Saturday, November 22, 2008

Barack Obama's First Day in the Oval Office with Friends

I mentioned earlier my computer art class assignment to take four different downloaded photos and make your "fantasy" picture by combining them. Well, I got a little carried away and added a few more pictures than I had to. So here's my fantasy - Obama's first day in office with a number of people who helped pave the way. There are many, many I've left out, but here are a few key ones. (Double click to enlarge the image.)

Our current assignment is to do a 30 second video. At last we're using a tool I know as much about or more than most of the others - iMovie. But we are also using Photoshop's animation capabilities. The first attempts have been tedious, but are looking good. I have some real video and some hand made animation. I'm not sure if I'll combine them or just do the animation.


  1. Very nice! I like the concept.

    (Though, did I miss it? How did Kona help Obama get elected? She must have done some campaigning, I guess...)

  2. I Maya Angelou and Zora Neale Hurston in there?

  3. Well, I can recognise Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. I have a guess for the guy with the red book but I am not sure. In my opinion he is Martin Luther King and Buttha in the middle. I can't understand what Buttha is doing there though.

  4. Ropi, Three out of four isn't bad Ropi. The person you thought was Buddha is one of the most famous people of the 20th Century.

    I think I'll leave it for commenters to fill in the rest of the people. I'll confirm correct ones.

    I've also had two people suggest I add the same person. It is someone I thought of as I was posting the picture. If others come up with that name on their own, I might add one more.

  5. Argh: I'm going to reveal my ignorance.

    I recognize

    Not sure who the others are. :(

    I am curious as to who the guy on the right is

  6. Well then he is Ghandi from India. Still can't see the connection though.

  7. RCM - yes, they're all there.

    Ropi - Ghandi was a role model for Martin Luther King Jr. MLK's movement was based on non-violent civil disobedience.

  8. Did you know that Dorothy Parker, Decca Mitford and Martha Graham were huge supporters of equal rights? When you do your animation you might include them!

  9. I had to Google to find out Decca was Jessica Mitford. Actually never thought about these women and equal righrs, but it certainly makes sense.

    The animation is totally on a different subject, totally. It's a video I've thought about for a while about a minor problem that has - I think - a simple fix which would make people's lives about 30 seconds easier whenever they are in this situation. And once it's in place, they will no longer remember how it was.

    Of course, the video will only articulate the problem and the solution. The key parts of the animation are done. (It's only supposed to be 30 seconds so it can't have too much. But I think it will be a bit longer with the intro and closing that are just straight video.)


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