Donal Trump is dancing with an Alien

I am really not interested in politics, but I keep reading news, occasionally. I wanted to create this GIF file and couldn’t find anything better to animate with. So it had to be Donald Trump and this Alien figure I found online.

I am aware that American election system is very different to European. I know it is bit too late anyway, but I decided to educate myself how the US system really works.

Below are my findings


An election for president of the United States occurs every four years on Election Day, held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The next presidential election will be held on November 3, 2020.

The election process begins with the primary elections and caucuses and moves to nominating conventions, during which political parties each select a nominee to unite behind. The nominee also announces a vice presidential running mate at this time. The candidates then campaign across the country to explain their views and plans to voters and participate in debates with candidates from other parties.

During the general election, Americans go to their polling place to cast their vote for president. But the tally of those votes—the popular vote—does not determine the winner. Instead, presidential elections use the Electoral College. To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes. In the event no candidate receives the majority, the House of Representatives chooses the president and the Senate chooses the vice president.

The presidential election process follows a typical cycle:

  • Spring of the year before an election – Candidates announce their intentions to run.
  • Summer of the year before an election through spring of the election year – Primary and caucus debates take place.
  • January to June of election year – States and parties hold primaries and caucuses.
  • July to early September – Parties hold nominating conventions to choose their candidates.
  • September and October – Candidates participate in presidential debates.
  • Early November – Election Day
  • December – Electors cast their votes in the Electoral College.
  • Early January of the next calendar year – Congress counts the electoral votes.
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day

Electoral College

Map of the U.S. showing the number of electoral college votes by state.Unlike in other U.S. elections, the president and vice president are not elected directly by the people. Instead, they’re chosen by “electors” through a process called the Electoral College.

The idea of using electors comes from the Constitution. The nation’s founders saw it as a compromise between electing the president by a popular vote among citizens and electing the president in Congress.

The Electors

The number of electors each state gets is determined by how many members of Congress (House and Senate) the state has. Including Washington, D.C.’s three electors, there are a total of 538 electors in all. U.S. territory residents don’t vote in the presidential election and are not represented in the Electoral College. View the distribution of electors by state.

Each state’s political parties choose their own slate of potential electors. Who is chosen to be an elector, how, and when varies by state.

After you cast your ballot for president, your vote goes to a statewide tally. In 48 states and Washington, D.C., the winner gets all of the electoral votes for that state. This means his or her party’s electors in that state will vote in the Electoral College. Maine and Nebraska assign their electors using a proportional system called the Congressional District Method.

A candidate needs the vote of at least 270 electors—more than half—to win the presidential election.

Although the actual vote of the Electoral College takes place in each state on December 19, in most cases, a projected winner can be announced on election night.

The Constitution doesn’t require electors to vote according to the popular vote of the people they represent. But it’s rare for an elector not to follow the people’s—and their party’s—choice.

Infographic Poster: How to Become President of the United States

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U.S. Constitutional Requirements for Presidential Candidates

The president must:

  • Be a natural-born citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 35 years old
  • Have been a resident of the United States for 14 years

Any person who meets these requirements can declare his or her candidacy for president at any time. Candidates must register with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) once they receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $5,000. Within 15 days of reaching that $5,000 threshold, candidates must file a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC authorizing a principal campaign committee to raise and spend funds on their behalf.

Why did Donald Trump won?

  1. The revolution was tweeted, not televised. Trump reached millions of Americans directly, on his schedule and without the mainstream media’s distortion filters. The turning point came in October 2015, when he realized he could speak directly to voters without intermediaries, reaching 25 million people on Twitter and Facebook for free. This technology allowed him to fill stadiums with 25,000 people in rural Alabama.
  2. By being utterly unpredictable and outrageous, Trump “gaslit” the mainstream media. Sending out his first provocative tweet at 6:00 a.m. meant that the media would follow him for the rest of the day. He thereby received millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity from a media establishment that clearly wanted him to lose. Every day he fed and taunted the drooling beast, and then made it chase him.
  3. Trump played offense 24/7. He took a line from President Obama’s playbook—“If they hit you, hit back twice as hard”—and then radicalized it. Consider his demolition of Jeb Bush, who knows how to play hardball but he was crushed by Trump. Then, during the general election, Trump out-Alinskyed an Alinsky protégé.
  4. Trump dared to say that the Republicrat Establishment had failed. An anti-politician who called America’s politicians losers and failures, he said that America was in a state of decline but that he would restore it to greatness.
  5. Trump’s unrelenting attack on political correctness appealed to millions of Americans who were sick and tired of being corrected and scolded by feminist dance therapy majors from Bennington College. As a great bonus, his aversion to political correctness set Trump apart from the bland, formulaic, risk-averse rhetoric and policies of establishment Republicans.
  6. Trump outworked Hillary Clinton. In fact, he may be the hardest working campaigner in American history, while she may have been the laziest politician to ever run for president. It is reported that Trump appeared at 132 rallies speaking to 963,155 people in the last 15 weeks of the campaign. By contrast, Clinton held 63 rallies in which she spoke to 109,220 people. Like Thomas Dewey in 1948, Hillary Clinton treated the election as a formality, a foregone conclusion. The voters made clear to each that they resented being taken for granted.
  7. Trump uttered the three best words of the campaign: “Drain the swamp.” By contrast, Hillary uttered the three worst: “Basket of deplorables.” The election was no longer Republicans vs. Democrats, or conservatives vs. liberals; it became “We the People” vs. “We the Government.”
  8. Instead of running to the center in search of moderate Republicans, Trump ran to his Tea-Party, right-wing base. Instead of looking for consensus, he provoked dissension and division. Instead of appearing moderate and judicious, he was provocative and outrageous. Instead of looking to the Establishment for support, he attacked it. Instead of courting the press, he mocked and insulted it. Instead of being a Teflon candidate like Bill Clinton, he wanted everything to stick to him.

