Let’s Collaborate!

Hey fellow readers!

I am done 2nd year and have decided to spread the word that I will be freelancing! If you or anyone you know needs anything such as cards, posters, letterheads, video, animations, illustrations, etc. comment below and let’s collaborate together :)

My portfolio website is linked here so you can see my abilities and creative projects:

http://nickyclarizioportfolio.4ormat.com/

So… Let’s Collaborate!

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann

These illustrations are just wonderful! With artists making digital art like Anna Dittmann, this is something that I would to work on.

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

via Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

Marked 1st place for “Marked”

I don’t think anything is as exciting as this (well, in this particular moment in my lifetime)! In my last year at Havergal College, I partook in a stop motion production with seven other classmates in my Communication Technology class. Along with the guidance of my teacher Mr M. or Mrm, we created a piece I believed was worthy of submission to an animation festival.

So now, over a year later, I receive an email from Mrm two days ago with joyous news:

Marked won best stop motion animation at the Toronto International Student Animation Festival!

How incredible is that?? A collaboration I was a part of won best stop motion! I just feel awesome that all the hard work has paid off and clearly other people enjoy the film.

You can view it here:

http://www.studentanimationfestival.com/past-shows/2012-2/stop-motion-winners-high-school-2012

As an FYI, the last clip of “Marked” dropping the banana was one of the clips I animated myself :)

 

A Must Watch

Well fellow readers, I’ll keep this post brief and direct.

CLICK ON THIS LINK: http://theshuv.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-shuvs-made-to-murder-promo_17.html

If you click the link, magical things will happen! You will discover something truly exciting! YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!! (LOL I’m too excited for my own good… this is what happens when I share/spread the word about stuff that’s just awesome!)

Anyways, before I lose my mind, and readers for that matter, I’ll give a brief explanation of where the link will take you.
I mentioned in a previous post about one of my best friends from school, Moe. Along with his incredible talent of drawing and design, he also has a knack at video editing and production.

I will say no more and let you experience it for yourselves.

You won’t be disappointed trust me :)

Upcoming School Year

Hey Peeps!!

Earlier this week, at 9am, I completed a complicated task. This task leaves some students feeling victorious, and some students crying over their computers, because the future year for these students rests in this task.

Yes… I’m talking about course selection…

Luckily for me, my experience with course selection was NOT so bad :)
I basically got all the course times I preferred and managed to fit in a course for my new minor in Digital Media! Even though my work load will probably be crazy, I know I can manage it!

For all my lovely readers, here is a list of the courses I’m taking in the fall and winter semesters with a description of each…

FALL SEMESTER

  1. History and Evolution of Typography –
    This course addresses the historic development of the typographic form from the calligraphic forms that pre-date Guttenberg’s invention of movable type and letterpress to current digital typography. We consider the cultural, technological and historical contexts critical to the understanding of typography and its uses. Typographic nomenclature as it has evolved is studied with respect to anatomy of the letter, its measurement and its technological history. Through lectures, class discussion, readings and research, students will learn to analyze typography and its effectiveness in the shaping of “word pictures.”
    – Interesting? I don’t know…
  2. Graphic Design 1 –
    Through a variety of experiences ranging from the development of graphic form to composition and colour, students will develop visual vocabularies and an aesthetic understanding of how content and message impact on form and communication. All studio-based projects require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. Students will work in two and four dimensions with static and time-based formats. The course will integrate current software and appropriate digital methods.
    – This will be fun!! (but I foresee some challenges in this course…)
  3. Typography 2: Structures –
    In this course students will explore typographic structures, focusing on normative and conceptual principles. An in depth analysis is undertaken in this course that explores the letter relationship to the word, the word relationship to the line, lines in relationship to column and the way these elements activate a particular space. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of visual hierarchy and grid structures, as well as the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic qualities of typography.
    – hmm…. relationships?? Seems pretty complex…
  4. Communication: Time, Motion, Media –
    This studio investigates communication design specific to the capture and creation of motion. Students will be introduced to narrative elements and principles as they are found in interface, animation, video, film and television. Students will study the effective use of time, space, sound, transition, media integration and graphic story telling. The course will explore basic digital motion creation processes: video-capture, animation, workflow, digital asset management, and distribution.
    – Sounds so AWESOME!!!
  5. Special Topic in Social Science: Economic Principles for Artists and Designers –
    How does the economy work? In the current volatile economy, how can we tell whether we are just in another economic cycle, or witnessing a major shift in the global world order? What factors precipitated the current economic condition and has something fundamental changed that art and design students would do well to understand? What alternatives are there? This course provides an introduction to macro and micro economics, locates the Canadian economic system within the global context, and drills down to the role of the business enterprise, from sole proprietorships to international corporations.
    – Basically what I learned in Grade 11 Economics but in University… COOL!

