Geoff Geist T206 – Nic Matthews Due March 3, 2011 Progress Statement
As I was going through my iTunes library, I was looking for a song that was
somewhat popular, told a story, and would be easy to find a theme for. I had two songs picked out that would have worked well, until I came across “Kick, Push” by Lupe Fiasco. The upbeat skateboarding song of a boy growing up with skateboarding and how it became part of him and influenced him was perfect for this project. I knew it would be easy to find skateboarding pictures online, as sites like Flickr and deviantART would have plenty of skateboarding and skateboard‐related images. I used pictures from those sites on my mood board, and I tried to capture a “free spirit on wheels” feel. I felt that images such as the “Skateboarding is not a crime” sign and the image of the kids skating in front of the windowed building really captured the essence of the song. For my SketchUp model, I chose to do a park, since the main character of the song was “banished to the park”, and many images I found online involved parks and pools. I used the “Follow Me” option in SketchUp to create the rail, which I learned how to do in class today. I like using this program. I knew that we might be getting into 3D imagery in this class and was honestly quite intimidated by it. Now, I think I’ll be doing some 3D modeling on my own because it’s so easy to do with SketchUp.
For the final project, I’ll be expanding the park and probably putting a skater in it. I’ll grab a concrete texture for the ground and possibly try to put a fountain in the pool, among with whatever else comes to mind. I’ll take a look at some of the pictures I didn’t use to get more inspiration for the final SketchUp model. I’m excited for how this is going to turn out!