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  • Conclusion

    December 7, 2019 by

    On the UNVRL website home page, please look under the Projects heading, Category: UNRVL_19. My project name is “Be Careful Where You Step.” Thank you for your interest!

  • Rhino and Laser Cutter: Part 3

    November 25, 2019 by

    On the 25 of November, I went back to the dFab lab to laser cut the layouts. This is where issues with trying to cut and print my images became apparent. Let me back up a bit, Ryan said that there is a general rule in the lab that you can’t use Illustrator files in… Read more

  • Rhino and Laser Cutter: Part 1

    November 19, 2019 by

    On November seventeenth, I printed out multiple final layouts for my houses to practice test cutting on the laser printer. On the 19th of November, I went to the dFab lab to try to set up my Illustrator files in Rhino. Grace, was a lab technician that night and was very helpful. She helped me… Read more

  • Ai: Illustrator

    November 15, 2019 by

    Even though my post date is the fifteenth of November, working with Adobe Illustrator was really a two week process, starting on the first. I have a cursory understanding of Illustrator, so I hired my graphic designer friend, Trish Jameson, to help me out. I sent her my original layouts and drawings from Photoshop and… Read more

  • Engineering Paper Punch-Outs

    November 12, 2019 by

    “This was so much fun,” she says sarcastically. I did quite a bit of hand layout and drawing to make the houses fit together correctly. One of the main issues was that my actual village homes are not square. The buildings are very organic. So it was quite a challenge to line up all the… Read more

  • Process: Making of the Book Cover

    November 9, 2019 by

    In Illustration, I generally work from reference. In other words, to get proportions correct, I will work from photos that I take, or photos from images that I get from the web. I start with a composite image in Photoshop of how I think the image should look. Than I “flush” the sketch out thorough… Read more

  • Be Careful Where You Step

    November 7, 2019 by

    Illustrated book cover below: Final Story: Be Careful Where You Step Ava was hiking with her dog, Fred, through a thickly wooded forest.  The shaggy dog, stuck his nose under a big fern leaf, barking wildly.  She bent down to see Fred’s discovery, thinking it would be the usual animal scent or nest he often… Read more

  • The Storybook Writing Process

    October 31, 2019 by

    Writing the storybook itself. Above: Left, breaking down sentences to page sequences. Right: editing story by hand. I am writing this blog retroactively, because I wanted to have all the information about writing in one post. In the end, I had seven drafts of the story with much editing in between. I began working the… Read more

  • Professional Photography

    October 27, 2019 by

    Since my project is based strongly on my 3-D constructed fairy village, I hired a professional photographer, Ben McNutt, to take professional images of the work. I will end up using the images in my final book and on my layouts in illustrator. I will end up editing the photographs in Photoshop before final use.

  • Update on Fairy Project.

    October 23, 2019 by

    So the gaming/VR aspect to this project is not going to work for me. I contacted the head of the MICA gaming department. I asked him if there was a student who would be interested in pairing with me to create this project. He said that it would be a lot of work, and because… Read more

  • Presentation on Presentations by George Ciscle 10/9/2019

    October 15, 2019 by

    George Ciscle spoke with our class about giving a presentation. He touched on techniques and tips to deliver a good talk. According to George’s Linked In page: (He) has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions and taught courses in the fine arts and humanities for close to 50 years. He was the founder and director of The Contemporary,… Read more

  • From Rocks to Rocket Science by Paul Mirel

    October 1, 2019 by

    Fun class where Paul was teaching us some scientific theories and showing us how to program Python code using Mu Editor. He started the class speaking about Gaussian theory. According to Wikipedia, “In probability and theory and statistics, a Gaussian process is.. (a collection of random variables indexed by time or space), such that every… Read more

  • Origami workshop with David Kandel and laser cutting with Ryan

    September 25, 2019 by

    September 18, 2019 This origami class taught by math teacher and origamist, David Kendal, was really interesting. I love that you can start working with a flat object and make it three dimensional. David spoke about the figurative and mathematical aspects of paper folding. He said that there are three forms that paper can be… Read more

  • Three ideas for the final project

    September 22, 2019 by

    My three ideas for the final project are as follows: 3-D or virtual reality of my pixie village Comparing 1800 century to 21st century beds Studying what part of the brain is stimulated when creating art The first idea is based on pixie villages I create by assembling found objects. I would like to take… Read more

  • Reading response to, “The Fold- Leibniz and the Baroque,” by Gilles Deleuze

    September 16, 2019 by

    Despite researching Leibniz and Deleuze’s backgrounds, I still do not have a completely clear understanding of Deleuze’s message. First, Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German scholar and philosopher of Enlightenment who was a panpsychist and rationalist. In other words, he believed that all matter possessed an element of individual consciousness and that the body and… Read more

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