#tdc1547 Van Gogh goes #DS106

First Daily in a while, so though it was worth a quick post.

#tdc1547 Make a Van Gogh – Make him go for DS106 | The (new) Daily Create

The original DS106 image from DS106: The Open Online Community of Digital Storytellers by Jim Groom — Kickstarter Not sure who to credit as Google didn’t turn up a backstory.

The Van Gogh picture from File:Vincent van Gogh – Self-Portrait – Google Art Project.jpg – Wikimedia Commons where it says:

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:

The author died in 1890, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.
This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.

Which is good enough for me.


vg-layersDownload both images. Open in Photoshop.

The Quick Selection Tool is my Friend.

  1. Select Van. and make new layer via copy.
  2. Duplicate that layer into DS106 image.
  3. Quick  Selection tool to cut out rear figure to new layer. Then headphones and cables to new layers too. Hide figure.
  4. Move VG layer behind main layer resize to fit.
  5. Image-> Adjustments -> Black & White…


I messed about till I got it as B&W as I could.

Cropped and exported to jpg.

Other possibilities

I did think about the dark glasses:


But think the eyes had it.


I also though about tracing the VG picture to make it more in the style of the DS106/Sonic Youth.

Or sending the ds106 image to the twitter bot that does impressionist images…


Worth noting I flipped the VG image.

More important we know the DS106 Artist:

And I claim a couple of assignment stars: ds106 Assignments: Remix an Album Cover 😉

Who Loves Ya, Cory?

So I am looking at Headless Weeks 13 & 14: ximeR and M@$#up, there is a lot of stuff to watch, read and think about. There is also Alan’s Triple Dog Dare for one is:

Remix a photo of Cory Doctorow

Which I’ve done before.

So I end up on my usual ds106 pattern, browsing through the assignment bank until I circle back to the first one (Cory). By this time I’ve forgotten some of the details, but I am busy dreaming and googling.
I start with Yul Brynner, and veer to Kojak. I’ve now forgotten all of the details and heading for a Troll Quotes. The idea in my head is a wonder, perfect photocopying, I’ve forgotten I don’t know photoshop and a searching flickr for a background.

Lower Manhattan Skyline, New York, NY, USA
Lower Manhattan Skyline, New York, NY, USA | Flickr – Photo Sharing! by Flickr: MD111’s Photostream
used under a Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic — CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

My imagined assignment is now better than perfect. Then it is all cloud filters, saturation for the brown ‘kojak feel’, a bit of a mask on Cory to try and get a drawn feel.
By bedtime I am delighted, in the morning I realise I am probably missing the target on a few levels, driving to work I decide to post anyway, maybe I could get a story out of the making?

The quote: Quote by Yul Brynner: We are born alone, we live alone, we die alone….

Mashup Assignment FlickrSounds

DS106 students do not have much time left the clock is ticking…

This started as a riff on some cogdogfoo flickrSounds for #ds106 as a way of producing comic-strips of images and sounds. It gave me an opportunity to play with the flickr and free sound APIs.

It developed into a sort of slideshow of images and sound, a couple of examples.

To create a slideshow

  1. go to flickrSounds. Put in a word to search for
  2. When the image and sound load you can see alternatives by clicking he image or waveform
  3. When you have one you like click Add to Preview
  4. Repeat with more words
  5. When you have finished click Save as AV slides
  6. This will show you your slideshow and give you a bit of html to put into your blog (you need to be on text/html rather than Visual in the blog editor.

I do not think you can use iFrames in a wordpress.com blog but it should work fine on a self hosted wordpress blogs.

I’ve found that sound phrases, eg, tick tock or ‘drip drip drip’ are easier to get a reasonable result from than a quote.

I use one for my 404 here.

If I was counting I’d get stars for this and for creating a tutorial;-)

Ripping up a Shredder Head

So a new rather interesting DS106 assignments, For The Remix!

A series of photographs taken by Jonathan Worth of author Cory Doctorow are now available for you to remix, regenerate, and to make new art, especially in light of the themes and topics of his books.

The deal seems to be you should think deeply, share your idea and processes. More details: FTR! For The Remix! | remixing cory doctorow and How Do You Think Yoda Got So Wise? – CogDogBlog.

So I had a look a the pictures, watch Jonathan’s introductory video and though I might stretch to a quick gif.

Looking at the thumbnails, Mr. Doctorow’s office is impressive, with a nice range of cables and kit. I was hoping to play with the idea of printing some of the head shots, riffing of the idea of Jonathan sharing digital copies for free while selling prints. This idea he borrowed from Cory’s famous publishing method.

On downloading the high rez image I found what I though might be a useful printer was in fact a shredder, so I got rid of that idea:


I like the idea of taking a 45mb, 4000 dpi, 8000 odd pixel image and ripping a 500 pixel, 128 colour, 72 dpi gif out of it.

Here is how

Unlinke most ds106ers I use Fireworks for giffing, mostly because I am familiar with it as I got a really great deal on Fireworks 8 but being a teacher years ago. Fireworks has some nice features for giffing. An image can have layers and frames, layers can persist across frames.

Here is what I did:

  1. The downloaded image opened automatically in preview.
  2. I cropped out the shredder and switched to Fireworks.
  3. Created a new document, Fireworks assumes you want to use the clipboard and set the image dimension to that, about 3000 pixels.
  4. Paste in the clip.
  5. Switch back to preview and copy one of the cory heads from the thumbnail sheet.
  6. Back to fireworks.
  7. The original layer is set to be shared across frames, I make a new layer, not shared. (This from the popup menus in the layer palette) and paste in the head.
  8. Draw a white rect for a frame and group it with the head. (I think I saw a polaroid ref somewhere?)
  9. I then used the polygon tool to cut out the lower section of the shredder.
  10. Make a new layer, set to share across frames, paste in the bottom half of the shredder.
  11. Move this new layer to the top, so that the head, animation layer is sandwiched between the two other layers.
  12. Move the animation layer so it is about to go into the shredder.
  13. Using the frames palette, I duplicate the first frame. Move the head into the shredder a bit.
  14. Repeat.
  15. Use the frames palette to adjust the delay on each frame.
  16. Resize the whole image to 500 pixels across.
  17. Export to animated gif.


Some folk still want to print

After all that I still wanted to print, so a quick search of flicker finds Printer Tiger

THis was a little trickier as I needed to skew the head a bit, I think photoshop has better tools for this.



Images of Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Worth, Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0

Printer Tiger, Marco Varisco, Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic — CC BY-SA 2.0

The DS106 Basement

Recycle The Media — MISSION: DS106 using media from http://minus.com/mvKXzhhcO mashup at least 7 different pieces of this media to make a new story, and use at least 2 different types.

Looking at the ds106 phonar recycle bin my eye was caught by a lot of bars, and I started thinking of being in a cage or going through a series of bars. I started just downloading a bunch of files, listening to the audio. The audio from the bit-fall-mona .mp4 video sounded ominous so I grabbed the movie.
When I started up imovie I veered away from the bars to start on the beach. I like beaches and have occasionally recorded sounds on the beach, there was a nice swish in the bin.
The scream, I imported into garageband, trimmed off the fire and added a female to male voice transformer.
This was to go with the face, trimmed off the icon, added some noise in Fireworks. I originally exported as a transparent png to overlay in imovie but could not get it looking right quickly.
The wave sound fades out as the bit-fall-mona sound fades in. There is the odd filter and only one transition.
So take a trip to the DS106 basement, where old gifs are jammed in dusty boxes.