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About liyuconberma01

Big fan of Kung Fu Panda, Sonic the Hedgehog and Keroro Gusou!! And I love drawing manga!!

Surrealism-my subconscious

Nothing was ever certain about Spanish painter Joan Miro, except the certainty of surprise. A product of rugged , fantasy loving Catalonia, Miro created an unpredictable magic world of forms of his own, that in its way matched together incompatible realities that revealed new and intriguing  aesthetic meanings….notably Miro, used Surrealism as a liberating starting point for an exploration of personal fantasies, conscious or unconscious, often through formal means of great beauty.

“The third main Surrealist tendency drew more attention to the materials used by the artist. This tendency survived the break up of the Surrealist movement during the Second World War. It began with the ‘automatic’ drawing technique practiced by Miro, Paul Klee and Andre Masson (b 1896). The line of the pen or other instrument was allowed to rove at will without any conscious planning. Masson tried to achieve the same sort of result in painting, by drawing a mass of lines in an adhesive substance on the canvas, adding color by coatings of different colored sand. After the end of the Surrealist epoch, this approach was carried into painting in New York by Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), the ‘white writing’ paintings of Mark Tobey (1890-1976) and, above all, the vast abstractions of Jackson Pollock which contain a strong element of drawing with paint while the artist was in an ecstatic trance.”
Sometimes through history, something comes along that changes everything as it has been known thus far. In the 1920’s, such an art movement came around that changed the way art was defined. The Surrealist art movement combined elements of its predecessors, Dada and cubism, to create something unknown to the art world. The movement was first rejected, but its eccentric ideas and unique techniques paved the way for a new form of art.

Salvador Dali Paintings are the great example of bizarre painting movement. Those fantastic paintings have been named after its painter Salvador Dali who is considered as one of the best painter of the 20th Century. Salvador Dali took his first lesson in painting from a well-known mimic painter Ramon Pichot. Later on, Salvador Dali Paintings had the painter’s own trademark style rather than being influenced by others.

click here to enlargeSalvador Dali’s paintings had themes that were taken from the comatose humanity and recurred in the dreams.

The golden period for Salvador Dali Paintings started after Second World War. Salvador Dali had interest in numerous things, from science and technology to jewelry. Infact, he chose few of the themes for his surreal paintings from various science publications.

Initially, Salvador Dali Paintings were influenced by classical painters such as Raphael, Velasquez and Ingres. Salvador Dali Paintings also included some paintings related to historical events.

click to enlargeOne of his famous paintings based on a kind of historical series includes The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

Most of the Salvador Dali Paintings can be seen in the two museums committed completely to the painter, i.e. The Dali Museum in U.S.A (in St. Petersburg) that exhibits over 95 oil paintings in Spain.


This is what I dreamt about:

 It is apparently a surrealism picture, although it’s sort of cartoon but it’s beyond my style. I faced “myself” on giant root that floats with my memories; there were bad, good, precious, and also sad. It is a complicated dream, but like everyone dreams, we always think that it makes sense when you drift yourself into dreamland.

PSD file:

Photos used:

  These two pictures are the main textures for my project. Aside of these, most of them were made with brushes in the software, and with multiples choices of the photos of my memories.

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


Diverse Origins Art Piece

This is the final project of the class, so I tempt to do this assignment in a different style, and an unusual way than I used to. During the process, I found it very challenging than I approached before; instead of using differnet textures, I attempted to change my layer with variety of settings, and tried to decrease its opacity to make the entire image more interesting.

I had picked so many pictures, mostly were family group photos, friends, sceneries, and other pictures I held with precious memories.

Photos I used:

  (scenery of Hong Kong) (My fan with ancient Chinese painting on it)  (My seal)  (My friends of Hong Kong and England)  (Pictures that my grandfather had taken in China)  (Diving with my sister in Malaysia) (The seal form)

I used layer settings on every picture; I had also changed the perspectives, and the color schemes. In another words, I was trying to playing around with the system as what they would do to the layer, that way I could learn something more about photoshop.

It was hard-working and uneasy task, but it was worth it. At first, it was hard to arrange the picture, but I also not to make it like a collage. That’s what it called a challenge, but I like challenges. The first concept of the picture was unlike the final piece I did, because I hadn’t added the cartoon version of myself.

