Chasing star’s

Are we there yet? I think I really just did to many stars this week I think that I am actually seeing stars right now. This post is the 4 star challenge something like the bucket challenge I guess. For the “Challenge me” I decided to create a camp poster for this Visual Assignment (4 stars).

To me it did not hold much excitement I don’t know if it is because it is the end of the week and I just have had all I can take, or I am just getting bored with the class (I hope it is not the later because I feel this class has a lot to offer me).

So this time I was some what attentive to to taking picture while I was doing the steps. But, first the back story (which is way more interesting then the poster itself). So this comes from a memory of a long time ago when I was around 17 or 18 years of age. I was for some reason really into basketball at the time so a series of even led me to the adventure of play basketball for parks and rec (because we where homeschool we did’t play sports at the school because if we did we would have to take at lest one class and my mum didn’t want that for us). Anyway, as time progressed I became obsessed and I thought I was decent enough (which was not true I later found out years later) to receive a scholarship. So, I begged my mum to put me in a camp so she decided to put me in a highschool camp. The highschool was Colonial Forge in Stafford needless to say I really hated that basketball camp. I was always picked last because no one knew who I was and I was not that great. I was also most of the time confused because there were so many people there as I write this I think this is one of the first times in my life that I did feel missed placed and not sure of myself. I don’t think that is a bad think but probably had more effect on me then is normal. Anyway, thats a pretty long story about the poster here’s how I made the poster:

I first opened google and searched “Free basketball downloadable images” (Always make sure to put “Free” or you will pay I am glad I don’t have personal experience with that). I found the perfect on and downloaded to my computer ( I chose this one because it had a basketball bursting through the wall to symbolize how great the game could be for people):

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I then did my old routine of uploading into iphoto and cropping it (I really don’t think there is a better way of cropping is there?):

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I then uploaded the photo into “Gimp” (See, gimp is my new “go-to” editing application I am not sure how to feel about it. I think I am feeling like “Know that I know better I do will do better” which translates know that I have “Gimp” Photoflexer is just ancient).The picture below is a shot of me opening the photo in a layer

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I had to add an additional layer because the wording kept not adjusting properly on the original layer. As I am still figuring out “Gimp” it tool me time to figure out which lettering worked best with the poster and which colors did’t blend in with the background. Thinking about it know if I had a do over I probably would pick another image because my vision was that the lettering of the word “Eagles” would be like a forest green and the smaller lettering at the bottom to be a black color. I would want this because the word “Eagle” would draw the eye and the smaller lettering would have less of an effect on the eye.

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As you can see in this picture I decided to go with the lime color, I did so all the information would be visible. As you can see in the finish product below that this is just another ordinary poster, but to me it is an ordinary poster with a lot of memories attached to it



Poster Child

I then saved it as I normally do no complications at all:

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I like this program because it is very helpful what do I mean by that (maybe I should have said that it was smart)? well every time I try to save it it try’s to save it in a different type of file (I guess it pre set to save as a funkie extension  like fxc.) It box pops up and recommends that I switch prompts I love it ..I love it…I love it. What is a Fxc extension anyway ?




How People Travel In One Day!

Another exciting adventure and another great fail, I don’t know I feel like I should have opened up with this famous quote from the newest Batman movie where the butler as Batman why do we fall. You know the seance where he goes  (Abert) Why do we fall master Bruce  (Batman) so we can pick ourselves back up again. The Are We There Yet  (3 stars)  assignment was going to be “The Assignment Of The Week” at lest for me. I feel short by all lot. I may get docked because I didn’t document most of the process because I did it with my tutor. Learning gimp for the first time is really hard and if I use ti again I will have to read up on it some more.  This is the original picture that I took with me in it:



This was taken at the end of the summer-ish of last year, it was the social event for the summer. The company is good like that we usually have two or three outings a year where we go do things together. This year instead of going to Bush Gardens we (leadership) had decided to have a cookout. I am pretty sure that was the year to that we had the  Frosted Lemonade  contest to see who could sell the most regionally. Needless to say we sold the most  Frosted Lemonade they where sure raving about us that summer . He got won a curse and  we got a party, GoodTimes !!

Back to talking about the actual process, so that was my (1st place I was in). The actual process started by me uploading This picture Gimp:


Another long story, this happened two year or so ago wow “The Boys” are so grown up now. Once a year the Chickfila Truck (That’s right corporate has a van that is converted into a small kitchen) comes to celebrate veterans in our area. They give away free chicken sandwiches to vets and their families (to bad fires can be held properly right?). These are our boys holding down the fort with a good pose. This was going to be the second place except I really got stumped on the cutting part.

