I made this edit to personify my confidence. To me, the fire element can represent bravery, fierceness and influence. To match the flames, I put on a cold shoulder top (I know, ironic) I found in fashion nova. I rarely wear this top because it’s pretty difficult to put on and take off. I have to be real careful to avoid tearing it. Anyway, this is the first part of an arc I want to do. I currently have two parts, and will begin working on part 3 after this piece. I put a decent amount of flames in this photo to show that I’m in my early stages of confidence. My fire is strong, but balanced. It ignited after going through a spiritual experience when I turned 15, and realizing a variety of things on how society works at 18. This allowed me to destroy my mental (and some social) barriers to become who I am today. As a result, I became fearless, and no one could contain the fire. The next part takes a slightly darker turn, so next Friday I’ll talk about how these flames can become too much for a person.
As much as I enjoy using aquatic and metallic elements in my art, I also enjoy using other elements. The grass type (I’m speaking pokemon language, so google if you don’t understand) is my choice of alternate elements for today, because it’s what I feel like posting. There is no deep meaning to this piece. I love how my pose came out, and decided to add leaves as my “power” because of how well it matches my kimono. I also added the pink light where my hands reach up to make it look like it’s the head of a flower, while the rest of me can be seen as the stem and leaves of it. I arranged the effects in a way that makes me look radiant and majestic, and even went so far as to change the hue of the photo a little to give the illusion of me radiating an off-green aura.
There are a few of reasons I why I created the edited images. The more obvious reasons are because of me being a Pisces, a water sign, and the symbol it’s represented by. But that’s not all there is to these edits. These images represent my inability to relate to most people, and my preference to be by myself. I can’t relate to those who say they suffer from depression. Whenever I see a meme describing a scene by labeling them, it’s usually about their problems. An example is a photo of some dude being jumped by a group of dudes. The guy being jumped is labeled “Me”, and each of the attackers are labeled “School, bills, anxiety, stress, my crippling depression”. While I do find those memes pretty amusing, I don’t find them relatable, because I don’t suffer from any type of depression, school doesn’t stress me out (cause I don’t care about my major), if I do have anxiety, it’s very mild, I’m generally a relaxed and happy person, and I won’t be worrying about bills because I’m pretty cheap. I also don’t relate to others when it comes to trends and movies, shows and entertainment in general. I don’t keep up with the Kartrashains, I know nothing of a lot of music because I find a lot of it annoying or boring. Because of the aforementioned reasons, people find me pretty boring, or find it difficult to have conversations with me. It makes me feel like I’m socially out of place, which inspired me to put myself as a sea dweller, living far off of the trends and entertainment. It’s not necessarily a bad thing however, because I can be by myself in peace. I may not relate to most, but I do find myself in a storm of socialization. After a day of talking to various people the last thing I want to do is speak. I just want to be alone, and drown out the sound of everyone. The image of me in the fishbowl doesn’t represent anything though. I just never thought of putting myself in a fishbowl in the past, and took advantage of the thought. The last photo is just to show you what the photo looked like before I transformed it.
This has to be the most bad ass edit I’ve ever done of myself, and I’m extremely proud of it. It took me a while to find a name for these photos, because I wanted a title that sounds good to me. I call the photos “Wave Breaker Neptunite” because not only is my “signature ability” hydrokinesis, but I went ahead and gave myself a signature weapon (a blade) that has an appearance as malleable as water, and can split into multiple swords. It turns to steel once I finalize its appearance for the time being, and I summon two smaller blades from my gems (on my left and right forearm) and fuse them into the blades you see in two of my photos. Also, I decided to give the blade the ability to split tsunamis in half, because this is my imagination, and anything I say goes! I found what I think is the best place to get transparent images, which is where I found the blade in the third photo, and the water silhouettes of the whale and the shark trailing off of it. The stones were also found from the said website, and I’ve downloaded so much more since then! Anyway, I made these images to play around with the new transparent images I got off of the website, and to play around with the motion blur effect. I recently got into making it look like the photo was caught as I was in motion, even though I was standing perfectly still. Aside from making the photo not believable, but in some sense, logical, I look like a character off of a movie, since my facial expression and pose matches the heroic theme. The musical notes from the first image were put based on my ability to sing. The lights bursting from the ground give ma a theatrical/grand entrance (like my favorite fusion, Sardonyx), and the waves that surround me give me that “from the sea” impression, because that image is supposed to make it look like two smaller versions of myself (my masculine and my feminine side) fusing into me, a combination of the two. Another representation of these images is of my discovery of my tastes, my personality, and me fighting against those who try to downplay my happiness and security in myself in favor of their own ideals. The placement of my second set of arms was inspired by Sardonyx from Steven Universe, because of how aesthetic she makes it look. The background in the second image represent my love of futuristic stuff, as well as the Steel type half of my fusion.
