The final steps of my project consisted mostly of me searching through the sound clips Garage Band carries in its library. That took me several days. After deciding exactly on the effects I wanted, I decided I wanted some of the sound effects to fade in and out, so I youtubed some how-to-videos, and I surely found an answer. Overall I am pleased with this project, not bad for my first time messing with audio I think. It was a fun project!
For my second draft I got my buddy Gary to record my paragraph at the wisperbooth, and I recorded his in exchange. It took about 4 recordings to finally get one that i liked. I liked the way it sounded, even though i had anticipated to have Kate record since the person speaking in the paragraph is a female. I then took a day to think about what kind of sound i wanted to add to the background.
After several hours of searching I finally found a song to go along with my audio reading. I took some time to learn how to use the garage band software installed on my laptop. While doing so I learned that the program came with many audio clips itself, good ones too! All that time searching through the web seemed like a waste, because there I found nothing that I liked.
So far what I have is a actually mellow toned music with a short cricket sound clip at the beginning and a dropping sound somewhere in the middle. I had only anticipated to use the dropping sound, the cricket and the music just worked out.
I am excited too see have the end result being that it is my first time ever working with audio. 🙂
I found the following paragraph to be a good choice for my audio project. It is a women from the early nineteen hundreds explaining her life as a circus person. I like that she has a different way of writing and seems to have sort of a western accent. I am planning to ask one of my classmates to read out the passage in the wisperbooth, then plan on finding audio files to play in the background that include, people talking, a person falling, a horn, maybe some western country music, and a recording of a ring leader announcing a circus event.
Following is the passage I am going to use:
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
STATE New York
NAME OF WORKER Terry Roth
ADDRESS 47 W. 69th St.
DATE January 17, 1939
SUBJECT: “CIRCUS PEOPLE IS LIKE OTHER HUMAN BEIN’S.”
“How I started was I met my husband in Buffalo at a Concert Hall. He was doing a wire act and we wuz married six months after. In these six months time we went out to do our first act. It was in Canada, I guess it felt kinda strange doin’ a double trapese act the first time, see, I was never in front of an audience before, but I guess havin’ my husband there fixed me up, ’cause I can’t say I was nervous, I wusn’t scared, anyway. We got to workin’ with fairs until in 1912 we joined Ringling Bros. Circus. We wuz with the Circus 12 years until 1926. That’s when we had our accident. In the meantime me worked vaudeville. I had nine falls and still lived. Then my husband and me fell 40 feet twice with Ringling. You know, before we went up we would examine our stuff very carefully. We won’t let nobody do it for us. But the trouble in when you buy new parts or hooks, or somethin’; it looks perfect but somethin’ is defected so you can’t tell when you look the act over before you go up. In the meantime, while I wuz at the Circus, I worked with Madam Leitzer, who was one of the greatest women performers that ever lived.”
February 14, 2012
Today I am about half ways through the recreation of the entire Firefox logo. I’ve got the entire fox’s head and body done, and am in the middle of its fire-looking-tail.
Unfortunately for me, the first and last time I worked on this logo I saved it as a png file and forgot to save it as the original illustrator file, so when i opened it this time it didn’t open in illustrator but in preview mode instead. Once I tried opening that png file in illustrator my layers and traced paths were gone. 😦 I had to move forward with what I had so I just kept tracing the remaining objects.
After hanging out in class and discussing amongst my class mates, I learned that my frustration and assumption about the projects difficulty was really a breeze. Brian, my group buddy, taught me how easy it was to use the Pen tool, and told me to constantly be adding new layers, something I knew nothing about. I still don’t fully understand the purpose for using layers, but very briefly see why I have to use it.
– First, I opened the original Firefox logo on illustrator and created a layer over it. My first layer consisted of tracings of the left ear and its surroundings, all done with the Pen Tool. My second layer consist of the right ear and its surroundings.
-Next, I created a new layer for the hair seen on the fox’s back, and traced as many hairs as possibly with the Pen Tool. After each full tracing I used the eyedropper tool to get the closest matching color of whatever object I was tracing and filled in the Pen Tools tracing with color.
– I kept using this same strategy for the rest of the fox; the mouth, the lower back, the tail, etc.
I am not done yet, but this is turning out to be much easier and funner than I thought the last time I worked on this project.
This is what I got so far…
After hours of searching for an Illustrator tutorials on the Firefox logo, I found nearly nothing. That surprises me for the reason that nowadays their seems to be a tutorial for EVERYTHING online.
I eventually ran into this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC1Fzn0kSt, but it unfortunately didn’t help much being that I am new to Illustrator and all its tools.
I ended up just free handing it.
- I first used the Ellipse tool to create a large dark blue circle. I tried messing around with the gradient tool to see if I could give it different shades of the blue color, but failed at doing so.
- Next I used the Pencil to sketch out what is suppose to be a continent. I then selected all the layers of the entire image, and used the Live Paint Bucket tool to fill in the continent with a lighter color blue.
- Finally I tried using the Pen tool to sketch out the fox, this was much more harder than I thought. Made me feel like I have to take a whole class on the Pen tool itself.
I feel very disappointed with my unsuccessful ending result, some practice in class would of been nice.