Friday, 30 January 2015

Adaptation A: Opening Title Test 1

Typography - Title screen colours and type

Having a practice with some type faces, order and colour for my title screen. I have gone for a few different styles.

I chose two that I felt were the best, I then tested colour, though i'm going to stick with the turquoise blue and merge the two styles of type and order together.

I took the layout of the bolder typeface and made the type a slightly similar to the first typeface as for my transition I need to spherical O on the word "work"

This is my final decided type face: Gill Sans GT - BOLD

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Adaptation A: Style and colour

I have chosen to do my style as if inside the screen of an office computer, the mouse will interact with the moving fonts and images and the colours will represent office colours:

I looked at items that are found in an office such as desks, computers, sticky notes, pens, paper. I came up with three main colour grids.

I decided to go with the third one which represents Sticky notes

This is a colour composition I done and a practice into the layout of the desktop.

Adaptation A: The foods to eat

Common fibre foods that help "move things along"

Fiber: 8 grams per cup, raw.

Fiber: 7.6 grams per cup, raw.

Fiber: 5.5 grams per medium fruit, raw.

Bran Flakes
Fiber: 7 grams per cup, raw.
Whole-Wheat Pasta
Fiber: 6.3 grams per cup, cooked.
Fiber: 4 grams per cup, cooked.

Adaptation A: The Questions

My Questions:

How long does food take to digest and become poop?

Digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water and, finally, elimination of undigested food. Drinking water with a meal also helps digestion.

Does caffeine affect the speed?

drinking coffee can stimulate movement of the colonic muscles, thus promoting peristalsis (the coordinated contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that causes bowel movements). One study noted that the magnitude of this peristaltic effect of caffeinated coffee is similar to one induced by eating a meal. It’s also 60 percent stronger than the effect induced by drinking water, and 23 percent stronger than the effect due to drinking decaffeinated coffee. T
he caffeine in coffee stimulates muscles in the colon causing peristalsis, the contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that causes bowel movements.

How much caffeine is in coffee?

So how much coffee is needed to get results? The above-referenced study used a black Colombian coffee containing 150 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, a fairly average caffeine content for an 8-ounce (oz) cup of joe. A 12-oz “tall” drip coffee from Starbucks contains approximately 240 mg of caffeine, and single-shot latte drinks approximately 90 mg. In the end, the effect will vary by the individual. 

How often do humans poop?

Everybody is different, and there is no set “normal” when it comes to passing stools. That said, the normal range spans three times a day to once every three days, meaning the average person poops approximately once a day—about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. That means a person weighing 160 pounds produces an average of just under a pound of poop each day.

What should a person eat to encourage a healthy bowel movement and/or quicken the process?


So, when is the best time to poop at work?

Film Review: Sita sings the blues

India / USA

'Sita sings the blues' is an animated tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Nina Paley, the write and directer, along side the story of Ramayana, we are told slightly of Nina and her relationship troubles and her experience in India with her other half, the almost off subject moments of Nina and Dave seem unrelated, but the small 4 minute pieces show how Nina went from one side of her life to the other in making 'Sita sings the blues'. She has three different styles through the film, one of her- a scribble style, the story of Ramayana which is more of an over pasting on images style of already existing images and a loose structure to the characters and their movement, the final style is of when Sita sings, you know the scene is happening once the style changes, its an easier way of keeping track of what's happening at which point.

The story of Ramayana is a well told Indian tale of gods, love, purity and royalty. Sita sings the blues tells this story in a variety of ways that work well together, as well as the songs that play though out the film, there are also scenes of Sita and Raman playing through the story as well as three character voices that talk about the people in the Ramayana story and discuss what should have happened, the flaws in the story and trying to remember all the names and who's mother is who's son to who's wife,

Nina wanted to tell her story as well as the Ramayana tale, she produced the styles to show these different parts and does it well. The intermission in the movie was a tribute to Bollywood, it stuck with the feeling of a bollywood movie and this is what Nina wanted, though the scenes of her were not bollywood style, they still worked. The switching between scenes is easy to follow but if you don't enjoy the blues scenes I wouldn't recommend it, you don't look forward to them and there are a lot of them, but give the film a chance for its well told story and humorous side to the three story tellers with in the film.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Artist Toolkit: Mudbox - Bell Pepper

Here is the model from sphere to pepper

The texture


The stem painting




Final piece

Change of lighting

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Adaptation B: Art styles and research

After my tutorial with Alan we spoke about making the infographic focus on one item such as a circle or a square, as well as possibly looking into children talking about mental health, there understanding to bring an innocence to the topic and in some cases a small ability to relate as our knowledge on mental health could be not that much better than a child's.

Firstly I looked up some 3D singular object based inforgraphics, including The Forest by Sasha Milic that Alan advised.

Next, I looked at animations as well as infographics with children speaking and including their knowledge on the topic of the animation.

