Alphabet Photography Project

In pairs we were tasked with creating our full name out of different photographs. These photographs had to be from the environment and couldn’t be signs. This task was very interesting for me and allowed me to experience using a DSLR in which I have never done before. Putting emphasis on focus and angles really opened up my mind to new ways of designing and positioning subjects within the space. I really enjoyed this project as a whole and experimented with different fields of view, angles and focusing.

Below are my edited results in which I put together after altering on Photoshop with cropping, desaturation and other effects in order to come out with in what I believe is a more interesting piece. Each picture I believe has contrast that looks better in black and white as it creates harder shadows and draws more attention the subject making them stand out but also look mysterious.




Flash Animation with Audio Project – Summary

The animation project using Flash wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed. However I feel the project benefited me in the sense I learned about the importance of syncing animation with music and creating abstract art. I feel my biggest lesson was that timing is important and too rigid timing can lead to a boring piece of art. I was also quite disappointed with Garageband. While I was very excited to get experimenting with this I feel music production wasn’t for me as I didn’t find it very gripping however I can not put my finger on why this was. I am therefore going to try and produce something more complex with it inspired by EDM and see if that is more what I wish to do.

While I didn’t like the project it was one I had a lot of ideas for and feel that expanding on this may spark my interest in animation more. I have done a bit of 3D animation before and I found the more I did it the more enjoyable and memorable it was for me. I wish to replicate this with 2D art animation.


Alphabet Photography Project – Brief

Today I got set a Project in which I was tasked to create an image spelling out my name consisting of photographs of non-letter objects. The aims of this project is to allow me to experiment with using a DLSR, focus on the theories relating to focus, zoom and angles when taking a photograph and look at photo editing.

For this I will need to get the following letters:







I am quite looking forward to this project as while I have experimented with photography before I have never used a professional camera to do so and didn’t treat it seriously. After looking at the theories behind it I am very excited to start with this and hope it inspires me as well as opens my mind to the World of photography.


Flash Animation with Audio Project

At Bournemouth University we were tasked to make an abstract piece of animation based off of animation’s history. We looked at Norman McLaren’s animation using the scratching out of film tape in which created shapes and lines that then moved in time with music. Inspired by this we had to make an abstract piece using Adobe Flash and Garageband.


Initially I looked at the idea of doing an equalizer type design based off of the harmony between the music and each individual image in order to create a bigger one. For this I looked at YouTube channels that use them such as http://youtube.com/Monstercat and http://youtube.com/GoingQuantam.


I then experimented with this on Flash however I couldn’t find a way of doing this that made the piece look abstract or different from what is previously available. However, I did like the way the circles would appear so I developed this further. Using this I came up with the idea of circles moving around a screen appearing and then disappearing. There would only be one primary colour and the rest would be shades to create a more eye catching design. Each circle will be of a different size in order to add variety.


While I started with circles I felt the rings looked better and created a more interesting design. When you look at rights together it shows them intertwining to create a feeling of togetherness. The togetherness created an interesting concept of the effects of each shape on not only themselves but each other. I decided that I wouldn’t have every transition lining up as I felt this would create diversity however my tutors gave me feedback and said it was too predictable with the timings of each frame being the same distance. I agreed with this so I went away and looked at my animation then played around with the animation changes in correlation to the beat. I feel matching them up allowed me to have more time to experiment at the end of the piece too instead of just having colour changes. I decided on skewing the circles and making them move as if a they were a unit. I feel this would continue the continuity of the togetherness and bond between items when positioned near each other. This theory of relational art by Nicolas Bourriaud is something I applied very successfully in my opinion.

My final piece is found here – http://declanbarry.net/animationprojectversion2.swf.

In future I hope to expand this to more animations such as squares and other shapes.


Spinoscope Project – Summary

I found the Spinoscope project very easy. While it was interesting learning the principles and history of 2D animation I feel the 3D animation I did at College and beyond meant that the goals that were wanted to be achieved were already known before I did the project. However working with a Spinoscope was quite interesting in itself as it allowed me to work on physical animation of raw frames instead of just visual animation on a screen with a lot of tweening and computer generated steps.

I probably won’t continue this project in the future though as I feel this would be no benefit to me as I feel I have achieved everything I can learn from this during my trial and error phase. Also the production value for a project like this is huge as long animations would take a lot of time and money to do for very little reward. I would however look at doing more detailed pieces but this would be difficult to then print without buying an expensive printer.


Flash Animation with Audio Project – Brief

Recently I have been set a task by my tutors at Bournemouth University. This task is to make an abstract piece of animation art using Adobe Flash and Garageband. The aim of the task is to improve my knowledge of using frames within animation as well as looking at different concepts such as abstract art.

While I have used Flash before I have never used Garageband so I am quite interested in seeing how the software is compared to the positive things I have heard about it. However I am not a big fan of Adobe Flash though I have only produced linear pieces before with a storyline and real characters. Therefore I am intrigued to see how I can use it for an abstract art task.


Spinoscope Project

When I first started the Spinoscope project I didn’t know what I wanted to do. The brief simply said to make something for a Spinoscope that shows frame animations. With this being a 12 frame animation there wasn’t anything complex that I could do. I looked online and most of the examples involved a horse as shown here: http://bechahns.tumblr.com/image/5680481529.

Initially I thought about doing a weather cycle however the transition of the sun moving and then the clouds would take up a lot more than 12 frames alone or it would be very fast movement and would “jump”. Therefore expanding this idea I decide to just use one. I then came up with the idea of the Sun moving across the screen and the fade to night but when I drew this by hand it was quite boring to watch. The other idea I had was to make a raincloud with rain pouring down. This was then the idea I expanded on because it was a) Easy to loop and b) Simple to execute.

I first sketched a rough idea out but then I took these and developed them using Photoshop to make them more presentable as I am by my own admission a terrible “physical” artist. The results of my Photoshop work is below as these are two of my frames.



I then decided to test these out using Flash in order to see the flow of the animation and its effects with looping. I decided that this would be the easiest way to do it as it means I can quickly edit them without having to print them out in which could waste a lot of time and money. After this I tweaked my images so they were more simplistic using only gradients and shadows to make the shapes and cutting out detailing on the cloud like I originally had. I feel this worked better as when printed it wouldn’t lose detail and I was very happy with the “cartoon” look it provided. I felt this was especially fetching given this was the main starting point of animation such as Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop.

I have made my full animation into one piece so it is viewable on the web. You can find it here –