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Scout Vannoy

Practice Makes Perfect

If you told me I would be doing this a month ago I would have told you you were insane. Therefore, I might need a couple posts to get better at this. So, here we go. 

Over the course of this semester I hope to gain more experience creating digital media content, blogging, branding myself, and writing for the web.  

One skill that I am particularly looking forward to social media management. It is all about who you know, or better yet who knows you and your work. As an aspiring artist I believe social media is a great tool for exposure when used correctly. I do not possess any knowledge regarding social media of one’s own business or brand. Therefore, with graduation getting closer each day I cannot wait for the opportunities this class will allow me to have.  

My plans after college are unclear. I have a considerable amount of interest in diverse areas regarding a career. I have utilized my time in college to expose myself to as many things as possible. This has also led me to have various (average) skills. I place a lot of value on this. I want to enter the work force with as many ‘tools’ in my toolbox. Not only do I believe these skills will help me, but they will also expand my capabilities as a learner.   

That being said, I plan for the content of this blog to kinda be all over the place. Some posts may be an attempt at trying something new, while others will be an expansion on my interests. 

My love for music will most likely be a driving force for this blog. I spend a lot of time in CO attending concerts in ‘hole in the wall’ type clubs and venues chasing underground artists on impeccable sound systems. I’m considering creating a post on the best sound systems in CO.

I also hope to use this blog to display local DJ’s to the rest of the community.

Cheers!

Reflection: How’d I do?

Approaching this course, a little over three months ago, I anticipated to expand my skills in properly presenting and conveying messages/media digitally. Truthfully, I didn’t know what that would entail entirely, but I expected work in photography, video, and writing via online publications. 

Now, nine blog posts later, I have gained experience with a camera (as both a photographer and photojournalist), promotion and coverage on various social media platforms, interviewing, audio files, a video camera, and writing on a blog. 

Most importantly, I practiced how to develop a presence online over the course of the semester. 

New and Improved
My new ‘professional’ instagram I made during an assignment.

The biggest challenge for me was condensing the stories I uncovered, in almost all of my projects. Covering topics like identity, psychedelic experiences, sexuality, and self expression was difficult at times. 

This class really pushed me to make connections across complex ideas, and to examine stories and concepts from different perspectives. 

As mentioned in my previous posts, I believe that this skill is something I will be using in my future career. 

Reaching an intended audience with a desired message is necessary for businesses and nonprofits to be successful. This can be difficult in our current communication climate, as viewers rarely look at something for longer than 30 seconds.  

Therefore, the manner in which information is relayed is incredibly important. After a semester of practicing, I hope to utilize this in the future. 

The journalistic web story featuring Em Whipple and their award-winning lithographic print was my favorite assignment. I loved to listen and tell that story, especially because it was powerful. 

Whipple is an artist who utilizes their personal experiences, as a non-binary individual, as resource in their work.

Their prints visually communicate something quite personal through the meticulous process of lithography. 

The audio profile bringing forward Brandon Canino’s recountment of his experience with DMT was the most challenging assignment. 

The topic of DMT is controversial, and finding an approach to elevate this conversation as professional and credible was difficult. Especially, in only two minutes.  

It’s hard to believe that this is my tenth blog post. I’ve learned a great deal about multimedia production since then. 

If I could do anything different, it would be to give myself more time in between the interview and edit process. A little more time to digest a story will assist me in relaying it to others. 

It’s been a great semester and I hope to keep developing the skills and practices I encountered in this course. 

Goodbye for now!

Video Storytelling: The Art of Tattoos

As the semester came to a close, I was presented with my final journalistic assignment: the Video storytelling project.

Despite the limitations of current social distancing, I hoped to still produce something interesting and of quality. Especially, when considering the visual elements of the assignment.

Jake Bathens, long-time bartender, and I work together. I often times have conversations with him regarding the many tattoos he has covering his body, but his hands, neck, and face.

Bathens is a great storyteller, and I thought this was a perfect combination with the visually interesting art he has permanently poked into his body.

I really enjoyed this assignment, because I really love to work with a video camera. Shooting with Jake was my favorite part.

