Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Anyone need a pen?

WOOO! My third victory in Maya:

I'm really proud that I managed to make something with minimal blunders again! I decided to make my pen look a bit more minimalist than my attempt at an old fashioned magnifying glass and I'm generally pleased with it. I'm still nto sure if the silver is quite right but hey, ho! On to the fan!


  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Molly,

    First things first: I love your enthusiasm. In this sense, visiting your blog is always a real delight. Your attentiveness in the film classes hasn’t gone unnoticed either; you’re engaged, receptive and you sort of shine with expectation. I love it! Your obvious enthusiasm for film is expressed in your reviews – which, as I’ve commented previously, are articulate and very nicely woven together, with great use of quotes; you control your material and select quotes to enhance your point-of-view – which, of course, is the point.

  2. This leads me to your essay; I think you should absolutely write about the motif of animal/human metamorphosis as seen in film, but beware spreading your investigative remit to wide. 1,500 words is nothing at all, so be specific and focused at all times. It worries me a bit when you admit you haven’t looked at the brief lately, because there is lots of info there to help you shape your material and you need to get stuck in and not leave this aspect of your submission to the last minute. I’d strongly encourage you to choose one kind of metamorphosis in one kind of narrative on which to focus; for instance, Cat People’s use of animal transformation as a sex metaphor, or animal transformation as punishment (which would allow you to refer all the way back to Greek Mythology, and all of the way forward to Splice etc.). Or wolves (werewolves) as a peculiarly male chimera (all that body hair, you see, which The Company of Wolves couldn’t have made any clearer!). Whatever you choose, avoid re-writing the plot of the films you select (yawn!) and be absolutely clear about your investigative intent – i.e., what are you trying to prove/highlight, and what evidence do you have to support it; for your convenience, here is the ‘must have’ list for your written assignment. Follow it, and it will help you shape your material appropriately.

    1) A clear introduction to your investigation, which should also mention the different published sources you have used and your reasons for choosing them. You should use no less than 5 published sources to inform your research.

    2) A clear definition of key ideas relating to your given topic, with supporting evidence in the form of, no less than, 3 quotations from 3 different published sources. Quotations must be interpreted and their importance discussed, they should also be referenced correctly using the Harvard method.

    3) The cultural context the topic came out of/was in reaction to.

    4) An illustrated ‘who’s who’ of key individuals associated with given topic, with a clear explanation of what you think their significance is and why.

    5) Historical examples of key words/images/artefacts associated with given topic and an assessment of their importance.

    6) Contemporary examples of key words/images/artefacts associated with given topic and a comparison to the historical examples.

    7) A conclusion.

  3. It’s great to see your confidences growing with both Maya and with Photoshop; your most recent digital painting is very interesting; almost has a German expressionism quality. Remember, Molly – that this is a self-portrait too – not simply creature design; check out Sam’s blog, as he begins to wrestle with the human consequences of the gene-splice - http://s-tremain.blogspot.com/2010/10/self-portrait-design-1.html

    Challenging though it most certainly is, I’d like to see your likeness or some semblance shine out of your hybrid. As I’ve suggested to many students already, consider drawing a sequence of images, as you change from ‘all Molly’ to ‘mostly Dragonfly’; perhaps the middle images might prove the most descriptive of your new self?

    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…


  4. A 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:


    And 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!