The creative habit. Week five. The recap.

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As the last week of this semester winds down I finally have finished the last of my portraits.

Overall I liked the creative habit, it was a good way to experiment with my creative writing and illustrations combined. Through my process I found a few favorites in no particular order:

Alim-Iva

Alim Iva. I really think this is one of the closest to coming to what I saw in my head for a name.

Alim is a Arabic mans name that means scholar, expert; and Iva is a Macedonian/Bulgarian name that means willow tree. So I wanted a smart man, maybe deep in his studies, that seemed weathered with age like a grown tree.

Jaya

Mina Jaya. This one I think is one of my more technically sound drawings. It doesn’t look as flat as some of the others do.

Mina Jaya is a feminine Indian name that means victorious fish, or valuable fish, etc. This was a harder name to imagine a face for. I never have really thought of India for having anything to do with fish in particular, but I can only think of a story a friend told me about them going to a fish market in Abu Dhabi. Even though Abu Dhabi is in the UAA and not adjacent to India/Pakistan they do share the Arabian Sea and would probably have the same type of fish. Anyway, I drew a women who might work near the sea.

Esther

Maylis Esther. Again, I thought this one came closest to what I imagined in my head.

A Feminine french name. Maylis means both mother and lily while Esther is the name of a Greek goddess and can also mean star. So I though french actress. Long hair, fair features, etc. Not much more about this one, it was one of the more simple ones this week.

Sieghard-Adamic

Sieghard Adamic. It came out great. Its not that flat and it looks like what I picture in my head when I hear Sieghard Adamic.

Sieghard is a german name that means victory, bravery, and strength. Adamic is a Croatian name that means the son of Adam, as in biblical Adam; the ideas of the creation of man and so forth. I wanted to create someone who looks like they have drive, but also a biblical hairstyle.

Petra-Ekaterina

And Petra Ekaterina. I really like the pose and the depth this one has. Good one all around.

It’s a pretty name to say, and also is a very plane name- just a feminine Russian form of Peter Katherine. Both Peter and Katherine are basic christian names related to some biblical stories or saints. But a simplistic beauty lies within the name, and that is what I wanted to capture.

And here are my 5 new ones, grid view first this:

Eoghan-Baldarich

Eoghan Baldarich. Eoghan means of the yew tree in Irish. Baldarich is a German name that means powerful and brave.So I instantly thought of the hippy movement and the music that sourrunded it. So I drew someone that I think would sing in a funky/psychedelic band.

Evgenia-Cornell

Evgenia Cornell. Evgenia is a feminine name that derives from Eugenia, a saint in the 3rd century who disguised herself as a man. Cornell is a masculine name that is a form of Cornelius which means horns, but also refers to a old Roman story about a centurion. I thought that it would be fitting to have a short haired women.

Brenden-Lorette

Brenden Lorette. Brendon is an Irish name that means prince, and Lorette is a French name that refers to laurel trees.  This name is super plain, so I could only think of someone who is generic.

Corin-Hosanna

Corin Hosanna. Corin is a masculine French name that means spear, and Hosanna is a biblical name that means to deliver. So: deliver the spear. Kinda cool if you ask me. I thought of a weathered Frenchman who still wants to grow his hair long despite the fact he’s balding. Someone who has delivered many spears I guess.

Ingvild-Sanjeev

Ingvild Sanjeev. Ingvild is a feminine name that means battle in old Norse. And Sanjeev is a name that means living or reviving. So I though of Nordic seiðkona/völva. Basically seiðkona are fortune tellers, described as seers, knowers, wand carriers etc. and they were mostly older women. Warriors often went to these women to get their fortunes read before battle or before their child were born, so the name fits pretty well.

 

Will I keep this habit? No. This was entirely experimental for me. I actually have a creative habit already… somewhat. From what was discussed a creative habit is defined by the daily process of doing something for the sake of improvement alone, not for any sort of final product. So I work on a game in my spare time. Like, almost 3 hours every day at this point; during the summer I want to bump it up to 6, but we’ll see. Sometimes it’s more time, sometimes it’s less. But overall its for a goal- to actually release it (and use it for my thesis project if I can). But it’s also just because I genuinely enjoy making games and want to get better at it. The first thing you make is never the best thing you’ll make, so I want to just make something. For reference the rulebook will be about 90-120 pages at this point, but with actual layouts it might double. It’s a pen and paper RPG, so lots of rules and a big list of creatures to fight.

