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This week I focused on putting together my portfolio and creating handouts for The Point church for my senior project

For my senior project, I have chosen to focus on depression and its effects. I found that on of the biggest problems is a lack of information on depression, and as such much of the information people ‘know” is based off of misconceptions. To help combat this, and inform people, I decided to work with The Point Church. I made 3 handouts in Adobe InDesign, listing information that I thought would be useful. I was not super familiar with the program, so formatting them and making it all look good took some time, however I like how it all turned out and I will be proud to give them to the church.

The other thing I worked on this week was my portfolio for my final presentation for TAS. It is a pretty good representation of my work this semester and I am extremely proud of all I have done. It can be found at: https://www.behance.net/gallery/60634049/Mark-Shanahan-TAS-Portfolio.
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I spent this week working with architectural photography and nighttime photography from a shoot I did in downtown Raleigh. I had 20 goals during this shoot 1) to capture the scale and size of some of the larger buildings in downtown Raleigh and 2) to make sure I was comfortable with full manual settings on my camera, as I was shooting at night and needed to be able to easily adjust shutter speed and aperture to get the best photo possible. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and instead of turning off ISO, I set the ISO to manual, which has made many o my photographs very noisy. To try and account for this, I am doing research on different noise reduction plugins to rectify this.

I also worked on my adobe certification tests this week. We couldn't be in the DMA room, and as such we took advantage of this time to work on our certification tests. I studied for the illustrator certification test, and would like to take the real test and pass it within the next week.
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This week, I have been working on putting the finishing touches on my video project and exporting the final product. I tweaked the audio levels and timing, continued masking out the folding chair in the first part of the video, recorded an audio overdub to come on the announcements, added sound effects to the blooper reel at the end, and pieced together a rendition of “Man’s Not Hot” for the credits and blooper reel.
I recorded the overdub using the Zoom audio recorder and microphone. I made it sound more like an announcement by adjusting the EQ to bring up the mid-range. It makes it sound like it is coming from a phone or a small speaker, like how it sounds in the school.
For the editing of “Man’s Not Hot,” I downloaded an instrumental version of the song as well as the song with words. I placed the two on top of each other in Premiere. I then found clips of the song I wanted to use and pieced them together using the instrumental to make a fluent transitions between them.
Finally, I exported media from Premiere into an .mp4 and uploaded it to YouTube. I would really like you to watch the final product.

