Digital Imaging

Trash as Wonderland

My first idea for the final project in Digital Imaging class was to interview people about what made them happy in life. I planned to use sound bites from the interviews over video of a child playing with her doll, then introduce trash to the scene, and have video of big box stores with the packed shelves of junk….. etc. ad naseum.

Before I had wasted too much time on this lame idea I was not really excited about, there came a day in my studio when a discussion with my professor shed light on a new idea. She suggested that I wanted to use my trash pieces from the capstone course in some way that worked together with the overall theme I have been exploring this semester.

“This is what you really want to do, stop denying yourself!”


 I drew inspiration from a video on YouTube of trash as art put to some strange music.

Beginning with the idea of having a ‘town’ put together out of my hand made trash work, I grouped them until I felt they were right for the scene I wanted to film.

After playing around with the arrangement of my pieces and grouping them into a little ‘city’ I began to film from several angles. Keeping in mind the elements of design discussed in class when we watched “Turbulent” by Shirin Neshat, I began by playing with the perspective and adding visual texture in Final Cut, using special effect filters, to the segments to create a sort of weird, other-wordly imagery.

I wanted to put the main character into the landscape and have her walking among the trash creations as though they were life size. I filmed her from above walking, then standing and sitting from the same level. After several false starts I was able to eliminate most of the background without using a green-screen and overlay the image where she would appear to actually be in the trash city.

In GarageBand I put together a sound track for my film that used special effect sounds of slamming air locks with a looping, eerie string piece and birds singing. Adding the laughter of a child at the end.



Another strange world from Belinda….

I really needed to use my work from senior projects as some kind of group piece, but it wasn’t making me happy for that class. They are separate in nature because of their nature. For more on this see my capstone entries. For the video, however, they are perfect!

Coming Soon to a Digital Imaging Class near you!

Olivia Takes Out The Trash!

The very short story of one girls very short journey into a (not so much parallel  as might be thought) universe while attempting to complete a simple daily chore. Using scale, perspective, texture, value, and symmetry as elements of design I am in the process of creating a strange world that I hope will speak volumes about the refuse we discard. Pun intended.

Moving right along…..

The final assignment for Digital Imaging class is (drum roll please!) making a short film. And by short, I mean one minute. Given a list of choices, we have been asked to pick a subject of interest and create a film using the formal principles of design associated with visual art. Some of these are:

Value (light and dark)

Scale (size)

Symmetry (balance, rhythm)

Perspective (point of view)

Texture (illusion of physical texture)

Form (shape)

Photograph from the "Women of Allah" series by Shirin Neshat.

In preparation for this task we were asked to view a short film (app. 9 minutes long) by Shirin Neshat titled “Turbulent” and featuring vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim and male vocalist Shoja Azari  engaged in an exchange of Persian music. Set up on a split screen, Neshat contrasts symmetry, value, perspective, and texture to create a compelling piece about gender roles in her world. Having already seen her full length film “Women without Men” I knew to expect both subtle and dramatic visual manipulation that entrances the viewer while suggesting the story. I felt drawn into the world she was presenting to me during both films and a little pleasantly visually hung over afterwards. “Turbulent” uses a split screen format, one screen is visually calm during and after Azari completes his song, but as Deyhim begins to sing her screen becomes almost frenetic with energy and passion. The shadows, motion, body language and constantly shifting perspective within her frame add up to a strong contrast between the screens. The tension of this contrast creates a feeling of anticipation and challenges the viewer to observe carefully so as not to miss whatever comes next.

Strange Worlds

The next project assignment was to take photos with a digital camera and use selected images from our photos to create our own version of a strange world. The same day of the assignment I took a break and ate dinner at ‘Farmburgers’ (mmmmmmmm) and decided to take some pics of Decatur. I have also been fascinated with the falling Magnolia leaves on campus, using them for watercolors in Painting 341.

If you have visited my Capstone page you know I am also continuing my work from 3-D Thinking with ‘trash into art’ for my senior project. So it makes sense that my strange world would include the possibility of other-worldly intervention……

“Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…” J.L.

Imagine we get some help from another world with more experience. Perhaps a race that has learned from their mistakes and wishes to share their knowledge with us before it is too late……

And once we are given the benefit of their knowledge we understand the importance of changing our approach to the environment.

And our benefactors leave us to carry on in harmony with nature.

In critique suggestions were made to continue the theme within the signage, add people waving goodbye to the last image, and make the ‘people’ in the first image different sizes. I have made some changes within the time I had and will continue to update this series with changes and additional images following the storyline.


So…. after all my work on my letterforms along with a Photoshop animation of their creation was deleted by accident by a tech from ITS, I had to start over. Needless to say, the first thing I did was purchase a new 4G flash drive so I could back up my work. (insert a big ‘Homer’ Doh!)


I did complete the assignment:

V and J from Palatino regular and O and B from Skia.

I call them The “Mighty VJ” and “Oh Baby!”

The second part was the ad assignment:

And so it goes. I am still in the process of re-creating the animation.


Our first class assignment is to choose one serif and one san-serif font and in each example use two letters to create a 27th letter for the alphabet. I have chosen Palatino regular and Skia regular.

“Skia is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Apple Computer in 1994.[1] Skia is Greek for “shadow,”and the letterforms take inspiration from 1st century BC Greek writing. The typeface was the first QuickDraw GX font, featured in System 7.5 and higher, including Mac OS X. It is the only font Apple has shipped with their OS which makes use of TrueType variable axes (a feature akin to Adobe’s “multiple master” technology).

Skia was also the code name for the QuickDraw GX project.”



“Palatino is classified as old style serif and was designed by Hermann Zapf in 1949. Palatino’s classical proportions have placed it among the most universally popular of all roman typefaces. Palatino was named after the sixteenth-century Italian writing master Giambattista Palatino. The broad letters and inclined serifs of the Palatino font family evoke a Renaissance grace. In 1999, Zapf revised Palatino for Linotype and Microsoft, called Palatino Linotype. The revised family incorporated extended Latin, Greek, Cyrillic character sets.”

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Adobe Illustrator gets better with age…..

Re-creation of Adobe illustrator 7 ad

My first experience with ai was in the fall of 2001 at Washington-Holmes Technical Center where I completed the work for a certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts. My assignment after I completed a tutorial was to choose an advertisement from a Mac magazine and use ai 6 to re-create the ad without scanning and tracing…. “just eyeball it” the instructor, Keith Forehand, told us. Well… ai 7 had already been released so I chose an ad depicting all the wonderful illustrations possible with the updated program. Challenging and fun! Since that time Adobe has updated ai several more times and added more fun stuff! As demonstrated in class on 9/1, you can work more easily with layers, a function that makes it possible to manage different areas of your image with relative ease.

Every element has it's own layer!