So back to the process, so I uploaded this to Gimp. The tutor showed me how to cut (which upon leaving there I have already forgotten) using the magic wand and the “cut” option. Turned out okay until I decided to forget how to use it and now I am stuck with this as my finishing project (which I am not very proud of ) at the moment:


“Don’t worry bathing suits are appropriate at all times especially if your just grabbing a quick photo it does not take much to travel in one day!”

In the end my vision was to have me standing behind the sink which would require me to cut some of my leg off and position it more to the right.  I want to talk about something that I sometimes think about when I am creating art or creating something in general. Some times the vision of what I have in my head and whats not on the paper drives me crazy because I have not reached its full potential. The question is really at what a point in a projects (weather it be graphic or art’s)has it reached it’s true potential or the decision to  “Let it Go”  is the best option because that’s the way it “Should Be” am I the only one who thinks like this tell me I am not crazy? I am sure some has the answer out there !!

I learned that I probably need to be more diligent about keeping notes about what he is teaching me. These notes need to be eligible and kept in one place. My mom is always warning me about keeping notes but sometimes a person is just in a rush. I think even though I was not successful at this project I learn something and that should get a good grade right?




Going For Gold

Recently my colleague had won tickets to go see the olympic’s. So I took the week off to have some down time and travel a bit. My time at the olympics was a short one but I  was able to see Gabby Douglas, A shining star going for Gold.This poster dose not do her justice, Gabby has a confident but humble attitude. And you know what they say about attitude, attitude is everything.

(This picture comes from the Visual Assignment Sports Poster  2 1/2 Stars)

And this is how I did it:

First I opened Google and Googled “Dominque Dawes gymnastics free Downloadable images” (at the time I didn’t know that I was going to pick Gabby Douglas for my poster)

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Then I scrolled through the results there found a picture of which turned out to be Gabby Douglas. to take a screenshot of the picture I wanted instead of downloading it directly. I also did this to the smaller picture of her as well.

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I then at the uploaded them to Iphoto to cropped

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I cropped them both in the very same fashion.

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They turned out very well, I took the files strait away and but them on my desktop by dragging and dropping. Them I then opened  Photoflexer and uploaded them there (one at a time).

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The I pressed the “Upload” button for the first photo.

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Then to uploaded the second image by pressing “Load Another Photo” I then scaled it and placed it into the corner.

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I decided it needed a little fancy something so I added her name to the poster by clicking on the text button. A text box was then added to the picture, it took some time to get use to.

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I moved the text into the right hand corner then I went through the process of saving the picture by clicking “Save” and going through the prompted you can see the process in 2 steps.

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And here we have it the finished result:

Gabby Douglas






Your Music To My Heart

Music to my heart comes from the Visual Assignment Playlist Poetry (3 Stars)  A romantic gesture to a lover. What can I say it says it all!! I posted this on facebook to woo a lover. Can you guess when do you think I will see  him again ?

Here’s how I did it:

I opened I-tunes

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Then I expanded the window so I could see my playlist better. I then chose to start creating on a playlist that was pre-created. The playlist was called “On-The-Go”.

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The window automatically   witched as I started to grab songs. The finishing product was the ultimate woo

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Which reads:

“Confessions. Pt.2  August is over dirty little secret going crazy be without you chemicals react collide. Confusion and frustration in modern times be with you I can wait forever love come down.”






Butterfly Magic

Have you ever wondered what a life cycle of a butterfly is like ? I can show you a life cycle using 4 lines, 5 dots and one curve.Can you guess what shapes are in which life cycle? This comes from the Visual Assignment 4 lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve this Assignment is worth (3 1/2 stars)

And this is how I did it:

First I opened up “Gimp” (An art program) and created a new project:

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Then I was lead to a prompt that helped me choose the size of my canvas. I chose the canvas size that was already preselected.

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Then the perfect size canvas came up.

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I then proceed to draw using 4 lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve a the result

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Then I “Exported” the picture to “Save” it by pressing “File” then “Export”

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This shows the 3 stages of a butterfly, the butterfly as a inch worm, and maturity and at death. Some imagination has to be used for the death part but not biggie !!





Lights Camera Action ..Behind the Scenes

The Story

Heading out on adventures for the summer are always fun. Here a short documentary on fun places to think about as your planning your summer get away. And remember no one can have too much adventure…….!! (This comes from the Visual Assignment Adventure In A Day, its worth (3 1/2 stars )


How did I do it 

Doing this visual assignment was easy. First I went to photobooth:

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Then I went to effects and scrolled through till I found “Backgrounds”

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I then proceeded to take a picture of myself using a plain wall. But, the results were disappointing.I tried this using two  different backgrounds.


