Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010Hey Domantas,I was able to post some specific feedback regarding your hybrid ideas a few days ago – in which I suggested that, perhaps, the centaur-style Domantas + black widow creature was a bit clichéd and limiting. It’s good to see you exploring new approaches with your most recent images – something much more integrated. That said, I’d also like to see you explore an approach that is more subtle; consider keeping more of the human attributes. It is also something of a cliché that a spider/human hybrid would automatically have additional limbs and therefore LOOK and function like a spider. Perhaps the additional legs CANNOT function, because they are more like tumors or ‘malformed’ appendages? I’d like to see some transitional face-studies, in which you begin with your real-world portrait, and then gradually deform your bone structure to incorporate the head characteristics of the spider. You draw expressively and have a good feel for anatomy, so I think you could generate something more ‘logical’ and ‘realistic’. Consider developing a series of transformations in which you start with your actual face and actual body and, over the course of a number of drawings, explore the ‘realistic’ consequences of your gene-splice. Remember – this is not a creature or monster design project – not really – it is a self-portrait project, so I want to see something of you remain in the image. I want students to try and work from the ‘inside out’ – not to clothe themselves in the attributes of their animal. For some good examples, see this week’s PWTM athttp://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/2010/10/post-with-most-03102010.htmlRegarding the difficulty uploading images, I wonder if your images are too large? I suggest you make a post on the group blog expressing your difficulty; no doubt, the second and third years will have advice to you re. resolution etc.
No essay question posted, Domantas? I can’t help you if I don’t know your intentions. You need to be thinking about your written assignments from week one – and writing it by week two! Put a post together with your essay outline explained – quickly!For a great example of what a good creative blog can look like – both in terms of general presentation, formatting and content (i.e. lots!), take a look at Leo Tsang’s unit 1 blog. Leo is a second year now, and always scored very highly in terms of his creative development; the reason for this should be clear. Copy-paste this link and browse backwards through the older posts; the brief was different then, but this is what a degree level creative development blog can – and should – look like:http://ltsang.blogspot.com/2009/10/final-portrait.htmlA general reminder that, alongside everything else you need to have ready for crit day, you also need to submit an offline archive of your creative development blog. There is a way of exporting your blog as PDF via Blogger – which would be ideal for this purpose. Incase you missed the original post, Alan gives details here:http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-turn-your-blog-into-pdf-document.htmlAnd finally – now is the time to return to the brief; time and again, students fail to submit what they’ve been asked to produce – and how; usually because they haven’t looked properly at the brief, or haven’t done so since week one. Trust me on this; just take a few minutes with a highlighter pen to identify what is required, when, and how. Remember – non-submissions are dumb! For instance, Domantas, while your film reviews are insightful and genuinely thoughtful, you’re not presenting them according to the brief; the brief says very clearly: “Film reviews for the ‘Shapeshifters’ film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews + poster art + supporting stills.”Golden rule, Domantas – do what the brief asks you to do!
Thank you for all of the examples and deep summarising of my blog works. I'll do some face shots tomorrow and I'll try to write down some of the main ideas about my essay now.