Friday, April 14, 2017

Final Project

For my final project I would like to explore the different insects found  on the UWF campus and at the Edward Ball Nature Trail. I have always had a strong dislike for bugs, so I hope to face my fear and take the time to analyze these interesting creatures.

My plan is to go to the trail twice a week, either on Monday and Wednesday evenings or maybe one day on the weekends. I will take photographs using my Cannon EOS Rebel T5 camera, and I will do watercolor sketches in a sketchbook I will use to record all of my notes and preliminary drawings for this project. 

The art form I hope to create will be a photo collage using photographs I have gathered, mixed with some watercolor aspects reminiscent of the watercolor sketches I will do in my sketchbook. To get the look I want, I will use photoshop and illustrator to combine the photos with the watercolor look, and print my designs. My final piece will be an 18x24 inch collage.

Artist and photographer Levon Biss, takes photos of insects close up to allow us to see the details. I plan to base my photographs off of his style, and then combine it with my own watercolor element.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Final Project Proposal

  • Study of all the different species of insects on the UWF campus and their positive/negative effects 
  • Primary research will include journal articles relevant to the topic 
  • Locations to conduct fieldwork: UWF campus, nature trail
  • Information: Photographs and collection of insects 
  • Final product will be a photo collage

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Read and Respond: GIFs

The acronym GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) is commonly seen today all over the internet portraying small looping animations of something funny or relatable. GIFs were one of the first forms of free and open source information on the internet. A well known example is the Dancing Girl, who appeared on a free collection in a way that insisted that “information wants to be free” and out there for everyone to see and use. In GIFs, the goal is for the motion to be as seamless as possible so that the suspension of disbelief is not broken. The gaps between frames must be small enough to suggest motion but large enough to create a perceptible gap, therefore leaving time for the effect to take hold. It was once realized that by isolating movement, GIFs could be created at a much higher quality than most, and still conform to some websites upload requirements, creating a style called cinemagraphs. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

For the project "chimeras, hybrids, and monsters, oh my!" I morphed fit male figure into classic mythical creatures; a werewolf, a vampire, and a centaur.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Reading Response

New Media Art

Mark Tribe and Reena Jana's New Media Art discusses how digital art is both inclusive and exclusive of traditional media. In the beginning of the passage, there is a distinct emphasis on the rising of digital art, and how it has taken over many traditional forms of media such as newspapers. While new media seemed to erase all traces of traditional media, this is not actually the case. Digital media is often inclusive as well as exclusive of new media. Programs allow digital design to be done by a digital paintbrush, as well as sketching, tracing, and cutting tools, which allow aspects of traditional media to be brought to the screen. Pop Art is a prime example of this, as it combines traditional techniques on screen.