Concept Update

Posted by Sam Hayes On Wednesday, November 18, 2009
After adding a mountain in the background ,I then read Simon's comment on my last post, saying I should just improve the sky, and I think he may be right.At the moment,the image consists of a lot of ground and rock, I think if I was to remove the background silhouette and re-do the sky completely, I can make this image look more powerful. I'm going start from scratch on this one, I will consider the one below a draft.

The lava cavern I am still playing with on the lighting front. I'm going to look into some more techniques, but the look I'm aiming for is rays coming out of the ceiling lighting up the rock.

2 Responses to 'Concept Update'

  1. tutorphil said...'> 18 November 2009 at 17:29

    ... about the perception essay; as I haven't been involved, I can't necessarily appease all your (and others) confusion. However, I do have some very basic advice for you;

    Go back to the brief: below the essay question itself you will find the 'assessment criteria' - unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of an actual copy of the brief - otherwise I would copy/paste the exact requirements, but my point is simply this; use the 'assessment criteria' as cited in the brief to guide and formulate your response.

    So, if memory serves, the first criteria asks you to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of perception; therefore, to begin your essay, you should reflect your understanding of the key ideas as covered in the lecture series - Gestalt theory, semiotics etc - a general statement regarding how our relationship to the world and meanings has been discussed in theoretical terms.

    The next criteria is all about APPLYING that understanding; so, what I therefore suggest is, out of the various theories/principles, you select one/some to develop further and apply them to something; if you were to select semiotics, before you could apply it, you would first have to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject itself - whose idea was it, where did it come from, and what does it 'do' - then, once you've defined Semiotics, apply it - my advice would be to apply it to something 'simple' first - because when you apply it to something simple, what is 'complex' about how our perceptions of it are formed is made very obvious; the example I've used is the traffic light - green = go/ red = stop. Of course, red and green don't equal anything - their significance is entirely cultural and created. Then, once you've applied it to something simple, you are in a position to move onto something more complex.

    The way to succeed in this essay is for you to define the limits of your own enquiry - don't let the whole weight of perceptual theory lead your essay, make the essay lead perceptual theory.

    The other assessment criteria is about 'academic style' in the writing of the essay itself, which is something we've all talked about before - that is, finding a formal 'voice' with which to express yourself and observing the Harvard Method for quotes and citations,

    I know what the essay question says (or doesn't say!), but basically you are being asked to use your knowledge of perceptual theory to 'unlock' an existing image, object or sign. If you're doing that, you're doing okay.

    Golden Rule - when in doubt, use the assessment criteria as your guide!


  2.'> 20 November 2009 at 11:17

    Hi Sam,

    If you are going to revise the coastline one maybe a more dynamic view would be in order.
    Instead of facing the cliffs head on try from a 3/4 view with the coastline receding into the distance, chesck out the composition that
    Chen (or Kin I'm not sure which) has on his coastline image. (at the pictorial supermarche)


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