Foundation Art and Design-Final Major Project

This project is where we decide for ourselves what we want as an assignment brief. I had panicked for some time when I was thinking of a concept to be able to bring to life. I had always had some rough ideas and concepts before getting to this final unit. I understand that at this moment, this is where we get to choose what we do and have some more independence. Some of us were anxious, some of us were excited about this. I honestly felt a combination of both. Of course, I had eventually decided on creating an animatic focused on my characters named ‘Sophie’ and ‘Dante’ (their surname is Connor). I thought that it would be better since I have had some experience with making a storyboard for older story concepts. I have often practiced animating characters and facial expressions (shown from my video posts on this blog) as well.


 

 

 

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   fdA&D   BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Trimester 3: Confirmation

Unit 10: Final Major Project in Art and Design

40 credits.  240 guided learning hours

 

 

 

statement of intent (SOI)                                                           

This section to be completed by student.

 

Centre Name: Farhath Hussain, Student No.597093,  City of Bristol College, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UA

Pathway Specialism: Sketching, Painting etc.

Working title or theme: Animatic of a Music Video

 

 

 

This section to be completed by tutor:

Projected Grade (insert on completion of the SOI):

Foundation Tutor                                                Signature                                                             Date

Your Statement of Intent (SOI) must provide an outline brief of your Final Major Project (FMP). The brief will normally be of your own choosing. If you decide to work on a team/group brief (with other students) ensure that you explain how you will respond individually to the brief and the extent of your individual responsibilities and contribution.

 

Prepare your SOI carefully, referring to the guidance in each section below. The guidance should be seen as a prompt and not be regarded as being prescriptive.

 

The SOI must be a minimum of 400 and must not exceed 500 words (excluding the APPENDIX). Each section, One to Four, has a guide to the number of words to best structure your statement to meet the grading criteria for the Confirmatory Stage.  You are reminded that the bibliography and timescale should be included in the APPENDIX and will not be included in the overall word count.

 

The SOI must be word processed.

 

 

 

SECTION ONE – Your Final Major Project (guide 150 words)

What is the title of your Project? What will you work towards producing and what is your proposed end point? Explain how this relates to your work and ideas from the Pathway Stage and how it extends your knowledge, understanding and creative ability.

 

I plan to make an animated/animatic music video as a tribute to a range of characters. These characters a part of an old story concept that I have kept for a while and haven’t really touched up for some time now. It’s a horror/fantasy story which focuses on two siblings named Sophie and Dante, their distant relationship and their dilemma (I will add more info about them as I develop the story). I remember creating a storyboard and concept art for this story as well. I wanted to add some effects and backgrounds this time around (my last animation assignment didn’t have that since I was focused on the main character). I thought that I could incorporate some storytelling in there and possibly develop some older concepts that I have had in the past. I have often written some short stories that are linked in with my original characters.

 

SECTION TWO – Influences, Research, Sources and Ideas (guide 150 words)

What are the influences, starting points and contextual references and why are they relevant to your ideas? Indicate the subject areas you intend to research and the likely sources of information including any museums, specific locations, performances, etc. you plan to visit. However you should not make extensive lists in this section. Instead you should compile an accurate bibliography correctly acknowledging all references including texts, periodicals, websites and video/DVD’s etc. Enter your bibliography in the APPENDIX . 

 

I plan on looking at other artists and visiting locations (e.g. Felix Road Adventure Playground) that I’m familiar with in my childhood as that often helps me to bring any form of inspiration for ideas as well for understanding relationships between human beings. I took a look at Melanie Martinez for her musical content of her own dark fictional world hidden behind bright-colours and child-like imagery. It’s good for showing contrast which can throw you off when you understand what really going on. With that I could put that same sort of spin onto my characters. I found a book in a library called ‘The Nature of Unhappiness’ by David Smail. I thought that if I wanted to have a better understanding of how to look at the dissatisfaction that my own characters suffer through in the fictional world that I had created to make them realistic and likable too.

 

SECTION THREE – Techniques, Processes and Timescale (guide 150 words)

Refer to any techniques and processes you intend to use. Describe the range of media and materials relevant to your project and how you may use them to explore and develop your ideas. Include aspects of studio practice, workshop procedures or the use of particular equipment and software etc. Provide an indicative timescale for your project and indicate the manner in which you intend to divide your time in order to investigate, develop, produce and evaluate your project appropriately. This should be a meaningful plan to you and should be personalised to your project. You may wish to write your plan as a daily or weekly schedule in which case enter your timescale in the APPENDIX . 

 

I would start off sketching and building up my line art using HB pencils and fine liner pens. Though with colouring it in, I would use programs such as GIMP, Photoshop or may be even Paint Tool Sai to colour in each frame. I want to work with a combination of traditional and digital media with my work. I would scan in most the sheets that I create onto my hard drive and on my USB memory stick. With Windows Movie Maker, I can sort out the timing with the images and the audio so that they are synched together. But before I go onto that stage of creating my final outcome. I will spend the first week researching and planning the storyboard (which will be a rough presentation of what will go on in the music video). The second week will be experimentation finding the materials and appropriate techniques.

 

SECTION FOUR –  Method of Evaluation (guide 50 words)

How will you critically review and analyse your work and determine if it is successful? How will you identify directions for ongoing development? Do you have a method to record the critical response to your ideas? How do you propose to assess the success of your Final Major Project and what will be your methods of evaluation? Unit 10 requires you to produce a supporting statement at the end of your project. This section can inform your analysis.

 

I will go to other peers for feedback and asking for any form of constructive criticism which can benefit me in some way, shape or form. I do plan on making any changes based off of the feedback that I would be given. I would also self-reflect on my work.

 

APPENDIX

Use this appendix for the bibliography and timescale for your Final Major Project.

 

Materials- Gouache, water-based paints, oil pastels, HB pencils, fine line pens, acrylics (for experimentation and planning).

 

Week1-researching/planning (storyboarding)

Week2-begin with the concept (sketching frames)

Week3-experimenting

Week4-developing

Week5-finish final outcome

Week6-produce outcome

Would like to include suicide, emotional/physical abuse, dysfunctional relationships, cult etc.

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Design sheet and visual designs

When I introduced my idea to the class (we needed to present our concept for five minutes). At the time, my classmates and Tutor were interested in getting to know about what characters I would use in my animatic. I thought, at that moment, that it would be wise to get a head start on visually designing my characters and the antagonist. I only stuck with using regular biro pens and colouring pencils for shading in the designs. I wanted to get the basic colour scheme. I thought that getting the design sheets would emphasise the concept and how I would go about making it. I have some peers comment on the good use of detail put in the visual designs for the main characters. It was useful for me to look at Jamie Hewlett (an influence for my developing style). This would make some good line art for creating animatic frames. At the time, I wanted the majority of the work to be made digitally, using either Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai or even GIMP. Where I can edit the line art and density and hue. I wanted my work to be fluid and bold like his work. I have been told from my Tutor and peers that I have a good amount of detail and proportion put into my work, but I never really seem to ever include other body parts when displaying characters in different poses. Raymond Pettibon was another artistic influence when it can down to my dark line art.

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My contextual research

Our Tutor wanted us to find some references and artists that would be linked within our project. This would mean visiting exhibitions, looking at books, magazines, taking photos etc. I have included artists such as Jamie Hewlett, Melanie Martinez, Aunia Kahn, Gillian Ayes etc. Each have their own influence on myself when it comes down to line work and colour scheme.

 

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mistakes and experimentation

 

When it came down to experimentation and making photocopies, I had some mistakes with selecting the right size, scale, print format setting for this. I have messed up a few times before going to my Tutor for some help and suggested that I should crop my image instead to make it easier. For this, I wanted to explore the use of colour and materials. I went on ahead with using an inked sketch as a template for testing out gouache, chalk, graphite, felt tip pens etc. If I could pick my favourite, it would be the gouache painting for the effects that I was able to achieve (lighting, adding shadows, tones and highlights). Blending was so much easier with these paints. Within the moment I wanted to have a go with the acrylics, the techniques of wanting to blending in the lights, shadows and tones had failed miserably. The images looked as if the character had been engulfed in a smoke bomb. However, some people in my class seem to have liked that sort of effect that I made by mistake. Looking at Aunia Kahn (a digital mixed-media artist) was a good example to have an understanding of colours and contrast between the back outlining of my experimental sheets and understand the use of different materials.

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working bigger

I carried on with the colour experimentation on a much larger scale to try out a regular wall paint brush and a roller brush along with some acrylic paints. I thought that it would be good to add a little variety to my backgrounds for the animatic. This was useful for me to look at Gillian Ayes as an example of an artist that tends to paint how she feels as opposed to actually painting a background with a landscape. I was often used to painting with a different setting every time. This time, I wanted to present my work in an abstract form in order to evoke a response to the viewer. I didn’t want to carry on with a smaller scale. I thought that working on a bigger scale would give me more room for applying different colour schemes to my sheet. It was easier to use a roller brush to fill up the majority of the space. It evened out the paint as well. Other wise, I would have taken up more time in filling a large chunk. The artist herself had often worked on bigger surfaces to paint on. I thought that it would be a good change to do.

 

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ceramic experimentation

This was a good time to explore the use of ceramic materials for my animatic concept. Although I didn’t want to make a physical animatic, it was good to explore ceramics as a possibility for producing this sort of work. It made me realise that I would have to take even more time to complete each frame. This was a piece artwork attributing to a character from a game called Undertale. This was made as a tribute to the animatic idea. I included this in there to link it to my current project. It was made during my brainstorming stage where I had an earlier concept of storyboarding and wanted to experiment using ceramics. The worst part about this was the outcome after applying glaze on my ceramic tiles. I had preferred the original state before adding on the colours.

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Discussing arrangements for the exhibition

Since the exhibition is coming soon,  we had a class meeting to discuss how everything is to be laid out, what types and food and drinks that would be appropriate to provide for any future visitors (when the exhibition is open). We each needed to have some input on how much space we would each need for displaying our best work (including our final major project). This got me down to taking mental notes on how I can lay out my own best work. There were some students who even pitched in ideas for the layouts and visuals for our exhibition poster. This got me thinking about my own space to display my work.

 

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analysing and storyboarding

Eventually, when my Tutor had taken a look at my sketchbook, they had suggested that I should storyboard. As well as adding full body sketches of my characters (understandable as I prefer to draw portraits and profiles of other people). I’m also used to drawing in that format to avoid sketching characters in complex poses. This isn’t to say that I’m not able to draw certain body parts, but I would often take up a lot of time just to draw something as close to ‘perfection’ as I can imagine. This is useful for drawing characters in full view. This serves as a useful guideline for the structure and the basic purpose of the main characters are. I have started on practicing full body sketches ( as well as facial profiles). As someone who is interested in animating in the future, I need to get into the habit of exploring different perspectives and camera shots as well.

 

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getting into hand printing and splitting paint

I thought about fooling around a bit more when it came down to experimenting a bit more. I wanted to try a more abstract approach when using different techniques (hand printing, thumb printing, cardboard printing, paint splitting etc.) Watching one of my classmates try to thumb print had motivated me into using my hands for applying paint and using cardboard. I went with playing around with the paint just as Gillian Ayes had done with her work. The best part about that is that there’s more of an abstract approach and less of need for a detailed and complex background.

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exploring different designs

Based on the lack of concept designs, I wanted to quickly sketch up a few concepts. I had been told that I had a good use of biro pen. Even if the sketches themselves are presented as scruffy-looking. They still do a decent job of showing off the characters potential designs that I had made up on the spot. I’m thinking about sketching my characters in pencil before inking them in pen to give off a more ‘polished’ look in the future. My Tutor mentioned that I could detail it similar to how a fashion designer would label their designs.

Feedback so far

When presenting my progress to the class from the beginning to my current stage, a few of my peers seemed intrigued by  my animatic and the ‘colourful’ visuals that I want to present it with. When questioned about what I struggled with the most I had thought to myself in all honesty. When I first began the process for this animatic, I had mainly had trouble with thinking about the choice of colours and materials. The question about it from one of my peers got me into thinking how I went from wanting digital to combining traditional and digital materials.

Final outcome development

As I’m working towards the end, I’m getting a head start on creating and colouring on the first frame as well as putting my frames and audio together. I wanted to get my animatic frames finished before my assessment. I had mainly focused on getting each frame made step by step. Sketching, Inking and colouring one sheet at a time.

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original sketch

This was the following image I wanted to test out (made with my animatic storyboard as a guideline). I made sure to start off with sketching in pencil before outlining in biro pen. I tried uploading it as a pencil sketch, but that made it difficult to colour and increase the density of the line art. So I thought to myself of re-uploading my images outlined in pen instead.

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edited colour scheme attempt

I originally wanted to just colour it in a flat colour scheme. I was pretty repulsed with how the visuals appeared on. So I ended up changing it up and adding coloured backgrounds from samples of my colour swathes. At this point, looking at Raymond Pettibon’s work had helped me with

I tested out trying different background textures (that I made using some of my own colour swathes). I was messing around at the time when I wanted to try to combine photography with my colour swatches with my edited line art. I have had two versions of the same image. One has been edited with the clone brush tool and applied blur, whilst the other has only been enlarged in size (keeping the texture in place). I had asked for feedback regarding these two frames and what background my class preferred. The majority of them had picked the texture over the non-texture.

 

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adding flat foreground colours

Eventually, (based on the class group feedback received) I decided to go along with using the textured background for the animatic frame. At the time, (when I made this frame), I had original plans for creating detailed backgrounds in my animatic frames. I had taken some good inspiration from Raymond Pettibon for his strong and bold line art.

 

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Editing the soundtrack and failing

Through the entire process, I never really got around to editing and adding sound onto my animatic. I tried to use a YouTube-MP3 converter to download an existing audio file, but the site had crashed and frozen every time I would attempt to download a file that way. It was frustrating for me to do since it normally wouldn’t fail like this.

 

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adding more to the story

This was where I wanted to add some more context to the story of Sophie and her family drifting apart due to unfortunate supernatural circumstances. I went for a simplistic art style for this frame. I wanted to show the past victims who have been possessed (individually) by the entity before Sophie. They all met the same demise, but that doesn’t mean that Sophie herself will. The story itself is still in progress. I was pleased with the colours scheme and effects that I used for this image. A part of me was tempted to go with a black and white scheme, but thought to myself on the possibility of creating a contrast between the theme of death and the bright colours.

 

 

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Putting all the images and audio together

I ended up editing the audio in VideoPad video editor instead of audacity. Every time I would attempt to import my audio (created from Audacity), it would fail. After several attempts I realised that it wouldn’t get anywhere. It’s fairly simple to use and can be effective in editing videos and audio. All you need is some audio and images/video footage and you immediately get started with editing. The easiest part was organising images and editing them to be in sync with the audio that I used as well. I only used a demo version of VideoPad, so I did work with a time limit in getting the footage and exporting it as a .mov file.

 

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Adding credits

I realised that I haven’t used a Royalty free soundtrack for my project. I wondered about copyright issues that would come to pass. I thought to myself that there wouldn’t be any harm in adding in where I got the soundtrack from and which software programs I had used to be able to create my animatic from.

Project Report/Evaluation

I tried to summarise the entire process. This was there to evaluate my own project from the start to finish. This isn’t going to include everything I’ve done though.

Beginning

I remember that most difficult stage at the beginning of this was having to decide what I wanted to do for my Final Major Project. Of course, (in my sketchbook) I would have a few ideas ranging from an animation, live action music video, polished concept art and an animatic. I would even talk about the materials and processes that would be needed to fulfil my objective. Of course, I would even think about the timescale for my project as well for each rough concept that I had at the time. I had often discussed the final major project with students and my Tutor. Even if I had ideas of where to start I would try to think realistically about how to be able to create each idea thinking about the tools to begin the process. I would also wonder about the possible software available at home or at college. I remember about my last animation project where I had to create an animated adaption of Yallery Brown. I remember spending a lot of time on it, just to get one minute of animation completed on the deadline. The idea of creating a polished form of concept art seemed interesting to me at the time, but my Tutor had suggested for me to try a different idea as I have been creating traditional artwork through the whole course.

The Concept

Soon, I went with creating an animatic (as animating would be time-consuming) to save more time. I would be able to create a series of still images and format it into a video. I started off with brainstorming with some story concepts. I went along with a few different genres e.g. Fantasy, Horror, Slice of Life, Tragedy etc. I eventually went through an older story for the Horror/Fantasy genre. It was an older concept I had for a while that was more along the dark fantasy genre about a boy named ‘Dante’, his Sister ‘Sophie’ and his Dog (who I have not given a name to). I had made slight changes so that it focused more on supernatural circumstances rather than a fantasy setting. This time I wanted dark themes included for this, but my Tutor and peers had been keen on my use of brighter colour pallets. So, I made it mandatory for me to include bright colours, rather than the dark, macabre colour scheme I tend to put on my own artwork.

