Week two was much different than week 1. This week we had to focus on design principles and photography. I think while I was more challenged this week, I felt good about what I have done and the progress I’ve made.
Raised my stock up after this week
For my first daily create of the week, I had to how what my growlery was. The growlery I chose was my bedroom.
For the second daily create of the week, I took a picture of my dog from a different angle. It was interesting to see my dog from a different angle, and I think he did not know what to do when I took the picture of him.
My third daily create, we had to create a data set. I decided to go with a ratio that showed how much of Tyler Perry’s family was related to the Good Perry and wasn’t. I thought that this was a great post because it’s a reference to some southern culture. Tyler Perry is from New Orleans and his movies have some influences from his southern roots. The Good Perry is an up and coming rapper from Atlanta. I thought combining the two would be awesome because of everything previously mentioned. I also thought that it would be great to post because the play on in words is kind of funny.
S/O Lil Boat and the Good Perry
My fourth daily create, I talked about what made me happy. I made a collage with the topics of the photos, which were photos of Lil Yachty, me playing lacrosse and Kwame Brown going up for a lay up. The collage means a lot for me as these subjects are very important to my way of life. It took some time to create the photo but I enjoyed the end result.
This week we had to complete 5 Visual assignments. These 5 assignments had to equate to 12 stars. While it was time consuming, I got to make some pretty neat edits.
The first assignment I did was creating my own signature. I used photoshop touch to make my own signature. It was a good tool to use for this assignment because it makes everything really easy to make. I had fun creating my own signature because I thought my end design looked cool. All I had to do was change the font. Enjoy
The second Visual assignment I did was creating an ad with a cartoon character. I chose Eric Cartman because he is a great spokesperson for 7-11 burritos. He would really persuade people to eat 7-11 burritos as he is a cultural icon. I had fun creating this ad. Photoshop touch was used to complete this assignment and it was the perfect choice.
The third visual assignment I did was creating a collage that fulfilled the who are you assignment. I picked a trippy background for the assignment, because I like that type of imagery. I also thought the colors looked pretty. For my collages subjects, I chose a MacBook, Kenny Powers, and Gilbert Arenas. I chose a MacBook because I use my MacBook 24/7. I also chose my MacBook because it represents technology, something that I use everyday. I chose Kenny Powers because he is one of my idols. Eastbound & Down is one of my favorite TV shows. I chose Gilbert Arenas because he is a great representation of DC sports. During his time with the Wizards, he ran the city of DC. I truly miss him in a Wizards uniform.
The fourth Visual assignment I did was creating your own wallpaper. It was a four star assignment. I wanted a dark theme for it because I was feeling dark during the time of the assignment’s creation. A darkness that felt like an eternal burning. I also thought the design of flames would be a great way to start my picture. I then inserted a text box and wrote ds106. I’m proud of the work I did for this assignment and it was fulfilling to put so much work into something and be rewarded for it. Here it is.
The fifth Visual assignment was the are we there yet photo. It was fun to do this one as the edit completely changed the meaning of the photo. In the original photo, a baseball player is sliding into third base to steal the base. In the photo edit, this changes as the player is now sliding into the direct message. His actions are a representation of the saying “slide into the Dm’s”. It was fun to create this photo on photoshop touch as I was create the image I wanted for the edited photo. Here it is.
This week we had to do two Gifs. These were one of the more challenging but rewarding tasks we did throughout the week.
The first Gif I did was a sports play gif. It was a two and a half star assignment. I created my gif on giffy.com. I had initial trouble with creating the gif, as I had trouble orchestrating a sequence of scenes to make a good gif. I stayed focused and my gif ended up coming out really nice. The gif is a highlight of LA Lakers power forward dunking the basketball on Brook Lopez. This is a great gif because it’s a highlight play. It also is a great gif because it’s a great representation of why people play/watch sports, for the moments where someone makes a great play and the audience’s energy suddenly spikes up. Here is this wonderful highlight.
The second gif I did was the Rock n Roll GIF. For this Gif, I chose a video of Tom Morello killing it on the guitar. Tom Morello is one of the biggest rock stars in the world. He has been one of the best guitarists for many years. He is best known for being in the band Rage Against the Machine. I think this gif displays his personality well as he’s jamming out in front of thousands of people with his shirt off. The gif is a representation of what puts him in his euphoric state. Here it is.