Editing, on the other hand, was where I struggled the most. Jake and I talked for almost an hour, and condensing that was difficult.

It was also a surprise to me how drastically the sun light changed while Jake and I talked. I didn’t utilize any lighting other than sunlight, and looking back on it I would implement more acquired lighting.

In the future, I plan to use video in my career. I think it is great content for a business or non profit’s social media to communicate with its publics. I also plan on utilizing the video editing skills I acquired for promoting my own work.

I had a really good time while filming this with Jake, and I’m more than happy to help in telling his (one of, anyway) story.

Instagram Promotion

I frequently use Instagram and Canva, but prior to this project it had not occurred to me to employ them together.

Canva has great templates that I have used to elevate my presentations for my course work. I scrolled (what felt like for hours) trying to find a design that spoke to me and my brand.

To my surprise, these two programs worked amazing together and I really enjoyed the completed look it granted my Instagram posts. I definitely plan on using this in my professional and personal life.

Social media is a great way for non profit organizations to relay information to their desired publics. In the future I will most likely use Instagram to inform and promote my own work, and non profits.

Choosing a template was the most difficult aspect of this project. There were so many to choose from, and just when I would think I was decided on one I would come across another great design.

Clean and simple was what I decided on. I wanted something that would compliment each of my blog posts and photos, and I felt that a busy design might be distracting.

I chose the color orange to ascent each of my Instagram posts, because it’s vibrant and attention grabbing.

Google My Maps: Printing Your Art

Printing art can be overwhelming, but for an artist, gaining control of the printing process is absolutely necessary. 

Carlos Gonzales is a senior art student at the University of Wyoming, and has spent several years crafting quality prints in various formats and mediums for projects related to his education and personal uses.

Back in 2016, during his freshman year of college, he began selling his work. Gonzales has continued his printing journey ever since, and has recently started worked with clothing. 

“Creating a print with color, quality of line, and texture that contests the original artwork is important to capture in a print of my work,” Gonzales says. “I hope to encapsulate the liveliness, thought, and care that went into my original work as closely as possible. 

So much, he explains, that whoever looks at it may find themselves wondering if it is actually the original piece.

In pursuit of crafting a print that looks as close to the original as possible, Gonzales utilizes a great deal of Laramie’s printing amenities.   

He finds most of his greatest printing successes with locally owned businesses, and sat down with me to share his experiences.  

This post will identify locations of printing services in Laramie. 

Where Can I Find Local and Reasonably Priced Printing?

Below is a map of five local locations in Laramie that provide an assortment of fairly priced printing services. Please click on the map and its icons for more information.

Modern Printing Co.

The Halm Super Jet
Modern Printing Co.’s completes a large format order. Photo courtesy of Modern Printing Co.’s Facebook page.

Modern Printing Co. offers a variety of printing utilities. It “provides letterpress, die-cutting, books, all types of conventional offsets, and digital printing services,” says Gonzales.

Modern Printing Co. eases the process of transforming a scribbled idea on a scratch piece of paper to your final printed product. According to Gonzales, Modern Printing Co. has graphic designers on staff that are adept in most Adobe softwares to assist you in designing decisions.

Jobs are done quickly and efficiently, as Gonzales explains that Modern Printing Co.’s printer is capable of printing up to, “five colors a pass.”

Modern Printing Co. is also concerned with its impact on the environment

Gonzales says, this printing spot places an emphasis on quantity in regards to usage. One of the staff members had a conversation with him regarding the number of products he had initially ordered in relation to what it was for, “to offer advice and ensure prints would not be wasted.”  

Laramie Screenprinting & Embroidery 

Printed and Ready to Wear
Screen printed tees, long sleeves, and hoodies on display at Laramie Screenprinting & Embroidery. Photo from Laramie Screenprinting & Embroidery’s Facebook page.

“Inexpensive while remaining personal,” Gonzales said. 

Laramie Screenprinting & Embroidery work closely with designers throughout the printing process. With 240 options to choose from, Laramie Screenprinting provides color samples to designers online and/or by mail. 

