Creative Art 藝術創作

ATTENTION:
Google is doing away with PICASA so the nice slideshows that I used to have here on this page no longer work.  Since Google still allow users to archive old photos in PICASA, you can
go straight to Tennessee Gock's Gallery Albums in PICASA OR click on any of the thumbnails below to go to individual albums.  Double click on any image to enlarge, and use the left (<) or right (>) arrow to browse through the images.  Enjoy! 




***The ALS Halloween Flashmob 2014 (shot from different angles)***

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ABOUT MY ART WORK

Tennessee Gock Pencil Portraits of People

 I started doing pencil sketching since I was a kid in Hong Kong, but mostly of houses, interior and exterior. I did do a pencil portrait of a classmate in an art class, and I did pretty well on that, and I did one or two portraits of 林青霞 (Lin Qing Xia), a Taiwanese movie star who was my idol while I was growing up in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I mailed the original to her without keeping a copy for myself (I did not like the one I did on her later in 1995, which is included in this album.  I darkened the drawing too much that made her look too dramatic). I started doing more and more pencil portraits of people after I came to America.

An old friend Lai Shui Ching & his family 賴水清全家福

Background: Hong Kong landmarks:
Left Top: Kowloon -- New World Center, Hong Kong Space Museum, and the recently relocated Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower.
Left Bottom: Aberdeen Habor -- The tourist favorite place: Jumbo Seafood Restaurant on the water.
Right Top: Central District -- Bank of China & Hong Kong Bank.
Right Bottom: Central District -- Hong Kong Supreme Court.

Tennessee Gock Graphic Design

Many years ago I enrolled in a Graphic Design Certificate Program at U.C. Berkeley Extension and took classes in San Francisco and Berkeley. The courses included the core Graphic Design Studio I & II, Color Theory and Applications, Publication Design, Typography, Web Design, HTML & Javascript, Photoshop, etc. I got mostly "A"s from these courses (and one A+) but I decided that Art and Graphic Design should be my interests, not my job. I am such a perfectionist that I often drive myself crazy trying to get every details 100% perfect. I enjoyed creating arts, but will dread to have to produce arts "on demand". The other reason I quit the program was because the last few classes had only one class choice late at night in San Francisco, it was hard for me to go through. In the end, I was only a few classes short of completing the program, but I had learned a lot and had no regrets whatsoever.

My poster design: There was no drawing involved, all were crafts pasted on a blue construction paper: I used foliage as leaves, papyrus paper as tree trunks, different kind of origami papers used to create the moon reflected on the water, the pool of liquid on the ground made of flower juice, the flower juice drops, and the lime green lettering.  Each letter was cut out by an x-acto knife and then pasted on the blue construction paper, and each letter is one font size bigger that the one it followed.

Graphic Design Studio II: Functional portfolio cover that can be opened and closed in a clever way, themed with my logo of 4-Gs design.  Business card closeup with 4-Gs logo opened showing my 4 interests: Music, Art, Languages, Buddhism.  Weaved heart at the bottom of this portfolio.  Top of heart can be opened.



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NOTES:
(1) Please read ABOUT MY ART WORK for more information, right under these thumbnails.
(2) Don't forget to check out my Halloween Flashmob video (see links below)!









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Tennessee Gock Other Creative Work

As mentioned in my other album "My Pencil Portraits of People", I have always loved art and especially loved to draw since I was a kid growing up in Hong Kong.  Like many artists of music, art or literature, etc., when I was intrigued, I would feel the urge to pick up a pencil to express that inspiration onto the paper.  I also do art on the computer, such as my graphic design projects (see below) and flyers for special events.  One of the flyers was for a going-away party for a co-worker who was quitting the Lab to go back to school.  I found a porcelain school boy doll on the internet.  It was a side profile one, so I asked the co-worker to let me take some photos (but without telling him why), and I specifically took some side profile photos.  I had to painstakingly removed his beard from the photo.  I thought it would look more convincing without the beard.  For the theme of going back to school to get more education, I added an image of Einstein’s E=MC2 and a school bus with some bullies making faces from the back of the bus.   It was an interesting coincidence that the co-worker grew up seeing the same porcelain doll in his grandma's house which I found a photo of just randomly from the internet.

Tennessee Gock Halloween Outfits

(2004) As Martha Stewart -- The idea just came to me that year when Martha Stewart was in prison cooking with the inmates. I bought the prisoner costume, added the apron, made the shackles and the K-mart logo on the apron. I printed the mask from the internet but the eyes were cut out so I added a pair of brown eyes (but not Martha's own) to make the face more realistic.

(2006) As Frankenstein's Monster with my Bride Paris Hilton -- I woke up one day and decided that Paris Hilton should be my bride, if I were Frankenstein's monster. I made a mask from a tiny photograph of Paris, enlarged her face, tweaked her complexion and resolutions, etc. using Photoshop; I also made the veil and extended the arms and legs (it was a 3-foot doll but smaller than the outfit), even turned a $9.99 earring to a shiny 1-carat diamond ring. So much fun!

(2014) As a Rocker, also leading a Halloween Flashmob -- My friend Giselle decided to host a division-wide Halloween Costume Contest, she was the scary but beautiful skeleton and I was a rocker with a blue wig and an inflatable blue guitar (gave a whole new meaning of air guitar!).  She ended up winning the first prize!  I came up with an idea of a Halloween Flashmob.  It wasn't easy, because the people I found were not into dancing so they only wanted to do minimal movements and only one song instead of two, and they were totally not following my instructions. I finally took charge of the whole production and insisted on combining two songs with specific movements.  Thanks to my Zumba instructor Jeff who helped me cut the music into a perfect short version for this performance.  It was a FLASHMOB because the participants of this Halloween party did not know we had prepared a dance number for them!  You can tell from the recorded video that people enjoyed our performance very much!