In this workshop, we created a showreel and slideshow using Adobe Premiere with images and videos provided to us. I had not used Premiere before this workshop so was happy to see how some features were similar to After Effects. For the slideshow, we dragged images into Premiere and ordered them and added text and audio. This was good practice as I was not familiar with this program but after the workshop I felt a bit better about working with Premiere. After I created folders to keep my images after this I placed them all into my timeline. After this I made the scaling better so that it would work well in the video and so that it wouldn’t be too big for the frame. For the showreel, we added the videos in similar to how we added the images into the document and then adjusted the video into the order we wanted them on the timeline.
After this workshop, I created my own showreel which showed my Cinema 4D projects from this year which was nice to see how far I have progressed with the program as before this year I wasn’t too familiar with it. It was also interesting creating the showreel in Premiere Pro as I haven’t used this program before.
In this workshop, we learned how to create a 10 second motion piece using an illustrator design. We also learned how to use the camera within After Effects which allowed a 3D effect within our designs. The inspiration for this workshop was from an MGMT music video for the song “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” which has a similar camera effect of it flying outwards and the sections of designs rolling in. For my design, I created a landscape with mountains and trees which would look well when brought it. I used the camera object in after effects to make it fly out from the mountains and made sure to layer all of the objects in illustrator so they were easily editable in after effects. I added a page turn effect which I used from the distort section of effects. I edited the options of the effect which increased the speed of the page turn and which way it would turn. I enjoyed this workshop as I liked the way my vectored illustration came to life with the camera pulling away and the effects I added onto sections of the design. I found it confusing at first to understand the way the camera moves in or out of the shot but ended up becoming more confident with it.
This was our final After Effects workshop so we created a showreel to showcase the work we created throughout the year. I collected the 5 videos that I thought would be the best to showcase for this final video. I created an opening slate, 5 compositions for the animations and an endboard. I decided on the DIN Alternate typeface to use as I thought it would go the best with the animation. I also decided on a coral like colour for the colour of the slates and sections. For the opening slate, I used a text preset which was a typewriter one which I thought made the start of my showreel look more dynamic. I split the sections in half which allowed me to work with it easier. I also added a rectangular object which had the name of the project on it. I gave it a slide in effect and an elastic effect where it would go over and pull back which was done by having an extra key frame to the animation. I then used easy easing to make this animation look cleaner. I enjoyed this workshop as it gave me time to have a look back at how far I have progressed this year with my animations and it let me compile them all together into a final project.
In this workshop, we were allowed to choose a piece of paper that had something to do with football on it. We then had to make info graphics about the topic. I ended up getting the Lockwood Viaduct. I found it hard to come up with an idea for an animation on this as I couldn’t find too much information on it online. I also found it hard as we didn’t have much time to create the assets for this workshop on Illustrator. In the end I created the animation which had text presets on which made it look more dynamic and I liked the way the line animated. We had also had a colour theme which ours was a light shade of green and the topic was The Future of Football.
However, I was not completely happy with this animation so when I got home I created another animation to do with football.I created this animation using an illustrated football that I had more time to work on so it looked better. I also found some code online that allowed me to give the ball a bounce effect and would also allow me to edit things like the elasticity and such. After this I made the text slide upwards from behind the vectors. I think the second animation I created for this workshop was much better than my first as I gave myself more time to do it and was more confident when creating it as I didn’t have a time limit and didn’t feel as though I had to rush myself.
In this workshop, we created a model of a character and could edit the character how we like such as the colour of its skin and such and was also able to shape and mould the character. We started the workshop by creating a cube which would be used to start the body of this character. I learned how to extrude sections of this cube which would make the arms, legs, head and shoulders of the character which was all square still. We got given the exact measurements needed for the parts of the body as well as for the gaps such as gaps between the legs and the small pieces like the toes of the character. After adding a subdivision surface object and turning it on it smoothed the whole character out due to the amount of subdivisions which h I could increase or decrease. This allowed me to shape the character how I wanted and to check back at the original without subdivision surfaces turned on to make sure it was accurate how I was editing it. I then made a purple material and white material which I added on certain bits of the character after grouping them bits together. I also made eyes for the character and played around with the radius of the spheres until I was happy. After I was happy with how my character was I created a background and edited the lighting for the character. I also played around with the bend effect and twist effect which made a nice animation for the character. I enjoyed this workshop as I felt it was a bit hard due to it being a complex workshop but after everything the character came out great.
After this workshop, I played around with the character on Cinema 4D and edited the face and body and adjusted the colour of this character to make it look much different than the first character I made.
In this workshop, we got given 3 typefaces which was Cooper, DIN Alternate and Baskerville Bold. We were tasked to choose certain sections of each typeface to draw out in pencil and then cut out with a blade. After cutting out the stencils with a blade, I rolled acrylic paint onto a piece of A2 paper and placed the sections I chose in random bits of the paper to make it look abstract. The first set of paintings I did was using the Cooper typeface which I found a bit harder to cut out than the other typefaces due to it being very rounded. After I finished the other two typefaces I added them all together onto a sheet of A2 using my favourite stencils from the other sheets which made the page look very diverse. I enjoyed that depending on how much ink I had on the roller, it would give different textures on the sheet which gave it a more abstract look. All the sheets I painted on was done in black ink which made the sections stand out much more and look bold. I enjoyed this workshop as I felt everyone’s outcomes were different and looked great due to the stencils created from the sections of the typefaces.
