State Capitol (Hartford Travel Series)

Design Details

  • Created by Katherine Barnett
  • Tools to create art and speed video: Adobe After Effects | Picture of The Connecticut State Capitol Building| Sony Vegas | Paintshop Pro | Debut Video Capture | Windows Movie Maker |
  • Song in video: Lisa by Airglow

This design features the Connecticut State Capitol Building, located in Hartford, CT. You can find the building at Connecticut State Capitol Park. You can also find it walking through Bushnell Park.

This design was tough for me. I was hitting so many dead ends with the blends I was using. I spent so much time on this design Friday night. Saturday morning I spent a few more hours and at the end, I hit a great spot. I was truly happy with the colors and texture. I was about to save the file as a png but my computer immediately froze when I hit save. I thought I saved the paintshop file right before I wanted to create a png. So I wasn’t worried about the file at the time. A few hours later, I go back to the file I thought I saved before my computer froze and it’s not there. I was upset but I went back to an older version of the design and started over. By that point, I went into a different direction, which I didn’t record. It looks somewhat similar to the design at the end of the music video. I hope you can still see the State Capitol Building. I think the shape of the building is still there. I don’t want the base photo to be lost in my finished design.

This design reminds me of inkblots. I used to concentrate more on that look in the past. I love inkblots. What I like most is the finding the weird shapes. Most of the “inkblots” from this design are from my digital drawing. I’m going to make an effort to include my drawings in every design from now on. Most of the time it takes longer to blend my drawing with the picture but it’s all part of the process. Looking back at the video, I think the finished design looks better than what I originally had before my computer froze on me. It does look a bit chaotic and dark but the more I stare at it, the more I love the colors. It’s peculiar and that’s what this website is all about. I made several versions that I like. I’m only going to post two versions online.

Every design is a learning experience. It’s a balancing act between texture and color blends. I wasn’t going to work with this photo at the beginning. I had another image in mind but overall I’m happy how this turned out. This album has definitely taken some strange turns. That’s a good thing!

The music video…. I think that I’m getting better. All I have to do is buy a bigger monitor so I can sharpen the quality of the live recording. It’s recording my screen resolution. My screen is 1366×768. If I change the resolution the video will be enlarged. It doesn’t look sharp at all. I want to produce high quality videos. I’m still trying to find a way to record at a higher resolution without getting a larger monitor. It’s been a puzzle for me. I’ll figure it out.

I’m really happy with this video. I thought this design was going to be a disaster at some points but the video looks beautiful. Everything came together. That’s what I have to do. Keep going and maybe one day everything will come together.

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