Posts Tagged ‘Art’


So this post was supposed to “air” on Wednesday…sorry for the delay!

In class we have been working with MaxMSP of course and the program is as mind baffling as it is fascinating!  And when I remind myself that it allows one to work primarily without code, using a nice little window and object buttons and etc…, I definitely appreciate the effort on the software developer’s part to make it simple and easy to create interactive new media work, and more.

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I’ve never been one for code…it just seems too complicated for me and I have the “why bother if don’t have to?” attitude, but it is something I wish I knew and understood.  As I reflected in class on not having to deal with code, I remembered an artform that reminds me of coding, but really just in terms of complication.  ASCII ART!!!  Now, ASCII doesn’t deal with code, but rather “95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII)” (wiki: ASCII Art).

It’s an artform that I’ve seen a lot, but have just recently had an appreciation form.  I find it fun, but crazily complicated, especially with the different combinations of characters to create different looks.  I’ve noticed ASCII art used especially at the beginning of video game cheat/walk-through text files and this is where I really started thinking about the process of creating the design.  Anywho, this post is more a reflection on this character art.

(ASCII Art Generator)

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I found an amazing page. Here you can have a look on different art videos and art infos that you sometimes hardly find. Also there are great links to other pages! Have a look!


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What do you do with the stories that no one wants to hear?  Well, I started drawing.

I’ve met a lot of people in my lifetime so far.  Some seemed more than willing to tell me their personal stories, some pleasant and some not so pleasant.  I often felt overwhelmed, so I started drawing.  At times, I would draw as they shared.

I never finished any of my drawings.  I was recently asked why?  I didn’t know.  I thought about it for a while, then came to the conclusion that what they shared was only one story out of many.

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Christopher David Ryan is a Brooklyn based graphic artist and designer.

He updates a blog with new images almost daily “for the sole purpose of compiling and viewing the many different sides of [his] work all together in one place.”

The above image is from a clever little series he did called ‘Commands’.

Also see: Notcot

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