I had thought about many poses and style for my character design: there were anime, american styles. But at the end, I chose american style, the reason was I wanted to try something new. I drew myself in american style swinging in the black bars, making myself look playful and also funny. Because that’s who I am, or who I used to be ( with a cowboy hat, and always wearing deep-green jacket like a soldier).

Photoshop (with layers):

This is my final piece:

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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Sandy Skoglund assignment



Quote: “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”—anonymous

The most challenging of this assignment is how to create a well texture background, and work well with functions of Photoshop. But it was an amusing assignment, because I get a chance to learn more about the software and try a new style to make this picture. Using the knowledge I have, I intended to make the background in red and myself in slightly grey, so that maybe create some contrast between these two.

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


Brief Paragraphs on Each Artist

South Pacific – New Zealand Maori Art

1) Robyn Kahukiwa-Taranga

In 1982 Robyn Kahukiwa was awarded a Maori and South Pacific Arts Council grant to undertake a series of paintings celebrating female deities in Maori mythology.

2) Dick Frizzell


A commercial artist and his work is best described as expressionist pop in New Zealand’s icons, such as kiwana icons and combine them into his often cartoon-like paintings and lithographs; his appropriation of the Tiki, which inspired by Mickey Mouse, in paintings that reinvented this symbol in Cubist and Art Deco style.

3) Weston Frizzell


Weston Frizzell is the collaborative venture of Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell with a high performance art partnership; their output draws heavily on appropriated imagery, style and content.

Canadian – Woodland Artists

1) Norval Morriseau- A Separate Reality, 1984 (norval blog)

Norval Morriseau’s style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colors. As in “A Separate Reality”, it depicts the relationship between the spiritual energies of humans and those of the animals, plants and cosmic bodies with which they share the universe; the cosmos is shown enclosed by a domed shape at the bottom centre of the picture.

2) Daphne Odjig- Roots

In “Roots”, she created in three parts it is one of her most admired pieces. The first part depicts a very tranquil life on the reserve, the second part shows the back of a female heading for a city in the distance with tree-roots, a headless body and two blue and red floating faces, with the third part showing a complete person

3) Carl Ray

 Skunk Spirit  CARL RAY – SERIGRAPH-1982

Carl Ray was one of the first native artists to show the secret legends of the Cree people in his art.

4) Jackson Beardy


He was an Anishinini-Indian and his works are characterized by scenes from the holy stories of his people.

5) Goyce Kadegamic-Family Unity,1981

6) Alex Janvier-Morning Star, 1993

The title Morning Star refers to the morning star as a guide or a means of finding direction, each of the four distinct areas of colour in the outside ring represents a period in Native history; for example, in yellow quadrant, a balance of colour and shape reflects a time when the First Peoples were in harmony with nature, with the Great Spirit, and with each other.

7) Jim Logan – A Rethinking on the Western Front 

Jim Logan’s A Rethinking on the Western Front parodies Michelangelo’s image on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of God empowering Adam; in Logan’s version, the Supreme Spirit is passing the gift of humor to the first man of the First Nations.

8) Carl Beam


Among the ranks of First Nation artists, few have earned the acclaim and success of Carl Beam; as a prominent Canadian cultural figure, Beam not only broke many of the social barriers facing emerging aboriginal artists, but also broke new ground by creating works that were intensely autobiographical and that functioned as commentaries on the destructive collision between post-colonialism and native culture.

Plains Art

1) Jane Ash-Poitras – Living in the Storm Too Long, 1992 

This complex, multi-layered work juxtaposes images of contemporary, historical, and popular culture stereotypes of First Nations peoples to images which symbolize their cultural and political oppression; the work calls on contemporary indigenous peoples to remember and to respect their roots—the four skulls, for example, are symbolic of the fact that “Our ancestors’ bones lie buried in the land.”

2) Joane Cardinal-Schubert 
First Nations Affiliation: non-status Blood (Kainai) (b. 1942)
Self-Portrait as an Indian Warshirt, 1991 

In Self-Portrait as an Indian Warshirt, Joane Cardinal Schubert presents a cultural polemic by identifying with Canadian artist Emily Carr in her ongoing “Letters to Emily” series.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


Sandy Skoglund Research


1) Who is Sandy Skoglund?

2) What is the philosophy behind her art?

3) Choose one of her installations to explain its meaning.


