I was pretty excited when I read about the independent learning project in the syllabus. I like being able to form my own assignment and use my creativity. I also have always wanted to learn more about computers and how to operate them easily.
For my independent learning project, I am planning on creating my own website to display digital art. I will have to learn 1.) how to create a website and 2.) how to create art digitally. I am still working out the specifics at this time, such as my website name and what kind of digital art I want to do. I am really interested in digital comics, like the comics found on theoatmeal.com and Cyanide and Happiness. Warning: the cyanide and happiness comics are not the most appropriate, so do not click on that link if you are offended easily. However, my comics would be very appropriate and I was thinking I could make them about my dog. I have a huge yellow lab named Olaf who is clumsy and cute. I believe chronicles of his every day through comics, as well as a link to some cute videos of him as well as my two cats, would be an awesome website. I think I would call it the Olaf logs.
I have always been interested in making art digitally. I can paint and draw, but I have not learned how to create art digitally. As a child, I always thought that the coolest job ever would be to animate Disney movies, because…that would be awesome. I think, maybe, with this project I can work myself up to creating animations from my art work or cartoons. However, I will be starting simply by making digital art that does not move.
I believe the most important thing I will learn from this independent learning project is how to build a website. Building my own website can come in handy in business, teaching, and advertising. It is important to learn how to manipulate the internet to fit our every day needs. People have even build livelihoods out of entertainment websites with comics!
This independent learning project will be a challenge for me, because I will have to learn how to do things on my own, with my own abilities. I know that their are websites upon websites designed to teach people how to run technology, but I have to be able to find websites that will teach me everything I need to know while also letting me be creative with my website and with my art. I hope it all goes well! Wish me luck!!
Photo taken from Flickr, original photo credit to Daniel Carvalho.