I remember Dante from an earlier story concept that I made a storyboard with. So, it ended being the story that I wanted to touch up on. It started off as a regular dark fantasy story focusing on him, his dog, and his Sister, Sophie (as a side character). I never really developed that much on the characters themselves at the time and when it came to the FMP (final major project), I remembered this old concept and wanted to work more on developing the main characters and making some changes. I wanted it to focus on Dante and Sophie’s relationship as siblings. I even gave them the surname ‘Connor’ and explored different concept designs for each character too (including the demonic antagonist character that I added to the story as well).

Research/Experimentation

I thought that I should eventually get down to experimenting around with, but I needed to have a good idea on where to start. So, I had looked at artists that have had some influence or inspiration with my concept and work in general. Jamie Hewlett (for his bold and stunning visuals with the Gorillaz band), Raymond Pettibon (for his dark line art and use for portraying a message/story in his content), Aunia Kahn (for her skills in mixed media and use of digital software), Gillian Ayes (for her abstract method of working with a range of colours) etc. These were a few examples I had looked at as well as the RWA exhibition. It was useful to see the range of artworks and the materials used for each piece at the RWA. This managed to help me think of where to start off experimenting and what materials to mess around with. I got started with gouache, water colours, graphite, felt tip pens etc. It was good to get a head start when I had a better understanding of where to begin for the experimentation stage.

The great thing about looking at the following artists was that it gave me some ideas of how to use the variety of materials in my experimentation work. I took some inspiration from Raymond and Jamie’s work to create a sample of line art which was bold and stood out. From looking at artists such as Aunia Kahn, Gillian Ayes, and Melanie Martinez, I wanted to have a go with testing out how a brighter colour scheme would look on different sheets of line art. This wasn’t too bad to for me, as I only wanted to mess around with the various materials that were available in the studio at the time. In the end, Raymond Pettibon ended up being one of my strongest influences as I was progressing towards my final outcome.

Feedback

When making an animatic, I asked my Tutor to review my sketchbook (where I have included most of my contextual research, sketches, and brainstorms). This was helpful for me to understand what I was missing in terms of research and development. I managed to include my selected artists that link into my work, mood boards that link to my story with the siblings and sketches of my main characters as well. My Brother had advised me to expand more on the story as it seem to be underdeveloped in terms of the antagonist purpose in the story. I had thought about it myself, realising that I had spent more time on developing the main protagonists (especially the main female character). He even suggested the concept of a ghost killer. This has given me some ideas to mess around with in the future. The best about his thoughts on my story that I have a good idea on what I work on for my animatic in the future. I had Rama and Jo give their own thoughts which led me to be able to add on my experimentation pieces to my animatic frames.

Audio

Getting the audio for this was a bit of a hassle on my computer. I had tried to download the MP3 file from a YouTube video. I had selected a song called ‘Body’ by a band named ‘Mother Mother’. The song had the right dark, grim atmosphere to it (the message of the song at least). It was fitting for the theme of the animatic so I included the song. It would have been odd to have a video with no audio. Since Sophie (my character) had developed had slowly spiralled into anger, depression, confusion, frustration etc. She was still determined to be able to find hope and determination for finding a solution to getting rid of the demonic entity that had taken her as a host from time to time. For the sake of the animatic, I wanted the focus to be Sophie in her emotionally negative state.

 

 

Foundation Art and Design-Unit 6

Objective

From our last assignment, we had to produce a piece of work that was ‘performance’ themed, but this time we had to do a ‘book’ themed art piece. Our Tutor mentioned that it doesn’t need to be resemble an actual book, but the idea itself needs to link to an art book itself. We were encouraged to take more risks when researching and developing concepts to create our final outcome. I was aware that we would need to research into different works and understand what we would need to do before we begin planning. The good news this was that our Tutor had taken us to a few exhibitions with some art books. This had given me an interesting perspective on the artistic content that’s produced by some of these artists as well. Although, most of the work we’ve seen were polished outcomes, I would at least be able to make a prototype for my idea.

 

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UWE Art Book exhibition

When we visited the UWE art book exhibition (at Bower Ashton), I have looked at a selected few that had grabbed my interest. I got to take a look at different formats as well as art styles and materials used for each book. A few books had to be put in filing drawers, since some them were too big to fit in. Boulet’s ( French artist Gilles Roussel born in 1st Feb 1975) comic ‘Noirness’ was a graphic novel which was apparently one of his first solo US-published material made in under 24 hours. The artists had illustrated the storyline with a simple black and white line drawings which had reminded me of my style of cross hatching in a black and white biro pen. This comic cover had given me a more  darker gothic vibe for the artists choice of a darker colour scheme which had appealed to me to take a look at. Another piece of work was ‘The Orchid Library’ created by an artist called Wuon-Gean Ho. They had made some cross-hatch artwork in black and white and had used two halves of a book cover for the rest of the work to fold up into. This is good for using up much less space and creating less pages that could easily increase the size. The art style also makes me reminisce of my older works (the use of cross-hatching and human anatomy being involved). This had already given me a few ideas of possibly getting the opportunity to get some ideas such as making a form of flipbook animation, but without photography (I could use cut-up pieces of paper instead). Maybe a fold-up graphic novel with a short storyline to boot. I would look at the traditional and digital resources used in making the following outcomes that I have seen e.g. The quality of paper, model of camera, pens, magic markers may be.

 

 

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RWA Art exhibition

 

 

This exhibition wasn’t really linked with books as a theme, but our Tutor thought that it would be helpful for us to take a look at a diverse range of artwork made from a couple of artists. There weren’t too many works that impressed me too much, but there were some that had my interest and curiosity. Each of them (that appealed to me) had been a type of model/sculpture. One piece of artwork that stood out to me and my other classmates was ‘The Banquet’ created in 1985 by Ana Maria Pacheco (a Brazilian artist living in the U.K.). It was made with polychrome wood. The prostatic teeth and life-size of the sculpture really added to the uncanny valley factor. The best thing about this is that it managed to unsettle the rest of us who went to take one peek at the four men looking sadistically down to the naked figure on the table. I honestly managed to get hints of sexual deviancy, cannibalism, torture and many other darker themes that this piece could be a visual metaphor for. This gets me into using imagery to show the message or story that I want to portray in my artwork, but I would attempt more subtly when presenting it. Other art pieces that I had looked at had a range of mixed media used. I have been told by my Tutor that we would need to get out of our comfort zone and take risks. ‘The Shipwrecked Bride’ (2016) made by Katherine Rose is a mixed media model which explores darker themes (showing how something may look bright and happy, but can actually be lonely and depressing inside) as well and has a good use of aesthetics before which helps in displaying the message behind this piece.

Taking a better look at Typography

Our substitute had given us a task to look at different types of fonts, see the artistic side of them which can be adapted to our work for this unit (if we wanted t0). I have had some experience with creating typography myself. I would like to have some perspective in how fonts can fit the mood/theme of the book depending on the concept behind my idea even if I do have some initial ideas. I never really thought about adding in any writing. From what I seen and done, Typography was a process where you would design and print letters to create your words (digitally or traditionally). I never really looked at it as an art form, but rather a structure for producing an outcome. I have seen many different forms of fonts being produced with traditional and digital media. I have used both myself. There are plenty of examples of fonts that people have used and adapted into their own work.

Examples:

  • Pictures- back in 20,000 BC, ancient cave paintings were perhaps the first ever recorded form of visual communication with images, but around 3,500 B.C., Sumerians have apparently been the first to develop format writing.
  • Hieroglyphics- In ancient Egypt (3100 BC), they had commonly used images and symbols  in their art and literature to express and get messages across and were often illustrated on walls.
  • The Romans- Romans had been using the Greek alphabet and styled the uppercase Alphabet that most of us still use today when writing. They also put in different scripts, along with improving handwriting and creating a number of different lettering styles as well.
  • Middle Ages- They were all about writing and illustrating manuscripts by hand. Around that time, the art of calligraphy had been developing.

Theme

I want to have a better understanding of how the process of mourning works to begin with. I did talk to one of my peers about this. We discussed the different stages of grief that is common for a lot of people: Denial, Sadness, Anger and Acceptance. I have known about the process and how they don’t necessarily go in that order either and realising that different people mourn for different reasons. I wanted to portray  the stage of sadness within the flip note animation.

 

 

Modern Typography

Today we have technology and many other digital tools that help other graphic designers create typography and we’re all use to seeing that produced out in the media, pop culture advertisement etc. You would see websites with a variety of typefaces such as dafont. It’s good to know that in the present, we have opportunities for type facing that we wouldn’t have had centuries back. Not to mention the way it’s presented has changed. You would notice how many of them have different colour, themes, formats etc.

typography_moodboard_From looking at other works of typography, they managed to communicate the meaning and context behind the words that they’ve used. You could get the idea behind each word without needing any images, just the font and colour selected for that word.

Proposal

What is the objective?

My main object is to create an art piece related to the theme of a book. Now I’m aware that it didn’t have to be about a book physically and our Tutor made that clear when we were given our assignment brief. He did also encourage us to try and explore new areas in preparation for the final major project, which would involve a lot of development and research for the concept that I still need to decide. For this unit, I had decided to go for a mixed media flip note book that will have a brighter colour scheme than my usual work throughout this course so far. However, the dark themes will be placed as subtle as I can. The inspiration behind this was that the UWE art book exhibition had included a form of flip note animation with the use of photography as well. As for the mixed media area, I managed to look at the model named ‘The Shipwrecked Bride’ in the RWA exhibition in Park Street. That piece was beautifully made and had executed its’ message clearly with the use of a variety of materials too. I have wanted to express the same meaning as ‘The Banquet’ (a sculpture in the RWA exhibition). The main concept is to create a flip note book and contain it within a box.

What Materials (and Techniques) would I need?

As I’m used to using a biro and paper for sketching and bringing my ideas to life, I thought that I could try new materials. I have looked at the diverse range of artwork and the materials being used to create different outcomes from other artists, whether it was from an exhibition or a project from a former Uni student. I have seen books that were carved out to show imagery towards the book itself. Some books have had burnt out pages. Others have been decorated with jewelled ornaments, along with using wood, fibreglass, oil paints and other materials to combine and use. I do want to add some materials that I have never really used before in my artwork. I would add some 3D elements. Possibly, a decorated box to place my own mixed media flip note book. ‘The Shipwrecked Bride’ was a good example of an art piece that used different materials and hadn’t relied on a simple sheet of paper. I would try different techniques and materials such as ripping pages, burning the edges, adding coffee stains, stapling them together, carving the wood or moulding the clay box (cardboard box for the paper machetes) etc.

Time Limit

Our Tutor had told us that we had a limited amount of time. Roughly, five weeks until the deadline arrives. From the last time that I had a project, I could get a small section of it completed due to a lack of organisation and planning. I thought this would be the best opportunity to come up with a time plan as we have a limited amount of time to complete our brief. To make it easier, I will have my work scaled much smaller than the last project. I would try to work through this time plan:

Week 1- Researching artwork linked to our project.

Week 2- Planning and creating Design sheets.

Week 3- Creating prototype/paper machetes.

Week 4- Develop on the current paper machetes.

Week 5-Produce an outcome based on the work I’ve got and evaluate.

 

Health and Safety Risks

When I’m creating the box for my book theme project, I want to make sure that if I’m handling wood, I would need to be supervised or wear protective gear (e.g. goggles) so that I don’t get any wood chips in my eyes or at least take precautions to make sure I don’t cut myself with a hand saw or a carving knife. When handling sharp objects, I need to be careful when I could accidently end up with an infected cut and would need basic first aid rather than standing there clueless. When I staple the pages of my flip note, I need to watch out for any staples or pins lying around on the table when I’m pinning up my evidence for my Tutor to see. I wouldn’t want to step on any and prick my feet or hands. The last time I did that, I required some basic first aid.

Concept

 

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Design sheet

I wanted to work around animation in a traditional form and this unit gave me the perfect opportunity to explore this through the book theme at the same time. This is only a visual presentation of the concept itself showing how the flip note would look, the materials that I will use. This only explains my concept in a nutshell. Making the flip note with cartridge paper which will probably be stapled or glued together. I thought this concept would be great for animation practice since I haven’t really had much experience with traditional animation before.

 

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Mood board

I went on ahead with a mood board for me to recap what themes I’m going to input in my flip note book. That includes the materials, type of art etc. This was made as a reminder for me to recap what I need to include in my book theme project. Especially when it comes to the story behind my project which centres around the theme of mourning/experiencing grief. I would be careful not to portray this theme in such a vague manner that it’s difficult for the viewer to understand, so I still want to go through hints and symbolism to represent it in the flip note.

 

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Flip Note paper machetes

 

 

I eventually got on with working on my prototypes to get started with exploring ideas and messing around with colour schemes using cartridge paper (cut into A7 sized pieces), felt tip pens, a stapler and a simple HB pencil. I never really bothered with exploring materials at this stage. I was more interested in exploring the colour schemes that I could work with.

 

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paper prototype binding and boxes

 

This technique of book binding had helped me find a better way of attaching the pages of my flip note together. I tried out stapling and sewing the pages together to take a look at which technique works the best. When I was sewing pages together, I had  been careful that I wouldn’t prick my finger like I have the last time I handled sharp objects. Sewing the pages wasn’t as difficult as I thought. When it came down to making the box prototypes, I wanted to have a go with a paper box with a much larger scale. This was made to experiment the size that I could fit the flip note. When I realised that it was too big (in height rather than width and length). The boxes were more of an trial and error (especially the cardboard box). Making the paper box only required scissors and masking tape to construct together. For the cardboard box, I had tried taping the edges and gluing them together (both techniques failed anyway). As a final idea, I went on a head with wrapping tape around the box out of frustration and managed to hold it together.

 

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process and adding extra frames

With the final outcome for this project, I decided to use some cartridge paper so that the inking can’t bleed through. I went on with sketching around sixteen frames in HB pencil and ink them all with fine line pens. I thought that a step by step process like this would work better. Unlike, the paper prototypes (experimenting around with), this outcome would hopefully be more polished as a result.

 

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colouring and binding process

From this point on I started off colouring each frame in felt tip pens and wasn’t really about any leakage since I used cartridge paper. When my Tutor had a look at it, they suggested that I should photocopy all the frames on a smaller scale to make the flip note easier to flip through (unlike the original that’s been drawn and worn out). I was pleased with the results from following their advice. It was even better that the photocopied frames had a smoother texture to them. I soon went on with binding the new pages together with the Japanese sewing method.

 

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finding a container

Towards the end of this I wanted to try and create a box for my flip note through using a handsaw to cut up thin pieces of Styrofoam. I had hoped to have had it scaled to be slightly smaller. At that time I had very little time to create the box.

Evaluation

 

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final outcome

 

This outcome wasn’t exactly what I had expected to have produced. At least not the way I planned it, but I’m satisfied with how it turned out to be. Although, I had wanted to create a box to store my flip note in but went for an envelope instead as I didn’t have much time left. I only really spent most of my time trying to finish the flip note animation and made less time available for creating a container for my book (I ended up going off my time plan). I thought that the envelope would look too plain on its own so I went on a head with decorating the front with a biro pen. When I tried to make some boxes, I had lost the patience to have them evened out and glued together for the fear that it would rather poor in presentation as an outcome. I wanted to make sure that the flip note was presentable and had the content required for it to be completed. I coloured the rest of the frames in felt tip pens out of convenience. I thought that a pop art form of colour scheme would be a good change (even if I prefer it in black and white). I didn’t expect the visuals to be appealing to the eye at all when picking an odd colour scheme for a rather dark, depressing theme for my project.

I have had some feedback from other students from the process of creating the flip note as well as the paper prototypes. They have commented on the approval of my art style and have suggested applying more frames to make transitions much easier and avoiding jump cuts. I originally didn’t want to add any more since each frame was sketched, inked, and coloured in a fair amount of detail and I was concerned about ending up with an unfinished piece for my outcome, but a part of me thought that making a smoother transition would make it easier on the eyes. I had originally wanted to bind the pages together with staples which seemed to be an easy method. After looking at my prototypes for my flip note, I realised how most of the paper prototypes had pages which were uneven in shapes and sizes (not to mention crudely stapled together). So I ended up looking at different binding methods that other books have been made with, believing that I would benefit from those techniques in the future.

I thought that the Japanese book binding method would be helpful for combining the smaller pages for my outcome. The stapling method wouldn’t have been as aesthetically pleasing as this method was and the sewing method did a better job of holding the pages together like a book. I remember having a session with my Tutor when we were learning about different techniques of book binding (which was surprisingly helpful). I had tried out two types of binding methods (that required a needle and a thread). I had tried the ancient Egyptian method and the Japanese binding method. While the Egyptian method was successful (as well as the Japanese method), it just wasn’t up to par (presentation-wise) in comparison. I honestly thought that these binding methods would be useful in the future for creating my own handmade sketchbooks instead of buying them online for a price. The only difficult part was puncturing the holes whilst clamping the pages down. I would have to force the needle through. I eventually had to resort to using a sewing thread picking tool to pluck holes instead. Unfortunately, I struggled with aligning the pages in the process, but no one seemed to have noticed (which worked in my favour).

