And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. -Victor Shklovsky

Type Poetry

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Posted by Katrina Tan | 0 comments

Musings on Type
So for some weeks now I've been hanging mostly around bookshops. Reading up on areas I haven't explored as much and discovering many things in the process. Typography turns out to be more than what it seems... =)

Splots Contest 2: Type Poetry

1.) Pick a quote, headline, word that inspires you
2.) Create an artwork by using the quote, headline, or word you chose and play with typography (variation in font, size, etc) - ANY medium can be used!

Guidelines for Submissions:
1.) save as JPG
2.) 300 dpi Resolution
3.) at least bond-paper size or 8x10 inches
4.) email at

Deadline for Submission:
August 23, 2009 - This Sunday!

Sing Me a Self-Portrait Entries and Winner!

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | Posted by Katrina Tan | 0 comments

Here are the entries and the winner for the first Splots contest. Interesting submissions! Tough choice for the judges.. but fun to do anyhow,  so congratulations everyone! The next contest should be even more interesting. haha.. anyway, heres a closer look at the Sing Me a Self-Portrait entries!

UPDATE: Late entry submissions!

Denise Gonzales - "A Break, A Pause" by As Tall As Lions

Benny Gonzales - "Beat It" by Michael Jackson

Angelie Tan - "Joga" by Bjork

(late) Angely Chi - noise music performance by Japanese sound artist Toshiyuki Seido

Nica Hechanova - "Such Great Heights" by Postal Service

Wella Hong - "The First Time I Loved Forever" by Melanie Safka

Cobbie Karagdag - "Juicebox" by The Strokes

Bianca Silva - "Now We Are Free" by Lisa Gerrard

Carmen Reyes - "Strawberry Swing" by Coldplay

Eo Lim - "Better Together" by Jack Johnson

Leslie Gonzales - "Gold & Warm" by Bad Veins

Sing Me a Self Portrait

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Posted by Katrina Tan | 0 comments

Photoshop, from the word itself, suggests something that deals with photography. it was the genius solution to the costly, toxic, meticulous (though romantic and raw) darkroom process of developing photographs. what it does is it mimics everything (and beyond) possible in the darkroom without the actual darkroom. it made photography and the manipulation of it available to the masses - anyone with a digicam and computer can be a photographer, and more than that - a graphic artist.

now once the basic requirements have been met: computer, digicam, photoshop. the next step is creating great photographs or, if you intend to go beyond mere photography, creating great imagery/design. how does one become great at that?

take up a basic art course! but that takes time and money (though it still sets the basic groundwork for AWESOME MIND-BLOWING art). i'd say, start by looking at the things around you that call to you or inspire you. investigate and ask what about it makes it so great. is it the colors? the way it makes you feel? the story it tells? in the beginning you'll find yourself mimicking styles and ideas that have already been created. thats alright, repetition isn't a crime and to really learn anything requires a lot of PLAYing anyway. play with what you like, explore and express in "reckless abandon", as they say. originality comes naturally when you've played so much, enough for you to decide the kind of style or technique you want to stick with. for now we're just gonna have fun. =)

Sing Me a Self-Portrait

this week's project is about taking a source inspiration and translating it through a different medium. since music is always inspiring and always enjoyable we're picking any one song (of your choice) and creating a self-portrait inspired by that song. you'll be needing a picture of yourself, photoshop, stock photographs, drawings and/or textures that will go with the kind of song you picked as your source inspiration.

to submit your entries, email your portrait and song of choice to on or before Sunday, April 16, 2009, 12 noon.

Space Samba by Sound
obviously i'm not part of the competition but to show an example, heres the song i chose and the feel i wanted to recreate was that spacey driving-around-the-city vibe. so i put in some moving lights, city elements, city lines, off-focus dew drops and some galaxy and star elements.

Space Samba - Sound