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Panther Poster

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Panther Poster

17 x 11


This assignment was to make a poster showing our school mascot panther setting a good example for using the web. Our piece needed to include a picture of the panther, and text following the template: “This is panther, Panther…{good example of using the internet}… Be like panther.”

I made this fairly quickly. I’m not a huge fan with how it turned out, but it met the requirements and I completed the assignment. If I could do it again, I’d take more time with how I took the photo. I also would’ve photoshopped in a Facebook feed onto the computer screen instead of just having the login page. I also would’ve directed my subject more to lower the panther head, since it looks like the person inside the suit is looking at the screen rather than the panther.


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.



In this image, I’ve chosen to focus on the while lines that are on the widow and the window itself. The outer-most beams and flags lead your eye to the lines on the window and the window.


In this image, my main subject is the shadowy figure at the end of the hallway. I’ve used the lines of the windows and the lines on the ceiling to lead the viewer’s eye towards the shadow. I’ve placed the shadow within the rule of thirds (Top right) to make it more interesting. The reason I’ve chosen to keep the image unfocused and blurry is to get the reader to really question what’s going on, using their imagination to capture in their own minds what is really happening. This keeps the viewer captivated in the image for a longer period of time, and gets them thinking about it longer, making it more memorable.

The viewer may ask questions such as, Who or what is the shadow supposed to be or represent (not necessarily in real life, but what it symbolically represents or what it’s supposed to be). They may also wonder why the point of view of the viewer is blurry and low to the ground. Are the injured and crawling toward the dark figure (and why  would they be doing this), or maybe they’re young, hard of seeing, and have lost their glasses. For all we know, this scene could depict a bully who’s taken the glasses from the viewer, symbolically meaning how bullying can make you feel helpless or afraid as if you cannot see well or the future is hard to see because you feel useless from the way a bully may make you feel. The possibilities are endless. 

Panic/Anxiety: Grade 11 Culminating


“Panic”, “Anxiety”

11 x 17


With this piece, I really wanted to convey the true anxiety, panic, fear, stress, and how overwhelming it is to have a panic/anxiety disorder. I didn’t want to talk about the positives this time, because while they are important, I feel like people don’t talk about how it actually feels enough. While it is good to focus on the positive, we can’t entirley ignore the negative. It needs to be recognized and understood so that we know how to act and react. We need to realize the struggle people deal with everyday of their lives, how it feels, and how truly terrifying it can be to have your brain fighting against you all the time and not being able to control it.

This is important to me because of my own personal struggle, friends, family, and people around me everyday who are internally fighting a battle with themselves all the time. From this piece, I want people to take away sympathy and understanding. For people to take just a little bit of time out of their lives and do a bit of research, not to pity, but to sympathize.

The artist who inspired me heavily during the creation of this piece is Christian Sampson (I made a separate post where I talk about him and his work: https://fightingnightmares.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/christian-sampson-inspiration/ )

The elements of design I used in this piece are implied line, value, and colour. The dart in “Panic” points directly at it’s target, which is the focal point. It shows our eyes where to look. As well as in “Anxiety” the pen on the notepad points down to the paper, leading our eyes with an implied line. Value is shown by using a dark tint around the focus to make the focal area pop more, using dark and light space. Lastly, I used the bright red font on the words to make them intensely pop.

The principles of design I used are balance, and emphasis. I balances the images asymmetrically by placing the words on both sides of the images. I used emphasis on the focal points by darkening the area around the focal point.

The principles of media art that I used are physical point of view and conceptual point of view. The physical point of view is seen through closeups, and how it looks as though in the top image of “Anxiety” we are looking from the writers perspective. The conceptual point of view is my topic of Anxiety and Panic, the struggles, the fear, and the intensity.

Strengths of this piece are the Points of view, both conceptual and physical, as well as my emphasis on the focal point.

Weaknesses of this piece are that I made both images very simply. While I did focus on some detail like the individually written pages in “Anxiety”, I wasn’t able to add as much as I would’ve liked.

The biggest challenged faced was time. Due to many snow days and being sick I had less time than planned to work on the piece. I had a whole other image planned focusing on Depression that I wasn’t able to do and details were lost. I also had trouble initially coming up with my idea in the first place. I struggled to choose between different topics, but am satisfied with my choice of focusing on mental health. The last challenge I faced is that WordPress seems to want to reduce the quality of my photo’s so unfortunately they’re not quite as clear as I made them.