In the beginning of making this idea come to life, I had been struggling on how I could even create a flip note book with the limited resources in the studio, but I have managed to find an alternative in each process. Instead of using a light box (which we didn’t have at the time), I went onto using the window which was useful for me to trace frame by frame in HB pencil (to be able to rub out any mistakes made on each sheet). The best part about this process was that I could sketch the facial profile for each frame and it helped that I had plenty of experience with drawing the human face and adapting my own art style to it as well (from feedback I had received). I was often worried about the artwork getting progressively worse over the time taken to complete the flip book, but surprisingly I managed to fix any previous mistakes I had made with fine line pens (of different thickness) that one of my classmates was kind enough to lend me. I originally wanted to buy an empty flip note myself, but then had reminded myself to get out of my comfort zone for this unit. This meant that I couldn’t really rely on my common theme and style for this project. I usually produce dark content (themes and colour), so I would generally have black and white artwork.

The story/message needed to be fleshed out more and I never really explored my OCs (original characters in great depth. I had commonly explored ideas behind their relationship the events and the aftermath of those events. I had all sorts theories to explore within the interpretation of grieving by coming up with my own story and characters (even if the story is unclear in the animation). My Tutor wanted me to be able to expand the story more. So, I had made some sheets that should hint at the characters and their close relation to each other. What kind of relationship? That was left ambiguous to be left up to interpretation for now. In the future (and in my own time), I will probably explore my characters and other concepts that I have made in the past and it would be a shame for them to be forgotten.

 

 

Foundation Art and Design-Unit 3 & 4

Some Observational

This was an activity that out Tutor wanted us to do, but instead of pencil, we used charcoal. This meant that we couldn’t erase any mistakes we made on the sheet of paper we had. We were able to choose between black and white paper and select either chalk or charcoal to draw with. Charcoal was irritating to draw with, especially since it’s easier for me to mess up on detail. I did initially use a pencil sketch as a guideline for starting my image. I never did like how the shade and tone appeared to me. I had spent most of the time doodling with the charcoal, hoping to understand shading much better.

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I drew a knife with a combination of charcoal and chalk. I started off with sketching out the rough proportions using a HB pencil so that I could make out what I would to shade and leave out. I did eventually mess around with shade and tone around when I got tired of focusing on that knife. Sketching was easier than the colouring process, since I’m just used to making unfinished sketches on scrap papers and notebooks. It was helpful for me to take a picture of the knife on my iPhone and changing the settings to monochrome. I managed to get a good look at the areas of tone and depth to apply onto my own image.

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This spoon was done using the same techniques that I used for the knife. Like the first drawing, I was lazy with putting in more detail. The spoon was harder than the knife when it came down to the shading. I would look back at the spoon for reference again and I still lacked the patience to finish it in fine detail. For this image, I looked at the actual spoon for rough observation. I would probably get into the habit of using charcoal for shading shadows and may be applying some other colours for depth.

Pattern making

We got to do pattern making for a change with some cardboard, scissors, two colouring pencils of your choice. We could decide what shape we wanted our piece of card to be. I had went with a simple square (laziness, I guess). I didn’t want to make it appear to colourful, so I picked two colours to work with. Coming up with some patterns in black and white wasn’t difficult for me, but I had a more difficult time with making the patterns with colours as I was running out of ideas.

 

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I mainly wanted to create different patterns with lines and dots. I thought that I could start off by using a regular HB pencil. I would try to make different curves, dots, and lines every time and I would save the colours for last (decorating the squares around the edges). I thought that by limiting my resources for this exercise, I could force ideas for patterns onto the sheet without relying on colour. That was my mistake. I would have preferred continuing the sheet in pencil with unique lines and shapes. I struggled more from forcing my ideas instead of letting them flow out.

I went on ahead with printing it on different colour and saturation. I got the opportunity to look at the differences in shape, colour or a lack of colour. I had some assistance from one of my peers in class luckily. It’s been such a long time since I’ve actually copied from the college printer that I couldn’t remember much from getting the options and settings done. I probably should have selected different colour options for a variety.

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With the patterns sheets we had made, we then needed to use those patterns to decorate one of our sketches that we made from walking around and recording the landscapes. I would use dots, asterisks, waves with colour, crosses and cross-hatching too. I would waste time in trying to make the patterns blend in with the picture. The crosses I had applied haven’t really done the picture justice. I am happy with the use of cross-hatching, asterisks and wave lines for the top-right corner being used. I generally have some mixed feelings towards this picture as there’s areas I like and dislike about it.

Colour and mood

We got to look at colour theory and the types of emotions that they represent. Our Tutor had shown us images on a slideshow take a look at the atmosphere and colour that used to evoke certain thoughts and emotions out of the viewer. Many other people worked for using lines and colour whereas I wanted to combine colour and symbolism to get my message across. It may have not been what the Tutor intended to see, but I think it can serve the same purpose.

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These sketches were based on my experience with watching ‘two girls one cup’. A certain video which has shocked and disgusted a lot of people on the internet. Feel free to look up the video if you’re curious. I wanted to capture my reaction and emotions in regards to how I felt towards the video. I also wanted to recap my thoughts and response towards the video and thought about the colours which correlated with those emotions. I had a great time messing around with the concept.

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I ended up using some symbols from my original concept. I even tried talking with my Tutor when looking for the right colour for portraying my mood/emotions. I wanted to be able to get the message of the topic across using visuals I come up with. I’m well aware that some of my peers wouldn’t have done this in the same fashion. I used colours for representing themes that I couldn’t show with shapes completely.

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This was more of an experimentation and the task in class was a good opportunity for me to mess around with. At first, I just wanted to experiment with the flow of colours, but when I had gotten an ominous vibe from one of my peers, I went on to creating an representation of death from my perspective.

Stencil Printing

We had to make our own stencil with an A4 sheet of paper and a knife-pen. Of course the rest of us got down to designing concept designs first. We needed to make a stencil and press it  through with paint to create a design into an empty sheet. The rest of the class had been getting on with a design to work with, whilst I had been doodling ideas of what I could do for my stencil.

 

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I was mainly visually brainstorming for ideas. I used some stock images for references. I would doodle anything I had in my head at the time. I would think of ideas inspired by my imagination and interests. I didn’t want to try anything that would look odd or complex so I went on ahead with thinking of as many simple ideas as I could.

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I eventually went with one of the doodles for a design. Making the design wasn’t too difficult to do. I simply went with a design that didn’t look too complex. I managed to get it done as quickly as I could before going to the printing process. I was confident that the results would be decent.

I went along with the default colours that were already there. I tried printing it a few times and the first few would have a few spots left out. When I finally printed it onto black paper, I liked the effective contrast that it created. It really brought out the colours that blended well together.

 

I tried another stencil, but went with a message referencing a certain anime trope. I specifically based it around a game called ‘Yandere Simulator’. I didn’t really like carving out the design, since I would have to grip onto the blade of my knife pen to have  control.

 

 

I wanted to use black ink paint instead of using mixed colours that I had previously used. I used icons from the game, like the heart and pulse lines. I wanted the viewers (who were familiar with the game) to understand the theme by taking objects and shapes that corresponded with icons in the game.

Screen Printing

This was an attempt with group printing with making a design which is 10x10cm big. The Tutor had said that it could/should be in black and white. I was happy with that theme so I got to sketching other concepts and I eventually picked this design as my final choice. I stuck with using a biro pen with black ink and got on with sketching and colouring. I added in a quote from a game named ‘Undertale’. Other peers commented on it being nightmare fuel, which was fine by me (as the premise of it was suppose to be dark-themed).

 

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Bike themed 3D model

We had a project where we had to create a 3D model for a window display in a bike shop. We each needed to come up with our own individual idea and try to create a paper prototype for a test to see how the design may roughly look. I wanted to try a tire trophy/standee. There was suppose to be bike decorations in the background, but I eventually ran out of time.

I started off with making  a paper mache to test out my own idea (even if it wouldn’t be the final concept). I went on ahead and grabbed some of materials from a box to work on. I really didn’t think much when I got into it and constructed the model together. The concept was for me to make a tire-watch. I would have added some spinning rims to it, but I wasn’t sure how to do that for a paper model. I spent most of the time carving out the spaces in the inner circle. I took me at least half an hour to get it done.

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When we pitched in different ideas for a project to do, we were put into groups to make designs, paper models and proposal forms to explain our idea and represent them so that people would be able to understand what our project would be about. The owners from bike shop would decide which idea would work.

 

Context/Research

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Vincent Van Gogh (a well-known artist born 30th March 1853) was one of my main inspirations for creating my background design. He’s known for his work of post-impressionist artwork. I recognise his work ‘Starry night’ being painting set at night. I appreciate the mood and aesthetics that he sets off. It always gave me a relaxed, calm fell to it. I wanted my background to achieve similar emotions to the viewers out there with my own personal aesthetics in my work too.

 

 

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A stumbled across an image created by an artist by the name of ‘BlackraptorArt’ (on Pinterest). This form of art was what I hope for my 3D elements to be implemented into. They put in such detail with only black ink. Looking at this motivates me to do better. I want to be able to put in that much quality and detail into my work as well. It’s amazing how many talented artists you can find on websites such as Pinterest. There isn’t much info on the artist, but it’s great to see work like this influence others.

 

Idea

A week later, the people had decided to go with a different idea. We needed to design a box with 3D elements (which had to be black and white) and a coloured background with primary colours used as a theme. I was roughly planning out my background and layout for the piece that I was assigned. I was aware that the theme had to link to bikes so the Tutor did suggest (whilst looking at my concept sheet) to change the sun into a wheel. I went with that idea. The idea of mine is to create a landscape with a bike tire in the sky.

 

I was given my section to work with. I got on with using acrylic paint to make the background and used a HB pencil to make grass strokes for the landscape. I have been messing around with different colour schemes when painting the sky and grass. I wanted to inside of the borders to be white. I ended up using the roller brush to cover them all with white paint. That way it won’t have any brush marks visible.

 

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I went on ahead painted with some acrylic paint and added a snow landscape (since the display will be on the window in January and winter arrives around there). I was thinking about how we needed some 3D elements from the very beginning. I added to black and white tire to substitute the moon. I tried adding stars, but made it into snow themed landscape when it went wrong.

 

 

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My piece wasn’t how I originally wanted it to look. I had a habit of changing ideas from time to time. I went from a plain old landscape to a snow themed background. I would scavenger through different scraps of materials to use for the 3D elements. I honestly stuck with using a glue gun to keep the pieces firmly in place. If I had to be honest about what was difficult, it would be the 3D elements. I was happy with completing the piece without 3D elements in there, but I knew that in order to pass, I had to place something 3D in there. Along the process, a few of my peers commented in the visuals as ‘beautiful’. I was happy that I managed to achieve one of my goals throughout this unit. It was a lot more challenging to do this brief as I had to get out of my comfort zone as I had made 2D work for most my time of making artwork. I would thank my Tutor’s critique for letting me know that using a regular landscape just wasn’t enough for a project that was bike-themed. They got me to put on my thinking cap and brain storm for more ideas of what to put for my bike element as well as 3D. It was a good process and I’m pleased with the development I’ve made through the brief. In the end, all I had to do was add in 3D elements.

Art History Brief

For a  new brief we needed to research and look into an art genre and/or an artist that works around a certain art genre. I thought to myself about what type of art I would like to work around. I had interest around making a piece of art that works around fantasy or steampunk. This isn’t an area that I work around so often, but I’ve seen so many pieces of work made around this genre especially literature. Recently, I have seen more artwork, clothing, video games and cosplays that were steampunk themed. Steampunk is a (typically literature) genre of it’s own which combines Victorian-inspired (19th century)industrial technology elements. Before the 80s (where it began as an independent genre, their were various adaptations of what technology in the future would be like in the Victorian Era. Around the Victorian Era, people had imagined how machinery would be steam-powered rather than electricity and made up their concepts based around that assumption.

Mood boards

To get a head start in understanding the theme, I went on with looking at the key themes. I haven’t worked around the genre at all, I’ve mainly admired works that were centred around steampunk and many other genres. Even if I’m familiar with it, I’ve never included it in my own work. That can change as I would like to try a piece of artwork revolving around steampunk rather the dark content I’ve been producing quite often in my classes. I enjoyed making cyberpunk themed concept art from the previous course and eventually had been interested in making a different punk genre for a change.

Moodboards

 

 

Foundation Art and Design-Unit 5

Objective

For this brief, our Tutor wanted us to pick a theme to explore more independently and develop when it comes down to the concept, design, materials, techniques and processes. The aim of this brief is to experiment and explore the chosen theme that we selected. We were shown some themes that included performance. So I wanted to pick an idea that involves short story-telling. I was interested in a idea of using storyboards which give you the general idea of the story without any dialogue. I’m use to seeing rough, sketched out storyboards, but not a polished storyboard. This led down to my idea of having a storyboard which has the layout of a comic strip. I wanted to go with this idea since the theme we had to explore was performance and I was well aware of how storyboards are produced before film-making to help actors perform some scenes. I originally wanted this to be some sort of animatic or animation to show to the class, but with limited time, I wanted to reduce that down to a storyboard to save some time and research and development for my final outcome. I had been jotting down notes in my sketchbook for some research before coming up with an idea for a storyboard.

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rough idea using HB pencil

I was still trying to present the visual idea to show you how I going to create the comic along with some pictures. I have spent most of the time sketching the ideas out rather than writing in details about how the project will go through or what materials and techniques will I use in order to complete this brief. I have been pacing around and slouching) trying to brainstorm ideas of how this could work. I couldn’t really stay in one place for too long or keep my spine straight (which isn’t too good for my posture I will admit). The original concept for my storyboard is to create a Vocaloid parody of Nazi Germany and attempt to mimic the government structure of how they functioned as well. My Tutor had been reluctant for me to go with my idea has it may cause controversy. With some initial thought, I thought about tweaking the idea instead of dropping it completely. And eventually want to polish up more on my design sheets explaining the ideas, materials, techniques and processes. Luckily, I haven’t been dealing with too many dangerous tools for this project, so there was a low risk of harming myself, but  there may have been a higher risk of my neck aching  as I have often lean forward towards either the monitor or the desk to look at my work and produce more as well, so I would pace around from time to time. I wanted to get the rough idea down for others to understand the idea, but from the sketched out guidelines and cross-hatching, the presentation wasn’t up to scratch for a design sheet. So I thought about polishing up and remaking the design sheet again to give a better representation for anyone wanting to look at my design sheets.

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Design sheets

Most of these rough design sheets is a visual display of my concept of a short detailed storyboard of a digital war between the computer viruses and vocaloids. I had the rough idea in my head and wanted to present that onto the design sheets. My Tutor had mentioned that storyboards need to focus more on text and less on visuals when presenting your ideas on a design sheet. I had started of with using  a HB pencil when getting the information down into the sheet before outlining it in Biro pen to be sure that it stands out and is legible to anyone curious enough to read and understand the concept behind my project. This was made to include more detail for my storyboard and new ideas placed in and replacing  any older inappropriate themes in the original idea. I thought about how I could tweak certain areas in order to present the same idea, but this time it won’t involve any Nazis (understanding the context of them and the harm they’ve done). It was interesting to get everyone else’s two cents on the subject (including the Tutor’s). My Tutor was mainly interested in seeing a coloured design sheet with less visuals and more text to give away information.

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Updated storyboard and mood board

I eventually updated and coloured (using a mix of colouring pencils and the design sheets as my Tutor had requested. I went on a head with the same idea. I decided to use all the rough sheets and put together a detailed design sheet regarding my idea for making a storyboard, but I have tweaked some minor details to avoid possible controversy as my Tutor warned me of. I thought of using vocaloids characters at first, but when my Tutor learned about the fact that I didn’t own them, he requested that I could design my own characters to avoid copyright claims (or plagiarism) and as a result, I had dropped the idea of using existing characters which gives me room for using my imagination and development. When I had gotten feedback for my updated idea, I have had a few peers comment on how it has similar to the Matrix (a 1999 fantasy/action film). I had looked up the film and  decided a read on its’ synopsis. It certainly reminded me of my concept since the both of them involve people in a cyber world. I promise that wasn’t intentional as I have never really seen the Matrix before conjuring up my idea. I opened up MS paint to place themed images that work into each category for my storyboard itself. By organising it into sections, that made it easier for me to sort them all out instead of jumbling them together and making a mess.

