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Weekly Summary #8 — Radio Show = DONE!

(Apologies for the lateness. This darn post just didn’t want to be posted!)

This week was definitely work-filled. Like I said in my radio show progress post yesterday, that’s what I’ve been up to with my awesome group! We met twice and hammered out a lot of good material, with our final product found here! I look forward to hearing everyone’s shows and I hope you enjoy ours, too.

Other than that, I created some nice Daily Creates! I also did my best to leave some encouraging words on people blogs to let them know that they have support in their classmates! Honestly, with our prior audio weeks, I’ve come to understand just how time consuming all the work can be. However, I’ve also come to understand just how rewarding it is to put forth that much effort with groupmates that are equally enthusiastic. The feeling of pride when we completed our show was unsurmountable, to say the least.

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great week!

Weekly Summary #6

This week was a rough one. I learned quite a lot about myself through our assignments. One, that I appreciate the aesthetics and value of visual art. Two, that I’m not very good at the execution of design. I was much better when I wasn’t out of practice.

Anyways, I had some fun (when I wasn’t frustrating myself) with this week’s assignments! Reading through the Vignelli Canon was an interesting and informative way to spend about an hour of my time. I’ve always been at least somewhat intrigued by the nature of art in our society and the ways we can go about producing and displaying it. Even through the making of books, the types of paper used and the designs involved become chief.

My response on the subject should reflect what I’ve learned. I hope you find something interesting about it and that we can discuss it! Here’s a link!

Responding to The Planet of the Vampires was equally interesting, honestly, because I don’t find myself thinking critically about movies too often. When I do I try to make sure that my insights are substantial and that they’re both informed and as objective as possible (meaning that, while preference is important, I recognize that something is done well even if I don’t like it). I’d say it was a great pick for this week’s viewing.

My greatest challenge came in the form of our star assignments. I’d already made it a habit to try at least one 4-star assignment per week and this week I did three assignments total, for an even amount of 12 stars.

The first of these was the “Who are YOU?!” assignment. I can easily say this was the most difficult part because I have no clue how best to describe myself through image. I knew exactly which ones I wanted to use, but to say I did a good job with that would be an extremely generous offering. Regardless, this was about an hour and a half of me trying to find a way to properly place these images together. I had a spark of inspiration, after misunderstanding the rectangle selection tool for the fourth time, that led to me wanting to make the eyes a focus between the different parts. I had each image on a separate layer and I wanted each image to have a transparent background so make combining them easier. I wasn’t sure how to do that (I’ll learn soon, I promise), so I instead, I just followed by gut. Now, by no means am I happy with what I did, but that doesn’t mean I’m not proud. I’ll definitely touch it up later and make it even cooler! VOILA!

Next would be the Make Your Own Wallpaper assignment. Simple, yet fun! I used GIMP for this, too. I detailed my process here.

I also did the Make Your Own Maze. I’d like to think that my maze was pretty decent, especially for a first shot at it. I used paint and made my lines with the line tool (some were made with rectangles). I decided that a pentagon would be an interesting shape for it, so I just rolled with the decision. Here’s the final product.

Shifting over to the more sentimental side of this week, I also had a bit of fun with the Love At First Shot assignment. I wrote a short story about a picture of a couple that I found from Bing and had some fun with it! Hopefully you will, too. Here, for your reading pleasure.

My Weekly Summary (#4)

I enjoyed doing this week’s work. While having very limited experience with photography in practice, I’ve studied it before and forgotten most everything that I’ve learned. However, I did find it interesting that this week focused more on it. To that end, I also enjoyed doing this week’s assignments. The first one that I tackled was the Photoblitz. I was walking around my office looking for interesting things to take pictures of and tried my best to compose images (I should probably hang around in more interesting places than business suites…).

I then wrote a post about my experiences with photography, talking a bit more about what I’ve done and learned before.

For my star assignments, I did a total of 4 for a grand total of 12 1/2. Of these, my posts including an edit of a one dollar bill, an edit of my face onto that of MLK, Jr. (a poor one, admittedly),  a collage of my bucket list, and an attempt at making a bottle cap seem larger than life.

For those interested in spooky photos, I found a cool app on my phone that allows you to add spooky specters and ghastly ghosties called Paranormal. Here’s my final result and a short story to go with it!

And for a brief review of some well-done aspects of The Shining, go no further!

This week’s process involved more thought that the previous ones and I get the sneaking suspicion that this will be a continuing trend.