Anton Kinney is a 23-year-old man who spent most of his life growing up in a dark and isolated location; shut out from the light that most others are exposed to. At a young age, his limited exposure to social situations as well as other horrid contributing factors drove him to insanity, leading to a various amount of mental health problems. His only true friends are the ones that exist in his mind. Though Anton was never introduced to many other people nor greatly educated, he was a very smart intellectual. During his limited amount of time in which he spent in the light, he developed a habit of observing other people’s behavior. He would watch their body language, analyze their tone of voice, watch for micro expressions and over a period of time learned how to use these visual and audible cues to manipulate people into getting what he wanted; whether for good or for bad reasoning. By age 16 he could get most people to carry out tasks for him, such as stealing food. He had also become very good at planting “seeds” into people’s minds. Over time this “seed” would begin to grow in their mind; never ceasing to stop appearing throughout the day in their spontaneous thoughts. Most of the seeds Anton planted were for good cause, but on some occasions, were not. At age 19, Anton hit a low point, realizing that no matter how many seeds he planted, or riches he had acquired (whether they were stolen or not), he could never truly be happy. All his opportunities for true happiness has been shredded up and burned away when he was younger, never to return. For the first time in a long while, his friends from within his mind returned and convinced him that there was only one way to make him equal to others; to bring them to their knees. Anton agreed and set off on a journey to spread his feelings all those who surrounded him. For the past four years, Anton has made his way across the country, spreading his hate and using his manipulative abilities for evil. It is said that at certain points he tries to fight what his friends tell him and realize what he is doing is wrong. But whenever he starts to slip, his friends step in and reassure him that this what he is doing needs to be done to survive and make him equal to all those around him. Throughout his journeys, Anton has lost an arm due to infection (removed sloppily by himself rather than a surgeon), has a large gash stretching across his eye socket and upper check caused by a wild animal attack and has obtained such a bad case of cataracts that his vision has been nearly rendered useless.
Who is my hero? That is honestly a tough question to answer. So many people have influenced me and have done so much for me it’s hard to decide. I feel normally one would say that their parents are their biggest heroes, and while that is true in my case, I feel it is necessary to give recognition to a woman who has done so much for me as well as a plethora of others. That woman’s name is Lisa Byrne. Lisa is an English teacher at Cato-Meridian High School and the absolute best teacher in the entire district. As if teaching multiple classes to a group of rowdy high schoolers wasn’t enough, she also is the director of the Cato high school and middle school Drama Club. Out of all the directors I’ve dealt with, she was the greatest to work with and I miss being able to work with her as much as I used to in middle and high school (I keep in touch with her projects and assist in any way I can while possible, even though I’m two and half hours away and constantly doing other work). In 7th grade I started having major panic attacks; one a day at least. This impacted my ability to get out and enjoy things, be social and all-together be a normal out-going high school student. My freshman year I signed up to run lights for the high school drama club show. Didn’t have to talk with anyone, it was dark in the both and I could mostly keep to myself. After the show that year my parents and especially Mrs.Byrne pushed me to try out for a part. The next year, I ended up doing just that. I ended up getting a small part in Footloose as one of Chuck’s gang members. But that all changed, when a virus decided to spread throughout the school district, leaving many students sick and behind on work. Those in the show who were unable to catch up with their grades were either removed from the play or recanted to smaller parts. Byrne came up to me at practice and asked if she could talk with me in private. She asked if I would be up for playing the part of Willard. I was extremely hesitant and wanted to give an answer then and there to get it out of the way; I said yes. With very little time to memorize my lines, lyrics and choreography, I did my very best to keep up with everyone else. Other than making me more busy with lines, having a larger part also forced me to communicate and get to know people better, which I did not enjoy at first. But as practices went on I started to become more comfortable. I survived all of practice and the three shows; I craved more. For the next two years I tried out for the musicals and got more and more into the world of theatre and performing arts. Even today I try out for the musicals and plays here in Alfred State. Being involved in such activities has changed me so much as a person in comparison to who I was throughout my 7th-9th grade year. Without Byrne, I probably would have a much harder time at college, going out to try new things and all together be able to enjoy life. If I were to thank her for every time I took a breath throughout my life, it would not be enough.
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Structure and flow are related to my marionette because due to the single line of linking cubes that make up the marionette’s entirety, the eye is naturally drawn to the lengthy body; flowing from one end to the other smoothly with no abrupt changes in angle. One idea generated from observing the final marionette is a fantastical world that is absolutely covered in creatures that look exactly like this. I also imagine the exact same look of the marionette, but on a much larger scale. For the design of the marionette, I wanted it to be relatively wide but have a narrow and lengthy look. To add to this, I used a variety of colors for each cube. That way the viewer is immersed into a plethora of color right off the bat before they get half way down the length of the marionette. For my creative process, I made sure to be aware of the length of the marionette. Too many cubes would mean a longer length. Longer length would mean more string and more fingers required. I only have ten fingers the last time I checked so I kept in mind to not go over ten cubes when first starting the project. The differences of my marionette are the colors. The texture of my marionette is somewhat fine with a hint of roughness along the surface, as most paper is. The colors are randomized depending on what colored piece of paper I pulled out of the origami paper pack. Cubes are the most important shapes and stand out the most in my marionette because that is the only shape I created. Modular design strengthened my marionette by allowing all viewers to understand what it is without having to go to extremes with the detail. I used the principle of rhythm in my marionette, for the same shape is used for the entirety of the project.
I made an update with feathered edges to remove some of the blockiness of the layer mask and also increased the visibility of the white background.
Right off the bat I instantly fell in love with the visuals of this article. From the use of basic shapes to create shading, to the assortment of color to create contrast in specified region, the pieces in their entirety are visually striking. One of the pieces included, display a side profile of a man’s head, does a great job of using basic shapes and assortment of color to give the image a vast amount of detail while maintaining simplicity by using basic shapes; in this case mostly rectangles and squares.These pieces relate to what we’re doing in class because they all have to do with the anatomy of the body, whether it be the skeletal system, layout of the human face, or just the way in which various body parts are able to move.
For the colored caricature I added basic colors to the first few layers; most notably the skin tone. I then colored with darker shades to create depth in the various creases such as the jaw and forehead. I emphasized my forehead due to the fact that I’ve been told almost every day of my life that my forehead is gigantic (thanks dad). I also did the same for my mouth because up until recently, I’ve been an avid talker. The facial expression I chose is one that I use quite often when I hear someone talking but have no idea what they’re talking about, so by default I smile and look surprised; it works quite often.
Photo of a chandelier at my middle school taken into Illustrator for image tracing and then applied extrude filter in Photoshop.