Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category
Come out and support 8 of our Visual Communication and Animation Grads!
Free and Open to the Public!
Details here: www.thedesignloop.org/portfolio-showcase
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2 from 5 – 8
as part of Pop-Up Art Loop’s “First Thursdays” Art Walk
Right around the corner from the school:
23 E Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602
Refreshments will be served.
Look through design portfolios, watch animation demo-reels, and speak with the artists themselves. Enjoy a wide variety of work on the walls, shelves, video-screens, and vote for your favorite. We will award a “Best of Show: People’s Choice” at the end of the showcase, so come in and cast your vote!
The Showcase Dates: May 1 – 21, 2013
open gallery hours: Wed. – Sat., 11:30am – 5:30pm
Hope to see you there!
Congratulations to animation student Jessica Aparicio for being named Student of the Term for the January 2012 term! She was nominated for her exemplary work ethic and general awesome-ness. Jess is amazingly cheerful, imaginative, and responsible, which make her a positive leader, a helpful teammate, and an enthusiastic learner. A little over half-way through the program, she’s had enough experience to know the challenges of being an Animator, and she has great plans for the future! As always, I asked a few questions. And as expected, Jess responded joyfully and thoughtfully:
What do you surround yourself with visually, musically, creatively, or even just for fun?
“I love this question! There are so many things I love to surround myself with that make me feel creative. For instance, I love the beach, the ocean, anything summer, so I usually have something that reminds me of that around. Summer comes very slow to Chicago, so I always need a picture of the summer sun to help me feel warm. I have watercolor paintings of sea shells in my room and a jar of seashells and rocks on my shelf. I also make sure I have some of my favorite books around, which currently are my Harry Potter books–I adore the series! For music, anything dance or upbeat. I don’t want to listen to sad and slow songs while creating something; it will make me lose my energy. But if I have some really good, upbeat music that has me wanting to dance, then I can create for hours. I also love to read short stories online. For me, that gets my imagination running, and I start thinking about my own projects and what I can do with them.”
Here are some of her short studies in 2D animation techniques:
What is your favorite step in the process of making an Animation?
“My favorite step would be coming up with the idea. I love being able to discuss my projects with friends and teachers to get another person’s opinion. It really helps me grow. I may like my character to have something specific, but another person would disagree with me. It’s a process of trying to find a balance with your idea. As I talk to more and more people, I find new ideas to add to my story and old ideas that could be added to a new story. It’s almost like a journey. It’s you and the character running around in circles trying to understand one another. We’ve all had that one character who has told us what they do and don’t like. Every animator has an imagination, and with an imagination comes a whole lot of different worlds.”
This animation she made, called Imagination, perfectly illustrates this:
Learning animation techniques can be tough, especially in the 3D world. What’s your secret to overcoming the tough stuff?
“I don’t let myself get down about these things. I may complain and scream in my pillow and want to kick a wall in but I keep moving forward. I think of it like this, every single animator, whether one is new to animation or a professional in the industry, has had or is currently having a problem with learning a different animation technique. No one is perfect, I have had instructors who have been teaching these skills for years forget how to do something. It’s totally normal and it happens. I just tell myself, “I will get it the next time and if I don’t then I just have to keep trying, keep practicing, keep believing. If you lose faith in yourself then you lose faith in your skills. It’s new and it takes a while for something new to sink in. You’re just starting to learn these things, it takes practice and ambition to learn. Never give up hope.” Smile, laugh, take a break, watch Doctor Who, like I do, and then go back and see what you can do.”
A 3D animation sketch:
A 3D model:
Once you finish school here, what’s next? What do you have in mind for your future?
“Well, at first I wanted to try my hand at 2D animation. I love 2D so much, and I would love to be able to work in the industry and do that. But I found something so much better for myself. I found my calling, what I’m meant to do. I want to teach. I want to teach art, teach 2D animation, and reach out and help those who want to expand their imagination like I do. I have a lot of patience and I love working with children, so I think I could do it. I’m going to start off small. I would like to teach children and teenagers how to draw and use simple programs. After a while, I think I will go back to school and aim for my Master’s, so I can work with college students. That way I can work on some of my own work and not feel so closed in. I’ll be free to do my own thing and still help out. My dream, ever since I was a kid, was to help make people laugh, smile and just be happy. I can do that with my art, I can do that helping kids learn, I can do that by being a positive influence in a child’s life and helping them grow.”
Go see this event! It is nearby, FREE, and will be inspiring!
Who: Luba Lukova
When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012. 6:30 pm
Location: Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor
Social consciousness has long been part of the vocabulary of New York designer Luba Lukova. Through student workshops and a public lecture, Lukova will discuss the influences and process that inspired 12 poster series Social Justice 2008. Her career-long focus on issues such as peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger and corruption is merged with the history of visual communication. As Lukova states “This project is my cry for action. We have to change things for the good of the entire world, not only for America,” says Lukova. “I was inspired by the desire for change in our society, by the enormous activity of the people and their will to make a difference.”
(I plan on going. If anyone wants to walk over with me, drop me a line: email@example.com.)
It’s one thing to have ambition, desire—even talent!—but it takes a combination of these paired with HARD WORK and PERSISTENCE to really make it as a designer, or anything for that matter.
