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Week 6 - Reflection on workshops, my project ideas incorporating the theme of 'Play' and initial thoughts on how to incorporate the workshops into the Project

All the workshops were very useful at introducing different programmes and invited a lot of possibilities to marry art and technology together as an exciting opportunity. Yet I feel that I am struggling a little bit, certainly with After Effects and Maya, as I have not used them before. But I have to remember that I was the same with Photoshop and Illustrator the previous academic year, and I feel much more confident now.


For my final piece of work, I started with some basic drawings and I chose the area of the Knuckles Mountain range in Sri Lanka, as a top tourist destination for international and local tourists. I felt that working with Photoshop would be easier to work with than trying to use After Effects, having done the After Effects workshop.


I have decided to interpret the play theme as raising awareness of the negative human impact on tourist spots in green spaces. I have chosen to illustrate this through a digital poster, incorporating a click and point aeroplane feature, to go across the sky of a beautiful picture demonstrating green space. As the plane moves across the sky, the picture goes grey to demonstrate the negative human impact of pollution on the environment.


I did my basic drawings using analogue techniques. I did a painting of the Knuckles Mountain range, which I scanned into Photoshop. I started digitally manipulating the image, by using a variety of brushes, to enhance the analogue painting, add more textures and more detail.

In Illustrator, I started producing typography using the iPad. I found this a lot easier to do it myself, rather than trying to manipulate text in the typical way. Using different types of brushes, I was able to create an engaging and interesting slogan for the post that I’m creating.

I do not feel confident about using After Effects at all. I have watched many videos and still I cannot produce anything of any substance, or a sequence that runs itself. Therefore, I’m not going to use After Effects at all in my project.


I also found it tricky to use Maya, which also needed a lot of steps to create anything that had meaning.


Although I could not include them in this project, I would definitely like to explore these programmes later, when I have more time. Perhaps over the summer, for example, to get to know the programmes better by watching YouTube videos. I want to educate myself by practising in my own time. I feel like I work better like this, rather than in pressurised environments such as workshops.


I sometimes feel like I am lagging behind others, but know that with time I can catch up and perhaps integrate these programmes into future projects, in my final year and beyond. the workshops were very useful at introducing different programmes and invited a lot of possibilities to marry art and technology together as an exciting opportunity. Yet I feel that I am struggling a little bit, certainly with After Effects and Maya, as I have not used them before. But I have to remember that I was the same with Photoshop and Illustrator the previous academic year, and I feel much more confident now.

For my final piece of work, I started with some basic drawings and I chose the area of the Knuckles Mountain range in Sri Lanka, as a top tourist destination for international and local tourists. I felt that working with Photoshop would be easier to work with than trying to use After Effects, having done the After Effects workshop.

I have decided to interpret the play theme as raising awareness of the negative human impact on tourist spots in green spaces. I have chosen to illustrate this through a digital poster, incorporating a click and point aeroplane feature, to go across the sky of a beautiful picture demonstrating green space. As the plane moves across the sky, the picture goes grey to demonstrate the negative human impact of pollution on the environment.

I did my basic drawings using analogue techniques. I did a painting of the Knuckles Mountain range, which I scanned into Photoshop. I started digitally manipulating the image, by using a variety of brushes, to enhance the analogue painting, add more textures and more detail.

In Illustrator, I started producing typography using the iPad. I found this a lot easier to do it myself, rather than trying to manipulate text in the typical way. Using different types of brushes, I was able to create an engaging and interesting slogan for the post that I’m creating.

I do not feel confident about using After Effects at all. I have watched many videos and still I cannot produce anything of any substance, or a sequence that runs itself. Therefore, I’m not going to use After Effects at all in my project.

I also found it tricky to use Maya, which also needed a lot of steps to create anything that had meaning.

Although I could not include them in this project, I would definitely like to explore these programmes later, when I have more time. Perhaps over the summer, for example, to get to know the programmes better by watching YouTube videos. I want to educate myself by practising in my own time. I feel like I work better like this, rather than in pressurised environments such as workshops.

I sometimes feel like I am lagging behind others, but know that with time I can catch up and perhaps integrate these programmes into future projects, in my final year and beyond.

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