BUT that doesn’t fit into the definition of the creative habit we had for our class, so I made a new one. It also would be hard to blog about. From what I’ve learned from some industry friends that have done the same kind of thing- talking about progress is hard. Do I say “Hey guys! I finished the rules for poisons! Here’s how they work!” what would that even mean out of context? It would just be gibberish; as well as it really is not interesting to display and discuss nitty-gritty system intricacies with people who have NO idea what I’m talking about. It would seem condescending to just shout proper nouns and technobabble at people.

“Hey guys! Sword Master level 3 spells seemed too good when using the vengeance birthright, so I have increased the cost from 3mp to 7mp on Ravage and have increased the charge time of Colossal Swing by 1d4 turns and decreased the damage from 1d10+Xd10 charged turns to 2d10+xd4 charged turns. With this I hope to keep this on par with the Warden in terms of damage output. I’m using the Warden as a measurement because…”

Whats a Sword Master? Spells? Warden? What the hell does 1d10 or 7mp mean? Even familiarity with the genre wouldn’t help you fall into the middle of a conversation like this. Also that could be a real change, none of that is fake or made up. I do think vengeance gives too many benefits and I’m struggling to balance it.

I got a bit off track, anyway.

I think this project was fun as a whole. It was cool that it’s so open.

Thanks for reading, and see ya sometime.

The creative habit. Week four.

Going into this fourth week I was concerned that my ability to make up faces was going to be somewhat limited with the final weeks of the semester coming in fast. I think the names really carried me this week, as I felt my drawing skills were lacking- I felt like I had the largest amount of unsuccessful portraits yet, at least to my eyes. Anyway, as a reminder I am doing portraits solely based on the randomly generated names given to me by www.BehindtheName.com . I have six portraits to share with some pretty cool names.

I feel like I’m repeating myself with these introductions, but here comes the first portrait of Sieghard Adamic. Sieghard is a german name that means victory, bravery, and strength. Adamic is a Croatian name that means the son of Adam, as in biblical Adam; the ideas of the creation of man and so forth. I wanted to create someone who looks like they have drive, but also a biblical hairstyle.

Sieghard-Adamic

Second we have Matteo Causey. Matteo Causey is an italian-american name, Matteo being the Italian for of Matthew (meaning the gift of god) and Causey which is an appropriated french word for someone who lives near a causeway. Nothing about these names are strictly interesting or weird, but I really enjoy this name. I can clearly visualize a face, and I get a real sense of their environment when I picture them. So nothing special about my thought process for this one, it’s just what I think this person looks like.

Matteo-Causey

Third is Venkata Coburn. This is a funny name, it basically means “a sacred hill in Cockburn”, a town in Berwickshire. I could only think of how in small town communities it’s not uncommon to be born, live, and die in the same place. So I wanted to show someone who was older that looked like they were set in their ways. Like an old bearded man sitting on his porch kind of look.

Venkata-Coburn

Fourth is Petra Ekaterina. It’s a pretty name to say, and also is a very plane name- just a feminine Russian form of Peter Katherine. Both Peter and Katherine are basic christian names related to some biblical stories or saints. But a simplistic beauty lies within the name, and that is what I wanted to capture.

Petra-Ekaterina

Fifth is Aldwin Walsh. Aldwin is a German name that means old friend, while Walsh is anglo-saxon name meaning foreigner or stranger. I got a pretty good idea of what I wanted Aldwin to look like, it’s another one of the names this week that I can’t explain exactly why I knew. I think I wanted to portray someone who believes in you, but also looks like they want something from you. Kind of like the insurance salesman in Groundhog Day.

Aldwin-Walsh

The sixth and final portrait is Henrietta Liu. Henrietta when boiled down is a derivative of Henry, a name of kings; while Liu is a Chinese name that means kill and destroy. I also thought about how Henrietta is a long and beautiful name, but it can’t be shorted without losing that weird elegance it has. It would just turn into Henry, Etti, Gretti, or something. So my goal was to make a woman who looks like they are in the military.

