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F18-P6 Final Project – Keep On Chooglin’

I’ve wanted to do a real Animatic for some time, so with this I finally had a good reason to spend time practicing storyboarding, using Premiere Pro, and everything else I’ve been learning this term. It really was kind of a cumulation of my efforts, other than photography of course.

The song I chose was a meaningful one to me. I tried my best to plug the metaphor I wanted to get through with my composition and choices. I’d really love to see what people to think this animatic is really about! The words don’t really connect to the song all that well until the end, but I think the feeling of the song is still the way it should be.

As much as I personally am proud of the final product, it’s very easy to see the progression of my techniques. Originally I had intended for it all to be more of an animation, like the earliest clips. In reality when I started animating, they went much faster then they are in the final product. I had to slow down the frames in order to match them better to the audio, which is why they stutter and seem strangely slow. As I realized I would have to slow many things down considerably, I changed my tactics, using more still frames and, in the end when I realized I was running out of time, I began to use After Effects to create smoother visual effects so nothing stuttered. I really am happier with the ending more than the beginning. If I had all the time in the world I would have likely changed parts of the beginning to better resemble the end, but all in all, it’s fine.

I had some worries about the audio, and whether or not I would get permission from the band, but luckily I was able to get confirmation from the band via their Twitter account! It also makes the first time I had ever really contacted the band, which seems strange to me considering how impactful their music has been on my life. This is truly something I’ve put a lot of my heart in to creating, and I can only hope that is obvious to the viewer.

Thank you for watching, and have a great day.

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So for this project, I wanted to create doodles using the number 5 as a base. I didn’t actually come up with this idea entirely on my own. The first drawing of a dog was taught to me years ago by a foreign exchange student who stayed at my house for a short time. I used to draw it on all my papers all the time when I was younger, so it was kind of nice to draw it once more. After that first drawing, however, I was kind of on my own to come up with the later drawings. The snake seemed like the easiest idea, but from then on I had to use my creative talents as an artist to figure out the other three. I did this by flipping and rotating the number, changing my perspective of it helped me come up with new ideas. After that, I had to go in with a screen recorder and my tablet to capture the digital drawings. I knew I wanted to do this digitally, specifically because I wanted to use this project as a chance to do some small animations. Some of them are really short, and frankly silly, but still fun! On another note, I had so much trouble editing this video because Premiere Pro kept glitching on my computer and turning out awfully rendered clips. I finally got it though! And I uploaded it to youtube! Only to realize the maximum time limit was supposed to be 2 minutes, and this video is almost at three.  I’d like to think the content is enough to excuse the excess time, but frankly, even if it isn’t I’ve been playing around with these clips too much to go back again, not to mention resubmit everything.

Anyway, all complaining aside, enjoy!

Music courtesy of Free Vibes Music

F18-EX4 Margaret Coe Gallery

For Professional Practices, I went to attend the Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Artwalk, on November 2, at the Karin Clarke Gallery. I was only able to stay for the first artwalk stop because of time restraints, but I loved it none the less! I was privileged to already know Margaret Coe’s artwork from an exhibit at the University of Oregon. I was surprised but happy to find out it was her artwork I would be seeing! From my previous experiences with her art I knew whatever I found here would be enchanting, and I was right. Margaret Coe’s collection of oil paintings titled, “The City of Light,” recounted her five weeks stay in Venice, Italy. During a short interview conducted by a Lane Arts Council official, she spoke about how she believed “Venice is the most beautiful city in the world,” but “It might not always be around,” recounting the floods currently wreaking havoc in Venice. In her own words, “this show is a love song to Venice.”

I’m glad I was one of the people capable to see her talk so passionately about her trip to Venice, and there were a lot of people there. The gallery was packed, and if I hadn’t gotten there early I might not have been able to see all the artwork. In her artist statement, she explained how before her trip she invested in fine linen canvas, departing from her usual cotton canvas. She said she felt she needed to invest in the time and equipment this time because her last visit to Italy was slightly lackluster, as she didn’t really spend time going out of her comfort zone. She looked at examples of other artists who had gone to Venice and noticed how their painting style often changed during their excursions, so she wanted to push her self. She looked at watercolors by Joseph Mallord William Turner and oil paintings by John Singer Sargent. Looking between the three very different collections of paintings, each artist with very different styles, the similarities were somewhat obvious.

