Friday, December 27, 2013

gweenkent is back!!! AND ...

hm... it has been 6 months (or less) since my last post but here I am again, gweenkent is finally back to his blog. I will proudly announce that I will routinely be updating my blog starting this month of December. Anw,

"Merry Christmas"
A belated greeting from gweenkent

Actually, writing has been my recent activities - from checking paper, writing comments to filling student reports. That's pretty much one big main reason of my unintentional leaving! Lying haha... That's not it. I don't know but I felt like I had to take some days off from this blogging stuff and do more works (till now 0% works done -.-")

Not to mention that I also have to deal with League of Legends. I main AP mid, primarily playing burst mages - such Leblanc and Veigar are my main - or sometimes, support. Ehhh!! okay! enough of LoL for now.

AND... you know what? What I want to write about today is something (a bit) special to a greatest friend of mine. December, 27 means a lot to her. 
AND... for this opportunity, I am going to take some moment to write some good words to her in this post.

So, who's going to celebrate a birthday? You're gonna celebrate. 
And who's going to blow out the candles? You're gonna blow them out. 
And who's going to have so much fun? You are going to have a lot of fun!! 

Happy Birthday Linda~!

On this special day, I wish you all the very best, all the joy you can ever have and may you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow, and the days to come! May you have a fantastic birthday and many more to come... 
Keep being awesome, cheerful, smart friend of mine! Happy BirthDa~!

BIRTHDAY PRESENT? I bet you are travelling somewhere this time, so... I will not send you a present at this moment. anw, I myself have made you a present and I did capture a shot! Yo! Hope you like it :)

a 6-hour sketch of Linda
p.s. I swear you look better than my sketchy drawing. Sorry for distorting your pretty face ._.


tada~
gweenkent

Friday, June 14, 2013

Protest Speech


LIVE WITH PASSION
DIE WITH DIGNITY!


So, this is what I did for my Public Speaking class' final! 
Correct! It's Protest Speech :) This speech was special! We had to go out from our warm dent and protest outside the baseball field while facing the Washington state's weather. Protest? Outside? It must be scary. Indeed! But it's so much fun, it's cold though. 

Anw, what is important in protest speech is that: As a speaker, I am rallying to take action, not provoking! Ethics in protest speaking are very important (which means NO VIOLENCE, NO HARSH LANGUAGE, etc!). The goals and action promoted are both important in this type of speech as well. I was speaking to the audience who was on my side and shares the same concerns, agreements and values like I do. And once again, a speaker MUST NOT provoke, but rally and stir up the audience to take action!


Rules of protest speech in this class:
* BE RESPECTFUL!
* Establish ethos through language, delivery and content!
* Rally, NOT provoke!
* Use at least 2 protest posters.
* Give a good solution and action (NO VIOLENT ACT).
* Speech should be at least 3 mins with 5 mins maximum.
* Use at least 6 types of Figures of speech! (repetition, alliteration, hyperbole, etc)


With the protest posters (or slogans I could say) at the back, I was protesting that euthanasia should be allowed in the US.


 "Several people are suffering and dying as we speak this momentright now! Are we just going to sit and see them suffering? Are we just going to let them face such painful and pitiful death? Are we just going to let the government take our freedom? Our right to die with dignity?  No! We’re just not going to let these happen!" 
- My protest speech transition

tada~
Kenneth

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spring Quarter: Week 10 Just Gone!

Spring Quarter was my second quarter and is a much busier quarter than the Winter but... it's worth the time! I have learnt a lot in this quarter, learn to become a good artist, a better writer, and a credible speaker.

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Every teacher in my class has this to say about Week 10.


Danielle: Week 10 everybody! Yeah, We make it!
[instructor of English Composition]

Katherine: Hellooo everyone! Good morningg :) Week 10!
[instructor of Public Speaking]

Luark: Believe it or not, it's week 10 now!
[instructor of Color Theory and Design]

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And with just a blink, it's Week 10 now which means it's a final week!! btw, I am just done with this quarter so I wanna say,
Good luck for those who are still having final for the next two days!


So anw, last quarter, my most favorite instructor goes to Luark. This quarter, it goes to Katherine
Katherine has really been such an awesome instructor! 

