If I can do it, you can too!

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Wow. APE is one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read. Chapter 13 is especially helpful with all of the book publishing things we’re doing in class now! The authors of this book probably called Chapter 13 the “hairiest in the book” because there is so much to process and get through! This chapter holds a ton of information about the converting process, and there are lots of things to comb through (pun intended). One of the things that is hard about preparing a book for distribution to a wider audience like they talk about in chapter 12 is that you’re going to have to format the file for all of those channels. This takes a lot of time, money, and knowledge about the publishing and converting process for files.

Doom, Gloom, and the Creative Tomb

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Society is a roiling mass of development whether that be in terms of fashion, technology, religious practices , or many more. Our world is a rapid-fire secession of innovation. In this kind of culture, where an idea quickly blossoms into a way of life, there are the leaders and there are the followers. So what makes a trendsetter? How does somebody become the triumphant frontrunner of a new fad or way of life? Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work raised that question for me when he stated that, “ we all carry around the weird and wonderful things we’ve come across while doing our work, and living our lives. These mental scrapbooks form our tastes, and our tastes influence our work” (75).

Nick's @ Nine - Weekly Log 2/27

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Despite the winter weather this week, the Atlas team managed to really get started on the collaborative project. The entire team met at Nick's on Wednesday to talk about the project, determine responsibilities for the different parts of it, and map out a plan for getting it done.

Dr. Blakesely shared Atlas log-in information with the team, so we can really start figuring out how the program works. Unfortunately, we're finding it isn't the most user-friendly interface, so we're hoping to do some more digging to determine how it works.

The Creative Clouds - Weekly Log 2/27

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Despite the winter weather this week, the Atlas team managed to really get started on the collaborative project. The entire team met at Nick's on Wednesday to talk about the project, determine responsibilities for the different parts of it, and map out a plan for getting it done.

Dr. Blakesely shared Atlas log-in information with the team, so we can really start figuring out how the program works. Unfortunately, we're finding it isn't the most user-friendly interface, so we're hoping to do some more digging to determine how it works.

Everything is Art

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The idea that our work doesn't speak for itself was a new concept for me. In the last couple of years, I have had professors who were advocates of close reading. While close reading, one does not read or worry about anything beside the text. I had a professor who told us not to read footnotes. I never really 100% agreed with the idea of close reading. I feel like sometimes we need to know a little bit of background on the author or the time period to really get a piece.
So, I totally get what Kleon is saying!

There is a story behind everything. Every piece or art, every poem. Check out this painting that I saw in a coffee shop in downtown Greenville.

Subway Art

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In the spirit of showing my work, I decided to share two pieces of "art" that I've recently given as gifts. Last fall, my mom informed me of a new phenomenon called "subway art" after seeing some pieces designed by her co-worker. Basically subway art is just a creative typographic representation of a certain "category" of items. The most popular form is words that describe a certain city, and there are even subway art "generators" online that help people create these interesting pieces.

Showing Stories

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I've always been intrigued with the concept of telling stories through different means than words. I've heard some say that "every dance tells a story," but I disagree. Some dance just because they're moving with the music, and that's sometimes more beautiful than a storyline.

Here is a dance that I'm obsessed with, set to a song that I love, "Creep" by Radiohead, choreographed and performed by Bradley Kitchingham. Is the choreography based around a story, the mood of the song, or both? I don't even think it matters. It's absolutely beautiful.

Speak for Your Work

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Kleon’s idea that our work doesn’t speak for itself is something I find quite challenging. I always thought that people who speak about their work a lot are a bit into themselves if you know what I mean. I also never felt super confident about anything that I have ever created. The only real genius I see in myself is my wit, often on display in less than 140 characters. I understand Kleon’s idea and think it’s 100% true, but it is harder in practice than in theory.

Mona Lisa Smile

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I figured out that I'm kind of a fan of Austin Kleon's book, and I particularly like this assignment that we are supposed to post "artwork" that people at might understand better once they hear the story--the story of what it's about and why you made what you did.

I think that art, in all its various forms, is exactly this--subliminal messaging of your own thoughts and emotions that you are attempting to convey to your audience.
But I agree with Kleon's point--"Work doesn't speak for itself" and that "Pictures can say whatever we want them to say" (94).

Does this make you think of the Mona Lisa?
It's the most famous painting of all time, but honestly nobody really knows what's going on there.

The Calming Effect of Art

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Art always has a story behind it. The artist feels different things as they create it, and they are going through different things. Every piece of art an artist produces can bring back different memories and different emotions for them that can never completely be communicated with the reader/audience. An example of this in my own work is when I first got into my relationship, I was really nervous before the first date and so I drew a picture to calm my nerves.
wolf without shading

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