To my first Race for Life event – this was our practice run obviously 😉
To my first Race for Life event – this was our practice run obviously 😉
Happy 1st of the Month!
It has been soooooo long since my last update – I really apologise to everyone for such a quiet couple of weeks. It’s been too stressful at home and I just haven’t been able to get around to blogging. I did book a couple of days off to go Cornwall which I will be posting about shortly.
So just to recap for everyone who has forgotten, The #ArtyProject was initially set up by two beauty bloggers who had a passion for art and felt like they wanted to get back into their “creative mode” and do something wonderful whilst including others within the blogging community. Take a look below for links to other members who are taking part in this wonderful project.
Where I am now?
The project is almost approaching the end and I think I started off so well but a little lost now, especially where I have been away from my computer and away from my sketch book. I don’t have much to show for this update unfortunately but have been playing around with tweaking images. The modified images represent how I would like to look as opposed to how I actually look.
I am very interested in plastic surgery and would consider going under the knife to look ‘more beautiful’. However, despite the desire to have plastic surgery, I wouldn’t like to have extreme plastic surgery where the surgery completely alters my face. I am still a big fan of the natural look and think that have surgery to enhance my look is not a bad thing IMO.
Here’s an image I have been working on recently. I don’t have fancy software or PhotoShop so please excuse the “rawnwss” of the edited image 🙂 I quite like it – it looks quite quirky and looks like it could’ve been a collage of my face (you all know how much I love collages right?!)
How I look Vs How I want to look...
As you can see, I made the eyebrows thicker and more arched, and my eyes are larger than normal. I have also made my nose smaller and thinner around the nostril area as I think a narrow higher nose is very attractive. I elongated my face by giving me a smaller and slightly longer chin to change the face shape from oblong to oval. Fuller lips are all the craze at the moment; just look at Kylie Jenner’s lips – they’re the talk of the town at the moment, and before her it was the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, etc. I am not “obsessed” enough to even think about doing that silly Kylie Jenner shot-glass suction thing that I keep seeing everywhere on Instagram… I will leave that to others.
Most of these features are supposed to be desirable in Asian cultures. Within my own family, many of these features have been drummed into my brain as symbols of beauty so it’s what I personally see as beautiful and by having the features would mean that I am beautiful too.
As I was creating this image, I noticed that when I made just the lips fuller, everything else looked so out of proportion however once I started tweaking the nose and everything else, it looked a bit better. Although, the longer I stare at the altered image, the more I realise how distorted my face looks and weirdly out of proportion it is… I also can’t help thinking that my altered face really looks like how Kylie Jenner looks (i.e. larger eyes, fuller lips) – is it just me or can you see the resemblance too? I’m going to try and do another update with more images of my work before the final piece is due (approx next week!).
Don’t forget to check out the other ArtyProject members!
PS. Don’t forget to check back in a week’s time to see the pièce de résistance!
I cannot believe that it has been two weeks already since my last #ArtyProject post!
It’s crazy how quickly time flies. Anyways, let’s get cracking on our second update – yay! 🙂 So I started off my creating another collage and then followed up with a mind map. The collage looks at the application of makeup – as we use makeup as a way of ‘beautifying’ ourselves I thought this was a cool little collage to do for fun and to help me come up with some more ideas.
I soon remembered back to my A-Level Art project that I picked vanity as a subject and did a lot of work with photos of myself in portrait form and combining it with magazine cuttings to create a mixed media collage. I looked on my beloved Pinterest and went searching for similar work. I typed in Art Beauty Collages or something along those lines and found so many pieces that fit in perfectly with what I am doing but these artists’ work are most similar to what I’m doing; Gabi Trinkaus and photographers Metra Bruno and Laurence Jeanson.
I have written that this my mixed media piece is an interpretation of Trinkaus’ work however when I did this collage, I hadn’t yet found that image so it’s very strange that both pieces look so similar! I was actually trying to re-create that self-portrait collage that I did in collage using the same technique. I then started looking at natural faces vs plastic faces – loads of people have surgical procedures on their face to make them look more ‘beautiful’. The two photographers, Bruno and Jeanson explored how people would look like with plastic surgery using tape and magazine cutouts like myself. 🙂
My response to this was by doing a sketch of my face – this time from observation by looking in the mirror instead of using a photograph. I played around with various magazine cuttings and snipped out facial features that I saw as ‘beautiful’ such as narrow noses, bigger and wider eyes, and fuller lips. Apart from the full lips, this is what most Asian women would deem as being beautiful – especially the wider eyes and narrow nose. I’m quite fortunate to have a small nose but deeply remember my mother criticising my Asian friend’s nose as it was “too low and ugly”. Not cool. However, most Asian cultures are brainwashed into believing that if you want to be beautiful, you need to look like the westerners.
There’s a piece by Esther Honig that shows how an untouched photograph of a young girl would look like when it is retouched by different countries to depict that country’s view on beauty. I’ve extracted a few of the photos and put them side-by-side below so you can see exactly what each country has done to the photo and you can really see a significant difference between all of them. Indonesia was the only “Asian” country they had on there but as you can see, the perception of Asian beauty is exactly what I had thought; lighter skin and brighter wider eyes.
All the stuff I found out was very interesting as I didn’t know other countries tweaked their images to portray their vision of beauty like the Asians do. I now want to move away from just makeup and explore aesthetics and cosmetic surgery a bit more.
