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Archive for February, 2013

Pretty productive day…

pretty productive day even though it doesn’t seem like it was… got laundry done. dishes done. downloaded a ton of video tutorials from 3d buzz for motionbuilder and a few other things for concept art, etc., and various lightwave tutorials on youtube. Thinking about getting back in to doing a little digital art.

I’ve been working on trying to do a ‘poet-trait’ type of thing in Adobe Illustrator yesterday and some last weekend, using text to sort of paint a picture, putting the words in the shadows of the art using splines and words on the splines. It’s a fairly time consuming little process…

Working through that project is making me want to get back in to digital art a little more… even if it is extremely time consuming. I have tons of fonts on this computer that I have never used in any project before… might be time to start changing that.

Not sure if I’ll finish the project or not, but at least it’s got me thinking about getting in to digital art more again.

Here’s what it looks like so far…

If you have more than a few fonts on your computer, I’d suggest using AMP FONT VIEWER to help you visualize what they look like. Nice little program.

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Also, tonight started reading a book for a MOOC that I just signed up for earlier this week that ‘officially’ starts tonight at midnight. This is the first one I’ve ever tried to participate in one. It’s kind of exciting experiencing this type of thing. It’s been so long since I had to do ‘home work’ I’d forgotten what it was like to be given reading assignments.


MOOC – Massively Online Open Course

Massive open online courses are a relatively new version Open Courses. These are FREE online courses you can actually sign up for and take with others at various universities and other learning institutions offering them.

MMOCs are different then traditional Opencourseware because they let you actually sign up and take the classes where as typical opencourseware is just stuff the universities and institutions put online for free as a learning material… typically in the past opencourseware was sort of historical artifacts from past classes that are now open for the world to look at such as recordings of classes, syllabus, texts that professors put together, reading lists covered in various classes, etc.

MOOCs are different because these are classes you actually sign up for, and do homework for as they are in progress, etc. A nice aggregator I’ve found for opencourses can be found at http://www.class-central.com/
. It’s nice because it lists classes from several of the places offering them instead of just the classes at one location.

Here’s some more MOOC links:
https://www.coursera.org/
https://www.udacity.com/
http://www.edx.org/
http://www.canvas.net/
http://www.academicearth.org/

http://afrinnovator.com/blog/2011/02/12/students-circle-network-a-social-network-for-students-by-a-nigerian-innovator/

http://library.sdsu.edu/guides/sub2.php?id=210&pg=155

Here’s a nice list with links related to more traditional Opencoursware locations around the internet:
http://www.core.org.cn/OcwWeb/Global/all-courses.htm

http://www.missouristate.edu/fctl/124900.htm

On a side note, currently there is a huge debate going on with the University of Missouri and several other universities in regard to whether a syllabus is a copyright protected document or not. The trial will be starting in a few weeks. The issue has been in the local papers for the last year or two since the issue came to light. It looks like those instigating the suit have been keeping a blog about the issue. It will be interesting to see what comes of this lawsuit. If the courts side with nctq many more courses might become available to the public as opencourses even at universities that don’t want to open their courses to this type of thing.

Second side note:
As far as I know, the University of Missouri, including UMKC does NOT do opencourseware or MOOCs. However, you’d think UMKC would be interested in doing it since soon Google’s super high speed fiber will be in Kansas City. Having that much bandwidth available would be a fantastic thing for a place offering MOOCs. Something like that might have kept the recent Coursera problem from happening.

Maybe behind the scenes, the google fiber thing will increase the speed at Universities in the area due to the Internet 2 consortium?

http://doit.missouri.edu/research/internet2.html

http://www.internet2.edu/

However, it’s highly doubtful this type of thing results in ‘free classes’ for the masses… It would be nice if it would though.


inspirations…

tutorials…
http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/07/01/60-incredible-tutorials-and-resources-collections-for-designers-to-discover-the-best-of-the-web-in-june.html

http://www.webgranth.com/useful-tutorials-on-how-to-create-typographic-portraits

http://naldzgraphics.net/tutorials/how-to-create-a-simple-face-text-portrait-in-photoshop/


Shop + Booth + Apartments for sale in Entropia Universe…

http://www.planetcalypsoforum.com/forums/showthread.php?239092-shop-booth-aparments&p=3075619&viewfull=1#post3075619


http://www.behance.net/jeffthomann

http://www.behance.net/jeffthomann – This is my Behance Portfolio. I haven’t been utilizing it much up until now. However, going fowards, I might start using it more since stuff posted in it goes directly in to facebook, linked in, and twitter.


Matta and Miro

Matta… Miro…

Roberto Matta and Joan Miro…

You are two inspirations for me!

http://www.matta-art.com/

http://joanmiro.com/

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Art…

http://february92013art.shutterfly.com/pictures/8