Thursday, June 12, 2014

Assignment I Am Most Proud Of

Here is the link to my iMovie.

What I am most proud about is my recent "Who am I?" iMovie. I simply loved this assignment. I'm not usually one who enjoys playing with iMovie, editing slides, inserting test, and picking out a song that fits the overall feel of the movie I'm working on. However, with this particular project, my perspective on iMovie-making shifted. What initially got me excited to start this project was the subject I chose: Chebeague Island. Because I picked a topic that I have so many great pictures and video clips of, I was eager to start compiling them. It was so fun to move around the photos, see which ones look the best, and then solidify them in that order. After doing that, what was even more fun was choosing what effect I wanted to put on the video clips and where to place them. Once I did that, I was ready to find a fitting song, and you can never go wrong with one from the Parent Trap soundtrack. Overall, I loved making this "Who am I?" movie. My abnormal love for a school assignment was evident when I found myself working on it at home just for the fun of it. I am very proud of the end result, and I really hope the beauty of Chebeague Island was communicated well through my iMovie.

Memorable Experience

My most memorable experience I have from this class was working on our photoshop Culture Clash assignment. What I loved most about this project is that there were very few limitations. I got to pick any pictures off the Ning that I found interesting, got to place them any which way upon my chosen background, and got to crop, erase, and rotate them in ways I saw best fit. This project was all about experimentation. I was not familiar with Adobe Photoshop before beginning this Culture Clash assignment. However, within just a few minutes, I was able to navigate this application somewhat easily. I had a great time showing depth, layering, and most of all, playing with the opacity. There were some objects that I spent a good amount of time editing, but I ended up putting the opacity to such a high percentage that they ended up being difficult to spot in the end picture. For example, in the top righthand corner, there is a spider web. You may have a hard time seeing it, but if you look carefully, it's there. That's what I loved about this project though. I was the creator, and I got to choose how I wanted my overall Culture Clash to look like. Although editing that spider web took was tedious, it was worth it. I really like the subtlety of it. All in all, this was a very beneficial project. What is great about this program is that I now know how to use it and will definitely use it again in the future.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Culture Clash


• To create a Clash of Cultures by creating your own Photo montage, combining images from Beijing, China and Yarmouth, Maine, USA;
• To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;
• To create a "surreal" landscape by montaging a variety of photos;
• To know, use, and understand the Four Collage Techniques to use in your Photo Montage: juxtaposition/fragmentation, point of view, scale change, overlapping

When our class was first granted this assignment, I was a little worried to say the least. I had never used Photoshop before, and I know that learning the ins and outs of technology for the first time isn't exactly my forte. However, once I gave it a go, I came to realize how much I love using this application; it is so fun! After I understood how to use the eraser and transformation key, I was pretty much golden. There were definitely other tools that were very useful for this project that I didn't know how to use at first. In this case, I would "phone-a-friend" and ask former graphic design student, Maddie for some help. Even beyond the walls of this classroom, this application will be of great use. I'm so glad I got to learn how to navigate Photoshop through this fun and creative project.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014



Caged up,
Tied down.


Three legs,
one heart.


Frightened to trust again,
but ready.


for a new

Ready to trust again.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Inspiring Digital Artist: Salvador Ramirez


  • • To become familiar with 5 accomplished digital artists;

  • • To see what is possible in the world of digital art.

Culture Clash Photomontage

Juxtaposition– how two things are aside one another and have contrasted effects

Fragmentation– the process of breaking something up into smaller parts

Point of View– angle or position that one is looking at something from

Scale Change– the difference in something and how much it has changed

Overlapping– to have a particular item cover another