Humument Reflection

I really enjoyed this finally project. I thought it was cool how it combined both our English and design classes into one product. The fact that we were allowed to use one of our favorite texts made the writing aspect easier. Though my initial draft for the writing heavily played off the themes of the original work I decided that I wouldn’t just use an idea that was already there but express my own feelings and beliefs. I think the poem flows nicely and is very emotionally deep and somewhat inspirational; at least that’s what I was going for anyway. I believe that also succeeded on the visual side of the project. Though I did end up not exactly following my initial color palette I was able to bring the colors together and form a sort of harmonious balance. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I finished coloring my humument and found that it made a picture witch totally was not my initial intent but I will gladly take credit for it. I spent most of my time working on the writing part in class figuring out what words I would use and getting opinions on how the poem sounded. I worked on the visual aspects at home thinking of what I would do in all the negative space and figure out how to make my design compliment my other work. All in all this was one of my favorite projects and I might just do one on my own for fun.

Gallery Catalogue

This humument created by Tevin Dacosta is called “Out of the Dark”. The passage used is from the novel “John Dies at the End” by David Wong. The medium used is marker(s) on regular computer paper. The piece displays has a great sense of visual hierarchy. Your eyes follow from the red sky in the background to the black mountains in the mid-ground and finally the blue water in the foreground. The line that goes from the beginning to the end of the piece not only depicts the flow of the humument but also how your eyes should move down the piece. Although the ┬ácolors used (red,black and blue) are not exactly split complementary nor analogous do provide a somewhat harmonious feeling and work well together in this piece.

The point or the message of this piece is that even though there are times in life where we struggle and find ourselves in at our lowest point there is always a way out of those points.The message that the original passage conveys is more of a dark and negative tone. It was the artists intention to take the original sad and depressing message of the passage and then turn it into something more uplifting and encouraging.

” It was like this violent dance had taken me again”.There are many things in this world that can cause you to lose your cool. Sometimes there’s pressure coming in from work, society even people you trust like friends and family. With all these sources of pressure it’s a wonder how everyone isn’t totally on edge all the time. It’s understandable to get swept up in emotions especially strong ones like hate and anger. These are all part of who we are there’s no shame in expressing them but you shouldn’t be overwhelmed by them and let them control how you live your life.

“Each time met with faces waiting for me so I’d push outside the cold dark eye “. It’s important that to remember that when we are at our lowest that there are always people there for you. When your’e feeling angry at the world or like you have nothing left to lose you should always have somebody there to help pick you up. Whether it be family or friends there’s always people who are looking out for you and they will always be there everytime you need them.

“Who can only watch as kids wonder with laughter smirks and all”. It’s important to make sure that you don’t get blinded by your emotions. You focus on things like hate, revenge or jealousy and you’ll miss out on everything that’s important. Also when you find yourself in one foul mood it’d possible to look back on happier memories such as ones from your childhood.

This piece has so much to offer. It combines both the visual and poetic aspects that humuments are known for. Visually it flows well. Has a very defined visual hierarchy. It also uses a color palette that is simple and works in a way that is harmonious. The message this work conveys is also powerful. It acknowledges how base people are and how easily we can get swept up in our emotions. It also encourages us to look to or depend on others to help when we are at our lowest and need help the most. To summarize it says that when you find yourself swept up in your emotions just remember that there people there for you ready to share more good times and happy memories. In his piece the artist has truly captured the meaning of the word humument

Gallery Note

Artist: Tevin Dacosta

Name: “Out of the Dark”

The original source is from the novel John dies at the end by David Wong. This piece is meant to represent the struggle to find happiness. sometimes it’s easy to give into anger or despair brought in by the world. It’s during these low points where we must look to others.

Project #4: The Pitch (final product)

In a modern city like New York some times walking is no longer seems to be a viable way of travel. We’re almost always on the go. There’s always somewhere to go or something to do and we have to get there as fast as possible, but sometimes there’s another option. Every now and then we get an extra fifteen to twenty minutes in our schedule we don’t know what to do with; or on route to our destination we find that we will get there ahead of time. When moments like these happen you have a few choices: you can show up to your destination way ahead of time and just sit there and wait or your can get off the train or the bus and take a walk there instead.

Should you find yourself in need of a walk there are probably a few factors to consider. The route should be the right length  destination in a timely manner, but allowing you to enjoy yourself and let the surroundings sink in. There should be something to draw your eye and catch your attention; something you might not see somewhere else. Finally there should be something to do along said route. Maybe some restaurants or stores you would want to go to; by yourself or with a friend or a few friends and do some shopping. These are just a few things that the route I suggest has to offer.

The route proposed is from the Nevins st. train station (accessible from the 2,3 and 4 trains) to the New York City College of Technology. The route is about a fifteen minute walk. It takes you up the Flatbush Avenue Extension down Tillary street a bit and finally on to Jay street right in front of the college. A very simple route requiring just walking straight and taking two turns once on to Tillary and again on to Jay street. A simple and easy route to follow if you get lost easily or don’t like making too many twists and turns as you walk. A nice simple walk for a student who has some extra time before class or anyone else planning on their way to NYCCT. The route itself is very simple but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any sights to take in or other convenient services.

