Project 3 Final

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Just one more class left and the semester is over! It went by so fast.

Since the semester is ending, technically my creative habit project could end too. However I think it would be a good idea for me to at least try to keep it going, maybe not every single day, but as often as I can. I could tell that by keeping up with it, I got a little more used to the pen every day and I could feel myself getting a little better at drawing in general. I put together a few images of my best work from the last few weeks of doing my creative habit.

(Note: there may be some weird, off-white spots on these images, some scans were better than others)

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Like I mentioned on my previous blog post, a lot of my sketches are very similar. Same face shape, same round eyes, same vacant expression. Throughout this project I was surprised to see just how difficult it was to stop defaulting to those things and try something new. I don’t know if it was the pen, or if it was a stagnation of my skills, but experimenting and fixing my mistakes is a lot harder than I thought. I’m sure it would be a different experience for everyone; some would get the hang of it right away, while others (like me), would struggle to get a momentum going. When I did have a momentum going, I could see minor improvements. Unfortunately, once I lost this momentum, it was back to square one.

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Not only did I struggle to keep on a schedule, but I struggled with content. My main goal was to just get into the habit of drawing every day, no matter what I was drawing. It’s disheartening to know that I struggled to do this and try out new things. However, it’s possible that I am just a very slow learner and I just need to keep going, and I can develop a habit eventually. If this is the case, that’s a little annoying, but it’s either keep going or give up and take even longer to improve.

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In the end, I am glad I chose this practice for my creative habit. It really showed me what I need to improve on, even though I already knew, but it helps to see it. I think the fact that this project did not quite go the way I had hoped is a good thing for me. It helped me realize that not only do I need to practice drawing, but I also need to practice time management, motivating myself, and following a schedule. I think the most important thing I learned during this project is that it’s okay to make mistakes, because you learn from them, but you may not learn right away. It takes time to train your hand to do what you want it to do. You may be 100% aware of the mistakes you are making but not be able to fix them because your hand doesn’t know how yet. All it takes is just practicing over and over again, and pushing yourself to do the best you can.

Some artists are quick learners and some need a little extra time to develop their talents. I think this should be taught to art students and artists in general. Not everyone improves the same exact way; you have to find what works best for you. This may take awhile but in the end it will be worth it.

~ Rachel

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Project 3 After Break

I didn’t post on this blog last week, as it was Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, I didn’t do a great job keeping up with my creative habit over the break. This kind of threw me off so I’ve been trying to get back into it, but as usual, it’s difficult.

Here are some pages I’ve done since my previous post.

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The first two pages were done in my smaller sketchbook. On the last day of class before break, we went to the library to work and look for resources. I didn’t have my big sketchbook with me so I had to use my other one. I found a few books on figure drawing and referenced some poses.

I’m starting to notice a trend with these drawings. Characters facing to the left, with round eyes, either smiling or with a blank expression on their face. A few attempts at simple poses. I tossed in a few studies of hands and feet as well as figure drawings, but it’s clear I’m having trouble getting out of my comfort zone. To me, the purpose of this project was to just get a momentum going. Most of my drawings here were not referenced from anything, as I was just drawing for drawings’ sake. It doesn’t matter what I draw as long as I do it every day; but there comes a point where I should start branching out. However, I think it’s okay for me to just keep doodling like I have been; I’m still just trying to get used to using a pen.

A friend of mine told me she did something similar to my project, where she started using only pens for her sketches. She showed me some of her recent drawings and they were amazing. She also told me that her first chunk of sketchbook pages were so awful, she taped them together so she never had to see them again! Maybe I should do something like that, because I still cross and scribble out mistakes subconsciously. I’ve decided to just let this happen, for now. As long as I keep practicing, eventually I won’t need to cover up mistakes.

There’s really nothing I can do at this point but accept my mistakes and my internalized habits, and try to work with/around them. While it’s important to learn from mistakes, dwelling on them will just make things harder. Next week is the end of the fall semester, and the end of this project, but I would really like to try to keep going with it. Doing this project really opened my eyes to the importance of drawing every day. Some artists can go awhile without drawing and still have their skills and knowledge of anatomy, etc., while some just need to push themselves a little harder.

~ Rachel

Project 3 Beginnings

So, as I predicted, I had a rocky start with my creative habit. When I draw with pen, I am forced to see all the mistakes I make right off the bat, and there’s a lot of them. Because of this I had the tendency to go back to my drawings and look at them, trying to find something good, but this just made me want to cross things out or rip out pages. This is absolutely not what I should be doing! The whole point of this creative habit is to see the mistakes, figure out how to fix them, and move on.

Here are the pages I have done so far. Believe it or not, I spent about an hour on each page. I already draw pretty slowly and since I’m using a pen, I am even more cautious. However there were some moments where I tried to pick up the pace, which is something I need to work on. (The messier the sketch, the faster I did it)

There were some instances where I scribbled things out even though I said I wouldn’t. It’s something I’m so used to doing that I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I guess as I start this creative habit I’ll have to break other habits too.

Well, I figured I’d struggle with this project. But this is something that is not only a class assignment but something that can help me in the long run. I’d really like to be the kind of artist who draws a lot every day and has a lot to show for it. By developing a creative habit I can get started with achieving this goal.

~ Rachel

Project 3 Proposal

For our next class project, we were assigned the task of developing a creative habit. This means I have to spend 30 minutes to an hour each day on a certain artistic discipline. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? Actually, this project could potentially be the most challenging project of the semester for me. Time management and disciplining myself for my own creative development is something I have trouble with. When I first heard that this would be our project, I knew I had to be careful. I had to make sure my habit of choice would be something doable, something I could handle and not lose interest in or put off.

