Saturday, 2 October 2010

Photoshop week 2

 In my second photoshop I used the studies I have drawn of my feet, hand and head to more the digital paintings hybrid forms instead of purly vulture. I started designing the head using the same techniques as last week. I then added the rest of the body and tried to include colour to this idea and was told it has an oil painting quality to it. I added a background and shadow to have a complete painting I looked at the silhoutte as a whole and noticed there is not much anatomy to the structure so this is what I need to work on in the next class.


I created these side profiles to look at posture and it focuses on the anatomy. In my next class I will try a side view because you can see the whole profile and muscle tones. I think I need sketched ideas in my sketchbook so I have more designs to work from.


  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Adam,

    Your creative development blog ticks all the required boxes – reviews/life drawing/photoshop exercises etc. – but it also communicates a certain lack of truly creative engagement. Remember, I’m not assessing your blog at time of submission, I’m assessing your ‘creative development’ – i.e. the lengths to which you’ve gone to generate a compelling, innovate and exciting final portrait. Simply doing as the brief asks – and only that – is a sure way to produce average, unexceptional work. Thus far, your creative development is ‘vanilla’ – as basic as possible. This needs to change so I encourage you to be more exploratory, more speculative and a great deal more independent, both in terms of your research and your creative thinking. This isn’t school and no tutor is going to hold your hand, tell you what to do or structure your research for you. Get used to it.

    No comparative studies of your animal/human anatomy? How else are you going to understand the anatomical structure of your hybrid? Visit the group blog and check out the blog posts highlighted in ‘The Post with The Most’ – I’m not just putting this stuff together for the good of my health; I’m offering up examples of ‘best practice’ – in other words, how I suggest other students might structure their development similarly.

    There is no mention of your proposed assignment question; this maybe because you’re feeling very confident about it and have already planned it, but if not… If you’re avoiding this aspect of your project work – don’t. Let me know what you’re thinking!

    Regarding your film reviews; while I’m satisfied to see you introducing the 3 quotes, you now need to work on weaving them into the main body of the review itself; don’t just ‘maroon’ them at the end, as if they separate and have nothing to do with your insights; the point about using quotes is that they function as evidence to either confirm or deny your view. You need to use them, reflect on them, agree with them or disagree with them. Also, in stylistic terms, I want you to introduce your sources into the text; so, for instance:

    I like the latest photoshop drawings –in so much as you’re clearly embracing new ways of painting. You are encouraged, however, to present your work sequentially – i.e., that you save out your development as a series of images. Your head studies are interesting too, though next time, separate the studies and upload individually alongside the ensemble page so your viewer can look at your work more closely. I’d like to see your life-drawings/sketches etc. post-produced before uploading; a quick brightness/contrast fiddle will ensure your pencil and pen studies really ‘pop’ on screen.

    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. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions. Put simply, however, you (and others in your class) need to follow his example. This is what a creative project at degree level looks like…

  2. 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:

    And 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!

  3. I understand there isn't a lot of my own work, I have also been working on ideas, research and the essay but I just havent included them on the blog yet but will do shortly

    thanks for the advice