Dream Journal

Digital Art_ Dream Journal-27inwji

For my Dream Journal project, I have attached a Microsoft Powerpoint that walks us through the process I undertook to create my composite image below. Recently I had binge watched Black Mirror episodes and watched the movie Krampus which frightened me–despite the horrible, hilarious acting. Nevertheless, I believe these events influenced my dream that soon came after. In my dream, I wasn’t transported to a different location, but I instead had dreamt an entire past–as if this was really my life. I dreamt of a time in the far future where the entire humanity on earth was separated into groups and were assigned “teams”. Within your teams, everyday you were to walk into a white room with a single generator accompanied by seats around it in the middle on the room and nothing else. Each team member had to sit in one of the seats and equip a helmet. All of the helmets had a singular tube connecting them to the main generator and we would all become unconscious together and dream the same dream. We would then be transported to a ship and then we would land in the new world to accomplish the mission we are assigned that day. Each dream and mission was different, but the one thing we all had to do in every dream mission was to board the ship again in time in order to wake up from the dream. If you did not make it, you would stay unconscious forever and be stuck in the dream.

In this dream, we landed in a city-like area. I do not particularly remember what the goal of our mission was, but I do remember the sky being dark and reddish purple and that our team split up to cover ground more quickly. People were in their cars, but not responding to me as if I was invisible. Suddenly, the people start screaming and I try to ask what is going on, but again, no one responds to me. I run around a corner and finally see what they’re screaming at. It looked like Krampus, but 100 times larger than the average person and he was destroying the city. I began to feel very stressed and looked for my team members to help, but I couldn’t find them. Suddenly, I see Spiderman pop out of nowhere and he starts telling pedestrians to evacuate. Then, Deadpool also comes out of nowhere and tells me he thinks my team members are boarding the ship to leave and that it’s too late–that I am part of his team now. He tells me to stick with him if I want to live, but I did not feel safe–I felt panicked and a sense of dread the rest of the dream which mainly consisted of a lot of running and hiding. Alas, I woke up in the middle of this stressful dream like most people do. Overall, it was one of my more memorable dreams and I had a fun time illustrating it.

Week 7 Assignment

 I selected a fire alarm as my object that represents me because I feel like I am always ready to alert others of a dangerous situation and I excessively worry about the worst case scenarios. Andy Warhol’s “big idea” behind his pop art of mass-produced commercial goods was to show appreciation for life by examining the stuff of it like the simple soup can and to show that people of any class can be united through a well known soup brand purchased by everyone. I think his ideas on popular culture definitely has merit and it appeals to the mass of lemmings who do not stop to think and look at their surroundings to enjoy the simple things in life. I feel that the relationship this item has to popular culture is that it reflects how society pushes people to always be doing something instead of just being. My object reflects stress and worry and restlessness which are feelings that can connect with a lot of people today in our society. Also, I do feel that I am following the tradition of using machines in art making as I work with PS because I am working on a machine–a computer. This has changed the way I create images or ideas because everything I essentially make is made through a program on a machine.

Elements and Principles


Definition: A marking of the distance between two points or a moving point path.



Definition: Flat (two-dimensional) and enclosed area of a piece created through lines that has length and width.



Definition: element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye.



Definition: the lightness or darkness of tones or colors.



Definition: a 3 dimensional composition and encloses volume.



Definition: perceived surface quality in an art piece.



Definition: distances or areas around, between and within components of a piece.



Definition: the sense of distribution across the piece with visual weights.



Definition: arrangement of opposite elements.



Definition: The area or object that draws attention (focal point).



Definition: Movement is the design element that operates in the fourth dimension which is time.



Definition: repetition of shapes or form (echoing).



Definition: refers to relative size of parts of a whole (elements within an object).


Alignment (Repetition)

Definition: implies placing text and other design elements such as shapes or form on a page so they line up.



Definition: the wholeness or completion of a picture.



Week 4 Assignment: Exploring Blend Modes in Photoshop

The Different Types of Blending Mode Families:


Normal Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Normal, Dissolve
  • Description: In this case, the blending modes do not have control over the blending of pixels, but rather the Opacity slider controls the blend between layers.
  • Examples:




Darken Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darker Color
  • Description: In this category, the blending modes will all result in the image becoming darker. Also, anything that is white in the blend layer will change to become invisible and anything that is darker that white will be darkened.
  • Examples:

Darker Color

Linear Burn

Color Burn




Lighten Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add), Lighter Color
  • Description: The blending modes in this category do the opposite effect than the darken blending modes. In this case, the resulting pixels will become brighter and anything that is black in the blend layer will become invisible. Likewise, anything that is a birighter color than black is going to have some darkening effect on the pixels below it.


