It is interesting looking back on the past couple of years. I can’t believe I’ve been designing websites for 8 years!
I started my first website back in 2002 on an old Powermac G4 800 Quicksilver model. That thing was my pride and joy. I set up dual monitors, 3 hard-drives, a cheap Wacom tablet, and a speaker system that would knock your socks off. Today I will share some archive pages that I dugg up. All the posts were written when I was about 14 years old and have not been modified.
My high school career:
I would consider my freshmen year at high school as, well, interesting. I took the necessary courses in order to be set for college. I took English 1, World History / Geography, Spanish 1, Geometry, Pe / Health, Wood Tech, and Art 1. I would have to say the highlight of my day would be my Wood Tech class and my Art class. I always found the more creative courses fun and challenging, but almost easy at the same time. After school I went to Cross Country practice, and went home to conclude my day. I was so small, maybe 5’4″ that year, always being teased. But it was nice to have my bigger brother around to talk to on occasion.
Sophomore year wasn’t that much better. The courses seemed all to familiar. I took English 2, Spanish 2, Algebra 2, P.E., Biology, Photography, and Foods. Photography class was the best class I have ever experienced at the time. I got to know a friend better and I came to realize what I’d like to do for a living. It was a very inspirational class. Again, I did Cross Country after school. I must say Cross Country is a really fun sport, no matter if you like running or hate it. You meet cool people, and the environment is just soothing. It was a great team building experience.
Then came the dreaded Junior year. Junior year I was loaded with English 3, US History, Spanish 3, Math Analysis, PE,Chemistry, and yearbook. All the classes were demanding more from me, and were challenging me mentally. The only somewhat fun class was yearbook. To top it off I did Cross Country for my third year in a row, I was involved in the Frisbee club, and I started a Photography club.
Then came the best year of all, Senior year. I have first period off campus, Advanced Photography, web design for high school, English 4, government / economics, Pre-Calculus, and yearbook. I am currently deeply involved in the Frisbee club, now a team. I continued the Photo club, and I joined various other clubs like Youth & Government, Leo Club, and more. I am not involved in Cross Country this year, but I’m sure i’ll soak up as much high school life this year, before I head off for the College Life!
When I was a Sophomore in High School, I entered several art competitions. I ended up winning several Art Awards and received amazing feedback from some of my peers.
Hi! My name is Ray and I’m a grad student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was shown your piece called “Seeing the Difference” and was really impressed by what you did. You are obviously pretty technically proficient with Photoshop, and I really liked your piece. You address many facets of your personality, from skateboarding, to music, and of course your dog. The piece flows really well from left to right, following the keyboard, the text, and finally into the image of you looking back on who you are and what you have done. The composition is really nice. Great job cutting your face out on the right there. Did you use masking tools? or did you just slowly select the piece out. You’ve also really done a good job with your layers and the opacities. Have you done any other pieces similar to this? How much have you been working with Photoshop lately. It’s a great tool which you will get a lot of use out of later on in your life. Trust me. Keep practicing. It’ll come in handy. It’s interesting that you chose to include such a personal bit, like your dog and your love for him. It really makes your portrait much more personal, when you consider it in addition to your many likes. Did you think about putting in things that you disliked in the piece? How about playing around with different fonts for your text? I’ve found that it’s fun to manipulate different fonts and texts after you type them into the image in photoshop. Try exploring some with the text tool. So…if you’d like, feel free to send me some more images. I’d love to see some more of your work. I’m a first year grad student here, and I’ve worked in the graphic design field for a little while in new york. I’m originally from New York City, and am an illustrator, painter, and graphic designer. I plan to go into community arts programming or museum education, mainly working with kids outside of schools to encourage learning about the arts. Well, good luck with all of your work and keep on with your art. You’ve got a lot of potential!
Thank you so much for sharing your self portrait with us. I really enjoyed your interpretation and how you represented yourself. The two images of yourself give off a different feel from each other and I like how neither image has you staring directly at the camera. One is a profile and the other is a reflection of yourself. We often see ourselves thorough other people’s eyes first, but that is only a portion of who we are. Your image made me think about how other may people see me. I am working towards my master degree and wish to work within a museum and challenge the way we view art in the pristine white-walled museum. How can we engage the audience to challenge why a work of art is in the museum? Sculptures from temples were taken from their countries in colonial times and now sit atop pedestals in the museum. Why? How were they bought and sold? Just thought you would like to know a little bit about the person viewing your art. Thanks again. Your piece is wonderful and tells me a lot about you. It is very effective.
My name is Carolina, I am a student in the MAAE program at the SAIC. We have just viewed your identity portrait and those of three other of your classmates, here in our Techno Options Class. We were impressed I believe by the skill you show in using the Photoshop, but more by the content. The numerous symbols you used within your image revealed a few substantial parts of your persona, from your favorite things to do to one of your greatest vulnerabilities (i am referring to your tear and your dog). Thank you for sharing your image with us. I really enjoy seeing student work and am amazed by the great ease students have these days in utilizing technology. Your generation definitely has a vocabulary and practice set using computers. Good luck in your future art making.
A small segment of my About me page dated 2005
At the age of 17 going on 18, I’m preparing for college. I am pretty much heading for advertising. I hope it will allow me to study photography, film, web design, marketing techniques. I feel I have a good eye for design. From the clothes I wear to the work I create, every aspect of my life seems to revolve around design.
I started to become serious about my field my senior year of high school. The support of my peers and my teacher has really helped me grow and pushed me to try new ideas. I have helped students in the class with photoshop and other design tools. I have also given lectures for the class.
My favorite sport is Ultimate Frisbee. No one really knows of it, yet there are so many aspects of the sport that make it better than the rest. The reason why I play Ultimate Frisbee is because there is a thing called the “Spirit of the Game”. This aspect covers everything from dressing up in the most unusual clothing to singing a song with the other team after each game. There is no referee in the game, so the game is ruled by the players.
Being involved in such a sport has been such a pleasure. The teamwork and comradeship was something I have experienced only in this sport. I have tried sports from basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, and the teamwork involved in Ultimate Frisbee surpassed the other sports I have tried.
I encourage you to check out how my pages and design has developed over the years by visiting the RyanLum.com Archive.