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The reviews I read about photo booth were all negative and mostly talked about how the application was underdeveloped. I agree with the critics because it is really sensitive and dose not work well even with a solid background. Selling out a partial  program to seems really like a bad idea mainly because macs are priced at a high value. It is assumed when it is bought that the consumer has the best of the best. Maybe it is time for some of the computer programers to have a little vacations in the tropics to, you never know they might come home rested and relaxed enough to fix photo booth.





Earthquakes ….Quake


When  think about it this its like a earthquake.For my first Gif I was trying to keep it simple hints why a did a StrereoGif. ( 1 star) The process was simple.

The Picture
GIF made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator - view more at
GIF made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator




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All I had to do was go to the website


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I then went through the “Creation”   process by dragging the picture into the center of the two boxes:

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Then I pressed “Save Images”

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And I was able to “Share” the Gif…

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I found this “Gif” to be easy and reassuring that I would start off on the right foot.










Facebook By Another Font

The Story

Today I tried a Visual Assignment this is the first one of week 2 (4 stars trying to push my abilities). I think I am becoming a pro. This Visual Assignments focuses on fonts and how different fonts amplifying meaning to the logo.  For example, If a logo is crappy meaning is taken from the font. But, if the Font is clear and appropriate it sends the right message and it is understood by all. Font is one of the most important graphic components of graphic design.

Facebook By Another Font Would Not Seem as Sweet….

See for yourself:

The Picture

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A Tutorial 

To create this example I first searched google for general logo’s (I guess I was not to sure what the assignment was asking for at the time and I wanted to get an idea of what was other, logo wise). I first looked at a Mcdonald’s logo I ended up downloading it (just because it was a logo), then I went through the process of cropping it using iphoto. After cropping it I decided to put into a word document, it is there that I found out that I could not change the font on that logo so I decided to go with a new one. I repeated that same process, but this time using the “Burger King” logo. That did not work so I tried looking for another logo. I found the “facebook” logo and I repeated the process as with the previous ones. This time it was a success I was able to reduplicate the word “Facebook” into other fonts. I chose the font “Chalkduster” because it was the most crappest one and because it really just changed the whole meaning of the previous font. I then chose to typed facebook in Edwardian Script because it was the font that looked closes to cursive.

Concusion :

This was a great exercise because it just brought home the fact that caution needs to be taken when decided what fonts to use. Fonts give meaning to the work that is being displayed.


Visual Assignments #4 ………Bring Your Pet To School

The Story:

This Visual Assignment Bring Your Pet To School was fun and rewarding. My family and I have a Jack-russell terrier mix she (Emma) is about 5 years old and already showing gray, she is loved by my whole family and definitely a Daddies girl. I am sure she would love campus life….

A Tutorial

I first  had to look for the background  so I googled :  UMW Campus Pictures Free Download and downloaded it to my computer. I then selected a picture from my photo’s of my dog “Emma”. I then used the  “Gleek” button that allow for “smart cutout” (There version of “smart” I guess) to trim the picture of my dog. There is a prompted to help you along in the process. After the process was over I was left with the cut down version of my dog. I had to adjust the size of the picture of my dog to fit the background.

And low and behold….The picture of the time that my dog not so visited campus!

The Picture

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Concusion :

This Visual Assignment Bring Your Pet To School was fun and rewarding. I used Photoflexer to manipulate the dog. Getting use to using Photo flexer is time consuming but in the end you learn a lot about the program in general.

By: Adriel Brooks

Visual Assignments #3 ………Your Very Own Spubble More Like Bubble

The Story:

Create Your Very Own Spubble (View Here). In this assignment I decided to go out on my own and look for the perfect “Bubble Maker”. This picture was taken the day the me and the sister in law decided we where going to be adventurous ..ya! only lasted two seconds !!!

A Tutorial

I did not find the perfect “Bubble Maker” but I did find a phone app that works. I used  Bubble – Speech Bubbles & Photo Editing  Comic Maker adds Text Captions to Pictures for Facebook, Twitter & Instagram By Toto Ventures Inc.  It worked Okay there was not a lot of choice in the size of bubbles and the bubbles where difficult to manipulate. I would use app only in a real pinch, by the way using your iPhone dose not count as cheating I can’t help that is the way the world is going…Can I ?

The Picture


(That is me in the background always having something to say)

Concusion : Don’t do bubbles on your phone I think its a really bad idea. I think creating bubbles are okay for people who know photoshop and own an Ipads. I only think this because it was really tough to manipulate a bubble on a small screen.