When I work I like to listen to this album, a soundtrack from an amazing computer game called Papo Y Yo. When working and studying, litening to game music is a good suggestion, as it is designed for the player to focus on the game, give a nice atmosphere whilst not distracting the listener.
Picture credit to Minority Media and the game Papo Y Yo.
After following the Swedish project Monthly Makers for quite a while now, I decided to make my own little contribution. The theme of this month is letters and words. I created a mandala in Illustrator using letters as the only element. The letters are forming the word systerskap (sisterhood). The typeface I used is Helvetica, as it is one of the most recognized typefaces out there, which makes it easier to read when tangled up in a mandala.
I colored two versions of the mandala, using Photoshop. It may have been more convenient using Illustrator, but as I navigate through Photoshop way faster than any other adobe software, I often choose it for convenience and to avoid getting stuck with tools I don’t master (yet).
School starts soon and I couldn’t be more excited to finally start on my bachelor’s degree in fine arts. I’m practicing drawing every day, I have started reading my course literature and gotten a new planner. Also it’s finally getting a bit cooler in the air. During the day the temperature is now constantly under 30 degrees (I know, its still hotter than summer in Finland), and evenings are now chilly enough for sweaters. How I have waited!
♦ 5 years ago, I’d bring my camera everywhere. To school, movienight, going for a coffee, lunches, dinners, walks… Everywhere.
♦ I don’t do that anymore, why? Because I’m afraid of taking bad and mediocre photos. Why even bother taking a picture just for the sake of the moment if the light isn’t perfect, if the hair and clothes aren’t perfect and if there is a car or people in the background to ruin the composition or the feel in the photo.
♦ There was a year that I would still bring my camera out with me, but take less and less pictures because they wont turn out good anyway. So I stopped bringing my camera.
♦ Seeing my camera made me feel like “meh” and “umph”
♦ The few times I take photos I approve of, and actually bring them all the way into photoshop, you’ll see me tweaking it for hours, until I scrap it and think “meh, this photo will never become perfect”
♦ This is where analog photography comes in. I point, shoot on automatic mode, and take it to a shop to be developed. For a person like me this is frightening, not having a clue on how the picture will turn out, no possibilites to tweak, to make it a little more perfect, all of that is gone. And so what?
♦ This summer I’m challenging myself to loosen up. I’m trying to find that thing about photography I used to enjoy so much, and leave the performance anxiety behind.
I am going to make an attempt at quoting, or rather paraphrasing maybe, it was never my strong side. Anyway, Picasso once apparently said something like this sometime: When drawing a body, a face or any other part of the human (or animal), don’t get frustrated trying to draw both sides the same. Because they are not, the human body is not symmetrical.
Inspired by the Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka, I took some of my old analog photos, that don’t really stand out on their own, and treated them with hot oil. Below is the result. I like how unpredictable the colors and bubbles on the surface turned out, yet how precisely I could steer the oil.
And despite all of the terrible things going on around us in the world these days, I am extraordinarily happy today, as our already big family became a little bigger today.
Remember a couple of months ago when I wrote about paint books? I showed some small pieces of what my book looked like back then, and boy, did it develop from that! Here you go, the finished piece, which is exhibited in our living room at the moment, for guests to pick up and look through, and even myself. Each page is filled with small compositions that can be looked at in so many different ways. The books helps me relax, and encourages me to fly away with imagination.