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour…

What I believed in changing the world is in the power of simple things. I learned this in my church from a man who always greets us with " I Respect You and I Love You"

I realized that all I have to do to change the world, to improve the world, is by the little things, little simple things. I believe the power of 'words' will have an impact to people around us, making the world a better place.

Try it by your own~ Try saying "I Respect You and I Love You" , show people you cared a bit to them. :)


I used flowers because it's one of the most beautiful 'simple things that makes us happy'. It is sweet, simple and beautiful. Just a simple flower, with a note that someone in this world actually cares about you. I believe it makes the world a better place.


Flowers are from my aunt's garden.
I made the notes with unused paper from the house and makes the rope with a mushroom bag.
Forgive my bad handwriting XD , it is my handwriting.
Glasses is mine as well :)


Photo is not very special. Just taken with my hand phone camera and retouched it in photoshop.
I hope it makes people smile. I will be very happy if people likes it~
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