Video Project

Well I have to remix a video for my 3rd project.  It was hard to narrow down the choices from the copyright-free options.  Most of the videos are from the 50s and a little weird.  There was one in particular called “Boys Beware” that warned against molesters and another anti-pornography video from 1961.

I’m using a video called Emotional Maturity, which is one of many films about dating from the period.   I had a hard time figuring out, as usual, where to start.  But following the professors advice, I focused on the audio/music and it all kind of fell into place. I am going to use a few NIN tracks from a copyright free album called Ghosts.  The tone of the tracks makes the video seem darker.  The story is essentially about a guy named Dave getting dumped by Jill, who is going to date “Jim Dawson” who is a little more emotionally mature (and better at sports, owns a car and his own Dad even likes him better) than Dave.  I want to heighten everything, make it more melodramatic.

I have only tried to make a video one other time, it was when I first got my macbook and decided to play with the video software.  I called it Killer Octopus – it was a video of Buster when he was a puppy growing very angry with a toy octopus. I wanted to post the original video, but you have to pay this site to make that happen…

If I can find a way to share it, I will post it here.

Scissors….

I finally drew a picture of scissors.  I could not use any shading and it really frustrated me. My first attempt was too flat.  I decided to redraw the scissors at a different angle so I could add some dimension to it.  I focused more on the circle, finger holes because I found it more interesting.  I hate the image of the straight blades.  Now I have to dwindle it to a final 3 and experiment with some effects in Illustrator…to be continued…

Why must I always procrastinate…

You would think that something as simple as selecting an object to draw in black and white, in its simplest form, would be as easy as it sounds. Well, not if it’s me.  It’s not that I don’t want to do it…I just get so caught up in wanting everything to be perfect that I put myself in a state of paralysis. I over-think each choice. Stalling, making it bigger and bigger until I am so overwhelmed that I don’t feel like dealing with it.  I’ll surf the net, read a book or watch a show.  Meanwhile, the task at hand is simultaneously weighing on my mind, building upon my anxiety.  Ugghhhhh…This is where I am right now at 11:09pm on Sunday night.  I should have done this last week, but this is the point I had to put myself in order to make something happen…

My friend Melissa suggested I draw my glasses (two weeks ago).  I thought this was a great idea, but I kind of need them to see and decided that I could think of something better.


My husband suggested an iron (last week).  I thought this was a great idea, why overthink it when I could just pick something simple and that was just sitting there anyway.  Then I decided I did not want to draw an iron because there had to be something better.

 I then decided on drawing a bottle of perfume.  I think perfume bottles are so pretty and love the way the light reflects against them.  I thought it would be visually interesting the way I could use black and white to illustrate the weight, thickness and liquid in the glass.

Then I reread the project description and it states that the object should be a man-made mechanical object with moving parts… Ugghhhh!  So now I am thinking about going with scissors, maybe…

My co-worker calls my personality “Type T’ – thrill seeking because you put things off until the last minute because you like the rush you get from feeling under the gun. Whatever it is, it’s real annoying because once I start I always realize it was not as serious as I made it out to be.

So tomorrow I am just going to pick one of these things and just draw it!