End of the Semester – What I’m thankful for

Thanksgiving just went by and the semester is coming to a close. I’m going to do two things in this blog post 1 explain why I am thankful and 2 talk about my electronic media class – which is why I started this blog.

Thanks:

I am thankful to be alive and that I am getting threw this semester, hopefully with all passing grades (Art History is killer), I feel like I really need a break from all the work. Although I’ve given myself a lot of work to do, but I am thankful about having time to do my own projects. I am also thankful that I had a job this year and I should have one next year. I am thankful that I have all the classes I wanted. I am thankful that some people out there actually liked some of the stuff I put out on my blog and not just the people in my class. Thanks you guys…

My Electronic Media class: 

This class was more about concept then finished projects  and I thought that was a pretty cool way to do it. An emphasis is on group work and how working with a company and brainstorming might be. I liked that focus, I think to take the class to the next level maybe some more like in depth finished products could be made. Not at the beginning but like build up to it at the end. We did do a stop motion but I felt like it didn’t have enough emphasis. So really just taking it up to the next level. Start with in depth brainstorming and end with a finished piece.

Well this probably wont be my last post but I don’t know how regular they will be. Thank you for sticking with me.

TTYL

Betrayal . . . Our Stop Motion Video

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Pears, Betrayal, Francisco and Marie find themselves in turmoil when the unexpected happens. Marie falls into the garbage disposal and Francisco does nothing to help her. To get revenge on his cowardly acts, when he is distracted, she switches on the garbage disposal. Then stomps him to death down the drain, without anyone ever knowing it was her.

An awesome short drama full of everything you could be looking for. Just watch and see for yourself.

Originally posted on De's Portfolio:

So . . . the idea that my friend, Natalie, and I  came up with for the stop-motion video got changed up a bit. We decided not to use carrots in our video and instead used pears. The storyline also got changed up. It went from a tragedy, to a happy romance, and finally, to the bitter sweet betrayal of Marie and Francisco, the French pears.

Tragedy was our first idea, we originally wanted a Romeo and Juliet like feel to our video that would have one of the carrots dying and the other ending its life to ensure it could stay with its one true love for all of eternity. When we could not find decent carrots, we changed the characters into pears, and decided to go with Natalie’s idea to create a cutesy romance story, no death and sadness. that soon changed in the process though. We decided…

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Senior Show

A few nights ago my school had their senior show for the semester. I missed the actual opening of the show but when I had time later that night I was able to go up and look at what was hanging.

Three different people had their work on display and each one had a different theme. The first one I looked at was about aspergers syndrome and bringing awareness to the condition.

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One thing I couldn’t find a reason for was the super light grey text with the information on the side of the posters in the first picture. I thought that maybe it had something to do with the condition itself but after reading all of them nothing backed that thought up and none of the actual designs used light text like that so it left me wondering where it came from. Either the text on the sips needs to be darker or I think if the information was somehow included in the posters itself it would have a better impact. (Some of the posters did have the information in them but next to the piece it restated it, I don’t think that was necessary).

My favorite piece is in this next category about hunting.

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Can you guess which one it is???? Well…… It is the Dog your right. I can just imagine it hanging above my nonexistent fire place. But it was the first piece sold so I didn’t get that privilege. *sigh* Well other than that I love the expert photography used in these designs and how they incorporated their information. They also all look like they are for the same show with the use of font being the same in each piece and the image being the dominant focus.

Then lastly, this persons theme was vanity and how it is showed in the everyday use of social media sites.

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My favorite piece from this group was the pintrest girl or the last image in my grouping. It is just a beautifully illustrated piece. Other than that I like how she kept a clean style threw all of her pieces and the pricing caught my attention on these because they were sooo over the top, 40,000 dollars maybe? But I think that this goes along with her theme really well and helps to reinforce vanity (although I’m not sure if that is what she was thinking at the time).

Exercise: The Positive, Negative, & Metaphorical

Objective: This is another exercise to practice your advertising techniques, to make sure that you are flexable in the type of advertisements you can put out. And to show that you can work for anyone.

Prompt - Pick an item on you right now. Once you have that item now you need to sketch out 3 ads one positive: promoting your object, one negative: downing your object for another one, and one metaphorical: using your object to represent something else.

My experience -

The object that I grabbed out of my purse was my 3DS. First off I started with the brainstorming step.

I wrote down the three ares that I had to make a sketch for and listed words that I thought matched the category.

Positive – portable, improved graphics, play with friends, convenient stress reliever calming, creative.

Negative – loseable, distracting

Metaphorical – Get lost in another world?

For Positive I went with a variation of play with friends. I thought about all the other people in the world that you could play with and talk to and this is what I came up with:

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The rectangles in the background represent the different flags that would be there if I were to make this into a finished piece. I think this one might have been my best idea.

Next The Negative: For this category I went with it being easily lost. So I compared it with a system that doesn’t move it just sits in your room with someone having their 3DS fall from there bag.

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Imagine the two images combined. The person walking would be in the blank white space of the other image.

Lastly with The Metaphorical I went with the only thing I had adventure but I thought that it would be cool to set it up in a classic game style:

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If you can’t really read it it says “Start your adventure? Yes  No”. The black squiggly are to represent a black background and the writing would be a white if I were to further this idea.

Exercise: Robot

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Objective: To find out how well you and visualize something without actually putting it into motion. How far can you see ahead?

Prompt: Write down instructions for how you are going to build a robot out of everyday items. When you think you have a good set of instructions give them to friend and see if they can create it. What difficulties did they have? What didn’t you think about?

