Final work: Culture Issue


Drawing/ Imaging

Final work: Culture Issue

                       Rita zhou


    Inspiration: There is a this is very cruel ceremony called female circumcision, it “ritual cuts or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia”,  and mostly happened in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, it is harmful for girls both for their mental and physical health. There are over two hundred million of women were forced to accept this event. People today started to face this cruel and obsolete ceremony, and many organizations around the whole world are trying to resisting this horrible tradition, and this is where my inspiration comes from. I think there are too many darkness in this practice, and it is just too hard for me to paint the painful behind it, so I want to describe this social problem in another way, which is to show the power and strong of female in this ritual.  


This is my sketches, I made a plan based on the knowledge that I learned  in the semester.
        For the lay out of the whole page, I used golden ratio to create perfect proportion, I placed there main part of the painting at three golden ration spots. In the whole painting, I used not a single strait line, but all curves to express the feeling of feminine and softness.
I layered the flower on the portrait, I paint phalaenopsis orchid for many reasons.
This flower represent feminist, especially, purple phalaenopsis orchid means dignity and respect, women in this event don’e earn the respect and dignity which they deserved, because of the effort many people have made, a lot of women were saved, they earned their respect and dignity, so I used this way to represent the feeling that many women are saved and protected, and more and more women will be saved in the future, the power of resisting this  senseless ritual will be stronger and stronger in the future, and that also the reason why I placed all phalaenopsis orchid around the portrait, and spread them all over my painting.


I used color to reflect the coldness of the reality, and the warm of people’s heart protection, and strength.



   I wanted to create emotional figure, so I took many photo of myself on the dark ness, and I tried to express the feeling of  sadness, helpless, but full of love and strength.To create this feeling in my painting, my color is in saturation which is sad and helpless, but the hue is warm which represent the love and power of woman. I used transparent light to blurry all the feelings, so the emotion shows deeper. I create shadow in my painting and made a representational portrait, but I still soft the edge, to create a mystery and sad feeling. Even though this portrait just has half of the face, but I still want to create a perfect proportion using the rule of golden ratio.


This is my background for the painting



     In the middle of the painting, I used water painting to create human figures. After many practice, I tried to paint a set of abstraction figures. The figures look like a kind of shape instead of fierce out line, this is the way I create mystery feelings. These figures are embracing each other, they are protecting each other, the gradation of color from dark to light shows more emotion.



At the right of the painting, There is another set of human figures. I used water color to create this set, I emerging the edges, so figures can connect with the background better when I layer these two elements.
But I used two different ways to paint it, and choose the better one.


.I combined all these elements and here is my final.
     Then I create an extra painting, this version express the feeling that woman today are able to defend their rights, and be more free to express themselves.




I combined two painting together at last to show the hope.

Also to show the feeling that women will be stronger in the future.

water color figure practice

water color figure practice


This is my first painting

I practice more single figures



Then I did some peer figures


In different color


I start to create poses


And I become more free to create, and express my feelings.









Here are some work I did in class with model.
 I feel not confident at first, but I think I did better at last.


self portrait


Self Portrait


This is my final work, there are two girls in this painting

/The rose flower girl/

she looks innocent, pure and beautiful. Her heart is as clean as crystal. She is delicate, just like rose flower, but also warm hearted, just like like fire.

/The clown girl/

She is not a pretty girl, but she is very cool, and has strong personality. There are very dark and evil part in her heart, she looks like a clown, always smiling, but you will never know what is her real thought.
.But, these two girls are not real me, there are some clues inside the painting, the girl is upside down, there is frame around the painting, and there is a “truth” (This is my first tattoo, and it represent me)in the painting.



In all, this is the true me.




Here is my first version





In this painting, I used 8 elements

.For the rose flower girl
crystal(which is my favourite material)/water color/ marker /flowers/
.For the clown girl
water color/ marker/ clown symbol/ word/
A frame for the whole picture





This is my plan before I start to paint, and I made some alternative scheme.









I think there are dark and light sides in my heart, and I want to use watercolor to express my emotion, so I took a photo of myself in shadow.




I draw the face in golden ratio






and use water color to draw it. I left the rose flower girl as the light side.





I tried different ways to paint the hair, I once wanted to use marker for both girls,
but I found water color works better for the rose flower girl.





  Then I used pencil, water color to draw the eye, and changed its color in photoshop to math the color in the whole painting.





Then I took some crystal pictures, and use photoshop to match them on the face


I paint background for the next step
I drew different flowers


I scanned them in photoshop, and made some changes
I tried to create them into different feelings.



