Monday, March 30

Dreamscapes: Stop Motion

I made this short stop motion film for my Advanced Digital Art Class and thought I would share it here on my blog.
The project was to create a digital landscape using still and moving image to showcase your unique perspective on the world. I decided to explore the 'landscape' of my dreams since many of them are vivid and strange. I animated each frame by hand, and then imported the stills into a movie editing program. While i'm sure there are easier ways to do stop motion and animation (including keyframing), it was an interesting process, and helped me think about how each scene would transition into the next. ENJOY!

Sunday, March 15

Svadhyaya: Self(ie) Study

Get yourself a copy for $12

For this project, we were asked to take one selfie and create a book by manipulating the image. As I created the inital collages, I noticed themes of nature and spirituality emerging and decided to explore the theme of reconciling the “self” through nature, spirituality, and digital media. The pervasiveness of technology allows us to easily escape the present moment whenever we want. However spirituality and nature can also be forms of escapism depending on your perspective. I personally escape to nature and practices such as yoga & meditation when I need a break from technology. This isn’t to say that escapism is bad, but both spirituality and digital media encourage us to think about the questions “Who am I?” and “what is it that I'm trying to escape from and/or find?". An explanation of the title and poetry can be found on the last page of the book.

I began by creating collages using only digital tools. As the book progresses more hand drawn elements are integrated until my selfie is entirely made by me. Although I had a total of around 30 selfies, the 20+ pages were chosen because they gave continuity to the book in terms of image and poetry. During critiques a few people noted that the book felt very optimistic and positive, and I laughed because I realized that it reads almost like a personal manifesto. The theme and style of this little book are all very me at the current moment.

If you are interested it can be purchased in print for $12 here.

I definitely plan to self publish more artists books in the future. But I found this project to be a lot of fun, and learned a lot!

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Saturday, July 12

Photography / Naomi

A few of my favorite photos from a recent shoot i had with my little sister while she was visiting from CA.

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