End of Module Student Evaluation BA (Hons) Illustration Module Code: OUIL504 Illustration 1: Production & Presentation Name: Megan Swan Student ID: ms259646 Please identify where the evidence for each of the learning outcomes is within your submission and how well you feel you have met the learning outcomes. Please also grade yourself in relation to the learning outcomes using terms: > poor, satisfactory, good, very good, excellent (Note- This is so that the team have an understanding of how well you feel you have done. It is not an indication of the actual grade you may receive.) Learning Outcome
Evidenced where? Blog, Visual Journal, Roughs, Final Illustrations, Stings, storyboards, development sheets etc. (No more than 75 words)
5A5: Demonstrate an informed understanding of issues relating to image, media, format and context through the delivery of solutions to identified visual problems. (Knowledge & Understanding - Critical Awareness)
Blog Very good Learnt about making a concertina book, how to bind separate pages after screen-printing them and made sure the presentation of the publication is professional. This involved evaluating how the composition changes as you unfold the book. This is demonstrated on my blog and throughout my final publication for Studio Brief 2. In Studio Brief 3 I conquered a lot of problems relating to Adobe After Effects, I’ve blogged about these as they happened
Your grade Using words: > poor, satisfactory, good, very good, excellent
Contextual research - analysing other animations in order to understand how sound can be used to completely change the atmosphere etc … this is also on my blog 5A6: Understand the potential and limitations of a range of processes, technologies and techniques involved in the development and production of work for print and screen based delivery. (Knowledge & Understanding Research)
Developing my screen print practice and my understandings of it’s limitations and potential. E.g. using halftones, overlay etc. Limitations include mistakes I made and learning how to avoid them the second time around - blogged. Range of processes - embroidery, drawing, digital work, animating, collage, research. Shown across all 3 visual journals. I work better when I’m being fuelled by plenty of research, and luckily these briefs asked for lots of preliminary research. This is demonstrated on my blog as well.
5B4: Analyse and critically evaluate primary/secondary source material to inform the development and contextualisation of ideas, concepts and products through individual responses to set briefs. (Cognitive Skills Problem Analysis, Problem Solving)
Researched my author using a range of sources libraries, databases, past interviews, film, fiction and non-fiction books.
5C4: Select, manipulate and apply appropriate media, processes and technologies in the development, production and presentation of ideas, concepts and products. (Practical Skills Practical and Conceptual Development)
Across the 3 briefs I’ve refined my concepts and media to be more appropriate for the intended outcome and the atmospheres I was aiming for i.e. surreal.
5C5: Identify, evaluate and apply practical/technical processes, materials and media in order to produce technically competent and conceptually appropriate outcomes. (Practical Skills - Visual Quality and Technical Competence)
Evidence of the visual quality of my work and technical competence has been demonstrated in my final outcomes for Studio Briefs 1, 2 & 3. Also in my development work for Studio Brief 2 as I experimented with a range of processes, trying to refine my technical abilities as I did so.
5D4: Demonstrate the ability to communicate the development and resolution of ideas through appropriate visual and written presentation of work. (Key Transferable Skills Presentation and Evaluation)
I’ve blogged the presentation of my work, including the new techniques I’ve learnt to display my work professionally in order to show off my work in the best light. For example, giving my prints and publication for Studio Brief 3 deckled edges, arranging my work on mount board and inside plastic sleeves etc.
Throughout the development of ideas I’ve made sure my work is still informed by my research and still following my intentions for the works. For example, I’ve reflected on my work not just at the end but also during - to track my progress whilst there’s time to change and to identify which areas require my efforts.
This module I’ve tested myself to try and make my practice more professional - presentation, (more) formal blogposts, organisation etc. I feel as though I’ve grown hugely from where I was before 504. Very Good
I also blogged evaluating my technical efforts, what I was pleased with and the mistakes I need to rectify, such as my design melting off my screen when I washed it after exposure, this was due to using too much emulsion. Excellent
I’ve regularly updated my blog with evaluative posts, analysing my progress and what wasn’t going so well, then updating with plans of action.
Summative Evaluation (See Evaluation Guidance on next page for more information) You are required to write a 750 word Summative Evaluation of this module. Please type up your Summative Evaluation in the box below. Make a PDF of the document, print out a copy to submit with your portfolio of work and post the PDF as your final post on your OUIL504 blog.
At the beginning of this module I thought it would last for ages, as January seemed so far away in October. However, I was proved very wrong as the weeks quickly flew by and I learnt new skill after skill and made mistakes after mistakes! Before this module I didn’t know what a deckled edge meant, or the importance of lists and planning in advance when I had a big stretch of time before me. At the end of this module I feel as though my professionalism has developed, in a way that I feel happy presenting my work to people as final pieces. Perhaps artwork that I’d even take to people and attempt to sell, the way they’re currently presented. I’ve learnt a lot of new skills over the course of this module. To be specific, I’ve learnt what’s involved in making a concertina book, particularly if it’s being screen printed. I’ve researched the different ways to go about this, then selected the method I thought was most appropriate for my project. For example, I decided to print each page of my book onto separate pieces of paper (planning room for a binding edge) and then bound them together later on. This is opposed to printing digitally as I’d have lost the handmade quality I got with screen printing. I used double-sided tape rather than glue to keep it tidy & effective, I used somerset paper rather than lower quality paper, planning where on the page the image needed to sit so I could bind them and produce a deckled edge beforehand. I used the blog to document my decisions consistently and regularly, in order to stay in check with my progress. In Studio Brief 1, I felt that what went well was my concept behind the image. I’d planned thoroughly what each part of my image meant, including the process, colour, composition and aesthetic. I believe this was effective because my work was well informed by my preliminary research and the research I kept on doing as the project developed. For example, I spent time at the beginning reading the novel Kafka on the Shore by Murakami - this alone informed my work, particularly for Studio Briefs 2 & 3 as I was inspired by the characters, atmosphere, themes and motifs in this book particularly. Research is paramount to my practice as it allows for the development of a stronger concept to underpin the subsequent work. This then validates my work and definitely shows in my final outcomes. Throughout OUIL504 I made a variety of mistakes, from my methodologies to my planning. Problems I faced involved being decisive, project management, working efficiently, experimenting with new processes, testing and blogging concisely… Some of my main mistakes definitely involve project management as a whole. Although I have completed all of the work within the time schedule, with a little to spare for tying up loose ends, I do feel as though if I’d planned more effectively, I could have factored in more time to experiment with mono and lino (potentially using them in final outcomes) and testing my final outcomes onto a variety of different paper and colours, perhaps allowing enough time to make more than one final publication in Studio Brief 2. On top of this, project management includes my use of time. I think for Studio Brief 3 I could have set aside more time to develop certain aspects of my animation, such as the audio. My sting would have been improved with sound that had been recorded with professional equipment. On the other hand, I am pleased with the overall affect the sound has on my 3 animated stings. In the future I intend to apply the lessons I’ve learnt from this module. Thinking of the future, I hope to work with animation again, particularly Adobe After Effects. Potentially in my other modules OUIL503 Responsive and OUIL502 - Personal and Professional Practice. Being able to make my pictures move has added a whole new dimension to my world / work. On top of this I’ve now learnt the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, which I used to edit audio - I could develop my skills further and learn more techniques. I could combine it again with After Effects, to make an animation more wholesome. I intend to continue refining my professional practice as I have during this module, I intend to do this by asking for advice from my peers and tutors consistently, and evaluating my work with the help of my blog.