 

Characters

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character concepts

I started off with brainstorming my ideas for what I want the characters to look like. I looked at the art style, hairstyles, clothes or physical form for each character to take. I did try different approaches to how I want them to look and what special abilities I want them to have. I want to aim for ideas of my characters to replace the Vocaloids. I also wanted to add some colour or try out a colour scheme that would fit for them. I would jot down notes as I sketch ideas from my head. Some designs were inspired from my older art styles that I use to draw with in my childhood. I tried to look at different fashion senses to adapt to my characters as well.

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Character designs with colour

When my Tutor introduced me to some magic marker pens, I wanted to use them with felt tip pens to test how they look on my sketch book paper. The magic markers had a clean look in comparison to how I see visible deepened marks from using felt tip pens. This was just a update on the visuals for my main characters and an excuse to try out new materials. I never really bothered with the limited set of colours that I had available at the time, but I wanted to work with what was compatible at the time.

 

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Updated Character design and colour scheme

After some brainstorming, I eventually gave a colour palette for a new set of characters to use in the storyboard or a scene. I only wanted to show off a preview of what they would look like in colour. This was a rough sketch with some pencil and felt tip pens to display some visuals and rough info about them. I would still pace around and procrastinate when it came down to colours and I wanted to be sure that I could stick with this colour scheme further on.

 

Background Experimentation

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Background experimentation

 

I attempted using different media and art styles to mess around with how I wanted the storyboard to look. I was messing around to see how the background would look in backgrounds. I would use a range of materials such as felt tip pens, chalk, oil pastel, charcoal, Photoshop, smudging with my bare hands etc. I went along with available materials that I have walking around and getting my hands on. I will say that using Photoshop was a bit of a hassle to digitally paint how I would have wanted the layout to look as supposed to how it should have looked (like the others). I ended up with having to wash my hands clean every time I would deal with chalk or charcoal. Both are useful for creating shadow and lighting which would give me a better chance of creating a brighter environment for my characters that I want to adapt into my story.

First scene

After messing around with the materials in my studio, I immediately wanted to move onto trying out digital painting on adobe Photoshop to try for a different set of visuals that would be more pleasing to the eye. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to practice my own skills on Photoshop when I haven’t really tried it for some time now. I remembered different brush settings to try out, which give off the appearance of grass. Now I combined this with airbrushing to create the grass fields. I would mess around with the opacity to take a look at how I can blend other cyber elements onto the  scene itself. So I searched through google images to look through any free stock cyber images to put into my image since the scene resembled a normal landscape (a rather plain one too).

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first scene background

I noticed that the background resembled a rather odd field that seemed to lack any real hints of it being a digital world where people in my story live in. I still wanted to keep the war elements, including trenches and fields, so I had to try to create a few layers of grass. I would work on each separately before.

 

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adding texture and messing with opacity

 

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editing sketched hand

 

This was where I wanted to experiment with background. I wanted to try different materials for each image. I wanted to at least try traditional and digital media. I wanted to attempt a digital background in Photoshop and experiment with different brush settings available in the program. I will admit that I looked at some Tutorials on creating landscapes and grass. I explore with different free stock textures and some layers. I drew the majority of the art there with a mouse, but had some difficulty with adding some clouds to the sky no matter how many times I would attempt to colour, smudge and apply some default blur effect. So I ended up leaving that out. As for the texture, I would mess around with the opacity and the blur effect to make sure that it fades in well enough to blend in with the rest of the background, but not to the point where the background is completely blocked out of the way.

Final outcome

This was the outcome that I had produced within the time limit. Now I’m aware that if I had managed my time better then maybe I would have either added more to this image or at least be able to add in more scenes, but with a lot of the time of having to colour with a mouse and having to carefully sketch out the hand before colouring it in wasted most of the time. A classmate had recommended me to use a tablet to consume less time, but at the time, I never really bothered with getting other digital supplies to help and that was my own responsibility. The only real problem I had with this was sorting out the landscape and the binary texture. I wanted to try out the glitch effect, but left it as it was since I was unsatisfied. I did at first want to make it traditionally, but I wanted to get out of my own comfort zone of typically needing to cross hatch and doodle my artwork on a constant basis. I thought that I would be able to get this to resemble a scene from my story where the war gets chaotic.

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Foundation Art and Design-Unit 3 & 4

Some Observational

This was an activity that out Tutor wanted us to do, but instead of pencil, we used charcoal. This meant that we couldn’t erase any mistakes we made on the sheet of paper we had. We were able to choose between black and white paper and select either chalk or charcoal to draw with. Charcoal was irritating to draw with, especially since it’s easier for me to mess up on detail. I did initially use a pencil sketch as a guideline for starting my image. I never did like how the shade and tone appeared to me. I had spent most of the time doodling with the charcoal, hoping to understand shading much better.

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‘Knife’ to meet you

I drew a knife with a combination of charcoal and chalk. I started off with sketching out the rough proportions using a HB pencil so that I could make out what I would to shade and leave out. I did eventually mess around with shade and tone around when I got tired of focusing on that knife. Sketching was easier than the colouring process, since I’m just used to making unfinished sketches on scrap papers and notebooks. It was helpful for me to take a picture of the knife on my iPhone and changing the settings to monochrome. I managed to get a good look at the areas of tone and depth to apply onto my own image.

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Tis a spoon

This spoon was done using the same techniques that I used for the knife. Like the first drawing, I was lazy with putting in more detail. The spoon was harder than the knife when it came down to the shading. I would look back at the spoon for reference again and I still lacked the patience to finish it in fine detail. For this image, I looked at the actual spoon for rough observation. I would probably get into the habit of using charcoal for shading shadows and may be applying some other colours for depth.

Pattern making

We got to do pattern making for a change with some cardboard, scissors, two colouring pencils of your choice. We could decide what shape we wanted our piece of card to be. I had went with a simple square (laziness, I guess). I didn’t want to make it appear to colourful, so I picked two colours to work with. Coming up with some patterns in black and white wasn’t difficult for me, but I had a more difficult time with making the patterns with colours as I was running out of ideas.

 

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Pattern sheet

 

I mainly wanted to create different patterns with lines and dots. I thought that I could start off by using a regular HB pencil. I would try to make different curves, dots, and lines every time and I would save the colours for last (decorating the squares around the edges). I thought that by limiting my resources for this exercise, I could force ideas for patterns onto the sheet without relying on colour. That was my mistake. I would have preferred continuing the sheet in pencil with unique lines and shapes. I struggled more from forcing my ideas instead of letting them flow out.

I went on ahead with printing it on different colour and saturation. I got the opportunity to look at the differences in shape, colour or a lack of colour. I had some assistance from one of my peers in class luckily. It’s been such a long time since I’ve actually copied from the college printer that I couldn’t remember much from getting the options and settings done. I probably should have selected different colour options for a variety.

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Decorating time

With the patterns sheets we had made, we then needed to use those patterns to decorate one of our sketches that we made from walking around and recording the landscapes. I would use dots, asterisks, waves with colour, crosses and cross-hatching too. I would waste time in trying to make the patterns blend in with the picture. The crosses I had applied haven’t really done the picture justice. I am happy with the use of cross-hatching, asterisks and wave lines for the top-right corner being used. I generally have some mixed feelings towards this picture as there’s areas I like and dislike about it.

Colour and mood

We got to look at colour theory and the types of emotions that they represent. Our Tutor had shown us images on a slideshow take a look at the atmosphere and colour that used to evoke certain thoughts and emotions out of the viewer. Many other people worked for using lines and colour whereas I wanted to combine colour and symbolism to get my message across. It may have not been what the Tutor intended to see, but I think it can serve the same purpose.

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Concepts

These sketches were based on my experience with watching ‘two girls one cup’. A certain video which has shocked and disgusted a lot of people on the internet. Feel free to look up the video if you’re curious. I wanted to capture my reaction and emotions in regards to how I felt towards the video. I also wanted to recap my thoughts and response towards the video and thought about the colours which correlated with those emotions. I had a great time messing around with the concept.

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Memory lane

I ended up using some symbols from my original concept. I even tried talking with my Tutor when looking for the right colour for portraying my mood/emotions. I wanted to be able to get the message of the topic across using visuals I come up with. I’m well aware that some of my peers wouldn’t have done this in the same fashion. I used colours for representing themes that I couldn’t show with shapes completely.

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Going abstract

This was more of an experimentation and the task in class was a good opportunity for me to mess around with. At first, I just wanted to experiment with the flow of colours, but when I had gotten an ominous vibe from one of my peers, I went on to creating an representation of death from my perspective.

Stencil Printing

We had to make our own stencil with an A4 sheet of paper and a knife-pen. Of course the rest of us got down to designing concept designs first. We needed to make a stencil and press it  through with paint to create a design into an empty sheet. The rest of the class had been getting on with a design to work with, whilst I had been doodling ideas of what I could do for my stencil.

 

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Concepts

I was mainly visually brainstorming for ideas. I used some stock images for references. I would doodle anything I had in my head at the time. I would think of ideas inspired by my imagination and interests. I didn’t want to try anything that would look odd or complex so I went on ahead with thinking of as many simple ideas as I could.

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Creating the stencil

I eventually went with one of the doodles for a design. Making the design wasn’t too difficult to do. I simply went with a design that didn’t look too complex. I managed to get it done as quickly as I could before going to the printing process. I was confident that the results would be decent.

I went along with the default colours that were already there. I tried printing it a few times and the first few would have a few spots left out. When I finally printed it onto black paper, I liked the effective contrast that it created. It really brought out the colours that blended well together.

 

I tried another stencil, but went with a message referencing a certain anime trope. I specifically based it around a game called ‘Yandere Simulator’. I didn’t really like carving out the design, since I would have to grip onto the blade of my knife pen to have  control.

 

 

I wanted to use black ink paint instead of using mixed colours that I had previously used. I used icons from the game, like the heart and pulse lines. I wanted the viewers (who were familiar with the game) to understand the theme by taking objects and shapes that corresponded with icons in the game.

Screen Printing

This was an attempt with group printing with making a design which is 10x10cm big. The Tutor had said that it could/should be in black and white. I was happy with that theme so I got to sketching other concepts and I eventually picked this design as my final choice. I stuck with using a biro pen with black ink and got on with sketching and colouring. I added in a quote from a game named ‘Undertale’. Other peers commented on it being nightmare fuel, which was fine by me (as the premise of it was suppose to be dark-themed).

 

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My design

 

 

Bike themed 3D model

We had a project where we had to create a 3D model for a window display in a bike shop. We each needed to come up with our own individual idea and try to create a paper prototype for a test to see how the design may roughly look. I wanted to try a tire trophy/standee. There was suppose to be bike decorations in the background, but I eventually ran out of time.

I started off with making  a paper mache to test out my own idea (even if it wouldn’t be the final concept). I went on ahead and grabbed some of materials from a box to work on. I really didn’t think much when I got into it and constructed the model together. The concept was for me to make a tire-watch. I would have added some spinning rims to it, but I wasn’t sure how to do that for a paper model. I spent most of the time carving out the spaces in the inner circle. I took me at least half an hour to get it done.

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When we pitched in different ideas for a project to do, we were put into groups to make designs, paper models and proposal forms to explain our idea and represent them so that people would be able to understand what our project would be about. The owners from bike shop would decide which idea would work.

 

Context/Research

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The Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh (a well-known artist born 30th March 1853) was one of my main inspirations for creating my background design. He’s known for his work of post-impressionist artwork. I recognise his work ‘Starry night’ being painting set at night. I appreciate the mood and aesthetics that he sets off. It always gave me a relaxed, calm fell to it. I wanted my background to achieve similar emotions to the viewers out there with my own personal aesthetics in my work too.

 

 

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A masterpiece

 

A stumbled across an image created by an artist by the name of ‘BlackraptorArt’ (on Pinterest). This form of art was what I hope for my 3D elements to be implemented into. They put in such detail with only black ink. Looking at this motivates me to do better. I want to be able to put in that much quality and detail into my work as well. It’s amazing how many talented artists you can find on websites such as Pinterest. There isn’t much info on the artist, but it’s great to see work like this influence others.

 

Idea

A week later, the people had decided to go with a different idea. We needed to design a box with 3D elements (which had to be black and white) and a coloured background with primary colours used as a theme. I was roughly planning out my background and layout for the piece that I was assigned. I was aware that the theme had to link to bikes so the Tutor did suggest (whilst looking at my concept sheet) to change the sun into a wheel. I went with that idea. The idea of mine is to create a landscape with a bike tire in the sky.

 

I was given my section to work with. I got on with using acrylic paint to make the background and used a HB pencil to make grass strokes for the landscape. I have been messing around with different colour schemes when painting the sky and grass. I wanted to inside of the borders to be white. I ended up using the roller brush to cover them all with white paint. That way it won’t have any brush marks visible.

 

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let it snow

I went on ahead painted with some acrylic paint and added a snow landscape (since the display will be on the window in January and winter arrives around there). I was thinking about how we needed some 3D elements from the very beginning. I added to black and white tire to substitute the moon. I tried adding stars, but made it into snow themed landscape when it went wrong.

 

 

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My Final outcome

 

 

My piece wasn’t how I originally wanted it to look. I had a habit of changing ideas from time to time. I went from a plain old landscape to a snow themed background. I would scavenger through different scraps of materials to use for the 3D elements. I honestly stuck with using a glue gun to keep the pieces firmly in place. If I had to be honest about what was difficult, it would be the 3D elements. I was happy with completing the piece without 3D elements in there, but I knew that in order to pass, I had to place something 3D in there. Along the process, a few of my peers commented in the visuals as ‘beautiful’. I was happy that I managed to achieve one of my goals throughout this unit. It was a lot more challenging to do this brief as I had to get out of my comfort zone as I had made 2D work for most my time of making artwork. I would thank my Tutor’s critique for letting me know that using a regular landscape just wasn’t enough for a project that was bike-themed. They got me to put on my thinking cap and brain storm for more ideas of what to put for my bike element as well as 3D. It was a good process and I’m pleased with the development I’ve made through the brief. In the end, all I had to do was add in 3D elements.

Art History Brief

For a  new brief we needed to research and look into an art genre and/or an artist that works around a certain art genre. I thought to myself about what type of art I would like to work around. I had interest around making a piece of art that works around fantasy or steampunk. This isn’t an area that I work around so often, but I’ve seen so many pieces of work made around this genre especially literature. Recently, I have seen more artwork, clothing, video games and cosplays that were steampunk themed. Steampunk is a (typically literature) genre of it’s own which combines Victorian-inspired (19th century)industrial technology elements. Before the 80s (where it began as an independent genre, their were various adaptations of what technology in the future would be like in the Victorian Era. Around the Victorian Era, people had imagined how machinery would be steam-powered rather than electricity and made up their concepts based around that assumption.

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To get a head start in understanding the theme, I went on with looking at the key themes. I haven’t worked around the genre at all, I’ve mainly admired works that were centred around steampunk and many other genres. Even if I’m familiar with it, I’ve never included it in my own work. That can change as I would like to try a piece of artwork revolving around steampunk rather the dark content I’ve been producing quite often in my classes. I enjoyed making cyberpunk themed concept art from the previous course and eventually had been interested in making a different punk genre for a change.

 

 

Foundation Art and Design-Unit 1 & 2

Observational

Within the second week of this course, we started with a similar exercise that I had done in the beginning of my Interactive Design course. I was actually a little prepared for this, unlike the rest of my classmates when starting this. Every time, we would get a new sheet of paper and object for each required exercise. The great thing about this was that I was a lot more confident about this then the last time. I also had a horrible sense of Deja vu as a result as well. Surprisingly, the rest of the class enjoyed these drawing exercises. I got a chance to take a look at the differences for each sheet too and see the effects. Some of them were easier to complete too. This was good for experimenting with just a piece of paper and a pencil. It’s nice to know that this would only be a one-time thing just for us to warm up I suppose.

 

 

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Couldn’t see where my hand was going

 

Our first exercise was to draw our object from observation. It seemed simple enough, at least it would be if I was able to look at my paper once in a while. I made sure to focus on getting the shapes right (or as accurate as I could). I could definitely sympathise with other students who had to do this. The Tutor would tell us to make it enlarged and my object was fairly small, making it difficult (since I couldn’t look at my paper). What hasn’t changed is that it’s still painful to look at to this day. What made it so challenging for me was that I couldn’t keep my eye on the pencil, so my hand coordination wasn’t top notch.

 

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Drawn from memory

This wasn’t as bad for me. At least I was able to look at my paper and navigate my pencil properly. I know that it wasn’t perfect and that’s not surprising. This involved taking a look at your object and memorising the appearance for a limited amount of time. We begun drawing after hiding our selected objects. I really enjoyed this out of all of them. I could sketch and have the rough image in my head which wasn’t so bad for me to do in the end. I even wanted to add in detail and  a shadow too. It didn’t even take a long time for me to complete. Soon, I looked at our objects again and noticed some differences in curves and texture. I will say that it was an improvement from my last attempt.

