Sarah's Blog

Welcome to my blog! Anyone who loves art,and anyone who enjoys a journey itself rather than reaching the destination will be able to share my little imaginaria.


Quadruped 3D Model-Sculptris: Dinosaur

My quadruped model is a dinosaur. I used ‘Inflate’, ‘Grab’ and ‘Smooth’ mostly, to create this model. I chose a metallic material before painting and it resulted in a shiny little  dino!

Biped 3D Model-Sculptris: Eagle


These are my 3D models ‘Eagle’,created using Sculptris program.

The first model is the shape. I used ‘Inflate’, ‘Grab’ and ‘Smooth’ functions to creat this shape. Second, I added eyes using ‘New Sphere’. Finally, I pained this shape. What a cute eagle!

Web Design

In designing a web site, there are some principles to be kept in mind to produce a good web site.

1.       Simplicity

This means “use as few features as are necessary to achieve what you need to achieve”.

Simplicity is important because we want to attract user’s limited attention effectively to what is more important. To achieve this, we need to remove unnecessary components without sacrificing effectiveness and try out alternative solutions that achieve the same result more simply. This means we need to remove all unnecessary visual elements and use the visual details to communicate not just to decorate.

Example: Link to http://www.lifeway.ac.nz/

2.       Simple Navigation

This means permanent navigation needs to be clearly identifiable as navigation, and should be easy to interpret, target and select. This is because users need to be able to identify navigation, which tells them various important information such as where they are, where else they can go from here and what option they have for doing stuff.

There are some ways to make navigation clearly distinguishable from non-navigation: positioning permanent navigation links apart from content; differentiation navigation using colour, tone and shape; making navigation item large and bold; using clear text to make the purpose of each link unambiguous.

Example: Link to http://www.advancedcomputers.co.nz/

3.       Bigger Text

If you make the text bigger, it will make thing more noticeable. Bigger texts stand out better, and they also more accessible to more people. Some people can have visual impairment, or if they are looking on LCD screens in sunlight, on their phone, sitting a little further from the screen, or just skimming the page. Bigger texts can attract people’s attention more easily. You need to fill the same amount of space with less stuff and choose to make more important elements bigger than less important elements. If you need to have a lot of information on a page, and it’s all relatively equal in importance, keep it all small. Making everything big is not a good idea.

Example: Link to http://www.mozilla.org

4.       Bold text introductions

This means a leading headline description. These normally set out the site’s USP, elevator pitch or main message. They tend to be graphical, rather than regular text. The reason for this is that designers want a lot of control over the page’s visual impact, especially early on in a browsing experience. Only use one if you have something bold to say. If you have a simple message that you want to be seen first, headline this. Make it clear by putting it against a relatively plain background.

Example: Link to http://www.photoshop.com/

5.       Strong colours

It is needless to say that bright, strong colours draw the eye. Use them to divide the page into clear sections and to highlight important elements. Use a bit of intense colour to help differentiate areas of importance and to draw attention to items you want the visitor to notice. Colours can be also used for communication brand values, for example, green for good health.  But use strong colours sparingly, only for the high-value features. If everything is in strong colour, it is not so effective to draw attention because the site will feel confusing and chaotic.

Example: Link to http://www.colorschemer.com

These are three examples of GradationGradation is a gradual change between hues, tones, or shades. We actually drew an apple,and applied the gradation technique on it.

These are 4 techniques used in Charcoal Drawing and Design.

Photo 1 is the Left Hand Sketch. If you are a right-hander, you draw with your left hand because your left hand movement is connected to the right side of your brain. It is supposed to tap the right side of our brain, which will help us draw what we see.

Photo 2 shows Blind Contour.Blind Contour is where the artist draws subject matter without looking at the paper.It is supposed to help us observe the object more carefully  through enhanced hand-eye communication.

Photo  3 shows Negative SpaceIn negative space drawing, instead of observing the positive shape of an object, you draw the shape of the space around the object.

My last photo is a example of 10 minutes observation exercise. This one is actually the first technique we used to draw the objects. Main aim for this is the appropriate composition of the drawing with basic lines and design without shading in 10 minutes observation. 

This is my first animation using Pencil.

Rebirth-Maori Carving

Rebirth-Maori Carving

A Prince: Mt Cook
When I saw Mt Cook, I was fascinated with its majestic beauty. It looked as if it is commanding all the other great snow-capped mountains.It looked young to me though..like a prince, not a king.

A Prince: Mt Cook

When I saw Mt Cook, I was fascinated with its majestic beauty. It looked as if it is commanding all the other great snow-capped mountains.It looked young to me though..like a prince, not a king.

Bluerose-winter

Bluerose-winter