Monthly Archives: September 2020

Creative Commitments of Every Kind

Okay, wow, it’s the last day of September. Already. That’s terrifying. I know this year has been just, like, objectively bad, but the fact it’s slipping through our fingers like this is bizarre to think about. Sometimes it still feels like June.

That said, it definitely isn’t June, and Mother Nature is making sure I know that. This week, I put my fan back in storage and took my big blankets out. The season’s don’t wait for us, after all.

Flailing over the passage of time aside, it’s almost October! And October means any number of things: Halloween, autumn in full swing, Halloween, midterms, Halloween… you know.

For artists, however, it can mean something scarier than all of that. Yes, scarier than Halloween and midterms.

That’s right: I’m talking about Inktober. For those not in the know, Inktober is a challenge to draw and ink an illustration once for every day in October, often following a list of prompts. It’s been going on for over a decade, and while plenty of people sign up, I’d say only a few of them get past the first week. The phenomenon has also expanded beyond what anyone could’e guessed: while there’s an official Inktober prompt list every year, there’re also unofficial prompt lists, often coming with themes, and even prompt lists for artists of different mediums (such as Tunetober, for musicians!), or prompt lists that seek to leave mediums behind, being open for as many art forms as possible.

… Of course, like everything else in 2020, whether or not Inktober is going to happen is currently anyone’s guess. The creator is trying to go on like everything is fine, but he did face some pretty serious plagiarization accusations recently.

So that’s fun.

I for one will be taking the annual plunge, though I’ll be using an unffocial list. Specifically, I’ll be using the Formtober list, created by an arts group I’ve worked with in the past and with prompts that work for any medium.

Also, there’re only 15 prompts instead of the usual 31, so I might actually finish this. I love committing myself to my art, but I’m also a full-time student, you know?

So that’s my latest in creating: not really talk of a tangible project, but a vow to spend October being generative as I can.

As for what I’m consuming, I’d say I’m making another major commitment: I’ve entered Rewatch Season. It’s full-swing, at that!

It all started when Schitt’s Creek made history at the Emmys. I’d watched that show with my mother, and it’d kind of been Our Thing. After watching it win all the awards it did, my father said he wanted to check it out. Now, we watch it together almost nightly.

I really do think rewatching is a commitment in its own way. Sure, you already know how things are going to go and you know exactly what to look forward to.

But every show has something you didn’t like about it.

For example, in Schitt’s Creek, I found some of the romantic subplots in earlier seasons to be annoying and at times outright nightmarish. I hate the “will they or won’t they” trope at the best of times, and this was not the best of times.

I won’t spoil, but there were definitely some developments my mother and I had completely forgotten about until our rewatch, and we spent those episodes just waiting for them to end.

In that way, rewatching is a commitment, isn’t it? It’s saying, “Hey, you’re a really good show, and I’ll tolerate the weird romantic subplots in your earlier seasons because I love the overarching themes and character dynamics.”

At least, that’s what it is for me. I don’t agree with the choices in some episodes, but also, the character dynamics and heartwarming developments make it all worth it.

In conclusion? Watch Schitt’s Creek. Please. It’s funny, it’s Canadian, and it has one of my favourite gay characters in all of TV. What more do you need?

Anyways, I’m off to emotionally prepare for Formtober.

By watching Schitt’s Creek.

Until next time!

Process Post #2- Navigating through the Power of Painting.

Hi again! Welcome back to my process posts. Today I will be talking about the beginning of this blog and how everything is going. It’s been a couple of weeks now in PUB 101 and I am truly enjoying it. I have never had a class where I have so much creative freedom and also the ability to work at my own pace. University (especially 4th year) can get a little crazy, so a class like this is definitely helpful.

My approach when creating this website was to create something simple and easy to navigate. That is something I really appreciate when I am on other websites, so I knew that was the direction I want to head towards.

My categories and pages are very accessible. I hate when I go to a website and I am looking for something specific and it’s nowhere to be found. That just makes me want to leave the website altogether and look somewhere else. Well, for my readers, I did not want this to happen! That’s why everything can be found on my simple and easy to use menu bar!

