Thursday, April 23, 2009

professor project update

I am still working on my professor portrait assignment, but let me fill you in on the details of what I am doing. I decided to use Professor Stichweh as my central figure. For those of you that don't know, he is the photography professor here at Otterbein. He taught my beginning photography class and also my immediate photography class. He really instilled in me a passion for taking pictures and for all things photography. 

So since he is the photography professor here, he obviously loves everything about pictures and cameras, so that was the major concept of the whole design. Basically, I took a few pictures of professor Stichweh in different scenarios, and went from there. I wanted to incorporate the camera and his fasciation and love for black and white landscapes, so that is what I used as the background to my picture. I used one of the pictures that I took during his class as the background of the piece. 

In order to relay his love for taking pictures, I took a picture of my camera and cut out the lens. I then took a picture that I cut out of Professor Stichweh holding a camera, and placed that image inside of the lens. I think it looks pretty cool. Steven said that the image was looking a little flat, so he suggested that I use a filter that distorts the image to make it look inverted, so that it actually looked as if it could be in the lens. 

I really like the piece right now. Hopefully I don't mess anything up before the end of the class period!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Third project

Our third project of the quarter is to design a caricature of a professor or staff member here at Otterbein. 

A lot of people came to mind when I thought about who I wanted to do. I started doing a bunch of thumbnails to see what I could do with the professors and staff members I chose. 

This project will definitely be interesting! Hopefully I can portray the personality of whomever I choose to do!


So I forgot to give credit to the author of the quote on my project! The author's name is Pat Conroy. Thanks Pat for your awesome words!!

Self-Portrait Project FINISHED!!!!

So after two tedious weeks of trying to figure out photoshop, my self-portrait project is finally complete. I am very happy with the way it turned out. 

I think that it encompasses my personality very well in the fact that it showcases my love for travel and photography as well as my love of the written word. This is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me so much of my experiences traveling. 

However, this was not the way I always envisioned the piece looking in my head. Initially I had a lot of other ideas swarming around but adding other interests of my life in the final piece like pictures of my family and music that I love. However, I decided to focus on one area of my life that is really important and that has proved to be one of the most influential portions of my life and that is my love for travel.

I hope that my love for photography and my love for travel shines through when others look at it! We will begin working on our next project ASAP, so I will keep you informed!! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

almost done

So I think that I am almost done with my self-portrait project. I have changed my idea slightly from the thumbnail I posted, but overall it still demonstrates the same important parts of my life. I really like the way that it all came together. It was definitely not how I originally thought that I would do this project, but I am very pleased with the direction that it took!


I am sorry that I am not a very good blogger. I always forget to keep updating my stuff. So here goes the updating process. I am still working on my self-portrait project. Here is the thumbnail version for what I am doing. Obviously my drawing skills are not that great, but let me explain what I am thinking about doing. The borders are made up of film strips from pictures I took while I studied abroad last year. There are pictures from England, Paris and Italy. Then there is a picture of me inside the frame that is going to be washed out. I am thinking about including a quote around my head about traveling. This self-portrait project does not contain every single portion of my life, but it contains a lot of what I love. I love to travel and experience new cultures which is why I am including so many pictures of foreign places. The film strips also represent my love for photography. I also love quotes and the feelings that they make readers generate. There are definitely other parts of my life that are important to me too like my family and friends, but I am really happy with this concept. Hopefully it will turn out!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Artist portrait assignment

This week we are working on our artist portrait assignment. It is hard trying to put all your favorite things together in one piece. Although I am unsure about how all of my features are going to fit together, I know that there are definitely things that I want to include in my final composition. 
My love for travel is something that I definitely want to include. My study abroad experience in Brighton, England, really changed my perspective on life and what I want to do with my future. As a result of the impact it had on my life, I am hoping to include some of my favorite pictures from my time in Europe. 
Another really important part of my life is my family. I am very close to my siblings and parents and wanted to include them in my composition as well. As a triplet, my brother and sister have been a part of my life from the very beginning. We are all very close and have an awesome relationship which I wanted to include. 
If anybody were to describe me aside from my love for my family and traveling, they would say that I have a weird  fascination with entertainment. I love everything about movies, music and books. I thought about including some words onto my composition as well, either a favorite quote or a line that I really enjoy from a movie or song. 
Once I figure out everything, I will let you know!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

First project!

For our first assignment, we were asked to create a logotype for ourselves that we could include in all of our pieces. My creative juices were not exactly flowing during the beginning of this process. Trying to come up with an individual seal is a difficult thing. 

The hardest part for me was trying to figure out what combination of my initials I wanted to use. My initials spell KEG, as in a large vat of beer. I knew I probably could come up with a few cool combinations for those three letters, but I really did not want to be associated as a large container of alcohol. So instead, with the help of my professor, came up with this logotype. I liked the fluidity of it and how it looks like brushstrokes. I think the combination works well and I am very happy with how it turned out.

When put on the spot, it is hard for all of my creative juices to immediately flow. I am glad that this logotype came together. Before this assignment, I never thought about having a logotype to put on my pieces. I always just signed my name and hoped that I did not screw that up! But I am glad that we had to this assignment, and I like the idea of using this on all of my pieces from here on out. I am sure down the road, I will change it into something different, but for now, it is just what I like. It is simple and cool. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Hello and welcome to my newly developed blog. My name is Katelyn Glaser and I am a senior at Otterbein College with majors in journalism and public relations and minors in art and speech communications. The purpose of this blog is to showcase examples of the work I create in my Computer Art class this quarter. I will be updating the site weekly to include new pieces and artist statements. I definitely encourage any feedback and hope that you will visit again soon!