This week we read a book called Vinelli Canon. The book is considered revolutionary as it changed how artists approached their Graphic Designs.
In the First part of the book, author Massimo Vinelli talks about the intangibles of Graphic Design. He says that the three most important intangibles are Syntactics, Pragmatics, and Semantics. He says that these are the most important intangibles in Graphic Design because they have so much influence on the work of art itself. With these intangibles, there is more clarity in the design of a project.
In the second part of the book, Vinelli talks about how the tangibles that go into a Graphic Design. Two of the tangibles that he talked were color and sequence. He said that the main colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue. He says that since there are only three primary colors, artists are sometimes limited in how they can express themselves. He says that these restrictions really make artists think outside of the box when they are coming up with ideas. He then talks about sequence and its importance. He says that sequence is important because it plays a big role in the reader’s enjoyment. Vinelli claims that if a sequence is structured correctly, then it will have an enormous impact on the enjoyment the reader is having from the article of literature.
Here is the full summary
The next thing I did during the week was the designblitz. This took a lot of effort and time. The project made me get out of my comfort zone and think outside of the box. At first, I was really confused. I didn’t fully grasp the assignment, so I had to read over the assignment again. After that, I had to take many photos, as I could not take a photo that was fitting to what I was trying to articulate about. Finally, after hours of struggling, I was able to break through.
For my photo that represented Color, I took a portrait of myself. It was interesting to see how the variance of color was spread throughout the photo. On the top part of my face, there was a mix of Green, Red, and Yellow. On the bottom part of my face, the main color was blue. It’s crazy to think that the pallet theory Vinelli talks about is so true! This photo took a while to create, and I used the thermal camera in Photobooth to produce it.
For my photo that represented topography, I made a design in photoshop touch that said trust me. I changed the color as well as the text to fulfill the task. It was interesting to see how little changes can make such a big difference.
For this task, I took a photo of myself. In the photo, I made sure that my face took up the majority of photo. I did this because I wanted to emphasize how you make can make false proportions by taking photos at a certain angle. I find these types of photos to be exciting because you can alter so much by doing so little.
My dominance photo was a picture of my computer and my iphone. In the photo it shows that the computer is much bigger than the iphone. While one might think that the computer is the biggest object in the photo, the table that the computer and the iphone are laying on is actually the biggest object in the photo. If I were to make a parallel to a real life concept, I guess you say that the Macbook represents a satisfied successful person. The macbook is happy that it is bigger than the iphone (average person) and feels like they have done enough in the world to kick back and relax. While the macbook feels like it has accomplished a lot, the table represents the amount of opportunities they are squandering by kicking back and relaxing. The theme of the picture is to never be satisfied, as there is always more to accomplish.
Here is the full report about my experience.
I think that this week taught me that dedication is key to becoming successful. I knew I needed to do better after my struggles after the first week. I had to prepare myself to put more time into honing my craft. I really need to start improving my quality as it is getting frustrating to consistently see my glaring weaknesses on every task I complete. If I want to see my results come in, I have to change my attitude if I want to be able to achieve my goals.
I want to try to make my content more dark. I find it interesting when art is presented in a dark way. It definitely inflicts a lot more information. I hope I can use a darker theme so well that it can create a story within a story. I will try to make this happen by getting out of my comfort zone and expanding my knowledge as well as my abilities. I think I will put myself in a dark setting in an attempt to replicate a similar emotion in my work.
I think I need to get more involved on commenting on other people’s blogs. This week I commented on many people’s twitter status. I commented on two of Jack Belodeau’s tweets. I also commented on Jennifer Speaks’ and Ashton Harpham’s twitter statuses. Commenting on other students twitter enables people to have direct communication with each other about a subject, which is rare to see in any class.
I think that I did better this week as I’m more comfortable with the class. I think I did well with my photo edits, and I think I performed well. I think that did well in my interpretations of the assignments given to us. Now that I’ve gotten better with everything, I think I have to flat out perform in order to put myself in a position that I’ll be satisfied with when everything is all said and done.
The music I would say was best themed for this music was the Jayden Smith Batman instrumental. I really like the original song, but I needed to download the instrumental because I wanted to rap over it. Rapping is something I’ve done throughout my life and it one of my favorite hobbies. I been thinking of what I’m going to say over this instrumental, as I’ve been feeling dark lately and want my art to come out in a dark form, something that I usually don’t do.