1) Sandy Skoglund is an American photographer and installation artist. She creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets or tableaus, furnishing them with carefully selected small children and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.

2) Sandy Skyoglund shapes, bridges, and transforms the plastic mainstream of the visual arts into a complex dynamic that is both parody and convention, experiment and treaties. She remains an individual at a time when huge quantities of art are produced for the masses and some art is even produced collaboratively, generically, and globally. She keeps her work coolly non-didactic, accessible, and delightful to the eye.

Skyoglund’s works is also hypocritically false and synthetic, as much of it is drawn from and reflects an artificial and consumerist culture. “I would say that it falls within the idea of a theme park…almost nonart.” Skyoglund’s respond for the reporter who wanted Skyoglund how to define herself. This reply is as close as anyone has come to encapsulating Skoglund’s work into a single, board term. Her comment does help us understand the synthesis of the photographer, set designer, painter, sculptor, and filmmaker all represented in one person and the mediums all combined in one work. Yet the opposite of this aesthetic synthesis may, in fact, be true. Rather than being less art (or even nonart). Skyoglund’s work may indeed be more art—turbocharged, super, high test, ultra, maxi, premium, advanced, and exclusively hers.


Breathing Glass is Skoglund’s first pictorial sideshow to incorporate glass. Thousands of individually lampworked and mechanically choreographed glass dragonflies flutter amidst miniature marshmallows, against a background of ethereal blue. The illusion is achieved on an entirely different plane in Skoglund’s photograph. Together, the installation and the image suggest that truth may be as elusive as creativity itself. In Skoglund’s own words, “Truthfulness is problematic in everything, and the camera is no more guilty of being untruthful than anything else.”

“Breathing Glass” features thousands of individually lamp-worked, mechanized glass dragonflies, which flutter amidst miniature marshmallows, against a grid of blue-glass panels. An intricate glass mosaic glitters on the floor, while upside-down figures float weightlessly through the work’s open space. The artwork, which will be installed by the artist, will be on permanent view as of Saturday, February 20th in the Lowe’s Tobin Gallery. The installation has been underwritten at the Lowe by local art collector Francien Ruwitch. The book Sandy Skoglund: The Artificial Mirror will be available pre-signed at the Lowe Art Museum Store while supplies last

True to Skoglund form, photography will also play a part in “Radiance,” a completely new, untried idea of the artist’s that seeks to plunge workshop participants into a primal process symbolized by interaction between the ancient staff of life and a childhood craft. After students paint and stab the loaves of bread, they’ll be photographed in their own playground of an installation amid vibrating, contrasting colors.

Like “Breathing Glass” itself, it will be an exercise in walking through doors of perception. And who knows what they’ll find on the other side?

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Name Design Assignment

This is what I made in Photoshop Element picture, mixed of the collection of my memories and experiences in Hong Kong, England, and Malaysia. With a range of print brushes, layer styles, changed fonts, and background creating; I have completed this piece of art, as my new cover of my sketch book.

At the beginning, it wasn’t originally in bright color as the one below. The background was a bit darker than the final piece. But I used the ‘Adjust Color’ in JPGE format to rise up the tint and saturation of the picture.

Working progress:

Pictures I used:



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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


CD Summative Project (Country Songs)

CD covers: (surface)

The reasons why I designed this cover in this style. Because since I chose “Country Song” as my music theme, so I wanted to keep everything in and outside of the covers would be as simple as I could. I cropped the heads of my friends and pasted them on the mermaid photo booth board. In these days, we rarely see this type of photo booth in our neighborhood nor around the city, that’s why I’d like to bring it up from the old days,to make it more like country-style. It is suitable and simple as other country music are.

CD cover: (inside)

Then the inside of the covers, the first one is kind of like a reverse of the first cover. Like you can see their heads at the front instead of their backs. This side of the cover could see their backs as they were behind of the photo booth board. In order to keep the the same themes, “Country songs” and “nymphs”. I tried to make every cover has the connection about the ocean and tropical atmosphere.


All of these covers, as I mentioned before, they are all connected to ocean. So in this poster, I created a background with a light blue background and ancient Rome structures, in the end, the background was alike Atlantis. Hence their band name, “Nymphs”, also known as mermaids, in another word, Atlantis is also their home. That’s why I made this background to suit them and their style.

Photos I used:

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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized