Sunday, 13 December 2009

This was my original drawing. I thought that if I'm having a shadow of someone in mid jump there needs to be somewhere for them to jump from, it needs to be logical. So I drew this layout to show that they can jump off the banister.
These are just some thumbnails of the same scene but from different angles and also trying to make the scene interesting composition wise while also placing the shadow within the scene to make it seem real.

In the last photoshop lesson with Phil I started these from the 1st sketch just to add more persception within it.

These are some images of different staircases so I can refference them, I also researched them to see what kind of houses these more grand stair cases would look like seeing as my house must reflect that.


  1. Looks great farideh, the use of perspective really refines the piece. Your drawing is improving wonderfully, it really shows :)

  2. Online Interim Review 15/12/09

    Hi Farideh,

    I find your commitment to improving your understanding of perspective etc. very satisfying - and I encourage you to keep at it, as it will soon enrich your ability to visualise and assist your mind in 'seeing' spaces.

    Okay - I'm going to say it - I'm really not too convinced by the falling shadow component of your scene. Why? Because I fear it will put an imaginative 'cap' on your environment and prohibit any further 'frisson'. The suicide image I showed you at the beginning of the unit is more appalling because of the character's inside the shop who are unaware of what is happening outside; an awful frozen suspense; it's the 'suspense' factor I'm keen for you to realise.

    Meanwhile, staircases are very primal spaces, so the subject of your environment is good; I'm thinking of the scene from The Haunting, with that great shot of the governess's body, the camera looking past her face and up to the landing in an off-kilter shot; bannisters are excellent for creating voyeuristic effects, as the camera 'peers' between them; in truth, I think your site has the potential to do all of the work for you - it would give a more 'pure' project too, wherein you'd be manipulating your audience with lighting and camera angle alone.

    More generally, you don't appear to be as posting as much research and development stuff as I'd like to see; can you ensure that your blog is as comprehensive as possible; when you come to modeling, texturing and lighting, I want you to post multiple screen-shots detailing the way in which you work up an environment from 2d to 3d; for a great example of a suitably exhaustive blog, please visit

    Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.

    Please see following post for info re. written assignment.

  3. Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1

    Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:

    1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.

    You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.

    2) A developed ability to engage in research.

    At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.

    There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!

    3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.

    Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)

    4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.

    This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clichés; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions.

    Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.

  4. Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2

    Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.

    Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit - and that goes for apostrophes too!

    Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.

    Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.

    Italicize your quotations!

    Double-space your document!

    If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.

    Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.

    Good luck!

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