Thursday, 6 June 2013

NTU camp reflection- DAY 3

I had enjoyed the camp very well. We spent the free time touching up on our work, and although I did not win anything, I still had fun and learn how to use useful tools in photoshop.

I feel that the camp has been useful, as before the lesson, I did not know what masking and multiply tools were. I also learn on how to shade, by calculating where the light is shining, and finding out which part to lighten or darken. I think this will be useful for the next batch, by the enthusiasm my schoolmates showed during the presentation.

The programme taught me that certain elements and rules are need to be abided by. For example, if we put a light person in a dim background, it will look very fake as in real life, shadows will be cast by the person.

I think the programme overall was insightful and fun. I learnt a lot and hopefully, it will be available for the sec 2s next year. It was also very interesting to live in the hostels like the university students.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

NTU flagship camp Individual Reflection- DAY 2

Today, we went to the ADM studio for our course. I was surprised and excited when I saw the equipment we were using. The computer had a screen which is about 20 inches wide, and there is a touch pen that would make drawing more efficient.

We were first shown the basic controls of adobe photoshop and examples of a photo composite. Basically, we were supposed to take a photo of ourselves in a pose, and using other images, shading and paint, we will make ourselves into anything.

We went to a room where we were assigned to take photos, which will be edited later on. Most of us were unsure of our poses, and for me, because I was unprepared. In the end, the pictures either had me with the wrong expression or blurred. Thus, I had to use up more time to remake the photos again. From this, I learned that to do things faster and save time, we have to certain of our plans and be prepared in advance.

When I started outlining the photo, I had trouble with tracing because my hand kept shaking, making the lines wobbly as I was rushing through my work as I started late. But I realised that this slowed down and pulled down the quality of the drawing, and I had to redo the tracing slowly so the lines would be smoother.

I also learn to be more responsible and alert. As if we forget to create a new layer when painting a new part, we may accidentally paint directly on the picture and ruin the whole painting. So thus,we must often check if we are painting on the desired layer to prevent mishaps from happening.

The session has taught me how to be steady when drawing, and to stay calm as if I worry, my hand will start to move and the drawing will be more wobbly. I also learnt that we have to consider elements like shadows, lighting and colours in order to have a better painting, or the painting will look unrealistic and out of place.

Overall, I found the painting lesson to be quite enjoyable and interesting. I hope to do more in the future, as I still have a lot to improve on. Thus, I will need to practise to improve my digital drawing skills.

Thank you! :)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Individual Reflection: DAY 1


I found digital painting interesting as I found the concept of using technology to create a picture appealing. I would also find using a normal photograph and changing the person’s looks and atmosphere to something different using photoshop will be an exciting experience. Especially when I consider digital arts as one of my courses, this could benefit me in the future. I would also hope 
to learn patience, as I know for painting a good picture, we cannot rush through things, and have  do things carefully and slowly.

Plenary sessions

From the plenary sessions, I have gained knowledge on different courses in NTU and the way they are carried out.

For the first one on earthquake research in Sumatra, I found it quite intriguing how people can trace tsunami and earthquake patterns and their history using old corals or inspecting the layers of sediment underground. 

Also, after seeing the slow submerging of islands and the consistent pattern of earthquakes and tsunamis, I began to be grateful that Singapore does not have any natural disaster, which prevents our small city from devastation. 

The speaker also mentioned that we should let our profession be our medium, which I think is rather wise. I think we should let our talents be communicated and expressed to others, or else it would be wasted.

For the second session on animation, I found animation quite interesting and how traditional  animation has evolved to digital animation. I also found the new animation programs like flash that uses technology that makes animating less tedious. 
I also learnt that animations is best simple, and thinking deeper, maybe we all need to focus on the big picture.

For the third session on nano technology,  I was surprised that small things that cannot be seen to the naked eye could be efficient. Nana machines such as nanaprobes if perfected can be able to release cancer medicine to other cells for a less severe treatment for cancer. There was also very clever inventions like carbon nano tubes that can conduct electricity or sticky adhesive tape. I guess, smaller things can make very big impacts.

Thank you!