Face Off entry

entry.jpgOkay, I admit at first I wasn’t going to enter it, but I thought I would just push myself and enter it for fun. My submission stars my character persona, which is actually my original character that I came up with about seven years ago when I was trying to come up with a DA profile image. I decided to give her, her very own twist which would reflect my non-professional side which I rarely show at University.

I painted this digitally with in the program Sai Paint tool; I used my graphics tablet to do that. I varied between using the different textured options for the brushes, due to the fact that I absolutely couldn’t stand looking at the bold, solid colours on a textured photograph. I didn’t sit too comfortably and I felt that, if I did this, it may help to stop the photograph from not standing out.

Now, looking back at it, I feel that I could’ve taken a little more care with rendering my body from the photo. I may need to work on that skill again. I also feel that the lines could’ve been a little bit softer, or I could’ve scanned in my original draft sketch and painted over it, but this was fun.


CIP: Collection– Binding changes

I was pretty stubborn about using a bureu, but after some researching, and soon after I had published the document to Issu, I noticed that it offered to get the printing done for a relatively good price. I was a bit worried about getting charged for a hefty some of money, but when it came to looking through the options, I was smitten with it.


Their dispatchment details are relatively fast, and I may consider using them to get the book complete.

CIP: Content

The chosen content for the portfolio was highly important, and I came down to chosing a lot of images or Photographs, which I had already taken previously, and as I was being very specific with what I wanted to show, I had to make sure, that they would fit with their context.

I found that photographing some pieces of work was quite difficult to do; this was mainly due to lack of space, or lighting with in the rooms I was using. Even adjusting the camera settings didn’t aid me.

Although, when it came to deciding what to write with in the pages, I wanted to keep it brief, as the viewer of who could be reading the portfolio may get tired of reading copious amounts of text.


The only long passages I used, were provided for the CCS Case study pages and the introduction to each module pages.

CIP: Kick starter: Accelerator presentation slides

Overall fro m the presentation, that I threw together, while it was a little tough trying to get it all prepared, but I felt quite comfortable by how I just needed to tweak the previous slides from the feedback presentation.
I should remember to consider making the information more brief, and simple next time.
Can be seen here: accelerator presentation

I honestly think, that overall, we could’ve presented the cards a lot better. I know for a fact, that I really want to return to the illustrations I contributed and edit them, so they’re presentable.

A:R// TFS– Animation final

I wouldn’t quite say it’s a final, but it’s a developed outcome, that’s still being developed. Not sure how to word that, but it’s something that I’m still working on and would want to edit further.

My influence for this idea, was how I really enjoyed creating the monoprints for my idea generating that I did, by taking several quotes and then just stringing them together.

video animation test from Smgs707 on Vimeo.

The sound used is the dialogue from the intro to the child version of your character, and his intentions. I felt that the music, the narration and introduction overall was a very direct, focused and brief. It allows the viewer to be pulled in straight away, without having to go in to too much detail, and thus, I found it to be quite a nice introduction to the main character, by setting the scene; introducing the character and then their intentions.
The monoprints I selected, were ones that stood out to me and I felt that they were strong so far, in how they visually show what the narrator is talking about.

To continue this further, I may start to think about how I may want to pull up on specific aspects described, such as the ‘powerful wizard’, maybe I could try thinking about how this could be animated further.

CIP: Collection: Changes to type and layout

A few details I forgot to mention in my previous blog post, a in relation to the final book, which you can find on Issu.

My font style was changed to a more simplistic and clear text, to create formality with in the portfolio. I personally think this change helped, as I was checking back on the class feedback and what stood out most in the suggestions was the contents font and layout.

I’ve set the main body text to MS Reference Sans Serif, size 9pt.
As it was suggested that if I were to create an A5 sized document, the text can’t be any bigger than 11, unless it’s headings or subtitles.

My quote headings or smaller headings were Orator Std, at size 13pt. I was pretty fond with how the type was in capitals and the font overall is quite sharp.


I had to make A LOT of changes to the layout that I finished off with, I kept going back and forth from one idea to the next, but what helped me make a decision in the end was, that I needed to focus on readability of the contents and how it’s presented.

For some ideas, I went to Issu and took a look at a couple of the portfolios that other people had posted. I found that the majority of them had a running colour scheme which tied in with the cover, but the navigational system with in the content was clear and I knew exactly what page I was on; what I was looking at and so on.

So, I decided that instead of having subheadings in the content that’s presenting the work, I decided that by having a little title heading at the top corner of the page, may of been a more discrete approach.

Print and bind decisions
Hell, I don’t even know where to start.
I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to publish it to blurb or some other bureau to do it for me. I was a little stubborn with that decision, but I had to consider cost, when it was going to arrive in England and the fact that the bind options were so restricting.

I wanted to also try out a stitch bind for my book to fit with the simplicity of the content, but also I like how I could have the option of creating patterns with the thread, if I wanted to.

I also started to think, that perhaps, I could of bound the book by using a crossed stitch bind? but, to manage with how things have proceeded so far, and how you’ll need to layout the front and back cover in to a template first is quite time consuming.