Publicly announcing my website.

 
Website Screenshot

I honestly cannot begin to describe the feelings and feedback I have received after announcing my website to the world (of Facebook). Creating my own website has been a goal of mine for over 5 years now. After I began to watch my peers launch websites in their fields, I thought it was time for me to stop dreaming and start doing. Thus, the journey began.

While I am juggling many things in my life, I managed to create a website in a month. I used that black hole of lost free time that I call "Facebook/Procrastinating Time" and filled that void by relabelling it with a new label: "Productive Procrastinating Time." What I mean by this label is that, although I'm diverging from doing my school work, I have allowed myself to pursue other fun, personal projects. I believe that this is a conscious effort I try to make on a daily basis.

Anyways, emilyofthearts.com was created because of that time principle. It was an amazing process. It was fun and I loved being able to organize and layout everything I wanted to. However, the most difficult part about the process was really reflecting back to everything that I thought might be relevant to this project. Upon gathering my work, I realize later that I also forgot to include things like drawings from my Drawing I class. This process caused me to think about projects I would like to do in the future well: other collaborations, etc.

Overall, the feedback was amazing. I got an ultimately positive response and about 125 visits from the time I posted it to the time I woke up the next day. A few friends had messaged me to congratulate me, ask for help with a project similar to what I have done, and/or mention a collaboration we should do.

I was really humbled by the experience because I could see my hard work being paid off. I am quite excited as the journey continues. :)

 

Photoshopping the Mona Lisa is semi-related to studying for an art history midterm.

Today, I had my midterm exam for my art history class. I had studied hard all weekend trying to memorize my information and notes about various art created throughout history. See, our class does not follow a linear structure. Therefore, at times, for a girl (me) who isn't the greatest at history (also me): sometimes, this class can be hard to follow.  

Anyways, I was rather confident with and proud of myself for being able to memorize information about the various pieces for my exam including: Title, Artist, Year, Style, Form, Content, and Historical Context. So, I decided to create a piece from an idea that almost spontaneously came to me. I decided to use photoshop to put my face on THE Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Emily as the Mona Lisa. Self-Portrait. Digital Photography. Oct 2014.

So, I got to work... on re-creating an art history piece unrelated to my midterm. I thought I was hilarious. This would be a great piece to post on Friday, Halloween, too (since it is in 4 days anyways). 

I could not stop thinking of how oddly hilarious the idea was. The Mona Emily. I think the process took about an hour total. I needed to put some makeup on my face. I grabbed a photo of the original Mona Lisa (retouched) and captured a photo of myself at the right angle with my webcam.

I showed the image to a few of my friends at school. They all had a good laugh as some really random pre-midterm entertainment. I'm glad it was worth my while. 

Anyways, to any other student, hang in there. Good luck on your exams and other projects. We are halfway through the fall semester!

Emily :)