DIVA 300 – Final Report

December 8, 2009

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Here are the details on the two internships this semester for my DIVA 300 class – the first being the Motion Capture Studio at Emily Carr University and the second being CODElab, a look into surveillance during the Olympics taking place here in Vancouver in 2010. Click final_report_john_deveaux for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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Did you have a transformative experience over the internship? How you may have changed since starting the internship?
MoCap – “John has grasped the principles of motion capture quite well. He has already exhibited thoughts of how to use the technology in areas outside the norm.” The paradigm shift for me in working with Rick in the school’s motion capture lab was seeing the ways in which the technology can be applied to multiple products, company and individual requirements. From biofeedback, to ergonomics, the applications for MoCap are endless.
CODElab – I and the CODELab artists mutually admitting errors were made and working to rebuild our collective relationship together.

How you may use the skills that you’ve learned in the future?
MoCap – I am presently building my own company to provide ongoing project management consultation with some key friends of mine; Paul Cordick who was a Producer/Project Manager at both Mainframe Entertainment and Electronic Arts along with Kirk Hutton, who just completed his MBA. Both of them will be assisting me in developing our business plan, scope/vision of the company and identify key clients and competition – having my own company will allow me the freedom to create and develop the projects that I truly want to work on.
CODElab – Learning how to setup and edit a Wiki page will greatly help me in the near future as one of my company’s first clients requires a wiki page to be setup and content input and maintained.

Do you have goals for continuing with the internship? Was there an on-going relationship that was developed or a network of contacts that will benefit your practice?
MoCap – Not directly with Rick in the MoCap lab, but he asked that I keep him in the loop as to the progress that the company makes moving forward.
CODElab – I will be doing some additional research for the CODELab artists later on this week for the project Wiki page and will be meeting with Simon later on in order to finalize what he needs me to look up. On a long term basis, I am not sure if I will be working with them down the road, but if our paths cross in the future, I would be open to talking with them to see if there are areas in which we can join forces.

Comment on the working relationship with the organization, working in a collaborative environment, the organization’s flexibility and communication about the projects.
MoCap – Not really applicable here as Rick and I were 1 on 1 all of the time and did not have a major project that needed to be worked on or completed by the end of the internship. That being said, I had a very good working relationship with him and would definitely work with him again in the future.
CODElab – There were a few bumps along the road in my internship with CODELab but at the end of the day, we were able to move forward based on mutual respect for one another and a common interest in putting forward a kick-ass art piece.

How your expectations of the internship changed over time? (what you ended up actually doing vs. what was initially proposed.)
MoCap – The complexities of the software itself are so immense that constant trouble shooting and tech support was required. In those instances where Rick was madly working away to try and solve the problem, rather than pester him with questions, in some instances it was better to just stand back, shut up and let him work the problem.
CODElab – Do to some miscommunications, the only concrete item that I have produced so far for CODELab was the Wiki page that I briefly showed during the mid-term assessment: http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Information_on_the_Olympic_Games

Mention the tasks and accomplishments that occurred after the midterm presentation
MoCap – Working with Rick this week to ascertain whether data could be captured without the black rubber mats being laid out in the studio. By moving the mats off of the floor and dialing up the threshold of the cameras, we were able to prove that while possible, the square footage of area that is seen by the cameras is greatly diminished which would result in limiting the movement of the actors within the space.
Since the infrared cameras are very light sensitive, a potential project coming down the pipeline was looking to see if they could do mocap without the mats, as they are cumbersome to move and stack and also emit a fairly potent smell each time they are moved. The studio needs to be aired out as a result which means more time is lost
CODElab – still to be determined…

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DIVA 300 – Critical Review

November 25, 2009

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Here are the details from one of the performances that I saw over this past weekend’s Interactive Futures conference here at Emily Carr. Click critical_review_john_deveaux for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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t2:Echo – by Henry Daniel

Due to the fact that my schedule was quite full this past weekend along with the fact that I get quite severe motion sickness from watching 3D movies, ride films and IMAX movies, I was not able to see most of the presentations that were shown at this year’s Interactive Futures conference at Emily Carr. That being said, the one performance that I was able to see in at least some form was t2:Echo by Henry Daniel.