Below are some websites that I found that were design inspirations, check them out!

Luca + Grae

I love the Luca + Grae website! Their colour scheme is very coherent and their home page is super clean and crisp. The menu is also super simple and easy to navigate, definitely perfect for an online store.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

The inspiration that came from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen was her double menu navigation. She has a menu bar but also a side menu that her audience can use. I definitely wanted this for my website and I implemented it on the Power of Painting!

Thanks for reading and i’ll see you next time!

<3 Carissa

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The Other Side of Justice

This is a guest column from an Anonymous contributor.

Sometimes people may wonder why I let the Commissioner Gordon’s men handle some of these criminals that I catch. Seems like they always end up getting loose again one way or another.

How many times has the Joker broken out of Gordon’s custody? And how many countless others have gone along with him? A few corrupt guards here and there, and we’re back at it on the streets.

Certainly, it would be easier for me to take care of these criminals personally, if you know what I mean.

But that is not the way things should be done. When fighting the monster, when staring into the abyss, you yourself cannot become the monster.

No one, not even some of the worst that Gotham has to offer, should be subject to more than what’s fair to them. While institutions like Arkham has had its problems, they are more than enough.

One person who knows that more than anyone is Larry Lawton.

A jewel thief that eventually got caught, Larry now out of prison works alongside law enforcement and has renounced his criminal past. He talks about a great deal, especially his experience in prison. Ever heard of someone who had a heart attack and was left on the floor by guards? Or deadly fights within prison? Larry has seen them all.

There is no need for me to handle mobsters myself, if this is the way Gordon already deals with them.

Larry has many stories of what goes on behind those barbed wires. People willing to fight over the smallest of things to preserve their status in the cell block. Prison guards themselves, withholding access to mail from him, because of his constant letters to outsiders trying to shine a light on living conditions.

He has hours of discussion on these topics, and almost the animal instincts that are required to survive in such an environment.

It’s not a wonder that he came out of that place a changed man. People are already face far worse in these prisons than what I would ever do to them.

When Larry first came out from behind bars, he couldn’t even order a sandwich by himself. Despite living his entire life up to that point as a free man, just a couple years in the hole had done that to him. Although he managed to pull himself back together, it’s easy to see how someone can fall back into the system that they just emerged from. To come out of a vicious environment with little training and skills in the modern world, the normal society around them is almost an alien concept.

Larry brings a good conversation to the table. In a world built by rules and laws, these should be fair to all, including those we may not want to give it to.  That’s something that’s sometimes hard to keep in mind, which is also why the Joker frequently tries to say we are like him. That we have the same cynical approach to the world as he does.

But he doesn’t have to be right. We can try to make our institutions work better and prove him wrong. That justice is not just about vengeance, but what is right.

Link to Larry’s channel

Simplicity Is Key

Week 3:

This week I focused on organizing the structure of my website and deciding on the types of content I want to post.

For this iteration of my website they key is to keep it simple so that my content can stand out. Because the purpose of my website is to showcase my work, I don’t want it to be cluttered with other interface elements or even other content. In order to map out exactly how I want my website to look created a sitemap with a detailed overview of what I intend to include as part of the website. When making the sitemap I really wanted to consider how to make my work the focus of the website. I debated if I wanted to showcase myself as a freelancer as well with the hope of getting a few side jobs. I ended up going against this idea because I feel it is important to establish myself as a designer at a first and then slowly transition into freelance or corporate positions.


The portfolio section itself is highlighted at the very front of the website after a per statement about myself and my work. I knew that I wanted to incorporate a portfolio grid so that users could get a sense of the projects I work on right at first glance. The homepage portfolio section will show a few projects that I want to be highlighted and then the rest will be available through the portfolio page. I went back and forth about including all my pieces of work on the homepage however in the end decided to stick with this format for now. Once a portfolio cover is clicked on it will bring up the case study where I explain the project details, my roles, and the process. Portfolio case studies are driven by the visuals of my work and the process is explained through development sketches and photos.

