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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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Reflective Statement:

We can make a big change not only at home and in the society but in the entire world if we help one another. Life would be easier, happier and even more wonderful if we can make a change within ourselves to do what is right and good for us and to other people as well. No walls high enough if we work hand in hand.

Creative process:

I took the photo of the brick wall using my Canon 550D. I transfer the photo to my iPad and painted the ants, stem, leaves, spaghetti noodle and meatball using Procreate painting app for the iPad..
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I could submit a second entry.. so why not?
Basically, this image is a 'modern' twist of the classic, surreal contemporary piece by S.Dali and P.Halsman
Wooden chairs are replaced by office chairs
The canvas is turned into an iPad
In Modern art, zebra print is more 'fashionable' than naked ladies
Cats turn into dogs
Stands turn into laptops
Paintbrushes change into cameras
And I replace Dali =D

The inspiration behind it came from the rapidly evolving forms of art. New technology comes with innovation and by blending the two together creates something new entirely.
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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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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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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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A few months ago, I was delivered the sad news that our beloved garage door was... (pause for effect) ...dying. It was looking a little run down- peeling paint, chipped corners. What it needed was some TLC, some very, very unique TLC, which fortunately I happen to specialise in. And so my "Make the Garage Beautiful" project was born. The door got a fresh paint, the pattern was stenciled on and then I painted it. And guess what-the garage door is still alive and working! I guess you could say that in changing my world I also saved a life! Now passers by stop for a second when they pass by my house. It is a change from the usual project homes popping up all over Sydney- you couldn't find this one in a catalogue.

I love patterns and their simple lines can completely transform a surface when repeated. They are simple but complex at the same time and I find them mesmerizing to look at. I wanted to create a place where I could experience this every day. I love seeing the change process that is usually so gradual sped up into a few seconds to make it feel as though you can experience hours in a few seconds, which is why I made my artwork in GIF form.
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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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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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