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.

One of many Inspirations!

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AFTER MY PERSONAL TOUCH

Andy Warhol is a famous artist who is famous for the way he revolutionized pop art/ visual art movement and also for his sometimes controversial art. Some of Warhol’s work was composed of many forms of media, like drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and even music was a part of his art work. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art work. He also used Amiga computers to help make his art.Andy Warhol is a big inspiration to me mainly because he had the courage and the ability to branch out and build upon a growing art form and run wild with his art work without looking back or trying to stay inside of the box with his thinking. He let his innate cooky personality come out in his pieces just like in this picture, that I switched up with my own features here and there, which is what made me love this picture in particular. It’s a perfect example of him turning a part of himself into a work of art because art to me is a way in which you can portray something or express an emotion through different styles and ideas that come from within you or it can even be something you are inspired to capture anyway you deem fit. The beauty of art is that there is no wrong or right and I think Andy Warhol understood that  and he let his imagination/ creativity run wild! Which is something I admire a great deal especially because there are so many people that aren’t brave enough to do the same and share it with others and I also want to be more like him in the way he paved his own path.

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.

Blog Checkpoint Rush

This blog has changed quite a bit since I made it at the beginning of the semester and it just seems so full of activity and content as opposed to how empty and lackluster it was initially. I’ve changed my theme at least 50 times and I’m still not happy with it. WordPress really isn’t […]

no face gifThis blog has changed quite a bit since I made it at the beginning of the semester and it just seems so full of activity and content as opposed to how empty and lackluster it was initially. I’ve changed my theme at least 50 times and I’m still not happy with it. WordPress really isn’t an ideal site for playing around with coding and being able to upload customizable themes and whatnot. But I just had to make due with this site’s featured themes in order to find one that I thought would display my posts the best.  Right now I currently have the Lingonberry Theme which is one of the most simple themes that I’ve had for this blog thus far and it really does a good job with making the content the center of attention rather than the theme itself. I love simplicity and tend to have minimalistic tendencies so I like this theme but I wish I could customize it way more.  I think I’ve done a pretty decent job with keeping this blog active in terms of posting things and making sure I not only post assignments for CT 101 but for my other classes as well. The reaction gif I have above is of a character called No Face from the movie Spirited Away. Just like the gif, I kind of feel like this semester has rushed over me like a wave and I’m just left with all of these different feelings as to where I am and where I want to be.

Reflection 9

What has been the most interesting work you’ve done so far in the class and why?

The most interesting work I’ve done has to be everything on copywriting.  When I’m mot I’m school I’m always creating and worrying if people will steal my work and get paid off of it.  Also I won’t receive the credit and props I truly deserve.

What has not?

Honestly, I hate GIFs.  I think the whole concept of a GIF is stupid.  Watching GIFs gives me headaches.  I cannot complain about making them because they are rather easy to make.

What else would inspire you to create work, reflect on it, and post?

I would like to draw my own character and animate it.  Bring one of my drawings to life would be so amazing and would inspire me to draw more and bring them all to life.

What makes this course difficult in compared to other traditional courses?

For me, staying disciplined and posting on time is my biggest difficulty.

What makes it easier if at all?

Being able to post whenever I want is what makes it easy and working on computers is easier for me because I have horrible hand writing that I can’t even read sometimes.