Gonzales explained how his experience included a staff member assisting him in converting his file to the required format.

“Although Laramie Screenprinting and Embroidery works with a variety of file types, one of my projects was the wrong size,” he said. “They (Laramie Screenprinting and Embroidery) helped me every step of the way.”

Rocky Mountain Shirtworks 

In motion
Rocky Mountain Shirtwork’s screen printer moves quickly during an order. Photo from Rocky Mountain Shirtwork’s Facebook page.

Rocky Mountain Shirtworks is a great spot for designers interested in printing on fabric, especially clothing. Along with printing, Rocky Mountain Shirtworks offers embroidery, explained Gonzales. 

Gonzales worked with Rocky Mountain Shirtworks to print shirts to promote an event. It’s meant for bulk type orders, as Gonzales said a minimum of 12 prints is guaranteed with every product in an order. 

He claimed the staff “adjusted his order,” so he only paid for what he wanted.

University of Wyoming Copy and Print Center 

Lending a Hand
A UW Copy and Print Center staff member works with a customer. Photo from The Copy and Print Center’s website via WyoWeb.

The UW Copy and Print Center offers posters, flyers, cards, books and booklets in big, small, and even medium sizes. 

Its services are very fast and responsive, Gonzales said. “I don’t often print out 50+ pages at a time, but when I do, I don’t,” he explained. “I come here and pay these fine people to do it.”

Services from The Copy and Print Center are reasonably priced, and students have the option of paying for prints via their student account and ID. 

Pinebeach Inc.

Up Close and Personal
A fresh print sits to dry. Photo from Pinebeach Inc.’s Facebook page.

Pinebeach Inc. provides custom screen printing and embroidery on name brand materials such as Nike, adidas, Carhartt, and more.  

“It definitely has the best presence for working strictly online,” says Gonzales. With three easy steps, designers can access Pinebeach Inc.’s services online. 

Notes on your desired print and design are encouraged within each step of the online process, which Gonzales noted has made his virtual experiences more personal. 

Quotes on printing orders can also be obtained online.

Live-Tweeting: Croft’s Psych Capstone Presentation

I used a journalistic approach in live tweeting Eston Croft’s capstone presentation for the University of Wyoming’s psychology department. I chose this approach because the purpose of this event was to inform an audience. Therefore, to effectively relay this information I conveyed a journalistic tone to my Twitter followers. 

This project was difficult for me at first, as I am someone who likes to take my time while writing. Due to the ‘live’ aspect of this assignment, I felt I had little time to produce tweets worthy of my profile. Even with the drafts I had prepared for the event. However, I didn’t have time to pinpoint my errors either, instead I was concerned with crafting and sending my next tweet. 

This experience forced me to react responsively. I learned to trust my gut, and go with that feels right. From a journalistic stand point I really enjoyed utilizing this media outlet, specifically the conciseness in language required to successfully live tweet an event. Twitter and other social platforms are something I (definitely) expect to be using in my future career. Organizations and nonprofits utilize these channels to communicate with their desired publics, which viewers see in real time with the option of providing feedback.

For the future, I wish to utilize the two way communication that is established with the audience via Twitter’s platform. I used hashtags frivolously in my tweets, but I still feel my project lacks engagement of viewers. Next time I plan on implementing more photo and video content within my coverage of the event.

Audio Profile: Your Brain on DMT

Brandon Canino

The “Mad” Neuroscientist
Brandon Canino takes a break from tracking brain neurons to shoot a selfie at the Janelia Research Campus in Virginia.

My discussion with Brandon Canino transpired rather naturally, as he is someone I have engaged in numerous conversations with concerning his background and education in biology and chemistry (more like he talks and I listen). I was surprised when he informed me of his profession, initially. I met the neuroscientist at a music festival, and customary introductions were not at play while we danced late into the night. Without his lab coat and goggles to prove he was, in fact, a scientist I was hesitant to believe him. That was, until he began to speak on the research he was handling in Virginia. He articulated convoluted, yet interesting, information in a manner that I could understand. Since then, Brandon has flooded my brain with immense neuroscientific knowledge. 

