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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

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Spring's Life

I am finally back blogging :) 
Oh yeah! before I forgot, I want to announce two things!
  1. I will not be updating my blog frequently this month since my midterm has just started.
  2. I will update my Art Assignment if time allows.

btw, Spring quarter will be ending soon! Ugh well, believe it or not, time passes so quickly without our realization. It's 4 more weeks and it's done... I am glad, however :) You know what? My Spring's life has been busy and messy. I slept only for 5 hours most of the time and sometimes don't sleep at all due to the so much freaking homework.

Aghh! I have taken classes unwisely this quarter but, oh well, I do not regret taking them since these three classes are a lot of fun (the homework isn't). Guess what? Art is, of course, my most favorite field of study. English is also great, interesting and  homework is, I can say it's fine. The problem is just I must get up at 4 every morning (I need to catch the bus). Well, Speech is... the most exhausting class I take this quarter. Her class does require the students to do lots lots of research for speech and discussion. Well, this class is pretty burdensome but I believe, 
it will be the most rewarding class EVER! 
I love Katherine, her class, my classmates, the subject, I love everything!


Another thing to mention is, Hey guys! do you play League of Legends?
I just started playing this Spring, I am still new :p
Add me, add me :)
My char is : gweenkent
My most favorite champion is : Veigar, the tiny evil master :3
Veigar by Anarki3000 (http://anarki3000.deviantart.com)
I really like to use mages in battles. He's so 'handsome' lol. I mean super strong :)

I am playing it so often recently. And I am looking forward to playing with you guys :) 
Ohh! But but, homework is overloading. Ugh, My Spring's Life is full of assignment. Oh Crap!


tada~
Kenneth