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Art 620 : Midterm

The last (or at any rate, the most recent) class which I took at City College was Art 620. The Illustration class.

I had very much looked forward to taking it, but I ended up having to drop due to a piece of bad planning.

I did produce a few assignments for it at least. I will admit to having been rather pleased with my midterm. Which was to be a storyboard. The storyboard could be for a comic book, or a commercial, or whatever. But it needed to be a storyboard and it needed to be done to a given format (1949x1060 pxls. Rather too large for a web page. The image below is much reduced).

Mine ended up being a repurposing of one of the (several) failed projects in which I have been engaged over the years. This was one which never went anywhere. Which was rther a pity. Consequently, it has a backstory.

In the early ’80s when cable TV was the “big new thing”, a friend of mine got swept up into a project of putting together a show for cable. Rather a lot of people were engaged in similar projects about that time. The new cable companies were hungry for content, and quite a few people made a go of it.

My friend and her partners almost did. Unfortunately they lost focus (which also happened a lot). But, during the period that the project was in process one of the partners got the idea that they ought to form a real production company, and do several different shows. And for that, he was sure that they would need a company logo to play at their shows openings (like the NBC peacock, or some such thing).

He turned up with one of those enamel pins that people were collecting around that time, of a frog and a rainbow, and they asked me whether I could think of designing an animated logo from it.

Well, hey, sure. So I took a scrap piece of mylar and drafted out a rough of a animated frog and a rainbow. They took it to a post production company for evaluation, and the copany said they could work with it.

Of course, like I said, it all came to nothing. But I got a class assignment out of it, so I can't say it was a waste of my time. And, in the event, I got the bit between my teeth and took the .jpgs into Keynote, which i had on my computer and played with it, until I had an animated slideshow of it as well. Which was rather fun.

Keynote will export in any of a number of formats, and one of them is as a QuickTime.mov. Not all of Keynote's transitions (of which there are many) will export, but more of them manage to make it into QuickTime than any of the other available export formats.

Like I say. The required size is not really appropriate for a webpage, and any browser would need the QuickTime plugin to play, so it makes more sense to post it as a download if anyone wants to view it. This one is at least a fairly small file. Rainbow Frog (13.24MB)