Cartoon Me


Yup, for those of you who are familiar with what I look like, that’s me alright.

Quite a striking visage, don’t you think?

Thanks to the help of one my good, yet wishes to remain anonymous, friends I was able to get myself drawn in a very anime-like way. For this DS106 assignment, Cartoon You, one was tasked with transforming one’s self into a cartoon character through the use of drawing and photo manipulation to obtain the desired cartoon like effects.

I’m not sure if my photo is exactly like the typical American cartoon, instead, it has the more definite Japanese anime style to it. To complete this assignment, all I did was take a photo of the picture that was drawn, uploaded the picture and opened it in Photoshop, did some cropping, and applied various filters and changed the lighting of photo until I got what I liked.

We were also encouraged in the original post to write a comic-like story to go with our picture if we are able to think of one, but, sadly, I cannot think of anything dramatic enough to go with this picture (that doesn’t have to deal with a floating head).

So, let me know what you think of this cartoon me in the comments below. All your replies and comments are much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding photoshop, I can try to help you out with that as well.

Until next time!

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Living Freely

For my next DS106 assignment, Design the Cover of Your Autobiography, I chose to work with my own photograph (taken in Yokohama), as an autobiography is something of a personal matter, fiction or not.

This picture may seem quite spartan, however, the subtle meaning it has beat out other images in my collection that had much more action going on inside them. While I feel my life has been quite exciting since I came to Japan, I hoped that by gazing on this photo you get the sense of freedom that I have felt in my life, in contrast to a photograph of something that I had actually done.

You may be asking: Why is that? Wouldn’t it be more interesting the other way around?

Words and pictures are very similar, so it is necessary that in order to transmit the concept and feeling that I have in my mind to you, the reader, it is important that my picture is something that everyone who sees it can relate too. How many times can you recall looking up into the sky seeing birds pass above you?

I’m sure many of you can think of at least a couple instances where that has happened. Do you remember any thoughts or feelings of wanting to fly away, to be free like those birds you saw passing overhead into the horizon?

Again, I can almost positively say that everyone at some point in their life wanted to defy gravity, to fly away from the earth, to be unrestricted by borders or boundaries.

This picture, I hope, can help transmit that feeling of freedom more than anything. The text, as you may notice, is merely supplemental in getting you, the viewer of the image, to think towards that end.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my picture of what my autobiography cover would look like.

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what you think! I’d love to know if you ever dreamed of flying away to somewhere new before, as well!

Thank you!

Pinocchio Paradox


What you see above is my latest creation for the DS106 Album Cover assignment. The Band’s name, Pinocchio Paradox, is seemingly a hardcore heavy metal music band that is rectifying the music scene with its new crazy style. Here are a list of the songs on their first CD “Life’s Not the Movies.”

1. The Reveler of Lies
2. Get sawed
3. Geppetto’s Wail
4. Angel’s Requiem
5. In the belly of the whale
6. Endless fire
7. Wooden Cage
8. Finally Real

To make this picture, I simply assembled the necessary information.

The quote was originally: “Some relationships start with fights… But, usually only in romantic comedies. Life’s not the movies.” Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

The picture and article name were both very easy to get from Flickr and Wikipedia after simply copying the hyperlink from the assignment into my address bar. and then neatly compiled it together in photoshop. The link for the original source of my photo can be found here and the Wikipedia page entry can be found here as well. Possibly the hardest part of this assignment was choosing the band name and whether or not to alter the image for greater effect. I felt that since I was going for a more hardcore look, my random picture’s landscape was quite well suited for it. I hope you agree. Also, I capitalized the letters in the album cover to kind of say “I no I rox”, or in other words, “I know I rock”. I thought maybe that this would enhance the bands integrity.

Let me know what you think below!

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

“When the storm surged and their pipe sanctuary was crushed, all hoped seemed to be lost for Stick Figure Person 1 and Stick Figure Person 2. Not only did their pipe of hope get destroyed but Stick Figure Person 2 was plunged into a most perilous situation! As the situation progresses, will Stick Figure Person 1 be able to save Stick Figure Person 2? Or will Stick Figure Person 2 be sent to a cold wet grave at the hands of merciless fate?”

