Author Archives: Gabrielle Gonzalez

Happy Accidents


  this project has been one of my favorites thus far.This project came entirely from experimenting with code I was familiar with. I originally only had one pattern that would infinitely expand. My original intention was to create a perimeter for the pattern, however, after my conference, the project became a pattern that evolved into an infinitely changing pattern.
   

new wall paper is created and expands

 
  I really enjoy the almost 3D effect that the some of the patterns have. If you look at the screen for long enough you can start seeing new and more elaborate combinations. I would have like to be able to include changing colors in each pattern. Each pattern ends after reaching a distance of 400 and a new pattern is generated by the object-angle and continues to expand until eventually being replaced.
      wallpaper 2
wallpaper 3      

Healing Hands

adding color and fonts       When the project was assigned I struggled to come up with a theme for the collage.  however, my friends suggested I embrace the Halloween season and explore witches! Immediately nuns stood out as their polar opposite. The further I looked into the images of both groups I began to note the similarities between them. A group of women whether it be an order or a coven, performing sacraments or rituals. They both have a strong belief system in magic and religion. At the core of both demographics is the themes of sisterhood!      
choosing images

choosing images

    initially, it was very difficult to decide which images would best illustrate the similarities between the two. I chose to not separate them but rather interweave the images of both groups.  
setting them in place

setting them in place

  the diagonal line shows artifacts that they both share. A tarot card vs a prayer card or an amulet vs a rosary. And I noted that all the images had one thing in common — their hands! Each group places particular emphasis on the power of hands. The hands are used for spells, prayer, meditation, and blessing.    
adding color and fonts

adding color and fonts

  Finally, after adding color to the project I wanted to depict that not all witches are evil and not all nuns are holy and vice versa and that each has faith in their own magic!  

Self-Portrait

Gabrielle Gonzalez, Self-Portrait

Gabrielle Gonzalez, Self-Portrait

Gabrielle Gonzalez, Self-Portrait

Gabrielle Gonzalez, Self-Portrait

  When I began this project I was unclear about how I wanted to represent myself. As I started the coding I realized I wanted to use unrealistic colors rather than conventional skin tones. Initially the hair was a basic arc but later I decided to add the curls to frame my face. I added the small white freckles because their are very unnoticeable freckles under my eyes. Finally my favorite part of this was the eyes and mouth, they move to show a wide range of emotions. They can show shock, indifference or, anger. I really enjoyed playing around with the interactive features and getting a better sense of the canvas.       Gabrielle Gonzalez, Self-Portrait ggg