Feb 032013

in[SPIRE]. The cream of the crop of a creative class: an irresistable ocean of delight… in theory.  In looking for a particular project to review from the cacauphanous collection, I opened several in tabs to examine.  Indeed intruiging – I relished the opportunity to read about the making of a coffee-related gif, an episode of Animal Hospital  (especially given my passion for Bat World Sanctuary) and an assignment entitled Draw It!.  Here’s why everyone should love bats:

My hopes were dashed at every turn.  The former links led only to domain-fail messages which showed, in the form of miserable blue dead ends, that DS106 is not #4life 4everyone.  Even more heartbreaking was the link that worked.  Draw It! details how to photoshop an image and give it a drawing-like aesthetic.  Also known as ‘no actual drawing happened in the creation of this image’.  To persons untrained in drawing, it no doubt looks nice.  It looked like a nice photorealistic, albiet boringly composed, graphite drawing in the thumbnail.  In the full-size it’s pretty shifty, though.

Photoshop converted drawing of a Lion

The background is way too crisp for the style of drawing that has a central subject – an artist with the skill to reproduce a subject with that level of detail would frame and structure the composition differently – with more focus on the face of the subject.  Referring to this method of image-modification as ‘Draw[ing] It! is entirely inaccurate, as it lacks the most fundamental change that happens when drawing- the transformation of interpretation.  Often this is an unconcious occurance, but at times ommission of irrelevant detail is a concious choice, as would have happened in the background.  A more accurate and informative title would be ‘Drawrize It’.  If that had been the case, I wouldn’t have a reason to rant.  Furthermore, the directions were difficult to follow, especially after step 5.  No mention of the level of Photoshop used, no screenshots of the process.  I hope you can soothe your disappointment as I did by watching the adorable movie above.

 Posted by on February 3, 2013  Add comments

  One Response to “Falling Flat: in{SIPID}”

  1. Points well taken, Alice- please continue bringing the critical eye and pen to your writing.

    We do lose a lot of the early blogs from years past in ds106; before UMW offered the Domain of One’s Own package you are using now, students had to find and pay for their own domains and web hosting, and many of them not surprisingly let them lapse after class (we tried hard to get them migrated to UMW Blogs), but do suffer a lot of dead links.

    One way to may it less in[SIPD] wil be to get your class to add new examples as we go. Thats likely a future assignment ;-)

    And that’s true on the Draw It! assignment, its not in any way drawing, but ways to make photos look like they were drawn. You have the experience her to make suggesitons I or someone who does not draw would not have thought of.

    This is the kind of writing I like to see!

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