I decided to do the Destination Post Card 3 STARS: Create a destination postcard for a setting from my novel World War Z. I decided to create this postcard to try to draw individuals to Yonkers, New York. I painted the picture as if Yonkers is the hot spot to be at.
Realistically this is far from the place anyone would want to be at. The battle of Yonkers was an absolute catastrophe, if any one event can be singled out as the point when zombies officially became the dominant species on the planet, it was Yonkers. The military with all their technology and high-powered machinery were no match for the hordes and hordes of zombies. But hey you should travel here anyway, I highly recommend it.
For this assignment Animated GIF Alternative Cover a 5 Star assignment we were to revisit the apocalyptic novel cover from earlier this semester, but make it an animated GIF this time. I was unable to make the background of my original cover animated, so I found a clip that included a helicopter, like the helicopter that was in my original alternate book cover. I chose to go with an animated background as well as animated wording so that way it would draw in the readers attention. I wanted my GIF to not only be animated by text but also by background. I made sure to put the text in a way that did not occlude the focus of the GIF which is the helicopter being attacked by zombies. Here is my GIF below I hope you enjoy.
This is my original alternate book cover for my book World War Z. I was trying to use this as a GIF but I didn’t like how I couldn’t get the background to be interactive. I know there is probably a way to do this, but I guess I just don’t know how at this point. Here is my original alternate book cover below:
So I figured I could find things around my home, around my neighborhood, my immediate area, but to my luck I couldn’t really find anything to fit the eight concepts. In my area there are a lot of construction signs but I figured this would be bleh so I chose not to take pictures of these items. I feel that I hit the design jackpot by going to the downtown portion of Fredericksburg right around the corner from school. I knew this designblitz would take me some so I waited until today, Friday to complete this. Here are my photos below.
Balance – Symmetrical on both halves of the stop sign
The Assignment I did was a 3 1/4 star assignment Destination Post Card this is where you had to create a destination postcard using any design software of your choice. I started by choosing an image of a beach from google images you then had to put some words over the image just like a postcard. I personally used the program GIMP for my assignment to create the illusion that my character Carson Gordon was on the sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Florida. At first I had an issue trying to super impose my character onto the background due to not saving my character from Hero Machine with a transparent background, but with some help from others I was directed to save my character with a transparent background to better use my character in any background setting I wanted.
I went ahead and removed all of Carson Gordon’s extra clothing in hero machine making him a little more cool when at the beach. I’m starting to get the hang of both the GIMP program and Hero Machine at least I think I am. Here is my created postcard below.
If you know the whereabouts of Professor Burtis’s hat please contact myself or the HCC department. Time is of the essence. If you took it or know who took it no charges will be filed. All I ask is that you please reunite her with her hat ASAP. Proudly brought to by Canva.
I used Canva this time instead of GIMP to create my Lost and Found Poster. I skitched a picture from one of the youtube videos from week five. I used a preset template for how to get a better six pack and imposed Professor Burtis picture onto the image. I added some text boxes and whaaalaa you see my lost and found photo for Professor Burtis hat.
Here is my Alternate Cover for the book World War Z. So I choose to do my alternate book cover in a stair step fashion with my text, something different than I had seen with most of the book covers or movies I looked up for this book. The title World War Z is either placed from top to bottom and centered in the middle of the book or the words “World War” would overlap the Z. So I decided to change my book cover up a bit. You can’t really see it but it looks the person in the lower right has a red marker of sorts and I placed the “Red Z” in a manner in which it looks like he drew it. With this view you can barely see the object or red marker in his hand as I seen it while working in the program GIMP. I tried keeping with the apocalyptic feel, post the zombie attacks, when the zombies were eradicated. My book cover shows a huge crater in the center this is where the zombies were lured in and a huge firey projectile was dropped on their heads.
Below are the two different original book covers for the book World War Z.
I aquired the picture for my alternate book cover through google images. I had imported the picture into the Application GIMP which I had downloaded from the design resource page from week 6 resources. Once I was able to import the picture I had to learn my way around how to manipulate the multiple layers. The layers in this picture were the picture itself and the 2 text boxes. Once I learned how to manipulate them and change the text settings I was able to place the text where I wanted it. I chose this program over Adobe due to it being free, but from what I’ve heard both are relatively the same in functionality. I have just scratched the surface of this program but I look forward to using it in upcoming assignments.
I had fun creating the bad ass Carson Gordon on the website Hero Machine. Carson Gordon Is a prior veteran from the United States Army who has a background in medical. He is an expert in teaching and practicing life saving techniques and is an expert in shooting shit. He looks forward to taking on the zombies head on and laughs in the face of danger. He always has his companion “Mufasa” with him to help protect him. He loves the great outdoors and looks forward to protect the others.
I went to the website Hero Machine and loaded the Male template. From that point I went to every drop down box and added characteristics to my character. After adding what I wanted to my character, I messed with his attributes (hair, beard, eye color and skin color). After this was completed I played around with the colors of all the items, this took some time as there is three different settings or layers you can choose from to manipulate the colors. I feel that this process was slow at first but as I played around with settings the process went a lot faster.