Creative Elements. Week 1

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This week i began Creative Elements. We were put into teams and given our first project. I was put into a team with Katie, Megan, Hannah and Niamh. Our project lasts for 2 weeks and it is to create a poster and digital painting/graphic to represent Creative Elements and Design Presentation Reporting. Of course, none of us really understood what these words mean and so we got to work with researching and sticking words with post-it notes onto the walls like we had learnt in week Zero.  We had a white board wall and wrote out all the pieces of information we found to be of importance.

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We then began writing out words and sentences and working off them to get more ideas and webs from them.

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We also decided researching and looking up what types of books would help us understand what we are researching, we wrote these down and later went to the library to take some out.

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We then started drawing down our ideas such as this one…

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This is one of the first ideas i came up with which would be for the A0 poster. I was thinking about the elements of creativity and we had discussed how imagination was one of the main factors. I realised nobody has greater imagination than the mind of a child. Children draw enthusiastically and have epic scenes in their heads but it doesn’t always come across that way on paper, and so i came up with this design.

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Hannah had mentioned something she had seen in the book ‘The Animators Survival Kit’ by Richard Williams.  It was about how it takes a lot of different elements to come together to get a really sound idea set on stone. I worked off this idea and decided that the elements of creativity you need good ideas and hard work. The ball idea kept buzzing in my mind i came to the idea of conkers. You can have many ideas and lots of hard work before something amazingly creative will emerge.  So i drew out this idea of two balls (one of ideas and one of work) bouncing and swinging into a conker, the conker finally breaks and your great ideas spill from within.

I kept working with this idea that these elements are needed and started thinking about how mechanisms in a watch work. They all have to work in sync to get a working watch. They have to fit and work with each other and so i drew out mechanisms, one representing ideas, one representing work and the other, creativity.  I liked this idea and drew out some other ideas with the same principle using jigsaw pieces and building blocks.

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Megan and Katie came up with the idea of a post it note that would fold itself into something new. We took each others to work with and see if we could develop them further. I came up with an idea that could be a moving graphic or work well as a animated short film. Its the story of a post it note who had become a little tired of being a post it note, and so he decided to change. He folded and folded and folded until he resembled a little, cute, origami styled cat. He soon became sad because no one wanted to use him as a cat and he got very lonely. He decided he needed to change again, so he un folds into a crinkly version of his original self, but someone used him and he realised it was better to help with Creative Elements than to be one.

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As i was reading and scanning through my copy of ‘The Illusion of Life’ by Ollie Johnson and Frank Thomas  I was looking at a page about bringing inanimate objects to life and it illustrated how you can make a little sack of flour have so many emotions and expressions that you could believe that he’s human. You could see which sack represented wich emotion and this brought Megan and Hannah into another idea entirely.

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They came up with an idea of using hats to express different feelings, emotions and expressions with design and colour. For example, white was neutral and good, which is why i decided to illustrate this using a judges wig. Yellow was optimism  and positive ideas and i decided to give this character a funny immature hat with silly eyes. Black was for judgement and someone with a dark side. We had discussed a top hat and it made me think of Judge Doom from the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ so i decided to give my character a long distinguished face.  Red was for emotion and sharing feelings so i decided to add elements of happiness and beauty such as butterflies, flowers and feathers.  Green is for creativity, possibilities and alternatives and blue is for management and someone who may like to lay low.

We decided for Creative Elements we were going to focus on the post it note idea and for the Design Presentation Reporting theme we are going to focus on the hats idea. We will begin working on finishing designs for it over this weekend and begin creating the finished designs and presentation on Tuesday.

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