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A Hardy Thank You!

December 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Thanks so much for a good class, Matt! I enjoyed it thoroughly, and, definitely came away with more knowledge of the workings of digital media. Thanks again and good luck in all of your endeavors!!

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Fin

December 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Given a free pass to do anything I want is probably the most terrifying thing for me, especially in a medium that I am not quite adept at. In searching the internet for ideas I came across a flyer for a poster design contest.  So, that would give me something to work toward, and I decided on that as my final project.  The following is the information on the contest CCCPosterDesignContest.

For my final poster I spent some time doing research on the Civilian Conservation Corps to come up with the design elements I wanted. I wanted to tie the past in to the future since this is for the 75th Anniversary of the corps work, and in their help with building Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. I started with the Official ACT from 1937 that enacted the bill to form the Corp. I layered over that ACT elements from the past and the present, photos of the young men and buildings from the past, as well as their logo, then adding a current photo of Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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Scott Eaton Research Paper (Project #4)

November 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm (Uncategorized)

Project #4 Continued

Scott Eaton Research Paper

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Scott Eaton (Project #4 Presentation)

November 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm (Uncategorized)

Scott Eaton

When I first saw Scott Eaton’s work it was his traditional use of anatomy combined with the digitals tools he used to create digital scultpture was so compelling to me. I was able to do an email interview with Scott and talked to him about the theme of his work and why anatomy was so intresting to him.

“From a young age I was attracted to figurative work, to me that was what art was about. The likes of Michelangelo, Rodin, Bernini, to name a few, were and still are amazing to me. This sort of classical inspiration and the influence of younger mediums such as comic books kept my interest in art alive through my formative years.”

The first group of images I would like to show are the progression of Scott’s digital sculpture called Death of a Centaur. For me, a novice in the world of digital art, seeing the progression of how a work is created was quite exciting.

Death of a Centaur – Work in Progress
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Next
centaur_anatomy_wip_17feb

Anatomy
centaur_anatomy

Final Progression
death_of_a_centaur_WIP_4

death_of_a_centaur_WIP_3

Final – Death of a Centaur – Digital Sculpture
centaur_sculpture_fin

In talking about the sculptural and figurative themes of his work, I asked Scott what it was about the figure that so compelled him, and his response was:

“The complexity. The body is an amazing machine and this appeals to my engineering mind. Artistically the expression that comes out is greater than the sum of the parts. Plus the work we do digitally in animation, modelling, rigging, requires a level of understanding far greater than what artists used to get away with. The problem is that contemporary digital artists just don’t have access to the teaching that was available to artists in the past.”

Tutorials – BODY WORKS – tdw75_t_lead

Scott teaches his techniques in creating digital sculpture, and has created his own tutorials. The following is a demo he did for Z-brush.

Z-Brush Demo
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Transpose

Refinement

Cloth

Assess Accuracy
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Final Results

The following are images of some of Scott’s digital sculptures:

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Winston Test

I asked Scott if digital tools are a complimentary transition to traditional sculpture:

“I have a love/hate relationship with digital tools. On one hand they afford fantastic possibilities for creating work and images, and allow you to experiment almost without consequence. On the other hand for all the time invested in creating a digital sculpture there is not actually a sculpture realized at the end, only pixels on a screen. This is the sticking point for me, and one of the reasons that I have started to use digital sculpture tools, like Zbrush, as layout/previs tools before building a physical sculpture of the same likeness.”

The last group of images is of a sculpture that did end up both digital and clay.

digital_maquette
Digital Maquette for sculpture in clay (time lapse video below)

I liked what Scott had to say to my first question about his theme, and it pretty much sums him and his work up:

“Though anatomy seems a major focus of my work, this is only partially true. To me understanding anatomy is like understanding clay, or how to mix paint; it is a tool to help express an idea. Mastery of the figure requires years of study, and I enjoy this process. Many of my works are just studies along this road, but hopefully something more comes across in them. To me, my work is just beginning, there is so much left to do.”

For more information on Scott Eaton, please visit his website at:
http://www.scott-eaton.com

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Project #3 – The 14 Second Pizza

November 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm (Uncategorized)

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Assignment #5

October 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm (Uncategorized)

What are the major themes of digital art and why?

The major themes of digital are: artificial life and intelligence; database management; data visualization and mapping; activism, hacktivism and tactical media; virtual worlds; gaming; social networking; narrative hypermedia environments; telematics, telepresence and telecommunication; and identity and body.  Obviously, the themes of digital art are as deep and wide giving artists endless possibilities to create. 

To answer the question why these are major themes lets begin with artificial life and intelligence.  The interaction between the user and the computer is growing in its capacity to help change how we think. Creating artificial life, and intelligence. Our computers have taken on a life of their own, and we place trust in their knowledge, combining the virtual world with reality. The use of database and mapping is a theme because of its organizing structure that has the ability to create a dynamic data flow, detailed and accurate maps, and detailing abstract, schematic and variable information. activism, hacktivism and tactical media is an avenue for free expression in our society. A new vehicle for activism used to make political, social, environmental statements and opinions. Gaming seems to be a huge contingency in the themes of digital art. Creating environments by using digital information, film,  graphics, texts, sound, color and form to maximize its impact on the viewer by creating a virtual reality that is accessible to anyone. Gaming is a biggy in digital art. Digital art is also represented by the social networking movement.  These networks are designed to keep people connected. And, they use a range of devices to do that, games, email, writing, searching and other means of communication using both artistic and basic communication forms. Narrative hypermedia environments are much like gaming using an extension of hypertext where graphics, audio, video, etc. combine to create a medium for information. Telepresence, telematics and telecommunication combines technologies. These technologies, such as skype, wi-fi, bluetooth, teleconference, etc. allow a person to connect to anyone around the world at any time. The user can take part in community projects, art deals, shopping, sharing information, etc. It has opened up the real world and connected it virtually. Then there is identity and body as themes in digital art. People searching for ways to identify themselves in art, and how to represent themselves in a virtual world. The ability to create difference identities without ever having a body attached to those identities allows us to see ourselves in many different, virtual, ways.

The themes in digital art are exploding daily as new technologies are created. The way we see ourself, our community, our friends has changed vastly. The entertainment we access, the way information is disseminated and how we express our opinions are now happening in virtual worlds like never before. These are all themes of digital art, because digital art is used in all of these things as ways to convey thoughts, feelings, emotions, opinions, information. It creates a path, regardless of environment, that is artful and creative in its application. Therefore giving these themes in digital art new and exciting, ever-changing, creative possibilities.

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Video’s

October 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Dancing Babies

Martial Arts Try Outs

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Project #2 – Gestalt of Bling!

October 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Uncategorized)

Oh my gosh, this was a tough one. Just when I thought I understood the concept, the idea disappeared again! Here are my images.

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Project #1 – Poster

September 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Uncategorized)

The Branding of America

Using the theme given in class, subversive, I was reminded of a short story I had read a few years ago. This poster is in reaction to the twist in that story where, when a pregnant woman goes to give birth, she is asked who her corporate sponsor will be. The child would then be branded with that sponsors logo and be used for advertisement. In return, the corporate sponsor would provide money for raising the child, college tuition, etc.  This is a pretty crazy idea, but with the way things are heading I somehow don’t think it’s that far off the mark. So, in response to that story, here is my poster. In the tradition of subversion, I do hope it gives some pause for thought about how corporation have America, us, by the short-hairs!!

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