Sarah Brown: Artist Boundaries Blog Post

I don’t think art has any boundaries unless you yourself are constructing them. Most of the things you can come up with are excuses usually due to fear of either failing or succeeding.  We want the public to approve of our art, but at what creative sacrifice are we willing to give up just to please others?

Sure, things such as the law can limit what you can do, but other than that, what’s stopping you?

Sarah Brown: Walter Benjamin Blog Post

I do understand how the public will feel that a reproducible design is not worth as much as traditional art. As a graphic designer, I frequently get request for designs, but when I tell them what I charge, they’re turned off immediately. If I spend hours on a design and then they expect me to print and produce everything, they don’t seem to value my work as art like that of painting on canvas.

Sometimes, the same amount of work is done with a lot of thought, but the mentality of traditional art as the “only” art form is at times, quite annoying to the modern day designer.  Art is a freedom of expression that reaches far beyond that of a canvas or paper.

However, I do understand that the more art is available to others through digital means, the more is taken from the art itself.  Some art pieces are meant to be viewed in their original context and not on a small flat screen.  Also, I do agree that photography and footage is definitely used by the government to control the masses.  The mechanical reproduction is easily manipulated to cloud the truth as people tend to believe what’s printed instead of going to see the proof with their own eyes.

However, there is a fine line between art created solely using digital means and art reprinted or represented to the public using digital means.

Sarah Brown: Reading Blog Post

I can truly relate to Immediacy portion of the reading when it comes to buying a book hardcover. There’s something more solid and just about a hardcover book versus a flimsy paperback.  However, I cannot mentally compare that equally to a person going to the premier versus someone seeing it after buying the dvd… I guess it all comes to to the viewer/reader experience, but I’m not much a movie goer in the first place…

Personalization will always be more expensive if someone else is doing the work for you.  If you yourself do the work, it is almost effortless because no one knows you better than yourself.

Authenticity and Interpretation are beyond in terms of programs because I always buy my programs so I make sure to have all the features and plug-ins.

Accessibility is sometimes a pain. I love the privacy of knowing I have control over who shares my files, music, etc… but sometimes it gets in the way when you want to share with someone else or transfer programs and files to a new computer.

Embodiment I connect more with when it comes to digital versions of things that can be physically bought. I don’t think I will ever understand the eBook and iTunes age. I spend so I can’t imagine having all my purchases on one fragile computer or eReader with the possibility that I’m only one accident (a drop or a spill) from losing all more purchases and data. Relying too much on technology is never a good thing.

Patronage I cannot a lot with Embodiment.  I want the artists creativity to its fullest. Not just the music, but the visuals (album are or book cover art) that inspired the piece. I want to pay for everything the artist has to offer.

Findability is becoming a real issue for non-internet dependent buyers. It’s harder and harder to buy dvds and music from stores that originally carried such a huge assortment of these products. Borders is out of business and B&N has such a small selection in comparison.  Electronic stores such as Best Buy have such tiny digital hardcopy sections now that it’s scary. It’s a shame that I have to be dependent on using online buying to get a bulk of my products…


Sarah Brown: True Fans? | hypertext

1. I’m very sure that I couldn’t truly deal with 1,000 true fans on a personal level. I deal with a handful of fans since I’m a cosplayer. I have quite a few fans and as soon as they find out who you are they all want to friend you on facebook and talk to you like you’re best friends, when really you don’t know them at all.

In order to combat this, I have an alias name as well as a facebook fanpage and a separate artist pages to connect with my followers easier and for them to stay updated on what I’m working on or what conventions I will be attending without me displaying my personal information. I enjoy costuming just for the design and photography involved and never expected a little fanbase to develop. :/


However, when it comes to my future field of profession, I’m sure that Graphic Designers aren’t chased around or stalked for their designs? I think setting up an artist website and sending monthly mini magazines about my work to fans who register is the best way to show appreciation for their support and keep them updated. Fans like to feel like they have a personal closeness to their favorite artist. I know I love getting blog updates from my favorite musicians, artists, and cosplayers. I also love artists who actually sometimes respond to fan comments. It feels like they care and are involved personally. Even though sometimes it may just be their manager or something. :)


4. A hypertext is a software system that links topics on the screen to related information and graphics. In easier words, it’s text that is link to another webpage with text.  is a hypertext, the other two would be considered hypermedia since they contain graphics such as photos and gifs.

Homework 6

Here is an updated version of my lion animation. Much better than the previous. I got my sound in there and I included a play button. I still feel it could be a little more fluid – I think this is my biggest problem with flash.

Lion Animation


Reading response:

Interesting read – it gave me a lot to think about in terms of being genuine across the internet. The most intriguing point for me was the topic of authenticity. It made me think – what if someone copies my work? I think I’d be both pissed and flattered at the same time. In some ways I find copied pieces a form of flattery – that is, if they are not a direct copy, maybe just similarities here and there. I would be glad that my work could or would inspire another. But I also feel that, hey, I busted my ass on that – I want the credit I deserve.


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