Physical to Virtual: Jaclyn Seifert

While I may not always have the vision that my classmates see in their own workspaces,  my understanding of textural space is good news, improving.

In Chapter 7, Scott Mccloud tells us that “Art, as I see it, is any human activity which does not grow out of either of our species two basic instincts: survival and reproduction.”

He then goes on later in the chapter to talk about a path consisting of six steps.

  1. Idea/purpose
  2. form
  3. idiom
  4. structure
  5. craft
  6. surface

I think these six steps, and as Mccloud tells us is that “A creater learns to command EVERY aspect” and I think that is exactly what we can do when creating our Comic College.

I think it is important to admit that scanning things onto a computer is not easy and I struggled to bring my physical items to virtual images on a computer screen.

For the first scanning day, I brought more practical items to scan like a quote hanging on my wall, a heart-shaped paper mouth from Valentine’s day and two other flat paper items that seemed easy to scan.

I think the additional items I have decided to scan tell a different story that many may not know about me. I brought my favorite book, “Little Women,” a newspaper clipping I wrote last semester and a composition of some of my favorite pieces to play on the piano. I originally brought more trendy “sorority girl” items the first day, but then decided my college would tell a different story of who I am.

However, it was after we learned about scanning in the CDSC it was made clear the items we could actually scan. During the next class, I brought more textile items includnig fabrics from a t-shirt and my wallet. I suppose when I originally planned on scanning items I thought they all would have to be flat.

It was soon easy to realize that scanning items did not necessarily mean they had to be flat for our digital comics college. Additionally, an understanding resolution was vital as well.

Finally, the ultimately made me rethink my entire design for the Comics College as its purpose is to reference physical and textural space.

My photoshop skills are definitely improving from practicing the tutorials, but the journey takes small steps each day. Specially photoshop is not easy. However, it has been incredibly beneficial and I applaud you from my perspective when you show us in class especially how we are supposed to use the tools you would like us to utilize in our projects.

About jaclynseifert

Hello! My name is Jaclyn Seifert and I am a Junior pursuing a B.A in Science & Technology and Public Relations with a minor in Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University.
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