Love Somebody Music Video

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

I am a big fan of Maroon 5. I remember getting their first album on my 10th birthday and haven’t stopped listening to their music since. However, I haven’t been a tremendous fan of their music videos. That is until I watched their music video for Love Somebody:

The overall concept really sets the tone of the song and the visual effects used for the video are spot on. After doing some more research, I was able to find some information on how the video was produced. They had each person dress in white clothing and stand in front of a white background while being covered in blue paint.

Based on the making of the video, I figured that they isolated the paint using After Effects by keying out the color that there’s a hole in the footage. Then duplicate the layer and use it as an inverted track matte on the original footage, so the paint is left in the footage.

I would like to try and achieve a similar effect as an experiment. Although… getting someone willing to be covered in paint and not make a huge mess… we will have to see! 🙂

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann

These illustrations are just wonderful! With artists making digital art like Anna Dittmann, this is something that I would to work on.

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

via Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

Making a Mandala

What is a mandala?

Simply but, a mandala is a circular, radial design traditionally found in celtic and indian artwork.

What does mandalas have to do with me?

Well, I have to design one and then paint it.

Here is what I have to do:

First, come up with a design. For that, I just started randomly drawing out thumbnails and researching examples of mandalas. I finally came up with a design I am happy with.

Here is the design:

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The next step is deciding what colour I am going to use and how I am going to incorporate tone and saturation within the mandala. Basically, I am going with the colour blue and using a gradient of saturated blue for the middle and a gradient of blues for the outer parts of the design.

Here’s what the final mandala looks like:

And here is my artist statement:

Mandalas are a circular design often made for religious, sacred significance. Therefore it was not a surprise that our assignment was to base our mandala design on one of the seven chakras derived from the Indian Sanskrit. I, firstly, decided to base my design on the seventh chakra, violet, however, my final design portrayed more of the fifth chakra, sky blue. This chakra is located in the throat and relates to communication. My design echoes this through the gradations of tints and shades, resembling sound waves. This was main aspect of the chakra I wanted to focus on in my design, to create the sense of a “ripple effect” moving outwards from the center. I feel that my mandala design effectively portrays the fifth chakra, sky blue.

DIY Clay Critter (Duck)

Here is a great craft you can complete anytime you are feeling bored and eager to be creative. I am going to be making a duck, but any type of animal is applicable (if for some reason you really don’t like ducks…) As well, I will be using Super Sculpey clay, which I recommend because it works really well for crafts like this.

GETTING STARTED

Preheat your oven to around 275 °F. Condition all the clay you plan on using by kneading until it is soft and smooth or, if you have one, running it through a Clay Conditioning Machine (I used it in my tech class this year and now I really want one. It works really well!)

STEP 1

Grab some aluminum foil and roll the strip into a ball 1 1/2″ in diameter, for the duck’s body. Roll another ball of foil into a smaller ball about 1″ in diameter, for the duck’s head. Afterwards, grab a toothpick and stick the balls on top of each other.

STEP 2

Take some of that Super Sculpey clay and start covering the aluminum foil balls. You don’t need a lot of clay but make sure you have enough so no aluminum is showing anywhere.

STEP 3

Now it is time to add some features to our duck. Make a small ball of clay and flatten it. Cut it in half and place one half near the centre of the head for the top part of the duck’s beak.

Then place the other half below for the lower part.

Next we will make the wings of the duck. For this you with need to make two disks in an oval shape (keeping it real simple so nothing fancy) and place them on opposite sides of the duck’s body.

Now, the tricky part, the duck’s feet. For this you will need to make two small diamonds (or little kites, which ever helps visually) out of clay. Then start to pinch three of the points so they look more like webbed feet. After you have this shape, place both of the pieces underneath the body so they are sticking out.

Finally, make two really small circles for the eyes.

eyes on the duck

STEP 4

Place the duck in an oven-proof glass surface and stick that duck in the oven to bake! Leave it in there for about 15-20 minutes. Once it is done, let it cool.

STEP 5

Now it is time to paint! This is my favourite part of this craft because the clay critter is brought to life (plus it looks super cute when it is done!)

I use acrylic paint for the soul purpose that it works on any surface (and it is the only type of paint I like to use anyway). Use whatever colours you like so your duck critter is unique and cute enough for you!

STEP 6

Admire your cute clay critter! 🙂

It really is that simple to make!