CT101 Students GIF the Portrait – March 2018

York College CT101 Students GIF the Portrait – March 2018

CT101 Digital Storytelling students rocked a series of digital portrait manipulations learning the ins and outs of image manipulations with Adobe photoshop. Many of the students are first time users of photoshop. What better way to experiment with something new than to work with a subject that inspires you?

Students were asked, who inspires you and why? Tell us about your connection to this person and how they influence and motivate you. They were asked to write individual blog posts for the class website over at ct101.us about their experiences and also working with photoshop.

The end results: each student produced a series of manipulated images and brought them together to form a stop motion animation. This brought the static to life so that basic animation skills were also learned.

We then submitted one single frame from the series to produce a collaborative portrait animation for the popular GIF the Portrait project here on the Net Art site for the commons.

Wally Sutton’s Internet Art Making Creative Blogging Project

Wally Sutton’s Internet Art Making Creative Blogging Project.

Who is Wally Sutton and why is he here?

Simply put, Wally Sutton is a fictional character. He’s a Walrus, however, he doesn’t know that Walrus’s aren’t supposed to wear human clothing or sell things like motherboards and other computer hardware… That is what makes Wally, Wally. He is following his own path. Wally believes that his Dharma is to be the best computer hardware salesman of his time! Nothing will stop him, and you certainly wont get in his way. (See the animation above in the top left corner). Wally is also crazy about digital art, animation and personal development. He loves to help others through sharing his learning process and creative discoveries. Wally is blogger but clams up a bit about it when others ask him that question…He is working on that.

Wally is so aware of how his content reaches his audience that smoke literally comes out of his ears from thinking about it too much! He pays attention to how he is formatting and structuring his content in a way that is easy to access and follow (like, right here, in this blog post, ahem). He also wants his content to be shared easily as well. Wally has learned a lot about digital art, animation, blogging and storytelling from regular practicing. Not obsessively ten times per day, but in metrics of at least once or twice per week. Making static images move and learning new animation skills have enhanced Wally’s ability to further communicate and reach his community while also connecting with new like minded people and beyond. Wally understands that reaching out to others adds value to their lives and the experiences they will have. A lot of the new experiences Wally has had have happened as a result of having a blog and simply sharing what he was learning.

It kind of seems like Wally is actually writing this blog post…hmmm?

Of course Wally is a metaphor and a catalyst to get your creative juices flowing. A reminder to be the best at being who you are, and then give that part of you selflessly. Adding value to the lives of others creates trust. This is another metaphor. When you give selflessly to others outwardly, you are really teaching the universe that you trust yourself. ( Re-read that, and now go have some fun!)

Get creative and share your process with this assignment below!

Blogging Assignment –

Create a blog post(s) about a fictional character that communicates him/herself through blogging and the use of Internet tools. The character can be a representative for something that has meaning to you. (Yes, there can be more than more one thing.) Describe the character. What is he or she like? Kind hearted and compassionate? Mean and unsure? Happy and Sallow? A Lover? A Fighter? Get Descriptive and paint us a picture. What does a snippet of their day look like? You will surely need to create visuals for this illustration! Wally Sutton was passionate about Computer Hardware, Spirituality & Digital Art, Creativity & Animation.  He took a few creative “selfies” and created a series of animated portraits for this blog post. Sky is the limit. Feel free to use/reference this blog post as a visual example for content, structure and inspiration. Your First post will be used as result produced, we will make assessments and grow from the first iteration.

Assignment Submissions – Post your work to the CT101.us blog!

PS – Hyperlinking = Value :)))

PS#2 – Questions? Reach out! – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu

Stay still… BUT MOVE !

How coooooool.  Once again.  I can take my favorite still media and animate it to make it move smooth.

This BMW M3 is one of my favorite cars.  One day I’ll get one, but for now I will have fun editing with the free pictures online. I love how the effects made the image come to life. 

Welcome to the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic.  The refreshing and swifts winds of the ocean make things go the way they want.  This palm tree is leaning in to take a closer look at the warm water.  I decided to do a light to dark piece for this one.  Just as fast as this image changes filters is just as fast as the time seems to go by when you’re on vacation.

I owe myself a trip very soon!

 

Freedom in assignments?

How is this so possible?

The way things are looking in the class so far gears me up to learn some new computer skills that I can use forever.

Photoshop!  Something I have always wanted to learn since I first heard about it many years ago.  I mean, have you seen some of these images that have been manipulated to perfection?   I personally always liked the face swapping aspect of it.  they are so hilarious!

Photoshop I’m sure has lots of other purposes which would be cool to figure out how to use all of them.  I tried browsing the suggested Photoshop Battles site, but I wasn’t able to find easily distinguished Photoshop projects.  When I saw the title as Photoshop Battles, I expected to click into an array of swapped and exchanged photos with people showing off their skills.  Either way, Google is a great thing that exists.  I can easily search for some wicked projects people have done, and soon, I can even have my own nutty stuff on there.

If I practice one skill every class, I believe I can learn Photoshop quite well.  This can be like my secret weapon in my storytelling.  I can really express myself in ways that maybe I can only understand.  It is a great skill, because in this world of technology, we need to have a skill set that makes us stand out.

I learned how to create my own GIFs from YouTube videos and I am still pumped about that.  Also, if I just felt like browsing through GIFs I could use these cool sites that I was introduced to this semester called imagur and giphy.  The internet truly has the most resources in the world to learn to do almost anything you want.

A cool project for me would be combining the two into a Photoshop face swap GIF, like this one LOL.

Similar to a Photoshop GIF, have you ever seen those Photoshop videos?  The creators put faces of athletes and other people on videos of people dancing.  These things look pretty fake, but at the right time with the right scene, they are funny.  My classmate loves those things.  She has always known how to make GIFs and would like to learn video editing.  All I’m really doing now is learning some skills to make some funny pics, GIFs, and videos hopefully.

I’m looking forward to class tomorrow, I think we will learn how to use Photoshop.  Finally !