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Category: Ignite Week

Animation Project Ignite Week – define and inquire

I decided to do an animation for my Ignite Week personalize it. I decided to use a few videos to do this as well as tutorials. I decided to do this because I want to pursue animation as a possible career choice and I need more experience in it.  I used these two tutorials:


Of course, you might be wondering, what is Toon Boom? I’m using Toon Boom Harmony for my animation. It is really hard to use and I’m just using the trial version as Toon Boom can be quite costly (73$ a year, wow). If I’d really want to pursue animation, I could download a free program like Blender or pencil 2d.

I decided to do some storyboarding. I’m planning to only finish about 20 seconds but the full animation is something I can pursue out of school. Toon Boom works sort of like with keyframes and regular frames. I also can use pegs to create character rigs.

While drawing all of this, I ran into a few problems, such as how to use keyframes and such. It was confusing to say the least. The program does look complicated but I figured out some hotkeys to use. Toon Boom is more like actual flipbook animation. Nevertheless, I continued with my animation.

I have a plan for the week to finish the sketch and then layer over it and possibly finish it with a white background. But if I really wanted to take it above and beyond I could add a background and some shading. That’d take some time, so I want to get the main animation done first. Getting a sketch done is presentable enough. I really enjoy my animation so far, so it’d take some time.

I’d really look forward to the end project!


Express It: Reflection

Overall, I really enjoyed this project. I really liked drawing and planning my skateboard and seeing the finished product. I was very proud of it, and I really like the work and effort I put into the skateboard + its finishing touches.

My Process
I started off with a prototype. This was a paper cut out with my planned design on it. This was Develop and Plan.  Second, I then copied my design to my board after using the paper cut out as a reference. I used graphite paper to trace it onto my skateboard. This was Create and Improve. After that, I duct taped out my caracal and then spray painted a gradient from blue > orange > red. After that, I used paint markers to create my design, orange with white and the flowers. There was one thing I could have done, which was coloring it first before outlining it. Because I didn’t do this, the paint markers ended up smudging. Then, there was a challenge. I didn’t like the other side of my skateboard and so I spray painted over it with a dark blue. I sprayed too much and ended up making it drip; it had an uneven texture. I sanded it down, and then repainted it. I added wheels, and then it was finished 🙂

Skills I learned
I learned a lot of skills during this project. I learned how to spray paint and learned how to use other materials, such as paint markers, and using masking tape to spray over the subject without spray painting it.

There was a lot of things I enjoyed. I really enjoyed working on my skateboard and painting it, and I also really liked the gradient I made. However, the whole experience was the highlight and I feel really proud of my skateboard.

Ignite Week Media

Ignite Week Media

My prototype and the other board

Prototype design transferred to wood

spray painted the background

finished top

finished bottom

Express It: Create and Improve

Day Four – Almost Exhibition!

What worked and what didn’t?
Well, a lot of things worked while some didn’t. I really worked hard on the caracal, but it smudged and as a result, it became brown. I fixed this problem by swatching the paint pens, since the paint pens had absorbed the black ink and I needed to wash it out.  I was very excited when my design didn’t get blocked by the wheels, since it’s considerably near the wheel area.

What was most challenging and how did you overcome this?
The most challenging part was when I spray painted, both times. The first time, I had to duct tape my entire design so I could spray over it, and the second time I sprayed too much and it dripped, dried and then I had to sand it down, creating the scratchy texture you see right now. I fixed this by waiting for it to fully dry and then I painted over it. It’s not the best solution, but it works. 🙂

How will you use feedback to improve your design?
I can do this by asking peers what would go well or not, such as outlining the caracal. If someone can tell me how to properly spray-paint, maybe my board wouldn’t have that texture. People can teach me a lot of things, and also suggest new things for my board.

Test your design with your audience.
I don’t know if we’re auctioning to students or teachers, but first of all, a lot of people in the class liked the design and enjoyed it. As a board, I didn’t try it yet but I tried an unpainted board. The only thing I noticed that was a bit offputting was that it was slightly weak and didn’t turn that well.

How did your prototype help your final design?
Well, to use my prototype, I used paper and traced over my design. It was quite pretty, and the prototype helped me center the caracal’s face and copy it effectively. It also let me copy the same design and redraw it which could help me color it better.

