Digital storytelling 101 — The Final Blog💔

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are feeling happy and healthy. My name is Sifat Syed, and unlike most of my classmates — I transferred from QCC with A.A.S. in Behavioral Science and Information Technology. I’m currently pursuing dual-degree @York in Behavioral Science (BA) and Communications Technology (BS). Therefore, my arrival time to ‘CT101’ was arguably; Backwards!

However, undeniably I had the honor of comprehending TWO EXTREMELY CRUCIAL piece of Magic from ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow! (sincerely hope you recall the passionate title I’ve bestowed upon you, Sir Ryan.)

What are those two things?

One is rather quantitative, in that there are several forms of “Digital storytelling”. So let’s explore what this 1st significant factor is really based on:

Digital storytelling — a relatively new term that defines the execution of everyday people who utilize ‘Digital’ tools to express their ‘Story’. In plain English; digital stories are multimedia presentations which derive from fusion of an idea by an Artist + various types of artistic elements powered by Computer Softwares in order to create contents. Digital storytelling is the process by which diverse creators of Audiography, Cinematography, Photography, and Visual artists share their life stories and creative imaginings with viewers across the 🌎world. Today digital storytellers are widely regarded for being the expressive medium within the Internet for setting benchmarks across the entertainment industry to become the new standard for; ‘entertaining’.

Who are these Artists?

We ARE of course!

Its people like us, who utilize softwares like; Adobe’s Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Photoshop, or Microsoft’s Visual Studio and many more unmentioned programs to develop contents which power the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

Henceforth, its difficult to imagine a future WITHOUT Digital storytelling — it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be Entertained in the world wide web; www.DigitalStoryFTW.com/iFeelBoredWithoutU

The 2nd and most significant lesson taught by ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; is the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

The new “Jack of all trades; master of all trades” when it comes to ‘Digital-stickers’ because they are also Animated UNLIKE the stickers from my childhood. Gif is a bitmap image format developed by a team @CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987. 🤯 Damnn, that’s BEFORE I was 👶born… 🍼

Anyway, description aside, GIFs are highly qualitative due to its sheer amount of diversity in terms of how many of these there are throughout the Internet today. They are simply put, fun to create; and funny to observe. I have NEVER-EVER in the history of ever, created a Gif UNTIL ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; taught me how-to-make Gifs using GIPHY.

The proof is in the Pudding as they say, and that proof is the FACT that NOBODY in my class had a GIPHY account to begin with. Because of ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; we CREATED one and begun our beautiful journey of creating Gifs, which will NEVER END!

Therefore, to our beloved ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; we are thankful to have such a remarkable professor like you. In the midst of COVID-19 we lost direct contact with you, yet still, you kept us going and in the end; waited for those of us who fell behind. And no matter how many times we kept emailing — you replied with, “Aw, you are not ever bothering me, this is what we are here for, to learn together!”, and finally, “I am sending you and your family good Energy!”

And so, thank you for blessing us with “Good-Energy” during the WORST TIME of my life, ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; for you also taught us the BEST THING I have ever learned in terms of ‘Digital storytelling’.

Why?

Because Gifs created by Syed via GIPHY will be UTILIZED by him from now on to:

1. Alluring (attracting) — potential clients by INVITING them with Gifs (instead of 🎁Gifts), in order to get HIRED because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

2. Alluring ⚜ Vista — my photography site will be attached to those GIPHY invitations to ATTRACT potential clients via Cat-face Gifs, because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

3. Third time’s the Charm — I’m NOT just planning on shooting weddings for life ya know, ‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; for I also plan on PROPOSING👰💍💘 to my Girlfriend (I’m fucking seriously-serious) USING the POWER-of-GIPHY, saying for the last time; because it WILL WORK! (you know it professor.)

Amen ✝, may GIPHY’s blessing be with all of us…

Now, my grade for your class?

‘Maestro de GIPHY’ — Ryan Seslow; give me <{([A])}> Super-pretty-kitty-please!

Thank you for reading & please stay safe, I’m giving everyone Good Energy!

Best Regards,
Syed Sifat

 

💪🙏Avengers: ENDVIRUS

Greetings,

I’ll discuss my thoughts regarding Ms.Corona today. In my CT101 class, my friend was confused as to why it has ’19’; “when we are @2020”. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Initially, this virus was addressed as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. It was renamed to a simple, yet, descriptive title of “COVID19”.

At first I joked about this being the, “made in China” virus. But things became serious quickly, way too serious. So far with 1,384,930 total cases & 83,947 Deaths (at the time of writing), this is the 1st time I’ve been scared of a disease this much. HIV was the ONLY other one, which I didn’t care for much since I did NOT have GF or SEX at the time… I was not allowed to by my Mother.

