It is finally here.
The song that I chose to incorporate into my presentation was “Mother’s Little Helper” by The Rolling Stones, off their Aftermath (1966) album (UK edition only). The song tells the story of a mother in distress, with a husband, kids and tough job, so she turns to drugs for a sense of escapism from her stressful life. The song in particular mentions pill usage and how they act as “mother’s little helper”, as referenced by the container of pills sitting next to her bed. She is also shown complaining that “Things are different today,”, a line found in the lyrics to the actual song.
This is a little mini-collage that I put together for the “Camera Angles” Project we did in class. In order from the top left corner going clockwise…
1. Extreme Long Shot
2. Long Shot
3. Medium Shot
4. Over the Shoulder Shot
5. Close Up
6. Extreme Close UP
7. Bird’s Eye View
8. High Angle
9. Low Angle
10. Eye Level
11. Oblique/Canted Angle
12. Rule of Thirds
This is my version of the “Alphabet Soup” project. The pictures in the above photo are meant to represent the letters of my name (Marco Krizic).
I can’t really pinpoint on what exactly is successful about this. If people like it and if people find it intriguing to look at, then it’s done its job. If not, then it hasn’t succeeded.
I think I could’ve found better things to represent the letters, however.
Still, I’m pretty pleased with it overall, and that’s good enough for me.
This is a culture jam that I took the liberty of making myself. In this magnificent piece of art, I decided to divert my attention towards the fast food industry, notably McDonalds (as shown on the poster). The purpose of the culture jam is to inform people that eating Mcdonalds can possibly lead to weight gain and other health-related problems that could provide them with long term conditions. This is exemplified by the rather plump fella you see laying on the chairs in the poster.
Sure, the art style is a little primitive…but I aimed for a simple approach and I feel that for the most part…it delivers pretty well. McDonalds and its contribution to obesity rates are not exactly something that people don’t know already, so people can clue in from the poster that the message is simple: eating too much food from McDonald’s will propel you to gain weight and do damage to your body.
What you are looking at now is the graphic novel project that I have been delightfully working on for the past week or so. This comic tells the tale of two superhumans, one of them being Lizarda, a scientist from Stockton, California turned into a biological monstrosity after a drink of hers was spiked with neurotoxins by a jealous co-worker. The comic also features “Insitum”, a 17 year old with a very subtle identity. His specified origins are unknown, but he has been rumoured to have died at birth and revived as the product of a genetic experiement on his dead corpse.
The two of them end up meeting in Los Angeles, California where Lizarda is seen in one of her many tirades after the incident. While Insitum tries to put an end to the chaos using empowered grenades, he fails to kill Lizarda, and end up meeting later, where Lizarda tries to recruit Insitum in her favour.
I was the creator behind Insitum, with Rachel McGleish, the creator of Lizarda. I wanted a character that was very subtle but still very powerful at the same time, while possessing superior intelligence and reflexes transcending beyond human capabilities. My inspiration is drawn from the likes of Alma and Paxton Fettel, the main antagonists of the F.E.A.R. video game series as well as Alex Mercer, the main protagonist of Prototype (video game). “Insitum” is also Latin for “innate”, in the sense that he possesses innate power and wisdom, which is why I ultimately ended up choosing the name I have now.
The comic book has two parts. Rachel M. worked on the first part where it basically tells the prologue (i.e, Lizarda’s inception) of the story and how everything came to be. What this part of the comic basically describes is an event that takes place after the prologue, so I guess it would be the main story…or…just one part in a series of events that happen to occur.
My art skills also show once again, and whether they are a complimentary art style that affects the quirky atmosphere of the setting or if they just look like some third grader hyped up on sugar cubes drew them is really up to the perception of the reader; as it can be looked at both ways, and quite frankly, I feel that it delivers in both aspects. There’s also still a lot of colouring in and shading in that needed to be done but I did my best to try and make it at least good enough to the point where it’s not too visually appalling.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy.
Superhero’s Name: Insitum
True Identity: Alex Borden
Occupation: (Neutral) A 17-year-old high school student with superpowers specifying in biological mutation, advanced motor skills, intelligence, time manipulation and stealth.
Superhero’s Origin: Died at birth and resurrected with mind, motor coordination and perception severely altered due to a defect in the hospital’s attempt to use his carcass for a genetic experiment.
Signification: Nobody truly knows who “Insitum” is as he possesses a very subtle and versatile idenitity that transforms into an all-out monstrosity when angered (biological mutations, hands turning into blades, hammers, giant fists, whips, etc.). Insitum is a neutral superhuman and alhough passive, his abiliy to completely warp his antagonists and kick butt doing so should not be underestimated.
The link above is my prezi on Urdnot Wrex from the Mass Effect video game series. The presentation provides a brief backdrop on the character and his early life, as well as some of his personality traits and known attributes.
This poster was a bit more complicated to make than the banner was. This poster involved copying, pasting and using the polygonal lasso on various pictures that I found on the net. Since this movie is not very well-known, I had a little trouble finding material that I could put on the poster, so I don’t think the poster is as good as it could be. I could’ve copied and pasted the original art on the poster(shown below this paragraph) and did something with that (which was my original plan), but I tried to be a little creative with this one and make it my own. Nevertheless, this is the poster and the pictures that I used are shown below.
In the first picture, I used the polygonal lasso on the woman on the left, made another copy of the picture I cut out, moved it to the other side of the poster and flipped it horizontally. I then had to erase her bottom half with the soft brush so the title would fit. I did the same thing with the three people to the left of Johnny Dangerously (the guy in the middle) on the second picture. I also took the title “Johnny Dangerously” from the second picture, pasted it onto the poster, and slightly erased the bottoms of all the letters so it would have a bit of a faded look.
I cut out the respected characters from the third, fourth and fifth pictures, moved them into their positions on the poster and changed their artstyle so they would have a bit more of an “artsy” look to them (I’m using that term a bit loosely here). Nothing much to say about them…
The promotional information at the bottom of the poster was taken from the sixth picture I have posted here. I inversed it so it would be black, and I actually had to flatten the poster so I could erase the edges so it would blend in with the black background.
I found the tagline in a picture similar to the first and last photos I have listed. Obviously the layout is a little different than from the pictures shown. I copied and paste the photo, used the marquee tool to cut it out, inversed it, and the rest is history.
Many edits later, and we have the poster at the top of the page as is.
This was a pretty easy banner to make.
-I painted the background black.
-I copied and pastedthe picture shown below onto the background.
-I then cut out the title “Johnny Dangerously” and pasted it onto the background.
-I feathered out the edges so the title looked smoother. I also moved the title into its current position on the banner.
-I then took this picture:
And cut out the two guys (Johnny Dangerously and Danny Vermin) in the middle, pasted them onto the background and adjusted their hue so they were black and white.
-I then erased the edges a bit with the soft brush so the two of them blended into the background.
-I then typed out the words “WITH MICHAEL KEATON” and “DECEMBER 21”. This movie was released in American theatres on December 21, 1984.
And that was how I made the banner at the top of the page.