Category Archives: Assignments

You’re the New Sheriff

For this assignment, I had to create a multi-level story using the website Inklewriter. This story is about you, the new sheriff in the town of Baddon, a place so tough they had to call you in from miles away. What’s going to happen, now that you’re here? You’ll have to play to find out!

I wasn’t too sure about this assignment, since writing anything with multiple endings sounds like a massive headache. In fact, it did take me at least two hours to write (and I didn’t revise it very thoroughly), but it was a lot of fun! I was initially going to use a different story that I already sort of had planned out, but that one was too linear and needed too much explanation. So instead, I thought I’d run with a bit more of the Western theme and wrote something about a sheriff coming into a bad town.

Enjoy the story! Hopefully you get the good ending.

Mapping Stories

This assignment asked that  you take some story or situation and create a map for everyone involved. I decided to take this opportunity to map out a book that I had to read for my American Realism class called The Marrow of Tradition. It’s a really good book, and I highly recommend anyone read it if they’re interested. The biggest problem with the book was the large amount of characters involved. Many things are happening all at once throughout the course of the events, and everyone is related to everyone else somehow. So, I decided to take advantage of this assignment and finally map out the characters according to a list that my professor had given us to help in our reading. I’m going to send this link to the professor, too, so hopefully her future classes won’t be as confused.

This assignment, more than anything else, took a lot of time. I didn’t get every single character — just the ones on my professor’s list — but it was still incredibly extensive. I used Kumu, as the assignment requests, and put in everyone according to their race (since that’s the main point of the book). It was really cool to finish all of this data and sit back to see the connections. Major Carteret is connected to everyone in some way, so he is the unintentional center of this diagram, as the circles and lines shift according to where everything is. Seeing this sort of map really helps with understanding the role each character has and what relation they have to those around them.

 

Honest Grades

Screen Edit

For this assignment, in which we take a website and change its content into a story. I decided to make an “honest grades” page, since the semester is coming to a close and looking at this page is increasingly more vital to surviving. Those assignments on the right bar just know I’ve been putting things off, though. Shame on them. You can find the whole reworked page here.

I have been hunting down each assignment I need to do at this point in the semester (my wall is actually covered in sticky notes), but I still get stressed about what’s happening. So, I thought I would make a relatable story in this assignment. We have so much to do, the grades are piling up, you need to check your professor announcements, and you wonder how you managed to accomplish anything this semester. Hopefully not everyone can relate, but I’ll tell you I’m scrambling.

I used the X-Ray Goggles function to capture the page Canvas and publish it into a new link. Some things on the top bar are covered up by the credits at the top of the page, which is why I made a screenshot on the not-yet-published page instead so you can see those extra little gems.

Are we there yet?

Google Road Trip

This assignment called for a map of a journey that one might take, personal, historical, or ideal. I decided to make it into a personal history of my family (or, more specifically, my mom). Here’s the actual map, but I couldn’t really figure out how to share a whole road trip, so hopefully at least the lines show up like they do in this screenshot. And yeah, we drove every single time, so this is pretty accurate as far as the trip probably went.

My family history is just one long road trip, and I joined in a little less than halfway through. My mom grew up near Trenton, New Jersey, and later her family moved to California, where she met my dad. They got married and had my oldest sister in Orange County. Then, since my dad was going to school to become a chiropractor, they moved to Davenport, Iowa, since that was where his school was. While they were there, my second oldest sister was born. My dad got his license as a doctor and he and my mom decided to move closer to his family back in Utah. Two months before they moved, I was born. Then they settled in Lehi, Utah, where my little sister was born and where I lived for 8 years.

My parents got divorced after I turned 8, and my mom decided she wanted to move back to the East Coast. So, after they sold the house, we packed up and took a summer-long trip to the coast. We went from New Jersey all the way down to Virginia, but I remember Philadelphia the best, so that’s where the map stops. We were in search of a house during this months long road trip, but that just happened to be the same year Hurricane Katrina hit. People were moving north from their tattered homes, and many of the states and towns we were looking at gave them priority housing. At the same time, my grandma was dying in the hospital back in Utah, so we opted to return to that square state and take care of Grandma. We moved into a place in West Jordan, where we stayed for three years while my mom worked on her undergraduate degree and became the first woman in her family to graduate from college. Grandma moved in with us for about a year and got better before moving into her own place again.

When the time came, my mom decided she would pursue graduate school in a university back east. She applied to all kinds of places, with her heart set on the College of William & Mary. She got in, we packed up everything, and took another three day road trip to Virginia, where we set up in a hotel for about three weeks while Mom started school and found a home in a nearby town for us to move into. She got her graduate degree and began working, and we continued to move into a different rented house in the same town for five or six years. Finally, we saved enough money to buy a house, and my mom swears she’s never moving again. One year later, I went to college, but at least there’s always a house to come home to.

I’ve told this story a thousand times, but I like to think about where we started and how we ended up in Virginia. We had moved around so much that my oldest sister started calling us “borderline nomadic,” which is pretty accurate. Putting this story on a map is really cool to see, too! I hadn’t realized we had traveled so many miles to get from one place to another.

Emoji Friends

Friends Smol

Emojis

These are my dear friends hanging out in the Amphitheater during the first big snow on campus. My roommate Sophia was trying to take pictures of the snow/water on Emma’s glasses, and I was taking pictures of them. Claire joined in for one of the best series of photos I have ever collected. This one was my favorite.

The assignment that inspired this had called for finding an emoji that reflected a friend’s expression. I thought it was pretty simple for a four start assignment, so I decided to kick it up a notch and find some pictures for more than one friend. Then I stumbled on this gem and decided to use it. Claire’s face is absolutely priceless.