While I was not able to see the entire performance, due to the fact that the concourse gallery walls that were blocking my seeing most of the actual dancers’ performances. On top of this, I was also helping direct the audience members to their respective locations, facilitating their viewpoints and actively going to get benches for more vertically challenged people to stand on.

By positioning the dancers in two separate yet interlinked locations, the director was able to create a bridge between the performances. This was further articulated by the video coding and processing for telepresence technology that was used to create the concurrent ghosting effect that was seen on the wall of the ECUAD concourse gallery and the main display screen in the IDS Motion Capture studio.

The ghosting effect that was projected onto the concourse gallery wall showed the dual performances and interlaid them onto one another and provided a somewhat random video playback quality as each dancer took centre stage in front of the crowd. They also entered the stage from multiple entry points and once their rotation in each location was complete, they then ran either to or from the concourse gallery and IDS MoCap studio in order to continue their respective performances there.

I have never seen a live dance performance like this before and it was quite the sight to see, as the dancers themselves were able to glide through the space with the greatest of ease and truly encompass it. From what I could see, it was a beautiful and creative bridging of technology and human performance into a multi-faceted co-locative art piece and would enjoy seeing more performances by Henry Daniel and his accompanying dance troupe.


Internship Mid-Term Report

October 28, 2009

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Here are the details on the two internships that I am working on this semester for my DIVA 300 class – the first being the Motion Capture Studio at Emily Carr University and the second being CODElab, a look into surveillance during the Olympics taking place here in Vancouver in 2010. Click mid_term_report_john_deveaux for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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IDS Motion Capture Studio Internship
http://crossfitmocap.wordpress.com/
– blog setup to provide project info to participants and show progress
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=177700972600&ref=mf
– Facebook user group setup as well with video links on group wall

LEARNING OUTCOMES
– Rick’s philosophy on learning is to be fluid and allow for creative freedom
– he did not want me helping with mundane tasks such as answering email
– seeing as how he has no set schedule, he wanted to have as much fun in the process
– on his own, he would calibrate the cameras by running back and forth = boring
– having me working with him, gives him a greater chance to explore new outcomes
– “If I have to do one more damn US Marine with a machine gun walk cycle again…”
– CrossFit coaches and athletes were brought together with artists for group meeting
– much easier to learn by bringing in and suiting up actors to have them perform
– ability to work with the performers and fine tune walk cycles or isolated movements
– unfortunately, we had a major software glitch which nixed our live MoCap filming

– Rick pulled up some pre-recorded footage to show multiple data captures instead
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CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 1

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 2

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 3

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 4

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 5

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CODElab Internship
UPDATE
http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
– Wiki page setup as a collective of project information and outcomes
http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Information_on_the_Olympic_Games#Olympics:_
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– researched previous and future Olympic cities’ security and surveillance activities
LEARNING OUTCOMES
– overall project is still open-ended as far as final outcomes
– I foresee my continued responsibilities as becomming a researcher
– our first task was to get a video camera and go around Granville Island and record
– criteria asked for unique and creative locations in order to record people and events
– possible location of setting up a “Ministry of Mis-Information” at Granville Island info board
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DIVA 300 – Internship Scope of Work Report

September 29, 2009

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Here are the details on the two internships that I will be working on this semester for my DIVA 300 class – the first being the Motion Capture Studio at Emily Carr University and the second being CODElab, a look into surveillance during the Olympics taking place here in Vancouver in 2010. Click John DeVeaux – Scope of Work Report for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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IDS Motion Capture Studio Internship

