Bad Moon Rising

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Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. Wolfman
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Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. Jackie

I see it.

There are many back-logged posts and sketches to get out, (remember #inktober ?!) but tonight, I’m motivated share these early animation studies I drew back in my college days. These have been part of a collection of old drawings I have been hanging onto since I made them, but in an ongoing effort to decrease my worldly possessions they are on deck for destruction. I’ve taken it upon myself as I’m culling my final portfolios, to digitize and blog these artifacts to somehow ensure they have more longevity than the paper and ink they were rendered on. We’ll see how that goes.

The study here, if I remember correctly was simply to show some action, over 5 frames. These were to be rendered in ink, in a 3×4 format, and turned in on a clean card stock, with no eraser lines, no torn edges and no coffee stains. It was about telling a compelling story in combination with meticulous craftsmanship. And now they are animated GIFs.

My energy over the next couple of weeks is turning to both Halloween, drawing, and much more, which in part have inspired this post. I hope to share more drawings here, as I pick up on #inktober, and further ‘art decluttering’. There is no space for fear, as much as conditions may call for it, best to just dive in.

 

 

Scary stories of Second Life, circa 2007

Well this is happening.

The Little (work)Shop of Horrors, is coming up October 28th, and I am STOKED about what the planning team and our Centre for Digital Media (CDM) collaborators have been able to put together in such a short period of time.  Of particular note, are the keynote and plenary speakers. Audrey Watters will be kicking things off with some scary stories of her own all related to the monsters in educational technology. Closing our day will be CDM resident Patrick Pennefather, who promises some highly interactive experiences which will build from the rubble of our experiments and failures.

Which brings me to the theme and the idea behind “fail tales”, or sharing stories when things did not go well. A few years ago I attended one of the annual “Failure Wakes” held by the RADIUS Innovation lab, and was struck by the openness of the contributors, and how these innovators embraced their failures as “..fertile soil in which new ventures grow.” When the topic came up as a possible theme for the EdTech communities fall workshop, I was in full support. “What could go wrong?!” Well for some reason I couldn’t get behind asking others to share instances that may put themselves, in a vulnerable position. Unless I was ready to do so myself! In the spirit of camaraderie and the notion that our failures are the key to growth, I have decided to shere one of the worst EdTech fails I can think of in my relatively lengthly career in this area. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but a huge shout out to Duane Woods for putting this together so quick and off the cuff.

Look forward to seeing you on October 28th!

JUNE in a nutshell: Gestures, waveforms, posts and sketches… lots of sketches.

June gestures

Hello June! I have returned from a short break, fresh and rejuvenated, ready to jump headlong into the challenging month ahead.  I’m filled with excitement, anticipation, a little giddiness and more than a little anxiety I must say. A healthy dose I am sure! The first day back to office life is always an adjustment for me. So, while going over the various events and activities on my list I was compelled to gesture up a grid as a meditation of sorts and and to summon some calm before the storm.  You could also say ‘procrastination‘ right there. Regardless, the #gridsgestures activity just keeps on giving.  Now for a quick review to keep us sorted, here is a shortlist of what I’ve got coming down the pipe.

  1. Next week begins the festival of learning.  On top of my regular ETUG commitments (truthfully largely centred around the pub night) I am involved in sharing two studio sessions. First our homegrown “3Ds” of EdMedia workshop in which we share process and give participants a hands on opportunity develop some media themselves.  Next, I’m fortunate to be joining up with a stacked cross institution team for Podcast podcast, 123! a session on, well… you know.
  2. The 2nd week, we will be having our EdMedia showcase, where SFU faculty share the results of the Educational Media projects they have been working on for the past month or show. Expect the Faculty showcase to light up with a fresh batch of largely narrative driven projects.
  3. Week 3 is a big one, with the first edition of the SKETCHING IN PRACTICE symposium! I’ve got to get my game together for this one as I am playing the role of host for the first time.  Still, I expect this to be the highlight of my year, let alone month. Stoked!
  4. Finally, the following week we rerun the 3Ds workshop, this time on an international stage at EdMedia 2016.

And thats June! There are a few other irons in the fire to be sure, but I hope between doing “Grids and Gestures” drawings, and using my blog, I will be able to share, process and update you on how this all goes down. I’m expecting the best!