Students were to create their own personal project.

Students - please post your project and answer the following questions in a complete paragraph format. Grammar and spelling do count!

What did you try to communicate with your project?
Do you feel you were successful?
What was the most difficult part of the project?
What did you learn from your project?
If you were to redo this project, what, specifically, would you change?

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I've still been trying to create a series of sprites that could be used in a 2D game. I think I have been getting better at creating the different movements. Drawing while zoomed in 1200x is still difficult but now I'm a little more used to it. I learned some effective ways to show detail in such small drawings. I would probably change the way the characters hold the weapons but I cant think of a more natural way when they're so small.

Good.  The detail on the characters is getting a lot better.  Keep at it.  I am interested in seeing this finished.

   I was trying to communicate a mystifying feelings. I felt that I was somewhat successful. Blending the two colors of water was the most difficult. I didn't really learn much. It was more of a review. I would make the wave bigger.

What is interesting about this whole thing is that there are people relaxing in the shallows as the monster wave is about to crush them.  The color blends are good, although  the spit on the top of the wave looks a little fake.  It is oddly surreal considering that no one seems to notice that the wave is going to crash on their heads, but not quite Dali surreal.

I have always loved listening to Sublime and one day when I looked at my ipod and saw the sun that's the cover of 40 oz. of Freedom album, i decided i would like to redo it. I am happy with how it turned out. The most difficult part of this project was the maaaaaaany many colors and layers that I dealt with to get the right affect. I learned that when you have alot of layer with one project you HAVE TO BE organized. If I were to redo this project, that's what I would work on. (Don't pay attention to all the white! when i printed it out, i cut it all off and it looked ALOT better (: )

Very nice representation of the Sublime sun.  I like the gestural lines and the color blends.  Very well done.

I tried to make a cool looking poster thing for call of duty black ops on the xbox 360. I think i was successful in making the xbox logo look really cool in the explosion. The most difficult part was actually getting the idea to do this, since my last project was apparently the best, I didn't think I could match up to that. I learned alot about blending changes during this project. If i would redo this project, i would make the knife look better.

You did a good job of blending the logo in.  It could have used a little more of a glow in the x in order to stand out more as a logo. I see that there are different images in the smoke, but I can't tell what they are or why they are there.

I made this project a few months ago, but never turned it in for anything. So I decided to turn it in for my Personal Project. With this project, I was just trying to communicate who I am as a person and my interests (as far as music, television and movies). I felt I was very successful with the point I was trying to get across. The most difficult part of this project was trying to find a way to make it colorful and not plain. I didn't really learn anything from this project. If I was to re-do this, I would arrange the words in a more complex way instead of just making columns.

I like the splatters, although, I think they could have had more impact if they were more random.  They look like a set pattern.  It is an interesting description of you and your interests.  I think you should have played with the text a little more.

so ya...

i decided to finish my 2nd project of the year this week

i kinda got the idea from a slappy david made 2 years ago

so i wanted to redo it the way i interpreted it

 

eventually I want to make it into i shirt,

thats why i put that texture in the background

and i guess thats it

 

oh and i made that wall from bits and pieces of walls i found on google

and i took that picture of the moon with my phone.

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Yaya Han: Heartseeker Ashe (League of Legends)

Heartseeker Ashe cosplay by Yaya Han
Damn, so many things to say about this shoot.
Well, everything seemed like it was just going against me that day. Since we were shooting together at Anime Expo, I knew Yaya's con schedule was really pressed for time, so a few hours before, Gerry and I walked around the convention grounds to find some possible spots to shoot at. Tim Vo of Cosplay Photographers was kind enough to help me out by sharing his AX location guide, so I was able to plan ahead and figure out what type of photos I would be shooting.
Just shooting in the brush next to the parking structure, no big deal. 
The day started off pretty hectic already with Saturday being the busiest day of the convention, so we had to fight through crowds to really get anywhere. Prepping for the shoot resulted in Yaya getting dressed and doing makeup & hair in the exhibit hall restroom, and pushing our way back with her luggage of stuff in tow was quite exhausting. With her being the star of SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay, you could imagine how many times we got stopped by people asking for pictures, but Yaya is way too nice to ignore people or leave without giving them a photo with her (this is what I love about her--she's so kind T-T )
GODDESS OF BEAUTY AND MYSTERY OMG
I only had about an hour's worth of time with Yaya since she had a busy schedule for Saturday, so I sort of really stressed out. Not only was it only a short period of time I had to shoot, but it was also during a really bad time in the day, 3pm. Ugly afternoon light, hot temperatures, busy time of day. I felt that I wasn't going to produce quality images and with that thought alone I was already starting to feel quite low expectations from this. 
During the session, I chose some secluded areas towards the parking structure to prevent crowding. Luckily, these areas were also shaded and full of greenery, which I thought was a fitting environment for Ashe since the splash art for this skin is in a garden. 

In post, there wasn't much to do since the colors and lighting really complimented each other so there wasn't that much to do in terms of the photo itself. Retouching however, was more of an issue. My gripe with shooting cosplay, especially ones with lighter colored wigs, tend to photograph horribly--stray hairs and flyways are more noticeable against a darker background, and that was the case here. Not only were the strays an issue, but the wind tossed around the wig, causing a lot of piecing and sparse spots at the front of the wig, which I had to hand-paint back in for a less flustered look. 
Here is the obligatory video clip of the retouching hell I had to do. There were its moments of tranquility and zen when I painted in those hair strands... but then the tediousness turned into moments of questioning such as "why do I even take pictures of humans I just want to take pictures of inanimate objects forever" and "hair is a bitch, Ashe should just be bald".
Alternate shot of above image
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the final images. I was very surprised that despite so many restrictions and conditions I'm normally not comfortable shooting with, I still yielded quality images. As of lately I've continuously been shooting in harsh midday light, so perhaps I'm just getting more exercise and experience in working with the hot California sun. 

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