Daily Archives: 13 Sep 2011

Processing & Baba Yaga: Part 1

The first real assignment in my Processing class is for each person to create a simple sketch of an object that they will then use for variations and elaborations as the class progresses. The students chose flowers, aliens, dogs, Jedi, and squids (as there are only five students now). I chose something from a book of Russian fairy tales that I read when I was little: Baba Yaga, the child-eating witch who lived in a hut with chicken legs. (Although I am a psychologist, I choose not to pursue any Freudian investigations for my choice. For now, let’s just say the hut sounded like fun.) In case you’re not familiar with Baba Yaga, here’s her Wikipedia entry and here’s one illustration of her hut (notice the skulls on the fence posts!):

So, here is my most basic version of Baba Yaga’s hut. First, the code:

And then the resulting stick-figure house:

A thing of beauty, is it not? Anyhow, it’s a beginning. More to come later.

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Photoshop-Induced Cognitive Failure

[The above image, “Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X” by Francis Bacon is illustrative of my current mental condition.]

Well, my last post was all about how wonderful Photoshop is. This one is about how overwhelming it is. Ay yi yi! It’s all very, very confusing – masks, channels, layers, fidgets, blotters, who knows what. I can’t keep it straight. I guess the upshot of this is that it gives me much more compassion for my statistics students when they get lost.

(On the other hand, I DO intend on going back over all of the class materials, the PDFs, Adobe’s own online tutorials and some of the tutorials at lynda.com. I’m sure I’ll get this all straightened out.

I am, however, excited to be working on my collage!

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