 

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Two words: Right hand

 

The best thing about practicing drawing and writing with my non-dominant hand is that I could improve when it came down to this exercise. I messed up horribly on proportions for this. I struggled with getting a good grip on the pencil I used. I was honestly worried about the results at first when I made this drawing, but I’m really happy with the improvement in comparison to the last picture I made with my right hand. I guess that drawing from observation made it easier. The images reminds me of a croissant (in a good way). I should get into using my right hand more for sketching.

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Continuous line

I didn’t really have problems with completing this drawing. I got to draw a dead leaf without taking my pencil off the paper.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t take the pencil off the paper to measure the proportions. The great thing was that I didn’t scale it too small this time. I never really got much feedback regarding this sketch. I mainly talked to my peers whilst completing this continuous line drawing. The visuals reminded me of stain glass windows due to the constant lines made back and forth. I find it pleasing to look at, but I don’t think I would draw this way without some type of style/theme for a project sometime.

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Anger- Jagged/Messy lines

This drawing looks quite messy with jagged line. This was mainly the result of holding the pencil in our fists and pressing hard and creating strokes that look as if we were angry. That was the main purpose of this exercise. I really hate how scruffy-looking the visuals are, but I guess I’m too much of a perfectionist. It seemed so child-like to me, but my Tutor encouraged me to keep going with these strokes to represent anger/rage. I couldn’t have cringed more every second from looking at what I had produced. At least, it’s good for me to have some variety with doodling and sketching.

Graphite and Textures

Since we were done with the other exercises, the Tutor wanted us to move on to other tasks. We had to use a piece of graphite and two sheets of paper. He showed us a demonstration of what we had to do with the materials that we had in front of us. We used a sheet of A2 paper and graphite to shade over different surfaces in order to collect different textures and eventually draw our own textures based on what’s in front of us. This was a new and refreshing activity for me to do for a change. I never really focused so much on the details of backgrounds and objects. It was pretty useful for me to observe and record different textures and use them for my own work.

 

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Collected different textures

We all went around college and outside to collect different textures from different surfaces (from the image shown above). This was simple enough as all we had to do was lay the sheet of paper onto a surface and shade on an area. The process continued until the rest of the sheet was filled. It was interesting to look at how unique textures are on buildings or objects and I never really paid attention to that before. This reminded me of a similar technique with an A4 paper, HB pencil and some coins. They both had the same outcome, which had me satisfied. I can say that this technique would be useful for detail and precision in my future artworks.

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Texture sketches

The Tutor wanted us to grab different materials and objects to sketch the textures in as much detail as we could. I was confused for a moment at the time, since we had our sheet with texture patterns. I thought that we had to use that so I ended mimicking one of the texture patterns for tinfoil, but when I realised my mistake, I ended up stopping it midway and moved onto other drawing other textures. I’m well aware of how odd they appear to be due to the techniques of cross-hatching. I didn’t really enjoy this so much, but it serves as a good reference for intricate detail as well.

More Drawing Tasks

In the Afternoon, we had to grab ourselves a drawing board, a couple sheets of paper and some sharpened pencils. For some I had to use other senses (that didn’t involve my eyes) and use two pencils with both hands. The tactile drawings were the worst for me for the lack of coordination. I would honestly believe this to be the worst of my sketches. Everything was out of place with no structure or any understanding of what I was doing on some parts of the exercises we did. Results had varied depending on the task that we did. I felt neutral towards it all in the end.

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Tactile (had my eyes closed)

I remember how awkward drawing this was, especially with my eyes closed. I would feel around my face, hair and clothes to visually describe what I had felt. The end result wasn’t really anything special, but other peers and my Tutor had described it as ‘Picasso-like’ and made other suggestions such as drawing my teeth as well. I eventually gave up half-way through and looked at what I made. I knew that it wouldn’t be (visually) to my liking based on the description of the image. There were some curves and lines that were shaped as facial features that I managed to get from feeling my own face. It’s a shame that I couldn’t have them closer together. Picasso would be proud.

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Tactile Part Two (eyes closed)

We had the same objective, but this time we had to feel the object in our hands. Once again, I focused more on describing what I felt onto the sheet. I really gave up on this one and I definitely wasn’t pleased with how it turned out at all. Other people around me managed to try and capture the image and I felt absolutely lazy at the time. If I had to pick between the first and second tactile drawing, I would pick the first. This was reduced to lines and no shape. A part of me wanted to cheat and draw an image, but I knew that wouldn’t be allowed as our Tutor would be walking around to see what we were doing. I couldn’t really risk it. There wasn’t anything to say regarding feedback, but I know that I’m glad that I’m not blind.

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Two-handed

This time we used two hands to draw an object at the time. I did struggle to get the grip for my right hand, but eventually got the hang of it. What made it easier for some of us was that a few of us would select symmetrical objects. I spent most of the time, fiddling around with the pencil in my right hand which would shake from holding and sketching.

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Back to the Drawing-Stick

We had to attach a pencil to the end  and draw our chosen object while standing up. I didn’t put a lot pressure (fearing that I could break the stick that was required). I wish that I had held the pencil instead of relying on a stick for a visible stroke. I would definitely have to work on applying more pressure for something like this.

Measuring and Scaling

This was a task where we would take a look at some objects in front of us and sketch from observation. Only this time, we would try to scale and get the proportions as accurate as possible. I had an easier time with using a HB pencil rather than using charcoal. I guess that comes from a lack of experience with charcoal. My Tutor did like the accuracy of the shape and sizes, but I knew that adding more detail would have been better.

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Framework

This wasn’t really too bad for me, but the only thing I wasn’t so thrilled about was having to hold the piece of charcoal by the side and press against the paper. I knew I couldn’t erase my mistakes and instead only have the ability to smudge as a result. I couldn’t really detail any of the objects being drawn. I started working from the middle and worked my way to the edges. This did result in having the images take up too much space. I made sure to keep note of this mistake so that the next time I try something like this, I can mark my positions before sketching them in place.

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Construction

The great news for me was that I could use my pencil again. The bad news was that we would have to draw the same thing again and try to be more accurate with proportions. I was tempted to rub out mistakes made on the sheet. It does show progress from the sketching shown.

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Cross-hatching folds

This was a task that made time fly by for me. I was pretty use to cross-hatching with doodling in class or at home. I did rush with drawing from observation and so my Tutor wanted me to draw more detail from certain areas of the object we drew.

Nature Landscape

We went to explore Harbourside to record our surroundings. Examples would include textures, photos, sketches, typography etc. We use fine line pens instead of pencils to sketch and record what we saw along the way around. I got to explore around new areas.

 

These were all that I managed to get with a sketchpad and fine line pen. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I originally dreaded the idea of having to draw landscapes, fonts and textures. I really enjoyed the walk around to new areas and taking a look at buildings.

 

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I used a range of materials such as ink wash, fine line, graphite, candle wax, magazine paper etc. It was pretty refreshing from my daily sketching and doodling what I would do. There are still a few things that I would change about this image. The font that I wrote could be remade again to suit the grungy atmosphere. I wanted to fit some more typography that I found around our journey, but there wasn’t a place where fitting it in would work (for me at least).

 

Perspective

Where do I begin? This was another activity that I was familiar with doing before and in my free time. I wasn’t really looking forward to drawing a lot of detail from the environment. I was pretty fickle about the area to sketch and add detail to, so I selected a area where there were people along with the background.

 

 

These photos were taken as a reference for drawing perspective. I would try to capture a perspective that required one vanishing point. I wasn’t really bothered with drawing so much detail so I had taken a few simple photos.

 

I probably should have taken a photo of the roof to show off as a reference (suggested by my Tutor), but at the time I didn’t really care so much about taking a photo as I was too busy sketching the top of the roof. The sketch was simplified for me to get the basic shapes of the background correct.

 

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I wanted to use a mixed range of media for this image. I grab what I grabbed some inks, fine line pens, felt tip pens, candle wax and used most of them and smeared them with water to create a light to dark effect on the page.

Colour scheme

This was where we started focusing on primary and secondary colours. We were getting to the understanding of how to use colours for compositions. I couldn’t really ask for anything else when it came down to completing the tasks.

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Colour wheel

Making the colour wheel was simple, but creating the colour palettes was a little bit of a hassle. I couldn’t really place blocks of colour outside as it wouldn’t look right presentation-wise. So I ended up combining them all together and blending them in by mixing other colours altogether.

 

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Observational Painting

We had done a painting from observation, so I could kiss my pencils goodbye temporarily. I did start in colour, but was caught out on it. So I ended up painting over it. Since I found out about monochrome, I tried to focus on getting black and white in there first and add more depth as I go along. We only had to use acrylic paints and a few selections at that.

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Let’s get creative!

I got a little carried away with this one. We had the same task only this time it had to be in colour. I kept on getting fickle about the colour scheme I wanted throughout the whole session.

 

Mixed Media

Now was the time for us to experiment and mess around with new materials. We had a brief where we could make any composition of what ever we wanted to make. The catch was that it needed to be made from a range of mixed materials. I was struggling to find out how I could work around this as I never really explored mixed media that much. Hell, I had spent some time in class pacing and thinking to myself. Eventually, I got around to making some sketches for ideas of what I could make in class.

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Thumbnail concept sketches

First Development

I wanted to try to bring the illuminati cunt-firmed to life. I never really bothered with sketching the layout. I wanted to add more as I go along the way. I would keep track of any changes I have added onto my composition every time (or try to) by taking photos of my progress.

 

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Sponge printing

For the grass, I would use a sponge type of brush and dab acrylic paint of different shades green and brown on to the surface. It got annoying to do, but after a while I got the hang of it. I would run out of paint fast and have to get more frequently.

 

I started placing the triangular-shaped piece of wallpaper for the base of my focal point. I used some masking tape to tape it in place at first, but then looking at the visuals I ended up covering most of the page with tape. Painting over it (with a normal-sized paintbrush) had a nice effect and I wanted to add more to that. So I put on layers and layers of paint. This is apparently called the dry-painting technique.

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Adding the eye

With some chalk I managed to add and highlight a piece of wallpaper used as a moon. The sky just seemed empty to me. I added in some more colours to the sky and used some chalk (along with white acrylic paint) to lighten up the picture. I did the best that I could to blend it in with the rest of the sky.

 

 

I noticed that my grass was lacking in detail. I focused on making the grass look as detailed as I could. I thought about adding a direction of light with some chalk to show off the luminance of the illuminati triangle. I used a biro pen to add in grass strokes (which probably aren’t noticeable in the images shown above).

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Final Result

When my Tutor took a look at this, he was impressed with the use I’ve made with the limited materials I had. He did suggest that I could have added rays of light to the illuminati triangle. I have now considered putting that into my final piece of mixed media.

 

Second Development

I wanted to put a phrase and represent it in a way that convey the emotion of that pun. I have heard some people say ‘Pokémon Go fuck yourself’ in anger/rage. So I thought that would be an opportunity for me to make this to test the typography out.

 

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Getting the materials together

 

I wanted to use the materials I had left aside. Grabbing an A4 sheet of paper, I went on ahead with my next experimental concept. I had the main idea figured out, but I didn’t really plan out how the layout of the background would be. So I just used PVA glue, plastic bandage and wallpaper textures to randomly generate this layout instead. Of course, I had to cut it down, but the scaling went wrong, resulting in the white blanks you see from the top right and bottom left.

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Filling in the blanks

 

I decided to fix that with some acrylic paint. I would keep using black and white as my main colours. I continued to mix and blend them both together to compensate for what I’ve left out earlier.

 

Immediately after getting that out of the way, I took a look at the bottom and I thought it was too plain-looking so I messed around with the netting and painted over it to get some tile pattern. I ended up getting blotches of paint in some places so I ended up working around with the precious black and white acrylic paints from before. I started cutting and using magazine  letters to spell out one part of the pun for my work.

At this point, I started to focus on scaling and laying out the end of the pun. Every time I wrote it out, the letters would be squished together, too big or too small. I would start out with chalk so that I could rub out any mistakes I would make and once I was satisfied with my results I could go over it in charcoal.

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Final Result

The main criticism I have for this is the choice of font for the top. The great thing about this is that it’s only an experimental piece of work and my final piece can look better. Some people giggled in response to the context of my work. I have received positive feedback regarding how subtle, but well done it had been.

 

 

Third Development

This was a piece I really liked making. It had the dark, macabre mood that I love about Horror art in the first place. I didn’t even intend to create it like this. I just went with the flow. I only wanted to try some new ideas and materials that haven’t been used at all yet.

I had done a photo transfer where I apply and spread white acrylic paint (Professional Quality) all over the picture (that I printed out). I stuck the painted side to the piece of card and made sure to press down hard to avoid crinkles. So I would start by smoothen the sheet out in circles and going outwards. It had to stay for at least twenty four hours before applying water and removing the sheet with a rubber.

After drawing my mysterious character, I wanted to change the background to make the character blend in as if their belonged there. This was helpful for blending in and changing the shadows and mid tones in my background for this piece.

I continued with painting using candle wax, ink and acrylic paints. I wanted to go for a monochrome scheme. I didn’t like the effect for what the candle wax and ink has created so I went on ahead with using the white, black and brown acrylic paints to go over it and cover the spaces left behind.

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Final Result

Out of all the final outcomes, this one satisfies me the most. I’ve enjoyed creating a more dark, gothic themed art piece. I even impressed with how I made the  character blend in with the rest of the background. I was worried about getting the picture looking odd, but I’m happy. The Tutor commented on the macabre theme of the piece which I took as a personal compliment.

Inspiration for Mixed Media pieces

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Aunia Kahn is a mixed media artist that has combined the use of photography, digital painting and collage techniques to depict young women in an aesthetic manner. Her source of inspiration stems from her childhood experiences of abuse which fuels her creativity towards her artwork. What I really appreciate is the fact that she can use her experiences to make creative content. Taking experiences and expressing them can be a good source of inspiration. It’s interesting to see the contrast between the artists’ bright colour palette and my darker colour palette for my mixed media pieces.

 

Printmaking

Since we had already been finished with mixed media experimentation. We moved onto printmaking. I have been familiar with this in my GCSE Art course. We got to do different techniques and look at the different results. I found some of these techniques for printing simple enough and may include this in my final piece.

Mono, Colour and Base-printing

For this technique, we would use found objects, roll over them with ink paints, lay them onto a piece of cardboard with an A3 sheet on top and put it through the press for results. I went on ahead with using a pile of leaves for my found objects.

 

Colla-graph printing

These were some concepts for finding a design for my colla-graph template. I didn’t really have a clue on how to get started with making the template to begin with. I doodled away with ideas of what I could do with a regular HB pencil. I was far too lazy to bother with colouring in any of it.

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Concepts

Some of it was inspired from pop culture, YouTube and video games. I also wanted to incorporate some surrealistic themes in there.

 

 

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This is my colla-graph template which I made using cardboard paper, wall paper, crystal salt and tissue paper. I used acrylic paint and PVA glue to put the pieces together. I’m anxious about how the template will hold together after the varnishing. My Tutor did show us a video demonstrating the process with the varnishing, applying ink and rubbing it off. I hope that mine is stable enough to handle what it’ll go through.

Relief Printing

I moved on to make a template for relief printing where we use tracing paper to create a design and transfer it onto the material used to carve with the knife pen tool. Carving was the most irritating part of making the print. I would either have the pressure too soft or too hard. At least I can learn from this mistake in the future.

 

Dry-printing

I made this  simply by carving the design onto a piece of glass using my sketched design as a guideline. I decided to do  a scratchy-styled drawing which is the style I have worked a lot with only biro. This time, I needed to use his scratching tool which was a bit time consuming, but I was able to get it down. The Tutor had commented that it would be better to take my time if I wanted it to look neat and presentable. I thought about it at first, but thinking about it got me into the scratchy approach due to my lack of patience at the time.

 

 3D Anthropocene

I had gotten started with creating design sheets for visually presenting my ideas for what I would like my 3D model to look like. These are rough ideas and can change as I develop them. I had two ideas regarding corruption and extinction. It’s easier to explain my ideas than to write them down.

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My concepts

My ideas did involve negative topics such as murder, rape, suicide etc. I originally wasn’t so sure on how I could represent that from the theme of Anthropocene. I showed these sheets to my Tutor and explained the concepts to him as well. The main issue was to look at the connection to how these concepts even have a ‘human’ effect on the environment.

 

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Design sheets

I selected my second idea and went around to making detailed design sheets after my Tutor approved of the rough concept previously. I needed to make sure that it was more detailed than the first rough concept that was made. My second idea involved the personification of different animal species being killed/extinct due to human nature when it comes to hunting for sport/sadistic entertainment.

