Portrait Assignment

Here’s a link to my portrait assignment. It’s still a work in progress. The beat animations and song choice are a more of a commentary on the hip-hop world reaching back and getting great vintage stuff, than of my personality. The picture is my take on Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” cover art. I took it with the webcam on my MacBook Pro. The hat is a Michigan State Spartans hat that I picked up in a bargain bin for $5. I just liked the “S”. The song is “Can’t Forget About You (Featuring Chrisette Michelle)” by Nas. Carlos mentioned that the record looked like a coin, so I replaced that bitmap with a better bitmap. I chose a Decca LP, because that was Nat King Cole’s label (the sample in song was taken from Nat King Cole – Unforgettable). If you press shift + d you can see the records spinning clearly. I used shape tweening to morph between the cards suits (clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts). My portrait is interactive in that you can drag the beats around the stage.