Vlog 4: My Artwork and High School Relationships

Vlog 4: My Artwork and High School Relationships


Hello, this is Liann. This is my end of the year vlog, for my ninth grade in high school. In my last vlog, I talked a bit about signs
of growing up and different experiences my friends and I were going through. In this vlog, I am going to talk about art
and relationships. Growing up in an Asian family, my parents, they sent me to everything. We tried violin, we tried piano, we did drums for a while and they sent me to singing lessons. For art I did sketching, oiling painting,
and water colour. For dance I did hiphop and ballet. My parents tried to put me into everything but I really enjoyed art. I started off with sketching and I can show you an example, this is just a sketch of a man that I did. I started off with sketching for art, then from sketching I moved into oil paintings. These are some examples of my oil paintings, I usually go with nature for my oil paintings. The Chinatown in Vancouver is a little sketch, and 14 year old me goes to Chinatown every Saturday to learn Chinese watercolour and calligraphy from this really really great artist and teacher in Vancouver. His name is Yukman Lai and his work is phenomenal. I really enjoy watercolour, I think the most out of all of these different styles that I’ve learned. So recently I entered this oiling painting
competition and the theme was “Peace”. I painted Earth and I painted Saturn and these nuclear bombs were coming out of Earth. I actually don’t know what nuclear bombs look like, so I kind of just drew rockets with the radioactive symbols on them coming from the earth. Once they were shot into space, they would explode and turn into fireworks. So I guess my message was, if we all got rid of our weapons and violence, it could become something beautiful. I guess ultimately it would be cool to be good enough at art so that I could get more messages across tactfully, through my artwork. I think that art initially grew on me because all of my role models when I was younger (and still now), were from manga and anime. I grew up on Inuyasha, and I ordered Shonen Jump and then grew up
Naruto and Bleach. I love the funny ones that really tug a bit at my heartstrings like One Piece. I probably cried the most while watching anime. I really do enjoy that fantasy world that
you can just escape to. It’s always about doing the right thing. It’s always about the underdog. I think that’s what initially brought me
into the art world. So, speaking of art (aside from the classes my parents sent me to), I have also taken Grade 9 Art in high school. There’s this boy that sits across from me and he is super creative and he draws the funniest things. His name is Daniel, he is European, really tall, very athletic, kind of class clownish. Everyone knows him and we have a similar friend group. For one of our assignments, we drew each other. We just hung out the entire year and got closer. Because we have the same friend group, at lunch one day, we were just all hanging out, and then he pulled me aside and said, “Can I talk to you?” So we went down one of the hallways at school together. He pulled me aside and he said, “I think
what I’m going to ask.” I totally knew what he was going to ask, but I wanted him to ask. So I was like, “Oh, no, I have no idea…” And then he was like, “Would you like to
be my girlfriend?” And I said, “Yes.” So there you go! I guess I have my very first boyfriend in
high school. Relationships in high school (the ones that I’ve known so far) are relatively
short. They are just a few weeks long, or a week
long. But in that week, you think about your future with this person, how many kids you’re going to have, what
those kids’ names are… I mean it’s great. I think it’s just a week of intense feelings. My parents are totally the type that are like, “No dating in high school.” Probably, no dating until I’m married. So this will have to be kept on the down low. So I am going to end of this vlog with a quote that I think combines art and love very nicely. It’s just a very romantic description of
somebody. It was written by Rainbow Rowell, from the novel Eleanor & Park. “Eleanor was right, she never looked nice, she looked like art, and art wasn’t suppose to look nice, it was suppose to make you feel something.”

Dereck Turner

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