I also tried water color, but it didn’t work very well


For the clown girl, I created some clown faces



At last, I combined all these elements, and added the fame and the “truth”.



emotion potrait

Emotion Portrait




First, I chose these two photos as my emotion portrait, and did some filters on.












I wanted to combine the halos with photos, I used halos to enhance the feature of my face.





I made these two sketches, but the proportion of the face was not right at that time, and I did some practices.






  After finishing my sketches, I add the first layer of watercolor. I wasn’t not so satisfied with my first try.





I did some practices again, and I thought about the way of painting eyes and lips at the same time to create my own style





.After few round of trying, I was able to use colors in a more clean and clear way, here is the comparison.


               .Here are some sketches.













/I wanted to use watercolor to create the feeling of halo in my final work/
            I did two version of my final work, and I chose the one just pained one eye because it can express my emotion better.

Then I scan the painting and use photoshop to so some changes.
Here is my first final work


I added the feeling of halos intentionally on this piece.


/However, I was not satisfied with this piece, so I redo it again./




This time, I minimize the feeling of halo, and used more diversity of colors




.I painted the feature of my face in few different ways, in the shadow, or in the light, and I changed the color of my painting and made a collection.



Because the emotion in this painting is kind of helpless,
so I made it the feeling of broken glass, but still keep the full part of my right eye to express the feeling.
Here is my final work


I got some inspirations again, I love the texture of crystal, and I think my personality is kind of like “crystal”.
It looks strong, but actually very delicate inside, therefore, I combined crystal with my portrait.
I also think crystal is a shine and light material, so I place it at the light part of my portrait.




The End

Urban Object / Figure Collage Project : Analog / Digital Abstract

Third assignment

Urban Object / Figure Collage Project :
Analog / Digital Abstract



//Objects simple gradation:
My inspiration comes from Chinese cartoon. I create a image of the god of love. She has really long hair, and she is really sad because there are less true love in the world now. I specially use brushes to drew my image to  make the feeling of  ancient Chinese painting.
//Figure simple gradation:
I decided to drew a girl who plays sky yoga. I want to show the gradation not just from color, but also from gestures, so you can find the difficulty of the gesture is improving. In order to draw human body better, I made a position sketch first using ps. It helps me understand the proportion of body better.
//Complex gradation:
I choose flying yoga as my theme again. The painting tells the story of a girl who loves flying yoga, but she got hurt, so there are bands on her leg in the first picture. She tried a lot and was able to fly at last. Since bands and ribbons are in similar shapes, I connected these two things together. To express passion of the girl for flying yoga. I drew shadows inside of girl’s body. The ribbon and her are really connect eventually.



First, I started to paint 4in*4in squares





Then I drew a basic sketch, which is just some shapes





I drew more details on the bodies, and also add shadows.





Because there are lots of hands in my drawing, so I did some experiments about hands.




Then I use different kinds of pens to draw my work.



Here is my final work

  .Objects simple gradation

.Figure simple gradation

.Complex gradation

Assignment 2 emotion

Assignment 2

emotion pattern



. paint and cut squares





. from the last painting experience, I decided to have a full design and analyze for the each emotion






.then I transfer figurative pattern into abstract pattern and get inspirations from daily life

I found rough patterns at the subway station








 .I do a lot of experiments about patterns, and I use different kinds of materials to create different feeling.

I use papers to create my own shapes







and use transparent papers to create softer feeling






and tear or knead papers to create frail feeling







then after all the preparations, I started to paint things become easier and more clear than before







.I try to show my own style at my work, so I make them simple at the same time can show the emotion directly.







after critic, I change the images that are too figurative







Here is my third version of  final work

and I prepare to print the words digitally, so the final work will be more clean.



Here is my last final work




Drawing and image: Language first assignment



Drawing and image: Language


/project one/


 cutting small squares



paint different patterns on the squares




write pattern elements at the back





listing all the patterns by different color depth





paste all squares by order





final work




    changes need to be done after critics



cutting more squares




paint more patterns to replace others




writing pattern elements




changing the patterns that is too literally and at the wrong color depth,
also divide patterns with different contrast of the pen



temporary work
(not final)



comparing with the formal piece

.the gradation becomes more obvious
      .the patterns are more special than before



Still need to improve:

.putting one digital color depth
.reduce patterns that do not match the contrast of the pen
After finishing these changes, I painted more squares to make the gradation.
.Here is my final work