OVERVIEW
– Motion Capture Studio located here at the ECUAD Intersections Digital Studio
– Rick Overington is the studio tech who runs the operation
– major motion picture and local computer games companies use the studio space
– 20 Infared Passive Optical System to cover most of the floor space in the studio
– Motion Buider is the software application and is also good for pre-visualization
– full body suits which have 30-50 sensors sewn in are used to capture the data
– the system is unable to capture both bodies and facial features at the same time
– computers, cameras and the studio space need to be calibrated for each shot

– wand wave / L-Frame / Floor Calibration are the steps used to calibrate

Mocap

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
I want to incorporate CrossFit athletes and coaches into the Motion Capture Studio to serve both as a diagnostic tool to help provide real-time live data to athletes and coaches on their body dynamics as they do individual exercises, but to also merge this data into an artistic format as well.

I would like to work with some of the animation students at Emily Carr and create 3D character avatars which could then be animated with the motion capture data recorded from the original athletes to either match their actual likenesses or go really crazy and make the avatars look completely different (ie: men becoming women, humanoid looking animals, aliens…you name it).

I ran my idea by Rick on Monday and he said it would be great to work together on a collaborative project so that I could have an actual self-directed portfolio piece at the end of my internship, rather than just work on other peoples/companies’ projects. In addition, the owner and coaches at CrossFit are also very interested in what the Motion Capture Studio could provide to help enable their athletes propel themselves even further.

http://www.crossfit.ca
– CrossFit Vancouver homepage

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crossfit+vancouver&search_type=&aq=f
– YouTube page listing of the CrossFit Vancouver workout videos

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CODElab Internship

OVERVIEW
CODElab will be a large-scale participatory new media artwork that will coincide with the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games from February 5th to 22nd, 2010 and be part of the larger CODELive event going on throughout the Vancouver area. Live capture nodes will be installed throughout Granville Island where visitors will be able to interact with artist and student facilitators via custom-designed balloon cams, umbrella cams, shoe cams and the like will record, transmit and present video with nontraditional perspectives and cutting-edge visuality.

CODElab

WHAT THIS ALL MEANS
– evolving process – the project guidelines will be set by the group
– roving, moving capture nodes for CODELab between the observer and the observed
– bodystorming vs. brainstorming – quickly create a conceptual idea and take it into the public sphere and test it out to see if it will actually work
– who will be our audience – project workers, ECUAD, Granville Island, Vancouver residents, 2010 Olympic visitors, the interwebz…
– orange and white colour scheme was decided upon for CODELab
– orange is significant of colour coded terrorist alert / being on alarm (CODE ORANGE)
– orange is the rabbit hole to engage the audience and bring them in further once they more and more CODELab orange coloured objects

PROJECT DELIVERABLES
http://delicious.com/search?p=codelab+ecu&chk=&context=main|&fr=del_icio_us&lc=
– setup a delicious site to bookmark important corresponding information
– a project Wiki site is being developed as a base for final outcomes and data captures

INTERNSHIP OUTCOMES
I had the opportunity to see the artists’ previous project, GLOCAL, at the Surrey Art Gallery last year and was absolutely blown away at what they had achieved. I hope to get hands-on experience and knowledge on building an immense data capture project and to further visualize it with Processing so that I can create and expand my own projects to their full potential.

http://www.glocal.ca/


DIVA 300 – Officially back to Skool!

September 9, 2009

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Here are my notes from the first day of classes at Emily Carr this fall semester – I am Officially back to Skool!!!
– FlashAddict

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DIVA future course offering orientation next wednesday at 3:20 – room to be announced

electrodiva.wordpress.com (DIVA 300 class blog – send Julie link to mine)

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Interactive Futures – started in Victoria at Open Space Gallery – now run by my teacher Julie Andreyev here at ECUAD

http://www.interactivefutures.ca/

– thematic is stereo in a broad sense
– 3 day conference made up of daytime presentations by artists, designers and researchers working within three thematics
– also a number of exhibitions taking place throughout the conference as well
– internship involves managing and learning how to stream the event to the public
– e-presence = remote live stream capabilities used for this conference in conjunction with IDS
– intern would work with Maria and Greg via Interactive Futures and IDS