Ultimately, the main use of my portfolio is to house the design work that I am proud of so that I can use it when applying for job and volunteer opportunities. In this case, I don’t need much content that is separate from my work. An about page is crucial, as potential employers may want to learn more about my skills and abilities to see if I am qualified for the position. So far I have set up a basic page that includes a photo and short description of myself. In the coming weeks, I plan to supplement my about page with more information regarding my fluency in design software, previous awards and accomplishments, my resume and a more detailed personal statement. In addition to the about page, I added a contact page where I can engage with my audience if they see something like or would like to work with me. This however is not the main focus of my page, but rather an additional element. I included a contact form so prevent the need for displaying personal information because at this moment I have yet to create a professional email address for contacts.

I believe that I have created a solid foundation for the content of my website and look forward to not only adding more content but also editing the look and feel. So far I have been unsatisfied with my portfolio theme. It works great and has the elements I want in a theme however I don’t feel there is a lot of options to adjust the styles. I have been really struggling to find a theme I believe suits the design of the website and am hopeful that I will have the chance to explore other themes in the coming weeks.

The Ever-Growing Digital Life

The readings by Craig Mod last week raised an interested question: could you manage to go offline for an entire month? The answer for me is a clear no. Although growing up that was a regular occurrence, it’s fair to say that this is an increasingly difficult thing to do.

Almost all of our entertainment, friends, and work have gradually shifted online over the past 2 decades. All of my movies and games are digital only – not on physical discs. Most of my books are e-books, not in a traditional print medium. My current mobile provider doesn’t even have physical storefronts.

It’s not even a question of my own personal choice anymore; even if I could make do with offline entertainment, I would still need to be plugged in to keep up with schoolwork or even bills. Being connected online has become such a vital part of our lives, almost like having running water or electricity. In fact, the Canadian government has acknowledged that through their proposals, with funding to extend broadband internet coverage to rural areas that are currently underserved.

However, just as the internet has increasingly become a larger part of our lives, there doesn’t seem to be enough discussions about its impact on people and their behaviour.

John Suler’s article about the online disinhibition effect raises very real problems that we seem to have discussed so little about.

For example, the issue of asynchronicity is certainly something that I have noticed before, and people have talked very little about.

It’s part of the convenience of online communication – that messages can be received at any time and it’s something that we’ve all taken for granted.

But there have indeed been times where I need an answer or clarification about what someone said, and that asynchronicity is what creates a significant barrier.

Talking in real time provides a unique level of instantaneous feedback and understanding that is sometimes lost in messages or emails that are left to sit for a while. When I talk in person, there are cues that people can pick up on, whether it’s something that I don’t understand, or a certain feeling that I want to convey. Online communication often removes some of these information streams and makes it more difficult to communicate with the same level of depth.

Another issue that Suler notes, and I have also certainly noticed, is the tendency for the internet to be an equalizer of authority. Sometimes that’s a good thing. For example, the internet has allowed us to communicate with some of our favourite brands more directly, or voice our displeasure at them which, without the internet, would be a difficult undertaking.

However, the darker underbelly has been the rise of misinformation that also comes with equal authority. It’s become far too easy for anyone, not just those who have the credentials, to speak with no sense of accountability, and sometimes with malicious intent. And in a world where few people have the time to fact check every little claim, the ability for some to muddy the waters is an issue that has a real impact on our lives.

The points that Suler brings up are very relevant, and definitely things we should be paying more attention to, since a better understanding of these issues would allow us to take advantage of the positives that the internet can bring, while keeping its problems in check.

This can also help us build out our online selves more effectively, and better establish its role in our society particularly as more and more of our lives shift towards the online space.

Who are you online?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I interact with people on social media lately. It’s kind of hard not to when we’re surrounded by it in our every day life. Especially during a pandemic, where there really isn’t much else to do.

