My group created an interactive River Otter Game that acted like a small book, switching in-between pages, and presented it at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on December 2nd and 3rd. We meet up frequently either in the student lounge of the Student Engineering Technology building on campus and the Terra Cotta Coffee House and discussed where we are in production and what we needed to do. We also created a group chat on Facebook to share information when needed and schedule meetups. I provided the drawings seen above, 3 of which actually made it into the final product, 2 were modified, and the dialogue for each slide. After Beta Testing, we made the buttons that allowed the user to navigate and play audio bigger and created icons for them. We also made the stars on the cuddling slide smaller and the audio on all slides louder so the kids wouldn’t have to put the tablet to their ears if they wanted to hear it. Despite not many kids coming to play our game, what I witnessed when kids, and a few adults, did play our game is that they were more interested in the slides themselves and didn’t play the audio that often. I also noticed that while the audio was louder, it was still hard to hear.
I observed many different anime artists and each one was very unique like Studio Ghibli and Toei Animations. So I took basic a basic anime design and miked it in with my own. I couldn’t decide on a general area of Tokyo to do research on, so I just did most of downtown. I also figured that it would be best to cover the Christmas Season, were Japan mostly focuses on the commercial aspect of the holiday. I decided to save myself some time and use an image off of Google as a backdrop.
A Visual Art Piece based on the poem “We Wear the Mask,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The music I composed for this piece has some of it’s notes match with the lines of the poem.
I have decided to do an animation on the 23 Special Ward in Tokyo, Japan. The Special Ward has an area of 627 square kilometers with a growing population of 9.24 million people with 14,746 per square kilometer. It is the economic, cultural, and political hub of Japan. Government offices, corporations, and commercial facilities are located in the heart of Tokyo. A large network of train systems going through it. The bay area is the transportation and logistics hub and includes an airport.
In Japan, current day animators draw there frames on sheets of paper, which are then scanned into a computer to get filled in and colored. Luckily for my, I have the required tools to do hand drawn animation.
This is a picture I drew for my group’s River Otter Kiosk Game. Our game will focus on the otter’s life cycle. Baby North American River Otters are actually born with a full coat of fur and don’t open their eyes until they are four weeks old.
I will make a video art piece based on Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, We Wear the Mask. I was introduced to this Poem in an Introduction to Literature class last year and it always stuck with me. The poem is about the social survival of African American Slaves that he had heard stories about. The idea was that they would all wear a mask to hide their true selves, even though it couldn’t be seen. I think this applies to everyone in today’s life as we all have things we keep to themselves, and we each wear masks that no one else sees. I plan to convey this by showing reflections of people and have the reflections wear masks.