The canvas she used did change her art style, her drawings had a new lightness and transparency that her works usually didn’t have. In her words, ‘Venice changed the way they work because of and for Venice.’

My favorite image from the gallery was either ‘San Marco,’ the one in the picture I’ve included, although ‘A refined Quandary and Bargain with Death,’ was a close second. I included an image I found online for that image since I didn’t take a picture of it.

On a side note, when I originally came to the artwalk, I didn’t actually know any of the artworks were up for sale until I looked at the title cards for the artworks, and the guide host mentioned how the gallery supports the artists financially. I suppose it made sense then why the majority of the people I saw there were older rich-looking people. I may make it a goal to eventually own my own Margaret Coe piece, but for the time being, I’ll take my time to enjoy all the galleries and artwalks I can.


The Flatwoods Monster – Retelling

I’ve always been a fan of horror audio podcasts, so I wanted to try to create one in that likeness. I’ve done small audio related things before, and I usually don’t use sound effects, referring to add mood music, but I think most of the SFX in this project did ultimately add to the projects effectiveness. I originally had a lot more descriptive audio of the characters but had to cut more and more in order to fit it into the audio limit.

I’m ultimately proud of how this turned out although I wish I could have kept some of the extra audio. I will admit I’m not usually confident in my own voice but I feel like my inflection was enough to keep with the mood. The Flatwoods Monster as a creature has always felt like one of those cryptids that was entirely based off of the mood of the time it was created in. I tried to use my language to make it feel more like the 50’s so I could capture that general feeling; using peoples full name, not using to many conjunctions, and just alluding to the time with the SFX as well, like the old radio, and the older sounding car.

Thank you for taking the time to listen, I hope you enjoyed, and even learned a thing or two, about the Flatwoods Monster.

Blog Searches!

I found this site immediately interesting because of the aesthetic as well as the amount of articles avaliable. Theres a lot of media to consume that catches the eye. The site also has a plethora of resources for illustrators, online classes, books, and podcasts, to use or simply look into. I think even if a viewer isn’t a illustrator, people who are interested in art and comics would find it enjoyable.

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Amongst it’s many resources I looked into the Freelance Folder to help educate myself on becoming a Freelance artist in my free time.

Interestingly enough the site is also produced by WordPress, although it has it’s own personal domain. The about page mentions the creator of Illustration Age, Thomas James, but no other team members, although considering the amount of media, as well as their other social media, I’m sure he has a larger team behind him.

As far as quality, while the art featured is phenomenal, majority of it’s posts are collections of illustrations with little to no text to context them.

The last link has absolutely no text involved, other then a link to the authors website. While text isn’t necessarily required to look at art, for a blog it does seem strange.

The text is minimal and kept short, even in text heavy posts, like the Q&A with comic artist Aminder Dhaliwal,

I personally would have liked to see more text, contextualizing the art, introducing the artist better, or possibly even analyzing the featured artwork to act as a example artwork for newer illustrators to strive toward.

Scavenger Hunt!

I’d already had a introduction to building 18 during Welcome day and could make my way around without any help. At the equipment check out station I actually ran into Sarah, who had presented in our class just earlier that day! I had actually already met her in building 18 when I needed help logging on to the wifi, So it’s cool to know if I need help, I can usually find her in the area. On a side note, I had never seen the inside of the equipment center before, it’s very colorful!

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Like I said, I’d been around this building before, so while I did know where the Blue Cyc wall was, I wasn’t able to get in and get a picture because the door was locked. So I took a picture of the door sign instead. Another side note: why do people call it ‘the green room’ of it’s blue?

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I went to the Center building and followed the smell of popcorn to the Center for Student Engagement! I had no idea this place was even here. I was doing work, so I didn’t get myself any popcorn but I really wish I had; it’s free! To be honest I’m still not really sure what the Center for Student Engagement actually does, so I may have to revisit to discover what sort of help I can get from them should I need it. Also, to get popcorn.