Most Asian women that I know (i.e. my mother and her friends) have ALL been under the knife for something. Whether it’s for a boob job, nose job or facial reconstruction – they’ve done it. All to be more youthful, more beautiful. What does this say to their daughters or grand-daughters? I don’t really know. I personally have thought about work done but I am unsure whether I would actually go ahead with it (this is hypothetically speaking as I can’t afford it anyway). Although, botox is only a few hundred pounds per area and lip filler is about £300 so I could get those dreamy fuller lips and wrinkle-free if I saved up. I found another Pinterest image that I thought would be great for the next step in my project which I will look into more and explore Bruno and Jeanson’s work a little more.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project update and don’t forget to look out for it in about two weeks time. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all of the other girls who are also taking part in this project and see what they’re getting up to…
Thanks for reading!
You may remember a post I did almost two weeks ago on joining a wonderful new blog project called the #ArtyProject – it was started by two bloggers who shared a love for art and wanted to get back into the swing of creating something wonderful so the #ArtyProject was born.
The theme chosen to start of the series was ‘Beauty’ and we were allowed to choose any medium we wish and take it from any angle we liked as long as it is based on beauty. I gave you a sneaky peak in my first intro post (click here) on what direction I’ll be taking and now I can finally reveal what I have been up to since the project was started on April 3rd 2015.
Collages & Skteches
I love starting off all of my projects with collages from magazine cuttings and observational drawings or in this case a pen sketch.
The collage of natural faces are what I think beauty is all about. I think that being beautiful should mean to be natural and feel comfortable in your own ‘skin’. The models in the collages obviously have makeup on which is completely reasonable as the look is minimal and natural so it doesn’t look overdone. My beauty look is very similar – always natural and simple because (1) I like it that way and (2) I really don’t have the time for a full face of makeup and contouring on a daily basis.
The pen sketch is an observational drawing from a photo I have of myself. The text around the drawing are my personal thoughts on why I wear makeup and what make up means to me. I also talk about what is ‘beautiful’ in Asian culture; i.e. bigger eyes, lighter skin and higher noses are all facial qualities that the majority of Asians want to have and sometimes will turn to surgery to get that look to be “beautiful”. I would love to be able to paint something but I’m not a great painter so expect to see more sketches, photographs, and collages… maybe I will treat you guys to a painting if it’s good enough!
I haven’t picked up a paintbrush for over 6 years… maybe it’s time then, I guess
I did want to go down the route on body beautiful but I think I will see how it goes – like I said in my introductory post, I want my ideas to grow as I progress so nothing is set in stone – I want to let my ideas bloom and see what path it creates for itself instead. 🙂
Here’s another collage of some inspirational images for the next step in my project and a sneaky peek of what’s next to come.
Other #ArtyProject members
Please check out the other #ArtyProject girls & have a look at what they have been getting up to with their projects:
I hope you guys like my first update so far – let me know what you think about my ideas on the project by leaving a comment below. 🙂
Join in the #ArtyProject and reconnect with your inner artist
It’s been soo long since I’ve last created anything artistic – the closest thing to creativity that I have done so far is my blogging which is kind of saddening in a way. I’ve been having this feeling for the past months and I’ve had numerous discussions with an old art colleague who said she also felt the same. Then, a couple of days ago I came across a tweet by Maryam calling for others to join in this new and exciting project so I had to check out her blog.
After reading the brief, I decided to take part and sent my email to Maryam who contacted Zoe on my behalf and voila – here we are! The girls have also started a Whatsapp Community so all of the bloggers can chat, share ideas and encourage each other to persevere, or in my case, to start on our project! 🙂
So what is the #ArtyProject?
It’s the brainchild of bloggers, Zoe and Vicky. Every 2 months a theme is chosen and at the end of it all, the blogger gets a chance to show off their final piece by blogging about it (remember to use the hashtag #ArtyProject). Every two weeks, a “progress report” should be uploaded so everyone can see we’re doing and encourage each other along if we’re feeling stuck. The progress update can be anything from a sketchbook idea, research, or actually sneak preview of the final piece. In terms of medium, there are no restrictions in terms what to use so it’s completely free reign (woop woop!). The first final piece is due around June 3rd 2015 – so exciting!
Who can join in?
Anyone can join in! You don’t have to be an artist, or have an artistic background. As long as you want to do something creative you can participate – it’s supposed to be a fun thing so there is no right or wrong way to be creative. If you would like to take part, please leave a comment below or contact Zoe or Vicky.
Here are some of the lovely ladies already on the project. Check out their pages for inspiration and also to see what they’re getting up to with theirs;
What is the theme?
As the majority of us bloggers are from a beauty background, it would only be natural to mark the start of something wonderful around/on ‘Beauty’… How we decide to interpret it is completely up to us so I think we will have some really mixed pieces and varied ideas. 🙂
So after a bit of mind-mapping last night (my creativity usually comes to me in the early hours of the morning) I have found something that I would love to do my project on but I am not going to restrict myself. Instead, I will allow my ideas to blossom as I go through the project and simply just refine it and gently direct it along. Most of the research and ideas will be on paper; I will be using mixed media so expect to see drawings, paintings, collages and photography (camera and digital) in the mix.
Here’s a sneaky peek of what is in store…