  • Examples:

 Lighter Color

Linear Dodge (add)

Color Dodge




Contrast Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix
  • Description: In this blending mode, the modes will pull techniques from both the Darken and Lighten blending modes to create a contrast in the colors that result. This happens because Photoshop will check if the colrs are darker than 50% gray or lighter than 50% gray. If the colors are darker than 50% gray, a darkening Blending Mode is used. If the colors are brighter than 50% gray, a brightening Blending Mode is used. As a note, all of the Blending Modes In this category turn 50% gray transparent except for Hard Mix.


  • Examples:

 Hard Mix

Pin Light

Linear Light

Vivid Light

Hard Light

Soft Light



Inversion Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, Divide
  • Description: This blending mode will look for variations between the base and blend layers to create the final blend.
  • Examples:






Component Blending Modes

  • Consists of: Hue, Saturation, Color, Luminosity
  • Description: This blending mode uses different combinations of the primary color components (hue, saturation, and brightness) to create the blend.
  • Examples:







Week 3 Assignment

I strongly stand by the idea that every space has a personality. It could be the nostalgia the place evokes from its own presence, its smell, its sight, touch, or even people in it. My personal favorite space would happen to be my father’s mother’s backyard in Massachusetts. Not the location itself, but the memories and the laughter from the house is so warm. I love her garden and her small sheds scattered through the large land and wild, unkempt grass. It is so free and bright in that spot.

I also believe location does not have to be limited to geography. A space can be a head space you reach through your mind where you have a sense of overwhelming peace and tranquility only an outsider could interrupt. I feel that many places follow you even—you can create your own space wherever you go. For example, when students come to live in the dorms, they make this place their new home. Their old home exists, yes, but they made it so that their home is wherever they are. People can create a place. For example, when I moved schools, I had to make new friends, but it still felt like home because of the people who were surrounding me.

My creation process for this piece was to first find a panaroma picture I took and implement it into the “tiny world” project with an additional picture of myself. I picked Lake Erie because of the beautiful landscape. I went there for a vacation with my family and I really enjoyed my time there, so I thought it would be a pretty piece to make to remind myself of the bond we have and the fun we experience together. I had to trim the picture background off of the photo of myself and insert myself into the “tiny world” I had created for myself. The only issue I ran into while making this piece was when I tried using the quick selection tool, it selected too much. Then, I tried deselecting and selecting again, but the colors were too similar to distinguish the different parts of the photo. And so, I finally had to revert back to the lasso tool—a bit more manual, but it did the job.

Week 2 Assignment (p.1/2 + 2/2): “Lava Field” and “Freckles and Tattoos”

For the first part of this assignment, we were to take the image, “Lava Field”, and remove two elements of the picture. In replace of the two elements of our choice from the picture, we could add images that do not belong. I played around with the options in the tool bar and had some fun with it., I found that one of the most helpful tools was the Quick Selection Tool, which I used the most, and allowed me to pick out certain pieces of images I desired to put into my piece. When I had issues with this tool, I switched over to the Lasso Tool where it has the same properties as the Quick Selection Tool, but you had to manually draw out what you wanted to be selected. Overall, I wanted the picture to exude peaceful thoughts from the viewer and an other-worldly feeling where the audience can think about how grounded they are to their planet and the solar system they live in–to hopefully make them mull over with their personal connection to Earth. Below, I have also attached three additional versions of my work (posterized, greyscaled, and inverted).

For the second part of the assignment, we were asked to remove a woman’s tattoos and freckles and to place her in a different background of our choice. Below I have attached a picture of the finished product.

However, in this part of the assignment, I ran into a lot of inconveniences. I found the tools such as the patch tool and the content aware move tool were difficult to use and this took a lot of time. The content aware tool kept pulling colors from her shirt that I did not want to be included into her skin. Because of this mishap, I had to alternate between the two to find the right combination.

But, I found the spot healing brush to be quite easy to use when removing her freckles. I got frustrated and had to remove parts of her skin to make it seem continuous instead of choppy. I did not intend to make her thinner, but it was needed to create the smooth transition for her arm. Overall, I wish I picked a different background for her since the light is hitting her, but she is in a dark room. However, I am pleased with the final outcome and am very proud of myself for figuring out how to use these tools.

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