This week’s news from… NewsWeek! (3.5 Stars VisualAssignments737)


I chose this assignment because it’s right in my wheelhouse.  I have to admit, I struggled a bit this week, I’m not a photography or Photoshop guy, but I’m good at writing and being witty and funny.  Stuff like this that I can do in paint and then add value with words is where it’s at for me.  “I googled crazy pictures” and scrolled down the list making up headlines for everything I saw.  I originally skipped this image because I thought the premise was too simple.  I came to the conclusion that a simple premise was probably best for this medium, as some of the other jokes I came up with couldn’t properly breath on just one image.  I still wanted to add some depth though, so I took on the optional task of writing some additional blurbs eluding to other articles.  I wanted to make sure everything tied in, and I wanted to still have the main focus be about my cover story, so I did one blurb that was more to add depth to my simple idea and add a legitimate sort of feel to the obviously satirical cover, and one blurb that kind of punctuates the idea in a joke.

Revenge of the bucket list! (4 star)

Bucket List Collage

I chose this assignment because it compliments to writing assignment I did about my bucket list.  I think it adds a layer of depth and texture to that assignment by adding the visual element.  It is my goal that one day I can make a collage of me doing all those things, hopefully sooner rather than later.

My other post about my bucket list

Penn, Teller, Buildings, and Bagels! (2 Star VisualAssignments1674)

Vacation Collage

I chose this assignment because I just got back from a really exciting vacation!  I’ve only ever been on two, and this is the only one I had pictures from, so I apologize for the lack of variety.  The Penn and Teller pictures are pretty self explanatory, so I won’t go much into those.  I will say it was a great show, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves magic or comedy.  The picture of the empire state building was from our hotel room in central Manhattan.  We stayed at the Hilton 2 blocks away from the largest Macy’s in the world (the one with the big Christmas display every year).  The other building is times square (obviously), it’s one of the most photographed places in the world, so it might not exciting to anyone else, but we took the picture, so it’s exciting to us.  Lastly, we have that big delicious everything bagel from a little hole in the the wall deli.  A trip to New York in my opinion is not complete without a slice of pizza and an everything bagel.  Man, they make ’em good up there.

Happy birthday to me!! (2.5 stars)

Happy Birthday Mike

This seemed like a fun assignment, because I like drawing over my pictures.  My two favorites are the one where I made myself look like a Simpsons version of Bob Ross, and the one where I made myself into the devil.  I also think this shows good contrast because it’s a real image with cartoon elements drawn in, which gives it a playful goofy feel.  It’s also got good juxtaposition, because birthdays are supposed to be happy celebrations, and I’m using a picture where I’m not very happy.  It’s also nice to re-purpose old photos.  Honestly, this photo was a throwaway one of my friends took while playing with his new phone, so it’s nice to be able to use it for something productive.