When we were first assigned this project, I was really struggling with coming up with an everyday object that could become a monster. When I woke up to my alarm the next morning, it was pretty easy to see that an alarm could be a pretty good monster. I personally do not use an “idealized” alarm clock like below, but I thought it could be a better representation of an alarm clock than just a notification on the screen of a phone. For the purposes of the overall Tally project that this is contributing to, I thought it might be possible to relate it to anything with a deadline or products that have to do with work.
Below is the image that I chose to use as a template for my design.
Image 1. Alarm Clock.
This was the still image that I created. I went for a cooler, pastel color theme because, even though my alarm clock is never an easy wake up call, I like the idea of a semi-soothing, calm morning so I thought this would lighten up the image.
This final image is the final product of my monster alarm clock. I chose to make the eyes roll and the arms twirl around and have everything on the alarm clock jiggling around to give a sense of chaos. This chaos is why I wanted to balance everything with lighter colors. I kept the legs of the clock in place to just give it a little bit of stability.
I was helping a friend with her histology work and got reminded of how awful microscopes could be so I decided to chose a microscope as my second monster. I tried to aim for it looking like a weird spider/microscope creature.
Below is the image I used as a reference when creating my micro-spider.
Image 2. Microscope.
This next image was the flat image that I created for my spider. I tried to think of the lenses that you look through to see the organism on the slide as the eyeballs. I added some long, spidery legs onto the microscope so that the beady eyes and the long legs would make it more obvious that the microscope was being transformed into a spider.
This last image is my final product. Since you can move the table that you put the slide on up and down, I decided to create a mouth out of it. I also had the wheel that you turn since you have to turn the wheel to get the table to move. I also had the eyeballs spin around like the lenses do when switching which optical strength level you are using.
I got my inspiration for both the movement of the “micro spider” and the alarm clock with the gif below. I thought this gif did a good job of keeping some essential things stagnant while having a lot still moving in the image to add an element of chaos but one that isn’t too overwhelming.
Image 3. Belle Isle Park Detroit.
Groovy Monster Earbuds
This is the set of earbuds that I chose to use as my template for creating my earbud monsters. When I first saw them I thought the curved triangle part looked like an eyebrow so I thought it might be fun to make it into a monster.
Image 4. Earbuds.
This is the stagnant image I came up with. I wanted to keep this image pretty basic since I was planning on trying to make the chord squiggle like a snake when I originally decided to do earbuds. I thought making the image more simplistic would make it less overwhelming when I made the image move.
This image was the final product.
The image below was inspiring to me because I liked the subtlety of it with the snowflakes blowing off the top off the mountain and the trees swaying. I tried to incorporate some level of subtlety into it by keeping some things stagnant but also keeping it like the previous gif with also moving it around a lot as well.
Image 5. Architecture Gif.
“Amazon.Com: AmScope M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound Microscope: Electronics.” n.d. Accessed March 1, 2018. https://www.amazon.com/AmScope-M150C-I-40X-1000X-Biological-Microscope/dp/B00AM5XB5O.
This is the image used for the microscope template (Image 2).
“Analog Alarm Clock Silver – Crosley®” n.d. Accessed March 1, 2018. /p/analog-alarm-clock-silver-crosley-174/-/A-15847566.
This is the image used for the alarm clock template (Image 1).
GIPHY. n.d. Architecture GIF by Mathew Lucas – Find & Share on GIPHY. Accessed March 1, 2018a. https://media.giphy.com/media/yo17W3YT3JrG0/giphy.gif.
This is the GIF inspiration used for the earbuds (Image 5).
Belle Isle Park Detroit GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. Accessed February 28, 2018b. https://media.giphy.com/media/KPYuxjNbY1Mpq/giphy.gif.
This is the GIF inspiration used for the alarm clock, the microscope, and the earbuds (Image 3).
“S6 Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Sports Earbuds -$0 Online Shopping| GearBest.Com.” n.d. GearBest. Accessed March 1, 2018. https://www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_658668.html.
This is the image used as the template for the earbuds (Image 4).