Tuesday, May 2, 2017

12 Principles of Animation - Assignment

For more information and detail about what each of those principles actually means, check out this article about the 'old men of Disney' and the 12 principles of animation. They actually developed these principles and they still check out today and the basis for all animation.

Pose to Pose - understanding key poses. Click here to get a better understanding of creating key poses that essentially create your animation.

Inbetweens and motion arcs. Here you can learn about how to make things appear smooth - timing and motion arcs are particularly important.

Please view the video and read through the article so that you have an understanding of some of the main principles of animation. You will need to be able to identify them in the kinetic typography you analyze, but you should also be implementing some of them in your kinetic typography.

1. Review or learn about the 12 principles of animation. Read the article linked above and watch the video above.

2. Watch and search for more great examples of kinetic typography.

Here's a LINK to 35 MUST SEE examples.

3. Post one amazing kinetic typography video on your blog  and write a brief analysis of the video looking at the principles of animation:

  • 3-4 examples of principles of animation (you need to identify the specific timecode when you observed the principle of animation and explain why you think it's a good example of it)
  • Your observations of pace, timing, choice of font, colours used and any particular techniques or movements used that were especially effective in expressing the mood and sound of the piece of music/spoken word and also how the words sound when they're spoken/sung.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Digital Art Style Self-Portrait

Posting and Submitting your Final Portrait

Submit your finished PSD or AI file to the Working Files folder in the CyberARTS Year 2 share folder - Final Digital Portraits

Submit your finished .jpg or .png files to the jpg/png folder in CyberARTS Year 2

Post your jpg or png to your blog with the following written artist statement responding to the following questions in your statement:

Please write in paragraphs and proof read your work before posting!

1. Name and describe the art style(s) you have selected for your portrait.
2. Discuss the artistic choices you made with your digital self-portrait and how those choices reflect your chosen art style.
3. Discuss your procedure, step by step explaining how you created your portrait. Be as specific and descriptive as you can. Include any references to tutorials you followed and describe in your own words your procedure.
4. Briefly reflect on your level of satisfaction with the finished product. Explain your answer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Black History Month Assignment - Year 2 Tech

Create an original visual representation (painting, drawing, photograph, or video, PSA, social media campaign...etc.) to communicate what Black History month means to YOU.

You may work in pairs if you're taking on a larger project, such as a video.

Please let me know on Thursday what your plan is. And get busy! You don't have much time.

Due: ready to present in class on Monday Feb. 27 - and submit for the contest on Feb. 28th.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Photography review - Tuesday Feb 14th Year 2 Tech

Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO Review

The powerpoint I showed yesterday is available in the CyberARTS year 2 folder. Review it if neede, or read through the articles below. 
Understanding Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO


Search for and post the following images. 
Post on your blog with a title and brief description explaining how you know that photography is a good example of the requirement.

1. Aperture: Find 2 images each of Shallow Depth of Field (selective focus using wide aperture like f2 or f4) and Long or wide depth of field (everything in focus) (f16 or f22)

2. Shutter Speed: Find 2 images each of Slow shutter speeds that show BLUR or movement AND Fast shutter speeds that FREEZE action

3. ISO: Find 2 images each that show good examples of very HIGH ISOs (like 1600, 3200 or higher) AND LOW ISOs like 50 or 100.

CLICK HERE for a great link about shutter speed

CLICK HERE for a great link about shallow depth of field

Use the DSLR camera simulator from the artistic links menu on the CyberARTS blog to understand how all of the options modify your results.

See the chart below to see how each of these three components work.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Richard Avedon Documentary

After viewing this film, answer the following questions:

1. Richard Avedon talks about how compelling people's face are to photograph. He mentions his interest in the face being about reading people's faces and how fascinating they are to him. He uses the words contradiction, complexity and connected when he refers to taking portraits. What do you think he means? How do you think those words apply to portrait photography? Discuss each of the words

2. After he leaves the world of fashion photography, Avedon moves towards portraits that are simple, clean, without props and on a white background. What do you think he achieved in doing this? What does a white background do for the subject being photographed?

3. Photography literally stops something dead. Unlike painting, the creation of a photograph stops an actual moment in time. That moment is gone forever, yet it remains frozen forever in the photograph. Reflect on the contradiction of this statement.

4. Any other comments you might have about the film itself or about Richard Avedon.

Please answer these questions in a blog post on your blog. Due: Friday Feb. 10

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Portrait Inquiry

We talked the other day about things to consider when creating a portrait photograph. Our list is below:


Background (location)
Body Posture
Focal point (usually the eyes)
Also colour/vibrance (unless it's black and white, in which case it might be about contrast)


1. PINTEREST BOARD Search for 20-25 portraits that really speak to you and post them on your Pinterest account. Make a board called Portrait Photography. Images can be anything from close-ups with studio lighting, environmental portraits with available light on location.

2. ANALYSIS ON BLOG Choose your favourite portrait (the one that speaks to you the most) to post on your blog and analyze based on the following questions:

Direction (where is the light coming from and how can you tell?)
Quality (is it direct light with harsh shadows, indirect light with soft shadows like open shade or window light)
Artificial (studio flash) or Available (outdoor or indoor daylight) or other
Lighting pattern used and broad vs short or facing the camera

What is the expression on the subject's face and what does this say to the viewer?

Studio or on location
What is the relationship between the subject and background? 
What does this relationship say about the subject, if anything?

Pose and posture:
Formal vs natural - how can you tell?
Close-up of face, medium shot, full body
How is the subject positioned in relationship to their environment and the camera and what does this say about the subject? Or the photographer?

Eyes and direction of gaze:
Are their eyes looking directly into the lens or away. What does this say about the subject?

Colour and Contrast:
Is this significant? Is colour a big part of the image?
What is the relationship between the shadows and highlights? High contrast, or low contrast?

What do you like about this photo?
Finally, conclude your analysis by discussing why you were drawn to this particular photo. What is it about the photo that speaks to you? Perhaps it's something beyond the analysis above. Sometimes there's a feeling you get, or a memory is sparked from looking at a photograph. Discuss.

Due by the end of class.