When I was younger I was definitely a person that overthought all of my social interactions, especially online. The concept of minimizing authority – that we are all truly equals, is hard for my younger self to grasp. Sure, social media is anyone’s platform, and there’s the ability for you to connect with celebrities and those that seem out of reach. The thing is, these people aren’t truly reachable. Sometimes they’ll engage with fans and other users, but I often find that isn’t usually the case.

I agree both agree and disagree with the idea of minimizing authority. I agree that platforms treat all users equally at the beginning in the sense that all accounts have the same social features. But when you take a deeper dive into social media, there are also elements that show how the platforms value certain individuals over others. For example, celebrities get verified checks next to their profile. In their Social Media Marketing course, HubSpot Academy discusses how certain platform’s algorithms favour individuals and personal posts over businesses.

While social media operates under a guise of equality and community, who the algorithm chooses to favour isn’t always fair to users. It also depends on the individual. You decide who you respond to on your own platform. Does this mean you are deciding you are superior to those messaging you and they don’t deserve your attention? Or is this just personal agency and democracy at play? There are some grey areas, for sure.

Mini Assignment 2: Writing as a Fictional Character

(To those who have any impression of me as a mature and professional human being, I’m so sorry you’re reading an article where I impersonate a cartoon rabbit I’ve loved for almost two decades.)

Well, jeepers! It looks like I’m making a guest post! Does this make me a blogger bunny, a hyperlink hare, a Reader’s Choice rabbit?

Work’s been slow with my legal status in limbo, so I’m happy to do it!

It won’t be easy working without visual gags, but I’m trained in the art of entertainment, and I won’t let you down!

I’m Roger Rabbit, toon actor and one-time framed murderer. Emphasis on framed. It’s a long story.

It was also over seventy years ago, but I’m still fit as a fiddle! See, cartoon characters don’t age, or die, or even feel pain unless it’s funny.

… Which it won’t be today, I hope.

But if it is, that’s fine! After all, my whole purpose is making people laugh. Tickling their funny bone. Giving them the giggles. I didn’t always know it, but I was born for this! I mean, I’ve been on the job, since… if you carry the one, almost a century.

I think. Math isn’t my strong suit. But I’ve done what I love for a looooong time, and I’ve had lots of fun with it! I mean, I even went CGI once! It feels like being made out of jelly, so… I’ll stick to good ol’ ink and paint. It’s definitely worth a try, though, if you ever have the means.

Can humans be made CGI? I dunno.

Anyways, I guess I’m here to talk about art. Because this whole site seems to be about art. I only really looked at the pictures, but that’s what it says under the title.

I think art is really, really, important. But especially comedy. Especially cartoons! We’re often looked down upon. Seen as kiddie shows, juvenile junk, filly flicks… but there’s so much more to us, y’know?

So much more to animation as an art, and so much more to children’s media. I mean, I’ve worked with kids almost my whole life, and they’re whip-smart. And I’ve worked with animators my whole life, which… good luck finding a more passionate posse, let me tell ya!

Kids deserve good stories, animated or no. They deserve to see themselves on TV, to see their experiences, and to know this is a world that welcomes people like them.

I mean, where would I be if I hadn’t had my own rabbity role models? Imagine! I wouldn’t be here without Bugs Bunny, that’s for sure.

(Speaking of, he might be my dad? It was never made clear.)

And animators, golly! Whether they’re doing it on paper or using some fancy computer stuff (which I don’t understand–I’m old, okay??), it’s amazing. And animation these days is for everyone! Not just kiddos! There are adult cartoons out there telling amazing stories.

And hey, even the cartoons that don’t catch your heartstrings, the ones that just let you laugh and forget about everything happening… those are important, too, right?

Sometimes you just need to laugh. They say it’s the best medicine!

Well, I’m going to go back to Toontown, but I hope I made ya smile. That’d be enough.

Process Post Week 3: Website Structure

The content in my blog reflects the style of my blog, as both are simple, easy to consume and not hard to look at. Because my blog is based on videos of the cooking genre, I decided to make my navigation bar show that clearly but naming the section “Videos”. To keep the nav bar […]

Process Post #2

Creating this website has been a headache. I was finally able to get this site functional and looking the way I want it to today. The cover for this post is my vision board for what I want my personal branding to be, and the vision of what I want this blog to encompass.