At the I shall give a credits

I used the internet a source. For the Trump figure I used

https://www.freelancer.com

The Alien figure can be found here

https://mbtskoudsalg.com/explore/sprite-animation-png/

The text is mainly taken from this site:

https://www.usa.gov/election

GIF file

I have been besotted by art made via computer since my teenage years. It took me some time to actually start doing something about it. What I really about it that it space efficient. I have quite a few piles of drawings, loads of canvases and etc. I simply never learn.

For this post I wanted to do a simple animation and export it into GIF. I have done this through Adobe Photoshop. It is very simple piece, nothing to complicated.

As I am looking at it now. The poor thing is running backwards. I will amend it. puppy

We have all heard about GIF files, but where is really coming from?

The Graphics Interchange Format, better known by its acronym GIF , is a bitmap image format that was developed by a team at the bulletin board service (BBS) provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987.It has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

Humble beginnings

The GIF is simply the best and most versatile image format around said Alexander “Sandy” Trevor, the former chief technical officer of CompuServe who managed the GIF team.

“If you want lossless, compressed graphics, there is nothing better than GIF,” Trevor told the Daily Dot. “Yes, JPEG is better for photos, but you can tolerate loss in photos. And png has some benefits, but for most applications it is not worth the additional implementation hassle.”oliana_gif

On June 15, 1987, Trevor and his team, which included inventor Steve Wilhite, released an enhanced version of the GIF called 87a. The new format allowed people to create compressed animations using timed delays.

“I think the first GIF was a picture of a plane. It was a long time ago,” Wilhite told the Daily Dot in a rare interview via Facebook.

 

Tower Bridge goes GIF

In this little post I have animated some photos using Adobe Photoshop. I think it is great little and simple technique which I will be using a lot in near future.

The original photos are mine and I am just having fun while animating it and making it less boring. I believe I will get better very soon and replace those with better ones than I am posting now.

By the way to capture Tower Bridge like this I had to shoot with f/22 on 30.0s I thought my camera is broken, because it took ages.

 

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I enjoy this GIF creation so much I have produced some more.

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Even this new one made using my own photograph.

Something about the bridge itself:

It took eight years, five major contractors and the relentless labour of 432 construction workers each day to build Tower Bridge.

Two massive piers were sunk into the river bed to support the construction and over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways. This framework was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the Bridge a more pleasing appearance.

When it was built, Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed (“bascule” comes from the French for “see-saw”). These bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines. blog 1The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. The accumulators fed the driving engines, which drove the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.

Today, the bascules are still operated by hydraulic power, but since 1976 they have been driven by oil and electricity rather than steam. The original pumping engines, accumulators and boilers are now exhibits within Tower Bridge’s Engine Rooms.

A huge challenge faced the City of London Corporation – how to build a bridge downstream from London Bridge without disrupting river traffic activities. To generate ideas, the “Special Bridge or Subway Committee” was formed in 1876, and opened the design for the new crossing to public competition.

Over 50 designs were submitted for consideration, some of which are on display at Tower Bridge. It wasn’t until October 1884 however, that Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, offered the chosen design for Tower Bridge as a solution.


Working on Tower bridge could be extremely dangerous, and the building project witnessed tragic fatalities. On 25 April 1888, 20-year-old Richard Bacon fell to his death in the caissons [large cases lowered into the Thames to build the piers]. His death certificate, coroner’s report and the notification for his funeral are still in the family’s possession – a poignant reminder of the often treacherous work involved in building the bridge.
The first known female employee at Tower Bridge was Hannah Griggs, who worked as a cook between 1911 and 1915. Griggs is one of the few women who worked at the bridge in the early years. Griggs2C20Hannah20cropped202-9ad24afWe know only two more women’s names from this early period, Laura Gass, a tracer [who did drawings and copies of drawings] and Alice Lilly Bode, a clerk. It may well be that both were attracted to the job because of existing family links to the bridge. It was a common occurrence among the bridge’s workforce to already have fathers, siblings or friends working here.

