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Final Reflection: The Movie, The Ghosts, The Semester

One of my favorite things to do during the open house on Thursday was watch visitors’ reaction to The Hunted Movie Trailer. People would spook just from watching it, which was definitely the intention. It was definitely an experience taking something sugary sappy sweet–like children playing–and changing it into something horrifying. Overall, I think the final product came out well. Though the movie wasn’t in the time limit, I found that most movie trailers–even teaser trailers–last only 30 to 60 seconds; I believe that I was well within the means of my genre.

As for the ghosts, I really which that I had more time to work on this project. I really wanted to hand draw the images like Naka, but knowing my personal and time limitations, I had to redirect my process. The ghosts communicated as they intended; they are haunting, daunting, but passive unless approached. They are not necessarily friendly, but also not necessarily harmful. These in-betweens–just like the use of opacity and lighting–I think is what makes this final composition work. Had I had more time with them, I would have wanted to add more to the series. However, as of now I think that the four images look great together.

The course–Art 250 that is–proved to be a learning experience in a variety of ways. First, it confirmed that I definitely have a passion for digital design and that I could actually have a future in the digital design industry. The course also confirmed that I have a long way to go. There is so much that I have to learn before probably even qualifying for grad school. I am always really nervous about my artwork, so the positive feedback from the class about both my creativity and for the final products meant the world to me. The constructive criticism and work of others led me to alter my work to be more aesthetically pleasing and strategically deep. I wish that I could have more time to build my portfolio. As of now, I am hoping for year five to do so.

 

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Scratching the video project… again

So I decided to go in another direction with Auggie and MJ. I like this movie better, but I still don’t feel like it’s “done.” As of now I don’t know what else to do with it… I’m letting it rest for a day. All said, I think it’s significantly better than the first video.

The Final Project



How to Turn the Explicit into Art

This is the step-by-step process that I went through for each of my months. Each print probably took me a combined 2-3 hours, but I got faster as I learned how to work smarter.

Step 1: Find a backround and models that you would like to use. The better quality and the more of the body, the easier it is to work with.

Step 2: Cut the models out of their picture using magic wand with high tolerance for bigger pieces and polygonal lasso for details. After the bodies are completely cut out, magic wand the bodies, click Apple->Shift->I, and click delete. Tada! The models are cut out of their background. Touch up using polygonal lasso tool.

Step 3: Fill in missing body parts. Examples here. Save as a .psd.

Step 4: Move into Adobe Illustrator. Create a new document for print. File->Place->your .psd.

Step 5: Click “Live Trace” at the top of the screen. I like the preset “Black and White Logo” for the smoothest appearance. If you use this preset, be sure to set its color back to CMYK for ideal printing.

Step 6: Punch in your wallpaper, calendar, and quote, and you’re done! Be sure the colors and quotes match the month :).

Final Prints are Done!

Now I have to figure out what to do with them. Here is a sneak peak at each season. These clips also represent the different artistic styles in the calendar.

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter

o and g: a pregnancy

My o and g project is due Wednesday. By then, we have to build a dynamic relationship between the two letters and express it in a black and white box with no add-ins. There must be five panels total, a mask and base layer, a 7″x7″ box to confine one panel, and each layer must be labeled.

Instead of playing o and g as lovers, I decided that they should have a defined relationship. g is the mother, o is the baby.

g is pregnant with o

g is pregnant with o

The reason why I find this relationship so compelling is because g, I believe, can take on human characteristics. It can have a swollen tummy, a stern expression, a longing gaze. I can play with these attributes to play on g and o’s relationship, and hopefully diminish the number of people who just see “go.”

The first years

The first years

As you can see, I didn’t completely scrap the original romantic relationship between the two letters. I love the CrayonE font that I was using to show closeness in their original relationship, though I toyed with it more to show more of a parental relationship. All of these pages were just favorites of the many many many that I have since made.

o has a tantrum

o has a tantrum

I also decided to keep using Extrafine to demonstrate anger or angst. Some of these files run over each other a bit, but I know how to fix that by reordering the layers; since they’re mock ups the overlap doesn’t bother me so much.

Teen angst with boxes

Teen angst with boxes

Teen angst without boxes

Teen angst without boxes

The most fun that I had when I was making the teenage angst section was choosing the different fonts between the g and the o. I wanted g to be as standard and conservative as possible, so I ended up with Times New Roman. o, on the other hand, had to be a bit wacky. I ended up picking Billy Argel because of the swoopy, emo hairstyle that o appears to have. I’m not sure which of the above images I have, but as you can see in Teen angst without boxes, g definitely holds down the fort while o is a little bit lost.

o leaves for college

o leaves for college

The final panel of the strip will be bittersweet: o leaves for college. The g fonts that I chose were based on their g terminals; I can see the hinting of a face on the g. g, signaled by the direction of its terminal, watches as o leaves, proud and sad. Naturally, I thought the Princeton LET font would be perfect for o. o is half out of the picture because it is almost gone for college.

Though I have a number of prints from these templates, I am going to sit down later tonight and pick the best to show o and g’s story.

The Selection is Made

I have finally decided on the four images that I will use for my o and g project, representing the need for space, the feeling of being in love, a fight, and growing old together. The image above has been modified to grayscale so that the viewer can see it a bit better.

Needing space

Sometimes, g can be a bit overbearing

I find that when g is capitalized, it is a rather antagonizing letter. It stands taller than most other letters, intimidates, angers. The lower-case g, however, is far more passive, curling its tail well below the baseline in submission. Using the submissive g, I can still play on o’s underwhelming presence, using color (well, black and white as per the project’s limitations) to point out g’s intrusion on o’s space.

Love

Letters in Love

In closeness and cuddling, g and o express their love for one another. The cursive font allows for g to reach for o, yet still allow for o to prematurely curl into g. The vast amount of negative space only compliments the closeness of g and o, regardless of their size dragging g’s descender slightly out of the parameters.

Fights

G has a temper

G has the propensity lose it, and o tends to submit. Playing dead on the floor, o waits until G’s tantrum is over. G looms far above, screaming in its scratched-out font, in frustration in whatever o did this time.

Growing old together

g and o's Long Lasting Love

This is by far my favorite of the illustrations. It was first found in the “in love” work book, but I liked it so much that I used the piece in this section. Both o and g are content with each other, curled into one another’s arms. They are small relative to their borders, but that doesn’t seem to both them because they are so lost in one another. I can see them laying here forever, growing old together.

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