Art Project in Steps

Art Project in Steps

Mumford and Sons album Sigh No More is full of AMAZING songs.  I often think about a particular line from one song called “Sigh No More” and try to utilize it as helpful advise when making decisions.

Serve God, love me and mend
This is not the end
Lived unbruised, we are friends
And I’m sorry
I’m sorry

Sigh no more, no more
One foot in sea, one on shore
My heart was never pure
You know me
You know me

But man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing

Love it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be

There is a design, an alignment to cry
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

So, I love the artwork that looks like homemade signs and include blocked designs like the ones below

Tin Sign - Do the Kindest Things...
Canvas Art Panel - Live, Laugh, Love

I have to be in the mood to work on art projects and for the longest time, I really haven’t wanted to.  Finally, I started!  Track my progress…

1. I went through my stash of scrapbook papers and found some of my favorite pieces and laid them out on the canvas.


(List provided by Digital Design Foundation/CAT 111 from AACC.)

Local Visual Arts Venues

Graphic Design Career Information


Careers I’m Interested In:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Graphic Designers Summary
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software.
Quick Facts: Graphic Designers
2010 Median Pay $43,500 per year
$20.92 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 279,200
Job Outlook, 2010-20 13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 37,300
 Art Directors Summary
Art directors are responsible for the overall design and                             
direct workers who develop art work or layout designs.
Quick Facts: Art Directors
2010 Median Pay $80,630 per year
$38.77 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a
Related Occupation
1 to 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 73,900
Job Outlook, 2010-20 9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 6,700
Graphic Artist Guild:
The Graphic Artists Guild supports the career growth of creative professionals in an ever-changing field. 
O*NET provides comprehensive information on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Detective Keira Carpenter (The Ant)

Read The Art of Storytelling. Make a post answering ALL of the following questions and AT LEAST ONE other post in response to another student.
  • Look at the image on the left.  Introducing at least one character, write your own narrative about it.  Think about mood, drama, character(s), etc. Think outside the box. Be creative! Let’s see how many different story lines we can get from these still images!
  • Play the game Twenty Questions or do a short answer interview with your main character. Write your Q/A session as a list in your thread. Try to reveal as much as you can to the class about this character.
  • If you HAD to choose one of the seven plot structures listed in the article to define your story, which one would it be? Why?
  • Which of the 36 dramatic situations listed in the article apply to your story? Why?
     (This image became the location of my main character’s Police Department)

Detective Keira Carpenter

 Detective Keira Carpenter’s antenna brushed over her purple rimmed glasses as she crossed two sets of her legs and picked up an acorn shell filled with Dahlia nectar.  She slowly stirred the juice with a pine needle.

“So what you’re telling me is you were collecting leaves all night?”  A Patty Antless song played in the background.  Her perp’s wings twitched a little.  She hated cockroaches.  This one was no different.  A gang called the Cookalaracha Cockroaches killed her father when she was just a kid. She came home to the colony one day after school and twenty of her closest family members stopped her before going into the ground to tell her the horrible news.  That’s when she knew she would go into law enforcement and rid the grasslands of her home of those miserable pests.

Keira slammed the shell on the table, nectar spilling onto the table, the cockroach leapt for a lick and she quickly slapped his legs away.  “Don’t even think about it!” She growled.  He cowered back in his chair.

She didn’t have time for this loser; she had an interview to conduct. She motioned for the two warrior ants to take him to his cell. 

“I’ll be back for you.” She said as she sauntered out the door.

 “Mrs. Carpenter, how long have you been a detective?” Sandy, the reporter from the Grassland Tribune asked.

“Keira, please and 10 years”.

“Keira, why do they call you The Closer?”

“Because after other interagators have asked all their questions, and still don’t have a firm resolve.  I come in and well, close the deal.  I know how to get them to talk.

“How do you do that?”

“A sense…” Her voice trailed off.

“A sense?”

“Yeah, my daddy had “the sense” too.  I guess he passed it down.  We can sense when they’re lying, when they’re hiding, and betraying.  But on top of that, we know HOW to get em to talk.  A little force never hurt no one.”

“How do you feel about being the only female ant in the precinct?”

“I love it, because I can look at every single one of their buggy little eyes and ask them, how many cases they’ve closed, and I can guarantee I will have them beat by at least 30!  That’s a fact, Sandy.” Keira tipped her glasses at the reporter.

“I’m sure your confidence must make the others feel a little uncomfortable.”

“Was that a question or a statement? Look, my 50 sisters are coming home from the river today; I’d like to get going if you don’t have any further questions.”

