This is a small collection of some sketches which I made for a TAFE module called "Drawing For The
Digital Arts". This module covered the use of basic drawing techniques to create resources suitable
for use in a variety of Digital Arts presentations and outputs. Assignments included the production of
line drawings of simple shapes, drawing from the real world, depicting the illusion of movement, and
story board sketching for digital video production. The sketches produced can later be integrated into
short animations, CD-ROM/DVD presentations, video's, graphic design, web design, or printed
Students were encouraged to explore the use of various drawing techniques while using an assortment of different traditional art mediums such as pencils, crayons, acrylics, charcoal, and
watercolour pencils/or paints, and a variety of different types of paper to complete their artworks.
In one of my pieces called "Fan Girl" I used a photo edit that I had made the year before and then
drew it using traditional media. I laid a base of acrylic paint as a loose rendition of the photo edit,
then sketched the girl's figure using a piece of charcoal. I learnt something very important about
making art when I was making "Fan Girl" - you need to recognise very acutely "the moment" when
it is time to stop i.e: the piece of art is finished, and anything
extra you do to it from then on will
probably not add to it, but detract from it.
This digital flip book was created using hand-drawn sketches, Photoshop, Flash MX, and Cool Edit Pro (sound editing software). The virtual landscapes in computer games inspired the radiation effect which I designed to run as a continuous animation running on the base layer of the flipbook. I wanted it to look like some kind of futuristic Plasma radiation emanating from a machine. I created and then added the sound effects to match this very futuristic virtual realm - they needed to sound like their counterpart in the visual realm.
To view any of the drawings, please click on the small green button to the left of its name. For a cool sound effect, align your mouse over the top of a row of the interactive buttons and then push the mouse in a straight vertical line forward and back towards you quickly. It sounds like a laser gun fight.