I really enjoyed this interview with Brandon mostly because I gained a great deal of knowledge over the course of our conversation. I learned a lot during this project. Both from Brandon (as usual) and the experience of structuring a dense story. 

As someone with audio recording and editing experience I didn’t feel too stressed conducting this interview. Canino, however, was not. At first his responses were monotone and fast moving, so I tried to slow things down by introducing the topic of his DMT experience after a couple questions. His responses became a lot more organic, and after this the interview went smoothly. 

Editing this audio was difficult for me, because I felt like I had to compact a lot of information into two minutes. I separated the audio file into clips attempting to condense the interview, but within a short time of editing I became confused of what content was where. If I were to do this differently, I would organize the audio clips of my interviewee’s responses by information immediately after separating them.  

The controversy surrounding DMT, an illegal substance, was also awkward during this project. I wanted to elevate the conversation associated with this topic, by clearly establishing Brandon as a credible source of information to avoid being considered negligible. The purpose of this blog post is to solely inform and relay Brandon’s experience from a scientific standpoint. I plan on utilizing this approach when implementing audio into my future career, specifically working in public relations. To receive donations nonprofits must inform its public in regards to its services and brand, which must be presented structured well for viewers to understand.  

I was unable to take the photo of Brandon, unfortunately, as he resides almost 2,000 miles away from me. Although, we did share some laughs over photos he shared to potentially be used for this blog post of himself in his lab coat. The photograph isn’t very professional, but it accurately captures Brandon for the mad scientist he is.

Reflecting on the assignment, I was surprised by how often I use the words “um” and “like” when I am nervous. It was painful for me to listen to myself talking when I wasn’t reading a question directly out of my notes. I’m very glad Brandon’s sound bites are included in the final interview and not mine. 

I look forward to exploring with audio and learning more about our brains from Brandon.

Em Whipple: Layering, Process, and Craft.

For student artist Em Whipple, any piece of work is more than its final product. For Whipple, layers of hard work, material, thought, and process all go into each part of creating a piece of artwork, let alone a series. The developing printmaker has now received awards and high praise for their most recent series; their exploration process and meaning of their work was intended to focus on specific details and how those contribute to complex social commentary.

One of Em’s art pieces was accepted to be placed on display at The 45th Annual Student Juried Show, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The work is a lithograph.

LITHOGRAPHY

Lithographs are a product of a long and demanding process. 

Printing starts with a lithographic limestone or a metal plate that has been given a rough surface. After the stone is grained, a depiction is drawn on the slab with a greasy substance. It is then coated with several chemicals that are used to initiate oil and water separation, resulting in the drawing to repel water while it accepts ink. 

First signs of a distinguishable marked image appear as the plate is repeatedly given pressure back and forth with a printing brayer that is covered in ink. Each push and pull places a blanket of ink onto the slab to produce a more definite image. 

Before a successful print, areas covered in grease must first be filled with the colored fluid before it can be transferred. Repeatedly compressing stone and paper together via a litho press forces the ink into the plate. 

Detailed prints are produced after the stone is pressed with four to six layers of ink.

Variation of Identity No.1,”  Em Whipple’s lithograph monotype currently on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum as a part of the 45th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition, uses imagery of a Greco-Roman sculpture broken by a variety of colorful shapes. 

The piece was composed in the Fall of 2019, alongside six other bodies of work Whipple rendered over the course of several assignments in their printmaking class. Titled “Exploration of Identity,” the series uses the same lithograph plate across all the pieces despite any variations. 

Mark Ritchie, a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts, spoke about Whipple’s ability to break down their overall compositions into parts as they create. 

“Em likes to think about how things will happen in layers,” Ritchie noted. In speaking about their success as an undergraduate student,

“To have somebody early on in printmaking say “I love registration,” is like a math major saying how much they enjoy proofs.”

According to Ritchie, registration, the process of aligning and overlaying various colors within a print, is regarded as challenging and laborious. 

Some of the compositions within Whipple’s series include six different color shapes. Subsequently, six separate plates were worked on in order to achieve the layered nature of each piece. Whipple noted they spent roughly three and a half hours per print.

