The end of year show gives us, the students, the chance to show off our work from either this year or last year, showing how our skills have developed over time. I wanted to present my work different to my peers, though it would already be due to the book I have created. I wanted to add an artistic flair – instead of presenting my books on a table where the audience can come over and have a chance to read my narrative and look at the illustrations, I decided to have them up on the board alongside my portfolio sheets. Why I decided to go for this artistic choice is so people can look at the larger versions of the illustrations on the sheets and then read the book, seeing where each narrative lies and can visually see what is happening in that scene.
However, what I could change about this presentation are the portfolio sheets. I would only keep the two portfolio sheets that contain my illustrations and remove the sheet of Heath Quinn, a character I created from my last year FMP and developed for Unit 9. Though you can evidently see the development of skills from the start of the year (Unit 9) to the end of the year (Unit 13), it doesn’t seem like a lot of time has passed, but 10 months is definitely long enough for my skills to change drastically. Another thing I would also change, looking back on how the presentation went, I would’ve made a showreel that shown all my work throughout the two years, making a more accurate visual representation of how my skills in photoshop were so limited that I didn’t even know how to use opacity, to now being able to use a range of different tools to make my work look either hyper-realistic – though up for debate depending on the work – or include of my own personal flair.
What I could have done, but would be completely unnecessary, is make this book also into an e-book. Some of my audience will not be able to access a physical copy of this novella, so the only way they will be able to read it is online. This was going to be the way I was going to present it, people reading it off the computer but after extensive research – primary and secondary – I found out it was the least favoured out of both. However, to get more of a following I will need to make this accessible as possible so the audience who are interesting in reading this story will have no problems. I could post my novella on a freelance website like Wattpad, Achieve Of Our Own or even Fanfiction.net. When I get a following – depending if my book is up to a certain standard – I could think about publishing it on Google Books which is very popular and accessible to millions of people.
Many practical/technical problems have occurred with this project though I have mentioned in another post which problems were the most serious for my project. Identifying the problems with this project has really helped with how I will go about it.
The first problem I identified on that post was about doing your own brief and how you can easily stray from tasks. How I helped solve this problem was by setting regular tasks, keeping track of what I have done during a session and what will be needed to be done next time. I find this method much more effective than the gannt chart and the action plan as you can time how long the task can go on for and which task you want to do. However, sometimes this can be a problem as it can mix up different tasks, making certain milestones fall back and set back the project slightly, meaning I have to work extra hard for everything to be one track; still the best method for me.
Next problem I mentioned was the book creation. Now, I have thought about different ways I could approach this: searched YouTube videos on how to make a simple, yet aesthetically good looking book, but they required complex tools that I cannot get a hold of; I asked my auntie who did a fine-art course in university, which her final was a book. She gave me some good ideas, but they didn’t fit with what I was looking for. So, I decided on making a plain book from word. Most books you see on the market are not complex – majority actually just simple folded books, with a hard-cover. The hardcover is not something I can acquire, so I had to go with simple paper. Though it is not what I envisioned, the book still has everything it needs and will not take away from the main event: the illustrations.
The last problem I mentioned was not really a big problem, but it would’ve given me the information I needed to make this book historically accurate, as I stated several times in my proposal was my goal. The Jorvik Centre located in York would have been the best source to gather information for my book as they have artefacts from the Viking era, but I did not have the time nor the funds. To overcome this barrier I decided to go to The Manchester Museum that held artefacts from the Roman era – close to the Viking era. Though not what I was looking for, both of these eras had similar weapons and armour, making getting inspiration much easier without depending on just secondary research.
S – Begin writing the first paragraph of my final evaluation, talking about why I decided to do this project and the research was needed to achieve it
M – This will be around 800 words as I want to get every bit of detail in, though it may be much longer as I intend to write a lot; when I start it becomes hard to stop
A – Final Evaluation are an opportunity for us, the pupils, to talk about what our projects are about, what helped us achieve them. I have done them for each project and have experience with what to write, but this is the largest one and will require me to write much more than the other times.
