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For my self-portrait project I decided to use a thinking image of me because I am constantly brainstorming new ideas for my stories and characters. I decided to use charcoal for this project. This requires various line weights and shaping to create the depth of the image. For certain spots of the portrait I started with lines but turned them into shading: eyelids and nose. I left the background white so my shirt would not vanish in the piece. The white background helps make all of me the focal point of the piece. This will help in the Digital Media and Animation field of work because it will add detail to my work. This project was completed with success.
For my puppet I decided to make the entire body mad of wood. The parts to the arms, feet and legs are all the same length. The hands and shoulders are roughly cut a quarter of the arms, feet and legs parts. The torso was the largest piece of wood. Then I made a wire frame in the shape of the head. After the frame was completed, newsprint paper was inserted into the wire frame. Then the clay was layered over top of it. The nose was constructed from the original clay head and so were the lips, but the eyes, ears, hair, beard, and eye brows were applied after the heads form was made. The final step was to paint it. I used gouache paint for my puppet. The red and black in the body, arms and legs worked with each other, but I used a different approach with the face. I used my features to determine facial colors. The yellow represents my blonde hair. My eyes are blue and I am always called pale, so the skin is white.
“In the begining there was only chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells, and Night. All else was empty, silent, endless, darkness. Then somehow Love was born bringing a start of order. From Love came Light and Day. Once there was Light and Day, Gaea, the earth appeared.
Then Erebus slept with Night, who gave birth to Ether, the heavenly light, and to Day the earthly light. Then Night alone produced Doom, Fate, Death, Sleep, Dreams, Nemesis, and others that come to man out of darkness.
Meanwhile Gaea alone gave birth to Uranus, the heavens. Uranus became Gaea’s mate covering her on all sides. Together they produced the three Cyclopes, the three Hecatoncheires, and twelve Titans.
However, Uranus was a bad father and husband. He hated the Hecatoncheires. He imprisoned them by pushing them into the hidden places of the earth, Gaea’s womb. This angered Gaea and she ploted against Uranus. She made a flint sickle and tried to get her children to attack Uranus. All were too afraid except, the youngest Titan, Cronus.
Gaea and Cronus set up an ambush of Uranus as he lay with Gaea at night. Cronus grabed his father and castrated him, with the stone sickle, throwing the severed genitales into the ocean. The fate of Uranus is not clear. He either died, withdrew from the earth, or exiled himself to Italy. As he departed he promised that Cronus and the Titans would be punished. From his spilt blood came the Giants, the Ash Tree Nymphs, and the Erinnyes. From the sea foam where his genitales fell came Aphrodite.
Cronus became the next ruler. He imprisoned the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires in Tartarus. He married his sister Rhea, under his rule the Titans had many offspring. He ruled for many ages. However, Gaea and Uranus both had prophesied that he would be overthrown by a son. To avoid this Cronus swallowed each of his children as they were born. Rhea was angry at the treatment of the children and ploted against Cronus. When it came time to give birth to her sixth child, Rhea hid herself, then she left the child to be raised by nymphs. To concel her act she wrapped a stone in swaddling cloths and passed it off as the baby to Cronus, who swallowed it.
This child was Zeus. He grew into a handsome youth on Crete. He consulted Metis on how to defeat Cronus. She prepaired a drink for Cronus design to make him vomit up the other children. Rhea convinced Cronus to accept his son and Zeus was allowed to return to Mount Olympus as Cronus’s cupbearer. This gave Zeus the opertunity to slip Cronus the specially prepaired drink. This worked as planned and the other five children were vomitted up. Being gods they were unharmed. They were thankful to Zeus and made him their leader.
Cronus was yet to be defeated. He and the Titans, except Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Oceanus, fought to retain their power. Atlas became their leader in battle and it looked for some time as though they would win and put the young gods down. However, Zeus was cunning. He went down to Tartarus and freed the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires. Prometheus joined Zeus as well. He returned to battle with his new allies. The Cyclopes provided Zeus with lighting bolts for weapons. The Hecatoncheires he set in ambush armed with boulders. With the time right, Zeus retreated drawing the Titans into the Hecatoncheires’s ambush. The Hecatoncheires rained down hundreds of boulders with such a fury the Titans thought the mountains were falling on them. They broke and ran giving Zeus victory.
Zeus exiled the Titans who had fought against him into Tartarus. Except for Atlas, who was singled out for the special punishment of holding the world on his shoulders.
However, even after this victory Zeus was not safe. Gaea angry that her children had been imprisoned gave birth to a last offspring, Typhoeus. Typhoeus was so fearsome that most of the gods fled. However, Zeus faced the monster and flinging his lighting bolts was able to kill it. Typhoeus was burried under Mount Etna in Sicily.
Much later a final challenge to Zeus rule was made by the Giants. They went so far as to attempt to invade Mount Olympus, piling mountain upon mountain in an effort to reach the top. But, the gods had grown strong and with the help of Heracles the Giants were subdued or killed.”
Hunt, J. M. “Creation of the World.” Greek Mythology Story Creation. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.
For my comic I decided to use the creation story of greek mythology. It starts with Gaea and Uranus together, then because Uranus is a bad father and he gets overthrown I illustrated his son, Cronus overthrowing him. The next image represents Cronus taking his place on the throne. Then Cronus was prophesied to be killed by a son so he attempted to eat all his children. However, when Zeus is born, Cronus is tricked into eating a rock instead. That is what the fourth image represents. The final image in my comic is the representation of Zeus beating Cronus and taking his place on the throne.
The art I chose for my comic was similar to that of the artwork used on old greek vases. However the colors I chose are different than the vase art because they are not two colors. Multiple different colors gave each character a more god-like look. Also, unlike the vase art I made the male gods shirtless which at the time also gave these gods a more god-like appearance.Theres a very simple use of line to make the details for the characters and most of the clothes they wore maintained a pattern in them.
In between each panel of the comics is a “gutter”. A gutter is the space between two panels where a gap in time is created. In my comic a lot of time is in this area just waiting until the next key moment of the story. While a lot of time is skipped over the story is still possible to follow because not much key information is inside the gutter. The way I used the panels was to capture a big moment in the story. Each panel shows a significant moment. However, these moments don’t take up a lot of the story and I decided to show the moment in smaller panels so the time seems shorter. I chose to make the bottom panel the biggest and longest because Zeus becoming king of the god’s was a significant moment and had the most happen in that time of the story. Each panel is closed to contain the time in the story. Nothing over laps because most of the moments were not that close together in time.
Comics can help with digital media and animation by helping an animator control time and space in his or her stories or comics. The panels and spaces between the panels are indicators of time. The spaces in between give a story mystery and depending on how an animator or illustrator uses the panels, they can indicate the time elapsed between events. Comics are beneficial to two dimensional animation as well to represent movement of a character in a space