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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Photoshop Work

Here is one of my thumbnails of the Pit and the Pendulum that I have developed further on photoshop. I started of with making out my perspective lines and went form there. I think that this technique has helped with my perspective within this painting.  With the final image I can still see that they can be improvement to it but I am happy with the outcome so far.


  1. nterim Online Review 09/11/10

    Hey Sasha,

    What I REALLY want to see from you is a bit more 'razzle dazzle'! I know you're a quiet one, and I think perhaps that you worry about stuff too much. I just want to see you buzzing, with a blog and body-of-work to match. It's not that you're doing anything wrong or I'm disappointed. It's just I can't help feeling that you could be having more fun with this creative lark. There is something small and shy about your blog, when I want it to be BIG and SHOUTY! :-)

    In truth, there's not a huge amount on here, but you did say that much of your Photoshop work is landlocked on a computer. That said, there is something important missing and that's your research into Poe himself. Remember I'm particularly interested in your 'visual concept' - i.e. the guiding principle that shapes your design of the spaces in response to the text. Remember too, that you're being asked to 'imagineer' environments for a cg ANIMATION - not a life action film - which means, in terms of style and expressiveness, your spaces can depart from photorealism and embrace other 'isms' - Expressionism, for example (an art movement that sought to express human feelings through mark-making and physical spaces), or Romanticism, of which Poe was a part - which favoured the gothic and the supernatural. What you're NOT being asked to produce is illustrations for the book - you're not drawing, you're making a world. In order to do that successfully, you need your visual concept - your visual rule book.

  2. I'd suggest that, Poe being Poe, and the subject matter being what it is, you could afford to take a few more steps from 'realism' and investigate more stylised ways of shaping these spaces. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you look at some of the artists who have been drawn to describing Poe's world; for example:

    but, for that same level of anxiety in Poe's stories, check out Edvard Munch...

    RE. your reviews, I'm asking students to now treat them with the same emphasis on formality and convention as is expected in your written assignments. I want them to be used as opportunities for you to really nail the formula, technique and appropriate 'voice' - I want you guys to have an 'academic habit'. Regarding your use of quotes, for example - in your Wizard of Oz review you used this 'killer' quote:

    “Countless interpretations have been advanced, of the book and of the film, from almost every conceivable angle: political, economic, religious, feminist, Freudian, you name it.”

    BUT - you don't 'use' it - you don't reflect on its content, and you don't demonstrate an understanding for how these various theories might be applied to the film. When you use a quote, you need to be prepared to 'show that you know' what the person in the quote is actually on about - otherwise it's 'borrowed magic' and it doesn't get you anywhere.

    I hope you enjoyed Alien (in the dark! Evil laugh) - see below:

    Here is a list of links back to the CGAA Group Blog, where I have recently uploaded loads of information regarding the way I want students to tackle their written assignments. As you now prepare your unit 2 assignments on production design, pay close attention to the advice given. I will be looking for clear improvement in terms of use of language, academic ‘voice’, use of conventions, argument structure and correct methods of referencing.

    Academic style/Do’s & Don’ts

    1st Person to 3rd person conversions

    Use of footnotes

    How to satisfy essay criteria/assignment presentation/hyperlink to referencing methods

    Also – be sure to check out the 2 student essays uploaded to myUCA/Space/Unit Materials – good examples of degree level written assignments. Take the time to read them.