Weekending in Kelowna

I packed up my bags and my computer and spent the weekend in Kelowna. Now usually when I go to Kelowna its for some summertime fun, so the change of scenery and weather was actually quite refreshing! We left on Thursday afternoon and hit the road. First stop was obviously for some coffee, and the second in Hope, for some gas and snacks. No road trip is complete without them. The Coquihalla had some treats in store as it began to pour as soon as we reached the pass. However, after only a few incidences of hydroplaning, we were soon crossing over the Okanagan Lake and rolling up to the apartments.

First stop was the grocery store for the bare necessities of toaster waffles, eggs and coffee. Soon after we hit the local sushi spot and took our order to go so we could unpack and eat it at home while we watched some TV. Night one ended pretty slow, just working on some last minute homework to submit before the weekend and cleaning up dinner. The next morning we woke up in no rush, and had a lazy morning to start. Our friends came up the next day at around 4 o’clock and we just caught up and hung around until we were ready to hit the town.

Of course, hitting the town looks a little bit different than it used to. Every restaurant has a 1.5 hour wait as they are all operating at half capacity, so we put our names down everywhere we could to see where we got in first. While we waited, we decided to try a smaller little BBQ joint called Memphis Blues Barbeque House & Catering Co. in downtown Kelowna. 10/10 would recommend their deep fried pickles and salt & pepper wings, it made the wait to get into Craft Beer Market much easier. After finally getting into Craft, we enjoyed our night of beers from all over BC and made our way home.

Saturday morning was a slow start, but after a trip through the Starbucks drive thru we were ready for the day. We headed for the Kangaroo Creek Farm, where I saw kangaroos for the first time and all sorts of other animals. After a few hours there, we headed for the waterfront where we walked the pier before heading to Earls for happy hour and a view of the lake.

After a night of catching up with friends, we woke up Sunday morning and headed out again for a final breakfast at Cora. We said our goodbyes and waved our friends off by noon, before heading home for a much needed afternoon nap after out late night. We spent our last day in Kelowna at the apartment for a chill day filled with movies, popcorn and good company. Monday morning rolled around and we were woken up to another day of morning classes, before packing up ourselves to make the trip back home. The Coquihalla was a bit more forgiving on the road home, however the traffic was not. A quick 5 hours later we pulled up at home, and the reality set in that the weekend doesn’t last forever.

xx Savannah

Mini Assignment 1

The first mini-assignment was to create a popular culture ‘meme’ that is related to your website. I decided to create a meme on something that I feel will relate to a lot of designers when it comes to creating or updating their portfolio. I delve into more details about perfectionism in my blog post Done is Better than Perfect so be sure to check it out!

Why Hadestown is my favourite show, even though I’ve never seen it.

As both a massive fan of musical theatre and a massive Greek mythology nerd, the inception of Hadestown was a concept I could immediately get behind. The first time I heard of it was, embarrassingly enough, through a Ms. Mojo video. Now I can’t remember exactly what they were counting down at this point, but I do know that it featured the performance of “Wait For Me” from the Tony’s and immediately, I was hooked.

The absolute emotion and musicality I witnessed in that one performance was enough to convince me to the full soundtrack in its entire glory, and send me into an endless hole of Googling plot points. Of course, I knew the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone.

What I hadn’t anticipated, due to the tragic nature of mythology was how fun and upbeat the musical would be leading up to the climax. Hadestown seamlessly blends New Orleans style jazz music with the myths to create the story. Most unexpected but still perfectly fused, is the Steampunk setting of the story.

The honest truth of the matter is that if you were to incorporate any Greek myth into a musical that of Orpheus and Eurydice is the perfect one because Orpheus is a musician. And the music… The music itself is what gets me. The way that Anais Mitchell wrote the music suits the overall story arc and themes so well. All elements of the production are so well blended. The staging and lighting choices suit the dark, mysterious elements of the story, as does the music.