I found the left and right emojis on a fun site called iEmoji, which gives you access to a pretty standard set of emojis to use if you’re, say, trying to tweet on your computer and you really need that one emoji. The middle face surfaced thanks to a Google search from my roommate which was apparently just “lol face“, so thanks goes to her to helping me match that expression in the middle. Then I put it all together in Paint.NET, got permission from everyone to post their faces, and here it is. I love my friends.

Something’s Different…

Blues Brothers Terminator

This assignment called for subtly mashing together two iconic movie scenes into one image. In order to accomplish this, I took this pileup scene from the Blues Brothers and added in a little Terminator. He’s looking out of one of the upside down cars, biding his time…

I had a bit of a hard time during the preparation of this assignment. I knew I wanted to combine Blues Brothers with Terminator, since both of them have police cars, chase scenes, and driving through buildings. I wanted to use the driving-through-walls shot to swap their cars out, though, and after a quick search into these scenes I realized that the angles of these shots never quite match up. Not only that, but it’s hard to find a good angle of the Terminator in a car because it’s almost always a profile shot of him looking out of the car. So, to speed things up and keep with the subtle theme, I decided to use these profile shot and just put him in one of the cars in the many, many scenes of pileups in the Blues Brothers.

Seaside Diptych

Diptych Design

I created this diptych as a means of remixing an assignment which has you change the color/hue of a photo to make it look surreal. The remix I got for this assignment was “Media Bender:”

“Change up the media for the original assignment- take a video assignment into audio or design.”

I chose this assignment because I had already done it and so had a base to use for remixing. The prompt led to a few interesting ideas, but I decided that if I have to wait for my computer to process anymore videos then I won’t be finishing this week on time. So I took more of a design route for this remix.

While working on the original assignment, I kept thinking about Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych, his most famous art piece in which he used a silk screen to alter the colors of an image and recreate it into a series of colorful renditions. I decided to do something similar on Paint.NET by changing the picture’s hue to several new colors. Then I went a bit further and searched through the different effects that this program has until I found some that I liked and that made the picture look different and new. Once I had 11 new versions of this image, I put them together on a grid and organized them into a cascade of colors, fading into black and white, and eventually falling into sketches.

Do You See Waldo

Vision Remix

For one of my remixes, I got the prompt “Where’s Waldo? It” on my Dusty Dawn image’s assignment in which I put a scene in someone’s eye.

“For this remix assignment, you want to place Waldo somewhere conspicuous in a Visual or Design Assignment or slip his name quickly into an audio assignment. If you can figure out a way to make this work for Video, God Bless You.”

This turned out to be fairy easy, since I just had to find Waldo online and put him in the picture. I went into the original Paint.NET file, dropped him in a new layer, shrank him down, and faded him into the background a little. I didn’t want to get too fancy with it and hide him away in the very back of the picture, though, so he’s just hanging out on the sidewalk. Maybe the owner of the eye was looking and just found him?

Pixel Character Tutorial

This pixel assignment was quite possibly one of the funnest assignments I have done for this class. It was one of the first, too! While it was fun, though, it did require some odd little tricks to make it work. So, here’s a tutorial on how to make a 16×16 pixel image!

My own assignment didn’t turn out exactly as I would have liked it to, so I’m also using this tutorial as an opportunity to improve on what I had previously created!

For starters, I highly recommend using the program Paint.NET to work through this assignment. This program is free to download and very comprehensive for doing basic art and photo editing. Once you have the program, chose an idea — a character, vehicle, or anything that requires some sort of detail — and find some sort of reference image. I used this picture of Clint Eastwood from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for mine:

Eastwood

Now that we have everything we need, it’s time to begin! Start by opening Paint.NET.

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Then, go up to “Image” and select “Resize”.

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Make sure it’s set to “pixels/cm” and change the numbers to 16 x 16.

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Now you’re ready to draw! Zoom in so you can see your pixel box better.

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Make sure you keep your reference image on hand for when you begin to draw! Make an outline with a few solid colors first, so you can make sure you’re using your space wisely. Once you’re satisfied with this outline, start working on filling it out! Focus on color and shape more than outlining or composition. Since your image is so small, you need to make sure you get as much as you can out of the space provided. Color and shading is vital in this project, since it is your only way of creating depth and distinguishing features. Here’s my process in recreating Clint Eastwood’s famous image:

Now that the image is done, it’s time to resize it so you can show it off! Unfortunately, Paint.NET doesn’t do a very good job in resizing something so small without blurring the image. So, to maintain the integrity of your new tiny picture, save its original size (be sure to save it as a PNG or JPEG file and flatten the image). Then open it in Microsoft Paint and click “Resize”. 500 pixels is a good size for the image!

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And you’re done! This project is lots of fun, but it requires a lot more work than it seems to make it look good. Hope this was helpful, and good luck!

Clint Eastwood Pixelated Large

Here’s my first try of this image versus the one I made for this tutorial. What do you think?

Pixel Comparisons

Name These Songs

For this assignment, I mashed together five songs into a 10 second slot. The real challenge is for you guys to name all of the songs (and artists)! Some of them should be pretty easy, but let’s see if you can get all of them!

This project was a lot of fun to make. I have become very fond of working with audio over the course of this semester, since it’s pretty easy to edit and rework. I downloaded most of these songs from YouTube using the MP3 Converter and uploaded them into Audacity, where I cut them down to fit in the requisite 10 seconds.

I tried to make the audio flow together pretty well, although most of these songs come from very different styles (except two, which I think will probably be the easiest to guess). I also went with kind of a theme to make the track make sense, which is pretty evident in the clip. So, while you should try to name the songs, also try to name the artists that go with each part! That makes it a little tougher. Have fun!