Archives for category: Visual Perception

I painted a picture of a Benguet Head Hunter for our final exhibit. I am always fascinated by our nation’s past and I wanted to paint it in such a way that the modern audience will be engaged. I had an idea that being headhunter, he’s like a wolf out to find his prey. So I overlayed an image of a wolf to the image of the headhunter.  I made the wolf’s eyes and ears match the headhunter’s.  Surrounding the image are gestural strokes and spatters to express his violent nature.

And yeah I got the title from that Duran-Duran song, but I also like Hole’s version of the song. 🙂


For this activity, we were asked to create something that consisted the elements of transparency, overlapping and converging parallels

I wanted to make another version of my previously submitted plate entitled “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead / All Souls Day). This time, I decided to do a collage of different materials that had different qualities.

After I had painted the skull on kraft paper, I cut out Japanese paper into circles and formed the circles into little ruffles. I then glued the ruffles overlapping each other to create a texture with a thick volume that looks similar to marigolds, which many people believe are the flowers of the dead. For the head piece, I also cut out circles and folded them in half from yellow cellophane and blue Japanese paper.  I glued them alternating so that in between the two materials, you can see that when they overlap, the colors merge and produce green.

I used lace for the collar of the skeleton’s clothing because it had small folds that looked like parallel lines. When I bent it to form a collar, it became my converging parallel lines.

This one’s a free plate in color. For the first time our prof let us use color! I was inspired by Mexico’s “Dia de los Muertos” or All Soul’s Day. It’s similar to ours (Philippines) but it’s more festive. They believe that in that day, their departed loved ones will walk this earth so in preparation for this, they prepare food, decorate the altars, etc. One of the iconic traditions is that they decorate skulls or “calaveras”.

This is my simple interpretation of that tradition. Surrounding the skull are marigolds which the Mexicans believe are the flowers of the dead. These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. I was also attracted to the contrast between death and festivities.

I spook myself.

A free plate on value. I’m quite disappointed with what I did in this plate, first the subject is off-center. Second, it was better when I first painted on my drawing and it got worse the more that I tried to cure it. 😦

A combination of biomorphic and geometric shapes. I just had fun with the triangles and weird shapes. I didn’t get to finish this painting because the small triangles took most of my time! Had to submit it though so I would at least get a passing grade. Maybe I should finish it.

Painting based on Nice’s picture of her cat.  I was supposed to paint Tuna, but unfortunately I had no picture of him at hand.  Luckily Nice uploaded some pictures of her cats in Facebook.  I think I made her cat’s face a bit longer.  But I think it looks like a hybrid Tuna now, so yay! Original plan was somewhat followed.

This is my first time to draw and paint an animal.  It felt great using fast brush strokes.

It's Raining

Figure-Ground Perception.  Not quite sure if I got it correct.  The assignment was to show the relationship and contrast between the positive and negative space like this, this and this.  It took me quite a while to finish this work.  Being a newbie in painting, painting a pattern made me crazy!  Hehe.

I was inspired by the cats and dogs in Ramon’s house.  I was amazed at how they can live together and not chase each other or fight (like in the movies).

Still in black and white.  I’m glad we’re not yet moving on to color because I feel that there’s a lot more I should learn.


Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling.  In this one, it is the feeling of jealousy.

I made a circular image that goes darker and heavier inwards with a downward trail of leaking lines.  This is my expression of jealousy.

I am relating this painting to an anecdote I had learned from my teacher when I was in grade school.  She told us that if you grab a handful of rice grains and close your fist tightly, the rice grains would slowly escape the gaps between your fingers until you realize that there’s nothing left in your hand.

I think it’s the same thing with jealousy.  With jealousy, we tend to keep our loved one from the things that make us jealous to a point that’s suffocating.  Eventually, that action which supposedly protected the relationship becomes the culprit that slowly drives our loved one away.


Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling. In this one, it is the feeling of meditation.

I started off by masking the center of my paper.  I scratched the paper’s surface with the sharp end of a metal wire and painted everything black so that the black paint would seep in the cuts.  While the paint was still wet, I reapplied scratches to make them more prominent.  Then I removed my masking tape to reveal the white strip it has created.

The black area with scratches signify all the inhibitions, noise, and clutter that we have to separate from ourselves in order to achieve meditation.  The white strip symbolizes meditation.  A very thin line that is fairly hard to achieve, but when we get to that center, it’s a very peaceful and pure place.

In art, we call the painted area the positive space and the null area the negative space.  But in this particular painting, the negative space is the positive space.


Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling. In this one, it is the feeling of surprise.

To convey the feeling of surprise, I first had to figure out a way to give it an uncontrolled form.  If I used a brush, I could easily control my lines, more so with a ruler at hand.  So I opted to use a long piece of string as my instrument.  Dipping it in paint, placing it at the center of my paper and pulling it downward helped me achieve the look that I wanted.

I’ve read that while we’re awake and relaxed, our brains generate alpha waves.  When we’re both awake and alert, we generate faster beta waves.  So for this painting, the thinner lines signify alpha waves and the thicker lines signify the latter.  I also added paint spatters to intensify the motion the lines had created.

And as for the overall form of the painting, I made it look like it’s bursting outwards similar to confetti or champagne being opened.