WINTER SEMESTER

  1. Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century –
    This lecture-seminar course engages in a study of communication arts and media within the context of the 20th century. The course focuses on the relationships between technological, social, economic, political and cultural changes that have shaped and influenced the development of communication arts. The range of subjects covered includes the impact of the two world wars and the Vietnam War; the influence of the Bauhaus, the developments in editorial design, the first attempts at computer composition, corporate design, electronic imaging and advances in print and pre-press technologies.
    – History? Doesn’t seem SO bad… I think…
  2. Think Tank 1: Awareness –
    This interdisciplinary course examines the social condition of where and how we live in the context of the Faculty of Design’s primary mandate ‘Design and Humanity’. The significant impact that intelligent and sustainable design can have on people’s lives and the considerable responsibility that the designer has to society are critical factors in shaping behaviour and turning research and perception into action. Strategies for change are channeled into potential project solutions in this course through the research, discussion and debate of current societal issues.
    – This could be good…
  3. Graphic Design 2 –
    The course focuses on process, word/image interaction, meaning, hierarchy and the impact of dimensional form on effective communication. Students will learn to distill complex ideas into concise and convincing two and three-dimensional elements. All studio-based assignments require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. The course will integrate current software and tools in both physical and virtual environments.
    – Cool Stuff!
  4. Typography 3: Advanced Structures –
    Students will continue to explore the design of organizational typographic structures in this course. The presentation of complex information in a clear and engaging manner, servicing utility and where appropriate, beauty, is the primary focus. An increased emphasis on content, concept and type’s association to imagery for specific target audiences will be addressed through a range of typographically-driven projects.
    – This will be Super Helpful!!
  5. Communication: Surface, Object, Space –
    Using a variety of materials through analogue and digital processes this course introduces students to the elements, principles and processes used in the development of three-dimensional form. Students examine the meanings and associations of forms, along with the underlying structural principles affecting their creation. Central to the course is how concept, form, material and process are inter-related. Through critical reasoning and an awareness of contemporary Graphic Design practices in architectural, exhibit, way-finding, and packaging design, students develop the skills and confidence to produce meaningful forms in three dimensions.
    – YES PACKAGE DESIGN!!!! So excited to take this course!!!! SERIOUSLY EXCITED!!!!!
  6. Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies –
    This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
    – Media Studies?? Very Thought-Provoking!!!

And that is the list of the courses I’m going to take. Now, I may be adding a course to the Fall, that is if I get in… but we shall see. I’m going to cross my fingers for luck ;)

If I get in, I’ll be doing my happy dance!

When in Doubt, Sketch!

The stereotypical artist/designer:

  1. funked up hipster clothing
  2. crazy hair
  3. SKETCHBOOK IN HAND!

3. on the list is the most important tool for any creative individual.

Why is this?

It helps to recollect inspiration around you.

I have heard people say to carry a sketchbook wherever you go, and I may just take them up on that suggestion. Considering that I live in a diverse and unique city, many interesting things may occur and I may want to remember those things I see, hear, etc. You can do a quick doodle or a full on drawing, just as long as you place it on the paper is better than nothing.

Here is the stack of my sketchbooks:

my stack of used sketchbooks

And here is a drawing I made for my cover page for my Grade 12 Art sketchbook (Andy Warhol inspired and I used my Promarkers of course :D )

Campbell’s Sketchbook Soup

Laptops, Fantasies, and Rice Cookers??

I have been fantasizing about my first-year experience lately. Some of my friends are already making shopping trips to IKEA and Canadian Tire for the basic necessities needed their rooms and for just general survival. One of my best friends is even taking the extremes and sneaking a rice cooker into her room! Me? You ask? I won’t be needing to make those trips to IKEA and whatever and sneaking rice cookers anywhere (where do you even buy a rice cooker??). I will have to make a stop at a mall of some description to purchase new clothes because when you go to a private school for most of your life, the school uniform takes a prominent spot in the closet. Nevertheless, the only important purchases that need to be made for my “room” will be my TTC Student Pass and my new LAPTOP! To make things more clear, I am going into first-year Graphic Design at OCAD University so that basically explains why I’m not making those trips like my friends. However, the trip to get my new LAPTOP may just be the most important one of all!

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Let me explain.

