Final Project

Abstract Portrait

I have a long list of tutorials saved on my computer and I can never find the time to do any of them. I am already pretty proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but I want to push my skills and learn to make more artistic pieces rather than design inspired pieces. I also want to work with portraiture or figure because those are the subjects that I am the most interested in. For my final project I want to make a series of abstract portraits done in Photoshop. I might even create a video in Adobe Premiere since I haven’t worked  in Premiere very much and I want to explore that program more.


Manifesto on Identity

I wanted to take what I learned about formation from my other classes and create a more visually stimulating piece. Identity Formation is broken down into five parts, Self, Family, Institution, Community, and History. These parts aren’t what makes up an individual but it’s how one learns from their experiences. I chose a simple primary color scheme and expanded from those colors and worked from different tints and shades.

I chose to post my manifesto throughout the hallways of the Village at Centennial Square, one of the many housing complexes on the SFSU campus. The Village houses mostly first year students and I thought my manifesto would allow them to think about there self-actualization.

Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage

This document was written by Maria P. P. Root Phd, a clinical psychologist based in Seattle Washington. She was born in Manila, Philippines, and received her degrees in Psychology and Sociology from University California, Riverside and her Phd in Clinical Psychology from University of Washington. Her studies focus on multiracial identity, she has published award winning books on mixed heritage identities and produced the Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage. Changes to the U.S. Census were made in reference to her books and her documents, which resulted in the “check one or more races” format.

The Holstee Manifesto


The Holstee Manifesto

The creators of this manifesto wrote up the Holstee Manifesto as a way to motivate them throughout life and throughout their work. Dave, Mike,and Fabian, the founders, sat on the steps of Union Square in New York City and asked themselves “how does one define success?” And “what can one do to achieve a more positive mindset?” The goals that are set are meant to change the way we define happiness. This manifesto has been translated into 13 different languages.

Cory Doctorow’s: “Writing in the Age of Distraction”

Cory Doctorow’s TED Talk


Cory Doctorow’s article brings attention to the question, Is technology beneficial or distracting? The idea is that technology and the internet does have its benefits and it is, for some, a main source of pleasure, entertainment, and information. However Doctorow’s acknowledges that there is “the tug of an attention black hole: a time-sink that is just waiting to fill my every discretionary moment with distraction.”

In his article he lists the different ways we can keep ourselves from being distracted and how to focus on being more productive. He advices that we set goals, to set up a detailed schedule and so we have a clear start and end to our day. He also said to allow yourself to take breaks that its important to stop what you’re doing. This is especially important because it gives to a chance to reflect back on your work little by little.

He also mentions all the little unnecessary things that occur when we work. How we spend so much time making sure the atmosphere is right, how we let technology take over our creative thinking. Yes, things like spell check has a huge impact in our work process.

And things like alerts are obviously one of the most distracting of them all. We want to be notified constantly about what is going on, Facebook messages, Instagram likes, and emails alerts, take you out of your work environment. I simple “ding” can grab your attention.

The main point is that it is easy to get lost in the endless wasteland of the internet, but how much will Doctorow’s advice help us. His article gives us simple ways to keep us from getting distracted from the internet but how will we be able to avoid becoming completely dependent on the internet and technology? Is it to late for us? Is there any way of going back?

Asphyxia: Dance + Technology



“asphyxia” video

This project is a collaborative effort created by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips. This experimental film explores the combination of technology and human movement. One element that was very important in putting together this piece together was the process in developing the equipment to animate the dancer. “The team used two inexpensive Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka and then rendered the data inside a near photo-realistic environment.”

The animation style also compliments the series of movements and the story the body is trying to tell. The figure may look busy at times but the dancer’s simple choreography makes it easy to make out each pose. Although this project was developed with limited resources, Asphyxia still ended up becoming a beautiful piece of artwork.




Nobumichi Asai


With a team of CGI specialists and make up artists, Nobumichi Asai directed and produced the piece Omote. Omote is Japanese for face or mask, when putting together the more artistic parts of this piece, Asai decided to reflect Japan’s cultural ideas of beauty and through the different make up looks that are projected onto the model. “Through the use of face tracking and projection mapping a models face can be altered in real-time.” That combined with abstract visuals makes up the futuristic and technical details of Omote.

Asai has expressed the importance of representation. As impressive as this technology is Asai still wants the main focus to be on the model and the images that are being projected. Since the model is limited to blinking and bobbing her head around, it seems that what makes this combination of art and tech majestic is the simple story that is being told. The Evolution of Japanese aesthetic.