I really like her class. Very time-consuming but very rewarding
Gain a lot of things from this class. I, who do not like speech, was stunned by Katherine with her energetic and friendly presence and teaching style. She has changed me a lot! Never have I met such a teacher who is so dedicated to teaching. I feel like I am a better speaker now than I was 10 Weeks ago :p

In her public speaking class, I learn how to write informative, persuasive and protest speech. The types of language used in each speech are different. I also learn how to develop my ethos as a speaker through delivery, content, references, visual aids, etc. 

It was an amazing class with amazing friends :) They have been so supportive throughout the quarter and always gave positive feedback to one another. Katherine's constructive feedback and assignment have also played a good role in improving me to be a good speaker. 
Thank you so much for being a wonderful instructor! :) anw, Katherine, I will miss your bucket full of candies :p


Week 10 was finally ended up with a protest speech and a hug from my professors and a photo with my most awesome art instructor :)

prof. Luark and me


tada~
Kenneth

Thursday, June 06, 2013

TTS Assignment

TTS? What's it anyway? well, it stands for Tint-Tone-Shade.

TTS assignment is pretty straightforward. It is one assignment that nearly all students can score perfect grade. Students are required to choose 1 hue from the twelve (based on a 12-hue color wheel). Then tints and shades the hue into different values and tones it into duller hues (unsaturated). So, you might wonder : What the hell is this "tint, tone and shade"?


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Let's begin with a brief lecture :)

So, the first T stands for Tint which means adding WHITE to a hue.
Tinting will change the value of a hue (to a higher value) as well as the intensity of the color. It will impact the color intensity but not in a very significant way like toning OR adding complimentary colors (will be discussed in the next assignment). Adding white to a hue will dull the color but it will not break the color (which means if it's in a green family, it will always remain in a green family).
Tinting colors often looks like Pastel.

Let's move to S first. It actually stands for Shade. A shade is simply any colors mixed with BLACK.
Shading will change the value of a hue (darken the value) and yes, the saturation (intensity) of the color. Shading will dull your color just like tinting and toning.

And finally, the middle T which is a little bit special. Toning means adding gray to a pure hue. Toning will greatly impact the color intensity. Toning will make the pure color look very dull from the pure hue.

Let's get some visual images to better understand the terms. 
Below are two paintings (Self-Portrait) by Van Gogh.


Vincent Van Gogh, Selbstporträt, 1889, Oil on Canvas, 25.6 x 21.3 inch
(commons.wikimedia.org)
As we can see, blue is used excessively in his self-portrait above. Notice that almost all areas are tints of some hues. The tints of blue  make up lots of the area of his painting. Also notice that Van Gogh used tinted blue-green in several areas. Not much shading and toning are happening in his above artworks.

Vincent Van Gogh, Selbstporträt, 1888, Oil on Canvas, 15.7 x 12.2 inch
(commons.wikimedia.org)
In this second painting, you can see tones of several hues in some areas. Van Gogh toned the green (a little bit to blue-green) for the background. Tinting happens is some areas (such as the shirt). Shading also exist in some areas here but the artist played with complements a lot to form more expressive darker colors in some areas.

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Overview of My TTS.

Title: Tints, Tones, Shades

Materials and tools:
- acrylic paints
- watercolor paper
- 8.5" x 11" Bristol board
- pencil, eraser, ruler
- scissor, knife, cutting pad
- painting equipment (brush, pallete, pallete knife)
- rubber cement and its pick-up

RULES:
1. Select one color from the 12-hue color wheel. Select one except YELLOW. Highly advisable: use a MID-VALUE hue.

2. As shown above (my project) :

  • Adding the white to the selected hue, create three very distinct tints (play with the value).
  • Adding the black to the hue, create three very different shades (pay with the value as well).
  • Adding the gray of SAME VALUE as your hue (refer to Value Scale), create three visibly different tones ( play with saturation).
3. Each module must be cut out into 1" x 1.5" chips and spacing between each module is 1/8".

4. As always, REMOVE EXCESS RUBBER CEMENT AND PENCIL LINE!

Not much to say in this assignment. It's pretty easy :p
Just remember to not use Yellow because if you are to shade the yellow, it will turn into greenish yellow. One more: Don't choose Violet, Blue-Violet and Red-Violet and (perhaps) Blue! Tinting would yield a very good result but when you shade them, you will cry. Why? You need 3 shades here and they must be distinct! When it comes to shading the dark values of each hue will not give you three very different shades.



