Alright, I was told to code.
So I was sitting there, staring at a blank sketch on processing, a few notes on a piece of paper, println, some abbreviations, and a goal to *make something move*.
Insert internal screams here.
What seemed like endless tutorials, websites, forums, failed attempts, I had lines of useless code, and a snowman on a screen that stared at me.
I have to say that office hours helped so much, I learned that I could use my knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator could be imported into processing, so my design skills could be used as an image that I could manipulate using code!!
I was so excited, but still this snowman stared back at me, except he moved across the screen without any manipulation.
Sign. So I called my younger brother. He tutors Java at Columbia University, so to me he is a genius. Within 15 minutes of him explaining some small changed to my code, I was crying tears of joy because now when I pressed the space bar my snowman JUMPED!!!! I learned to make a snowman jump!!! Then, that night, I made a night sky turn to day behind a small bar near my home just with a few lines of code and the space bar.
Small things, but to me a week’s worth of hard work and it is something that I am so so proud of. I show everyone now my little jumping snowman. I was surprised that I had it in me to do it, and now it seems much easier to code and make things do what I want. While it is only the tip of the iceberg, I feel so powerful in my new knowledge.
For one thing, I feel closer to my brother. Who knows, maybe he and I could make a game or an app, using his higher level of coding and my basic coding and design skill!! I can use this coding for my web design class in P5 to take my web design to the next level if I choose to go into that field. I feel that I am not limited to my photoshop and illustrator, etc, and I have new mediums that I can learn more about to have a leg up in my job opportunities.
I am so excited and I plan on learning more coding and using it in my future!!