Responsibilities for Internship:
– videographer archivist + broadcaster
– still photographer
– administration assistant (document, printing assistant, registration)
– curatorial assistant (help install/curate the exhibitions)

Significant keynote speakers:
– George Legrady (utilizes data from satellites)
– Paula Levine – mapped Jerusalem/Palestine wall onto San Francisco
– Munro Ferguson

Wednesday, November 18th, whole class would work at the conference and help set it up in lieu of class time.

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Glisten Hive – by Julie Andreyev

www.animallover.ca

– looks at animal consciousness – do they share human emotions
– part of the CODE (Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition) and shown here at ECUAD during the Olympics

Additional Components to the project:
– Aria – HD audio/video installation filmed in Banff National Park
– Wait – interactive video installation (activated space that reads visitors interaction with the space and plays a video reaction of the dogs to their interaction)
– Rockstar – work in progress – short HD video with the dog’s head out the car window while driving
– Bikeride – bike mounted camera filming the dogs running with the backdrop of the city changing behind the constant of the dogs

Intern Responsibilities:
– design and build the physical structure used for the project (arching, sculpted pieces to show the displayed data)
– Max MSP to be used to collate and display the data
– create a blog and populate it with information and testing the data within Max MSP for the installation

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Jonathan Aitken, artist/designer in residence at ECUAD researching a project involving animated typography and dance/theatre

http://www.jonathanaitken.ca/

Typographic Play

– text rain – camille utterback and romy achituv installation

– dumb type – memorandum

Flavia

Theatre Gargantua – interactive play with type

Liquid Journey – open source code to create visualized poetry

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Kika Thorne, Programming Coordinator/Curator of VIVO Media Arts Centre

http://www.videoinstudios.com

www.signalandnoise.ca

– looking for interns to help reinvent the VIVO website (new content management infrastructure)
– archival, project management, content management opportunities
– Ryan Trekartin and Willy Lemaitre – upcoming artists coming to VIVO and part of the internship

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Alex Beim, Creative Director of Tanglible Interaction

www.tangibleinteraction.com

– Zygot ineractive balls – inflatable balls with electronics inside that change colour whenever they are pushed
– Sensation White rave party in Amsterdam
– Graffiti Wall – done in the mocap studio here at ECUAD
– created graphics for the Olympic Oval (logo, letterhead and interactive displays/projections)
– Light Beat – interactive ball that flashes to match your heart beat
– Sun-Rype interactive Kiosk – people were made out of fruit – reproduce pixels of people with fruit
– empty bottles with L.E.D.s inside – Baccardi

Current Projects for internship:
1. Lighting Device (LED) that responds to sound

2. Tangible Interaction QB (cube) – system of lights that respond to interactions

What they are looking for:
Graphic Side – help with graphic identity of the company (logo, identity, branding) – create a new experimental identity for the company

Industrial Side – research new materials and techniques to work with for projects

Explore the Space – they are in residence at Lumen Gallery at Tinseltown – they are looking for graphics to be placed there – so not really an opportunity to utilize space there 😦

http://www.lumengallery.org

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Maria Lantin, Director of Intersections Digital Studios on the latest stereographic technologies.

http://www.ecuad.ca/research/ids

Opportunities:
– 3d printer – work with Simon and learn how to utilize them – Figure Prints for THELORAS!!!

http://www.figureprints.com/

– WHIP studios is for wearables/textiles and electronics

– working in MOCAP studio / FID technology to track people as they enter the space

– stereoscopic projection system (full HD)

– Breath IO – virtual video sculpture of lungs

– E-Presence System – allows you to capture live presentations and web casting

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M.Simon Levin and Jer Thorp, head researchers/artists of CODELab an experimental project that looks at surveillance during the 2010 Olympics.