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I’d actually had my art featured here during the Student Art Gallery last year, and the gallery really just gets better and better everyday with the art featured. The picture I took was a close up of this really intricate vase I saw. The fact that this was made from someone here at LCC just, completely blew me away. It looks like something that should belong in a museum! It was absolutely inspiring to see it, and everything featured there.

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The Art-o-Mat! The idea itself that you can pay for surprise art, is really interesting, and if I ever have five dollars to spare I might try and use it! I’m not usually one to spend money if I don’t know what I’ll be getting out of it, but I think art that inspires is worth the price.

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I dropped by the Library, or reference counter, and the ladies there really did help me while I was trying to find some of the places I hadn’t been too before. I already have the text books and the like I need for classes, so I don’t think I’ll be going there too often, but it does seem like a nice little area to hang out in and get some work done, so maybe in the future I’ll get to enjoy the library and all its resources.

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The next place I went was the silver sculpture out front the Health & Wellness Building. I’d never been to that side of the campus before, and it was super pretty! The sculpture itself had a lot of attributes about it I loved, like the way the negative space in the sculpture resembled a human body! I’m also a sucker for the color green, and the little glass pieces at the top really caught my eye.

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Next I went by Ingram’s office. I originally took a picture of him sitting at his computer, but it didn’t really turn out, so I took an image of this adorable cat sculpture sitting on his desk. I didn’t ask him about it but I really should have.

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The ladies at the reference desk actually helped direct me to the media creation lab, which conveniently happened to be right behind me. It was so quite in there I didn’t even realize there were people in there working when I walked in to start taking pictures. I may end up using this lab to work on projects for other classes so I can have the right version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. This image is the only one I had to do an real editing to, because it was originally much darker in the room, then this image is. I do like the angle I got of this shot though!

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I’ve visited Judy Gates a couple times, and she was ultimately the reason I joined the Multimedia program in the first place. I otherwise would have gone and done my general education, and thus far, joining the Multimedia program feels like the best decision I could have made.

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Next, I went by Mrs. Teresa’s office. I had actually seen it during the tour and really loved the decorations in the window, especially the little alligator sculpture. The image with the alligator didn’t really turn out however, So I used the image of the tall frog and the mouth thing? I’m not sure, but I do like the teeth on that thing! I’m curious if Teresa made them all herself or if they were gifts from past students?

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Going around campus taking pictures was much more fun then it sounded at first. I was introduced to places around I hadn’t been before, and looked at the places I had been in a different light! It was also nice getting to know some of the real names for places. Like The Students First Building! I had no idea that’s what it was called, I just called it the number one building.IMG_0164 copy

Last but certainly not least, I stopped by the front garden, to take a picture for my construction shot. I’d never really taken the time to look at the garden before, and it was really beautiful. From this angle, it also kind of reminded me of the shape of a turkey, so I guess this might count as a turkey shot as well! It really was just fun to be in the area and breathe the garden air, although I imagine it would look better in the summer light.

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Hello Hello Hello~

My alternateTime to introduce myself I suppose! This is my first year at LCC, and first college experience ever! I’m doing what I can to make the best of my time here, and I’m hopeful for the way this blog will look in the future!

My name is Alison, but Ali is fine. I wanted to take the Multimedia Arts Program in hopes it will give me a foot in the door to the career I want. Eventually, I want to produce my own cartoons! I plan on doing more on the storyboarding, writing, and production work then actual animation, which is why this program is the best fit for me.

I’ve been creating stories for as long as I can remember, and it’s all I want to share them with people. I also practice my art and illustration work, because I do plan on creating comics as well.

I’m a very focused worker when I put myself to it! And when I don’t have work. I worry that school and work may interfere with each other, and leave me in a bad position in both, but like I said, I’m here to do the best I can with what I’ve got!

Also since I didn’t mention it yet, that image is a self portrait! it’s not uncommon for artist to portray themselves different from the way the look in reality, and this is often the way I portray myself. The green skin adds to the image I have of myself of being sort of ‘cartoony’ and fun. I can only hope others will see me that way through my actions and attitude.

Anyway, I’m running out of words, so thank you for looking!

Sincerely, Alison Counts