 “Of course not, of course not, enjoy your visit and thank you for the interview, Ms. Keira.”

“It was my pleasure”.  

 Plot Used Redemption Plot is what would be used for my story.  There’s a moment where Keira is forced to choose between saving a cockroach or letting him die…

Dramatic Situations* PursuitThe two cockroaches that killed Keira’s father escaped prison * Vengeance taken for kin upon kin Keira spends her entire life in law enforcement searching for a vengence, and then after her father’s killer’s escape from prison, she searches to avenge her father’s death

Project 4: Photo Narrative and Story


That Day of the Year

(All Original Work) created by Josie Zinda 

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 Above is a slideshow which moves a little fast.  Below you can view the images as a group or select the first picture and flip through them at your own pace. (I’d choose this one)

Read my original story to go with the pictures:

Monkey wasn’t doing much today when he just happened to look at the calendar and slaps his head,

‘Oh my!  I can’t believe today is the day.’

 Monkey thinks about what he should do and then the light bulb came on when he came up with an idea.    So, he goes about and gathers the materials he’ll need.  On the drawing board he puts pencils, scissors, a ruler and some tape.  He happily begins working on his project. 

He becomes very focused on working when a loud noise startles him and makes him jump and draw extra lines all over his paper.

‘Oh no!  Look how messed up my work is?’ He thinks.  ‘This will never do.’

He decides he can just erase it to make it look better.  But, much to Monkey’s surprise, his pencil doesn’t have an eraser he can use to fix his it.

Monkey looks through all of his stuff and shrugs when he cannot find an eraser.

He uses a flashlight to look under the bed, but has no luck.  Then he remembers where he put the eraser!

Monkey finds it in a box of shells.  He had thought it would be a cute idea to put it with the shells because the eraser’s brand is called a Pink Pearl.

Back at the drawing board, Monkey erases all the extra marking from his work.

 After he finishes his project, he looks for who he wants to give it to. 

Monkey gets excited when he sees Bear reading a book by herself.  He thinks she looks very pretty wearing her necklace, earrings and bracelet.

‘Hi Bear.  Happy Valentine’s Day.’ Monkey gives the card he made to her. 

Bear opens it up and sees that Monkey wrote “I love you” inside.  She drops her book and gives Monkey a big hug and kiss.  She loves him too and his glad he remembered today is Valentine’s Day.

This project for Digital Design Foundation class is starting off much much better than project 3!

Here is the rules to follow:

A narrative is a chain of events linked by cause and effect, occurring in time and space with a beginning, middle and end, often set up with characters, a conflict, obstacles, and a resolution. This concept should be reflected in the project. Your final outcome will be a photo narrative and virtual exhibit.

Create a narrative story with a plot. Draw a storyboard (like you did in Project 3) to help you plan your narrative. Think about intended character(s), setting(s), and actions that include conflict, obstacles, and some kind of resolution. Experiment and take risks! Have fun with compositions and create imagery that is unexpected and out of the ordinary. Be visually curious with all photographic elements and techniques from point of view and focus on lighting!!!

You will then take your final photographs (from Part A) and bring them into a virtual 3D space that you create in Google Sketchup (in Part B). Place your photos on a structure you have created that the viewer may explore in a linear fashion to reveal the narrative. The structure you build in Sketchup to place your images on does not necessarily have to be a room, house, building, or realistice object. Have fun with it and be creative! 

My journal:

Jun 24-
I began thi project late in the game.  So, I’ve already minimized my time.  Okay, I have to create a story from pictures I’ve taken.  I watch the student examples and giggle at all of them.  Cute.  Then I search the web for more ideas because I always get brain blank when I’m required to come up with ideas.
I thought of running out of coffee
A stuffed animal building a boat and crossing a creek
I’ve taken thousands of pictures, so i thought how to connect some of them.  But that seemed too complicated.  I wanted a very simple concept, but realizing ther has to be some sort of obstacle.
Another idea, I thought of pictures of me drawing a pic and then my lead breaks –the dramatic event–then sharpening it and finishing the picture.
I decided to hang out in my craft room and try to be inspired.  I envisioned what some of my stuffed animals would do and eventually it all came together swimmingly.  What at first seemed daunting, I’m now excited to begin the photo shoot!

The next project given to us in Digital Design Foundation/CAT 111 was to create a 1 to 1.5 minute video piece that is new, interesting and cohesive with appropriated video and sound clips found from copyright-free sources. Conceptually, the goal of this project is “re-contextualization”. That is, give new meaning to concepts (visual and aural) by placing them in different environment/perspective/situation and is a resource to use.  