Do you guys believe in Prophecy?
Here’s what Bill Gates was AFRAID of this whole time and BEEN WARNING us about it:

Mr. Bill also did a wonderful TEDx presentation explaining the things we needed to prepare for:

Of course, our’s and basically every other country IGNORED his advises…

Why is COVID-19 more scary than Pennywise from IT?

As Ms. Corona continues to spread her affection💋 throughout the world by killing/keeping people and businesses locked-up across planet earth🌍, this virus is undeniably the Thanos of Diseases. There’s just no telling when it’ll end, especially considering the man who predicted this outbreak some 4 years ago says its going to take another 18 or so months before we finally receive the:

Vaccine — which will…

This video gives some great details regarding Ms. Bill’s Vaccine predictions:

Such disease was never been seen in humans before (only animals), hence, no one is immune to it. To add more fuel to the already hot🔥fire, it’s spreading easily from person to person faster than the FLASH⚡, infecting our upper respiratory system — making it dangerously hard to breathe.

Regardless, I’m tired of researching & writing about it, GIFs are about the ONLY fun thing about my post. Please kindly stay home & save others, lets not allow our elderly humans to die in vain. We as young adults can defeat this crap UNLIKE the Grandpas & Grandmas, so lets #StayHome4Them.

Thank you for reading & have a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy Summer AFTER this is over! 🥰💝🙌

Best Regards,

Syed

“Keeping my Sanity” with Kevelyn Vargas

Kevelyn Vargas “Everything im not made me everything i am” – Kanye West IG- @bykevelyn Queens, NY What is Art to you? Art is my way of keeping my sanity because theirs no rules. That’s what’s dope about knowing the difference between design and art. I can do whatever I please with art, with design […]

Kevelyn Vargas

“Everything im not made me everything i am” – Kanye West

IG- @bykevelyn

Queens, NY



What is Art to you?

Art is my way of keeping my sanity because theirs no rules. That’s what’s dope about knowing the difference between design and art. I can do whatever I please with art, with design I’m solving visual problems.

Would you consider yourself an artist or a designer?

I’d consider myself both. I can be both just fine. I’m an artist when I have a vision in my mind that just urgently needs to be put on paper or a canvas. I’m a designer when I’m putting together a way for my clients customers to understand and communicate with them well.


So explain your creative process from the moment an idea pops into your head to it becoming reality?

I usually get inspired by my surroundings & I always carry a sketch book. I’m super detailed with my notes in my sketches so I never lose memory of the fire details that sparked my interest. When you have a vision you just have it, i guard it and pursue it.

Who and or what inspires you? 

I can be inspired by anything so I wouldn’t really like to put a label on it.

So why the rose? Like with the ice cream cone and the Hennessy  bottle, where did that concept arrive from?

Honestly, I have a deep connection with roses. My grandmothers name is Rosa & she will forever have my heart. The New York Rose Water piece was inspired by a funny conversation I had with my sister. The Rose Cone was inspired by a hot summer day.


So you’re pieces more than just being aesthetically appealing, they all carry some type of story behind them? 

Majority of them do, a handful don’t.

Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself thru art that you don’t think you would have learned other wise?

I’ve learned that I’m stronger that I thought I was. I used art as a way to heal myself and communicate with the world in a moment when I felt so misunderstood.


With that said, Where do you see your art taking you in the future? 

I’ll willing to go wherever it takes me, hopefully great places. But I know it’s something I know for a fact I’ll spend my lifetime doing.

“Muted Tones” with Liz Hallwood

Liz Hallwood “Lifting as we climb” Ig: @FrizzieMiss_Lizzy New York What is Art to you? Art to me is something that is both personal and communal. A way of self-reflection to process my emotions and articulate sentiments that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do verbally. Art making is also something that I feel needs to […]

Liz Hallwood

“Lifting as we climb”

Ig: @FrizzieMiss_Lizzy
New York


What is Art to you?

Art to me is something that is both personal and communal. A way of self-reflection to process my emotions and articulate sentiments that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do verbally. Art making is also something that I feel needs to be shared and talked about with others in the community. I think everyone whether they identify as an artist or not can gain something by engaging in the creative process of art. Above all else Art to me is fun, I try to never take myself too seriously with it.


I agree, everyone can gain something thru art weather they create or appreciate the work, how long have you been creating for?
Exactly! I have been creating for as long as I can remember, as a child I was always making friendship bracelets, knitting, sewing and drawing but really only thought of it as a hobby and it wasn’t until 2 years into college I realized it was more to me than a hobby and something I could do professionally and and feel comfortable with calling myself an artist.


As an artist is there anything you’ve learned about yourself thru art that you think you would have otherwise?
Yes, plenty! Through art making I have become more observant and aware of myself and surroundings. I discovered a love and appreciation  of nature and being outdoors which has lead me to become more introspective and help manage my Emotions and become more present and mindful


How would you describe your art style?
I feel like my art can occupy a variety of designated styles but would say I find that I’m drawn to process-based making that is figurative, spatial, and ephemeral.


