Before the Shark There was the Tuber

January 8, 2012 in Blog Pile, DS106, VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments311 by Alan Levine

Only because @echoln tweeted her extra large yam comes this un-necessary Yam Yarn assignment for ds106

Yeah, yeah, yam sharks might be a little scary, but nothing is more terrifying than the Great Orange Tuber, the classic story of all times.

This was a quick PhotoShop cut and layer job, based on a movie poster borrowed from MovieGoods, and using Joan’s tweeted yam photo. I stared at the photo a bit looking for a shape, and it cried WHALE.

I did some cheap substitutes for the fonts on words changed from the poster. My usual approach is to magic brush in background stuff, and then do typography over the top. “Tuber at the top is Arial Black, which is close but not exact. The “YAm” on the bottom was Gil Sans Ultra Bold, again, close enough but not exact. I rendered the type to be bitmapped so O could magic brush in the wave textture over the letters.

The assignment is:

Add a yam to your favorite movie and make a picture.

and the tags are VisualAssignments and VisualAssignments311

War of the Yams

January 3, 2012 in Blog Pile, DS106, VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments311 by Alan Levine

Yam mania defines ds106, and like my first yam yarn, I have space yams on my mind.

Hah, Timmmmy, I’m photoshopping yams at 12:30 AM, because IT’S A WAR OUT THERE IN YAM SPACE (as well as in the oceans)

This is the classic version, not the Spud Cruise one.

We were hopelessly hemmed in by the Tuber Smoke all that day and the morning of the next. There were signs of people in the next house on Sunday evening–a face at a window and moving lights, and later the slamming of a door. But I do not know who these people were, nor what became of them. We saw nothing of them next day. The Tuber Smoke drifted slowly riverward all through Monday morning, creeping nearer and nearer to us, driving at last along the roadway outside the house that hid us.

A Yammian came across the fields about midday, laying the stuff with a jet of ovenheated steam that hissed against the walls, splattered all the windows it touched, and scalded the curate’s hand as he fled out of the front room. When at last we crept across the sodden rooms and looked out again, the country northward was as though an orange spudstorm had passed over it. Looking towards the river, we were astonished to see an unaccountable maple flavored orangeness mingling with the black of the scorched meadows.

That section was lifted and yammified slightly from the web version of War of the Worlds. In choosing a random passage to parody, I was struck by the references to Black Smoke in Wells’s text, and saw the eyeballs of JJ Abrams on the page.

Maybe we will do a ds106 radio version of the Yamvasion?

Yam Trek! Star Yam!

January 3, 2012 in Blog Pile, DS106, VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments311 by Alan Levine

(full size is one click away)

Star Yam 13: The Final Leftovers is the next series of adventures for Captain James T. Fork of the Starship Yamterprise, it’s 9 year mission, to sek out new plates and new celebrations, to boldly go where no yam has gone before!

It’s a Yam Jam Theme, starting with Lisa Lane sailing the Yam Boat, Scottlo showing the Yam Who Would Be King, and next, MBS taking my favorite starchy movie, Cool Hand Yam (goes well with eggs).

How could I resist? I’m no spud.

Now someone needs to make this assignment for ds106, as this is getting out of yam. It could put a whole now flavor on mashed-up assignments.

Ingredients for this image:

UPDATE for red shirted ensign ds106ers! This is now officially an assignment with the tag VisualAssignments311