Showing Work and etc

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I was told recently by a friend from home, an exceptionally talented blogger whose work can be found here, that what makes a good story has a lot to do with how badly the author wants to tell it. If it's something that is there to take up space it is noticeable and it's probably not going to be as entertaining as something that the author really wanted and was excited to express. It kind of goes along with that quote, I can't remember who wrote it or how I found it (you could probably find it here), that goes something like "there is no story so exciting that it can't be made boring. There is no story so boring that it can't be made exciting."

Trolls

Troll
http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2011/07/trollhunter-the-review/
I’ve never admitted to this so publicly before, but here goes it. I am a nerd. The kind of nerd that spends the weekend playing Dungeons and Dragons and staying up until 2 in the morning playing an online card game with my expert mage deck. Yeah.
This nerdiness has now become the driving force behind my desire to illustrate. I would love to go into character design for games or animation, but I am also looking into writing and illustrating children’s books or comic books.

Sublime Storytelling

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Aspects of Austin Kleon’s concepts in Chapter 5 of Show Your Work are simple, yet difficult for some to realize and enact without reading his work that make his ideas apparent.

Titled “Tell Good Stories”, Kleon underlines the importance of professionals knowing their audience, which is basic considering an audience consists of people paying to read, listen, watch, etc.

Audience Listening

However, it is up to the writer to parlay and hoist the value of their work by communicating contextual — and hopefully enticing — information about it.

Showing Stories

I've always been intrigued with the concept of telling stories through different means than words. I've heard some say that "every dance tells a story," but I disagree. Some dance just because they're moving with the music, and that's sometimes more beautiful than a storyline.

Here is a dance that I'm obsessed with, set to a song that I love, "Creep" by Radiohead. Is the choreography based around a story, the mood of the song, or both? I don't even think it matters. It's absolutely beautiful.

Strikes Back, Kleon does!

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Kleon strikes again. I loved these sections in the book. With regards to “Tell Good Stories” though, I really enjoyed his exploration of how your work literally, does not speak for itself. In my theatre class, we are writing play scenes and I have come into contact with this dilemma many times in the semester so far. I write something, expecting it to speak out to people the way that it speaks to me, and it just doesn’t. No one knows how much time and energy I put into that scene, or why I chose to name this character this name. Our work doesn’t speak for itself. People want to hear about the struggle that you went through. They want you to connect them to the artwork in such a way as to make it seem… special.

The Creative Clouds - Weekly Log 2/19

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This week was abbreviated because of the weather, and since class was cancelled Tuesday, the Atlas design team didn't have a whole of time to make headway on the collaborative project.

During class, the team determined that it'd be easiest for our group to meet up outside of class time, so we've set our first group meeting for next Wednesday at 6PM at Nick's. During this time, we'll try to make a plan for the rest of our project, focusing on mapping out responsibilities and deadlines for the case study portion. We'll rely on the design team to help us shape the formatting and multimodal aspects of both the Atlas book and the case study, while the content team focuses on the, well, content.

Stay tuned!

Nick's @ Nine - Weekly Log 2/19

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This week was abbreviated because of the weather, and since class was cancelled Tuesday, the Atlas content team didn't have a whole of time to make headway on the collaborative project.

During class, the team determined that it'd be easiest for our group to meet up outside of class time, so we've set our first group meeting for next Wednesday at 6PM at Nick's (not quite "Nick's @ Nine" but close enough!). During this time, we'll try to make a plan for the rest of our project, focusing on mapping out responsibilities and deadlines for the case study portion. We'll rely on the content team to help us shape the content for both the Atlas book and the case study, while the design team focuses on the formatting and multimodal aspects of the project.

Stay tuned!

Show and Tell

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The reading assigned for this week was once again, an amazing reading by Austin Kleon! Every time I read some of his book, I get on my tumblr or pinterest account, and blog, write, reblog (or repin) and share my ideas, work, inspirations, and anything that I relatively like that may portray my personality or themes in my work. Kleon says, “Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do- sometimes even more than your own work.” However, with it being the Internet and all, I try to be careful because I don’t want to take someone else’s credit, or write something I may regret writing later on. Anyone can see or copy my work on the Internet.

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