Make It, Express It

Day Three of Ignite Week
I’ve gotta say, making a skateboard is very exciting. I’ve finished the background for my main design, which is a gradient of dark blue > orange > red, with a sun. This technique to spray paint it without ruining the subject was to tape it up. I spray painted over the tape, but I spray painted too much, and it started dripping. That’s why there are some drip marks, but I managed to cover most of it with red paint marker.  It was fun as well. Another thing I started noticing was that as I was painting the caracal, some of the black paint marker came off and smudged with my orange. This was a problem, as my paint marker started to paint brown. This problem could’ve been avoided if I painted the subject before applying the black parts. I solved this problem by taking a piece of paper and swatching it until it became its original color.

A lot of people have come and looked at my design, including my friends and everyone else in the project. They gave me advice as well as tips for how to blend paint markers.

So far, Masterpiece with a Message has been pretty fun. I hope that I can re-spray the top of the board to a dark blue/black, but we’ll have to wait until I finish the main design.


Skating With Color

What am I doing? Who is Skateistan and what do they do?
For Ignite Week, I chose Masterpiece with A Message for Express It. This project focuses on creating a skateboard, or rather painting it, and then selling it to raise money for Skateistan, an organization dedicated to helping children in less economically developed countries by offering physical and mental support, as well as educating them. By doing this, they’re teaching children to help each other and to survive in the world.

How can you create a custom skate deck?
I can create a deck by using paint markers. Paint markers can overlay each other, so I can work in layers by applying a background first and then painting the subject of the picture. Paint markers come in a variety of colors so I can make colorful illustrations.

What areas of this project do you think will be challenging?
I think the areas of the project that will be most challenging would be to effectively use the markers. I would have to learn how to use them because I am used to drawing digitally and being able to erase parts of a drawing. Since paint markers are permanent, I would have to overdraw some parts if I make mistakes. I also think being able to draw my subject would be a challenging aspect because I’d need to draw big, opposed to drawing tiny pictures.

What’s your idea?
My idea would be a caracal wearing flowers that sits in front of a setting sun. It’s not meant to symbolize anything, but I really like the idea, and the colors that I could use.



Make it: Reflect and Exhibit

1rst: finished with the felt! 2nd: testing out glue

3rd: hung up with a pipe cleaner. 4th: original

We finished the felt today by cutting it in the same shape of the icons and adding the same holes. We were going to use hot glue but it popped out and we didn’t like it’s messiness, so we used white glue instead. It was also a bit messy but it felt a little better to use. After fastening it onto a basket, we used pipe cleaner. Zip ties were too complicated and hard to get off and rings were too low. That’s also what they look like on the basket.

The highlight for me was probably creating them in Illustrator. It was really fun and challenging to make it so that the icons I made were able to be cut safely. A challenge was probably gluing them on since you had to match up the holes. In the end, it really turned out enjoyable and pretty.

Make It: Create and Improve

A small preview in Illustrator with our icons. In total, we finished 11 icons and we hope to make 4 sets. When they finished cutting, they looked good and nothing fell out.

This was a success and in my opinion, I wouldn’t change anything and that it’s fine the way it is now. Our prototype was in cardboard and after finding that it was very flexible, nice-looking and sustainable, we decided to use it for our final project.

Make It: Develop and Plan

This was our first prototype. We wanted to choose a square and not a circle because a square looked better.

These are the things we wrote down. There are more supplies though.

We also are going to choose between wood and acrylic, although I am leaning more towards acrylic because of color.

Make It: Define and Inquire

For ignite week, I chose Iconic FA! Since I was sick yesterday, I didn’t really get to make/search up an inspiration. Likewise, I didn’t do the first sketch and I hope I get that done soon.

Some students have a hard time getting materials in FA because there are no labels on the boxes! Using small icons, we can help put them on the boxes to make them easier to identify. Other times, some students may not be able to see whether a room is occupied or not and if it’s available for use. Our team is going to find out what icons to use for the material box.

From my interviews, a facilitator stated that they often use whiteboard markers, bins, and rulers when working, and that cabinet materials, ones that are hidden from sight, are much harder to find. They also stated that they’d prefer icons over just labels.

In another interview, a student stated that they liked to use/often used rulers and mathematical materials. They mentioned that finding protractors were hard. They’d prefer to use icons as well.

Using these interviews, I think we should use icons for the material boxes. Whiteboard markers are a necessity to label as they’re used almost everyday and also other materials such as the bins, rulers and other commonly used materials.

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