EMA: Image Project

For my Image Project, I recreated a looping image by a ‘Japanese Roll Artist’ on tumblr. The original GIF contains a single frame of a woman at a desk, whilst a few objects in front of her are moving. 

In my own version, I changed the setting to a girl studying at the kitchen table.

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(click on the image for better quality!!)

In order to replicate the original image, I took a video and edited the frames on Photoshop. I left the candle flame animated on the right of the image, and made the centre of the image move as well. Instead of rotating scientific equipment, I used frames of her hand flicking the page up and down. It’s difficult to see at first, but if you look carefully, you can see steam rising out of the mug also. 

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After importing the video file as frames, I had to select certain parts to delete. This took a while because I had to do it on each individual frame. I left one layer of the girl and selected it on every frame so it would be underneath the moving objects.  In order to make the movement of the hand and the page flow, I had to make duplicate layers and reverse their order (like a mirror – so her hand went up and down). This caused a few complications because it interfered with the other sections I was trying to animate. After a lot of selecting, deselecting, copying, pasting and deleting, I managed to get the candle, the book and the steam looping.

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To finish it off, I edited the image a bit and blurred the background. I saved it as a GIF and whilst I couldn’t get the quality as good as it was when I started, it turned out looking pretty nice. 

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EMA: Hearing

We can’t control our hearing – our ears pick up everything that is loud enough.  We can however, control our listening – whether we process the sounds we are hearing and make them meaningful.  Think about the difference.  Recording devices are the former – unbiased hearers, picking up every piece of noise.  It’s something that needs to be considered when recording.  Even if you can’t hear something, the device can.

EMA: Red

I’ve known for a while that every fast food outlet in the country has red in their colour scheme because red is supposed to make you hungry – but I never knew why until today.  Back in the day when humans were vicious carnivores (?), we were attracted to the colour red much like the way that sharks are: red is the colour of meat and blood.  So fast forward a few thousand years and we still have that psychological association in our brains that says “red = blood = food = hungry” (despite whether each individual eats meat or not).  It also invokes excitement way down inside us somewhere (red! must mean blood! I get to eat soon! Wow! Excitement!).  So once someone clever figured this out, fast food joints started putting red on their logos, buildings and packaging.  This is also why things that are of great importance are red – such as stop signs and first aid kits.  Because as humans, red captures our attention and we automatically know that if something is red, it is important and/or exciting. 

EMA: Photoshop practice

In the last tutorial we were instructed to ‘play around with Photoshop’ and alter an image of a person.  I watched the instructor mutilate Angelina Jolie’s face by slanting her eyes and adding facial features of Putin’s and turning her mouth upside down.  It was horrifying.  I was going to do the same myself, except I couldn’t bare to destroy Marina and the Diamonds with a creative program like that. So I altered her in a slightly different way.

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In order to use the techniques demonstrated, I used Marina’s eyes from a different photo and pasted them on to the new one (using various tools to blend them in).  I changed her outfit and gave her purple highlights – as well as altered the colour of her makeup.  I made the background pink to match.  It was much more satisfying than any sort of mutilation would have been.

EMA: Instagram is an artform !?

One of our readings was quite interesting and posed an excellent point.  We make fun of Instragram users and condemn them for taking photos of their food, pets, sceneries etc, when they should be ‘enjoying it as it is’ and not bring obsessed with uploading it online to get ‘likes’ and ‘favourites’.  However, this is arguably a trend that started a long time ago and hasn’t changed. When you go into an art gallery or an extremely wealthy person’s house, what you might find is exactly the same as what you’ll find on Instagram, but created with different media.  Preserved from many years ago are paintings of food, pets and sceneries.  It appears even more relevant when you think about the rich, royal guys who had portraits painted of themselves and put in places where onlookers could admire them.  It’s essentially the same as taking a selfie and putting it on Facebook for people to give a ‘thumbs up’.  The only difference is that back 500 years ago, you couldn’t create a lasting image of a meal without your food getting cold.

EMA: point-perspective

In the first tutorial we were shown how to do three-point perspective. I made some attempts at home … but failed miserably. I’m a visual person, but I just couldn’t get it to work.
I remembered that I learnt one and two point perspective in high school, so I tried that instead and I was able to do a pretty good job. Here’s a one-point perspective drawing of my bathroom. photo (2)