My obsession with elemental projections of animals/spirits hasn’t ended! I went to central park one day with two of my coworkers because one of them (Jojo) wanted to explore NYC (she’s from Texas). We were enjoying the scenery when I realized that Aneesa (my other coworker) had a professional camera. I instantly lit up and told her that we should take photos. She agreed, and before you know it we took pictures in various parts of the park, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which this photo was taken at). I noticed a water fountain nearby and became inspired. I struck various poses before finally using this photo for my next manipulation. I originally had my friend take this photo because I noticed the sun’s reflection in the water, and how it was reflecting off my eyes. When she sent me the photos, it wasn’t as clear; we could only see the white dot that was caused by the sun’s reflection. But because I liked my entranced facial expression, I chose to use this as my next piece. The concept of this photo is the idea of being controlled by a mystical force that takes the form of water, and can possess a certain race of aliens when an extremely bright light reflects off it. This causes the mystical water to hypnotize the being, allowing it to take over as it’s host. I wish I had a different outfit on at the time because I would’ve looked more badass, but sometimes you gotta live in the moment (in this case, the captured moment). I added the aqua dragon projections because it puts a face to what is “possessing” me. My blank face makes it look like i’m being used as a vessel by a hydra. I was originally going to use a different dragon, but the current one suited the photo better, since it could be more transparent than the other image without completely disappearing. I also turned my eyes blue with pupils because I was inspired by the eyes of the Jasper and Amethyst soldiers from Steven Universe. I found them to be aesthetically pleasing, so I made my own blue version from their purple (Amethyst) and yellow (Jasper).
Electricity, in my eyes, represents the feeling of being energetic and intimidating. It’s fast movements and terrifying effects when dealing damage inspired me to strike a mainly intimidating pose to fit the electrical bursts. The transparent electricity was taken off another brave frontier character I liked. I took her original appearance’s electrical wings and positioned it on my body, and took the electro-dragon in her evolved form to add a face to the aura i’m emitting. This was inspired by phoenix’s flames when it forms the actual mythical creature. I always wondered what would a phoenix made from an element other than fire would look like, which lead me to go for electricity. It’s equally as intimidating as a flaming phoenix, and much faster in movement (flash like movements can be overwhelming, which can be scary). I also made this edit because I love how the shape of my afro came out in it and because I love my outfit.
The Flames of Conviction and Disaster is an art piece inspired by Phoenix, a cosmic fire energy that possessed and eventually became one with Jean Grey of the X-Men, and Dark Phoenix, a state of the phoenix force in which it becomes corrupt with power and an infinite hunger for energy. The title of my photo referenced when Jean first became Phoenix, and when she eventually lost control of the cosmic entity, which caused it to become corrupt with the sensations it experienced as her. For this edit, I took a transparent image of fire that’s shaped somewhat like a wing, and positioned it onto the original image on my right as well as change the filter of it to better blend with my original photo. I then flipped the photo and added the same transparent image on to my left before flipping it back to it’s original direction. I also downloaded a transparent image of a flame shaped like a round explosion, and used it as my eyes. For the first image (Left), I shrunk and positioned the round flame where my eyeball would be, erased the entire thing once it’s positioned, and colored along my dark brown eyes, leaving enough of my real eye color on the outer rim of my eyeball to make it look like a my eyes are a fiery gold with dark brown (or black) rings in the outer part. Then I changed the opacity in order to make the color blend better with the rest of me. I also downloaded a transparent image of a dot (you can also search the period punctuation mark and find the same results), and shrunk and positioned it in the middle of my now fiery gold eye. It took me a few re positions since I used my phone app (where I make all my digital art) to do so. I did the same process for my other eye before moving on to the “eye makeup”. For the eye makeup I downloaded a transparent image of a pair of black wing silhouettes, because when you don’t do make up, you gotta be mad extra and photoshop it on yourself ;;D. I positioned it just under my eye and erased the wing that wasn’t under my eye (since they made an obtuse V shape). I then uploaded the same image and repeated the process, but with the wing facing the opposite side in order for the makeup to be as symmetrical as possible. Afterwards I changed the opacity of the wings slightly to make it seem like it’s actually applied rather than photo shopped and changed it’s filtering to further blend it in with my skin. Once it’s blended enough, I saved the photo to my camera roll and uploaded it into a different art app. Using the second app I changed the filter of the overall photo to a sunny ambiance, and changed the filter of that filter in order to better blend it with the photo. The final step was adding my personal symbol to mark my creation. I did the same process for the second photo (right), but left the less visible part unedited because a lock of my hair was blocking it and I like the idea of asymmetry in certain photos. The left image symbolizes the heroic feeling one can get when they’re skilled at certain things. I call that confidence the Flames of Conviction. The right represents the heroic feeling turned to a defeated feeling as a result of one letting their talent get to their heads, thus corrupting them with overconfidence. This overconfidence eventually leads to defeat, causing the said person to become very angry, believing that they weren’t meant to lose or slip up and causing them to act irrationally. This fire, the Flames of Disaster, can hurt not only the people around them, but themselves too. One can have the fire (confidence) to do what they love, but they need to learn to control it and stay humble to avoid situations that lead the loss of control of that fire, and letting it convert to rage.