I’ll say without a doubt Hadestown has been my favourite show at least since the spring. But I’ve never even seen it. Here’s an opinion. I don’t think I need to see a show live on stage to be able to call it my favourite. The internet gives us the luxury of being able to read up on the story, and watch different clips, and even have access to the entire soundtrack through streaming. There are also bootlegs, of course, but we don’t talk about those.

My point is, I’ve never seen Hadestown. But I’ve listened to the full soundtrack multiple times, I’ve watched probably every clip available on the internet, I’ve read up on the story, and thanks to my own interest, I know the myths. I fell in love with the story, the acting, the set and the music through my own interest and ability to research it on the internet. I don’t need to see the show in full to know that I’ll still love it when I do.

Of course, seeing Hadestown live on Broadway one day is a dream of mine, and I hope when Broadway finally reopens Covid hasn’t caused some of the shows I long to see to close early prior to reopening. For now, though, I’m content with having an image of these characters and having the soundtrack to listen to whenever I want.

The Love for Leather

One of the most popular fashion trends that we have been seeing on the runway and all over Instagram is leather! From leather blazers to leather pants, this durable material can be worn in so many different ways! Many brands have also come out with vegan leather options for multiple of their leather pieces. The versatility of this material allow for so many different styles and items of clothing! Leather is definitely a subtle way to bring your outfit to the next level!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFpm8s4lsLc/

Leather blazers have become an essential piece in everyone’s wardrobe this season. They have been seen on numerous fashion icons including Kendal Jenner and many Instagram influencers. A popular style is an overside leather jacket, and one can choose whether they want to dress it up, dress it down, or wear it casually.

https://www.pinterest.se/pin/515943701065656632/

Leather pants have also been a staple item in everyone’s wardrobe this fall. The Canadian company Aritzia realized how much of a trend leather would be this fall so they decided to come out with multiple styles of leather pants in their 2020 Fall collection. The leather pants at Aritzia can be seen as pricey for many individuals. Companies including Dynamite, Princess Polly and ASOS sell various affordable styles of these trendy pants!

Process #2

For this website, I want to have something clean and simple. The default setup is pretty good already, though I would like to have a website similar to this:

http://www.sfu.ca/~sapeng/IAT%20339/portfolio/

This is my portfolio project website I made for IAT339

The simple layout with a few menu options is what I’d like to make. This week, I made little progress. I had created a short about page, simple categories, and modified the landing page.

This week, I’d like to get the colors right, alignment of items (left align), and make a home page.

People, Land, Things?

Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC. Aug 1st 2015

When I take photos, I always have trouble with deciding what to take photos of. Should I take a landscape photo to capture the natural beauty of the land around me? Should I attempt at taking a portrait to capture fleeting emotions? or should I photograph an object, maybe make it a macro shot, to get those intricate details we miss in everyday life?

I love taking all types of photos because they have costless mistakes and they all have their positives. No matter the difficulty, if you make a mistake, you can try again immediately! (most of the time)

So why should we choose one type to focus on? Why not indiscriminately take photos of everything like your 4-year-old cousin at a Christmas party with a point-and-shoot? I mean, it’s not a bad thing to be curious and take as many photos as you can. But pacing yourself and having set goals for a shoot is a good way to hone your skills. The photo here is a good example of what I try to avoid now. It’s a smattering of everything. Sun, sky, mountains, people, water, refractions on the lens, sand, silhouettes, you name it.

I wanted to capture the essence of being at the beach at sunset in this photo. But at first glance, it feels just like nothing. You have to look at the photo to find the details, only to be disappointed that you didn’t find what you were thinking of seeing at a beach. Taking a photo should guide the viewer, just like design does, but with your natural surroundings.

Here’s an example:

A slightly better photo taken on the same day

This photo is admittedly not a great one, but it’s one that I took on the same day. It’s at least a half-decent example of what I mentioned. The sun might be the first thing you notice, then the water and ships, then the chair. This might make you feel like you’re watching the sunset in the context of being on a folding chair, or maybe cold in contrast to the right side of the image.