 

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The image above is my last attempt today. The original photo is taken on my iPhone from the Millennium Bridge coming home from Tate Modern.

I am sometimes so buried in my own head and my problems that I keep forgetting to look around. At this occasion luckily I didn’t otherwise I wouldn’t be able to capture this sunset.

While Daydreaming The Time is passing by : Double Exposure Cinemagraph

I am trying to expand my skill base. I have always liked the double exposure effect on the photos.

In  this case I went bit further and created cinemagraph. I have followed a tutorial on YouTube, but used my own photo plus I have downloaded a different video.

Down below I am adding my first one, but it is in black&white which wasn’t how I wanted it, but I made some mistakes during creation.

 

Creating animation

During the this project I have created earlier last year I had to think of a story. I wanted it to be a funny story nothing too serious. As most of the Londoners I take tube every day and my attention was caught up by the online dating adverts. I know it has been around for ages, but I wasn’t paying much attention to it until now. There so much reliance on people honesty in something like online dating. I was thinking about exaggerating it a little and change the couple about to date from humans to couple of monkeys.

As with anything I have written a proposal which is a good way to clarify any project.

Treatment for Monkeys and online dating

In my work on this project I wanted to work and point out how technology is changing our world. I picked topic of online dating as something what is getting more and more prominent in the world of social media and people living more and more attached to their phones and screens. These days no one is communicating normal way and people are getting more and more isolated in their own little worlds.

Let’s say one wants to test the online dating, posters are advertising it everywhere in the tube, billboards, magazines and etc. It is still scary to think as when one is setting up profile and putting the image of oneself how one sees themselves and it is all very subjective to do such thing, because it just my own imagination and one subjective projection of a person. In my work I would like to have a bit of a different point of view, bit twisted point of view.

No one is checking the profiles if they are real or not as it is very simple to fake such a thing and it doesn’t really have to be me on the picture I am declaring it is me, but in reality it can be my neighbour, because she looks prettier.

I based my story on bit of a play as some people haven’t that good morals or are not always playing fair. I picked for my two character two chimpanzees trying find love. They haven’t got the morals or understanding what is going really going on so there will be bit of twist. In reality I know very well that wouldn’t be possible, but for one time only why not. As it is everywhere said to sign for online dating should be simple for anyone. As it is proven we are apes in the sense on the first glance bit related to monkeys so why not. It is bit of fairy tale as well as we are bombarded by media from all sites that finding love is something very simple and straightforward something crucial and we all live in happy everlasting relationship till we die. Which is lovely and we all need bit of love in our lives.

I want my animation be happy and funny. I might change the story too depending how the creative process will go and if the idea proves good one or bad one.

There will be bit if a happy end at the end as none of my characters see themselves as monkeys, but as normal people hence the illusion of one projecting themselves as they think they are or as they see fit. My two chimps get lucky and see the other is the same so all is good. But sometime things don’t always work in ones favour and can get really messy. There is a bit of a mystery in the story, because no one is really sure how that person really looks like till the last moment.

After this been clarified I created a moodboard Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 11.44.13 I wanted to find out what kind of visual language I am going to use and also colours applied within the story. I searched for images typing online dating into the search engine. The moodboard has got photos of real monkeys as well just to see if I can dress the monkeys in human clothing.

I love drawing, but I can’t draw monkeys just from my head so I needed the real photos to make it all look more realistic and believable so I used real monkey photos from the internet. My story was clear Next stage was to create a storyboard and before storyboard was to finalise appearance of the main characters “Chimp Jane and Chimp Lee”

 

This is my Chimp Jane when I knew

ape 1134how my main character looks everything became easier as I knew the direction I will take now. I could make people have a connection with my Jane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now there was a time to work on my story board. I had to create 2 one for action the other for explaining what is happening in the story below you can see a copy of the first story board I did explaining the frame by frame what is happening.

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After this initial stage was done. I had to go back to the drawing board again and draw each scene. I worked mainly in Adobe Photoshop using simple methods colouring each drawn scene after it had been scanned using paint bucket. I also knew that was just one layer of the each scene the second layer with the characters was the one to be later animated. I am adding an example of the first scene featuring just camera in  Adobe AfterEffects a software I predominantly used to create this animation with finishing it Adobe Premier Pro.

At this stage I had the scenes set, but there was huge amount of work to be done and it is drawing the characters in all the possible poses they will be in including the variation of lighting conditions too. But first I want to show how I was able to turn the photos into animated character. See the image below.

how it started

I am adding  the lighting effects and other positions in form of a slideshow.

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I have kept a screen grabs of the creation process as well so I can back track myself when ever I wish. I will ad some single scenes as I see the transformation of the photo of the monkey interesting. I have also kept the notes on quite few of this images too including different colour options or colour palette used.

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I am adding the final animation I know it is already on the site, but now you not it in more detail.

Animation for a charity

I have created this animation for a charity focusing on people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. It was animated invite for people to come to International MS Day celebration which took place on a boat.