Note that the pigments used in this class are
Quinacridone Red, Hansa Yellow Light, Phthalo BlueTitanium White and Carbon Black

*If you use other pigments, the result of the mixture (colors) will be different.



Next Assignment: Subduing Complements

tada~
Kenneth

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Food Blending: Fried Rice

It's always great to try something new, especially food! Well, who doesn't love to eat? Everyone does and I am too (although I am a little bit picky). And last two weeks (perhaps), my housemate and I had to prepare dinner for ourselves because our host mother had something urgent to do.  

And guess what? We decided to go for fried rice for our dinner. We then decided to share half of our portion to each of us. This is what-so-called as FOOD BLENDING :p

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Problems are:
I like spicy (very very spicy), but he doesn't.
I like salty food, but he doesn't.
I like to use lots of spices and sauce, but he doesn't.
He likes to use vegetable to cook fried rice, but I don't.
He used little tini-tiny butter to cook fried rice, but I use A LOT.

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It's a challenge for us, specially for me. I really like to use lots of spices in my cooking: Onion and garlic powder; salt, sugar (only a pinch) and pepper; paprika powder; chili powder; plus the sauce - sweet and salty soy sauce. And sometimes, I even cook with chili sauce. But knowing that he doesn't like spicy, I really have to avoid this chili thing. Well, I still used the spices but I tried to lessen the amount of the spices I usually use to half. And believe it or not, it still smells good :p The taste? Well, of course, I guarantee you! It's 100% tasty :9 LOL

You might wonder why my friend prefers a simple, plain fried rice. It's not that because he cannot cook. It's just he was brought up into a very very healthy family. Food is with very little salt, little spices, and little sauce and is cooked with very little oil. Very healthy, isn't it? Indeed!

My Fried Rice - Indonesian Version
Jacky's Fried Rice - Hong Kong Version
And the Fusion looks like:

This!
Close up view: Fried Rice Blends [HK + ID]
This is what likely to happen when Indonesian and Hong Kong food meet together :P

My next Food Blending episode would be: Noodles LOL

tada~
Kenneth

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Value Scale Assignment

And as promised, here is my Value Scale Assignment.

Value Scale is a... difficult assignment. Yes it is pretty much a difficult one! The second assignment but a very tough one, I can say. I have to train my eyes to see the values of each colors and the way to see the difference of values of each color is to look at the corresponding gray scale. Believe it or not, if you don't possess a good pair of eyes, you will be having a very hard time distinguishing the value of the colors.

Tell you, first try, I got three chips placed and matched wrongly with the black-white value scale and scored 8.75!! I was like WTH! Three chips ruin my project drastically and this is the lowest score I have ever gotten. I was so disappointed until she said, "You can resubmit it after you have re-positioned the chips :)" Ah! That's a relieve. Indeed! I don't want to end up with a B for my art project!
Then, second try, guess what? I matched all the chips accurately and so scored a 10. Wihiiiii :)


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Now a very brief lecture about Value, do you mind:p

Value
  • the degree of lightness/brightness.
  • a.k.a Luminance or Luminosity.
  • used to create an illusion of 3D space [creates form].
  • used to create the atmospheric perspective.
  • used to create the sense of movement, to increase (or decrease) contrast, etc.

Value in 12-colors:
Yellow is generally considered the highest key [Value Step : 1 - 1.5 from 10 steps]
Blue is generally considered the lowest key [Value Step : 9.5 - 10 from 10]
it depends on the pigments used anw.In my case, it's blue-violet which is the lowest key.
Term used:
High Key - Values above a mid-tone [lighter].
Low Key - Values below a mid-tone [darker].
mid-tone - Values in between the high key and low key.


Misty Landscape by Don Macauley (flickr.com)
In the above image, high key values are used on the background and very low keys are used for the foreground. The use of very different values makes it feel like the trees (foreground) seem so close to us while the things happening behind the trees seem so far. This is known as atmospheric perspective.


El Salvador Mountains by Andrew Griffith (flickr.com)
The use of mid-key values makes up most of the background. Low value [approx. 8.5-9/10] is used for the foreground. The value begin to shift from low to low-mid to mid as it goes further. Again, the proper use of values creates the illusion of depth in a space.

