Archiving Through Tumblr

  In a sense, I have been practicing archiving for a little over four years now through the blogging website, Tumblr. I don’t post any original content of my own so my blog consists of purely things that I’ve “reblogged” from other people that I follow on the site. It is literally a collection of […]

 

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In a sense, I have been practicing archiving for a little over four years now through the blogging website, Tumblr. I don’t post any original content of my own so my blog consists of purely things that I’ve “reblogged” from other people that I follow on the site. It is literally a collection of things that appeal to me, that have been created and produced by other people. I usually browse through my own blog whenever I’m looking for inspiration/content for a project. I do also partake in bookmarking certain web pages that have content that I’d like to reference back to.

I chose the above gif from my Tumblr archive because I believe it describes my blog pretty well, artistically and metaphorically speaking. There are times where I’ll be inactive for a few days which represents the calm after the colorful burst, but when I start posting again, I reblog tons of images and gifs in a short period of time which is represented by the colorful burst, itself. My Tumblr is the epitome of everything I’m interested in and like, in terms of visual stimuli.

I also like the fact that this gif is looped very cleanly and can be viewed as anything from space or an eye.

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This is a project that I recently completed for my Motion Graphics class. This was done in Adobe Illustrator and took about 3 weeks. This is a character that I created and added a background behind him, which contains a planet and some stars. This was pretty difficult because I had never drawn on a […]

Katelyn_Kemble_Project_2This is a project that I recently completed for my Motion Graphics class. This was done in Adobe Illustrator and took about 3 weeks. This is a character that I created and added a background behind him, which contains a planet and some stars. This was pretty difficult because I had never drawn on a computer screen before, especially using a mouse and I also had no previous experience with Illustrator but I challenged myself and was able to create something very decent in regards to amateur work.

Responding To Great Advice

After reading Professor Michael Smith’s blog post, which contained some awesome advice from previous CT 399 students, I was immediately struck with inspiration and motivation to work harder at figuring out what I want to do with my time and finding new ways to create original, or just generally creative content. The most helpful bits […]

After reading Professor Michael Smith’s blog post, which contained some awesome advice from previous CT 399 students, I was immediately struck with inspiration and motivation to work harder at figuring out what I want to do with my time and finding new ways to create original, or just generally creative content.

The most helpful bits of advice were:

  1. What you make outside of class is as important as what you make for class. 

I’ve always had this mindset that “I just need to do this assignment for class and then I’m free to do whatever even if that means doing nothing at all”. That is not the proper way to thrive within this major. In order to really develop a sense of what you can do and what you can’t – you have to constantly be working on something; no matter if it’s a small project or something that requires a bit more time. The key is to just always be making something, even if it’s not a requirement for a class because that’s how you grow as an artist.

  1. Take responsibility for your work, develop sustainable working habits.

This is definitely something that I need to work on. I procrastinate too much and am constantly putting off work. Overall, I really don’t have good working habits. I need to start working on things as soon as I come up with ideas on how I want to go about doing them, rather than just waiting until the deadline approaches because I could be using all that extra time to make it even better.

  1. Considering content that already excites you.

I actually already do this. I’ve been accumulating a lot of images and gifs that I’ve found over the internet, specifically Tumblr, within the last few years and this has really helped me figure out what I’m interested in and what themes I’d like my own content to have/portray.

  1. Organizing/archiving interesting content, opinions, tutorials, etc.

Although I’d really like to do this, I feel like this would take some time but the organization factor really appeals to me and I’m looking forward to seeing all my different interests categorized neatly. I may come to some sort of understanding in regards to what inspires me and how I can develop those inspirations into making more things.