Culminating: Artist Inspiration

An artist, or rather a clothing company, has inspired me during my culminating project. The company is called The Discriminant. It’s a trendy and affordable online store based in New York. They focus on quality of service and products rather than gender and gender norms. They provide a variety of items sold without label restrictions because they don’t believe in putting boundaries to self-expression.

The Discriminant has inspired my project by giving me outfit ideas for my three outfits (male, female, and androgynous) that I will be making. They also share the same point of view as me, as we see clothes without genders. Label followed by their stereotypes are restricting and by removing them, we can all be free to express ourselves in which ever way we want, and the way that makes us happy, instead of focusing on what others expect of us.

You can find there website here:

Here are examples of some of their many clothing items available:



“Raise boys and girls the same way”









“Everything will be ok”


Black + White Portrait: Original Photo


This is my original photo (the one I traced) for my black and white portrait.

The biggest challenge I faced was accepting a photo of my face that I thought was acceptable (I’m my own worst critic when it comes to pictures of me). I also had to move to the second light option in the room, as the first one just wasn’t working and was making the photo’s very unflattering.

If I could change something about this photo, I would’ve flattened my hair up in the back, since it looks pretty messy back there.

Black + White Portrait Step 3: Final Product

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Step 3 was to smooth out our image from step 2.

At first I was certain that I was going to prefer the geometric look of step 2, more so than I was going to enjoy the smoother look, but I was wrong. Although step 2 does have it’s pro’s, as I explained in that post, I like this better as it is more smooth, and pleasing to the eye. It makes the image easier to look at, and lets the view’s eyes glide across the image, rather than in sharp movements.

I faced quite a few challenges with this step, mostly because I was unfamiliar with the program Adobe Illustrator, only having used it for typography before. I found the tool we were originally taught to use, only worked well for some areas, so I had to play around with the program and ask a friend for some tips before I got the hang of it.

I mainly used the pen tool for rounding out my edges, by not fully enclosing the points, but instead clicking and dragging to round them out, connecting them after they had been rounded. 

Black + White Portrait Step 2: Geometric

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For step 2, I took a picture of my sketch and uploaded it to Adobe Illustrator. Then I used the pen tool as well as layers, to outline my design to later smooth out.

In some ways I enjoy this piece more than my finished product and at first I didn’t want to change it. I think the geometric look is pleasing and interesting to look at. It’s cool in a way that makes the subject look more cartoonish.

I didn’t really face much of a challenge at this stage. It was very straightforward and easy to do, since we were only using one tool, outlining something that had already been made.

Black + White Portrait Step 1 – Sketch


A classmate took a photo of me, using side lighting to make use of positive and negative space for a dramatic look. I then traced the photo and made apparent which places were going to be black and which were to be white.

I don’t like how this looks , but it’s the foundation for my final product and only be beginning.

If I were to change anything, I’d make sure to get rid of lines I won’t be using before I ink it.

Note: Other steps are to follow in my next posts !

Framing and Mergers


This is an example of framing. the pillars and and alter frame around the cross on the wall.



The is an example of bad merging. It looks as though the cross is coming out of the subject’s head. With our eyes, we can see in 3D, but an image is 2D, which gives the illusion of the cross coming out of their head.


This a good example of merging. Both subject’s are separate and not overlapping each other.