Link to video:
https://youtu.be/vOzEmjdbzLY

*Please watch full screen and in 1080p. Makes it look much better.
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12/21/17
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This week I worked on an artifact for English class involving making a new book cover for the book “Crime and Punishment”. Mr. Williams thought that the current cover was boring and off-topic and came up with the idea that our class could compete against each other to see who could make the best one. On Monday, I made my artboard (which was 6”x9” – the standard size for books) and picked out a couple fonts that matched the theme of what I thought each word meant.
For the title word “Crime” I went for a font that represented death which came to be a bloody font called “Blood Lust”. I used a fancy font for “and” signifying that the book took place in an older time period. For the word “Punishment” I chose a font called “CF Letterpress” it looks like something that would be present in a mugshot, I’m honestly not sure why I though this but it was the first thing that came to my mind. After this I began designing an old black and white brick wall to signify the hardness displayed in the book. I based the picture on one I found on google then drew misshaped bricks to add to the older, rundown look. I also designed jail cell bars to put across the cover of the book. I added gradients to my whole image to make the effect of light coming into this dark room.
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This monday after school I did a quick thirty minute shoot with my friend Kelsey, starting her senior portraits. I also did a fun little shot with my friend brandon putting him in space. He was on top of a playground tube and looking through it, and i shot a picture through the otherside. Then I brought it into photoshop, corrected the white balance, and then took out the background. Once that was out I popped space in there and threw some filters on it in lightroom.
The shots I got from the shoot of kelsey all turned out really good to me, and I gotta throw a few creative fun shots in there. Such as the hand picture, I created a radial filter and feathered it around the hand for a really cool effect. Most of the rest were just fun rule of thirds shots. I also got to shoot my favorite type of shot, neon lights at night portrait. The one i tagged in the post turned out surprisingly well considering I did not use a tripod. Over the break I do plan to continue taking kelsey’s photos, and invest in a tripod so I can do more long exposures and better night pics.
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12/21/17
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This week in our TAS class, the game really came together for the first time. Up to this point we had many separate files of different components of the game working. However, when we tried to combine the files last week something went wrong and there would always be errors that were created and the components would not work properly. To start out the week we re-worked all the blueprints to set up the game. We also wanted to add a few extra elements such as lives and AI locating to help the game work. We were able to add a fixed rotation interval that the enemy would take until he found the player to chase. We were also able to add a death screen by using a widget that would appear when the players lives are decreased to zero. Now that the main component of gameplay works we will add extra functions to make the game more difficult as it progresses. Also I am hoping to add the previously worked on title screen to the final project. While this brings us to the end of the year I am amazed at what we were able to accomplish in this game. Hopefully in the future it will continue to evolve and shape into an entertaining, successful game.
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This week in class I created a book cover for a book our class is reading in English, Crime and Punishment. Monday I started in Illustrator by using the pen and straight line tool to manipulate the lines into looking like a deep hallway. I did this by picking a focal point towards the middle right of the page and drew the rectangular door and then connected each corner of the door to the corner of the page to give it depth. Once that was done I started adding dark grey and browns for the floor and a black/ grey gradient to the walls to give it a dark, effect. After finishing up Monday and looking back at it Tuesday, I didn't like the cartoonish look, so I recreated my original idea. Using the Image Trace effect I imported an image of an open door and shadow. I chose the 16 shades of grey preset to keep depth to the image but keeping it black and white. I really loved the look of how this came out. Yesterday I worked on the Title and fonts, using Dafont I was able to find some authentic Russian fonts which I thought fit really well considering the book is russian. I decided to add some color to the cover by making the Title a deep red, adding a little bit of contrast. For the authors name I liked the look of a sleek, white, smaller text along the top to give the page some balance. Today I am working on finishing it up, sizing it correctly and adding more effects to the title to add dimension.
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12/21/17
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This week I worked on a book cover for the book crime and punishment which was for an english project. I chose to do this In Adobe Illustrator because I could easily create a cover that was a vector image. I chose to make a cover that portrayed the biggest scene from the book. It shows the main character, Raskolnikov, holding a bloody axe and leaving an apartment. I chose this scene because it made a dramatic cover and gave some detail as to what the book is about. This project was really fun because we got to use what we know about digital media and use it to be creative in english class. What I mainly learned from this project was what element need to be included in a book cover. All the tools I used for the cover I had used before so I did not learn anything new within Illustrator.

The main challenges I faced on this project were doing it in a limited amount of time, and looking in to other book covers. We only started the project on monday and it was due thursday so we didn't have all that much time to complete this project. I couldn't do everything that I wanted to do on this project simply because I didn't have enough time to do it. Also I had never made a book cover before so I had to figure what I needed to include.
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12/21/17
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This week I continued creating my longmire drawing. Creating it the way I visualized it is very time consuming and tedious. I am trying not to reuse colors that much, and have been writing down color codes so I can avoid using the same colors as much as possible. Even if the color is just slightly different, I do not want to use the exact same color twice. I have finished the hat and now am going to move on to the face and torso. I feel as if the face is going to be difficult since the face has many details.
Also this week I had to create a book cover for Mr. Williams. At first I wanted to take an axe, and make a sort of word cloud, and within the axe would be ideologies of what the main character believed in throughout the story. I did not like the quality that came from the design I made, and decided to go a completely different route. It seemed like everyones main focus of their covers was an axe, and although I wanted to include an axe, I did not want it to be my only focus. So i decided to get a silhouette of a russian city, and took a soviet flag and replaced the hammer with an axe.
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On Friday I finished up my design for my senior project t-shirt. I made some of the lines thicker by playing with the stroke. I also made a sheet where I could fill in orders and see who has paid.
On Monday I continued my Fashion drawing background. I worked on reworking the building and making sure everything was symmetrical. I have learned a lot about the pen tool and how to edit points. I recolored some parts and it turned out really well. Now, all i have to do is decorate the windows.
On Tuesday, I began to decorate the windows. I decided a tree was crucial. I first did a green tree, but I thought it wasn’t very chanel. I decided to turn it white and it looked much better. The other window I did falling snowflakes. I wanted to keep it very white. I was going to draw a chanel bag but I ran out of time. The last thing to do is draw my model and i'm done.
On Wednesday I worked on my book cover. I decided to an ax cutting through the word punishment to represent him killing punishment and killing the old woman and her daughter. I added blood to make it more gruesome and I think I’m done. I wanted to keep it simple. I might add bloody footprints but I havent decided yet.
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12/21/17
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