Well, this is it people – we’re in the endgame now!
First and foremost, I just want to say that CT101 has been an absolute blessing in terms of helping me perfect my artistic motives and giving me a more organized outlook on how I should establish my work. In the early stages of the course, I mentioned that I’m into digital media and subjects that revolve around animation, illustration, and things of that nature. While I do study these mediums in my personal time, I can say in confidence that CT101 has definitely helped keep my focus in check, because one day I do hope to land a job within the animation industry and I’m fully aware that there will be potential employers who will want to see what I can do in a clear and presentable manner.
Looking back from the start of the course, I realized that there’s so much material online that’s been out for years now such as memes, animated GIFS, and the existence of an entire database filled with fun content that can be manipulated, rewritten, and published at the drop of a hat. What I enjoyed the most about learning and working with these outlets is how easily accessible they are. No passwords, no firewall, no complicated logins – it was all available to the public and I think that’s just awesome! Having a blog as convenient as this one really comes in clutch when the opportunity to document all of this work presents itself. Being able to share some of my personal ventures in addition to the course assignments was a real joy.
Our first real assignment consisted of producing animated GIFS and while I did have knowledge regarding these prior to the start of the course, but I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of the various programs that are being used to produce this content today! Utilizing software such from Imgur and GIPHY was a real learning experience and I was surprised that this was so easily accessible. I used to think that there was a intricate process in producing GIFS and animations, but alas – I was wrong.
Adobe Photoshop played a huge role in the makeup of the class and I feel as though many are hesitant to take a digital media course being that it involves a variety of these programs with each one bringing their own unique flavor to the table. I’m not a professional when it comes to using Adobe software, but CT101 has definitely helped increased my proficiency with it by a great deal. Being that I want to get involved in animation as a career I understand that the industry requires state-of-the-art technology in order to create amazing productions and outstanding visuals. The work I’ve completed in this course only emphasized on that truth.
So those are just some of the highlights of the class that resonated with me over time. While we’ve tackled a lot of projects throughout the semester (I can’t speak on every one) and they each held a specific purpose that I feel will benefit me along the way towards my goals and interests.
In regards to my website https://www.hatedgenius.com/ , I will continue to utilize it as a portfolio for my artwork and other business endeavors. Although I currently use Instagram as a primary platform for my work, I feel as though having the website available on hand will be just as beneficial for not only for me, but for those who are visiting and potential employers as well.
In my honest opinion, I feel as though I’ve earned an A+ as my overall grade. Being that this course was a hybrid there were many opportunities where I could’ve just completed the given assignments from the comfort of my own home, yet I showed up to every in-class session in addition to participating in every assigned project. While I did face some difficulty with some of the work it was largely due to the intricacies within Photoshop. It was a huge adjustment period for me, but in the end I pulled through.
To my classmates and Professor Seslow – I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside you all. CT101 taught me a lot and I hope to see you guys around campus! So until next time – see you on the web!