Lights, Camera, Action!

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In this week’s amazing blog I decided to write about inspiration, because any artist knows that the worst thing is the terrible, no good, and dreaded ARTIST BLOCK. Here are some simple tips to avoid the dreaded ARTIST BLOCK.

This might sound silly, but you should watch movies and surf the internet for your idol. For example, when I’m drawing fashion designs I watch old movies and look at pictures of my idols: Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Jackie O., and who can forget Coco Chanel.

If you’re not doing fashion designs; look at things that interest you such as food, beaches, even your own backyard. Sometimes, it helps just to do nothing. It may sound weird that I am saying to do nothing. When I say “do nothing” I mean scroll through pics on Instagram, look at snapchat, and facebook. Our generation has so many social media apps it is pretty hard not to find something to draw.

Once for a class I was assigned to design a skateboard. I had gotten ARTIST BLOCK… but then after staring at my phone I got the best idea! Why don’t I make the iphone screen the front of my skateboard. My skateboard eiphone picnded up being super cool.

If nothing comes to you, try listening to music. The song could have a meaning to you and might remind you of someone you know. This may cause you to draw things that person enjoys.

Try drawing what you’re feeling, you never know it might just be your best drawing. It is also great therapy. The simplest feeling such as sadness is a great example. Picasso painted a whole period of blues just to show how he was feeling.

The hardest thing to find inspiration for is photography, because you want your photo to express yourself. It is also really hard because you might want to try something and it reality is just that it is not working out. For example, when you want to take a picture of someone jumping, and you don’t to get them until they are already on the ground. You want the
in the air! So when taking a photo try timing it out. Just take pictures of things that interest you and that could be anything.

Comment how you find inspiration. Also tell me if I helped you. Thanks for reading and until next time!

-Livia

Shutter Speed Weekend

6:50 am: Woke up

7:00 am: Got ready

7:47 am: Got in the car

7:52 am: Officially left house after getting my two baby cousins strapped into the car and made sure we had everything.

8:11 am: Got my Tall, Caramel Frappe at Starbucks.

8:39 am: Reached Midtown Tunnel. Ugh so much traffic!

9:30 am: Class Time

I know in my previous post I had said that I was taking Jewelry Design; but sadly, a few weeks ago I got a call saying that my class was canceled. So I took another Precollege Workshop that I wanted to take, JSX 006 Basic Photography: Portraits.

I was really excited because I had previously had this teacher for JSX 007 Environmental Photography class last summer. My teacher, Ms. McCabe is extremely funny.

This class was awesome!

I already knew some things about taking photos from my Basic Photography. Things like ISO and shutter speed. Shutter Speed is the time that is taken to take a picture. One example is, when someone is running. You would want a faster shutter speed to get the action, but if someone is standing still, you would want a slower shutter speed.

ISO is how much light gets taken in. The lower the number of your ISO is, the lower your response to light is.

To learn this, my teacher made three students sit on the floor and make shapes with their iPhone flashes. Everyone turned their shutter speed to 5″ (five seconds).
After the camera took the photo you could  see what shape the phone flashes had made.

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We decided to write FIT with our camera flashes because if it wasn’t for us attending FIT we would not have learned this cool shutter speed trick.

Try doing this with your iPhone or Android cellphone.  IMG_7502Comment how your photos come out.  Here is a quick one I just did with my iPhone, I had to download the free app LongExpo Slow Shutter Speed.

Look for my future posts to learn more about me and FIT.

-Livia

 

Introducing Precollege Workshop Blogger: Livia

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“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” from Marilyn Monroe is an important quote to me because it reminds me that being true to myself is essential.

Who am I? I’m Livia Smolizza from Franklin Square, NY. I think that because I live on Long Island I fully appreciate the bright lights and tall buildings of New York City because where I live we don’t have many bright lights.

I get my fashion inspirations from old movies such as: Pillow Talk and How To Marry A Millionaire. I like black and white movies because they give me the opportunity to create with bold colors..

Painting is another one of my passions. I love painting landscapes and have just begun painting figures in my work. After taking a photography class at FIT I have started to paint my own original photos applying the techniques of great artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. My Van Gogh rendition was selected this fall to be apart of the Manhasset Public Library Art Gallery exhibit “Flowers.”

I love creating, whether it is fashion designs, making patterns, sewing original designs and painting. This spring I am enrolled in Jewelry Design: Wire Forming and Beaded Techniques I look forward to creating my first jewelry piece.

Look for my future posts to learn more about my work and me.

-Livia