Life drawing week 4

This week’s session was un-tutored and was run by the model, this meant I got no tips or pointers but it also meant I could just relax and have a go.  I also tried sitting down working with my board on the back of another chair, this was a much more comfortable position and I really enjoyed this week’s session, see my work from this session below:

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Trading Interactive

I have been trying to think of a way to deliver the information about Viking trading, in the form of an interactive within my application and what I have decided on is the process of trading a Viking comb for coins, using a Viking weighing scale.  When the idea came to me I made a quick doodle in my notebook, see below:

I then did some research on Viking scales and made a mood board, see below:


I drew my scales, Viking coins and a Viking comb, see below:


I then added these together and built them into a trading interactive, which hopefully will deliver the information in an interesting engaging way, see video below:

No life drawing, No computer so what did I do Viking gods

Today I turned up to my life drawing class and to my surprise there was nobody there and no class, I had been dropped off at uni and I had to meet somebody near uni in the afternoon, so I was stuck there, so I thought I would just get on with some of my other work but then I realised I had not brought my Laptop or files with me, so what was I to do?  I decided to start work on a section of my application that I have not looked at yet ‘Viking Gods’, I started my research for my text and I started to draw Asgarde the home of the Norse Gods but neither piece is finished and I will post more about this area when I do some more.

Viking Settlements

I have just completed the Viking settlements part of my application; I have chosen to concentrate on Viking settlements in:

  • England & Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • America


To accompany the text in the England & Scotland part of the app, I added a fading animation that changes states between illustrating how the country was divided and where the main Viking settlement in the area are, see video below:

For the Ireland section, I added an illustration of a piece of Viking metal work to accompany the text and I also illustrated a Norwegian fjord to reinforce the textual information, see image below:

vikings in Ireland

To illustrate Greenland I have used an image that I created early on in my research, as I was experimenting a bit more with Photoshop but it fits well with the scene, see below:

vikings in iceland

To reinforce the text information that Iceland was very cold, I decided to make my Iceland scene very wintery, see below:

vikings in greenland

For the section regarding America, I wanted to reinforce the fact that Vikings where at conflict with the Native American Indians.  I needed some American Indian characters, so I started by creating a mood board, see below:


I then drew two characters, see below:

Indian Characters

Next I placed them in a scene which I hope depicts the conflict that I intended to illustrate, see below:

vikings in america

Meeting with James Field

Today I had a meeting with my former tutor James Field (from my B.A days) to show him the work I have done and to get some feedback from a fellow new media designer.  James was very impressed with the work I have done and his feedback was incredibly useful, he pointed out a couple of areas for improvement but in general it was just a bit of tidying up.  As a result of this meeting I intend to:

  • Tidy up my text by removing one of my font types and setting up guides to make my text more consistant.
  • Making headings a constant size and by that I mean due to the differing amount of words and length of words, the headers currently are consistent in font size but vary in terms of screen real estate, so I will adjust the size of the headers so they occupy a more consistent space upon the screen.
  • I will also explore ways of making it clearer to the user, the relationship between the upper and lower levels of the navigation system.


I was incredibly nervous about my presentation for today’s symposium prior to the event and this was unusual for me as I am not usually fazed by public speaking.  I prepared a presentation, see below:

I also prepared an academic paper which I then delivered to my peers, see paper below:

My nerves quickly disappeared during the delivery of my paper and I think it went quite well, the feedback I have received so far has been positive but I will have to wait for more formal feedback on my presentation and I will post further information regarding my feedback when I get it.