Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wk 4 Practical Experience Flash Post 3

I've spent time familiarizing myself with all of the buttons in animation mode on Adobe Flash CS5.  The 3D Rotation Tool is very fascinating.  Here is a screen shot of a stick person I was tooling with.

Wk 4 Practical Experience Flash Post 2

I've watched over 2 1/2 hours of Flash tutorials on Lynda.com.  I was shown how to use the bone tool to animate several sections of a movie image.  Also, I was briefly introduced to action script.  In my opinion, Adobe Flash is the most technical software I have seen.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wk 4 Practical Experience Flash

post 1 of 3.  Adobe Flash CS5
I've started my Flash training at Lynda.com.  Before today, I thought Flash was a movie player.  Now am on the path to Flash enlightenment.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wk 3 Practical Experience Post 3

post 3 of 3.

This is my warmup session with Google Docs Presentation Draw.

Wk 3 Practical Experience Post 2

Post 2 of 3

Google Docs: (Drawing & Presentations)

Three things I didn't know about google docs presentation are...

  1. you can drag images to tabs to move them to another webpage
  2. clickable slideshows can be embedded into blogs
  3. you can allow another person to take over your presentation (shared feature)
Here is the rest of the lynda.com tutorials I watched.

Wk 3 Practical Experience

Google Docs: (Drawing & Presentations)

Post 1 of 3.  This is a screen shot from my viewed Lynda tutorials.

Friday, September 17, 2010

BP_8 Web 2.0 Art Rage 3

Art Rage 3 is the best draw/paint program I have ever used!  It is clearly evident that the developers modeled their digital tools from real life studio paraphernalia.  I’m impressed by the marks created by the paint tube, palette knife, and gloop pen tools.  Honorable mentions also go to the canvas positioner, trace function, and reference pin.  Many of the Art Rage tools carry several attributes of their analog sources.  Paintbrush actually runs out of paint.  Dry brushes are even capable of spreading preexisting paint.  When you are down you can share you work with the rest of the 11,000 images on the Art Rage online community site. 

Is this better then painting?  Yes, for one reason you have more tools to use for the cheap price of $80.  Compared to the cost of the real tools, this is a bargain.  Also With Art Rage 3 I was learning and producing at a faster rate of speed compared to analog work.  In addition, Art Rage has no clean up, no preparation time, and leaves zero carbon footprints.

What is Art Rage 3 missing?  Although the creativity is limitless by design, the media sufers a few limitations.  One example is the lack of a physical tactile experience with the surface.  This happens because you are limited to 2-D tools on a 2-D surface.  This is not a two-hands hands-on activity.  Values mix well but colors not so.  In one instance I was able to get yellow and light blue mixed to make green.  That can be seen in the top right corner of this blog’s picture.  In my opinion a strong arts background would consist of both analog and digital mediums.  Art Rage 3 would be one my choices for a digital medium.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


BP_3 Web 2.0 Tool Cmaps

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) CmapTools software lets you create and share concept maps. The official Cmap website linked here is made from Cmap software.  This site provides excellent sources for people doing research on concept maps.  The Cmap software is free to download.  Look at my reading post for another example of Cmaps in action.

BP_4 Web 2.0 Tool Go!Animate

What does Go!Animate do?  Go!Animate allows you to easily make your own animations.  You create animations straight from the web page.  That means no downloading of software. You don’t have to start from scratch in Go!Animate.  You are provided various characters, prebuilt character actions, sound clips, music, movable props, and backgrounds for your animations.  If you don’t like what you see, create your own by uploading your photos.  Movie effects like zoom, pan, and black and white, are just a few of many offered.  Four different audio tracks can be layered in animations.  It allows you to record your voice on a telephone to upload animations.  Animations can be embedded to YouTube, twitter, facebook, and even blogs.  Go!Animate allows you to create an emessage.  Go!Animate has Go bucks currency.  Go bucks can be earned or purchased.  Go bucks are used for unlocking special characters and features in Go!Animate.  250 words does not do Go!Animate justice.  So much more can be said about it. 

How would you use it in education?  Students could create their own animations on various topics.  Go!Animate could be used to sell an idea to someone using humor.  It could be shown in a portfolio to get a job.  It can be shared with other teachers.  I could teach my beginning of the year classroom management and procedures with animations instead of lecture.

What are the perks of upgrading?  I’ve paid $58 for the 1-year upgrade.  This is why I did it: theme mixing, no limit on animation length, video upload, no ads, instant message multiple people, and 3000 Go bucks.  The number one reason I upgraded was so I can upload my own backgrounds, faces, and props.  The extra effort to customize it will make it more entertaining and relevant to my audience.  

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Technology in the Arts #72

Technology in the Arts #72 I really like the audio in the beginning of this podcast. It definitely pulls you in!

BP2_iGoogle Screen Shots

BP1_Google Reader

If I’m going to claim a Masters in Technology for the rest of my life, I’ll need to keep abreast of the latest technological advances.  That is where Wired Magazines RSS feed comes in.  Wired provides the most current reviews of technology gadgets; coupled with blogs, how-to and culture.  This sites professional purpose is to foster my continued learning in being tech savvy.

Juxtapoz is another website supporting a magazine.  This is my art with-it-ness site.  It has a colorful blog covering the freshest low/high brow art.  The sites choice for professional purpose is to encourage and inspire my practice as an active artist that also teaches art.

This RSS comes from Art Education 2.0: Using New Technology in the Classrooms.  I’m truly excited to learn more about this site.  Their webpage is set-up like a PLE.  Art Education 2.0 has a twitter gadget, email, featured websites, personal profile, and fun blog groups to join.  It is the definition of 2.0 with all of its connectivity, collaboration, and user based creativity.

Technology in the Arts has produced 72 pod podcast episodes.  The current episode talks about a multimedia bus that travels through Manhattan.  The audio in the beginning of this podcast will definitely pull you in.  I chose this feed because of the quality of podcast design and their relevancy to my art/technology career.

The TED videos can be used for self-enrichment and the enrichment of others.  I also chose TED because they have numerous videos that are relevant to technology and creativity.