[some] girls doing the night swimming thing by andrijbulba (flickr.com)

And.. You can see that the low key values make up almost all the entire image. A very strong dark (very low key) is used in the foreground and low key is used for the background as well. It does create the sense of depth (although the values here don't play much in creating the atmospheric perspective).

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Overview of My Value Scale.
Original Version
Black White Version

Title: The Relationship between pure hues and values.

Materials and tools:
- Acrylic paint (RYB Only) - for the colored chips
- Acrylic paint (BW Only) - for the even-progression of 11 BW value steps)
- Watercolor paper
- 8.5" x 11" Bristol board
- pencil, eraser, rulers
- Scissors, knife, cutting pad
- Rubber cement and its remover

RULES:
1. Create an 11-step BW value which shows even progression (meaning the shifting from white to black is even, no jumps). Cut each of them out into 1" x .75" chips

2. Create the 12 colored chips (Primaries, Secondaries and Tertiaries). Cut each out into a 1" x .75" chip as well.

3. (shown above) Align the BW chips on the left hand side and glue the hues on the right side so that they match the appropriate value. Some might align between two values (in the middle)

4. Number each of the BW chips :)

5. As always, REMOVE EXCESS RUBBER CEMENT AND PENCIL LINE!


Not much to say in this assignment. Well, all I can say is you need a pair of good eyes here :) And one more thing to mention is that everyone value scale is DIFFERENT. Don't be surprised to see that everyone's value scales are different. No one can create and mix the same secondaries and tertiaries. Even primaries can be very different (it depends on how many coats a person layers and how much water a person puts into their paint).
n.b. The more coats one layers, the darker the value is.

Next Assignment: TTS(TINT-TONE-SHADE)

tada~
Kenneth

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

19: One Year Older and Cuter Too :P

I am having a 'one-derful' day today :) I have turned 19 this month which means I am growing older, oh no! (and cuter, oh yes! LOL). But thanks God, I made it to 19 :) oh yeah, Happy Mother's Day as well! <3

Turning 19 means I have to be a more fine teen. I have to start developing the thinking of a mature man since 19 is the last stage of being a teenager. "The final stage of being a teenager" sounds insane, doesn't it? Ugh, how not? It was like a dream of mine to grow up and wear a formal suit and work in a big company. This feels like "I was just saying this yesterday" and just in another one year, I will own the title of "young adult".

Well, I will definitely enjoy my final stage of being a teenager and so my last 10 teenage wishlist would be:

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(1)Accepted by and transfer to ISU next year and get the scholarship.
If none of the universities I applied to accept me, I would go back home :P

(2)Develop my art skills.

           (3)Maintain my GPA.

(4)Contribute more to BC Art Club.

(5)Own a small studio.

Learn to think, act, and do like a fine man. (6)

Spend my time and travel with my family and dearest friends. (7)

                              Go back teaching (and open a club). (8)

Spend some time volunteering. (9)

Learn something new. (10)

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anw, thanks to those of you who have greeted and given me great wishes in my 19 birthday and I wanna give my special thanks to my very dearest friends in the following paragraphs :)

Thanks so much, Linda <3
Thank you for your special post, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNETH!, dedicated only to me :p 
you know what? I am not the "cool" guy like what you mentioned. I just don't talk much to strangers haha... But as time goes on, we develop our friendship and our relationship is now beyond friends. We are now very very close friends :) I am really glad to have known you :')
You are the only friend along with Jessica and Jeje whom I can really trust. 
Photo by Linda (mushypudding.blogspot.com)
Thanks soo muchhh <3
I really can't wait for the time where we will chat silly things again. One more quarter girls and I will be home darlings hahaha...
btw, I am glad that you still remember that 'moment' when I escaped from ST's punishment. I am smart, ain't I? :P

Thanks so much, jeje :)
Your are my really special friend whom I can share something with. Thank you so much for your calligraphic. It's... really beautiful.
Calligraphic by Jeje
I thank you for your kindness :) I am very glad to know you, je. We really develop a strong friendship although we just began to get close in  the second year of senior high school.
Photo by Jeje
Thanks sooo much jeje <3
I really wish the best for your study je in SG. I really can't wait to meet you in December je :)

and finally, thanks so much, my KT :)
I really can't wait until the time we can chat like mad again haha...


