Light Painting Personal Mantras

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Digital Design Class 29 students took part in a light painting session as part of an Experimental Practices course where instructor Dougal Muir led a lesson on crafting a personal mantra. The students were tasked to create a message, quote or positioning statement drawn from their personal backgrounds. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where, after a short presentation on camera settings and light painting techniques, we captured the following images.

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Experimental Practices: Light Painting

Digital Design Class 28 students took part in a light painting session this past week. The students captured interesting light trails and patterns by using slow shutter speeds and various light sources from smartphones to LED flashlights. Here are some of the results.

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Canstruction Vancouver 2014 calendar

Canstruction 2014 calendar

As creatives, we have the power to introduce and to influence change. We can choose to use our skills to support worthy causes. Instructor Dougal Muir and I both support the annual Canstruction Vancouver event which benefits the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Dougal provides creative direction and design talent to promote the event through print pieces such as a promotional desk calendar, and I supply the event photography and the source images for the calendar. The photos are also published in both the print and online editions of The Vancouver Sun.

Canstruction Vancouver is a design-build competition, and teams are formed from architecture firms, engineering companies, design agencies, and schools. Similar events are held in over 160 cities worldwide. After planning the sculpture to fit the provided theme, funds are raised to purchase the canned food, and the sculptures are built in less than two days. Following the event, the food is donated to food banks to assist those in need. After eleven years of this event in Vancouver, 1,248,455 cans, with a retail value of over three million dollars, have been collected and donated.

MET Fine Printers founded this event in Vancouver, and it was great to find out that the 2013 Canstruction Vancouver calendar, which we also collaborated on, won Gold at the Canadian Printing Awards.

Mark your calendars. The exhibition of this year’s sculptures will be open to the public from May 12–16th at the Pendulum Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, and the Rotunda at Pacific Centre.

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Designer Toys: Not Just for Fun

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As we’re starting a new term today, it’s usually the time to look for ways to kick start our creative batteries. Often, stepping away from the computer is a first step, and I am a huge fan of do-it-yourself products like Kidrobot’s Munny and MUNNYWORLD vinyl figures. They allow for creative expression that is completely independent of the reliance on plugins or digital filters. These vinyl figures also look great for decorating workspaces that designers spend so much time at.

This is a vinyl figure I recently customized. In terms of process, I normally start with a list of key ideas to help me focus on what type of character I’m designing such as cute, grotesque, robotic, etc. Following an image search to create an inspiration folder and a visit to an art gallery or book store, I’ll sketch ideas out using a template of the silhouette of the blank vinyl figure. After a few pages of thumbnail sketches, I will proceed with the actual application. Even though it is nerve-wracking, I enjoy the challenge of drawing directly with pigment liners pens without using pencil guides. It is difficult, but I try not to worry about making mistakes.

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Light Painting session in Experimental Practices course

Light Painting

Yesterday morning, we had another fun light painting session in the Experimental Practices course. After a short presentation to cover camera settings, light painting techniques, and to review some sources of inspiration, the group of students worked well together to create some stunning images. Have a look.

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