Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Digital Concept 01

This is my first digital sketch for this project, its hard trying to draw an interior environment seeing as all my other digital paintings have only been exterior environments. This ones basically my thumbnail sketches in a digital form.

Ive tried to show some sort of light source coming in from around the corner, didn't work to well on a black and white sketch though.


  1. Online Interim Review - 15/12/09

    Evening Rich,

    Another thoughtful archive of your research and development - with your investigations into the uncanny going off in some pleasingly idiosyncratic directions ('uncanny lamps and holocaust memorials'). Your room scene has the potential to be very evocative - there may even be an opportunity to play some more 'postmodern' games (don't worry - postmodernism is something you'll become very familiar with in year 2) by 'quoting' from The Shining, by using the famous carpet design from the Overlook hotel as a texture for your own rug - an unheimlich 'in-joke' for those of us smug enough to be in the know!

    I know the image above is very provisional, but I'm wondering if it might be worth 'characterising' the camera - for instance, if this scene was being happened upon by a child, then the perspective would be different again (in Spielberg's E.T. the camera level is frequently kept at waist height, to accomplish the effect that the film 's pov is a child's) - and I think you could therefore use the widescreen composition to your advantage.

    You have a mirror in your composition - I wonder if you're using it to its fullest potential - it creates an opportunity for another 'cropped view' - the mirror would be giving additional information away about the events in the room, and would encourage your viewer to 'enter' the image more completely; obviously, we're steering clear of humans, but what if it was reflecting an open wardrobe, and inside the wardrobe... a sort of Droste effect, no? There's another term you might want to use in relation to the effect you're trying to create - not mise-en-scene, but 'mise-en-abyme' - check it out and wonder how you lived without it! :-)

    Regarding your written assignment, please see the following 2 posts for general info and advice.

  2. Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1

    Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:

    1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.

    You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.

    2) A developed ability to engage in research.

    At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.

    There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!

    3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.

    Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)

    4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.

    This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clichés; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions.

    Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.

  3. Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2

    Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.

    Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp - and that goes for apostrophes too!

    Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.

    Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.

    Italicize your quotations!

    Double-space your document!

    If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.

    Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.

    Good luck!

  4. Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.

    Please join & follow http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/