Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010Hey Oriskolade,Wonderful, wonderful anatomy studies! Richly expressive, exciting on the eye. Fab! Meanwhile, your thoughtful and considered reviews bode well for your written assignment, and your first hybrid sketches are rather tantalizing! All of that said, I think you need to reconsider the organization of your creative development on your blog in future; what I’m looking for (increasingly so) is for students to be able to properly unpack their creative method; I want to see developments happening in sequential order. I want to be able to follow your thinking, your trials and tribulations in a narrative way; as one thought follows another; as one drawing following on from the last. At the moment, your blog (and therefore the image of your headspace so created) seems dislocated and inarticulate – and this despite the very real qualities of the work upload. I’d like you to spend more time on ‘housekeeping’ – your blog is the shopwindow into your creative practice – into your own freelance studio – and it needs to be public-facing, image rich and easy-to-browse. I want to see it knit together, so that after five weeks, I’ve got complete narrative – almost a comic strip! – of your creative journey. You should think about your use of font and colour (be consistent), your image size and placement, and ultimately, your template. Your blog is you, and yours needs to work much harder for you.
Visit 2nd year Leo Tsang’s unit 1 blog from last year for an example of what a great ‘creative development’ blog can look like; the brief was a little different then, but the expectation of what a student can produce in 5 weeks was not. Take the time to work backwards through his posts. This is what a creative project at degree level looks like…http://ltsang.blogspot.com/2009/10/final-portrait.htmlOver the coming days, I want to see sequential posts dedicated to specific sub-topics; I want to see the evolution of your hybrid designs ‘unpacked’ in a clean, neat and orderly way. I want to see evidence of your Photoshop classes – your experiments ‘unpacked’, I want to see your Film reviews with a standard font format, use of italics etc. I want to see some style. Your work is engaging, expressive and very exciting – you need to create a better space in which to present them.Also – and this is really important – I want to see you blogging daily; if you blog daily, you create a buzz around your own work; a sense of momentum and excitement.
A 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!