Well, I can't deny that I am becoming older as day goes on, but am I growing as a man (meaning more mature)? I can't tell that. It's not a place for me to judge but you guys, esp my closest friends and family.
Okay friends, am I becoming more mature as time passes?
19: One year older (and cuter) LOL
tada~
Kenneth

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Color Wheel Assignment

I will post something since I am a little bit free today. 

Well, this project was like a month ago. Oh well, sorry for my lateness to post my very first Color project due to the limited amount of time I had. Btw, This class I am taking is Color: Theory & Design with Luark, again.
I think I have been repeating that I am taking with her so many times. Oh well, I am just showing my great fondness and admiration to her class :)



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Wanna hear a little bit lecture of mine? :p
*If not, skip this part and directly go to the overview of my Color Wheel

In 17th Century, Sir Isaac Newton discovered the prism which can be used to break the light into linear distinctions known as rainbow. ... and light is bla.. bla... bla... and it is measured in bla.. bla.. bla.. [I won't lecture about physics]

Types of Color:
Additive
  • Color made by light (mixtures of light waves).
  • The three primaries are RGB (Red, Green, and Blue)
  • Whenever the colors are mixed, this adds to the total light rays and the combination color is lighter in value.
Subtractive
  • Color mixed with pigments (mixtures of paints).
  • The three primaries are RYB (Red, Yellow, and Blue)
  • Whenever the colors are mixed, each color subtracts each other and the combination color is darker in value.
  • All hues combined equal black!
Partitive Color Mix (Optical Mix)

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat (http://commons.wikimedia.org)
  • Small dots or patches of colors are placed adjacent to each other.
  • Colors are mixed by the eyes to form a new color.

Often used term:
Primary - The basis for all colors which cannot be mixed.
Secondary - The two different primaries which are mixed together.
Tertiary - The two different secondaries which are mixed together.
Hue - basic name for a color.
Value - Degree of darkness or lightness.
Intensity - The degree of purity of a hue.
Color Wheel - Basic color tool to help one combine colors.


So, which one do you think I'm working with in this class?
It's subtractive because additive can only be mixed by lights while partitive is a little bit complicated to learn because it involves pointillism which is a technique in art of adding small dots to a painting surface.

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 Overview of my Color Wheel

So, This is the Color Wheel I did a month ago. 

Title Color Wheel

Materials and tools:
- Acrylic paint - ONLY RedBlue and Yellow!
- Watercolor paper
- 8.5" x 11" Bristol Board
- Pencil and eraser
- Scissors, Knife, ruler
- Rubber Cement and its eraser
- Cutting pad

RULES:

1. Paint a big area of the 12 different colors using ONLY Red, Blue, and Yellow. (NO black and white exist!)

2. Sketch your design and cut out the shapes and glue them into 8.5" x 11" Bristol Board. 

3. Colors MUST not lean to the other color.

4. ERASE PENCIL LINES AND REMOVE THE EXCESS RUBBER CEMENTS!


What do you see? What can you criticize from this?
So first question you might need to ask, are the colors accurate (meaning no colors are leaning to one side of the other color)? Then, what about the design? Are the primaries, secondaries and tertiaries easy to distinguish? What makes it good (or bad)?

Now, I will talk a little bit about my color wheel as an artist who creates this.
I have created very accurate colors in which no colors are leaning to the other color. It seems like Blue-Violet, Violet and Red-Violet (the three in the bottom) look almost the same. They look so but they are different. They are just dark in value and so are the hardest to distinguish. One way to differentiate these colors is by mixing white with each of them. Speaking about design quality, I can say I have done pretty effective job. Since this will act as a tool to me in this class, I prefer simpler, bigger, and easier-to-see color wheel. I have distinguished very clearly my primaries, secondaries, and tertiaries. I marked primaries with a sharp pointed edge, secondaries with a smoother edge (curve) and tertiaries with a very active contour (zigzag) with 3 sharp pointed edges indicating tertiaries.


Well, this is my Color Wheel. Mixing the colors can be pretty stressful but I am glad to have some good basics in colors. It does help me out a lot in this class. However, to get an even paint surface is probably the toughest part in this assignment. Guess what? Since this is acrylic paint, if you paint and make another layer on top of the color, it will grow darker and darker and it will piss you off, seriously!

Up next: Value Scale Assignment

tada~
Kenneth