This image could have been taken with more focus on the chair and the sun, maybe having the chair directly in front of the camera with the sun being above it, or maybe through it. But we can still see the relationship of the elements captured.

Today, when I take an image, I think about what I want someone to see and feel. What do I want to capture that I can feel from around me? Who’s looking at this? Why does it make you want to look at it?

Here’s a more recent example:

This photo has clear points of interest and guide the viewer through the scene. Admittedly the crop is a bit off, but better nonetheless.

AHHH I need to re-take these now! It’s bothering me too much. Need to get better!!

Process post #1

As a cinema study student, the most frequent question that I have been asked about is “what is the difference between cinema and film”. For quite a long time, the definition of “cinema” and “film” has been almost unified as one idea, which indicates the moving image on screen.

However, there is essencial differences between cinema and film, cinema as the environment factor and film as the image factor, but they together has formed the cinematic world.

mini assignment #1

Modelling isn’t all you may think it is.

I’ve begun modelling some of my clothes on my Instagram, but most of my pictures actually turn out to be pretty funny. It’s really all about the lighting and angles and when you’re trying to do a home photoshoot by yourself without a tripod or a shutter release remote, it can take many, many attempts. These photos were taken using a smartphone.

Bottom line?

The struggle is real.

Meme Making 101

So, I made a meme. It’s the first meme I’ve ever made…and probably the last, unless I get really in the mood for it. I’ll admit it, it was a LOT harder than I thought it would be. I probably spent a good hour sifting through memes thinking to myself, “HOW CAN I USE THESE AS A REFERENCE TO CREATE MY OWN MEME?!?”

As you can tell, it was sooo frustrating, I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out the humor. I never thought I’d say it, but now that I’m an official “meme creator,” I have the authority to say meme-making is an art form and these young kids are creative geniuses. I mean how do they do it? So many stupid but funny jokes; there are probably at least a billion memes out there at this point.

The Meme Design Process

I know this looks dumb. “The Meme Design Process.” You think you’re so cool huh? Do ya? Look, all I wanna do is explain a couple points here and there, and I’ll peace out. I’m not going to explain everything in vivid detail and make this whole thing into a massive thesis essay.

Font Choice

I’m tired of seeing that font that literally every meme that exists uses. You know which one I’m talking about: Impact. The big white thick boy with the almost as thick black border. It’s fine of course, but if I’m the one creating the meme? Hell naw, get that thing outta here. I’m a writer but I’m also a designer, so I went for Montserrat Bold 67.99pt font. Left-aligned baby.

Positioning

Every design element of my meme is precisely positioned, aligned, and spaced in relation to other elements. If something visually off, I notice, and my neuroticism level just spikes. It turns me into a robot that goes: MUST FIX, MUST FIX. That’s why I used a f****** grid to position everything. Just kidding. But imagine?? This is what happens when a designer makes a meme. Perfection is the standard, so unrealistic but so true.

Aesthetics & Other Stuff

I’m willing to bet this is the prettiest meme you’ve ever laid your eyes upon. I still can’t believe I made this. I’m so proud of myself. Even though it took only around half an hour to make once I got the idea, it’s still awesome. Most memes take much less time to make than mine. And why am I talking about my meme like it’s my child?


This is where I end. I honestly never thought I’d think of a meme idea to execute. Not gonna lie, I thought of a news headline for if I didn’t: Student Pulls All-Nighter Making a Meme Then Dies. I don’t even know if my meme is funny to other people, I guess I only thought of my own humor when making this, oh well.

Meme out.

MEME

I created this meme since the theme of my page is about video gaming review and current video gaming industry is expanding further everyday. Due to COVID-19, young adults. often play video games to feel entertained without having to go outside. This gaming wheel is a product called “G29”, which can provide real-life driving and racing experience with your video console or PC. I personally enjoyed playing multiple racing games while having to quarantine at home. I am planning to do some racing game review posts so keep updated!