Henrietta-Liu

Here’s the image set for easy presentation:

That’s it for this week, see ya.

The creative habit. Week three.

Last week during my class critique it was noticed by a few of my classmates, and myself after seeing them all lined up, that all of the faces shared a similar bottom lip and nose bridge.

So this week I tried to focus on diversifying my facial anatomy and make sure to change parts of the face as well as the angle of the portrait. I have 5 that are worth showing this week.

As a reminder my creative habit is to take 5-7 randomly generated names a week and do portraits based off of the names alone. I use the website www.behindthename.com for the names and the history behind the names to more accurately portray the people in the portraits. My portraits are created with black and white compressed charcoal on a mid tone thick paper.

Fist we have Valérian Rudolf. Valérian is actually a really cool name that means strength and fame. It just sounds good to say. And Rudolf means lone wolf or loner, like the reindeer. Both names have Russian roots so I wanted to show someone that has worked the land and has built an empire by himself with his bare hands. I thought of farmers, weathered men who wake early and enjoy relative success.

Rudolf

Ennis Dragutin is up next. Ennis is an Irish name while Dragutin is Slavic. It loosely means the precious town put together, being that Ennis is like my name in the fact its the same as a towns name or one to two letters off at least and Dragutin means valuable or precious. So I thought of someone who cares for a town or community but has a distinct Irish background- town criers came to mind. More English than specifically Irish but its something unique to the area. So I drew a man that looks like he might belong in the 1200’s-1600’s when town criers were a main source of town gossip and information.

Dragutin

Mina Jaya is a feminine Indian name that means victorious fish, or valuable fish, etc. This was a harder name to imagine a face for. I never have really thought of India for having anything to do with fish in particular, but I can only think of a story a friend told me about them going to a fish market in Abu Dhabi. Even though Abu Dhabi is in the UAA and not adjacent to India/Pakistan they do share the Arabian Sea and would probably have the same type of fish. Anyway, I drew a women who might work near the sea.

Jaya

Next is Maylis Esther, a feminine french name. Maylis means both mother and lily while Esther is the name of a Greek goddess and can also mean star. So I though french actress. Long hair, fair features, etc. Not much more about this one, it was one of the more simple ones this week.

Esther

Last but not least is Cierra Dorota, a Spanish name for either a boy or a girl. Cierra, a different spelling of Sierra meaning mountains with sharp peaks, and Dorota which is a different form of Dorothea meaning a gift from god. If you have the same weird brain associations I have then you also though “park ranger”. I did a women just because I drew four men and only two women this week, so I thought it would be better for it to be closer to equal. Whenever I think park ranger, this is always one of the first faces I think of.

Dorota

And that’s it for this week. Next week Ill try to have seven good drawings to show. See you then.

Again for presentation, here are the images in a grid:

So this is the first week our class has had to do our creative habit.

As a reminder I chose to do portraits of names and to use the meaning and cultural background of those names to think of the faces. I have not used any reference beyond the names, and if you want to look up the names yourself or look up your own name check out www.behindthename.com. Its also a super useful resource if your writing fiction to get good and accurate names for your stories.

The first of six this week is Vid Vitus. This was a strange name to get first in the week as it is basically the same name twice but from two different places in the world. One is Hungarian and the other is Romain. But they both losely connect to the ancient Romain word for life and also was the name of a saint. So with the double life and saintly nature I though of a gentle old man.

Vid-Vitus

Next is Edgard Kishan. Edgard is the french form of Edgar, and loosely means money and spear, or a wealthy weapon. Kishan is a Hindu/Indian name that is linked to the words black and dark. So dark, wealth, weapon, I though of some sort of mobster, gangster, yakuza, the like.

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The first female name I got was Budur Antigone. Budur is an Arabic name that means full moon. Antigone is part of a Greek legend and loosely means against birth, so I wanted to portray a women who is independent and strong like in the myth but carry some of the Arabic heritage with that.

