making a web presence

I’ve always had an interest in graphic design and the fne arts, but I’ve been incredibly lazy on developing a web presence based on these skills. My full name is really common, so finding me through Google is next to impossible. My preferred nickname is even more common, so finding me that way is looking for a needle in the Internet haystack. I also keep changing my Internet and social network handles quite frequently. I’ve been using the Internet since I was 9, and I’ve always been closing accounts associated with my actual name if I ever used it and I tried to be a person who can’t be found so easily via the Internet.

As far as social networks go, I have a Facebook and a Like page that I update with a daily comic strip. My personal Facebook page is locked down and is extremely private. I’m not sure if I want to change my Twitter handle back to katbot8900, because if I did I’d probably make it a private account because I’m not sure how a potential employer would feel if I had all my political commentary out on blast.

I am taking Web Design 1 and I have been learning how to code my own site, so I plan on buying a domain name with the handle I use for this blog, katbot8900 to use as a portfolio site.  Karen Kavett has a great example of a portfolio site that intergrates personal projects and other social media that I aspire to have. I’d like to use WordPress as a template to code the site.  I’d like to get to that point within one to two years and to become that prolific of an artist.


note taking

Documentary on graffitti featuring talking heads
Old school graffiti
History of graffiti
Museum/ Ecuador

Star Wars influential on graffiti 
Star Wars had a massive cultural impact following its release in 197-?

Style Wars!!!?!?!?!?!?
A documentary about graffiti, hip-hop, and breakdancing had its own subculture in from the 70’s- early 90’s from New York
The cultural impact grew out of New York from the documentary and spread worldwide
Writer/tagger featured in the film went on to become a famous

Graffiti is not conclusive to hip-hop the way it was from its inception
Exit Through The Gift-shop
Is that film a documentary or an intentional narrative funded by Banksy?

What’s the point?
It’s spread from New York as a persecuted art form to becoming socially acceptable.
Graffiti born as a form of protest, display of defacing public property.

How is the story going to be told?
Lady Pink, transition from street art to museum art.
Became legit?
Going on a trip to Ecuador

Story’s structure?
Interviewing people’s perceptions of graffiti (is it still negative? do people still view it as a gang affiliation??)
History of graffiti, public perception, evolution from the action of pariahs to fine art within the art world,
Graffiti on the subway cars of New York

What is going to ground this story?
Cinema verite
Two characters
An event: presentation at museum in Ecuador

Comparison of New York graffiti and Ecuador graffiti
Cover people making graffiti
Add a structure
Possibly animating the entire thing?
When are you planning on shooting
What are your times and dates?

Start shooting now, establish footage from New York
How will you transition your footage from New York to Ecuador?
What are your goals, visually speaking?
What shots will you take? How many cameras will you use?

What are your different roles in this project?
Andres: Producer,
Anthony : Director,
Dwayne: Cinematographer?

Establish budget
Length of film: 10-20 minutes??



My taste is heavily inspired by anime and manga and its subculture, and I really think it shows. When I make comics, the style is really based off of the omakes (extras) that mangaka place in the beginning and/or end of a volume of work that they publish. I see my strengths as a creator more into drawing and I’d like to become better at animating. I’m still  trying to figure out what my style is because I’d like my work to look a bit more realistic, and I continue to create cartoons because its my safety net.

I think I really just need to force myself to make the time to create (start to finish! completing a work is one of my biggest issues) when I’d rather be scrolling through Tumblr and looking at cool stuff.

I’m also going to ignore the little voice in my head that says I’m not skilled enough yet to execute ideas that I have. I usually come up with a grand concept, get validation from others about it, write it down, plan it out and then just sit on it and let it rot instead of finishing it. I really just want to make something start to finish, no matter how bad it is and just follow through on it.
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