Dissertation update: Research and abstract

Draft submission’s due soon, and I haven’t published anything lately for this.

I wanted to just extend on how my research has successfully helped to broaden out what i have so far, I’m currently narrowing down some of my discussion and looking at the last minute possibilities to extend on.

It’s been rather challenging writing about a topic I’ve loved for such a long time, yet, I don’t see it as much as a task or a ‘thing I must do’, when it comes to discussing it.

I’ve discovered a few details, when looking over some articles; that how it’s crucial that Japanese culture has somehow shaped our view on these characters in Anime, or how they dress and behave. They’re almost set with these expectations, and it does indeed change in both of the genres. I must relinquish the fact that, this is probably not due to the change in audience, but I have yet to check over this again and get to the bottom of this.

It’s still very broad, and there’s a possibilities that there’s many different views and answers to this.

I can only share with you the presentation, I presented about a month ago, which does give a brief idea of how I have approached this, and started to consider the research for my study.


The soundtrack of our lives: Crit and sort of a final concept, maybe?

Focusing on my concept of trying to fully express my feelings individually for each song (Mr Blue sky, Love roller coaster and Year 3000), I found this task to be particularly difficult. I spent most of my time brooding over how I needed to show this, and how I could make this clear to others. I came to the conclusion, that if someone can easily pick up on emotions from colours used, or a simple mark made, it may provide a fascinating result if I were to apply this same or similar strategy towards each poster.

Personally, I see that this method has worked, as during our crit presentation on the project overall, there were a few that were able to grasp the sense of ‘raw emotion’ with in the posters; which goes to show, that my technique was successful, but I feel that there’s so much more that I could do for this project that may be beneficial towards it. I have in mind right now, that I may want to consider creating a animated projection of the posters instead and it’ll show the brush strokes gradually making their way on to the screen as the animation runs.


Besides the quality of the print out, I’m a little disappointed with the text. When I look at it from afar, I’m unable to see it clearly, so if I’m going to come back to this in future, I may need to consider working on it by making it bolder. Though, if i made it any bolder, it may distract the viewers attention away from the outcome.

Review week– Part 2

There wasn’t a lot of space to present my work on the walls, but luckily, I was able to think over another way of doing this, by using the spare table space infront of me. I decided to separate the pieces of work n to the different rotations I did, so my group could understand easily what rotation came first; my drafts and the work I decided to take further in to somewhat of a final outcome for presentation.

I wasn’t too confident on explaining what my work was about, when it came to the presentation in front of the class, although, I had more confidence presenting what I wanted to show and explaining it to the members of group instead. It didn’t feel as pressured compared to showing the year group what I did.

Going from group to group and seeing what everyone else presented left me astounded and very helpful because it gives me a further look in to what they did, how they did it and why they did it; as I mentioned by ‘helpful’, what I meant was that I could think about how I can take my work further and experiment with the methods that other people had used for their pieces.

Over all, I strongly believe that I should try to explain what my work is about, how I did it and why to the class without having to feel so shy about it. Next time, I’ll do that for sure. It would’ve been good, if we got to see everyone’s work in the class because some times, it’s hard to decide what’s a good piece of work and what isn’t, or what to present as a reflection of what the group did, due to the fact, that everyone in the class did as equally well in their rotations in their own way.

CCS review

Finishing up the review from the time I last spoke of it, I went to the tutorial which was arranged. Got some good feedback on it, and it turns out that I didn’t have a lot to add, which was good for me. I thought over some of the notes, I had made on the Albert memorial during the review because tutor who I saw, stated I should pretty much try to give the Queen Victoria head some more context and try to find out if it had a design story to it.

