11/01/16 This, I Believe (Wk 07) Final

For the final turned-in version of Project 01, I needed to change the bottom panel. I knew it felt off originally but this was really a challenge. I wasn’t sure how to change the colors or the sketch behind it so I took to the drawing board once more.

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For this panel, I also had to learn how to do the ‘R’. I’ve had to draw an R for a previous project which was a STRUGGLE and this time was no different. I tried to stay with the existing diagonal rule, however, there were moments when I couldn’t. It took some editing in Illustrator to make it look like it belonged with the other letters.

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Here is the final version I came up with: I swapped the pink background from the second panel, back to its original yellow and it helped balance out the colors.

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10/24/16 This, I Believe (Wk 06)

This week has focused on progression of the last sections of my project. When I started this project, my concept revolved around the floors of a building. I wanted it to showcase a slow progression of alien life escalation (i know, that sounds crazy PROFESSOR). But it really was something I wanted to portray. I know my project has taken a more entertaining turn, it was once focused on the never-ending universe to the idea that aliens are hidden in plain sight. However, because there is so much unknown, this project allowed me to do that (Wouldn’t it be crazy if this was actually happening?).

Here is the progression of my sketches and the color choices I use. I started with green and purple because green, little green men, and its compliment. I thought it created a really out-of-this-world vibe that was still fun and entertaining.

I really struggled with the ‘THEY’ in terms of color concept. I ended up introducing the pink, which I think really, really helped and still looked nice with the already existing ‘WHY’ and ‘NOT’. Originally, the red and black just did not go with the piece in my opinion. It stuck out like a sore thumb.

For the final scene, I wanted to to tie in abductions. My color concepts were admittedly running thin here and i wanted to go for a darker theme but it was a challenge. I do think there are some mishaps about the color choices, but I did not know how to solve it and still struggle with it.

I wanted the project to be busy. Busy busy busy and have subtle color changes if I added animations. In adding the animations, I think the choices I made are the most reasonable.

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10/12/16 This, I Believe (WK03,04,05)

The past two weeks I have really contemplated my topic seriously on how to improve it. Initially, I wanted to focus on some kind of galaxy-esque theme revolving around typography and Cinema-4D but that’s proven really difficult because I wasn’t 100% sure of the concept. After a lot of thought, I expanded my research to science-fiction research. I had done a lot of research previously on robotics and science fiction novels, so the topic was familiar to me. However, this time, I was looking at specifics about how type is handled. I came across an extremely interesting site, typesetinthefuture. They delve into typefaces that have been used in many science fiction movies and shows. The author is hilarious but really informative.

Here are a few (comical) screenshots of their site:

I also watched a few movies, including a Space Odyssey, Alien and checked out a few recommended comics as well like CosmicComics.

Taking a look at the crazy side of things also came in to play; how little green aliens came to be the public perception and the origin of the whereabouts. Little Green Men seems to have been derived from a folklore book way back in the day about two green children who appear in a small town (the book is called “The Green Children of Woolpit“). Following suit, a few more books came out with the mention of green men, earning ‘little green men’ the reputation of being tricksters. They were extremely popular in science fiction in the 20s and 30s, when alien encounters were crazy and bizarre.

Interestingly enough, Little Green Men was also a term for military personnel in Russia and Ukraine.

Pushing the thought of ‘little green men’ even further, I looked into UFO sightings, some of which are crucial in the development and perception of aliens in science fiction. One of the more important cases occured in Kelly, Kentucky. Some of the family living there reported a ‘flying saucer’, minutes later lead to duking it out in a battle between the little green guys and some dumb humans. It’s been 60+ years since the incident.

bettybarneyhillNot feeling crazy enough at this point, I looked at an even crazier incident regarding Betty and Barney Hill. Betty and Barney Hill are a couple from New Hampshire who reportedly had a three hour gap in their memory after a night of driving home from Canada. I read Ben H. Swett’s testimony of the case, feeling thoroughly flabbergasted afterward.

 

Here are some of the links I looked at

Wikipedia: Little Green Men

Wikipedia: List of UFO Sightings

Live Science: Why do we Imagine Aliens as ‘Little Green Men’

The Siege of ‘The Little Green Men’ (Kelly, Kentucky incident)

Carl Sagan: Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

HG Wells: Welles Scares Nation (War of the Worlds Radio Drama Incident) (My personal favorite. HG Wells trolling the world before trolling even existed)

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Visual Stuff: Visions of the Future ( A collection of NASA posters)

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At the time, I was really obsessed with looking at typography designed in cinema4D and also the 36 days of type that passed over the summer. I looked at more (there are hundreds) but Shavalini’s work is some of my favorite!


 

Concept Building

After this research, I decided to work on a concept. I really liked the idea recommended in class of aliens hiding in plain sight. In my past sketches, I also asked myself ‘why not’ whenever I started an idea. The previous research I did helped me get to this idea of why can’t extraterrestrial already exist here on earth? It brought me to the building concept.

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I also started looking into Blechman’s work after Professor Inciong’s recommendation

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100% Evil by Nicholas Blechman

Forecast by Nicholas Blechman

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I also found some inspiration from a friend of mine who created a new typeface/typography with clay and creatures.

 

09/23/16 This, I Believe (WK01,02)

For my “I Believe” Project, I made a list of ideas that I firmly believe in. They go from crazy silly to very personal and sincere thoughts. I chose one of my more wacky beliefs, the idea that aliens exist. Initially, I was just interested in the topic of aliens. I have no real background in anything scientific (unless you count several seasons of Doctor Who and Star Trek “scientific”). I do have an affinity for science-fiction and an unyielding want to see the future and experience the unknown.

Unfortunately, my ‘want’ may or may not happen in my lifetime and I’m stuck here on Earth in the meanwhile. My concept started as a general belief in Aliens and slowly progressed as I collected more and more research and also took into consideration recommendations from class.

My research started off exploring the “unknown”. The huge expanse of space that humankind has no idea about other than photographs. Surprisingly, there is a lot to know about the chemical makeup of planets but that is about it. I came across countless theories, including math formulas that I still have no idea what they mean but tried to make sense of the numbers. It all summed up to one major idea: the universe is HUGE and possibly never-ending.

Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote: “There are more stars in the universe than in grains of sand on the beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all humans who ever lived.” This quote really spoke to how insanely huge our universe is. There are billions of planets, trillions of stars, and who knows what else lives in the unknown of deep space.

 

 

Initial Research

Monton, B. (2004). Life is Evidence for an Infinite Universe.

Wetterich, C. (2014). Eternal Universe.

deGrasse Tyson, N. (2007). The Cosmic Perspective. Natural History, 116(3), 22.

One Universe at Home in the Cosmos

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Project Research (Ideas others have done)

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