Mixin’ It Up

Throughout the years, I’ve noticed I have a pretty easy time staying engaged in the creative process when it comes to visual art. I think this contributes to my interest in experimenting with digital tools so much. Naturally, my first choice from the assignment bank was from the visual category.

I have a great appreciation for collage art. I love seeing elements from completely different images come together to form something extraordinary; something that makes you think, “what if?” I’ve wanted to make more of a habit to create my own, but I struggle with setting aside the time to do it. (Again, this is why I’m so grateful to be in this class… I’m forced to make the time.)

Combophoto was the perfect assignment to warm myself up to this course. Inspired by other examples of collage art (see rezanfajar and mr.babies), I decided to combine a floral illustration with an eye. I searched through floral patterns and prints and found an image of colorful flowers with outstretched human arms. Using Photoshop, I placed part of the illustration inside of a pencil-sketched eye.


Week One: A Mess, But Success.

Last Friday, I read the syllabus and thought that since I’d already had many things set up, this week would be a piece of cake. But getting all of my accounts prepared for the semester ended up requiring more time and effort than I’d anticipated.

I’ve created many social media accounts over the years and forgot that as people change, login information changes, too. Once I was finally able to access my accounts, I noticed I used many different profile pictures/avatars and themes so I knew it was time to update. I’m the type of person who loves organization, so I thought it would be best to create a sense of uniformity across all of the social platforms I’d planned to use for this course. It feels good.

I’ve had my domain for about two years now. It was created once I began taking digital studies courses, and I’ve been happy to add content to it for any course that’s required blogging activity thus far. I don’t really blog about my personal life or hobbies too much, but I do get the urge to update and maintain my blog even while I’m not in school. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to continue posting meaningful content to my blog.

And then it came time to post content to the other Internet places…a slightly awkward experience for me. I don’t talk at a camera very often, but here’s my YouTube introduction.

I wasn’t sure what else there was to say on my other platforms. My first tweet was just me griping about losing my login info, and my Soundcloud intro became a proclamation. My Flickr account was originally created to house pictures for a crafting blog I started (and dropped) a while ago. Basically, it feels like this week has just consisted of me Frankenstein-ing my digital identity.

As for the superhero theme, I have to be honest… not too thrilled. I’ve never had a good answer for what my superpower would be when asked. I’ve also never really been invested in the superhero comics or movies. I don’t really know how to participate with this theme just yet. I am certainly optimistic, though. I realize that the possibilities are endless here, and I’m ready to be challenged to think outside of the box.