The start of this project we were give a discussion in which we described one of our favorite scenes from a favorite movie.  The first image I had was from the movie Snatch, directed by Guy Ritchie. I selected the first fight scene in which Mickey knocks out Gorgeous George, and then we see Tommy in pure disbelief as chaos ensues around him. (My synopsis is at the bottom of this blog.)

After I completed that, I moved on to the project…I was excited to splice together some of my favorite scenes, but, before I explored the site, I decided I wanted to brainstorm ideas for my video.  I had an idea to use dark intense conversations from different movies that have stuck with me through the years.

These are some of those clips:

Batman 1989 – “Ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?”

In the Line of Fire 1993  “What do you see at night, when the demons come?”  (my fav line starts minute 3:40)

Boondock Saints 1999 (Final Speech/prayer gives me chills EVERYTIME!)

Troy 2004 “Is there no one else!!!!?” (His run and smooth jump and slashes his sword smoothly into his neck…the setup/directing, whatever goes into creating a scene was done perfectly!)

Two of my favorite scenes include fighting, so I decided I would create something around that idea…

But, the next day, as I anticipated finding these great scenes on, I was highly disappointed…this site has no such things.

So, I went back to the drawing board with some air knocked out of my sails.

Scenes that include droves of people in chaos always intrigue me, so I continued to look for “fight” scenes.  Riots filled my monitor…Okay, I can work with this.  Immediately “what a wonderful world” played in my head that definitely is a new concept to go with fighting, that fits the criteria for this project…Okay, I finally had a plan…To illustrate the irony of having such a sweet and innocent song play during pure chaos…Eerie children laughing (like you hear in horror movies) needed to be added to.

I found a few clips I wanted to use and drafted up my story board.  I felt I was on a good track.  But, as I went searching for the eerie children laughing, again, I came up empty.  So, I searched on other sites only to find you have to pay for these clips and that you can’t download anything from YouTube. (Obviously I hadn’t tried to do any of this before, so I was learning it all on the fly and it was VERY discouraging.)  View my storyboard.

I was turning up empty leaves every turn I made, but I realized I needed to start learning Adobe Premiere.  Just upon launching the program, I was already shaking in my boots.  Four empty but completely unfamiliar sectors stared at me from my monitor.  “What the heck am I supposed to do here? Oh, geez, this project is quickly becoming my least favorite by the nano seconds!!!!”

Okay, the tutorials on Adobe Illustrator were conducted by an easy to follow guy, so there’s still hope for me.  Not.  Much to my chagrin, it wasn’t the same instructor, but an annoying older guy that repeated the same things and didn’t really seem to go over just what I was looking for.

I imported the few clips I saved, but was confused about getting audio sound-over, or how to manipulate a single audio clip’s volume without affecting the others on the same stream.  Finally, I came to grips with accepting the resources that were available and realizing I have to create something that just isn’t what I had imagined.  Of course I still ran into hiccups that made me want to scream…bless my boyfriend’s heart for silently listening and cheering me on as I vented through this process.

Finally.  I finished the damn thing.  It had some cool audio pieces, I wasn’t thrilled with the images, but, overall, I accomplished a sliver of what I hoped to.  Only to learn that the video was THREE TIMES TOO LARGE!  How the heck do you make something smaller?  This is one of the areas I am very ignorant in.  Another three or four more hours total trying to change formats, this and that before I went into Premiere and just started hacking away at the clips.  I removed some of my favorite pieces and tried again.  It would have been nice to know that the pieces you import hold their enormous size.  (I did not take ANY of that into account and wished I would have known that before I started bringing pieces in and would have been able to understand which pieces to stay away from.  Or even just to cut out exactly the scene you want, save that as a new clip and THEN import it back in.  Of course I discovered this ON MY OWN much too close to the due date.)

I finally learned how to zip and send and shot it over to my boyfriend for the first view.  I called him up only to listen to silence.  A few ‘ums’ and ‘aahs’ came through, but he really didn’t have anything to say about the damn thing.  My heart sank and I wanted to cry.  I had spent a crap load of man hours on this piece of thing, and only wanted to hear a little praise that maybe it was an okay work of art.  But, I don’t think he liked it.  I think he mentioned something about it abruptly ending…he couldn’t explain.  And that didn’t leave me with any hope about how others would feel about it.

Well, it got turned in, and none of my classmates had anything to say about it either.  I feel like a failure.  I am used to creating things that people enjoy.  I guess I have to rack this one up to a learning experience.  I wasn’t able to create a good product but I did slightly learn how to use a new program.  I still continue to brainstorm about different pieces I would like to turn into video, and really want to know how to download movie clips.  I guess money will have to be involved.  But then I would be able to create something that I actually want to create using pieces I want.