In this workshop, we learned about the protests in France in May 1968 which started a whole new art movement in the country. Some students and staff took over the Ecole des Beaux Arts and established the “Atelier Populaire” which means the popular workshop. This organisation went on to silkscreen many posters which gave a lot of political graphic art. This was what the workshop was based on and we all got to choose an item name printed out on some paper from a box randomly. My first item was a TV which I decided to draw out like an older fashioned TV with the aerial sticking out. After drawing and cutting out this stencil of a TV I rolled red acrylic paint over it and chose some lyrics at random which I then had to draw and make into a stencil. I then rolled paint over these lyrics in a different colour to make them look bolder. The next item I got was a factory and then stencilled it out onto paper which I then used yellow paint to roll over with. I then made a stencil of the word smoke which I could put over the factory which related to the object quite well. After this, I combined the factory over the TV with a bit less paint which made it look lighter and gave a bit of a texture. I enjoyed this workshop a lot as each individual would have drawn the item and letters out differently and the colours went really well together when painted over the items.
After this workshop I created stencils for my YCN brief with the words “hand” and “made” to create posters for the brief. I used an ink instead of acrylic which gave it a different texture than the acrylic but allowed me to experiment how hard I roll over the paper and how much ink I have on the roller.
In this workshop, we used bread as an object to create typography out of. This was great as everyone’s ideas would be different so we went into groups to take pictures of what we were doing with the bread. Bread is seen all around us whether it’s in supermarkets or at home so it’s an object we’re used to seeing however, not an object I would have thought to make typography out of. At the start of the workshop we were told to make words using the letter R as it has many sections that other letters have within it. After playing around with different letters and different ways to portray them on the bread, I made the word “first” out of bread pieces. After this we were tasked to create each letter of the alphabet out of bread which me and my partner did as he took the images and I created the type. For this I made a border out of crust and bread and used crumbs from the bread to form the letters that I wanted. After this we were tasked to create a poster reading, “Peter and Paul Workshop March 26th,2019 2019 #HUDGDA” which was challenging as it was a lot of words and we didn’t have enough bread so me and my partner decided to take photos of the words in stages and then edit them after the workshop. I enjoyed this workshop as it was very physical with the bread and the outcomes of letters I created came out better than expected. I also enjoyed how everyone’s take on the typeface would be different and unique.
After this workshop, I went home and edited the typography into a poster and also created an animation out of the typography. The animation came out better than expected and flowed well with each letter staying on the screen for the right amount of time. The poster I made using grids which allowed viewers to see the typeface better and could tell each letter was created out of crumbs from bread.
In this workshop, we were shown how to make 3D prototypes of bottles and cans and how to add labels and graphics onto them. We started by editing a file of the can shape in illustrator which we then prepared for Cinema 4D and saved the file ion an Illustrator 8 format. When we imported this file into Cinema 4D we added two lathe objects to the illustrator design. This turned the 2D lines into a 3D can due to the lathe object repeating whatever you add it onto which in this case repeated the lines 360° around therefore creating the top and middle of the can. I then created the environment for this model which had a background and floor object in the same colour and then I added a compositing tag which eliminates the line that would be in the final render background. After I was happy with the model I started to add the materials and textures. I used a reflectance material and PET texture which I felt fitted the can very well and was the best colour for this prototype model. After this I added the graphic we were given to use and adjusted the mapping of it until it fitted well on the can and looked the best it could. I also adjusted the lighting and added lights such as an omni light which helped brighten the can and area up. I also used a cloner object for the which would duplicate the cans and allow me to spin them around and show all the label. The process was the same for the bottle however, I added a randomizer and cloned it more times so it was all over the area and showed many bottles turned in different directions. I enjoyed this workshop as the outcome was really interesting and I hadn’t done any prototyping like this before which made me enjoy it more and made me want to put my own designs on the packaging to see what they would look like.
After this workshop, I went on to create my own labels and logos for the bottle and can due to the ones we got given were only a placeholder. I took inspiration for these logos and labels by other brands of soda and bottled beer.
In this workshop, we learned about ways to layout a document in InDesign as it would help us think about ways to present our work. We were shown ways to change a linked image to another image that was saved which would save time when duplicating pages and inserting images. Before we added the images into our InDesign document, we learned some ways to edit images on Photoshop that would be better for our presentations. For example, we were given an image of a drawing that was took on a phone so I edited it so the lines would be sharper and easier to see. I also edited it so that the background would be whiter. This was done by adjusting the levels in the image adjustment section on Photoshop. I added rulers to the InDesign document in certain sections so that the layout wouldn’t be too crowded and I could get an idea where the images and text could go. I chose Helvetica for the typeface and made sure that the point size was appropriate. I made the typeface bold for the heading and regular for the strapline and body text. I made sure to position the text and image well which made it look very clean and similar to a news page. We were also shown how to embed a video into the document and also how to link a video locally as well as externally. I thought this workshop was helpful for me as I can use some of the information when creating my presentation for my assessment.
After this workshop, I used the idea of having guidelines for my presentation. This helped massively as it gave a clean look to my document and allowed me to see where the best place to insert my images would be. It also allowed me to play around with paragraph styles for my body text and headings.