Friday, December 19, 2014

End of the Semester...

Over the course of this semester and my online art class, I have learned there are so many more, free tools for digital art online than I ever imagined. I never knew or thought to look for all the programs we used throughout the semester, but now that I know about them I am excited to have those tools in my artistic toolbelt. My favorite program was the Scribbler, Too, and I can think of so many ways that program could be used to make awesome graphics.

Even more than that, however, I have developed an interest in the art of labels and logos: wine labels, food labels, advertisements... and I am very interested in following this interest into trying out graphic design. I love the functionality of this mode of art; I love how they are designed to catch the eye and be memorable, and create certain emotions in buyers. I would love to be a part of this type of business! I believe and hope that this class will help me with this. It has given me an introduction into the world of graphics, and I am now on the path to pursue this interest.

Overall, I have more successful experiences with real-life classrooms. I really struggle with staying on top of online classes, and meeting deadlines in them. But I still enjoyed the projects in this class, and I am glad I took it.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

3D Model

This is my project for the week. I have to admit it is not at all up to the level I wish it was, but the program which we used to make it (the 123D Catch) suddenly stopped working yesterday when I was using it. I continued to try and refresh the page, restart the program, etc., but it refused to re-load my project so I could edit it. I also tried creating a new project with the same pictures, but it would not load those either. I don't know why it did that, but it's highly frustrating! I tried it again this afternoon, and it still refuses to co-operate. It just freezes on the "Loading 3D Model" screen.

I'm very disappointed, because I feel that this program has a lot of cool things to offer. I became very interested in the idea of 3D models after seeing the clip of the boy whose father printed him a 3D prosthetic hand! My little 8 year old brother was born without fingers, so stories like that are especially interesting to me. It was amazing the father could use the program in that way!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


This week's art project for my online art class was on ASCII Art, which is art made from typing! I am actually very familiar with this kind of art (although I didn't know what it was called) because when I was younger I used to play on websites where I saw basic designs like this all the time!

I used to play on a website called "Stardoll" and I had a character on there, and you could customize your "about me" page with your own typed-up bio. Everyone would have little typography pictures on theirs. I was always looking for cute new ones to add to my bio page. lol I also used to go on the Nancy Drew message boards for the computer games, and they were all the rage there, too. lol There would be certain members designing them for signatures, or "sigs" as we called 'em. Back in the glory days.....


(You can tell how cool I am from my sig up there!)

Anyway... reminiscing aside, I felt like the generators I used to create the following ASCII pictures were really difficult to use. It is hard to make the pictures recognizable! I tried quite a few different photographs, and ended up using the following two:

This first one was made with I used one of the pictures from my photography assignment earlier in this course!

This second one is from a picture I took of my best friend at the beginning of the school year. I created it with I don't really feel like the typed picture does the real one justice, but I did like how it highlighted her face. To make the background pink, I literally had to type the word "PINK" into the box on the website, so I didn't get to pick the exact shade or anything. It's not my favorite pink in the entire world but I did like how it was easiest to see the picture on the pink vs. the other color backgrounds I tried. 

The second set of typography art is a little different than the first in that it has a chunkier text, and it has a more modern feel, I think. I used a website called Tagxedo for this one. Again, I had a really hard time making my pictures look like anything more than a huge blob of words. Then I found a picture I took during a trip over the summer of this cool guitar, and I had an idea. I cheated a little bit by putting the picture into a paint program and painting black over the guitar and white over the background, then putting it onto Tagxedo. I think it turned out exactly like I wanted it to, though. The program registered the shape I was going for, finally. I used lyrics to a great country song "I Hold On" by Dierks Bentley for the text in the guitar because the second verse of the song is him singing about his old guitar. I also used a red, white, and blue color scheme because that was the color of the original guitar and what drew me to that guitar in the first place! 

My little cheat silhouette

The original picture!

My Tagxedo Image :)

The final set of images were made using Textorizer.

This first picture is one I took of my best friend again. I used her initials for the text. My computer was running this program so slowly! It would take forever just to do minor adjustments. I liked how it was turning out until I had the thought that the words all over her kind of look like bugs crawling all over her, and now every time I look at it that's what I see. *shiver* I guess that's fitting for Halloween, right? lol

This flag picture is from Textorizer 2, and it is another one from our photography assignment earlier in the year. I used the words of the Pledge of Alligiance for the typography. I love Textorizer 2! I think this turned out so cool and I love how over the red and white parts the words bubble out but the background stays very straight across. I'm guessing that is because the program was trying to mimic the shapes of the flag. I just think it looks really cool, and it's legible which is awesome! 

Last but not least, a selfie of me, lol. This was made with Excoffizer (yep.). I think this looks really cool too, although it's kind of simplistic. The wavy pattern reminded me of those pictures on the screensavers for Nooks. (I'm adding a Nook screensaver to prove my point. lol)
With Excoffizer Effect 
Original Picture
Nook Screensaver!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Digital Drawings

Today's project was a ton of fun. I used three different online programs to create the following artworks, and one of them is my favorite thing I've made in my digital art class so far!

The first two pictures (the diamond and the boxes) were made using Scribbler. In Scribbler, you have to make a line drawing and then the program scribbles over it, connecting some of the lines with scribbly marks. I enjoyed seeing what the program did to my line drawings, but I felt like I didn't have much control over my drawing. I thought it was a little difficult to drawing the lines with my mouse, and I didn't really get to choose where the lines scribbled. The program made a lot of my decisions for me! However, I did figure out after my diamond drawing that I could control the colors of the lines. For the second drawing I paused the drawing a few times and switched the colors so there would be more variation.

