Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Hello Phil! :D
Here is my progress so far and my thoughts on my final pieces:
Thumbnails: I really enjoyed using mixed media to get different interesting effects but I'm concerned about how I will use all of these in my final paintings. ( Sorry if they are too spread out. My thumbnails were all over my blog and not in one place.)

Thoughts on my 3 final paintings:
1) The haunted house which will be a bit like this ( second pic on the bottom) combined with a bit of ink like this one.- The Fall of the House of Usher
2)The gargoyles gazing into the horizon. I am aiming to give them a bit more expressionistic style.-The Fall of the House of Usher
3) The rats gnawing into the straps from the prisoner's prospective. I am still working on the view of this but this is my first sketch of this idea. I like this prospective as it epitomises the fear and  revolt of the scene.-The Pit and the Pendalum

Film reviews: I've been changing my reviews gradually and believe I have improved since the beginning of the course.
1) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
2) Metropolis
3)King Kong
4)The Wizard of Oz

Influence MAPS



Perspective exercises



Maya tutorial

Essay Planning


I've been doing my research in many different ways throughout the project:
Francis Bacon style was interesting to consider in my painting along with other Expressionists
I did research on concept artists and visited The Chislehurst caves which was very inspiring. I mentioned Canterbury Cathedral and Sagrada Familia as striking examples of Gothic Architecture and looked into Gargoyles to add to my haunted house. Oh and rats! :)

Live Drawing lessons


  1. Interim Online Review 09/11/10

    Hey Andriana,

    You've been patient - thank you! - and this IOR post is great - super convenient for me, and I hope, clarifying for you. It can be good to 'see' your progress, right?

    Okay - in no particular order: yes, your reviews are growing in confidence and sophistication each time. I now want students to approach their reviews as they would their written assignments - Harvard Method included - I want you cg people to be sooooo at ease with academic writing that essays stop being the thing they avoid (and then f**k up!).

    Rats! No - sorry, but I get a sense that the space will suffer if you make them its/your focus; use them to add life/scale/focus to your space, but don't let them steal the show. I'd rather you spent your creative energies with the murals and the pit etc. Don't be afraid of using some artistic license with the pit and the pendulum - it can be very 'up/down' in terms of structure and composition, so use your expressionistic powers and forced perspective to give it an edge. Think theatrically too - in theatre, they use bold coloured spotlights to add emotional intensity. You're creating concept art for an ANIMATION remember, so why not consider using a more stylised approach to colour? Imagine a blood red spotlight pouring down the pendulum shaft, casting deep black shadows and rim-lighting the skeletons of the dead and dying... you get the picture. It does seem as if you're slightly changing styles between the very pronounced expressionism of the house, to something more 'realistic' in the pit - BUT, I'd suggest your style should remain constant; isn't it true that your 'visual concept' for turning Poe's heightened, super-anxious prose into physical spaces is to use expressionistic devices? If so, you'd better stick to it.

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing you get a bit braver with mixing your traditional mark-making with your digital skills; even I'm not sure 'what' it will give you in terms of aesthetic or effect, but there's only one way to find out, right? Put simply, if you scan in some of those ink drawings, you could at least use Photoshop to sample the colours from the scan by which to create a unique colour palette.

    Okay - your essay - good choice, because it will be rich in symbolism, no doubt - but please be aware of relying to heavily on one source (the dvd extras) - diversify, read around, read lots - write interestingly!

    Here is a list of links back to the CGAA Group Blog, where I have recently uploaded loads of information regarding the way I want students to tackle their written assignments. As you now prepare your unit 2 assignments on production design, pay close attention to the advice given. I will be looking for clear improvement in terms of use of language, academic ‘voice’, use of conventions, argument structure and correct methods of referencing.

    Academic style/Do’s & Don’ts


    1st Person to 3rd person conversions


    Use of footnotes


    How to satisfy essay criteria/assignment presentation/hyperlink to referencing methods


    Also – be sure to check out the 2 student essays uploaded to myUCA/Space/Unit Materials – good examples of degree level written assignments. Take the time to read them.

  3. The power of strong coloured light for heightened expressionistic effect revealed!


  4. Thank you for your advice Phil! I will certainly try and do my best in everything you told me about... I was quite excited about the Rat scene but since it will make the rest of the background weak I will stick to the murals as you said..