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Well it was very different having a FaceTime tutorial! Despite my nervousness (my husband and I can get in a complete flap trying to Face Time the children) it worked better than I was expecting. I do have a preference for sitting alone in my studio and not letting the outside world impinge, I was comfortable with sending off my work and getting back a printed report from a disembodied tutor at a later date. But actually it was very useful. I’ve now had the printed report and these are my own thoughts and things I want to hang on to:

First point:

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. I think I was thinking myself in a bit of a graphic design straitjacket, mentally dressed all in black (?charcoal), working on a laptop in a hipster cafe while discussing earnestly the minutiae of Helvetica vs Arial.

I learnt to embrace my 4 year old drawing skills in Illustration 2 i.e. messy, out of control but very alive, so I should continue to go with that. I’ve been exploring colour, shape and pattern for a long while, I need to carry on.

Secondly:

Don’t get too stuck on the computer, bob back and forwards with hand drawn stuff. The computer screen is seductive but the real magic for me happens off screen.

Thirdly:

Question the briefs and twist them to my own ends. I’ve done this in my last 2 courses and it’s ALWAYS been the right move. If I’m bored, it’s not working.

Other points:

Crossovers in my interests? Keep an eye out.

How to get over my separation of type and imagery, using type as another tool or mark?

*How to break up the clean lines of type to harmonise it with my drawing?*

Revisit Pinterest images and reference them.

Suggested viewings:

RSA briefs

Especially animation briefs 9 and 10. I did not expect to be thinking about this sort of thing on GD2. Animating a sound track??? The top of my head blows off. Exciting, scary stuff.

http://www.itsnicethat.com

http://www.plentyofcolour.com

http://www.booooooom.com

www.brwnpaperbag.com

I liked all these websites. One of my problems is that I can get overstimulated by all this stuff so I stop looking at them. I need to find the happy medium to slot them into my routine without falling down the rabbit hole.

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