Adaptation A: Art Style

Adaptation B: Mental Health research

For my infographic I chose to base it on Mental Health, understanding a specific disorder for common people to understand others with my chosen disorder. After speaking with Alan, he advised I spoke to MIND.

I contacted Mind to figure out the most commonly miss-understood and popular mental health disorder, I am awaiting my reply but I am looking at depression. I looked onto Mind's website to look at the information they had and found this.

Since there are different types of depression, I have chosen to look more in to one rather than different ones, but this could change regarding Mind's reply.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

CGArt Toolkit: Mudbox

We started learning a new piece of software named Mudbox, it's very easy to use and see quickly how a face could work and be changed, I started with a simple head shape and in the pictures below you can see how I have molded the face, trying different tools. I went quite hard with the pen pressure by image 4.
I was going for a Sea beast/king.  

CGArt Toolkit: After Effects - Using Vectors


Adaptation B: Ideas

I want to create the style of an infographic telling a story, and going wrong, The infographic will tell the process and steps of a topic, but take the viewer through the mind of the person experiencing it, for example, It's Such A Beautiful Day. An animated film made in 2012 has given me the inspiration of how i want my infographic to start loosing itself.

Possible ideas i want to do are:

  • The pressures of growing up - Puberty and thinking about having to survive on ones own
  • The growing popularity of technology and how it is taking over
  • Fears - such as fears of flying, the break down cycle of how a fear takes over a person.
  • Mental/ mind disorders.
I want the infographic to have 3D elements, here some examples:

Monday, 19 January 2015

Adaptation A: When should you poop? The Facts

"When is the best time of the day to.. poop at work"

I have researched into different factors that'll help me with my information for my Infographic.

Firstly I looked at the "Rules Of Pooping"

This helped me decide that it's not a good time to go when the toilet might be quite popular, which got me into thinking when the toilet would be mostly used, during breaks and during/after lunch.

The average time of day for a lunch break has changed in some work places, but I found that the typical time from a 9am-5pm job was from 11am-1pm due to differences in amount of collages in the building and small companies. Retail jobs tends to be varied on the day and amount of collages working, for instance, 2 people working on a Sunday, the lunch hour would be when which ever one was hungry first and the other person would have their's after, not necessarily straight after.

Lunch hours over the years have changed as I found in this article in the Daily Mail online.

You can read the article here

So with this I decided that I would base my Infographic on pooping at work with an office job rather than retail, teaching, labor or other.

I then thought about once you have had your lunch... It doesn't necessarily  mean you'll "go" straight away. So how long does it take for your food to become poop?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

World Animation Film Review: Mary and Max


Mary and Max written and directed by Adam Elliot, known for Harvie Krumpet and the Brother, Cousin, Uncle shorts. Grown up on a shrimp farm in Southern Australia, discovering his artistic abilities at an early age spent five years studying photography, pottery and painting as well as others, Elliot's first piece of animation was made in 1996, Uncle. Elliot has a distinctive "chunky wunky" style, with its crooked lines and grungy aesthetic which he used in Mary and Max, he commented "‘…there were no straight lines – every prop had to look like it had been dropped once, every prop had to look like it had been bought at an op shop and then everything had to be grunged up and aged…". Mary and Max stars the voices of Toni Collete who voiced Mary and Philip Seymour Hoffman who played the loveable character Max as well as  Barry Humphries who narrated the animation.
Over a period of 20 years and two countries, Mary and Max was a delightful and well written piece. Set in New York and Australia the two very different and unlikely pen pals who found a friendship through a find in the library of his address by Mary, an eight-year-old with no friends who wanted to reach out and find one somewhere, as did Max, a forty-four-year-old, so the two became friends quite quickly. The story takes you through their best and worst times of each others lives, you see Mary grow up into her late thirties, tall and mature, unlike Max who just grows wider eating plenty of chocolate hotdogs.
The animation was slow paced but nothing in the story was not relevant, every piece was needed to create this whimsical tale. The simple colour design is easy on the eyes and recognisable when you shift from grey to brown, and the colours are described quite humorously. The whole film is a delight to watch from start to finish, but it does feel like it goes on for a while. I would recommend the elder generation to watch this.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A:A - Ideas and Research

After the pitch I decided to go with:

         When is the best time of the day to.... Go to the toilet at work for No. 2

I first researched what an infographic is and a couple of example videos:

  1. a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram.
    "a good infographic is worth a thousand words"

Friday, 9 January 2015

Adaption PA: Pitch


I picked out "When is the best time of the day to..." the things I picked were:

  • Eat the three main meals
  • Start drinking alcohol
  • Stop drinking caffeinated drinks
  • Feed your animal
  • Go to bed
  • Go to the toilet at work for number 2
  • Reply back to your angry girlfriends text
  • Sunbathe
  • Go shopping (Food)
  • Be Creative (Most brain power)
  • Use the Internet