See Em’s lithograph printing process here:

Concept

Beyond process, content refers to an artwork’s meaning and what it communicates. At the most basic level, Ritchie believes art pieces are not art without content.

The role of the content and meaning depends on the work, explained Professor Ritchie. He explained the process of creating work as a dance between the content behind the work and the actual act of using materials; One leads while the other follows. 

This ‘dance,’ in regards to the work within Whipple’s series, is eminently led by content. 

Whipple described their series of work as an exploration into two primary constructs of identity: “The inherited sense, or understanding, of identity from the Greco-Roman societies,” and

“breaking those stereotypes to create and express a complex intersectional identity that we all possess.”

Concepts concerning identity inspire Whipple’s work visually and serve as a channel to connect them as an artist to their process. 

Mark Ritchie notes, great art pieces are often developed in bodies of work created by artists establishing a link between them and their art. Ritchie described the pairing of form and content within Whipple’s succession of work as, “beautiful.” 

Whipple explained how their work selected for The Student Juried Exhibition, portrayed the passed down understandings of identity as the Greco-Roman sculpture bust. The imagery of the bust also represented the dismantling of stereotypes according to them.

Whipple also explained that the abstract color shapes placed within the bust’s missing areas represent the undetermined components of identity in an individual’s life.

Along with their historic influence, the concepts developed within, “Experimentations of Identity” were derived from a rich source of information and creation: Whipple’s own experiences. 

Their personal narrative, which touches on marginalization and othering, speaks to their own experiences of being non-binary.

The meaning behind Whipple’s work expands beyond their recent series, and motivates them as an artist and thinker overall. Em recently was awarded a travel grant to expand their knowledge of ancient Greco-Roman imagery and process.

Mark noted that this success is credited, in some part, by Whipple’s impressive work ethic and depth of thought not only in the content of their work, but by their dedication to learn and perfect the materials and process of creating. 

“If there are more students like Em on campus, i would love to work with them,” Mark said.

Follow Em’s instagram dedicated to their art here.

Stepping Behind The Lens of a Photojournalist

Float Like A Butterfly
Junior Art student, Doyen Phamunior, pins her hand-made butterfly onto the ceiling of the Visual Arts building, to await critique in her Foundation 3D course.

I was walking to class and stumbled upon Phamunior, high above me in the air, reaching above her head. At first, shooting was a slightly uncomfortable and difficult. When I asked Phamunior if I could photograph her she was quite timid. In addition to that, my frame was being disrupted by groups of students that were passing us. Unable to compose the shot I wanted I became flustered. Phamunior’s body language reciprocated my discomfort. In the first photos I captured she was unnatural and rigid, so I took some time to allow for the hallways to clear. After some small talk and a couple composed clicks she resumed the state I initially observed her in. I started to relax, and move to more visually interesting angles.

The lines formed from the various parts of the ladder lead to the subject, Phamunior, hanging her piece. A frame is produced around the subject, as she is placed within an opening created by the handles of the ladder. Pattern is also depicted from the repeated designs found on the steps of the ladder and the ceiling of the hallway.

Did You See That?
Ryan Heller (left) shows off his interesting choice of eyewear, as he and Connor Hansen (right) wait for Goldwire to begin his set at The Black Box in Denver, CO. last Thursday.

I attended Goldwire’s set, on Feb. 20th, at The Black Box with hopes to capture something that properly portrayed the electronic music community I know and love. I stood waiting as technicians moved hastily on stage during the final interlude before Goldwire, to which my attention was intercepted by an enormous amount of laughter. I turned to locate the uproar of noise and saw Heller and Hansen. With each movement Heller made his ‘eyes’ bounced two or three times. I knew he was the quirky and lovable subject I was looking for. Heller was lost in the darkness of the room in the first shots I took, forcing me to compromise my covertness with the use of my flash. The flash gained the attention of Heller and everyone around me. Every additional photo I took he became too posed, which resulted in this photo being the initial ‘flash’ photo I captured.