– project commissioned by VANOC and presented during the 2010 Olympics
– social engagement project = art that is designed to be presented in a public space as opposed to a gallery

Project Specifics:
– network of nodes positioned around Granville Island with cameras attached to them (Capture Nodes)
– each node has a mini CPU, GPS, camera and XBee Radio (allows them to talk to the other nodes and relay data to the main CPU capture node located at ECU)
– allows investigation of Neural Networks / Vision / Surveillance
– they developed the GLOCAL project that was shown at the Surrey Art Gallery last year

Opportunities:
– Directed Studies
– Informal participation
– Contribution to research

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Malcolm Levy, Lead Curator / Producer: CODE on the Ground, an exhibition of new media to be held during the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

www.vancouver2010.com/en/culture-and-education/cultural-festival-and-events/code-/-/57316/mrhe7c/index.html

CODE Live – interactive, visual art performances (at night light works as well)

Connect Create and Collaborate
– create an interactive and inspiring experience for a broad international Games time audience
– showcase innovative and interactive installations and performances from Canada and select international artists
– theme of bridging between people and technology
– 3 Venues (ECUAD, Great Northern Way, Woodward’s / W2 in the downtown eastside)

Internship Opportunities:
– exhibition design intern (comm design)
– video documentation
– docents (ambassadors to art pieces)
– artistic management internships
– web editing and photo based online design work
– video editing for web
– technical install assistants
– print design interns

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Henry Tsang and Glen Lowry, researchers on Maraya, a large-scale new media experience that links Dubai with False Creek.

http://www.interactivefutures.ca/tsang.htm

Maraya – arabic for Reflection / Mirror

– telephone pole will have a CPU and video camera (robust, keep it dry)
– tv screen under a grate will showcase the view from the opposite city’s telephone pole portal

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Cheyanne Turions, Programs Manager/Curator of Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

http://www.cineworks.ca/

Internship Opportunities:
– helping Meet the Filmakers salon presentation
– Production Registry – needs to be put on the website every year
– Series of programs dealing with World AIDS Day – research around media art dealing with AIDS – help implement that programming

Film Festival going from October 1-16
World AIDS Day is December 1st

Thought on Film – monthly meeting of film theorists and enthusiasts

SWARM – Thursday is concentrated around Main Street – Friday night around Gastown


The Personal Journeys blog is now active

March 10, 2009

Hello again everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to invite everyone to check out the Personal Journeys Blog that was publicly unveiled and launched earlier today for my Digital Interactive Arts class at Emily Carr. Everyone was very interested in reading about the stories that people submitted to the art project and would like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who submitted their stories.

This is not the end of the project however, and I will be working with several faculty at school in pushing the project further over the summer. For those of you who wanted to participate, but haven’t had a chance to write up your stories, don’t fret because you still have the chance to send them in and I will put them up on the blog as they arrive.

Furthermore, two other avenues for the project that I would like to explore are to setup a venue at the Athlete’s Village for 2010 Winter Olympics, which I had previously mentioned; but the most important one to my heart is to contact the BC Cancer Foundation and see if they would like to work together in recording and documenting the Journeys of Cancer patients currently going through radiation treatment and chemotherapy as well as the stories from their families.

I will be contacting them tomorrow to look into the feasibility of this project as well as starting to piece together a video which recounts the details of My Personal Journey, which I wrote about January 28th, 1994, the day my mother died from ovarian cancer at the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver. I will keep you guys posted on how both of those progress.

So without further ado, here is the link to the blog:

http://personaljourneys.wordpress.com/

Read through the Journeys, click on the links to view the maps and also look at the Visual Journeys section of the blog to see other outcomes that I developed as well.

Sincerely,

John DeVeaux


Collective Personal Journeys – Help John with his Art Project

January 14, 2009

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I am resubmitting this post after having created its very own “Journeys” category on the right side of the blog navigation bar for better user interaction.

