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ARTWORK BY: MYIA BROWN


“...but the womb... is not yet ready to let

GO.”

CHILDBIRTH The work affects the eye of the viewer because of the vivid colors and confusing style. I wanted the viewer to see the doctor’s hand first because of the vivid color then trail down to the infant. I made the baby a different medium from the chaotic background and the colors like the womb to stick out as well. The umbilical cord on its’ way to wrapping around the baby to express the possibility of the baby not being able to breathe.

I want people to rethink pregnancy and how it’s a delicate situation that can yield priceless results. If care is taken during the pregnancy then the baby would be ready to come out. But people should also be weary of the possibilities of stillbirths or water getting in the babies lungs. The doctor’s hand represents the delivery of the baby but the womb, after caring for the baby for 9 months is not yet ready to let go. And that’s when a pregnancy can last for hours and hours.

The tools that were used for this piece were Pens, pencils, Sharpie markers, and LYRA skin tone pencils. I first drew the outline with pen and filled in the details such as the ascending lines fromd ark to light and the fish scale patterns with pen as well. After that I colored over all of the pen with Sharpie markers of different colors. Then I drew the baby and the hand in pencil then colored them with the skin tone pencils.


“... what many people do under stress, anger or depression ... is drink.”

DRUNK ZEBRA The work affects the eye of the viewer because of the vivid colors and confusing style. I wanted the viewer to see the doctor’s hand first because of the vivid color then trail down to the infant. I made the baby a different medium from the chaotic background and the colors like the womb to stick out as well. The umbilical cord on its’ way to wrapping around the baby to express the possibility of the baby not being able to breathe.

I want people to rethink pregnancy and how it’s a delicate situation that can yield priceless results. If care is taken during the pregnancy then the baby would be ready to come out. But people should also be weary of the possibilities of stillbirths or water getting in the babies lungs. The doctor’s hand represents the delivery of the baby but the womb, after caring for the baby for 9 months is not yet ready to let go. And that’s when a pregnancy can last for hours and hours.

The tools that were used for this piece were Pens, pencils, Sharpie markers, and LYRA skin tone pencils. I first drew the outline with pen and filled in the details such as the ascending lines from dark to light and the fish scale patterns with pen as well. After that I colored over all of the pen with Sharpie markers of different colors. Then I drew the baby and the hand in pencil then colored them with the skin tone pencils.


“...guess what the zebra is so upset and angry about.�

Pissed Zebra I did this work strictly with Sharpie marker. I first drew the outline in a thin Sharpie black marker, then just filled in the details with different colors. I did the background last because of size and how much room I was fill was unclear.

The background in this piece definitely affected the eye, because of the boldness of the colors. I wanted the spectator to see the background first to get a sense that the artowrk was about some anger/rage. Then I wanted them to realize that it was a zebra that was upset.

The message of the artowrk is to try and guess what the zebra is just so upset and angry about. I want people to think and just come up with the story on their own because it can be a lot of things.


“...never really standing still when there is so much variety around.�

Moving Arrows To make this piece I used cotton swabs, Sharpie markers and clear tape. I first lined the cotton swabs to alternate being out. After lining them up I took a random assortment of Sharpie markers and colored the cotton on the swabs in a random fashion. After that I took the black Sharpie and drew arrows on the middle of the swabs going down. I used the tape to keep the swabs in place by putting long strips of the tape down the back.

The work affects the eye by the vivid colors throughout the piece. Then the eye is drawn to the arrows down the middle. I wanted the viewer to first see the bright colors that are randomnly placed and then the yellow in the middle which is really the predominant color. I made the spectator see this by making the cotton swabs not placed completely side by side but in a way that you will see the colors first.

I wanted the viewer to think about moving around and never really standing still when their is so much variety around. The variety is represented by the assortment of colors. I want them to want to express themselves and be like the cotton swabs and be different because the normal swab is not those colors you have to make them that color.


“...look at this as a peaceful aftermath of the previous pictures.”

Green Zebra I first outlined the piece with pencil, then I drew over it with a thin Sharpie black marker. I took a thick black Sharpie marker and colored in the stripes that I wanted black and then I outlined the arrows. Next, I took a light green Sharpie marker and colored in the remaining stripes as well as details in the arrows that surround the subject. Then to complete it, I took a dark green Sharpie marker and colored in the background.

I wanted the viewer to first look at the zebra because it is the bright subject and it basically takes up the page. The next thing that the viewer should look at is the various arrows and their details. I did this by having a lot of arrows present and having them in different patterns to give a sense of chaos that I have in my other images.

I wanted the viewer to look at this as if it is a serene image. The green’s to me stick out and give off a pleasant feel. Though the arrows give off a chaotic feel, the green colors in a way slow it down to look peaceful. The viewer should look at this as a somewhat peaceful aftermath of the previous pictures.