R – 800 words will not take a lot of time to complete as I am a quick typer, so it will not take me that long to achieve.
T – 22:50pm – 00:00am
The first paragraph was a very simple task, introducing the reader to what my project was and what research I did to get the information I needed. It was very detailed and explained everything that you needed, even talking about previous ideas I had before I picked the idea I used for unit 13. However, I intend to overwrite, maybe talking a bit longer than is necessary.
I feel like I am letting down the class if I am not in, but I can’t bring myself into college some days. As the deadline comes closer, my aniexty rises, making me become more on edge – more sleepless nights. My body just becomes so tired that I even sleep through an alarm…at 12pm. I have been getting help for my aniexty, the doctor recommending I meditate to calm my nerves, or listen to muisc; it has been helping, a little. Writing also helps calm my nerves, so when I take a day off from college and I can’t bring myself to sit through a day, I catch up on writing work I have missed.
Due to the extended deadline, I have spent time making sure each task is completed before I begin making the presentation. However, that resulted in my action plan being messed up, along with my gannt chart. One of the milestones I failed to meet was completing my illustrations a couple of weeks ago.
Now, the deadline was a great opportunity for me to perfect my illustrations, but it also made me forget about other tasks that needed to be done. These illustrations were meant to be done in week 10, giving me the chance to check over my work and make small definitive changes before the deadline. Fortunately, the deadline changed, meaning I was able to focus on the digital painting and make it look aesthetically pleasing as possibly can – even within a few weeks.
This was also a bad decision to make. As I have only focused on my illustrations I forgot about making the front cover of my book, the main part of my presentation. It introduces the book, with the title and the blurb; I have to make a first impression. Because of me failing to meet the milestone, I had to make the cover of the book within a short space of time. I have to make it in two weeks, a short amount of space.
This project has definitely been one of the better projects I have done throughout my two years of Games Development. It has gave me an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do: interwine both history with games. When I first started this course I was very reluctant, wanting to focus more on history than I did gaming. However, when I started to learn more about this course I started to realise I wanted to do more of this in the future. But that left me to wonder: what about my love for history? Could I include that in my future, along with the the stuff I have discovered in Games Development? Yes, I can.
This project has made me think about how I could include both of the things I have true passion about. Which led me to illustration, that I learnt more about in Unit 12 as I discovered I particularly enjoyed this sort of medium.
S – Begin writing a evaluation on how the project has helped developed me as a creative and how I was happy I could interwine both of my interests
M – Write around 500 words talking about how this project has helped me discovered what I wanted to carry on doing in my future
A – Evaluations are very simple tasks for me as I like to talk about every aspect that has happened during a time frame/project/production…etc. It really gets across what you think you have done well and what you could of done better.
R – This evaluation, though not important, is a nice touch to how this project has really helped me with what I want to do with my future. For this task, I think it will take me half an hour – if I do not decide to do another task – so I will try to do it quickly
T – 17:20pm – 17:50pm
S – Start sketching the character pictures that will be included on a new page. This page will include a character biography/backstory
M – I will do around nine character sketches and frame them to make them look like the character was sat for a portrait
A – Character sketches have been a big influence on each of my projects, always containing some sort of illustration of a character that may be in my game – or in this case – book
R – This is definitely not as important as my other illustrations, but it is a nice touch so the audience can discover what the other character’s may look like, even if they are not included in the real illustrations. As they are only quick sketches, I doubt they will take me as long as if I spent time, trying to perfect each line and hair.
T – 19:30pm – 20:20
Within this time I drew three sketches, far away from the target of nine I originally wanted. But I made a mistake when doing this task. I drew a sketch portrait of Elmer, one of the protagonist of my book, however, Elmer already has an illustration of himself – a main illuatration at that. If I was really going to go forwatd with making sketches of the characters and writing a small biography, I have already wasted time as I decided to draw Elmer once again. But it isn’t all that bad. In my illustration of Elmer in Chapter Seven he has his eye covered, making him look more super-model than Viking. The new sketch shows his new manly imagine, really showing his transition from priesthood to Vikinghood