Heller and his glasses, the main subject, are placed within one-third of the composition. The leftover space of the composition is filled by Hansen. This balances the visual weight of Heller, and makes the composition visually pleasing.

DJ-ing in The Dark
Goldwire plays a lowly-lit experimental dubstep set at The Black Box, in Denver, CO., last Thursday. The Black Box, consistent with its name, includes minimal lighting to bring focus to what matters most. The music.

The Black Box has a low capacity of 300, which produces an intimate concert experience for attendees. This allowed me to comfortably move throughout the venue and compose photos of Goldwire. I found the absence of light to be challenging to photograph in, so instead of trying to oppose this element I worked with it. Manipulation of the dark (and a great deal of patience) assisted me in composing this photo. 

Although this photo is extremely dark, viewers are able to make out the important visual components. This is due to the contrast of Goldwire’s black silhouette against the white lights shining from behind him. Contrast is also employed within the left side of the photograph as a result of the red-lit hallway. The red is contrasted, and therefore generates a powerful inclusion of color.

‘Pressure’ Handles The Pressure
Ismael Dominguez, (red scarf), stands behind his piece, titled Pressure, placed on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Pressure is comprised of a vast amount of wax moldings suspended from the ceiling, creating a partial person surrounded by spikes. Dominguez won five awards at the 45th Annual Juried UW Student Exhibition, and his piece was purchased by The University of Wyoming.

As I walked through the gallery of the Student Exhibition, observing the various works on display, I was immediately pulled toward Dominguez’s Pressure. I circled the levitating piece several times, as different arrangements of the work were created at every angle I examined it.

Composing a photograph I liked was difficult. It was nearly impossible to present every one of Pressure’s captivating attributes, while including a visible Dominguez in frame. The longer I took the more he moved. I felt frustrated. Soon after my initial feelings of annoyance, Dominguez began to exhibit behaviors that he was conscious of me and my camera. His pleased smile reminded me of the point of this photograph. He was the center of my narrative, not the actual piece.

Viewer’s eyes are moved throughout the left-side of the image by the repetition of the black cones incorporated into the piece. Dominguez and his peers are also seen wearing black, creating a relationship of color between him and his work. Pressure and Dominguez are placed on separate ends of the composition producing a balanced photo.

He Shoots!
Abraham Ross pulls up to shoot a mid-range jumper as he is guarded by Connor Beeston (5) and Jake Maksin (12) during an intramural basketball game Monday night. Ross’s team, “Jimmer Range,” defeated their opponents, “Dunk Dynasty,” 65-53 at the Half-Acre Gymnasium.

I encountered an intramural basketball game as I visited Half-Acre in hopes to capture a sports-related photo. I find sports photography to be intimidating. I have no experience with it, nor any knowledge of it really. I moved back-and-forth from the baseline to the sideline capturing hundreds of photos over the course of the game. I found it difficult for numerous reasons, including: I didn’t know who or what to keep my camera on, I didn’t have the time to really sit and compose my shots and I couldn’t get as close to my subjects as I wanted. I felt very out of my comfort zone with this shoot.

This shoot instilled the point of time and place in photography. Sometimes the most important aspect of taking a photo is the instant you press click. Luckily I ‘clicked’ during this moment.

The arms of the players created lines that lead the viewer’s eyes to Ross and the ball. The visual repetition of the Dunk Dynasty player’s jerseys create balance and move viewers around the composition. The jerseys are yellow, which is cohesive with the background and backboard of the hoop.

Learning Photography (and Creative Devices)

This week I put my skills with a camera to the test, specifically regarding creative devices in photography. Luckily this ‘test’ was take home and I could try over and over until I was satisfied with my outcome.

Like most people I have experience with a camera, but I’ve spent little time actually crafting the composition before pressing click. After hundreds of attempts I finally produced five photographs I believed to be strong.

Let us take a peak, shall we?

Woman of Stone
A carefully crafted statue of a standing, nude woman overlooks individuals as they travel to and from the Visual Arts building located at the University of Wyoming.

