Final Portrait!  

Posted by Aj

This entry was posted on Monday, 26 October 2009 at Monday, October 26, 2009 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .


Hi guys, the DVD I was talking about today is called Concept Design 2, Sketching Environments by Feng Zhu, the sequel is Concept Design 4. A couple of books to check out include:

Massive Black, Volume 1
Bold Visions, The Digital Painting Bible by Gary Tonge.

If you need to E-Mail me my address is

28 October 2009 at 20:12


Did you have a valid reason for missing todays classes? Did you let Jackie know?

30 October 2009 at 18:09

Hi Aj,

what subject did you get? Oh and a piece of advice, don't miss Alan's classes, that make him mad, please keep Alan happy.

31 October 2009 at 10:23

Srry alan I wasn't feeling well, and I didn't know Jackie contact details, but I have got them now for any future contacts.

I got the never ending story Simon!

2 November 2009 at 00:59

Okay - some important tips re. the essay. What I DON'T want is 1,500 words of general observations about the 'look' of a game or film; what I'm looking for is some genuine research into the creative team/rationale behind the creation of a particular world (for instance, for Superman Returns, there was a conscious effort on behalf of the production designers to create an amalgamation of time periods, so that the film had a retro/contemporary quality that referenced the forties as well as the present day); another way to discuss the 'look' of a film/game in a contextualised way is to gather together lots of film/reviews and cross-reference the similarities between observations, as reviewers identify 'trends' and 'meanings' in the production design. I want you to actually 'deconstruct' the look of something in intellectual terms, and not just bang on about the obvious stuff - this should be your mantra - AVOID GENERIC OBSERVATIONS! Find an angle, support it with external evidence and PROVE your analysis... Obviously then, I'd choose something about which you can dig up the relevant information...

2 November 2009 at 21:42

Below is a link to a third year blog - James Garner - who is currently working on an adaptation of an HP Lovecraft short story... check it out and spread the link around amongst your classmates - it will make interesting viewing in light of your current project...

4 November 2009 at 23:19

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