Paint by Numbers

I haven’t spent a lot of time with PhotoShop or other picture editing software. I got a little nervous when I saw this week’s request to go into the Assignment Bank and complete an assignment using a photo editing tool.

I picked two assignments near and dear to my heart. In my first assignment, I picked a patent designed by my boyfriend and stylized it using Pixlar. As a non-engineer, when Scott explains his work to me, it kind of all blurs together. Hence, I used formatting that made the picture a little blurry…unlike most engineering designs that are black and white. I always tried to make it more feminine with adding some pink hues to it to make it softer and gentler. This to me made the complex seem like it would be easier to understand.

Scott's Artwork

For my next assignment, I took Michael Jackson Thriller album cover and updated it. I distorted the imaging by crinkling and warping it, similar to how Jackson’s own image got distorted as he got older. I changed his famous white suit into an odd green shade to symbolize his outlandish behavior with Neverland Ranch and other peculiar behaviors. I also changed the color of his hand to foreshadow his change in skin color. I selected his hand because that is also where he wore his iconic glove.

Michael Jackson's Thriller

Using the photo editing software was fun. It is nice to get your creative juices flowing.

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2 thoughts on “Paint by Numbers

  1. I see creative thinking here- how to present a complex diagram in a way that does not make it intimidating; and a bit of a play on the image of Michael Jackson. I can get a sense that you are re-imagining both in new ways.

    A few things about the assignments, and I’d ask that you review the criteria I look for in them
    http://ds106.us/handbook/success-the-ds106-way/writing-up-assignments/

    Firstly, each assignment needs to be its own post, so it stands like one story, not two combined. Each needs the tags from the original assignment; in this way we can attach your example to the assignment, just by that tag that goes along with your work.

    You need to be more clear what assignment you are doing– THere are hundreds of visual assignments in the assignment bank- what are these in response to? I am looking for you to provide the name, a link tot he assignment, and a bit of a paraphrasing as to what the assignment asks of you. You have done some of the narrating of your thinking for them, and getting to what the story is you are trying to do in each. But I am also looking for more detail on how you made them. Not only what software used, but techniques done– If I came across the engineering design, ahve you provided me at least enough that I could perhaps try and do something similar.

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