So, for those of you that want to put in the extra time, I commend you! Click here for the March term schedule of OPEN LAB HOURS available for you on campus: OPEN LAB hours for SCHOOL OF DESIGN Students ONLY
For those of you who need a little extra help or simply want to better your skills with instructor assistance, our tutoring sessions for the March term will start soon.
DESIGN tutoring (starts March 27th – continues through May 8)
(for Adobe Creative Suite Program and conceptual design help)
Tuesdays from 2 – 5pm
ANIMATION tutoring (starts April 12th – continues through May10)
(for help with Animation Programs: Maya, Z-brush, AfterEffects, etc.)
Thursdays from 1 – 4pm
And those of you who don’t feel like putting in the extra time…well, good luck out there!
Hey ya’ll! You won’t want to miss this. We’ve got 3 graduates from our School of Design coming to give us the scoop on what they’ve been doing since graduation. And we’re gonna have FREE LUNCH, and compete in a little design challenge.
Friday, March 23
11:30 am – 1 pm
The School of Design presents
They work hard for the money!
a Design Event
With Special Guests…
Louie Mercado (Art Director for SCHAWK!, 2009 Grad—Visual Communications Program)
Darius Salary (Game Designer for Phosphor Games, 2008 Grad—Animation Program)
Ben Byron (Graphic Designer for Euromonitor International, 2010 Grad—Visual Communications Program)
If you don’t have class Friday, it will be worth the trip to come downtown for. If you have a morning class, your instructor will bring you. And if you have an afternoon class, just plan to come a little early that day.
Denise’s Typography class hosted a lil’ Helvetica party in their room the day after Valentine’s Day. Students and faculty shared some “helvetica goodness”–info, examples, and praise for the Typeface–and ate delicious homemade cookies (some specially crafted for the occasion). There were also Type games to play, to test your knowledge of typefaces and kerning. Try them out on your own. Watch out, though, the kerning game is addictive!
Deep Font Challenge: http://www.deep.co.uk/games/font_game/
Sara Newton’s Fontastic Quiz: http://www.mentalfloss.com/quiz/quiz.php?q=198
Here are a few photos of the event:
Thanks, Denise, for organizing this! Helvetica has certainly made an impression on us.
Here are the Design Student Honors Awards for the October term. Congrats you guys! You deserve to celebrate.
On the Dean’s List
On the President’s List
And with Perfect Attendance
Keep making me proud!
I am very pleased to announce our Student of Term (October 2011 term) for Visual Communications: Ashley Macabenta-Torres! She has been with us only a little over 1 year now, and is already proving to be a force to reckon with. She is dedicated to learning design, has clever ideas, and works hard, often taking on additional projects simply to build her skill-practice (or maybe just for fun?).
These images are from a series of photographs she took for the Digital Photography class, matching up old family photos with their current environments:
Here are a few pages of her layout solution for Intro to InDesign class–she did all the drawings, too! My favorite line, hidden among the instructions–”Crank up some Kraftwerk” (click to view larger):
I asked her a few questions:
Do you have a creative background? Or how did you get into Art/Design in the first place?
As a kid, I drew graffiti art, played instruments, and wrote a lot of poetry. In High School, I originally chose to take Graphic Design, but was placed in Culinary Arts. I learned a lot about how art can be applied to food that we eat. When a spot opened up for Graphic Communication, I took it. It ended up benefiting me, because everything I learned about Adobe Programs, and print production has helped me in Westwood.
Where do you draw inspiration for your design solutions? Where do your ideas come from?
I try to understand what the project theme is, and what my expectations are, and base all of my decisions around that. My ideas pop out during my commute home, or my downtime when I have an opportunity to reflect on the flaws or successes of my designs.
You’re about half-way through the Bachelors Program here…what, so far, has been your favorite project for a class?
My favorite projects were my video projects for Audio/Video class. I can’t choose one. They were all really great. I feel like I am able to show my true potential in 3 minutes of a video, rather than a design.
What’s your long-term plan? What do you want to be doing 10 years from now?
I still want to continue my education by taking Digital Animation and Video Effects, and IT. I really want to base myself around art and technology, how it works, and what I can do with all of it.
Speaking of video, this is one of Ashley’s video-editing outcomes (coincidentally about her family, too):
Keep it up, Ashley! We look forward to seeing what you are up to in a year from now, after graduation, and far into the future.
Come on out to see the Best of Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011 at Chicago Filmmakers.
5243 N. Clark St., Chicago
…and if you can’t come to the show, at least check out some of the artists featured:
12 Sketches on the Impossibility of Being Still – Magali Charrier/Royal College of Art (2010, 8 min., UK)
Haru no shikumi (The Mechanism of Spring) – Atsushi Wada (2011, 4 min., Japan)
The Renter – Jason Carpenter (2011, 10 min., U.S.A.)
Joyz ‘Electropia’ – Noriko Okaku (2011, 5 min., UK & Japan) pictured at top
Blanche Fraise – Frédérick Tremblay/La Bande Vidéo (2011, 17 min., Canada)
I’m Fine Thanks – Eamonn O’Neill/Royal College of Art (2011, 4.5 min., UK)
Det Siste Norske Trollet (The Last Norwegian Troll) – Pjotr Sapegin (2010, 13 min., Norway)
Moxie – Stephen Irwin (2011, 5 min., U.K.)
The Goat and The Well – Ben Cady/University of Wales, Newport (2010, 5 min., U.K.)
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