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Paper maches

After finishing the model for the first idea, I went on ahead with making paper maches for my plushie doll before the final product is made. I originally went along with the idea of using a visual personification for this 3D piece.

I eventually got onto the process to where I started constructing the doll. I honestly had more difficulty with stitching and turning it inside out. I’m glad that I went on with using my own bare hands rather than the machine or it would have been worse. Using a template for cutting and sewing was a useful guideline for me (I’m not an expert in textiles). I made the mistake of painting with acrylic rather than fabric paint for my cloak. I was so focused on making colours mix and blend that ended up ruining it by accident. The good news was that I was able to go and get some spare materials from the scraps area from the fashion course. I immediately went on sewing the hooded cloak together from google images (for reference) and constructed it together. The hardest part was sewing on the hood after the cloak.

I moved onto getting the tablet finished as well. This was a another concept I had thought of after finishing my plushie doll. I was focusing on where to scale the tablet, designing carvings for symbolism and looking at different animals that have gone extinct at our hands.

 

After making the plushie, I got around to making the tablet. I grabbed some foam and carved a circle and sanded it  around the edges (with sanding paper, of course). I applied some plaster bandage around the entire object so that it would be easier to paint with emulsion paint combined with acrylic paint. I wanted to get the main colour scheme to resemble stone tablets, but sadly failed with that. I continued on with crafting on the symbols to represent extinct animals (it probably isn’t obvious though).

 

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Final outcome

I should admit that I’m glad to have completed my outcome for the project. I know that the presentation could have been better if the tablet had been scaled to a slightly larger size, but at the time I was convinced that making the tablet and the plushie the same size would do just fine when I was at the planning stage. However, I’m satisfied with how the carvings of the tablet turned out, even without the plushie or scythe on top. It could easily be presented as its’ own piece if it wasn’t for the Anthropocene theme being a necessity. I really enjoyed decorating my scythe with fake blood the most. I used the few blobs of different coloured paints to create that and managed to make it somewhat decent. If I could make any improvements for this project, I would have redesigned the cloak for the plushie or changed the colour. The main concerns with the whole process was to make sure I didn’t prick my self with the needle. I would snap the thread by getting it tangled up by accident. It irritated me a lot in the process of creating the plushie and stuffing it was difficult as well due to the plushie size. When it came down to presenting it, my Tutor thought that the tablet’s designs were too subtle in showing the theme of animal extinction. He mentioned that it would have been more effective if ‘it was in your face’ in terms of visuals and presentation. I could have changed the visuals in order to get the symbolism across. When it comes to the pros and cons, I’m happy with my outcome overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 66-Video

This is the unit where we need to complete two briefs. A showreel showing off our best work and a gameplay video where a section will contain live-action footage. The showreel and live-action video will have to be at least sixty seconds (one minute) long. I plan on finishing the showreel before making my live-action for a gameplay video of my choice. The showreel would be a lot more simple for me to do. I would just have to find a variety of my best work with different techniques and material uses.

Showreel

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Showreel preparation

For my showreel, I have gone through my USB drive and WordPress blog to look for different types of work that I have completed in moderately good quality. I would frequently take screenshots and drag them onto the project board. I tried to look for ways to import images (even though I couldn’t do that to begin with).

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adding effects

I eventually made it to the length of roughly one minute, I stopped there and just went on the editing the video footage. I want to add some effects so that can make the transition much smoother.

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Added royalty-free music

I had asked my Tutor to confirm whether we needed music or not (non-copyright of course). After finding out we did need it, I went through Bensound website for some royalty-free music for obvious reasons. I didn’t have too much trouble with finding the soundtrack I wanted. I was worried about the audio being too long, but my Tutor managed to inform me on editing the audio to change the length and/or make it fade out.

Live-action

I had to research by looking for different live-action videos of video games made by other people. What they have created is our main objective for this part. When creating a live-action scene for a video game, they have added special effects to make it obvious as to what video-game it’s based around. In most of these videos, they have edited and placed features that you would recognise in the original games. They all had explored perspectives

This was done with camera angling focusing on the main character and editing to fit in the icons you would commonly see in the games. No one there had to were any special costumes as characters in the game wore regular clothing. It was made pretty clear that this is ‘real life GTA’. You could tell what game this footage based on. It was pretty entertaining to watch people get run over or shoved aside.

 

I’m familiar with Tekken, but seeing live-action footage is a different story. They switched and changed camera to fit perspectives of both characters. They managed to choreograph a fight for this scene as well to make it convincing. They didn’t leave in one camera angle for too long and kept it paced.

 

This wasn’t a reenactment, but it did have interesting elements of Portal. It focused on things you could do with a portal gun. This is a nice change to come across in terms of context. I liked that it wasn’t set in a complex setting, but in a neighbourhood of sorts instead.

 

For this to be done, I’m sure most people had to wear stage make up to pull off the part as zombies, so no complicated software had to be used for that. The video was set in first-person view just like the game.

My choice of footage

After struggling with indecisiveness and talking to my Tutor about it, I was soon asked about what game I preferred or what game I may have played before. I managed to look for footage for this gameplay that would be easy to replicate a minute of. Most people have heard of Slender, where you need to collect eight pages. I don’t think this would be too difficult.

Proposal form

 

Project Proposal

 

BTEC Interactive Design

BTEC Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design (Interactive Media)

BTEC Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Interactive Media)

 

Learner Name: Farhath Hussain

 

 

 

 

City of Bristol College

 

Specialist Area: Interactive Design

 

 

Date:     29/04/2016

 

Section 1

 

Working title: Live-action footage

 

 

Target Market

 

My class and anyone else who happens to be fond of gaming. There may be plenty of Slenderman fans out there that may watch this. The video may not end up being in the best quality, but considering the premise of the game, it could actually work in this situation. Any one else who happens to be a fan of live-action would probably considering giving this a try.

 

What you will work towards producing: (Detailed description of your proposal)

I should pick a game and create live-action footage of approximately one minute. We need to cut out a minute and replace it with live-action footage. I had picked the game Slender: eight pages simply from my own assumption that it wouldn’t be too difficult to replicate. This would be an interesting new area for me as I never really made a live-action film before. I do plan on selecting different parts of gameplay footage and replacing that with roughly ten seconds of live-action footage.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 2

Influences, starting points and contextual references:

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Early ideas research and sources:   (What are your sources for contextual and personal research?)

I would have to take a look at the Slender man and other games related to it. May be I could scout out any places with trees to film the live-action parts. I would like to create bits of live-action for roughly a minute. I know that I will have to film this video in a setting where there’s trees and no people around. Looking for a forest wouldn’t be too difficult. Slenderman is a fictional character (created by Victor Surge) so there wouldn’t be any factual information on this creature. However, the game was set in a forest so looking for information relating to forest isn’t so difficult. Where I live, it’s easy to find areas where there’s pathways, grass and trees.

Section 3

Intended techniques, non digitial and digital processes:

I would have to use digital programs for editing and making live-action footage. I have my iPhone as an option and iMovie maker for editing footage I find on youtube and use that remaining time to create my own version of Slender: eight pages. It may amateurish, but I don’t expect it to look professional to begin with.

Timescales: (Please insert weekly targets of what you intend to work on from the beginning to the end of the project)

I have until around June to complete this for my Tutor. I know what I should do to complete this brief.

 

Section 4

     Proposed methods of evaluation: (How will you evaluate your project?)

People who watch it on youtube can give me feedback.

Moodboard

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Moodboard for inspiration

This is where I should get ideas from the research. I thought it would be useful to explore the context themes of what my video will be based around. I would have an easier time with scouting a location that fits for certain parts of gameplay. I got to look at photographs and concept art of the slender man by other fans.

Editing the footage

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Cutting out bits

This is where I started editing and taking out parts so that I have footage where there is gameplay. At the time, I never really planned a storyboard as I wasn’t sure what parts I wanted to make live-action of.

Scouting a location

In the weekend, I had looked around for a good possible location where there would trees and daylight. I went along with looking around the trees. I had a problem with finding the layout. It was a good day to film, but through scouting, I couldn’t really find a place that didn’t have people chattering and walking by or a forest that doesn’t slope down.

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Field and trees

The weather was beautiful. This was a good excuse for getting out for fresh air and it was nice to go out for a walk.

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searching trees

Storyboard

I should have made this earlier before. I had to look through and edit my footage to look through for scenes that I could film over. I wanted to try and make this as detailed as possible. I wanted to look for some locations that were similar to the gameplay and film the scenes in the storyboard for the amount of time that I had planned. Although, I won’t be able to find identical locations, I would still attempt at finding locations that and grass, trees and pathways.

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Props

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Slender pages

These pages are props for me to use in my live-action scenes. I thought to myself since there’s notes stuck in various locations, I would need to stick it somewhere. I couldn’t use staples as that would stick out.

Putting footage together

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Adding the last movie clip

This was finally finished it didn’t really take me too long to bring the footage, cut and edit in the live-action video clips in there using iMovie. Although, I made sure to add in special effects.

 

Evaluation

People were happy with how the setting is similar to the gameplay since it is in day time mode. They have suggested through the lack of ambience/tension (for the live-action) to add in a suspenseful soundtrack. It also would have been a good idea to add in the slender man as there were no characters featured in the footage. Not to mention that the live-action clips didn’t contain the static effects or the even sound effects from the original game itself. I even aware myself of the improvements that made for such a simple concept like this. I should have just looked up some tutorials or information for adding special visual effects.

 

Unit 06 Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design – Final Major Project

 

This unit gives us the opportunity to decide our own brief for us to complete before our designated deadline. This post will mainly focus on keeping track of what I complete each week by tracking each date for each week. This would help me stay on track on what I need to do to avoid falling behind.

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To help us decide the brief, the rest of us had to fill in a proposal form to get us thinking about our brief. Our Tutor wanted us to as detailed and specific as we could. It will be different for each of us, more than usual, actually. It got me thinking about what I wanted to do with my project when we begin. This isn’t going to be a piece of cake, I know it.

Project Proposal

 

BTEC Interactive Design

BTEC Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design ( Interactive Media)

BTEC Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design ( Interactive Media)

 

 

Learner Name: Farhath Hussain

 

 

 

 

City of Bristol College

 

 

Specialist Area: Interactive Design

 

 

Date:     17/03/2016

 

Section 1

 

Working title: Interactive Project

Unit 06 Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design – Final Major Project

 

 

 

 

What you will work towards producing: (Detailed description of your proposal)

 

For my project, I know that it would need to involve interacting for the project to function. I need to make sure that I could use the opportunity to create something creative and artistic. I need to take a look at the approach at what materials, resources and ideas that I would be able to work with what I could create. I’m always used to creating visuals without any interactivity. I would want to develop ideas and create prototypes before creating the final product. I should make sure that I have planned how it can function too. I would like to work towards creating a piece of interactive art. May be I could tell a story, express a message or make something crafty. For all I know, I wouldn’t really have a clue on how to create the interactive function at the moment, but I can find a solution. Paper Art seems to be something I’m keen on making as it wouldn’t be too difficult for me to put in interactivity. I’m familiar with Paper Art that I’ve seen other artists do.

 

 

 

 

Section 2

       Influences, starting points and contextual references:

For any source of inspiration, I would need to take a look at where my ideas come from, what type of work has had an influence on my project and what form of media I can use for this project. If I were going take the artistic route with this, I would need to take a look at forms of interactive art made by other people. Looking at some Art Galleries could give me an idea of what theme my project could be in the future. I could look at the mechanics of other artistic pieces to look at how bits and gears were fitted to put together to create the piece. I found two examples of interactive art pieces that are physical, as well as works that are digital or traditional. I’m not sure about what type of theme/topic I would want for this though.

Paper Cuts Exhibition – Somerset House – London from Paper Cuts on Vimeo.

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Paper craft by Lisa Rodden

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Interactive paper art by Huskmitnavn
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Paper pop-up art

Some of these examples of paper art have some form in interactive element for the visuals to be shown. It’s nice to see products made with different techniques. I still found it interesting to look at other interactive art projects that are more complex, but intriguing concepts to them as well.

     Early ideas research and sources: (What are your sources for contextual and personal research?)

I’m thinking of looking at different artists with different styles and techniques. This way I can take some inspiration and be able to create an idea that links to it. I could look at a common theme that these artists have. I could put in my own style along with their influence to create something unique. The examples of artists shown in the video have their own creations with digital and physical elements to them. I would like to explore different forms of media to decide what format I want. I would like to try a physical approach as I have tried traditional and digital techniques for other non-interactive works in the past. Seeing works like this makes the designing process much easier. I have talked with my Tutor about this and we agreed that I’d be better off not doing anything that involves coding. My project won’t be digital, but traditional instead.

Section 3

Intended techniques, non digital and digital processes:

I could take a look at how people have created Interactive art with traditional, digital media and using different resources and tools. I would have trouble deciding between doing something traditional and something digital. I could start off with sketching the designs on pen and paper and either carry on using cardboard, paper or move on to digital resources like Photoshop, Illustrator etc. Paper Art would be nice to create with interactivity. I could use that to create paper dolls and sculptures.

   Timescales: (Please insert weekly targets of what you intend to work on from the beginning to the end of the project)

We have roughly eleven weeks to complete this project as this will need some planning and target setting so ensure that I manage to complete a certain amount each week. I would find this pretty difficult, considering the fact that I have poor time management. I would need to talk with my support workers for advise on what I how I can pace myself. I often end up falling behind on some tasks that I have been set.

 

Section 4

     Proposed methods of evaluation: (How will you evaluate your project?)

According to my Tutor, the whole class as a group assessment will evaluate this. I would have to deal with it and get it over and done with when the time comes. I would have to make everything is presentable and finished. I don’t want to meet the deadline with an incomplete project. Of course, I would self-critique my work as well. Hopefully, my classmates can give me helpful feedback to let me know what I’ve may be lacking in certain areas and improve. Chances are that I could upload images on DeviantArt and WordPress.

 26/03/2016

I would like to understand interactive art better by looking at other examples of work from other creators. I had some experience with making interactive projects for other units. But this time I have the choice of my project can be as well as theme. As I plan on doing something artistic for my interactive project.

Massive Balloon-filled playroom

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The play area itself

This interactive playroom was made with balloons rather than plastic balls that most children’s play areas have always had. However, the room is full of them, but not to the point where the room is stuffed with them. Adults get to explore the inside and have thoughts of childhood nostalgia, assuming that most of them have been in play areas as kids. This interactive work of art was first made by a British artist named Martin Creed in 1998. I really do appreciate the fact that it’s so simple, yet effective in its’ purpose for triggering other peoples’ childhood memories. I would like to try and create something physical and interactive that some form of impact on the viewer that interacts.

 

Perception Illusions 

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Visual shape-shifting

Peter Kogler had this strange room which affects your perception based around your movement. This is more of a visual example to look at, but it has the type of theme that I would base my idea around, which gets me thinking about how it could be done. It does look like my mind would be confused with how dis-orientated my perception is. Once again, simple, but effective. I would probably have a bit of trouble of making something as a walk-through with interactivity.

 

Musical Swings

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Making Melodies

I remember looking back at this work of art. This looks like something that I would give a try to be honest. You swing  and create a musical note and having more people would make a lot more. This is interactive as well as musical. This had inspired me to make a sound toy based around creating sound. I probably wouldn’t have the capability to make something as complex (function-wise in terms of circuitry and wiring) as  the musical swings.

Paper Pop Art

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An example

This is some form of interactive paper art by an artist named Thibaud Herem. This didn’t require any technology to make. It just goes to show what people can make out of basic materials. I’ve never tried this form of media before, but that could change soon.

Silk

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create your own patterns

An interactive website where you can make designs just clicking the left mouse button and dragging along in any area in the black rectangle. My brother had introduced me to this website some time ago.

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So from looking at other works of interactive art, this is the opportunity to start brainstorming new ideas of my own. Looking at other examples has helped me realise that I’m capable of making something interactive that doesn’t necessarily involve technology and that alone gives me more confidence.

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Brainstorm

I wanted to think of ideas that I could from research. I did decide in the end to stick with paper craft to suit the traditional and physical aspect of it. I didn’t really know what concept I could do with this form of media.

12/04/2016

These were some earlier ideas that I had for my project. These ideas were a pretty simple to me they mainly involved some paper and paper tabs for interactivity. Some of these ideas were inspired by Thibaud Herem’s work. I thought that it would be simple  to create and make. I had ideas with making animations and cards with special messages on them. I was quite keen on carrying out this idea at the time. The artist himself had used this form of technique to bring his artwork for the viewers to see and interact with. I thought it would be useful to bring those similar techniques for my concepts.

 

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Some Ideas

I made sure to annotate the designs to give a quick idea of what I wanted at the time. I wanted to create some paper art cards of my own. I had written down more explaining a few concepts based around this idea.

