Artist Blog: Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel is a digital artist from New York. Not only is Arcangel and artist, he’s also an entrepreneur. Aside from drawings, hacking, film, videos, performance art, icons, posters, music, he also makes clothing and even bedspreads. He’s best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks and reworkings of computer systems from the 80s. His artwork has been features internationally in places like Switzerland and London, but also in America in Chicago and Miami.

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These pieces were made in photoshop, and are located in Montreal.

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Super Mario clouds is a 6 minute video, without sound, of the clouds that are featured in Super Mario Bros.

Growing up, I was always a huge fan of everything Super Mario. My brothers and I always had some version of the game, and we’d always play it together, so obviously I love Arcangel’s work having to do with Mario, including “Mario Clouds” and “Super Mario Movie.” Both videos remind me of playing Mario Bros. growing up, and I actually really like the background music in “Super Mario Movie” and how it’s kind of a twisted version of the actual background Mario music. His other pieces he created in photoshop are also really cool. I love the simplicity of his work, and how each piece really adds to a room. I really like the rainbow theme he incorporates in a lot of his photoshop art. Overall, I’m very impressed with his work! I really like it!

The Life of a Superhero

First visual assignment I worked on this week was The Life of a Superhero assignment. I really love the idea that superhero’s seem to live such a glamorous life of saving people all day, but in reality they have to do normal things too!!! For this assignment I decided to make an image of Batman playing catch with a puppy, because who does not love puppies.

First step I did was look for an image of batman that would work for the idea of throwing a ball, which ended up not being successful. None of the images worked well for cropping onto another image. I started with this image of Batman, which did not work because his lack of legs.

So then I moved onto a picture of Batman with legs! So for my final image I used this picture to crop on top of the image of the dog playing fetch!

But to get his entire body into the photo app editor Pasteify I had to scale the size down slightly and really used this version of the image. I love using Pasteify because it is really simple and easy to use which is awesome since I have relatively low computer skills. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an app that allows them to crop and paste images together.

Then I added in the back drop for this image, which is of a cute little puppy playing fetch in the yard.

Then for the final image of Batman playing catch with his pup!

This was a relatively easy assignment to complete once I figured out the creative side and decided what I everyday activity I was going to have Batman doing. I now picture every superhero playing with their very own loyal sidekick pup!

Artist Blog: Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome is a contemporary artist, and he’s based in in New York. Aside from collages, he also produces songs, does performances, creates videos, and makes installations. In his work he successfully celebrates gestures, sounds, and symbols of African American culture and European coats of arms. His work is located domestically and internationally in places such as New York, Paris, New Orleans, Seattle, Dallas, and Miami Beach.



I really enjoy Newsome’s collages because they are super detailed and interesting. I used collages in this post because out of all the work he does, they are my favorite. He keeps it interesting by adding so much detail that you see something new every time you look at it. After watching some of his videos, I was just left super confused. Although they were very original, I found them super weird. They’re definitely not something I particularly enjoyed. I also really appreciate that he uses his artwork to celebrate his culture, and that he sends a message through all of his pieces.

Weekly Summary: Week 3

This week was full of fun and creative assignments! First assignment I started with reading How Ancient Legends Gave Birth To Modern Superheros, watching The First ever superman cartoon, and watching Vonnegut on The Shape of Stories. After doing all of this research I wrote my first blog post of them week.

What makes a superhero story so super?

After this activity I started completing some of the writing assignments. First one I selected was the Day in the Life of A Superhero. This writing assignment was so much fun to complete, it really brought out my creative side.

A Day in the Life of Venus Shadow: Writing Assignment

Next writing assignment I tackled was Poem Parody. This was a very challenging but awesome assignment from the bank. I loved experimenting with different word choices throughout editing the original poem.

Poem Remix

Then I did the assignment writing a letter to my future husband! This was kind of hard for me because you are writing a list of hopes and characteristics about a person that you might have no even met. I love thinking and planning for the future so this was a fun activity.

