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For my final created Daily Create assignment for this semester, I decided to do an a cappella cover of the song, “Everyone,” from the Backstreet Boys’ 2002 album, Black & Blue. After looking up the lyrics on the Internet, I used Audacity to record me singing them, as close to the original track as possible, without any instrumental accompaniment of any kind. A few minor edits with the footage later, I turned everything in – once I saved it all – using my SoundCloud account.
P.S. If anyone asks, the reason there’s no number next to this Daily Create is because my applications were turned in hours before this article went up. This will be updated, in full, the moment this becomes a legitimate task.
This is just a reminder…
Since I’ve yet to hear from the Daily Create’s Twitter feed regarding this last-minute entry, I decided to send them this article on my own, just in case they missed anything these past few days. Again, I apologize for not responding sooner, since I was putting as much effort into my last project as possible. Either way, here’s the link I sent the Daily Create.
In closing, I wanted to say “thanks” to Ms. Polack again, for providing such an enjoyable class. I really wish that there was another level to this.
For this Daily Create challenge, I had to “do a monochromatic still life sketch.” I decided to use an Apple iTunes application, known as “Pic Sketch,” on an old photo from one of my previous assignments. To be more specific, the picture I chose was from a Halloween-themed Daily Create I called, “Pump(kin) It Up,” where we created short videos using pumpkins as a theme. As a bit of a saving throw from that sordid affair, I chose one of the photos from that particular video – it’s one of the two that aired sideways in the original release – and used Pic Sketch on it to provide the necessary effects. Once I was satisfied with my minimalist monochrome masterpiece, I uploaded everything onto my computer’s hard drive, before turning it in using both my Flickr account and my Twitter feed.
Today’s Daily Create task was rather simplistic, as all we had to do was “find the nearest item to [us] that is red” and to “take a picture” of it. In my case, I decided to turn in three entries at once:
For these two weeks, we’re only meant to do three Daily Create assignments instead of the usual four or six. Keeping that in mind, today’s task was to “make art about the infraordinary, not the extraordinary,” and “rediscover the astonishment of the ordinary for art and life.” If anything sums up this criteria nicely, it was the infamous “How Many Licks” ad for Tootsie Roll Pops from 1970.
Yes, that was the original commercial – in its entirety, no less – and yes, I used this assignment to modernize it as a glorified cell phone ad. Using no background music, to better reflect the original campaign’s feel, and providing the voices for all of the characters, I updated the classic commercial for the 21st century, giving Mr. Owl and Mr. Fox suspiciously similar-sounding voices, in order to show that being “wise” and being “clever” can mean the same thing, unlike “figuratively” and “literally.” I also included the modern-day reading of the ad’s signature closing lines, as opposed to the narration from the original ad, to bridge the proverbial “generation gap” more effectively. After editing everything to my liking on Audacity, I published everything as is, exported the audio as its own MP3 file, and uploaded it to both my SoundCloud account, and my Twitter feed, for your listening and dancing pleasure.
This Daily Create challenge involved us creating a “grook,” which is a type of poem intended to uplift its readers in a rather confusing way. The creation of this project was rather limited, since I decided to promote it using a short music video, containing background audio from the Dave Matthews Band song, “Ants Marching,” to sum up my feelings for such a form of poetry. I chose various images to show the viewers watching it that they shouldn’t be afraid of taking risks, for they are there to help those who do take them, learn from any mistakes they make as a result. The opening credits were lifted from old wrestling promos that usually started with the line, “The following announcement has been paid for by the New World Order,” and the closing credits were your traditional cinematic scroll-up. Each photo – all of which were from the public domain, according to Bing Images – told the image of someone panicking at the mere mention of risks being involved in what they’re about to do, and someone close to them, telling them it’ll be okay, before the first person takes the risk, leaving it up to the viewer if they survive their act of alleged foolishness or not. The video ends with my two-line “grook,” which doubles as the moral of the short story. Also, I give the viewers a happy holiday, since today has something to do with military awareness, or something. Either way, the final product’s now available for viewing on YouTube and Twitter, if anyone is interested.
Today’s Daily Create challenge was to make a photo celebrating the 45th anniversary of the release of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water.” In a case of “second verse, same as the first,” my edits were limited, as I basically typed up the words “TROUBLED WATER” onto a picture of a random bridge. I even took the time to edit the font and color, to ensure the illusion remained intact, even if the end result is more literal than previous affairs. This is probably because I tried to create a rebus puzzle of sorts, much like the ones from game shows like Classic Concentration and Catch Phrase. The end result may be mixed, but when you only have twenty-four hours to make everything work, checking for errors isn’t always going to appear on the proverbial check list. Either way, the photo’s now available for viewing on Flickr and Twitter.
POSTHUMOUS EDIT: I actually created a second version, that fit the bill better, and published it onto Flickr hours ahead of schedule, but countless computer issues while editing another project of mine forced me to upload it to the Daily Create’s Twitter feed twelve minutes after midnight. The minor edit I made involved a more cracked-up, darker version of the word, “TROUBLE,” floating in the stream; this edit provides a better fit for the day’s theme, while keeping the original illusions, and allusions, intact.
Today’s prompt comes from James Popsys. Who? “After shooting photos of places and things, James uses photo-manipulation to create imaginative scenes that show strange sights that you never see in the real world.”
Can you remix a very boring photo in a creative ways? Take one of your personal photos and make an imaginative scene that does not exist in the real world using some photo editing.