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Other concepts I wanted to explore

 20/04/2016

From then on  I had to leave my proposal form and move on to designing and developing to wards my final project. I have had to start experimenting on different circuits to find what works and what doesn’t. This was a great opportunity in understanding the interactive side for my final project.

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More ideas

I quickly did some sketches of designs that I wanted to apply for the artistic side. I want some ideas how I wanted my product to look. This was all I sketched at the moment. I want to make something artistic and interactive.

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Complete Circuit

I wanted to attempt a full circuit with a breadboard. I wasn’t too well experienced with making circuits, so I asked my Tutor of some assistance. After, some demonstrations, I managed to understand this a little better and soon went on to making my own. This required an L.E.D. light, wires and two AA batteries for this to function.

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LED light from paper circuit

The circuits above and below (images) were used with paper and electric paint as opposed to the usual breadboard. Of course I needed a demonstration as I was new to electric paint. It was easier than using the breadboard circuit at least. I still used the same source of power and source of light for this experiment.

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Complete paper circuit

I knew that one L.E.D. light worked, so why not use more? I wanted to make a traffic light pattern for my own amusement as well as taking a look at the result of adding more.

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Traffic L.E.D. lights

The three images below show an experiment which ultimately failed after  a few attempts and changing the type of metal and coins (to conduct) each time. I found out about this experiment from a Textbook on a .pdf file sent to me. According to the information from there, I could light up a singular L.E.D. bulb with lemons.

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Attempt at the lemon circuit

I was looking forward to conducting this electrical experiment. I was oddly confused to notice that the L.E.D. light wasn’t lit up. Of course, from time to time, I would get my Tutor to look at the problem. They would offer me suggestions, which lead me to conducting the experiments again.

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Switched to copper coins

I ended up borrowing copper coins from my support worker and Tutor. I really had some form of hope that this would work.

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Switched to coil

My Tutor measured the voltage and found out that there wasn’t even to power up the L.E.D. light. I was slightly annoyed that I was supposed to get ten lemons instead of six. I was happy that I gave it a go, but disappointed at the same time.

27/04/2016

I had dropped the paper tab from earlier, so there would be some changes. From a discussion from my Tutor, we both knew that I didn’t really have an idea of what my project was going to be from an artistic point of view and how I would go from that point. I did talk with my support worker about this and we ended up looking at older designs I had made.

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earlier concepts

My support worker and I had  looked at the sketches that I had made earlier in the week. We took a look at the origins of where I came up with them. We even included topics of science, paranormal, nature, aesthetics etc. I had a good chance to look and find out what type of theme I could do.

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Notes my support worker had jot down

As we were discussing these topics, they were jotted down on a A4 sheet of paper. That way I could look back at what was said and analyse to understand better. It’s quite for me to look back at this and look at the key themes that were discussed throughout the class session of that time.

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paper craft bouquet from Banu

I thought that it would be interesting to make a 3D form of paper-craft where you could fiddle and interact with it. I realised with discussing my project with my Tutor and support worker that I have an appreciation with nature and aesthetics as well as the use of technology. From then on I when on to looking at paper crafts that other people have made.

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Valentine-themed paper craft from homesthetics

This work as inspired me to continue on with paper crafting flower petals and bouquets with L.E.D. lights. I believe I could accomplish that.

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prototype paper craft

I went on ahead and made a prototype flower using only a pencil to draw the shape and cut them out with scissors. I made a few of them to layer them on top of each other. I really only used other flower paper craft images as inspiration for coming up with my own designs and flower patterns. My theme will involve ‘nature’. I would had fake grass or green paper with some flowers scattered around the area.

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Lilly

Of course, I wanted to explore more on the flower design. I made a different design and wanted to place it in different visual scenarios. I wanted to be sure that I had a clear idea of what my visual style for this would be to begin with. I wanted to replicate water by scrunching up bits of tissue paper and put it by the side.

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change of ‘water’

I soon decided to ditch that and  go along with the entire piece of tissue paper. I wanted to to try and go for the pond look just out of curiosity. I liked the idea of a fake light-up pond. But I thought to myself on how I would create this and hide the circuitry without making it look transparent. Even if I placed most of the circuit behind paper/cardboard, but the wires would be noticeable.

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false flower pot

Going along with the fake flower pot was supposed to be an idea for me to make an interactive bouquet.

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Added ‘leaves’

05/05/2016

I’m working towards my first prototype with visual and interactive elements. I had combined the use of techniques from my early experiments to make a paper field with flowers. This isn’t the final product at the moment. I want a representation of what my final project would look like given that there may be changes in the future. Given that the structure of this prototype isn’t completely sturdy and has been made with papers, circuits and tape. I want the middle of each flower to light up in the final project, but for the prototype I only want to attempt this with one flower. I will make the field more detailed in the final project.

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Artistic visuals

For the prototype, I wouldn’t worry too much on the design of the flowers for my paper field. I plan on making one flower full of colour and light up, making it look lively.

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circuit being used/tested

I had put in two AA batteries to test out this circuit to see if it would function. I did realise that the use of connecting paper clips together did work as long as I had held them together.

11/05/2016

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Prototype design

This is just made to test out for a while when I had two AA batteries to light up the circuit, I was able to use the paperclips as a switch to turn the L.E.D. light on. I was pleased with this simple objective being completed for being interactive, but I realised that this isn’t very stable. This whole prototype could easily fall apart.

I only plan on lighting up one flower whereas the rest will look dark and lifeless. I want to represent and symbolise the nature of plants and the distinction between life and death. This is a concept which I would like to explore. As far is the circuit goes, my tutor advised me to take a different approach rather than going straight forward (light switch).

This video shows a good example of a photodiode circuit, demonstrating the change through the circuit with interaction. I would like to use this mechanic for my project, but substitute wires with copper tape. I would also like to take in the Tutor’s suggestion to create a circuit that lights up through detection. I’m pretty confident with my artistic concept, but I want to experiment with other circuits along the way too. I’m really focused on searching for electronic components for my circuit to use. I know that there are different types that work, but I really want to make sure I can a circuit that simple and organised as well.

18/05/2016

I wanted to create the paper flower field concept that I wanted to do last week. I only used A4 paper, cellotape and scissors to cut up and stick the petals together. My Tutor commented on how petals seemed as if they seeped out of the ground and suggested what would happens to the shadows through different lighting. One of my classmates were kind enough to shine their own light.

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paper field

This is a complete field in regular lighting. I only wanted to take a look at different lighting that takes different effects. I would like to fit in some L.E.D. lighting for each flower. To do that, I would have to be able to buy electrical components to light up the field.

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It was great to experiment with light for my design. At the time, I never really had electric components needed to mess around. I really enjoyed manipulating shadows to create an effect.

25/05/2016

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Added some flowers

From my old prototype I wanted to take two paper flowers and add them on there for diversity in terms of shape and size. I wanted to develop my visual design some more. I never really had a real final design just yet. I’m sure there’s always room for improvement. I made sure to select the pink ones to continue on with the colour/artistic theme.

08/06/2016

Since, I haven’t got a lot of time left, I’m more concerned with making sure I have created an interactive circuit to finish off my project. I have managed to bring all the required components except for the phototransistor. I ended up getting the wrong model number after my Tutor had look through and checked the circuit through using the breadboard. While making a complete circuit was easy, the dark detection wasn’t able to happen without the phototransistor.

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breadboard and circuitry

My Tutor soon suggested that I could go and make a switch on a paper circuit as an alternative, since I wouldn’t have all the resources in time. So I attempted to make a switch circuit. Using tinfoil, a 3V coin cell and an LED light. From this experiment, I knew now that tinfoil doesn’t seem to conduct electricity.

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Making a paper circuit

I was hoping I would at least get a dim light. I tried to make a paper circuit using only the items I had at the time. I realised that after the attempt and checking through the circuit with my Tutor’s help, I knew that I couldn’t pass the electrical current through the light up the LE.D. bulb.

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Failed experiment

 

15/06/2016

Since the last time, the paper circuit had failed I had decided to use copper tape based around the fact that I had heard that it conducts electricity pretty well. The results of this prototype were more successful than the last. I was pleased to see that I managed to make a paper circuit with a switch.

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Copper tape being used instead

I wanted to recreate the circuit that failed before with copper tape as a better alternative. It managed to work for a while. I put the cell on top of the copper and placed the folded piece with copper on top to temporarily complete the circuit. Unfortunately, I managed to waste a lot of space on the A4 sheet of paper I used.

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success

Although I managed to make it work. I wanted to be able to light up more than one L.E.D. bulb to make it function as an interactive project. I carried on experimenting back at my house.

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parallel circuit

I only used some scrap paper as a base to try out a parallel circuit to light up a few L.E.D.s at a time. I was looking forward to making this a feature to add in. When I tested it out only one of the bulbs lit up. I tried applying more pressure and flipping the coin cell one side to the other.

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failure

I was about the pack away for the day, but then after noticing the light source in the bag of cells and L.E.D.s, I wanted to try and play around with the other components that I haven’t used.

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discovery

Upon packing away the components, I managed to spot the L.E.D.s lighting up all of a sudden. I was confused for a moment there and tried to take a look at the cause of the effect. I quickly realised that by connecting the L.E.D.s and cells together, it creates a circuit as well, but without the switch mechanism.

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directly connecting

I had soon went on ahead with joining and connecting different types of L.E.D. bulb to a coin cell. I had used regular L.E.D.s and RGB L.E.D.s for different results. What I liked about using the RGB bulbs was that I could light them up in either in red, green or blue. I had a little fun with messing with different coloured lights.

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another one

I managed to emit light easily without the use of wires, breadboard or any other type of complex circuits. This wasn’t the structure I wanted to use in my final major project. I did this for enjoyment and the art of tinkering.

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Trying it on cardboard

I wanted to attempt a parallel circuit again, but my Tutor suggested to try a much harder surface to place the circuit on. Using paper was too flimsy for my liking and the circuit malfunctioned from this before.

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I wanted to test out the circuit to see it light up. At first, I was only able to make one bulb emit light. I went to my Tutor to diagnose the problem for me as I have had this same problem before. We checked the connection, pressure and after flipping the cell to the other side, the other bulb lit up.

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I added two cells flipped on opposite sides. The paper tab is there to act as the switch. When it’s placed on top of a cell, one of the bulbs will light up. The good thing about this is that there won’t be any tangled wires or bumps to hide and also the fact that the entire circuit is stuck in place.

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adding the visuals

When I was satisfied with how the circuit turned out to be, I started with putting on the artistic visuals. I thought that it would better for the L.E.D.s to represent the fireflies. This was inspired from a holiday visit. I thought it would be silly to add flower petals to them instead. I deliberately wanted the wings white for contrast and for the flowers to blend in with the ground.

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Decoration

Evaluation

From this prototype, I had some positive feedback regarding the interactive art piece. I was told from my themes of nature, life and death it would have been easier to use solar panels to trigger the lights instead of using the switch mechanism. Other peers have agreed that this concept could be branched out further and develop into something better. A part of me would like to take this into consideration and improve, but a part of me isn’t bothered with this project so much now. I know that I shouldn’t feel that way.

Unit 45 – Graphic Image Making

Visual Fonts

This was where we had to recap what we have done before. We represent the word in a way that reflects its’ meaning/definition. Doing this in the first year was more challenging with Adobe Illustrator since I was only a beginner and never had experience at that time before this course. I’m happy that this unit focuses more on designing and thinking of visual concepts.

 

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eight fonts attempted

Our task was to create eight fonts and draw/sketch one that we prefer the most. I did struggle with finding words that were easy to visually convey what the word means. In the end, I chose to use the word ‘stretch’ to use for my flash animation. I thought this word would be the simplest one to animate and present rather than leaving it a still image.

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Trying different sizes

I tried designing my chosen font using pencil, markers and A4 sheets of paper. It was nice to be able to do something more traditional after doing digital assignments. I started off with writing the word in different shapes and sizes.

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Different colours

I eventually moved on to using colour and carried on experimenting with the format and sizing the font. This was pretty easy for me to do. I think after writing for some time, I’d much rather go for a black font. It’s much more simplistic for me to do and I like the colour black anyway.

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Short Storyboard

The traditional story board is there to show a rough plan of how I’m planning on animating on flash. It’s short, but straight to the point.

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Making the font

After hearing from my Tutor and classmates about the better use of creating font or images in Illustrator to import in Flash, I tried to follow that technique by typing the font in there, but there was always an error each time I attempted to import it.

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Recreating the font and animating

After some trouble with formatting and pasting the font, I just thought that it would be a whole lot easier.

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editing the tween

This was one of the rare times that I had used motion tweening for this animation.

Infographics

The Tutor wanted to give us some more tasks to do in the workshop, but apparently the rest of the class wanted to get on with the brief assignment. We need to design our own infographic poster. To make one we would need to design the layout, how the data will be presented visually and what the poster will be about as well, but that’s up to each individual who’s making their own poster. It’s quite difficult for me to find a topic that’s simple for presenting as a infographic poster, so my Tutor advised me to find a subject that I would be able to do.

What is graphic image making?

From what I’ve seen, visuals and diagrams are used in order to present data. I have often seen most of the presenting facts and data through visuals. To me that seems like a much more effective way of displaying out new information for others to see.

Examples of Graphic Image Posters

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Visual representation

This poster has presented the data through the use of images and colours to represent genders rather than leaving paragraphs of writing to read. The layout shown is quite simplistic and will make it easier for the reader to take in the info on the poster. They managed to pack in some useful information into one page too.

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Choice cuts  *retches*

This was a good example of a parody what I immediately found on Google images. It managed to make a friend of mine cringe, but I personally liked that this poster was a spoof of all of those animal choice cuts posters I’ve seen in the past, but realistically speaking I could understand why this may unsettle some people. I personally want to avoid typing in a lot of text for my design.

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Society and industry

This poster is more colourful than the previous posters I have found. They all contrast nicely. They still use a small amount of text, but the font is formatted so that it stands out. It’s nice that they selected a different colour for each fact displayed in the poster and that they had the common sense to write them out in a lighter shade to make it noticeable. I think it would be nice to take the simplicity and adapt that into my graphic poster.

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amount of berries in some countries

This stuck out to me with complimentary shades of pink and purple and the layout of the poster as well. The image shows that it’s data about grapes.

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wedding dress and accessories

This is just a simple list showing you what the bride-to-be would to wear for her wedding. It’s short, but sweet when explaining what’s needed. It manages to contrast and stand with a few colours on there as well.

Infographic animations

This animation contains info on a more serious topic, but I just wanted a video that is able to present data well enough and this video. It’s short and sweet. It managed to pack in data to do with internet and browsing without needing paragraphs. It had animation was pretty smooth and fluid. The animation was colourful and stood out well.

This video focuses on the success of Britain. It shows the pros and cons of the funding that we’ve had throughout the years. It’s quite colourful and attention-grabbing with displaying its’ data. You get a good look at the development of technology and designing and how it has brought in cash. It’s helpful that it’s only used visuals and numbers as it was easy for me to grasp.

This isn’t very informative in terms of data, but it does offer some words of advice or courage on traveling. It doesn’t drag on for too long. This seems to be more persuasive, judging from the animation as there isn’t any data present.

This next animation focuses on the facts to do with obesity in the USA. It has some soothing music to go along with it. What’s different about this animation and the previous others that I’ve looked at is that it has a main colour scheme which mainly consists of red. This is to probably to show that this is obviously a problem that affects peoples’ health.

This is just to give you some quick facts about animals and their bodily functions. It’s still short, but sweet like the others. I honestly found it to be quick and fluent for the animation. It uses that to show what the animal does and presents the data.

Theme poster research

I needed to pick an interest or theme if I’m going to design a poster and animation sometime soon. I was having some difficulty with picking what theme I wanted to do. I did have a talk with my support worker in class and helped me decide on the theme of music, at least listening to music is one of my hobbies that I do daily. So I decided to look up some posters based around the topic/theme of music, looking at the phycological effect.

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Power of music

This poster clearly focuses on how our mood and emotions are affected by listening music, depending on the genre of music too. I like the idea at looking at the effects that it has on your mood. It doesn’t too much colour either to stand out. I have actually been thinking making a poster similar to this.

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The Business side of Music

This is here to represent how you can make a career of music as well as something that you can enjoy. These are three examples of popular music genres. This uses a lot more text than the other posters, which is what I want to avoid in my posters. It’s good to encourage other people interested to get into music.

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His music visually being presented

This poster is different from the fact that the artist managed to visually display some of Elvis’s songs. This is a good form of symbolism, with only a few colours being used. The background seems quite dull (since there’s no colour at all).

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Business side of music again

This is another poster focusing on the phycological effects of it on the human brain and how it can benefit students. It was a lot of useful information and is quite specific with which they’ll perform well in.