While gathering up some more information on the web, I came across this very useful blog, that gives some more detailed information on not only Queen Victoria, but some other pieces of art from the past: http://stalkingthebelleepoque.blogspot.co.uk/


Besides this source, I found that going to the V&A website was the most useful. It gave me a brief rundown of how that bust linked into the relationship the Queen had with Prince Albert, and how much they both cared for each other. Once I obtained these links, I could feel the enthusiasm to get back into writing about the Bust and what affect it had on the public, and/or the Queen and Prince. There were so many other features on that bust, that I could see, that implied other meanings to it, other than just a ‘wreath’ or a ‘robe’; they all were placed and had meanings behind why they were like that. For example, the wreath having flowers that have just blossomed, instead of the typical wreath that has already flowers on it. In my opinion, I thought the wreath purposely had just blossomed flowers because it’s trying to depict a new beginning. A new ruling; a new leader, a new relationship?

From this experience, I found it helpful and well-rewarding because I don’t feel that panicked now about getting the results back from it. In future, I must remember to use my time more efficiently and make sure that I’m up to date with tasks.

Review introduction preview

Eventually I was able to start writing this up; I had several drafts of the introduction written in my draft posts, but I was never able to properly think over all of the end results for them, and link them in to my CCS research notes that were relative to the museum. I didn’t have a clue at first, that the history behind the museum and the facts about the great exhibition would be beneficial to this review.

Timid at first, when it came to continuing on in this piece of writing, I continued to get in to the flow of things, once I had read over and over, and over again at all of the info.

With my introduction done in the first twenty minutes, I backed up a few of my statements with references from some sources.

I found that the Victoria and Albert museum’s website was very helpful with providing information on the history, while a few other articles on other gallery websites or school education websites were able to give out just as much detail on this subject.

In all honesty though, it should have not taken me until week six to have an introduction finished. I should have had at least the first 3 paragraphs for the document complete in this time.

Despite that, I’ve learnt from this experience, that I must be able to analyse the information I have been provided (or collected) to help support my view or what I need to explain. It would’ve also been good, if I considered building up a bigger vocabulary to replace words that I’ve already used previously, to not leave the viewer of the piece of text feeling bored.



Review week – 1

Starting off the day, we all broke off in to our 3 groups. As we decided to keep to the far right hand side of the room, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to start laying out the work, I brought in to discuss for that day. I do admit it was tough having to press the pins in to the wall, just to hang up the work produced, but I figured that it would only last a short while until the pain and pressure in my thumbs would go by the time it was break time, anyway, I tried to think about how I wanted to present the work.

I was left with these four questions in my mind:

  • What was I going to discuss?
  • What was I going to present?
  • How should I lay it out, so the members of the groups would understand what I have done over the last three weeks?
  • And, with the work left over, how will that be presented?

With that, I left my sketchbook open on the desk, so if anyone wanted to look at the process, thoughts, ideas and research I’ve done alongside the projects, they can feel free to do so, and with the drafts I had on A3 and A4 pieces of paper, I placed those underneath the presented work.

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IMG_20151102_105407-minIn a way, this appeared to me as if this was more than simply a discussion about work. It was more like an exhibition; seeing everyone’s work pinned up to the wall, though when it came to discussing the work, I was nervous.

Not only did my selective mute-ism kick in; I had gathered all of the things I wanted to say in my brain, and the words I wanted to say couldn’t leave my lips.

It wasn’t all that bad because in the end, I was able to at least, briefly state what each project was about and what I did for it, how and why I did it.

Everyone in our group worked so well with each other, when it came to making the final decision. However, it was a shame when it came to the end of the task and there were a few stragglers who hadn’t finished or haven’t presented the work yet.

It would’ve been nice, if we were to see what those people had done as well and then made a final decision on whose work we were presenting.

In the end, Monday was a nice learning experience; I did learn some things about presentation of work, how to discuss it and referring back to other people’s work, I found myself amazed at how many different outcomes you could achieve out of the fist poster project and what meanings could/have been portrayed.

When I do another review in future, I need to remember to try and put in some more input because there were on several occasions where I wanted to comment on someone else’s work, or ask a question about it, but I wasn’t quick enough to ask. This was mainly due to time limit again.