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Hello everyone,

I would like to invite you all to participate in a new and hopefully ongoing art project that I am in the process of creating for my DIVA 202 (Digital and Interactive Arts) course at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design here in Vancouver, B.C. The scope of the project will deal with your personal storylines revolving around significant or memorable journeys in your respective lives.

The tangible aspect of these storylines will be plotted on http://maps.google.com/ and then the corresponding graphical lines that are created by the maps will then be used to connect person to person in the final cumulative outcome of the piece which will then be presented to the public in either a digital or printed format (still to be determined).

Instructions:
1. Think of a particular memorable event in your life when you had to purposely go from point A to point B in order to complete, achieve or otherwise attend this event (ie: when you had to walk from your childhood home to your very first day at school, moving into your first apartment, going to the office where you got your big break job interview, the location of your first kiss…)

2. Go to http://maps.google.com/ and click on “Get Directions” in the top left corner of the screen.

3. Type in your initial starting location in the “A” column – try to be as specific as possible (ie: full street address) – but if you are uncomfortable providing exact locations, just do your best to ensure the map can complete the correct plotting (ie: just the city, or a particular waypoint on your journey)

4. Type in your final destination in the “B” column.

5. Click on the “Get Directions” button to the bottom right of the A and B columns.

6. You will then see a point-to-point listing of the directions shown on the left side of your screen along with a full graphical road map providing a visual representation of your journey in the main window.

7. Write down a few words, a sentence, a paragraph – whatever you feel comfortable with letting others know about the significance of this journey – and please send it in an email or leave a comment below in the blog along with your original starting and final destination locations so I can go ahead and plot everyones’ maps and create the piece as a whole.

8. Smile, laugh, cry, or otherwise personally reflect back on this memory and think back to that moment and what it was like to experience it.

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As an example of this process, I am providing you with a piece that I created last year for my Design One course at Emily Carr, which I am basing this new project off of. I titled the piece, “Life is a Highway” and within it, I wrote down the times that I have moved over the course of my life. I then took the plotted lines, created graphical representations of each and pieced them together into the final outcome:

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Life is a Highway:

I am going to tell my life story by showcasing the times I have moved within my lifetime. I was born into this world on June 16th, 1975 in the town of Flin Flon, Manitoba. I lived there for the first 3 years of my life, until my father, a geologist by trade, was promoted and transferred to work at his company’s Vancouver headquarters. So, we packed all of our things and out we went down the road to get onto the highway and begin our journey west. We settled into our new home in the small town of Tsawwassen, which is about an hour away from Vancouver by car.

Through the rest of my childhood, teen years and into adulthood, I lived in the family house until 2002, when I jumped back on the highway and moved to downtown Vancouver with my girlfriend Cindy. That remained my base of operations until September, 2005, when Cindy and I broke up. Back to the family homestead I went, to lick my wounds and heal my wounded heart.

There I stayed for just over a year, sulking in my depression, until I decided that a change was needed and I moved into a new two-bedroom condo with my friend Spencer up to Burnaby mountain, next to Simon Fraser University. The irony of me living here is that after being single for so long, not a day had gone by without me thinking of Cindy, so I made the decision to contact her again.

And so I saw her for the first time in over a year and a half at the Starbucks in Brentwood Mall in Burnaby. All of the feelings that I kept in check for so long came back with a vengeance and we started dating again. I wonder what the future has in store for the both of us and what future travels will we be making down this highway called life?

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Initial waypoints plotted on google maps:

Final Outcome printed and displayed:

— Artist Note —
I am no longer in a relationship with Cindy but am still happy with the final outcome of this piece – you may also be interested to know that there is a new special someone in my life who I am very close to, otherwise known as my “Snuggle Bear.”

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As always please feel free to check out my daily blog as well to find out more about the daily comings and goings of a digital artist:

https://flashaddict.wordpress.com/

Thank you to everyone for reading over my request and for your support and participation in this project!

Cheers,

John (aka FlashAddict)