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Another example

This is a poster with the same theme as the last poster, but with a lot more detail. The presentation of it is nice, but it’s taken up a lot of space. I think that using some images instead of paragraphs of text would have been better.

Theme Animations

I understand that this animation is there to spread the facts of how greedy record labels. The person mostly spoke and would use images and some text from time to time to point key facts that come up. I personally wouldn’t want to talk for my infographic and just place some soundtrack in there for the lack of speech.

This has no audio this time, but uses well-known artists and also shows how often their music is illegally downloaded. Music piracy is quite common with artists like Rizzlekicks and Rihanna.

What I liked about this one is that they used a lot less text and more imagery to display the data of online music industry. They use images that link with music e.g. speakers, headphones etc. The colours contrasted nicely together.

This was under a minute long which makes me feel a lot better, knowing that I may be able to create my infographic to be roughly around that length. It’s strange, but different to see the comparison between EDM music and non-EDM music fans. It was clear, understandable and had some nice layouts.

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Music and Psychology

I would like to create this poster in a minimalistic style with a blue colour scheme. Some of these images are useful as references for images I’d like to use in my poster. I wouldn’t want to waste my time on creating detailed designs in a limited amount of time.

Proposal

Project Introduction

Brief outline the proposed project including the design problem to be

solved

  • I would like to make a graphic image poster and a 30 second animation on my chosen topic. They need to be based on the same theme (of my choice) and personal interest.

Brief summary of your plan for the project

  • I would want to complete my research before I begin picking a theme to design and research in depth. I would focus on the graphic poster before finishing the 30 second animation. I would have to do a lot sketching to design visuals for the poster and animation.

Constraints of the project

Identify the constraints of the project. It may help to think what you are

not allowed to do to complete this project. Then you can list the constraints

i.e. This project must not be designed for print and be optimised for the web.

The constraint in this case could be that the project must be “designed for

screen using a resolution of 72 dpi and be optimised for viewing in a web

browser”.

  • Since, this a task where I would need to illustrate and animate, I would need to use programs such as Adobe Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator. I would need to upload it online so that the Tutor can see the finished projects.

Context of the project

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A poster focusing on the psychological effects
  • I want my poster to be based around the theme of Music and I know that I would need to research to understand how I can create my Music Infographic Poster and animation. I want to be more specific with how music can have some impact on our behaviour and mood in general.

Who has already created a solution to this design problem?

What professional outcomes are there to inspire your project

What other projects or contextual references are out there in

the world

  • This has to link with psychology and music together as themes for my project. To understand and develop my idea for how it will work.

Initial Ideas for the project

What ideas do you have at the beginning of the project to address the

design problem?

  • I originally had problems with picking a theme when I had been researching to find some inspiration for what I want to do for my poster and animation. I did want to do it based around my hobbies, but my Tutor did question how I could create some data and facts to represent my poster and animation.

Deliverables

Specify a list of objects or tasks you will do to complete the

project

i.e. what typography, colour scheme, process, materials,

techniques, provide paper/wireframe working prototype etc.

  • Since both (poster and animation) will be digital, I will design some images using a mix of traditional and digital media.

Targets and Milestones

List the targets and major milestones towards completion of

the project i.e. (the example below is not limited to 3 targets. Don’t

forget to list these targets in Pro Portal also!)

Investigate brief

  • Find 5 posters and animations.
  • Start sketching and develop them as time goes by.
  • Colour them in on Illustrator.

Generate ideas

  • Design symbols.
  • Check that they represent the facts.
  • Look for references.

Develop ideas

  • Look at how I can illustrate the symbols so that the message is clear.
  • Experiment with colours.
  • Look at the layout design.

Produce outcome

  • Sketch ideas.
  • Colour and edit in photoshop.
  • Import and animate in Flash.

Evaluate Outcome/ Prototype or Solution to problem

  • Edit and save some symbols as .psd files.
  • Experiment around with animating.
  • Sort out timing.

Evaluation Methods

How are you going to evaluate the success of the project. Are you

going to conduct a usability or playtest with your target group, use Google

analytics, use YouTube, use questionnaires upload to forums, showcase on

art or design websites etc.

How are you going to collect the data? Use graphs, infographics,

written evaluations, video evaluations or a mixture of all of these.

  • My Final animation will be on Youtube and WordPress and my poster will be on wordpress.

 

 

 

Sketches for the poster

I wanted to create some designs for my poster. For the majority of this, I wanted to focus on making designs and be sure that I have created what I needed in order to complete the infographic poster.

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mind map

For me to understand what I would want to do, I went on ahead and made a mind map. By doing so, I managed to jot down phrases and ideas based on my own beliefs and interests.

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hand-drawn fonts

Before creating other visual designs, I didn’t care that much about getting the font to look a specific way, but it was important for me to try different sizes and styles.

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Alternatives

With these designs, I had to think about how the symbols could relate to the facts and figures I need to represent in the poster and animation. The main theme I picked was music and psychology.

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symbol designs

These were some designs I made (that I was pleased with). It was great to mess around and doodle based on my theme of my poster.

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a few more

For some of these images, I looked up some images relating the facts and figures on Google images (for references). At times, it was hard to visually interpret a theme for each fact that I had to represent.

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making vector images…

I used Illustrator to digitally colour in the images.

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…for my poster

I used the pen tool to carve and colour all of my sketches. I kept this process going until I managed to make the rest of the vector images I wanted.

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background colour check

 

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font colour

 

Animation

For my animation, I didn’t really have much time to complete this. I ended up rushing it to make sure I had all the scenes from my storyboard done before the deadline. I had some struggle on how I could present this when I animate it in Flash. It needs to be at least thirty seconds long.

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Storyboard

It was done to show and remind me how I would animate each scene for my animation. From time to time, I did take a look at my other designs of the vector images to roughly sketch and see how I can present the information.

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the process

With Photoshop, I would create psd files to import into the Library in Flash. I used  motion tweening for this so that I wouldn’t have the trouble of animating frame by frame. I wouldn’t have my work finished in time that way.

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putting the clips together

 

My Final Animation

 

 

Unit 62- Interactive Media authoring

Unfortunately, in this unit I would have to do more coding, but on the plus side, I managed to complete the basic exercise for creating a basic webpage with gif images inserted. Other people in my class were going along and completing it with little to no problems, which made me want some help with it eventually.

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My first webpage

I did have some struggle with inserting the images using coding. I didn’t really care about how the webpage looked. I wanted to make sure I got my task completed.

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Made some changes

Next challenge that I had to do in workshop was to make a semantic webpage. Down below shows the coding  that I managed to get from a helpful website to get started, but I would have to find a way to split it into two columns.

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Coding and current layout

This task was important for me to be able change the layout of my web portfolio. Before I could put anything in there, I needed to learn the basics of css formatting. From time to time, I would check, save and open the file in safari browser to see the preview of my layout.

 

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added source coding in css

For the majority of the time I spent on this task, I’ve always been adding my coding in html format by mistake and eventually my Tutor noticed this and told me that this should have been put in css format instead. I honestly felt like an idiot for not knowing this. At least, it managed to fix my problems with editing colour and layout (to an extent).

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change of layout

Originally, the layout was blank, void of colour. Editing the page was bought more colour to my page.

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managed to make it two columns (it’s messy though)

Even if the colour issue is fixed, I had some problems with sorting out the two column layout that I wanted.

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my website template

My webpage

My Tutor wanted us to make a website for our portfolio that is compatible with your mobile, but at the same time looks good on your desktop screen too. For this to happen I need to look at Interactive Media Authoring, since our website needs to be interactive too. My Tutor showed me a blank webpage template that could be my starting point for my webpage, but I would need to think about what my layout will be, what my logo will look like, what I will put on there to promote. We also had to take a look at the purpose of this to begin with as it’s common to find around us.

What is Interactive Media Authoring?

 

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the process of interactive media authoring

This is when you use graphic imagery, typography, audio, animation and other available elements in your project for providing interaction (for people viewing your project). Sorry, I’m not too detailed or specific. This is the perfect reason for me use this opportunity to make my online portfolio and submit my own artwork on there. Many people use this tool to promote their own products or ideas, which is what I want to go for. I may end up using a few of these elements.

Different formats

Websites- One of the most common formats used for containing and spreading information. A lot of businesses use this for promotion and recognition. It’s a lot easier to be noticed online than offline today.

CD/DVD Roms- These disks can contain video games, which do require interactivity. We control the main character in a video game in order for there to be progression.

Interactive TV- I have come across touch-screen monitors in our local Family health clinic. We were required to put in information by selecting options we saw on the screen.

Mobile apps- When you download an app, you able to load and interact and what you’re able to do depends on the app itself. You can an app for any website so that it’s easier and quicker to interact on.

Kiosk- This is a tool can doesn’t necessarily need to use internet or it can. When you make a game on Unity, you’ll be able to open it in web browsers and placing them on sites will give them exposure to other people.

How can I use these elements?

I only have a webpage template at the moment. I can edit it later in the future (and I’ll have to do so anyway). I want to take a look at how I can make my webpage more appealing for people to notice. I want it to stand out if I want to promote my work. I want to make sure that I’m able to include as much of these elements as I can. There are useful tools such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash to create websites.

Audio- I could add in some playlists that can play as the viewer is browsing the webpage. I have seen other people with their own Tumblr or webpage put in playlist of their favourite music. It seems like a good way of keeping them occupied. I can still add some sound effects on there for the sake of experimentation.

Animation- This element reminds me of my last year’s work where I did some flash animation. I have seen animated loading screens for some websites I’ve been on as a kid. There are different ways I can come around this.

Images- As I have previously said, I will place my own artwork from Deviant Art onto here. I could even put more recent sketches and paintings on there.

Typography- I could design a logo to go on my webpage. I would need to make it suitable for what I’m promoting.

Examples of Products/websites that use this

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The one site a lot of us know

I’m definitely sure that most of us know about Tumblr, hell, I have seen some talented artists make art blogs or porn blogs on there. This site is useful on desktop and mobile devices. You able to put in your own playlists of music you like. You can scroll and click on images to preview them and play videos if you have submitted any. There’s also an app for Tumblr to put on your iphone. You have the ability to interact, there’s the option to put in audio which some members of Tumblr have included and the content can still fit onto the screen whether you’re on the desktop, laptop or your mobile.

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Good old youtube

We all use youtube from time to time. I love going on this site to watch videos and listen to music. You can easily select videos by their thumbnails to begin with. I can change the size of the screen for the video. You can edit the quality of the video, depending on what’s on the settings. You can clearly interact, trigger audio and people can submit animations onto their channels too.

Design Layout sketches

These were a few sketches that I made after spending a bit too much time on researching afterwards. I have wanted to try and change the layout as well as finding ways to present my future works on my web portfolio.

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Similar to the web template

I wanted to design a page where I actually have a logo for my portfolio. This page would have a lot more information than images. I haven’t thought about where I could display the content and how I lay it out.

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Thinking of displaying the artwork?

I messed around again and just focused on making the page where you can look through artwork images (made by me of course).

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Paragraphed introduction idea

I eventually got into sketching this so that you can scroll up and down when looking at content in my webpage.

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scrolling through for artwork

 

 

Proposal

Project Introduction

-My task is to create a website made in HTML that’s responsive to mobile devices as well as desktop devices.

Brief outline the proposed project including the design problem to be

solved

Brief summary of your plan for the project

-I want to create a web-portfolio for promoting my artwork. I will need to research techniques and looking at how other people have done good or bad so that I can look at how my webpage can be improved and appeal to people that may possibly want commissions in the future. I would want to sketch out ideas of how I want each page to look and change the designs little by little. I can soon experiment with the designs on my website to see if the design works. It would be good to take screenshots along the way too. I would need to show other people the webpage for useful feedback.

Constraints of the project

-This is a website that will be used to showcase my own work. I need to make sure that my work is still all on the screen when I minimise it. It needs to work for mobile devices as well since people nowadays use the internet on their smartphones as well.

-I have currently made a web template that can change size.

Context of the project

Who has already created a solution to this design problem?

What professional outcomes are there to inspire your project

What other projects or contextual references are out there in

the world

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A useless website indeed

-This is a website that takes you to useless websites. I like that this is able to fit the content (though there isn’t much of it) when minimised, but the websites it led me to don’t do the same unfortunately.

Initial Ideas for the project

What ideas do you have at the beginning of the project to address the

design problem?

  • I want to create a good layout for my Art portfolio. If I want people to be impressed, I would need to find some good coding for css and html that can give me the layout that I would want and change if I don’t find it appealing or if other people don’t find it appealing themselves. I would focus on first on designing the layouts of my webpage on A4 size sketches.

Deliverables

Specify a list of objects or tasks you will do to complete the

project

i.e. what typography, colour scheme, process, materials,

techniques, provide paper/wireframe/working prototype etc.

Targets and Milestones

List the targets and major milestones towards completion of

the project i.e. (the example below is not limited to 3 targets. Don’t

forget to list these targets in Pro Portal also!)

Investigate brief

  • Complete research and workshop exercises.
  • Start designing and creating thumbnail sketches.
  • Update my website template based on my designs.

Generate ideas

  • Using html and css coding insert and  display one or a few of my artwork.
  • Experiment with different designs and features.
  • Create different pages for the webpage.

Develop ideas

  • Look through some of my old artwork and make new artwork.
  • Tweak my design from time to time.
  • Develop content beyond the prototype sketches.

Produce outcome

  • Show webpage to other people for feedback.
  • How to present my content to viewers.
  • Update and create more pages.

Evaluate Outcome/ Prototype or Solution to problem

  • Upload content on new pages.
  • Use Lightbox coding and files for Art Gallery layout.
  • Insert Images with Lightbox.

Evaluation Methods

How are you going to evaluate the success of the project. Are you

going to conduct a usability or playtest with your target group, use Google

analytics, use YouTube, use questionnaires upload to forums, showcase on

art or design websites etc.

How are you going to collect the data? Use graphs, infographics,

written evaluations, video evaluations or a mixture of all of these.

  • Our Tutor will probably take a look on it online when it’s finished. There’s a chance that we would need peer assessment as well.

 

My portfolio progress

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Making a change

I wanted to get a start on my webpage and insert some images of my own work and to do that, I decided to try a test with displaying an image of my older piece of artwork.

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Problem solved

My Tutor got a look at the problem with the image that I made he got a good look at the coding and noticed that I put in a repeat for two pictures and because I didn’t put in the correct coding. After he fixed it by deleting extra bits of coding that weren’t needed. The good news is that I can see my picture on the page now and the extra image is gone.

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Test background

I noticed how plain my page looked (to me). I wanted to try and put in a background and change the font colour contrast with the background. I had a bit of trouble finding the coding I needed for html for, but instead, I managed to find coding for css. It didn’t come out how I wanted it to come out.

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mistakes were made

I wanted to adjust the settings for my background. I ended up losing my colours in the process and tweaking just didn’t help.

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fixed it

After changing it back to normal, I had some feedback from my Tutor and created changes based around it. I actually like the improvement it had made. My webpage looks more presentable and organised in comparison.

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Changed it from feedback

 

I’ve moved on to other pages to work and finish on. I’m satisfied with my homepage at the moment. The theme is simplistic, but I like the contrast it gives out.

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an error

I tried making a new page for my website, regarding info about me. It’s pretty bland to look at in comparison to my index page. At this point I keep getting confused about basic coding. I took a look in Dreamweaver to check the problem and I realised that in the design section I typed the text when I should have done it in the coding section. I mentally face palmed after  knowing the mistake I made.

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Fixed it

I’m happy that I managed to fix this issue but then I would need to design a new layout. I was a little bummed out about that.

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About me

I wanted to write a rough paragraph about myself and my interest in Art. All this focused on was my passion for Art.

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Art Gallery page

I continued with my Art page when I was satisfied with my other page.

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found out about…

Once my Tutor had a look, he questioned how people can view the images in full view, since you couldn’t do that at the time on my Art Gallery page. He showed me a file, html and css code where I can have a feature to interact and view my images on the page.

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…a light-box function

Since, I understood the function I wanted to add more images.

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Added more content

This was pretty simple to do as I had a coding for putting in an image before.

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Rewritten paragraph

Before publishing the website, I wanted to quickly rewrite the paragraph on the ‘about me’ section of my website. I was well-aware of the structure that I wanted, but I wanted to word it properly.

Evaluation

My Tutor had told me how consistent my website is and responsive to when you change the window size. I’m glad that I managed to get the basic functions working. However, I have been told about the lack of contact details on my page that would be useful for clients contacting me to know who I am and get in touch too. I have had alignment issues and everyone in class noticed that too, along with the disorganised Art Gallery on my website. Some of my classmates had suggested that I could organise my traditional and digital art in two columns. It would definitely be helpful, but unfortunately, I rushed to get the website as soon as I could that I missed out on plenty of important details. I also need to sort out the size of the font used on each page.