Tune in next time to find out!

Or better yet make your own ending! =P

This is my finished DS106 assignment for Stick Figures and Sticky Situations. I hope you enjoyed it! The plot I tried to come up with is really random, but you’re welcome to come up with your own ending in the comments section if you want!

Just for your information, I used Photoshop to put in these stick figures using the paint brush and that’s pretty much it!

Once again, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think! =)

Got Web?

Tim Burners-Lee

*Click Image or Here to see Ds106 submission page

Did you ever wake up in the morning, and say:

“Man, I’m so grateful that the World Wide Web exists! What would I do without it?”

Well, if so, the vibrant guy in the picture above, Tim Berners-Lee, is who you should be thanking!

Hmm, wait a minute. This guy was knighted by the Queen of England, right?

Better make that Sir Tim Berners-Lee instead! (According to Wiki, the rank he was giving was Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

Compared to the old days, it must have gotten a lot easier to become a knight considering all he had to do was invent the web!

Anyways, since I guess he is kind of like royalty now, how about we go ahead and give him the Royal treatment? The Royal Photoshop treatment of course!

With that being said, I’m going to go ahead and give you guys a really really simple tutorial on how to use filters and a few other tricks in Photoshop to get any picture looking like the one I posted above!

Okay, so first lets start off with the base picture. Here is the photo I used (taken from this wiki) in case you want to use the same picture to practice on.

Lets start up by opening the file in Photoshop. Your screen should look something like this:

Next, go to your layers window and right click on the layer named “Background” then click on the option “Duplicate layer”. For this tutorial, let’s duplicate it twice. When you’re done, your screen should look something like this.

After that, select Background copy 2 to work on simply by clicking it in the layers window. Once you’ve done that, click the drop down Filter menu at the top of the screen and select Filter Gallery. (For those of you using older versions than Photoshop CS3, you may have to manually select the type of filter you want to use instead of using the Filter Gallery.)

Your screen should look something like this once you select Filter Gallery:

Filter Gallery Window:

Once the filter gallery is open, simply select the type of filter you wish to apply and (for the sake of brevity) experiment with the filter options using the sliders on the right side of the window. Each filter is unique so try out each one to see what you like the best! Just click Okay to apply the filter after you configure your settings.

Now, your window should look something like this depending on what filter you chose to apply:

For our next step, lets go back and try doing what we just did with the remaining layer. Once both layers have been modified with filters, your layers window should look something like this:

Oh, and for those really unfamiliar with layers, you may be wondering why you can’t see the other layer’s filter effect even if you click on it. Just remember that the layer on top in the layers window is the first and most visible one. Just think of layers like paper, and in our example there are 2 pieces of paper. Background and Background copy. Background copy is the one on top of the pile, with the layer Background on the bottom. If you want to hide a layer to view the ones underneath, just click on the eye icon next to the layer you want to hide in the layers window.

For this tutorial, we’re going to put the layer Background copy 2 on top of  Background copy before we continue. To do so, just drag and drop the layer to the top of the box on top of Background copy.

Again, your window should now look something like this:

Now that we got that settled, we’re ready to do a little magic with our handy-dandy quick masking tool! Select it by clicking on the (circle in the rectangle) icon in your tools menu box.

Once selected, you should see your background colors automatically switch to black and white. This is important, as the color black in quick masking mode selects the areas you want to work with when you exit quick masking mode. The color white, on the other hand, is used for removing the mask, so to speak.

Applying the mask is easy. Just select the layer you want to work with, your paintbrush tool, adjust your brush size, opacity, flow, etc., to your liking and then click on the areas you wish to mask. Again, if you make a mistake, just select the color white and paint over the area you wish to undo. (Or..press ctrl+Z to undo your last action)

The masked areas should appear red, and your screen by now should look something like this.

At this point you should exit quick masking by clicking on its icon again in your tools menu. You should now see the area you painted in quick masking mode encircled. Next, click on the eraser tool and then use it inside the selected area to uncover parts of the layer underneath.

When you’re finished deleting the area you selected and want to delete the mask, simply go back into quick masking mode and paint over the red area using white. This will deselect the area when you exit quick masking mode as well.

