Author : Reporter: Project 3 Feedback 1

Welcome back everyone and I’ll shall now be returning to my current and (not exactly final), but final project!

To give a brief reminder, I’ll be basing this project on the Author side of the studio subject and my project will be based around the game series ‘Fable’. Over the break, I’ve been looking at different links and connections towards the different traits with in the game, for example, Fable 3 was set, or based on the Industrial revolution period, so I started to connect the real life aspects of that with the game and seeing where I could go from there. Following on, I started to look a very specific lines or quotes from the game intros, where I wanted to focus a narrative image on.

Here is an example,

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“Deep in the forest of Albion, lay a small town of Oakvale.”


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I thought about the overlapping of trees, as if the town was tucked away inside a forest or landscape and I started to draw them out in two toned pens. As, I wanted to see where I could take this idea or even the method of using pens as a medium further, before developing it digitally or with another technique.

 

From the feedback, while it was very useful and helpful, I did have a feeling that I was progressing a bit too quickly and that I had leapt from the research and in to final outcome process, so from the feedback Susanna gave me, I thought that I could try and see how I can take specific quotes or even moments from the narrations, sound or even the in-game book content to help build a vision of the game, so it’s clear for those who haven’t played it.

I’m still not sure of how I’m going to develop this, but I would like to start testing out on how many ways I could translate the dialogue metaphorically and directly and see how I can take the game from screen to paper, and then to screen again.

However, these were some ideas that were suggested me, but I think I would like to see how broadly I can take this project.

 

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Screen Printing rotation part 2

Returning for the Thursday. The last and final day of this rotation, it was a lot of hard work, but enjoyable.

I came back with the image I needed to edit and had it printed off before the lesson needed to start, so I was prepared for print. I couldn’t do that until later in the day. I’ll explain why further on.

Right, as a group, we were set a task of editing a photographic image, making it greyscale, editing it to make it halftone, then having the option of either putting text on the image or leaving it as it was.

I, originally had the idea of wanting to use an image of Ru Paul as a photo to edit (Progress for this is in my sketchbook, which a scan of that will be uploaded later), though, I thought it would be a more appropriate idea if I linked this task with last weeks Photography rotation.

I found a photo out of the many photographs I’ve taken from the week before and loaded it in to Photoshop.

Carrying on with the edits I wanted to make, I chose the photograph of the TowerHill lion. Personally, I thought this would be a great link in to my Photography work and it also gave me so many ideas of how I could edit the lion to give impact or even creep some people out, if it were to be in greyscale.

Following the tutorial I was given, I adjusted the frequency to around 72 to make the circles/dots small, so it wouldn’t affect the image as much. I honestly couldn’t get myself to agree with the big and chunky dot look. It just reminded me too much of something Chuck Close would do. In fact, the end result of the lion photo; regardless of it having small dots or large ones reminded me of Chuck Close’s work and how he uses different instruments to make marks on huge canvases, to create detailed paintings of people.

As I stated at the beginning of this update, I printed off the end result and brought it in to the studio to get it photocopied in A3 form. Why I chose A3? If I were to print it in A4, make a screen out of it and later use the screen print, the result would look terrible. You wouldn’t be able to see the dots created, or the dots and image itself would be so crammed into one place on the page. I had it set out nice and large, so I could get a nice result and see how well the dots effect would look for the image.

I also think the pick of the image was a good decision because the photograph of the Lion wasn’t a real lion, but it was a Lion sculpture made out of wire. This gave the Lion an overall textured look to the Photo. I was pretty pleased with the end result, when I realised.

Before I even get started on the printing process, the image needs to be exposed on the silk screen.

Aprons and gloves on.

My silk screen was dry, so taking it out now, I placed it against the table of the paints area and got it prepared. I have to now carefully apply a very thin layer of emulsion to the screen. When this is done, I can take it to be dried again.

Once it’s dry, I took it out and placed it on the vacuum with the photo placed underneath the screen and set the machine for 18 seconds. Turned the light on and it started.

The 18 seconds went by quickly; it was finally ready.

I thought I was ready for printing at this point. Though, I was told in disappointment that the screen must have been exposed or someone or something must of tampered with the process of the image getting on to the screen because the result was cloudy.

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Later that day, I had a new screen made for me which I shared, and the image was exposed on to the screen.

I had a couple of turns to print in the thirty or so minutes, I had left of the lesson. Which did leave me pretty irritated. It couldn’t be helped.

There were many reasons as to why the printing progress didn’t go well that day. I had to wait a whole extra hour for the machine to recharge; there were a queue of people waiting to print and make stencils, there was also some times where I had to pause what I was doing to wash or dry equipment.

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My two prints though, I was very happy with the results. One was slightly out of place on the page, but if I were to do this in future again, I need to be patient, take my time and make sure that every thing is in place.

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Reflection on creating my blog and group work.

A blog is a ‘natural part of creative process’.

I have to admit that I didn’t struggle with creating a blog, nor did I have any problems while setting it up on my own. I’ve had experience with WordPress before, as well as I’ve had experience with blogging and managing other blogs on other domains, such as Blogspot and Tumblr. I didn’t struggle with this task. Although, I did find it difficult to think up of tags and different categories I may need to create for it.

