Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010Hey Dan,You’re a bright lad. Excellent! Your intelligence and eye for detail is expressed clearly in your satisfyingly literate reviews (I particularly enjoyed the way you comfortably cross-referenced Cocteau with Lloyd-Webber, for example, or reframed your original viewing experience following the Actaeon riff…), and in your contribution to post-film chat. I’m enjoying too the way in which your hybrid is evolving; and far from disallowing you the obvious delights of the peacock’s colouration (one of the reasons it was selected!), I encourage you to make the most of it – but within the bounds of the fusion logic you’ve created for yourself. Fantasy is nothing without limits, after all. I like the sculptural elegance of the new sketches – they remind me of the fashion illustrations of Erte:http://rogallery.com/_RG-Images/w-375/Erte-Symphony_in_Black.jpgYour reviews bode well for your written assignment, though you haven’t outlined your proposal. Can I suggest you do so asap, so I can take a look prior to submission. Obviously, when you’ve only got 1,500 words to open and close an investigation, specificity and focus are essential.
More generally, I think your blog could, in design terms, be punchier; I’d like you to look at the size of font you use, size of image etc., because I think it could all be a little tidier and ‘comfier’ on the eye: 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. This is what a creative project at degree level looks like…http://ltsang.blogspot.com/2009/10/final-portrait.htmlA 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:http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-turn-your-blog-into-pdf-document.htmlAnd 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!