You should now be able to see through to the layer underneath the top one, giving your photo a unique feel to it. You can adjust the opacity and flow of the eraser tool to suit your needs as well. The highest settings aren’t necessarily the best.

This should be what you final image should (kind of) look like:

After you familiarize yourself with all the steps, you should try and make an even more amazing multi-layered, multi-filtered picture on your own! There are many more fun and interesting things you can do with photoshop as well. I recommend experimenting with the other effects on your own and/or look up other tutorials on the web.

Here is my final image after making more layers and applying different filter effects!

…and that’s all folks! This picture also fulfills the requirements for a DS106 assignment! Want to see the assignment page, or know more about DS106? Just click the picture or here!

I hope my (very first) tutorial helped you out at least a little bit and many thanks for giving Sir Tim Berners-Lee the royal Photoshop treatment with me! I’m not sure if my final picture inspires you at all, but I’m sure you can make something amazing if you try! Feel free to leave a comment and if you can, tell me what photo-editing software you use (include the version please)! If I left out anything along the way, as in you get stuck following my explanation, please tell me what that was as well. I want to make this tutorial as good as possible!

Thanks  again and good luck!

Patty Pioneers

Patty Pioneers

Engelbart and his burger. I guess it’s true what they say: They don’t make em’ like they used to! Look at the size of that thing!

Just so you know, this is a picture of Douglas Engelbart, the creator of (probably one of the most important input devices) the mouse, with a picture of a triple baconator. Ah, truly a man of great technological vision AND taste!

Speaking of not making them like they used to, Wendy’s took off the triple baconator from their menu!

I’m going to put up some more picture variants of this later (maybe). Probably the full color original burger with Engelbart pre-final version one. It shows a stark contrast compared to this (horribly done) black and white version.

Ah, and one last thing: I edited this picture using photoshop in case you were wondering.

And one very last thing: I also have made this (Patty Pioneers) into a ds106 assignment, so if you want to try your hand at making something like this, now you can! Go for it!

Here is the link for the assignment so you don’t have to go searching for it.

You got trolled! Thrice!

You got trolled! Thrice!

There you have it! A triple troll picture, so to speak. Let me give you the run down on why I fashioned the picture in the way that I did. First, I chose three people who were close related through their work on or relating to a machine called the Difference Engine, conceptualized in the 1800’s. From top to bottom, they are: Charles Babbage (Name on the quote), Vannevar Bush (who the quote really came from), and Augusta Ada Lovelace (in portrait). I felt that the picture should be Ada Lovelace for a number of reasons, but I felt that since she shared the same time frame as Babbage, not to mention worked with him, she should be the one to be pictured saying the quote. Speaking of quotes, I chose that particular one because it was taken from the future mouth of Vannevar Bush, in a time where building Charles Babbage’s brainchild was quite possible. When considering that Babbage wanted nothing more than to see his invention successfully completed, it makes it quite ironic. Coupled with the fact that Lovelace is quoted as saying the line makes it even more so.

Some of you may not be familiar with what a Difference Engine is, so let me give you the definition taken from Wikipedia to save you some time searching. That is:

“A difference engine is an automatic, mechanical calculator designed to tabulate polynomial functions. The name derives from the method of divided differences, a way to interpolate or tabulate functions by using a small set of polynomial coefficients. Both logarithmic and trigonometric functions, functions commonly used by both navigators and scientists, can be approximated by polynomials, so a difference engine can compute many useful sets of numbers.”

In a really simple sense, this just means it does simple mathematical calculations. At the time, however, it was so incredibly advanced that Babbage, the machine’s intellectual creator, would never get to produce a real working machine during his lifetime due to the insufficient advances made in engineering.

How was Ada Lovelace related with all of this? Well, to keep things in the most basic terms, she was Babbage’s colleague in his pursuit to make his dream machine a reality. Sadly, she too did not live long enough to see a working model of the difference engine, having died even earlier than Babbage despite being younger. This incredible conceptual breakthrough was too important to forget about, however, as Vannevar Bush, a 20th century scientist, took this idea and pushed it even further into the developmental stage. Finally bringing the world at the time, one step closer to an analogue computer.

I hope everyone enjoyed that! Let me know what you think!

Here is the link back to to the assignment!