A Letter to my Future Husband

And finally my last writing assignment for week three was How does this song make you feel? I liked the idea of this assignment, but the directions on how you should complete it were slightly off in my opinion. I did not like that you had to tweet your song choice with all of the hashtags and your thoughts because there is not enough space to get out many thoughts.

How does this song make you feel?

Then I worked on my Character Dossier. This was such a fun collaboration with my roommates. They all helped me pick different parts of my superhero sidekick Little Brain. I also loved making a back story for him, figuring out how he developed and learned to control his abilities.

Character Dossier

Then although I worked on my daily creates throughout the whole week I made one cumulative blog post containing all of the info on them last, check it out!

Daily Creates: Week 3

Also an awesome aspect of this week was everyone really getting involved with each other through commenting on each others blog posts, also liking and commenting on other people’s tweets! I know every single time I got a comment or response from someone I have felt more connected to this class and this community so that is awesome! Here are some of the comments and responses from this week below!

Character Dossier

Poem Remix

A Day in the Life of Venus Shadow: Writing Assignment

Dear Future Husband

My Dad, My Hero

Plus many more! Love everyone getting more and more involved! Makes the class so much more fun!



Daily Creates: Week 3

This week for my daily creates I started with artsy photo or not?

I loved this post because I have seen this concept in real life and think it is quite hilarious! I completed this daily create by taking a picture of duPont Hall from college ave because it is a nice artsy angle, but with some of my friends photo bombing it in a weird pose!

Then I posted this picture on Instagram but zoomed in so all you could see is the light post and the building and took a screenshot of it.

Then I used the Pasteify app to crop this image on top of the original image in the corresponding position for my final product and tweeted it!

My next daily create was my super power selfie!

This was pretty simple for me, I have always wished to fly, so I gave myself wings! All I did for this was google an image of wings and looked until I found ones that I liked enough to attach to my body! Then I used the editing app Pastetify to crop wings on to a preexisting selfie of me and tweeted it!

My last daily create this week was probably my favorite I have done so far. It was Stand like a superhero.

To complete this daily create I hit my best superhero pose, chest out, hands on hips, and looking up towards the sky. But, my favorite part of this assignment was adding my best attempt at a comic book filter. I used this new app I discovered called PicsArt to get this super cool filter! This was my final product!

The more daily creates I complete the more I am enjoying them!

Character Dossier

Introducing Little Brain, the smartest sidekick in the super universe.

Little Brain, human born name Brian Smalls was born in Augusta, Maine on December 12, 1996. Brian was just a 5’6, plump, nerd with glasses. When Brian was a little 10 year old boy his whole world changed. Brain was studying late one night in the public library during a terrible lighting storm. Brain was so tired after reading for hours that he fell asleep on a neuroscience textbook. Then lighting struck through the ceiling and hit Brian right on the brain. Brian woke the next day in the hospital with minor injuries, but a major change, he could now read people’s minds. He was so shocked and confused by his ability he did not tell anyone, except for one person, his doctor. Brian told him because he read the doctors mind, and figured out that he was the famous Doctor Blot, the fastest superhero in the North East. Brian trained with his doctor for years learning to control his gift while hiding it from his mom Debora and his father Chris. Since Brian was an only child he did not want to scare his parents with his oddity, so Brian Smalls lived two lives.

Fast forward 10 years, Brian is finally an adult, 20 years old, but still 5’6 and plump. Doctor Bolt asked him to take over the roll of a full time sidekick. They use their speed and brain power to take down every evil being that steps foot into the North East. Their arch nemesis is The PSYCHO-logist, use to be a psychologist who did one too many clinical trials on his brain frying his emotional and decision making structures. He does not feel remorse or pain, making him extremely dangerous. The PSYCHO-logist is their toughest villain because he knows Little Brain’s Kryptonite, hats, headbands, and helmets. If the individuals brain is blocked from him in anyway it makes reading their minds impossible.

Little Brain still to this day hides his true identity from his parents pretending to be a local librarian. They remain a close family having dinner together every night. Brian Smalls and the famous sidekick Little Brain continue to live the same, but separate lives.