Processing My Progress

As we near the half-way point in the semester, it’s time to reflect upon all the work that I’ve done so far and the quality of said work.

The most interesting work that I’ve done so far for this class is my Tron: Legacy Turns Into A Gif Legacy post. Even though it’s a very simple gif that anyone could do, I myself came up with the idea to make the lights flash on the suits, and I was able to put my mind to it, figure out what I had to do in Photoshop to get it done, and execute it. It was a simple but very creative idea and I hope to do more of this type of work in the future.

My least interesting work that I’ve done is The Masked Man. I haven’t learned how to blend two images together in Photoshop yet so the gif looks very rough and unprofessional. I wanted to make it look like his head itself is actually moving, rather than just his face. So this is something that I will probably come back to in the future after I’ve become better acquainted with Photoshop.

I really haven’t felt very inspired to create more original and creatively challenging work and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not experiencing and submerging myself with enough inspiration. I decided to visit Vimeo after seeing something on Tumblr that had linked a video to the site. I started to browse around and stumbled upon an animation named Lost In The Train Station and right after watching it, I was immediately inspired to create my own cartoon characters and possibly animate them.

Compared to traditional classes, this class is difficult because it’s completely up to the student to figure out which assignments they’re interested in and which projects would be able to bring out their creativity the most. For someone who isn’t used to consistently dishing out so many artistic works, it can be especially challenging. I’m a writer, so writing lengthy blog posts is no big deal for me, but to have to familiarize myself with a foreign program like Photoshop and constantly shoot out new content by using it and learning as I go, can be a bit hard to keep up with. I suppose what makes it easier is that this class isn’t a lecture class but rather a class dedicated to working on whatever you want/need to, and that really helps a lot seeing as how I don’t have Photoshop installed at home so this class time is the only time where I’m able to work on things.

In regards to my work progress in this class, I think I’m definitely where I need to be at. I’ve created a good amount of blog posts, all the reflections, and two of the three digital storytelling projects that have been officially suggested. I do think I need to create more gifs and find more prompts that aren’t necessarily assigned but may be interesting to do for a change. I will continue to browse through Tumblr, Vimeo and YouTube to find inspiration and the motivation to create new original content that I can be proud of and that people can look at and be inspired by as well.

By Katelyn Kemble

Creative and technical student studying at York College; steering towards majoring in Communications Technology.

CT101 Digital Storytelling