My learning curve for applying new technologies works best when I assign myself weird, offbeat projects. These so called assignments have helped me to learn how to design websites, edit photography, create logo’s, and manage information presentation. This playful learning environment approach is personally satisfying, and it helps me obtain competency in deploying new applications and techniques.
This sandbox contains some of the digital media projects completed through this process.
JUPITER’S DANCE MIX: 2016
Sampling of a personal ringtone designed in Garage Band.
SADLY DRAWN ROBOT – 2015 – Current
A new project involving both 3-dimensional art and doodling. The idea of designing robots came from my interest in-many-things-techy and a love for sci/fi camp fiction and film. Thinking about making this a tumblr entitled “Musings & Misgivings of Virgil – The Doodle Bot.”
PIG DANCING 2000
This was the result of spending way too many hours on Flash. (When it was still Macromedia!) I still remember with clarity the minute I finished. I had lost all sense of time and awareness, the house was dark except for the glow of my screen and when I clicked the final preview and the animation worked flawlessly.. I laughed out loud.
BATTLE BOTS: 2001
This was an experiment taking a series of web cam videos, compiling them into Premiere and adding titles. The idea of quickly drawing a “ring” and tossing in two of my wind-up toys was one of those un-edited thoughts leaders of BrainStorming Sessions like to promote… in retrospect I think it was probably the result of too much coffee.
SNAP THE DOG 1995-1999
Snap was my first real experiment with producing and preparing original artwork for the web. He was also the masthead of my first business; SnapGraphix back in 1995. I doodled on scrap paper, inked by hand with Prismacolors then scanned into PhotoShop. I learned scanning, resolution, cropping and other nuances associated with line art.
When I was six I got a hold of my first Eastman Kodak Brownie and have loved photography ever since. In High School I cut class to learn how to develop film and print B/W. In the 80’s I experimented with Polaroid Transfer Technique and Marshall Oils until the introduction of digital cameras and PhotoShop.