My name is Dongmin Lin. I am 18 years old. Currently I am a freshmen enrolling in the New York City College of Technology. I came from China, and Chinese is my first language. This September is the turning point of my life, because I went to the college. It is a new environment to me; it felt so unfamiliar to here. Although that I like here a lot. I never ever attend a school that is so far from where I live. I live in flushing, and I barley take the subway, Miss direction often lead me to get lost. I like children very much, I am a girl with a target, and I am also chasing my dream. I like stuff that is made by hand, such as knit scarf, cross-stitch. My passionate is about crafting, cutting papers and making small and delicate objects. I am also very patient. In the next five thru ten years I can imagine my self-sitting in a studio working with my good friends and colleagues. My design aesthetics are simple and easy also with some delicate detail in it. When I come to a new place I would be very shy, but I sincerely hope that everyone in our class can become good friend. I am an optimistic person.
My avatar is a photo of myself. My best friend took the photo. And it was taken on the way to school during last winter’s morning. This image is very meaningful to me. At the time, I lived with my best friend. My friend and I were in same class together. We nearly spend all our times together. My friend enjoys taking photos for me, and she helped me to record my life. We ate corns for breakfast every morning because we think eating corns can lose weight. You can me with black under eye bags because I don’t get much sleep, especially now I have college.
When people look at my avatar they might think I am a very active girl. Actually they are really misunderstood. I am very shy when I communicate with someone that I am not familiar with. Then you might think I like to eat corn. However, that is not what it seems. Actually I do not like to eat corn now. The reason I said this before is because it was that that time of the year, I was on my diet, and that’s why am ate corn everyday. You rarely see me with make up. However, I like makeup. Makeup can make me feel very confident and it makes me feel like am a new person. However, I want to arrive early and be on morning in class, and that’s why you don’t see me with the pretty makeup on in school.
My profile will convey my character, interest and my goal. You may think it’s very hard to communicate with me. But actually it is not. I want to upload this photo because I was a lovely and cheerful girl when you really know me. To be honest I like to make friend, and cherish every friend of mine. You may notice the hat and scarf in my avatar. Yes that is my favorite color, wind red. And the beanie and scarf have taken me a long time to weave. I know there will be countless mistakes before succeed, but I it wont hesitate me to stop trying. So I do not like to easily give up the things I am interesting in, even though it is difficult. But still, I will not lose my passion for advertising design. One of my goals is to graduate within four years. I know if I want to master the skill of English will not be easy. But I believe there will always have pay will have harvest.
Before this project, I would just look out my window and think nothing of what I say. This allowed me to take something so simple and see it through a completely different perspective. I’ve had the same view out that window for years and have never taken a minute to observe the simple things that are right outside. In my opinion, the inking portion of the project was better for me to complete than the cut out piece. I feel that I had more control of what I was trying to accomplish with my work. My cut out could have been more precise with cleaner curves and edges. This was because I was just getting used to the tools I required, therefore some parts didn’t come out the way I intended. This project has taught me some things that I applied to project 2 and 3 but I’m always open to improvement.
This will be my research: view from my window. At the first glence what attracted me is the telegraph pole. This is the wood pillars and tilts. I always felt like it is this might fell one day. There are a lot of wires on the pole, every wire is strait hanging in the sky. Look down from the window there are a yard of plant. My family planted those. There are many kind of plants such as sunflower, elliptic small tomato,and rosemaries;ect. Some will be wrapped around a stick up for plants to grow. These plants make me feel life is full of color. also look out of my window is Kissena Blvd. Many cars go back and froth, it is nonstop action. the sound makes me feel new york never goes to sleep.
Yes project 1 was fun but it was very tedious, but that is art. It took a lot of time using the ruler to make the outlines of each box. This alone probably took 2 hours. Then we has to draw the pictures and pick which fit the criteria of stable and ambiguous. This took about an hour to do. Lastly we cut and paste each picture in to each box. This was about half an hour. At the end a beautiful piece of art was born. Art requires the long hours and tedious work for it to be produced. In class, we critiqued each other. This helped relay information on how to improve our work. When my work was critiqued, I felt accomplished, but it gave me ideas on how I could have made it better . A lot of my peers liked my work but still it could have been better. I liked a lot of people’s work. I gave a lot of ideas which I think were good. Some were hard to understand which were ambiguous and which were stable. Most people economized, this made it easier to tell which was stable and ambiguous. It was a great critique, though it was very quiet in the beginning. Everyone did a good job. I hope we continue to work well together.
In all it took about 3 and a half hours to finish.
I have done some revision on my previous thumbnails, changed them around and inked the newly drawn sketches.
When creating my enlarged thumbnails I wanted to ensure that I had my ambiguous and stable thumbnails. Cutting out the black paper was an issue since I focused heavily on having correct measurements and making it fit within the space. The exact knife was a little confusing for me but I eventually learned how to use it properly and it became a very big help to me. When it was posted on the wall in class I felt very proud of my work and how it came out in the end. When I received critique I realized that I should’ve focused a little more on it’s neatness and detail. All in all I was able to complete the objective and I was very proud of myself for it.
So, project #1 was very fun to do. Yes, it did take time cutting and to paste, but at the end it was a beautiful piece. In class, we did our critiques, and each person had to critique at least two people’s work. When they critiqued my work, I felt both accomplished, but also could have done better. I felt this way because i accomplished everything our professor wanted us to do. Peers liked my worked, it was neat, and very understandable. In the other hand, i critiqued my own work, which is a good thing to do, and I thought maybe i could have done a little better, but overall I think i did pretty good. I liked everyone’s work in general, but since this was a critique, it was time to be honest (evil laugh). Some were hard to understand which were ambiguous and which were stable. Others had to economize more so we could understand it better. The cutting was okay, but there were some that was pretty…. scary . hahaha. Just kidding, but it was a great critique from everyone and of course thanks to our professors and mentor. Great Job everyone !
I would like the start off with saying how frustrating that final work was to complete. I mean it was interesting and new to do in my opinion, but I’m a perfectionist so it was difficult for me to do it just right.
I was relieved to see how some of my classmates pointed out my work and gave me awesome and agreeable suggestions for it to improve a little more. But I was glad to hear that they liked it. To me, they were more of positive and honest feedbacks which is what I wanted to hear of course. Thanks for the suggestions and honest feedbacks!