The second program I used is called Scribbler, Too, which is a variation of Scribbler. I enjoyed this program so much more, and as I said before, I was able to use it to make my favorite piece of art this semester! 

First of all is my "A", which is supposed to show dimension and volume. I like how the colors look like they are melting down the side and the shadow I was able to add. With Scribbler, Too I was able to control how much "scribble" was added to my pictures and I drew the scribbly lines myself so I had a lot more control over the finished product. This was useful for the shading of the "A". 
And then there's my vintage girl! I used a picture as an outline and to place the values, then deleted it after I got it filled in and I have to say I love how it turned out! (You can see the original photograph under my drawing... I found it on pinterest. ;) ) I want to make another picture like this and get it printed out and framed for my new apartment! I felt like adding the values was a crossover skill from my painting class I'm in right now as well. It was time consuming but turned out really cool. :)

Finally, the flame drawings, using the program Flame Painter Free. Both pictures represent a feeling. The first one kind of represents two things: the fact that even in a dark place in life there is always a section with color and hope! And the feeling of having a new, creative idea burst to life in your head. :)

The second picture represents feeling tired. I didn't go into it with the intention of making it a "sleepy" picture but the blue and the black just looked like a visual representation of being tired to me. lol

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Moon River/Audrey Hepburn Video Mashup

To be honest, last week when we were required to put together a song for Online Art, I wasn't completely thrilled with how mine had turned out. However, my song (a remix of "Moon River" from the old movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's"), ended up going very well with this week's video mashup assignment!

I chose to use clips from the Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant film, "Charade". The original movie is about a French woman (Audrey) whose husband is murdered. After his death she meets Cary Grant and has many run ins with enemies of her late husband. Along the way she solves a mystery of a unique stamp from a stamp collection and falls in love with Grant. I can't remember the exact details of how the story plays out because I watched it two years ago, but I do remember it was a really good movie with a lot of twists. 

I combined clips from the movie to create an altered story. I cut them, edited the color to black and white in the beginning, added different transitions, and changed the speeds on some of the clips to fast motion and slow motion. I also added the sound effect of the phone ringing and the gunshot, in addition to my song from the last project.

I used the black and white vs. color to draw a distinction between present time and Audrey's memory. The black and white scenes represent the present day. The color is removed to indicate that she is slightly removed from present reality. The scenes are open to viewer interpretation, and what is real and what is not is completely apparent. However, the flashback scenes are in color because her memory is vivid and she is very sure of what she remembers...There are strong emotions connected to her memory, and it is more reliable. Just a little symbolism thrown in there. ;)

If I could change one thing about the video, I would want to have more clips to work from. There was one clip from the movie where she and Grant are on a boat having dinner which I really wanted to include, but unfortunately I didn't have access to that clip. I also think I would try to make my storyline a little clearer and longer. I think it makes sense when I explain it, but also I feel like a good story line doesn't necessarily need to be explained, it should be able to stand alone! :)

In my version of the story, Audrey comes into the office of a businessman, and upon opening the door she is surprised by a familiar face. We are whisked back in time through her memory, as we see her and her husband, deeply in love. Suddenly the phone rings. Audrey goes to answer it, but it turns out to only be a plot to bring her face to face with a threatening man. She tries to run from him, but he follows her all the way to an old theater. 

She hides under the stage, as the man creeps forward toward her hiding place in quiet pursuit. Grant runs behind the stage, coming to rescue Audrey. Just at the moment that the bad man is about to discover where she is hidden, Grant acts as a divergent and is shot in Audrey's stead. 

Audrey sits quietly at her beloved husband's funeral, mourning his death, when a man comes up with a note summoning her to a meeting to discuss details Grant's death. This brings us back to the opening scene. When she opens the office door for the meeting, there sits Grant, alive, it seems. Or is he? That is for the viewer to decide.

I enjoyed making this mashup of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Using a song originally sang by her, and then clips from one of my favorite films by her was a lot of fun. I write this from Columbus where I'm spending part of my fall break. Today I had a chance to go to the Easton Mall and visit a Tiffany Jewelry store, and I felt like Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Happy Fall Break!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coin Collage

This week for my digital art class we were required to make a Bechar-style grid of objects which are similar. I chose to use my coin collection as my subject. I have had this collection for many, many years. When I was younger I was a little bit of a pack rat, and I always thought it would be so neat to have a collection of some sort. I tried collecting stamps, photographs, post cards, candy wrappers... but the only collection I ever successfully curated was my coin collection. 

Some of these coins have stories behind them. There is a French coin in there which was given to us by a French exchange student who lived with us for a month this past summer. There is a $0.50 coin which was given to me when I was 8 or 9 years old by the barber who cut my dad's hair in the tiny Illinois town we lived in at that time. There is a canadian coin which used to be my mom's. I don't know where she got it, but it's been in our house forever. I think it must be from her grandfather because he was canadian. 

All of these pictures were taken with my ipad, which is brand new and has pretty good quality photography capabilities. I like how it turned out! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photography Slideshow!

This is a short slideshow of the all of the pictures I edited for my online digital art class. In my last post I posted my favorite one of the bunch, but in all honesty it was hard to choose between them, so I'm happy I get to share them all. 

You can hear the song, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eats World in the background, mainly because I am obsessed with that song right now, and I just downloaded it on my iTunes yesterday. 

I used Animoto, which is an online program, to make the slideshow and while I think it did a decent enough job, their watermark on the video irks me. I guess that's what I get for the free version.