There was a constant browser lag on my computer, which did cause some havoc when trying to save any changes or when refreshing; that may be something I need to look in to fixing later at another time.

I chose to use my double barrel name, instead of my shortened down nickname. It made a nice change for once to be using ‘Marie’ in things such as this.

The theme “Edin” is slim, smooth and a pretty attractive overall. Personally, I’m very picky when it comes to themes, but this one is great.

Group tasks

The group were quick to make decisions, but I strongly believe that sometimes it was a little unfair. I like listening to the person’s first, before I need to respond; yet, I couldn’t fit in a single word. It didn’t seem fair at all. We also did decide to write up and share notes on the Tuesday at 1pm in the Library and still, a few of the members of the group turned up ten, twenty and then 35 minutes later. I felt disappointed. I understand that I may have not said a lot on the day before in our decision making in what we all were going to do, or meet etc. But, I couldn’t. It’s hard to hear what they’re saying to me, while there’s other groups making noise. As much as I concentrate or focus my attention on them, the others are distracting.

Wednesday 30th September: I wasn’t in for the final set ups of blog posts because of transportation issues, however, I did offer to email my notes to the group or give them access in ways to contact me, if they were stuck or needed my input.

Overall, I feel I’ve let down this team a little, but I also felt let down in return. I wanted to put in more, but it was hard because of the reasons above. When someone turns up 35minutes late to something that’s been arranged, then verified at least twice, I see that as disrespectful. I did apologise for not being there on the final day, but tried to compensate for it by offering my email, as I have stated.

 

Keiron’s work shop

Moving on to Kieron’s work shop, he showed us how to make a small 8 paged *’Zine’.

*Zine is an abbreviation for Magazine.

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Keiron had explain previously, that he had created a cover by scanning the things that he used on a daily basis. He laid them out neatly and arranged them to the  way he wanted it; they were placed in a pretty neat presentation on the machine. Once those were scanned in to the computer, he edited the design further by including something of interest to him, or something he likes doing.

On the right, you can see that he has taken his final magazine print for the cover and he’s used a metal ruler to help carefully fold the paper in half.

IMG_20150928_145133I attempted to zoom the camera in, just to avoid the shoulders of those in front. This is the second fold. In the end, he did another fold and continued until he reached the set amount of folds for eight pages.

In my opinion, I felt eight was a too many folds for an A4 piece of paper because the outcome was pretty small, and even trying to get the folds in accurately would’ve had some trouble in doing.

 

IMG_20150928_145611Adding a few final touches to the book.

Adrian’s talk

We got in to groups of 8 and co-cooperatively came up with our very mighty team name: ‘No name’!

The reason for forming teams was for a hands-on challenge, where we given a ball to throw in to one of two upside down plastic cones which were lying on the floor in front of us. We had to make a decision of either throwing them in to a far cone, or a cone that’s closer to us. The cone that’s closer would score us 5 points, but the far away one would give us 10. As a team, we all aimed for the one that is further away. We all had a turn each, but in the end we didn’t score any points.

Afterwards, that task was used as a way to test what action was safe for us to do. The close cone that was used as a way of depicting a form of a ‘Safe zone’ to us or the other cone, that was a bit of a risky move.

I have learnt from this, that I can’t always take a risk and expect it to work all of the time. I need to think about my options and test out what works. Although, I can’t always stick with the safer option, too. I need to try out both and see what works out for myself.

We also we spoke to about learning outcomes and what was expected from us for the year. Then, the talk was finished off by having all of us line up against the wall from one side all along to the other side of the room. On one side were the ‘Introverts’ and the other side were the ‘Extroverts’.

 

Sara’s Talk: Visual Research

The first talk of the day: Visual research. This talk was used in order to discuss the importance of how we should display, research, analyse, plot, aim and discuss our work.  However, this is often addressed in the form of asking ourselves questions, such as ‘How we will do this?’; ‘What did we do?’, ‘Why did we do it?’.  By using the big ‘How?’, ‘What? and ‘Why?’, it helps us to grasp what we are doing, why we are doing it and how we can progress further.

Here are some examples from the notes taken during the talk:

What?

  • Process of what I’m doing.
  • Visual maps, illustrates and shows process.
  • Research is systematic.

Why?

  • To show everyone your thought process.
  • By having your work in front of you, it helps you to keep a track on what you are doing.

How?
Document:
Photograph, film, draw and write.
Reflect:
Annotate, draw and record.
Accumulate:
Keep everything, but learn how to edit your work.

Other than those few pointers, we learnt about ‘Do’s and don’t s’  of what we can show,  do  or cannot show or do in our blogs and sketch books. I specifically  wrote down these, so it would be a helpful thing for me to keep in mind of the things I can and can’t do in future.

Things we do:
• Draw stick men, make coloured charts, take photographs and then annotate it all.
Things to consider:
• Don’t print things on Wikipedia—pages and then stick in book
• An essay on a subject—just write quick facts.

Finally, our blogs are there to show process and progress. Research is a form of creative process, and we can us it to show others our progress, we can follow our own and even show people in other industries what we are doing.

Work can be documented in many forms. From posters, to photographs or even to tiny, little drawings of men rapping with cowboy hats on pieces of lined paper.

Other considerations for work can be considering how the light is on a painting, or what the background is like, texture of the material that a medium has been used on; I also need to mention their functions and details.