The Rotten Lemon of Enlightenment


Creative Project #006

I have spent a fair amount of time on the creative portrait concept so figured it was time to investigate the first idea I had. Harman, J (2011) pointed out the importance to “entertain all ideas” not based on its merit but on where it may lead. If you recall I was interested in creating a visual representation of the creative process. I was inspired from a video I found on the net where an animation was created from graffiti (or street art depending on who you are). Here is a link to the original post if you are still a little hazy: Creative Project #001.

First thing was to find a surface that I could use legally. More importantly a surface I could draw or paint images on top of each other in rapid succession. After some consideration a whiteboard came to mind. The main problem I found using this surface however was how reflective it was. Will have to look into ways to minimize this if this is the way I decide to go. I setup a tripod with a camera and began a trial run. I had a very basic idea of what I wanted to do but it was still very much on the fly. Will definitely have to storyboard in the future. This short animation is called ‘how ideas are made’. The plan is to illustrate the whole creative process. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

References

Harman, J (2011).  Personal Creative Process: John Harman.
http://sandbox.ea.ecu.edu.au/staffuse/mtmcmaho/CCA1103/CCA1103L3/index.html



Creative Project #005

 

Jims creative self

 
I downloaded GIMP this morning for my photo manipulation needs. It’s very similar to Photoshop but free! Not because it’s an illegal download or anything sinister like that. It’s actually an open source program created by users for users. GIMP is also a way better name than Photoshop too!
 
Now armed with the correct software I had another crack at the photo I took of dad (Jim). It turned out much better this time. The next question is how I am going to present/display these portraits. Will they have a graphic design feel or a visual arts approach…
 
Let me know what you think!
 
References
 
GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program


I need your help!
April 12, 2011, 1:23 pm
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I’m looking for some help coming up with the sub title for this blog. Originally it was ‘just another CCA1103 blog’ and currently it’s ‘learning is rarely pleasant’. Don’t really like how that sits as I personally enjoy learning very much. It does go with the blog title pretty well though.

Throw me some ideas. I need some feedback to get my ‘flow’ going otherwise I’ll just go around in circles. See what I did there Mark. I referred an unrelated post back to the unit. That right there is worth a couple of marks at least!



RE: Famous on the Interwebs

I have been getting a lot of feed back from my Famous on the Interweb post. It also seems to be getting the most traffic on the blog with about 14 hits a day. So I thought I’d share the back story on that now somewhat infamous picture.

Last year there was a competition to become the face of a new shopping center here in Perth. It was voted on by the public then a winner was selected from the most popular. Along with the photo you had to submit a 25 or less word statement which basically equated to why you thought you were the centre of the universe. My statement was “see photo for proof of my awesomeness“.

Here is a screenshot from the competition website with myself and some of the contestants.

I am a model

In case you were wondering I didn’t win…



Theme change
April 12, 2011, 12:24 am
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Changed the theme today so I could have two columns. Now if I could only figure out how to change the hyperlink colour from red…

Header had to be re-done so it’s missing text at the moment.

Probably should have just left the blog as it was!



Creative Project #004

Introducing my dad's creative self

I did a test shot last weekend with my dad. What I learnt was I really need some photo editing software on my home computer. Using PowerPoint as your editor only gets you so far! It is the reason for the stupid white line running down the middle of the picture. I think I’ll be taking up residency in the ECU computer labs over the break.

I did decide however I wanted to take the photos under the same conditions to keep a consistency and cohesion for the project. Looks like I’ll be chasing up Franco for a crash course in photography! My camera will be for the very first time venturing from the full auto setting.



Creative Project #003

Running with the portrait idea for my creative project I thought a brief five question questionnaire about creativity would add a level of intimacy to the project.

After throwing ideas around with Franco for a bit we were able to get a ‘flow’ going. Bouncing ideas off each other, building on some, acknowledging others and finally refining it to the questionnaire. The whole process lasted about five minutes. The time it took to walk from class to the cafe for Franco‘s regular coffee fix.

I love how the creative process is rarely linear. I thrive in the chaos of refining ideas from a swirling mess of information. I actually had an interesting conversation about this last night. The messy vs neat debate. I represented messy and Peter represented neat. He liked everything structured so it could be put away, out of sight and easy to find. I on the other hand liked everything out, around me and within sight. I like to feel connected to everything at all times. This applies to the physical world as well as my inner thoughts. Might have the neat or messy question on the questionnaire.

The first draft of the questionnaire.

First name?
What do you consider creative?
Rate your level of creativity out of 10
Are you messy or tidy?

More questions to come. Please feel free to leave your responses or suggestions for questions.