Budur-Antigone

Next we have Alim Iva. Alim is a Arabic mans name that means scholar, expert; and Iva is a Macedonian/Bulgarian name that means willow tree. So I wanted a smart man, maybe deep in his studies, that seemed weathered with age like a grown tree.

Alim-Iva

Ranj Ofra is up next. Ranj is an Indian name that means delighted and happy while Ofra is related to a biblical name Ophrah witch means fawn. So I wanted a younger man (because Ranj is masculine) that looked happy and carefree as a fawn would be.

Ranj-Ofra

Last but not least we have Fiera Chae-Won. Fiera, a feminine Esperanto name for proud, and Chae-Won, a Korean name that loosely means source hunter or a collector of origins. So I wanted a Korean girl that looked proud to do what she does, but a hairstyle that says librarian or writer.

Fiera-Chae-Won

And that’s it for this week. All of these were done with compressed charcoal on a brown sketch pad with some white compressed charcoal for accents and or color variations.

Here are all the images again for easy viewing:

 

 

The creative habit. Post one.

At the time of writing this I was working on a side project of mine in the afternoon. Usually I do this to procrastinate before I start cleaning or doing homework. As the soundtrack I was listening to died off I thought it would be a good time to take a break. As I was searching my kitchen for something simple to cook I starting thinking about this project: the creative habit.

As I was cooking I let my mind wander about possible things to do, and by the time I was done I decided to stop work on my side project and get into my homework for the night. I sat for a while, drawing on a pad thinking about what I could do- I could draw movie stars in different roles, I could draw a environment a day from some of the random photos I’ve taken of cool natural compositions, maybe I could even just use this as an excuse to work on my side projects during class time.

Then I thought about websites I like, and one specifically came to mind. Behind the name. It’s a name generator site I was told about by a friend who works as a professional dungeon master. It can generate basically any type of name, sorted by culture and gender, and also gives you the definition and background to the name as well.

So I thought “why not do portraits of some of these names?”. So that’s my creative habit project. I’m going to do a random name a day and do a portrait of them.

 

Here’s a loose charcoal portrait of a man with the name Trahaearn Ephraim, who is very much like iron and is fruitful in his efforts.

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Or one in a more liner pencil style, Gunnbjörg Rut, a female friend in war.

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Project 2: Wrap up.

Hey.

So our project is done, Fist of the Falling Phoenix is finished.

So what did I exactly do?

I created all of the assets for both of the blogs we had. Logos, backgrounds, layout selection, color schemes, accounts and emails, all of the text, and some of the images. I also did a character design, making my own character to appear in the film.

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We ended up needing to switch over halfway through to a new blog, allowing the documentarian to more easily post images and help edit posts. Lastly I also did the color scripts for our posters and advertising.

Most of the actual production I just had input on the script, helped organize the scenes, and helped early on with documentarian stuff- taking pictures and BTS video(behind the scenes).

My role in the film was cut early in production to conserve time, as well as all of the scenes I had BTS photos of. It made it a lot harder to get photos and information from the shoots on the blog now that I wasn’t in any of the filming. That’s when we switched over the documentarian to help edit the blog and provide me with the BTS photos I needed for posts. So I recreated the blog and set up a joint account between me and the documentarian. I would write the posts, she would provide me with imagery and video clips.

That’s when I also moved to trying to help the advertising team, giving them a color script to follow that was OK’ed by the director, allowing them to just think about rendering and composition rather than the setting and theming. I also ended up doing a finished and rendered poster at the request of my director.

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I also did most of the information editing for the blog, deciding what was important enough to go on it and was was superfluous. Most of my stuff did not appear on the group blog because I wasn’t important enough to the production. You also didn’t see the license of the guy who salted the roads so we could drive to locations.

Clouding the blog with useless information to the reader just makes it more demanding and imposing to read- the less text the better. No one needed to know I made a design for a cut character in the film, nor did they even need to know that the film had to be trimmed into a 3rd of its original length. They need to know that filming is proceeding on schedule (even if the schedule has changed), and that we are still working on assets.

I am a firm believer in milestones and achievements, not information dumping.

The final video will be on phoenixfist.wordpress.com .

 

Moving forward into our next project cycle, our class will be doing a creative habit project. I have no idea what that means. So look forward to that.