My version of Spring training

Sorry, this post will have nothing to do with baseball. But as players are beginning to report to Spring Training, I’m doing a little bit of my own. This week’s assignment was essentially to create a “How to” project. Since I was in the midst of finishing up the flowers for my sister’s wedding, I decided to make a tutorial for creating a ribbon rose boutonniere.

It’s way too big of a file to embed in this post, so click here to view my tutorial.

What do you think?

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A Seussically awesome map!

This past week, we were asked to create an interactive map for a location of our choosing. This past fall, Jesse surprised me by taking me to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Mass. I figured this would be a great place to showcase with my map. All photos are my own, and I created the background graphic/overhead view of the garden.

It may take a little while to load in here, so please be patient.

Click here to view it larger.

I’m contemplating contacting the folks at the museum to see if they want to use it in some form. We’ll see.

What do you think?

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Trying my hand at advertising

This past week, our assignment was to create an interactive ad for a real product. We had complete freedom over product choice and how we would develop the ad. The only requirement was the use of rollover or pop-up text boxes to provide customers with additional information.

I decided to create an ad for the Pasta Boat. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV, and Jesse really wanted one. We finally snagged it about two weeks ago and he used it for the first time (with much success, I might add) two nights ago. Here’s what I came up with…

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What do you think?

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Proverbially speaking

This semester, I am taking an advanced animation course, which means more Flash! I’m really excited to see what I can take away from this course to build on my skill set.

Our first assignment was to display a proverb and have the class guess what it was. Being me, I took a slightly more obscure approach to my proverb. It’s taking people a bit longer to figure out mine than some others, but I hope you’ll get it and enjoy it.

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So, what do you think it is? Do you get it? Do you like it? Leave me some feedback in the comments!

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Holiday decorating – final interactive animation

For the final in the class, we had to combine as many of the skills we had gained in previous weeks with at least one advanced topic. Being me, I added in a few advanced ideas – drag & drop, a music player, nested mc control… I tried to have a bunch of stuff going on. I would have embedded it in this post, but it plays right away. So click here to check it out, and please let me know what you think!

My next course is the advanced Flash course, so expect to see more animations in the first half of the Spring semester!

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Photo Viewer & Mini Site

I was a bit lazy in posting my last few assignments from the class I finished in December, so I will add them now.

For week 5, we created a photo viewer. My inspiration was my super awesome nephew, Tommy.

It’s a big file and takes way too long to load in here, so I’ll just give you a link to go check it out where I’m hosting it.

Then in week 6, we had to make a simple web page. I decided to bring together a bunch of things I had previously worked on. Here’s the link to that site for you to check out if you’d like.

Hope you like it!

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Choose your own path

This week’s assignment was to make a “Create Your Own Adventure” style animation. Here’s what I came up with…

For some reason, playback from a server messes up the audio. So it might be better for you to download the file and play it back on your own computer.

I plan to keep working on this one to add in two more outcomes that I just didn’t have time to complete for class. When I do, I will post that new one up here, too.

What do you think?

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The instruments

As promised, here are some closeups of the guitars and bass I drew in Photoshop for my Flash project. I added Hall’s Mark watermarks to them so people don’t try to steal my stuff. Click through the images to see them a little larger.

This is my Hofner bass, based off of this one:

My Hofner Bass

My Hofner Bass

Here’s the Gretsch guitar, based off of this one:

My Gretsch

My Gretsch guitar

And this is the Rickenbacker guitar, based off of this one:

My Rickenbacker

My Rickenbacker guitar

What do you think? Did I capture the details?

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Ladies and gentlemen…

…The Alpha-Betles!

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This week’s assignment was to create an original animation using your name to somehow show some aspect of your personality. I spent about 4 days just drawing the guitars and bass to get them as close to the originals as possible. I’ll post images of the guitars by themselves over the next few days so you can see them up close.

What do you think?

Getting back to animation

After 3 months without posts here on the grad school blog, I’d like to begin sharing the projects I create for my ICM504 class. It’s a Flash animation class, so I’m excited to get back into the program.

Our first assignment was to use some basic elements to create a camping scene, and then add our details. Here’s what I came up with!

What do you think?

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