Hi, once again! We had an assignment over this past week that involved me going out in public, which is always interesting to me (in a good way, since I’m the kind of guy that never leaves my apartment.)
We had to pick a place and sit there for an entire hour listening, and create a “sound map” based on the sounds we observed over that time. I ended up choosing Starbucks Coffee at downtown Savannah for my sound map.
Just for the record, my sound map is rendered entirely from art markers, since I felt I portray my observations and ideas the best quality in the shortest amount of time.
The red and blue on the sides represent the background music that was playing inside.
The purple and green signify the crowds of people and their dialogue during my visit.
The green rectangles in the middle represents the doors opening and closing.
– William Ball
Our latest assignment is to take an existing map, completely destroy it (using any means nonetheless), and then take the remains and create something totally new out of it.
My map choice was a map that came as a bonus item in a video game I own. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It had a map of the entire continent that the game took place in, and on nice map quality paper no less.
I ended up ripping mine apart, marking it up with ink and red markers, and ended gluing the tatters onto some illustration board, in order to create a damaged map collage texture. My idea was to take the whole “slaying monsters and dragons” aspect of the game, and incorporate into the map design. So I designed a monster and put the little guy over the destroyed map. This gives it a very foreboding, dangerous feel. I wanted the viewer to feel like they would be intimidated and not visit the map’s location. In fact, i even put a “warning” on there.
The final product was printed out on 11×17 board, so it was be easy to view and be durable. Overall, it was fun and I do enjoyed tearing up things. I also feel comfortable with cut paper, so the project was a good fit for me.
This project was an interesting one. For one, it’s primarily photography-based, instead of hand-made art. We were assigned to look for letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-9 based in our environment. We could not take photos of letters/numbers that were actual numbers or letters. Rather, we had to find things that resembled them or gave the viewer an impression of these things. All of my photography was done outdoors, so I looked for things in downtown Savannah. That’s my theme, I suppose one could say.
Hello again, one and all SCAD folk! Our latest assignment is a different beast. We had to do a team-cooperative project with up to four people. Our assignment was to do an alternative or unique take on the classic Jack and Jill story, but composed entirely of pre-existing “clip art” shapes.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
and broke his crown.
And Jill came tumbling after.
After mulling around many different ideas, we all agreed on Matt’s idea of a couple of birds (a male for Jack, and female for Jill), who are traveling to their oasis, their promised land. But before they leave to pursue happiness, a cat interrupts and attacks and kills both of them. And the story ends with the two now heading for their goal as disembodied forms, souls if you will. This represents the two of the always being together even in death. Kind of a bittersweet and abstract interpretation if you will, but it fit well with the shapes and media allowed to us.
We all had different thumbnails and ideas, so I took it upon myself to take everyone’s ideas and work them into the basic six template panels. Once I completed the basic layout of the panels (via Adobe Illustrator), everyone else was willing to work on the inking and final put-to-paper designs. By the way, the final panels were to be on 6x documents.
William Ball: designed panel composition/layout
Mackinley Farmer: Panels 1 and 5
C. Matthew Jackson: Panels 2 and 4
Elee Holtermann: Panels 3 and 6
Overall I am pleased with the input and teamwork from everyone. We had some issues with communication outside of class, and some of the inking was a tad inconsistant between artists, but it was a great experience and I feel the final product turned out beautifully.
William Ball out!
Good evening, bros and bro-dettes! Over the weekend, we were encouraged to scour the interwebs for some quality art/artists’ blogs, especially ones that either inspired us, or were related to our chosen major. The ones I linked to are a solid mix of professionals and up-and-coming artists. I encourage any sequential art/animation folks, or just folks who like art in general, to check these above blogs out.
Here’s a few sites and artists I found quite entertaining:
Concept Art World (links to many prominent artists’ blogs)
The Concept Art Blog (site is in Portuguese, but just use Google Translate ^_^)
Parka Blogs: Blogs of Pixar Artists/Animators
Ben Shafer: Concept Art & Illustration
Wesley Burt: Concept Art for Games and Film
Joelle Jones’ Art Blog (she’s a comic artist for Oni Press and Vertigo/DC.)
As a hopeless cartoon/comic geek, I do enjoy checking out blogs for specific artists. I noticed that many big-name artist blogs are hard to locate by Google searching. You’d usually have to be lined to it from another website, which is slightly discouraging. However, once I found some of these websites, they were very inspiring; looking at different styles and methods of production.
– William Ball
Today’s assignment is a rather interesting one. We explored different design ideas/themes using only flat, black squares. The themes explored are: Order, Increase, Bold, Congested, Playful, and Tension. The pictures are in that order:
Thanks, guys! I’ll be sure to take a look at everyone’s work as well, and comment.
– William Ball
Sorry for the late update, but I’m glad I was able to get this project uploaded for you fine folks to see!
Our most recent project in Ms. Waldvogel’s class was to create a shape and put in on an isolated grid. What we had to do first was to draw up thumbnails (about 75 or so) of different shapes that had other shapes “excluded” from them. There are examples in the below images. (Thumbnails below…!)
Next we, had to choose the one motif (shape) we liked the most, and then experiment with placement and orientation, and then make them into cut paper pieces. We had to arrange all of those pieces into a 10×10 square. I choose to have a grid or 1×1 inch squares, just to make the design more interesting and versatile. There are five different variations below.
Then we chose out favorite design (my favorite is #4 right up here), and then created three “inking plans”, with which to create our final inked grid. The three inking plans are below.
I chose the third inking plan (see above) as my favorite of the three, and then transferred the final design onto illustration board.
Above is my final piece. Overall, I’m very pleased with it, and so was the class. There are some minor niggling issues though, like the vertical line that only exists on the right half of the design, but not the left. It leads to the piece being slightly “off” symmetrically. And as always, I suck with india ink, so the craftsmanship could be a little cleaner. But… it is what it is, and that’s ok with me. I hope you all will leave comments and input. It all means a lot to me, and I look forward to viewing your work as well!
– William Ball
1/16: Today, Ms. Waldvogel assigned us an exercise in bringing visual focus to objects by concentrating them or by isolation it amongst other different objects. These preliminary thumbnails are my representations of these concepts. I may still take photographs of these examples later in the weekend, but for now, these are my examples. Please take the time to leave a comment for any suggestions/criticisms you may have. Thanks for checking out the blog!
Good times, everyone. Good times… so Assignment #1 is finished at long last (though it has been fun and challenging!) I narrowed my previous thumbnails down to 4 finalized designs. Here they are (see images below)!
Feel free to share your comments and I’ll be sure to check out everyone’s blog posts as well!
Next Step: Redesigning the weakest of our 4 designs. So, I felt that my first design (consisting of only vertical and horizontal line) was rather weak. There wasn’t enough differentiation of line thickness, no does it lead your eyes to any interesting paths. I feel rather confident in my redesign, I successfully divided the new design into two interesting visuals.
Again, please leave any comments/suggestions for me. I look forward to checking out everyone’s redesigns! Later, gators…
Hello, Ms. Waldvogel and my fellow SCAD colleagues! This week I have been working my assignment for Ms. Waldvogel’s Design I class. Here’s the first stage: thumbnails! 100 total, 25 for each description in the course. Images are posted below.
Let me know what you think! Feel free to leave a comment or email. Thanks.
– William Ball