When I first saw the directions for this Daily Create task, I was reminded of a holiday special that actually aired on Cartoon Network, of all channels, called The Christmas Dinosaur. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say, it’s essentially what happens when PorchLight Entertainment attempts to cash in on the success of Steven Spielberg’s magnum opus, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, without the McDonald’s sponsorship that led to another E.T. cash-in, Mac and Me, actually getting a theatrical release.
Keeping this in mind, the photo I decided to remix for this challenge was one of the exterior of my house, during last winter’s record snowfalls, when global warming wasn’t nearly a threat as it is now. As for how to remix it, I chose a random public-domain sketch of a dinosaur, preferably from Bing Images, posted it within the boundaries of the photo, cleaned everything up, and size the dinosaur for the illusion to take full effect. Once I was satisfied with everything, I saved the project as is, closed down Photoshop for now, retrieved the finished project on my computer and posted it onto both my Flickr and Twitter accounts.
Because this portion of the semester is two weeks long, instead of one, we’ve been given six Daily Create tasks to do, instead of the usual four. Today’s task had us draw our “host character,” which is defined by the site as either “a favorite character from one of your digital stories, or one you love.” Since I’ve already brought up the franchise thrice before, first as inspiration for a “Hobo Speech” I did for fun, then as the basis for a BuzzFeed personality quiz that was actually turned in for a grade, and most recently as the result of a Daily Create assignment of my own creation, it was only fitting that I went for the “grand slam” here.
This sketch, which I worked on for hours before taking the photo on my iPhone, is of the face of Kaito Kuroba, from Magic Kaito 1412. I designed it in the same vein as street graffiti, using various bits of inspiration to pull off the desired effect. Yes, I named the picture “Y2K” as a nod to Kaito’s name, as well as hinting at Kaito’s alter-ego, the Kaitou Kid, being “The Last Wizard of the Century,” according to the third Detective Conan movie of the same name, released in Japanese theaters in 1999. The kanji for the manga’s title are shown on the sides, with the right side including my version of the Kid’s insignia. At the top, you can see the name of the anime he stars in, written in the fonts of the Americanized manga logo, and the cursive “1412” part of the anime logo.
My friend, Professor Caritat, is very curious about your purposes. So, can you write a six-line poem about your purpose for life? We will analyze the results, and publish a non-binary report on ‘How to have a life purpose’.
Today’s Daily Create assignment revolved around the creation of our own six-line poems about our purpose for life. In my case, I decided to twist the situation around a bit, and try to get inside the head of an indecisive person.
While I do admit the orange-and-black coloring scheme should’ve been on its way out now that Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving also has a tendency to use this color scheme, as well, so it all balances out. The poem itself basically sums up the feeling of being at the end of your proverbial rope, having tried everything, to help anyone in their darkest hour, and yet still not feeling satisfied because nothing good has come from your best efforts.
The poem really does feel like a brief examination of what goes on in an attention-seeker’s mind, as they become increasingly desperate, and frustrated, at all the good they’ve done either going to waste, or not being mentioned at all. The title, “Puzzle/Peace,” sums up this feeling by trying to make sense of not being powerful enough to help everyone in need – the “Puzzle” itself – and trying to find inner “Peace” within yourself after a costly affair; having the opening seconds of the 1970 Chicago hit, “25 or 6 to 4,” playing in the background doesn’t hurt the paranoia-stricken image, as much as it amplifies it.
After everything was edited to the best of my ability, I saved the footage, exported it as its own WMV file, uploaded it onto my YouTube channel, and finally, submitted the necessary link to my Twitter feed.
Record your voice reading (a scene from) your favorite work of fan-fiction. Anything goes… within reason, of course! Post a link to the recording as a response.
This particular Daily Create task was one of my own creation, so I’d like to show you how I made my dramatic reading of the Magic Kaito fan-fiction, “Reality.”
As previous assignments have proven on my behalf, I am quite the fan of Gosho Aoyama’s Magic Kaito franchise. Premiering in the pages of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 1987, Magic Kaito tells the story of an aspiring stage illusionist, whose one goal in life is to surpass his late father as the best magician in the world. As of late, however, he’s taken on the family night job, as one of the most wanted criminals on the planet: Phantom Thief #1412, or as he’s better known, the Kaitou Kid. I’m not even joking when I say that this is a family thing, as both of Kaito’s parents are revealed to be former thieves in later chapters; not only was his father the original Kid, his mom preceded him as the “Phantom Lady.”
This fan fiction, in particular, goes into the psychological reasoning behind Kaito’s decision to follow in his father’s footsteps, and become a jewel thief, despite the best wishes of his childhood friend, the father of whom serves as the head of the local police’s Kaitou Kid Task Force – in essence, the one who is obsessed with arresting Kid, regardless of his identity. This is especially haunting when you consider that the men who murdered Toichi Kuroba – Kaito’s dad – are still on the loose eight years after the fact, on a manhunt for a gem rumored to grant its bearer immortality, and find no problem with killing innocent civilians to find that gem for themselves.
I recorded the audio of this piece, in its entirety, in one take, on my Audacity account on my laptop. After doing the usual round of cuts to make sure everything is well-rounded, I saved everything onto my memory card, transferred it to my main computer, timed several leftover pictures from my BuzzFeed personality quiz from earlier this semester to fit key parts of the script, provided the necessary opening and closing credits to everything, and uploaded the final product onto my YouTube account, as well as my Twitter feed, concluding my Daily Create task for today.