This photo has a shallow depth of field. The woman’s elbow, which is located in the foreground of the photo, is in focus, while her face, neck and hand are blurred in the background. The elbow is heavily emphasized, yet the environmental context is still maintained. The background is clearly out of focus, but her other features are still recognizable. 

An experimental view point is generated by making her elbow the main subject. It places the viewer in a nontraditional perspective, and therefore changes the overall feel of the photograph.

Want to Dance?
A neon-lit sign hangs behind the bar at The Black Box in Denver, CO. encouraging its viewers that the experience of music and sharing dance moves goes beyond familiar faces.

The neon sign naturally contrasts against the background of this photo. The black and red have opposite characteristics, so when placed together the colors compliment and emphasize each other’s qualities. Therefore color is also improved, specifically the saturation. The contrast affects the vibrancy of the letters, and the viewers are left with a clean and sharp message.

It’s All in The Details
A succulent covered in tiny bumps and colorful lines grows in the William’s Conservatory at the University of Wyoming. 

Compositional cropping is the dominant creative device in this photo. The details of the plant, the main subject of this photo, are able to receive the viewer’s full attention because of the absence of the subject’s surroundings. 

Pattern is also employed as a creative device. Viewers are moved throughout the image going from one feature to the next, due to the repetition of the bumps and lines outlining the leaves of the plant.

Hands Drawing Hands
Art major, Gunner McLulan, works late into the night practicing sketching hands for an assignment in his Senior Drawing class. 

A pattern is created in this photograph through the repetition of the visual representation of a forearm and hand. Viewers are moved throughout the photo by transitioning one hand to the next. 

The two hands in the background are blurred as the closest hand is in focus, which creates a shallow depth of field. Similar to the other photo that employed depth the background is still recognizable. Viewers are directed to look at a drawn hand first making the “unfamiliar” and more interesting visual representation stand out.

Wall of Warm Tones
Concert attendees move quickly to catch The Floozies at The Mission Ballroom, a new venue in Denver, CO, located in Rhino District.

Leading lines is the dominant creative device in this photo. The painted lines located on the wall draw attention to the viewer and lead them to the subject, the active concert goers. 

The wall is decorated in bright colors that take up two-thirds of the frame, employing both color and the rule of thirds in this photo as well. The bright colored lines are powerful and static, which create a contrast between the dark background and moving subjects.

Reflection

I was surprised how difficult it was to photograph candids of people while I was shooting for this assignment. Almost all the main subjects in my top five photos are of objects, because I found it difficult to efficiently compose moving people and parts. I can’t wait to learn tips and tricks to improve this aspect of my skills in photography.

For next time I plan on shooting the same subjects at different times of the day to create different compositions. Lighting is everything, and therefore it is something I wish to explore!

Practice Makes Perfect

If you told me I would be doing this a month ago I would have told you you were insane. Therefore, I might need a couple posts to get better at this. So, here we go. 

Over the course of this semester I hope to gain more experience creating digital media content, blogging, branding myself, and writing for the web.  

One skill that I am particularly looking forward to social media management. It is all about who you know, or better yet who knows you and your work. As an aspiring artist I believe social media is a great tool for exposure when used correctly. I do not possess any knowledge regarding social media of one’s own business or brand. Therefore, with graduation getting closer each day I cannot wait for the opportunities this class will allow me to have.  

My plans after college are unclear. I have a considerable amount of interest in diverse areas regarding a career. I have utilized my time in college to expose myself to as many things as possible. This has also led me to have various (average) skills. I place a lot of value on this. I want to enter the work force with as many ‘tools’ in my toolbox. Not only do I believe these skills will help me, but they will also expand my capabilities as a learner.   

That being said, I plan for the content of this blog to kinda be all over the place. Some posts may be an attempt at trying something new, while others will be an expansion on my interests. 

My love for music will most likely be a driving force for this blog. I spend a lot of time in CO attending concerts in ‘hole in the wall’ type clubs and venues chasing underground artists on impeccable sound systems. I’m considering creating a post on the best sound systems in CO.

I also hope to use this blog to display local DJ’s to the rest of the community.

Cheers!

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