This is my documentation of my 5-in-5 project. The goal was to create five different projects- one per day- for five days. I wanted to try things that I had never done before but had had on my to-do list for a while. I wanted to try my hand at music production, learn After Effects, and practice my photo editing.

Song Writing

I decided to try and write a song. I'm an out of practice musician and at my height, I studied the flute, trombone, guitar, drum set and vocals. I don't have access to instruments anymore so I wrote the song using pre-programmed loops in garage band.

Process

I started with a drum pattern that I liked. I didn't know what style song I wanted to write (and still don't really know what genre it would land under) then I added the bass line. The first bass line had a very 70's pop rock feel and I liked it. I wanted to add some strings and I found a really cool harp riff. It wasn't in the right tone so I changed the key to B flat and sped the tempo up to 70bmp. 

After that, the song had a different feel and I switched out the drum pattern again and added vocals.

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Photo Tour 

I live with two really awesome photographers so I am developing an appreciation for photography. I find myself trying to refine the photos I take and create more composition. Since I moved here, I've wanted to do a walking photo tour of the city. I always notice really cool details in architecture and kitschy things that make me love the city. I walked around the villages and Soho for an evening and snapped some shots. 

Process

I walked around with my friends as we went from place to place and tried to remember to pause and shoot when something looked cool to me. It annoyed them at first but then they got into it and started pointing things out to me. 

Photo edits

The next day I revisited the shots that I had taken and chose three that I really liked because of the perspective. I started thinking about how I wanted to edit them and landed on playing off the perspectives to make them look more surreal. 

inspiration

At first I wanted to edit the images to make them more like collages. I was inspired by the artist Travis Bedel or Bedelgeuse. Their collage work is very surreal and emotive. Below are some of the images that inspired me. 

Open Anatomical Heart by Travis Bedel

Open Anatomical Heart by Travis Bedel

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

processs

I started with the images I liked, found stock images to use as masks from unsplash.com and clipped and cropped the sections that I wanted to overlay with the masks. 

Original Doorway

Original Doorway

Courtesy of Nathan Anderson

Courtesy of Nathan Anderson

Original Tree People

Original Tree People

Courtesy of Jay Dantinne

Courtesy of Jay Dantinne

Original Roosevelt Island

Original Roosevelt Island

Courtesy of Jay Ruiz

Courtesy of Jay Ruiz

Clipping and finished products

Clipping woes

Clipping woes

Tree people. Star people by Danielle Beecham

Tree people. Star people by Danielle Beecham

Nowhere Island by Danielle Beecham

Nowhere Island by Danielle Beecham

Gateway by Danielle Beecham

Gateway by Danielle Beecham

Moon Cycle Gif

I wanted to learn AfterEffects so I took a few tutorials on Youtube. You can check them out here, here, and here.

I decided to make a gif because I use them all the time and wished I could do it myself. I've been thinking about the moon a lot lately with the recent eclipse and thought it would be fun to animate the phases of the moon. 

inspiration

Day & Night by Prekesh Chavda

Day & Night by Prekesh Chavda

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process

I created vector icons for the moon phases and background. Then I uploaded them into an After Effects composition and set the keyframes for each phase to scale one second each.

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The finished product

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Succulent Garden

This was a purely for fun project that I found on Pinterest a while back and had never gotten around to doing. I love plants and currently have around 20 houseplants. My long-term goal is to make several of the box gardens, hang them, and turn a wall in my room into a green wall. 

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Process

To start you'll need: a shadow box, soil, small succulents, chicken wire (the smaller the grid, the better), wire cutters, staple gun, and needle nose pliers

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 Take a shadow box and chicken wire.

Fill the box with soil

Cut the chicken wire to fit over the top of the box and use a staple gun to secure it down. 

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Separate the succulents from their potting soil by gently squeezing and shaking them until the roots are exposed.

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Stick the succulents in the middle of a square and use the pliers to poke the roots down through the square and as deep into the soil as they'll go.

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Here's the finished product. I realized that some of the plants were too big to fit through the grid so I'm going to try to breed some smaller ones from them to add later.

Reflection

It was nice to be forced to take the time to just make things for the sake of making them. I was happy to be able to learn new skills at the same time.