I have a soft-spot for good working Apple Products. For those with PCs, you may turn your nose into the air and think whatever you like. Apple is just pure awesome! So, you could understand my constant nagging about my new laptop, considering my current 6-year-old MacBook is about to die. This lead to my sisters rolling their eyes and hoping I would just shut up about my new computer. I would give my dad a sorrowful look like my puppy died and he would just roll his eyes. No matter what, getting my new computer was a slow slow process.

Luckily, though, I have determined which kind of computer I would like in my possession. It is the new Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It is light like the MacBook Air and as resolution screen of 2880 x 1800 pixels, which is a pretty damn good screen. I, in early June, went to OCAD for a workshop to help me register my courses and there was a booth available to ask questions about computers. I spent about most of my time discussing with a worker in the OCAD store about which computer I should buy. He, inevitably, said this new MacBook Pro would be the best choice for a Graphic Design student as myself.

So, when I finally convinced my dad to drive me to OCAD to get my computer, I found out that the exact type of computer I wanted to purchase was all gone. OUT OF STOCK! My worst fear came true! More waiting!

Now that my new laptop is on order and I expect it to arrive in the next week or 2, I definitely feel that the wait will be so worth it. I now feel like my friend with the rice cooker simply because I need this for my room next year.

My LAPTOP is her RICE COOKER.

laptop

rice cooker

Promarker Pro

Promarkers

There is a brand of markers that I am particularly fond of using. You may be thinking of Sharpie markers from my following post called Using Sharpie but you are mistaken. Don’t get me wrong. Sharpie markers are bold and effective for creating graphic images, but there is another kind of marker that achieves this as well: Promarkers!

I absolutely love Promarkers! I am so glad I have these within my desk drawers. The smoothness of the colours are perfect for colouring and the wide range of shades is useful for drawing realistic shades. Though you can get numerous shades with one marker, using more than one marker because you can blend the ink beautifully.

I first tried Promarkers on my 14th birthday when I received three packs of them. Now, I cannot stop buying these markers. The more I use them, the more I discover what they can do with them in my artwork. I use them for fine details, in hair for example, or for just scribbling, little flowers for example.

I have lost count of how many Promarkers I have! I know for a fact that I have at least over 100 but I don’t have a specific number to share. Yes, I am a bit in love with this product. Yes, I use them for many many projects… and Yes, it is difficult to resist buying them whenever I go to an art store.

a drawing for a school agenda contest
made with ProMarkers

Anime and Manga: there is a difference

egg

Many of my close friends and family members associate me as a specific type of food: an egg. Although I would have preferred being associated with a Hershey’s Kiss or even a strawberry, they still call me an egg.

Why an egg?
Is it because I am boring on the outside and cool and bright on the inside? I eat a lot of eggs?

Even though the answers to these questions should be a yes, they are not the reason. It is because I have a slight obsession with Asian culture. I’m “white” on the outside and “asian” on the inside and that’s where the egg comes in.

This obsession started in middle school, when I received my first packs of ProMarkers and two books about drawing manga and making anime. While I started sketching out my own characters and achieving a graphic look, I also began watching many anime shows some of my friends recommended, like Death Note, Lucky Star, DearS, and many others. My three sisters took notice of this and, besides teasing me, think that manga and anime are synonyms, and practically the same thing. This has always bothered me, being the egg that I am, because there is in fact distinct differences between the two.

Death Note Anime

Death Note Manga

Manga is Japanese for comic, and anime is Japanese for animation. Often, manga and anime are so closely related that they will have the same series in both versions, like the series Death Note. When you study the both together more closely, the are differences in their art quality, the quantity, and the styles between them.

A normal animation runs for about 24 frames a second, making an anime quite demanding in art quantity. Therefore, an anime usually has about several million images. Obviously a manga has fewer images and are drawn in panels. As well, more space is used for the speech bubbles for the words in the story. So, manga uses much less space and pages than an anime and are usually drawn in black and white from top to bottom, right to left, whereas animes are done in colour.

Also, having a background is a crucial feature, especially in animes, to emphasize a place of action, the movements a character makes, and even to reflect a character’s thoughts. On the other hand, manga can get away with no background, following the motto “less is in fact more.” Not every panel requires a background, so more emphasis can be placed on the characters.

From these points, there are differences between anime and manga, strictly on the artistic content of each. Although they are both Japanese and influence each other heavily, they can never be the same concept. Each one has unique qualities, often resulting in people preferring one over the other. For example, I do enjoy the action portrayed in anime but am also interested in the simple beauty manga has to offer.

I am glad that I have this obsession with Asian culture because it creates a unique aspect of myself I can share with other people with similar interests. My sisters should read this so they can understand that anime and manga are not the same thing the next time they decide to tease me about my “egg” personality.