We begin our walk from the Nevins street train station. From there we walk down Flatbush Avenue. On your walk through downtown Brooklyn there are definitely plenty of interesting sights. If perhaps you are interested in architecture there are some beautifully designed buildings that you could see. They aren’t as tall as the skyscrapers you might see in Manhattan but they are very well designed and overall pleasant to look at. You will pass a nice little plaza or park as you pass by the Long Island University. It’s a good place to go if you want to find a quiet place in an urban landscape. As you continue down your walk down Flatbush Avenue it’s also possible you’ll to see the Manhattan Bridge on a clear day. As you walk down Tillary street you will see a nice park called McLaughlin park on the right side of the street. This could inspire a little detour if you’d like or if you still find yourself with a little extra time.

Along the route there are many restaurants and interesting stores you might want to check out most of which are on Flatbush Avenue. Some well known places to eat like Applebee’s and Dunkin Donuts as well as some not so familiar ones like 2 bros. pizza if you want to try some place new for lunch. Near the beginning of your walking down Flatbush Avenue you may noticed on the right side of the street there will be a little known store that sells video games and many other interesting things called Urban Wave. Not only that but there are plenty of other ideal shopping spots. This part of the walk is ideal for people who are looking to do some shopping on the way to their destination.

Though not everyone sees detours as a good thing this route they do offer new experiences and things to see or do. Another great feature of this route is that it offers many possible detours and alternate routes to your destination.You could take a nice long walk up Flatbush Avenue and walk to or across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you’re a tourist or you’re just looking to take in the some sites you could take this detour and get a fantastic view of the water as well as the rest of the city. You could also take a left on Willoughby street and go to Jay St-Metro Tech center. From here you could find so great places to eat such as Five Guys, Chipotle and many other restaurants. This detour is recommended if your looking for some place to eat and hang out with your friends or if you feel at home in well populated, urban areas.

The route suggested has many different of things to offer a lot of different people. It’s very simple so if your bad with directions or a tourist and don’t know your way around the area you don’t have to worry too much about getting lost. This route is also not too long so if your a busy person who doesn’t have a whole lot of time and you find yourself with an extra fifteen minutes it’s definitely a short walk worth your time. There’s plenty of places to go shopping and there’s also restaurants to eat at afterwards. There are a few sights to see from well designed and stylish buildings to the Manhattan Bridge and there plenty of sites in between. This route ┬áalso features detours that are worth checking out if you still find yourself with extra time or you find yourself taking the same route and are looking for a new way to experience it. In closing if your looking to take a little enjoyable walk that has something to offer anyone I highly recommend this one

The Pitch (Draft)

In these modern times walking is no longer an undervalued way to travel. Why ride in a crowded subway or bus when walking allows you to not only see new things, but “experience” an area or neighborhood. Should you find yourself in need of a walk there are probably a few factors to consider. The route should be the right length ┬ádestination in a timely manner ,but allowing you to enjoy yourself and let the surroundings sink in. There should be something to draw your eye and catch your attention; something you might not see somewhere else. Finally there should be something to do. Maybe a restaurant or store you would want to go to; by yourself or with a friend or a few friends. These are just a few things my route has to offer.

The route proposed is from the Nevins st. train station (accessible from the 2,3 and 4 trains) to the New York City College of Technology. The route is about a fifteen minute walk. It takes you (the walker) up the Flatbush Avenue Extension down Tillary street a bit and finally on Jay street right in front of the college. A very simple route requiring just walking straight and taking two turns once on to Tillary and again on to Jay street. The route itself is very simple but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any sights to take in.

As you walk through downtown Brooklyn there are definitely some interesting sights. There are some beautifully designed buildings to see. They aren’t like the skyscraper in Manhattan but they are still very pretty to look at. You will pass a nice little plaza or park as you pass by the Long Island University. As you continue down your walk down Flatbush Avenue you will also be able to see the Manhattan Bridge on a clear day. As you walk down Tillary street you will see a nice park called McLaughlin park on the right side of the street. This could inspire a little detour if you’d like or if you find yourself with a little extra time.

Along the route there are many restaurants and interesting stores you might want to check out most of which are on Flatbush Avenue. Some well known places to eat like Applebee’s and Dunkin Donuts and some not so familiar ones like 2 bros. pizza. As you begin walking down Flatbush Avenue; on the right side of the street there will a little known store that sells video games and many other interesting things. You could take a few detours on this route as well like you could continue walking up Flatbush Avenue and walk to or across the Brooklyn Bridge. You could also if you want another interesting detour you could take a left onto Willoughby street to Jay St-Metro Tech passing by the St. Boniface church and the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

The route suggested has a lot of things to offer you. It’s very simple so if your bad with directions or are a tourist and don’t know your way around the area you don’t have to worry to much about getting lost. This route is also not too long so if your a busy person who doesn’t have a whole lot of time and you find yourself with an extra fifteen minutes it’s definitely a short walk worth your time. There’s also plenty of places to go shopping and restaurants to eat at afterwards. There are a few sights to see; some well designed buildings and even the Manhattan Bridge. This route is definitely worth a look into if you find yourself in downtown Brooklyn. You won’t be disappointed

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