“..babies can have substance instead of just laughing.”

TWO BABIES I first took Lyra skin tone pencils and drew an outline of the two babies, and filled in the spaces loosely. The artist that I decided to expound off of was Isabel Bishop’s “Two Girls”. The style of her drawing was really fast and loose and the little details make up the whole subject. After coloring in the subjects, I colored the shirts with Prismacolor pencils. After the subjects were done I went to outlining the arrows and the various things in the background with a black ink pen. After that I colored in the details with Sharpie markers of assorted colors.

I wanted the viewer to first see the background actually. The bright colors and chaos stands out among the two babies in the foreground. I achieved this by not having the babies with so much detail so the viewer takes a glance at the babies then move on to the detailed background.

I wanted the viewer to think about how babies can have substance instead of just laughing. The background can be described as the babies expressive minds and the chaos of their lives though they just came into the world.


“Simple yet chaotic.�

DEPTH I first drew the outline of the arrows in thick black Sharpie marker. Then I colored the inside of the arrows with assorted Sharpie colors. Following, I drew the various designs such as the bubbles style, the fading effect and the checkerboard pattern in the background. I colored over the designs with Sharpie markers.

I wanted the viewer to first see the bright colors of the larger arrows in the foreground. Then I wanted the viewer to feel like they can jump in the middle because the swirls seem to get darker in the middle.

The viewer should think about a basic piece of artwork that seems simple yet it gives the chaotic appearance. The viewer should think about the previous pieces and see how it slides away from the zebra and the baby pictures and has you think about whether it is which.


“..see the baby and the zebra as equals.”

Babies and Zebras I first cut strips of equal length and width. Then I drew the outline of the baby with pencil then traced them with a thin black Sharpie marker. Then I took LYRA skin tone colored pencils to color in the baby’s face. Then I took a black pen and an assortment of Sharpie markers and did a chaotic background. For the zebra strip, I outlined the zebra and did the stripes and colored it in with a thick black Sharpie marker. Then I took a black pen and different colored Sharpie markers and did the background.

I wanted the viewer to see both of the pieces together. I want the viewer to choose their preference and stick with that side in my concentration. Then after they finish that side they can go to the other if they want to.

I wanted the audience to see the baby and the zebra as equals with an equal chance to get chosen to be viewed. The piece was meant to be shown as both the baby and the zebra as close in nature.


“..experience the zebra being happy by all the bright colors.�

Bright Zebra I first took a photo of a zebra on google.com, then I changed the contrast on an app I have called Photoshop Express which allows me to do so. Then I saved the picture and opened the app called the Autodesk Sketchpad which allows me to color and edit the picture. I used the marker tool and used various colors to color in place of the white stripes. For the background, I took a previous piece I did and erased it to where it fit into the photo with the zebra. I then created a black midst effect along the zebra for distinction.

I wanted the viewer to first see the zebra. I achieved it by making the zebra noticeably brighter and bigger to fit the frame. I then wanted the viewer to see the background. I managed to get the viewer to see the background second by having it significantly smaller than the subject which is the zebra.

I wanted the audience to experience the zebra being happy by all the bright colors. If the viewer saw my previous pictures they would see a clear difference in how the zebra was before. The zebra before was annoyed and angry and now he is having a change by showing happiness.


O P P O S I T I O N


WHICH SIDE I first drew an outline of the zebra and the baby in pencil. Then I colored in the stripes of the zebra with a thick balck Sharpie marker. After that I took LYRA skin tone pencils and did the babies face. Using a balck marker I colored the babies shirt. Then I took an assortment of Sharpie markers and did the background.

WOULD YOU I wanted the viewer to first look at the zebra and I achieved this by using the negative space in the zebra. Then I wanted the viewer to look at the baby since it is a different medium. Then to take a look at the background created by marker.

CHOOSE?? I wanted the viewer to look at this piece as an introduction into what there is to come in the rest of the concentration. The baby and the zebra to me are in somewhat same circumstances. We can all express our emotions and I want a zebra to be able to do the same.


“...see the tedious work of stippling...�

HOME I first outlined the couch and the doorway in the background. After that I drew the lines where shade and highlights would be placed. Then I took a thin black Sharpie marker and stippled the entire couch.

I wanted the viewer to first see the couch. I achieved this by creating shadow by overlapping the marks made by the Sharpie to create an even dark layer. This created contrast in the picture and makes the eye look. Then the background was intended to be looked at secondly.

I wanted the audience to see the tedious work of stippling the couch and the doorway. This was not meant to have a deep meaning in my opinion it was just to be seen as a joy because it was timeconsuming.


“...a struggling student is ironically done in bright colors.�

STRUGGLES I first took pencil and drew the outline of my brother who had his hand placed on his head. I then took the black pastel and did the spots I wanted black. Then carefully I did the blue-ish teal colors and made a gradient effect. Then I took a light blue and white chalk pastel and colored the t-shirt and did different lines to create lines in the shirt. After that I did the chair with blue, grey, and black chalk pastel.

