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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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Decided to revisit an old concept that didn't work out, and submit it for this contest. Made it just in the nick of time!

Reflective Statement:

When I considered the theme 'Change Your World', I thought of two things: reading and drawing. These two things change my world on a daily basis: not the actual world itself, but my own personal world. Reading makes me see the world around me in a new, inspired why; drawing lets me project that vision back onto the physical world, through the art that I create.

I combined this interpretation of the theme with an idea first explored by Australian artist Shaun Tan, who drew a short comic called 'Create Your Own Pet'. My version is 'Draw Your Own Pet', because the world could always use another furry/finned/feathered friend or two. Drawing this concept by hand frees me to create animals - like winged dogs - that don't exist in the real, mundane world; suddenly, an ordinary pile of books becomes a 'portal' through which these fantastical beasts leap into the real world.

The animals were drawn in pencil, coloured digitally, then superimposed onto photos of books that I took. Each component - drawings (including both lines and colours), books, pencil, eraser, sharpener, paper, background 'table-top' - is a separate item; everything had to be carefully edited and stitched together.
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I first had the idea for this image while at a cafe - the two staff members had made a crown from a cardboard box and were using it as a prop to keep themselves entertained during their shift. It got me thinking about imagination and how it can grow from the smallest, simplest thing. I wanted to create an image that showed a plain space transforming into something more through the imagination. I shot this image against a blank wall in my house and then added the ocean and sky. While I was working on the image I was also reminded of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, which inspired me to add a paper boat to the ocean. I left the floorboards of the room at the bottom of the image to show the transition from the everyday to the imaginary world and then added some texture and colour to give the image a soft, dreamy feel.
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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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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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With technology constantly evolving and becoming a piece of people's lives, we are becoming more accustomed to seeing nature's wonders on a screen, rather than in real life. My primary motive behind the image was to show the contrast between nature and the modern first world lifestyle. I hope nature will one day become more of a priority than materialism.

Everything in the image was photographed and digitally composited by myself.

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Before and After...
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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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