And still the video is too large to be added into this blog, so here’s a link:   

 What A Wonderful World Video?


Choose one of your favorite films, pick an important or memorable scene, and describe how the editing process plays an important role in the success of the scene. 

Not only is Snatch one of my favorite movies, it includes one of my favorite scenes which is perfect to talk about for this discussion.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, I suggest you do.  The scene I love is:

Gorgeous George takes on Mickey in a fight.  They’re dancing around and George is really giving him a beating.  George hits Mickey so hard that he lands on the fence, and breaks it.  George is yelling “Get back down, or you will not be coming up next time!”  Mickey takes a minute to stretch his legs while he’s down there.  George says “Oh, bollocks to you. This is sick. I’m out of here”  Mickey hops up, says

“You’re not going anywhere, you thick lump.”  [pulls off his shirt and he is ripped – you think oh no, this is not good}

“You stay until the job’s done.”  Mickey kisses his good luck charm.  George throws a punch, but Mickey dodges it, and knocks out George with a clean strike to the jaw.   The crowd gathers around Georges body.  You hear Turkish begin to narrate as the song Golden Brown plays.

The next scene is like a dream state, you can’t hear what anyone is saying, the camera is slowly panning in on Tommy’s face who is looking scared and defeated, two people on either side of him are  yelling at each other, spit flying, pushing each other and Tommy’s just in the middle getting moved around, but he’s staring off into space as if he’s having an out of body experience in the middle of this chaos.  Turkish says–

“It turned out that the sweet-talking, tattoo-sporting pikey was a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion….Tommy “the Tit” is praying. And if he isn’t … he f-ing should be.”

If you’d like to see this clip on YouTube click here.

Project 3: You Want me to Create a Video??

Project 2, Part B: Victor Vector, My Vector is Full


Abstraction – Simple Object Form

Part B: Recreating an Abstracted Form in Illustrator

This is Part B of my project which I drew a spring loaded knife, turned it into black and white, scanned and uploaded it into Illustrator and traced my work with tools from the program.  You saw the different variations I drew in my blog titled “From Pencil to Digital”

Illustrator uses vector graphics in its drawing tools. Vector graphics (sometimes called vector shapes or vector objects) are made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors, which describe an image according to its geometric characteristics.

You can freely move or modify vector graphics without losing detail or clarity, because they are resolution-independent—they maintain crisp edges when resized, printed to a PostScript printer, saved in a PDF file, or imported into a vector-based graphics application. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for artwork, such as logos, that will be used at various sizes and in various output media.

The vector objects you create using the drawing and shape tools in Adobe Creative Suite are examples of vector graphics. You can use the Copy and Paste commands to duplicate vector graphics between Creative Suite components.

The ONLY tools you should use to recreate/redraw your original drawings are the shape tools and the pen tool.

Begin by placing your 3 final sketches in an Illustrator file. Resize each image as necessary to fit in your workspace. From there, trace your drawings with the shape and/or pen tools to recreate your work with vectors.

Your final Illustrator document will contain 3 5″x5″ drawings with a 2″ border on top and between the drawings and a 3″ border on bottom and sides (see image below). This will give you a document size of 25″x10″. You will also need to frame your drawings. Your frame should be solid black or solid white. Use guidesdrawing shape tools, and alignment tools in Illustrator to create your borders.



Rainbow Divider

Smiley Divider

“Rainbow divider is a collection of remixes, rearrangements and deconstructions of an 11 frame, 1 x 600px animated gif. The rainbow divider was a gif ubiquitous in early “dirt style” web pages. It was primarily used as a substitute for the <hr> horizontal rule tag by way of visual and ornamental candy to abbreviate the long downward scroll of paragraphs within text heavy, bandwidth restricted, pages. This project sets out to sculpturally repurpose the gif. Using the spec outlined above as a series of physical guides, the rainbow divider is pulled apart frame by frame and put back together in various combinations of deviation and obedience to its original purpose. Each gif is then offered as embellishment and punctuation to your text.” – Paul Flannerly    

The above information is from the artist Paul Flannery 

Daily Walks – Diane Varner


Daily Walks – Diane Varner

  • Your Colorsphotoblog of some of the most beautiful artwork (photography edited) that I have ever seen!  It creates a sense of serenity, and calmness.
  • I can only strive to create art like Diane Varner, I love it!  I’m figuring out the different ways to use blogs.  I noticed she has a “share” link at the top, so I’m trying it out.
  • She also has a PP Technique section (Post Processing)