May you elaborate on that.
Of course. In the work I create usually in varying mediums I’m   more focused on the experience of making the work and less so on the finished product. For example most of my landscape works were started outdoors where I could sense all the smells and sounds and energy of my surroundings. Incorporating that sense of space and time of a fleeting moment is something I try to have in all of my work.

Thats super dope, so you are more  than just painting, you are capturing a moment and the energy of that moment. 
Yes! That’s what I’m striving for.


Lets talk about your use of color, how do you go about choosing your color palette?
Color is so fun for me to experiment  with And my palette is covered in chaos! I’m usually drawn to the subtly of muted natural tones that create a sense of calmness. I like to experiment with using color to make imagery that hovers above the line of being both visceral and beautiful.

Even with the muted natural tones you still manage to make color vibrant and pop, Who and or what inspired you?
I’m inspired by the small moments of beauty like walking to my car after work and appreciating that the sun is still out and experiences that I’ve shared with others.For example a few of my paintings are inspired by moments of discovering a hidden view with friends while hiking whether it be a new location or just seeing something in a new light. Stylistically, the artist Jenny Saville has been the most inspiring for me with her large scale paintings and “aggressive” way of mark making. As a woman it’s empowering to take up and reclaim my space with my art.


Where do you see your work taking you in the future?  

In the future I’d like to to either join or create a creative space for people to create, learn teach and share their art. I want to constantly be learning and experimenting with new materials as a way to express myself.


“My Visual Diary” with Krystle Collins

Krystle Collins “I stopped looking for the light. Decided to become it instead.”  – Francheska IG: @Kcee_me, @krystlecollinsart www.krystlecollinsart.com NYC What is Art to you? Art to me personally is a necessary expression. Navigating life we take in so much as far as seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling. It all pours into us and in […]

Krystle Collins

“I stopped looking for the light. Decided to become it instead.”  – Francheska

IG: @Kcee_me, @krystlecollinsart
NYC
What is Art to you?
Art to me personally is a necessary expression. Navigating life we take in so much as far as seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling. It all pours into us and in return, we have to continuously push it out somehow to keep the cycle going. I can look back at works I’ve created and it’s a direct reflection of what was surrounding me and who I was at the time, it’s amazing to almost have this visual diary of myself. I think everyone, whether they realize it or not, is on a journey to discover themselves. We all want to understand why we operate and exist the way we do but whats difficult about that is as humans we are ever evolving and constantly becoming these new versions of ourselves. So to consistently engage in some form of expression gives a little insight of our current experience and what exactly is shaping us as we are growing.
How long have you been creating for?
As a kid, I was always into making things and drawing but it wasn’t until my first couple years in college I became serious. And well after that when I finally deemed myself a visual artist. So probably a little over 10 years.
Throughout those 10 years, what have you learned about yourself thru art?
One important thing I’ve learned is is how much I rely on instinct. I’m self-taught all across the board, any medium I work in there was no formal training there. So in return, I learned how to listen to myself more and go with what feels right rather than what I think I know. I soon realized this is pretty much how I operate my entire life. There are times I make some of the most insane “adult” decisions (lol) that a lot of people question, including myself. I would literally have no reasonable explanation of why these outlandish decisions are going to work except for this intense notion that it will. I guess practicing how to trust that through my art helped me to apply that to my everyday life without feeling so erratic.
Which is your favorite medium to work with?
I don’t have a particular favorite it’s normally just whatever phase I’m in at the time. Right now I’m totally into embroidery and trying to push it into these unusual spaces. Ultimately I want to create these mixed media pieces, so I’m experimenting with as many different mediums as I can.
So can you describe your creative process, like how do you start and when do you finish?
I’ve tried to stick to an organized and mapped out process but it just doesn’t work for me. I usually just jump in and begin creating. I take breaks when I get frustrated or if it’s not working out. I’ll either start other pieces or I’ll stop working on the project completely and come back to it at a later time with a fresher mindset.  It can get pretty messy but it works for me lol
Who and/or what inspires you?
Inspiration, especially in New York, is endless. All I have to do is step outside and take a walk most days and the vibe is just in the air. Lately, I’ve been pulling from my commute. On the trains there are so many different people, personalities, movement, and expressions… I am definitely the creep observing everything.  I’m certain people think I’m crazy for staring but it’s so hard to ignore and not soak it all in.
Where do you see your work in five years?
Five years. I hope that my work is on a broader platform of course but I’m also interested in how it develops. There’s a certain genuineness and a sort of relatable aspect I’m looking to get across to my viewers especially those who aren’t really interested in art. Figuring out to somehow make the work more engaging to the masses is definitely a goal.