After I was done with the foreground I colored the background with an orange and red chalk pastel. I wanted the viewer to first look at the subject in the front. After that I wanted them to look at the bright background and see the contrast of the two.

I wanted the viewers to see this subject as a struggling student who is ironically done in bright colors. The struggling student is having problems with grades and outside influences. I wanted the subject to be considered to be a high school student.


“...feel like we can go back to being one with nature.�

EVE I took a lot of shots in a garden downtown. In took this photo with my Nikon Coolpix camera. I first told my sister that I wanted to just see half of her. She decided to raise her arm to pose. This was one of the 12 shots that I took of her. After we got the shot I went on Adobe Photoshop and changed the saturation and contrast of the picture.

I wanted the viewer to look at the subject first because she is the only thing in the picture of a different color. Then I wanted them to see green. And thirdly in the piece is to also see the different textures and various shades of green such as the marble, the vines and the trees.

I wanted the audience to feel like we can go back to being one with nature. Even you can find nature in downtown Chicago amidst the chaotic atmosphere.


“...has a sense of seriousness... even though it is in a garden area in downtown Chicago.�

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH For this piece I first took various angle shots of the fountain and I took the third one. I then cropped the photo in Adobe Photoshop. Next, I played with the brightness and contrast after switching the color through saturation to black and white.

I wanted the viewer to look at the woman pouring the water first. I achieved this by making the women at the bottom be cut off so the viewer would tend to show little attention until after seeing the woman on top first. The next thing I wanted them to view was the women getting water on them.

I wanted the audience to have a sense of seriousness and feel like this picture is creating an epic effect. This picture was meant to give off a feeling of old days even though it is in a garden area in downtown Chicago.


“...the building looks old and yet still stands in downtown Chicago...�

CHICAGO I first took a couple of pictures from my Nikon Coolpix camera from different angles and I picked the one from an angle that I liked. This picture I then took to Adobe Photoshop and played around with the brightness and contrast. I then cropped the picture to just show majority the building.

I wanted the viewer to first, of course see the building then to explore around to the other buildings. The angle of the camera allows you to see the variety of buildings and experience their beauty.

I wanted the audience to think about the progression of Chicago. To also see how the building looks old and not that modern yet still stands in downtown Chicago with no effort to fit in.


“...such colors can work in harmony with no effort.”

FLOWER I first drew an outline with pencil. Then I outlined where I wanted various shadings by using chalk pastels. Then I filled in the shading areas with the pastels. Then I colored the background with the purple chalk pastels.

I wanted the viewer to first see the flower’s middle which is placed in the corner. Then I wanted the viewer to venture to the petals of the flower and finally, the background.

I wanted the audience to see the beauty of a flower and how such colors can work in harmony with no effort. This balance is beautiful and should be strived throughout the world in gardens.


“It seems like it does not belong but in the environment... but,it can be considered to belong.”

THE VIBE I first took a picture with my Nikon Coolpix camera. I then took the photo into Adobe Photoshop to change the saturation on the lion dramatically as well as the background. I then cropped the picture to show most of the activity on the left of the lion.

I wanted the viewer to first take a look at the lion. Then I wanted the viewer’s eye to trail onto the left to take of a view of view around the lion.

I wanted the viewers to see the lion as an implant into society. It seems like it does not belong but in the environment it was placed it can be considered to belong.


“find out what is so special about the boy and the girl..�

A BOY AND A GIRL I first took the photo that was taken of me and my brother when we were about 6 and outlined it onto a sketchbook page. I then outlined the fine details with a pencil. Then I took chalk pastel pencils and did the faces and the arms and legs. Then I took the regular sticks of chalk pastels and colored the shirts, pants and shorts. After that I colored the street and the sidewalk.

I wanted the viewer to first look at the boy and the girl in the foreground. Then I wanted the viewer to view the environment of adults around them and the one child.

I wanted the viewers to not see any more faces than what the ones they needed to see. This creates the necessity in the viewer to find out what is so special about the boy and the girl to where they are the only faces seen.


“...see how creative people would get to get their work out there.�

ADVERTISEMENT I first took several shots of the piece and the background together. I picked the fifth picture. Then I took this picture into Adobe Photoshop and cropped it. I then played with the saturation, contrast and brightness.

I wanted the viewer to first see the piece on display because of its bright colors. I made this possible by making the colors on the piece as bright as possible. Then I wanted the viewer to look at the bright background.

I wanted the audience to see the background as almost unrecognizable at a glance. I just wanted the viewer to see what was important which is the piece and then the tree which in my opinion balances it out and brings in contrast. It is interesting to see how creative people would get to get their work out there.



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