My experience:

First I sat down in both my and my boyfriends room scanning to see what items that we had and could be used. With that in mind I started writing my instructions and this is what I came up with:

Materials:

Hot Glue

24 Soda cans

9 Straws

I tennis ball

A pocket knife

Maybe paper.

Instructions:

Step one – take a stack of 3 by 3 soda cans and glue them together.

2 – Take the top left side and cut a hole big enough for the straw to fit into where you want the arm to connect to the torso. Do the same on the opposite side.

3 – Cut a hole in two cans in the same place and insert the straw threw the hole on the mass of cans and threw the hole on one of your lone cans.  Super glue together and do the same to the other arm.

4 – Glue one can onto the bottom of each arm can.

5 – Cut hole in the front of both and in the bottom of two spare cans and attach with straw and hot glue.

6 – hot glue 2 individual stacks of 3 cans then attach to bottom of the row of three cans for legs.

7 – Get tennis ball and a straw and cut a hole that a straw can fit threw then the same for you soda can, if the tennis ball is light enough let the straw hold it up a bit for a neck if not then get paper and crumble it up and make a little neck under the tennis ball. Hot glue it in place.

8- Your finished!! Go play with your new can robot!!!

How it turned out:

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The two cans under the tennis ball was something that the person making it wanted to do. The straws were really only necessary at the arms but didn’t hold much meaning anywhere else. Plus the head is too small for this guys body but other than that it reminds me of one of those old big clunky robot toys that some kids have (or maybe just used to have).

Idea! Storybook

This started out as an Prompt but I’m a be honest and say that I only halfway read it so I has taken me a lot longer than it should have.

If you want to do this prompt here it is:

Take 30 minutes to sit, watch, and listen to your environment. Do NOT reach for your phone or computer. Sit and absorb your surroundings. When the half hour is up, write down a few notes about you have seen and heard. For this challenge, you will work to hone your skills in storytelling and illustration for a youthful audience. Then take another 30 minutes to sketch out a 10- to 12-panel storyboard for a book geared toward children ages 3 to 7. Organize your working process as follows to make your plot decisions more intuitive. After looking over your notes:

  1. Spend 10 minutes brainstorming an over-all plot for the book. Summarize the arc of the story in a sentence.
  2. Over the next 10 minutes, come up with rough sketches of the visual direction and write some copy describing how the story would play out over 20 to 24 pages.
  3. Use the rest of your time to tighten up your storyboards and tease out a moral, if you can.

My experience:

So I did do step 1: Sit and observe your surrounds for an idea for a children book. Well I know some kids so really for this I just listened to what my friends little sister was talking about. She is kinda warped so I got things about vampires and alligators eating people if they were bad.

I tried to write the childrens story and as I wrote the story I put ideas for how I would want the pages to look later when I drew them I didn’t really come to an end in my story but I think this is definatly something I could come back to and expand upon.

Merri’s Adventure

Merri was always an adventurous girl. She and her friend Alli got through everything together. They were inseparable.

One day after leaving their house they ventured into the woods. It was dark and scary, but Merri wasn’t scared because she had Alli with her.

“Get it away! Take it out of my forest!” A man screamed from in a tree pointing at Alli.

“There is nothing wrong with  her, she is my friend!”

“She is an evil alligator not a friend! You should hide up here with me”

Merri could see that the man in the tree had fangs and was cloaked in black: Vampire sprang to her mind. “You just want to separate us so you can eat us! Vampire!”

“Who’s a vampire?” he says looking around in fright, hanging upside down from a tree.

“You are!” exaggerated expression and then a quick transition to the continuing on into the woods.

“No!! Wait for me!” The vampire cries.

He is then standing next to the little girl on the opposite side of Alli.

“You know you really shouldn’t go deeper into there, there are scary monsters.”

“Aren’t you a scary monster? You should toughen up.”

A lighting strike should happen and the silhouette of a girl should appear.

“So there you are father.”

He disappears and is hiding behind a tree.

“I’ve already found you father. You can’t get away from me again.”

“Oh, was that you Alyssa, my darling?” He walks towards her and tries to give her a hug. She teleports beside the other two people.

“Who are you guys?”

“I’m Merri and this is Alli.” Merri gestures to her alligator.

“Oh my she is quite beautiful” Alyssa kneels down and starts petting Ali.

“Alyssa honey… Daddy wants you to stop petting the scary creature.”

“Why?”

“It’s dangerous honey. It’ll eat you.”

Show Ali laying on her back getting her belly rubbed all cutely. They look at him then start talking.

“Yeah, me and Ali go on adventures every week.”

Exercise: 6-panel animation

Objective: To practice making an advertisement for even the weirdest of companies.

Prompt: Make a list of three adjectives with three syllables each in them. Then pick the order that you want them to go into.

Do those two steps then look at this one!

Once that is done you start with your first word and you take the first syllable from that word, the second syllable from the second word and the third syllable from the third word. Put them together and that is now your company name.

Now figure out how in six panels you are going to advertise that company. What products do they create? What is there logo? Figure out those couple things and then take them and incorporate them into an idea for a short moving advertisement.

My experience:

The words that I came up with were colorful, sparkly, and lovable. I did this exercise with a group so I didn’t use all three of my words for the put together part of this assignment but we picked out three words we liked best from all of the words that we came up with.

We ended up with colorful, flammable, and ferocious or all put together Colacious.

As a group we decided that Colacious was going to be  an apple flavored popcorn company because it kind of sounded like it had something to do with food and one of the people in our group was eating an apple (it was literally the first thing we thought of). But we went with it and this it what was ended up with after some verbal group brainstorming.

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