Of course, I am going to focus on drawing. Improving my drawing skills is something I really want (and have) to do. I’d like to start a habit of filling one to two sketchbook pages a day of whatever I want. But for this particular assignment, we were encouraged to come up with something more specific. For example, a good creative habit would be to design a character every day. This sounds like fun, but I know myself too well; I’d put it off. My perfectionism would get in the way.

I’m the worst kind of perfectionist; my mindset is, “If I can’t do it perfectly, I won’t do it at all”. Because of this, I really want my creative habit to be something broad and approachable, something that I won’t end up dreading or worrying about. I decided my creative habit will be my original idea; fill one to two sketchbook pages a day, but the catch is that I cannot use a pencil.

Here are some examples of pen sketches by another artist. She is an animation student here at CCAD.

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(art by sylladexter.tumblr.com)

I can’t stand drawing with pens right off the bat; I have to do an under drawing of some kind with a pencil first. I make so many mistakes that I rely on erasing too much. I really think this has effected my drawing skills; I struggle with 30-second figure drawings or even tiny little doodles in pen because I’m so scared of imperfection. Developing this creative habit will help me get over my perfectionism.

I have tried this sort of thing before; here are some sketchbook pages where I only used pens or markers. My drawings for this project will probably look similar to these.

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As you can see, I feel compelled to cover up my mistakes. This time, I will try as hard as I can to just draw and move on. Most of the time, I end up covering up sketches a few hours after making them. So the key with this creative habit is to not look back and just keep moving forward. Another thing I will be doing is using references or drawing from life. For some reason I feel like I shouldn’t need references, but I do, and that’s okay. By practicing with references, eventually I won’t need them as much.

The above drawings are on 5 x 8 ¼ sketchbook paper. For this project I will be using a brand new 9 x 12 sketchbook. Using bigger pages will be even more challenging but ultimately rewarding as I start to get the hang of my creative habit.

Some more examples of things I’ve drawn with pens:

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I’m the kind of artist who will get rusty if I don’t practice every day, and boy, am I rusty. The last thing I want is to end up rushing a bunch of sketches in one day because I put them off. By sticking to a schedule and remembering how beneficial this will be for me, I think I can succeed with this project.

~ Rachel

Project 2 Progress Update – Final

Tomorrow we show our short film Poe! It’s been a long, bumpy road, but we managed. Click the link below to see the most recent post I made on the project’s blog.

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On Tuesday we showed our rough cuts of both the film and the documentary, followed by a class critique. Many commented on lighting and sound issues, which will be fixed before tomorrow’s screening.

This project was certainly an interesting one. I did my best to shoot documentary footage and keep the blog updated, but I do wish I had done more to help. There were so many problems with communication, absences, and the work in general. The director, Olivia Dillon, did a phenomenal job staying on top of things with the integral help of production manager Anna Booth.

Overall, I think the film came out well, despite all of the issues. I think the whole group learned a lot about the importance of good teamwork and time management. This will definitely help us all out in the future when we pursue artistic careers!

~ Rachel

Project 2 Progress Update

Our film is almost done! Our final deadline is November 3rd. This week’s blog post is rather short, as everything has been wrapping up.

PROJECT POE – PROGRESS BLOG

As for the documentary, Eleni has been putting together a rough cut. I’m still a beginner at Premiere, so she kind of took over the task of actually putting all of the footage we both took together. Next time our group meets I will try to do more to help! I will also gather some more information on my group members’ individual progress to include in either this week’s blog post, or the final blog post next week.

This project has been fun, but to be honest, I will be relieved when it’s all done! It’s been a lot of hard work but it will be worth it when we have an awesome film to show.

~ Rachel

Project 2 Progress Update

I have updated the main project blog, but I am still waiting for progress reports and pictures from some of my group members. This post will be edited along with the main blog when I receive updates, or a separate post will be made later.

PROJECT POE – PROGRESS BLOG

I have finished recording all of the interviews with our group members, and have also gathered audio files of each person’s interview to be used for the documentary. Eleni has recorded the animation team at work.

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Production manager Anna Booth sent the editorial team notes with guidelines for the documentary, which are as follows:

In this video they should remind themselves to include the following:

Intro: Introduce the project
-How the project began (ex. “It started with the Pipeline Proposal in Design for Media)
-What Sparked it’s Creation (ex. “references such as Babadook and Vincent”)
-Overall Description of the (ex. Olivia Says “We wanted to create the image of an artist fighting for inspiration and while taking the easy way out, things don’t end well…”)

Body: The Crew & Work Process
-Show the small interviews (stating their major, purpose, and why they wanted to be a part of this project)
-After a single person’s interview, show their work process

-Feel free to ask how, what, or why someone is doing what they’re doing while you document progress
-Show overall team work footage (everyone is doing something in this part of your film DO NOT have anyone sit around doing nothing in this part of the video)
Conclusion: Show Everything Tying Together
-Footage of people handing flash drives over to Dustin
-Pan across rendered shots of The Dream State and Live-Action scenes (don’t show any of our video for the sake of spoilers)
-At the end have a very brief interview with each crew member with their reaction to the results (“worth it”, “awesome”, “finally done”, “I’m excited”, “This is GREAT”)

So as time goes on, Eleni and I will gather this footage and put everything together in Premiere Pro. I just downloaded Premiere Pro and I am using it for the first time, so this should be interesting!

~ Rachel