The research in particular went well. I took a free tour with a couple of other people visiting the museum and went to the shop to ask a few questions.
What’s the product that sells the most
What’s the one that sells the least
What does the shop need?
The answer I got:
Small objects sell. There is two kind of people that visit the shop: older people and they usually buy really expensive jewellery and school groups (teenagers) that buy smaller things. Top products: Instruments (flute or anything that makes noise)
During the small during I was also able to gather some information:
Pitt rivers is an industrial style of architecture. Pitt Rivers changed his name in order to get inheritance which enabled him to gather the collection. The museum is used by Oxford university for anthropology lessons.
After the introduction we went through North east Japan masks. Not theater type masks. I found out that there were 5 types of characters and masks: Men, women (jealous women look like demons), gods, elderly and demons.
Following Japan we were taken to the last floor. There we could clearly see the largest piece in the museum. It’s a 11,3 meters totem from Canada made from a tree in the end of the 19th century. It was used in a particular event – a celebration, adoption of a baby girl. The guide then told a small story of why there are no frogs in Hihida, Gwaii. Because the only time a frog went there he was bitten by a bear but that bear didn’t eat him because he tasted terribly. The frog then came back and told his “mates” not to go there.
We went down the stairs and looked through the Samurai Warrior costumes. Samurai were a group of people, 10% of the population in Japan. They became bureaucrats. The armatures were only used for ceremonies but one of the problems was that the armature would jeopardize their mobility. They used to use flags on their back to distinguish which side they were on and there was always one man carrying a box with a spare pair of shoes to the battle.
At last, we were shown one gun designed by Pitt Rivers himself that was used in 1860 in the american civil war.Pitt Rivers joined the committee in 1851.
The first stage of this project was sketching. I sketched a few things I liked at first and only after I researched about the museum.
Between the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers we had to create a product that the store would sell. The Natural History Museum looked really appealing to me because I just love animals and specially drawing them. However that’s inside my comfort zone so I decided to go for the Pitt Rivers museum where I ended up finding a lot of patterns, colours and Egyptian figures that got my attention. I also thought that most people were doing the Natural History Museum so my choice was made.
Inside the Pitt Rivers there are a lot of drawers and closets and it has 3 floors so I find it a bit hard to develop a product based on such a great and big collection. Therefore the next step will be to minimise the amount of pieces or patterns I want to work on.
After a while wondering around the museum I got really into the Egyptian figures and started to sketch more that.
So I began to think about products and there are a few characteristics I want my product to fulfil, it has to be:
Cheap (or available for every social class)
Made for a wide range of ages
I researched on useful items and products (on my journal) and then made a small research between relatives and friends to gather information about what they would buy at a museum store. (It had to be an object since I’m in 3D).
My first idea is yet to be developed but I would like to make a lamp with Egyptian patterns or something that connects Egypt and light in some way. I’ll soon present my A1 research sheet and the idea development one.
During this project my time management failed completely and the strangest thing was that this project was the one I was waiting for since I first read the project choice list. Though I really enjoyed making the project I had a lot of trouble coming up with ideas because there is so much I could do…
My research went quite well (when I started it) and ideas just started to pop up once I molded the main idea for my character in my head.
My idea development was subtle. I just did my research and then gathered only what I wanted to achieve my main idea. Let’s say I put all the pieces together and I liked the outcome right away.
I explored several techniques along this project as shown in my last post. I had to think about armatures and mechanisms to make my model move, which I found really fun and interesting. The part where I had to cover my model in PVA was quite boring but once it was dry and I could cover it with clay I started to see the expression I wanted for my character and that was satisfying. I was not as successful in my clay layer as it would be expected and I know that if I had to do it again I would to it better and smother.
If I try to be more patient my work will probably improve.
My work was mainly influenced by Disney and Pixar cartoons. I tried to make my character fit in their characteristics (for example the googly eyes) simply because I absolutely love animation movies from those two industries and I would like to work for them one day.
Personally, I think that the only thing that didn’t work as I wanted was my clay layer.
I will certainly have to be more patient next time.
I took long and some things are not so well made like the jumper, it’s just glued because I don’t know how to sue but I generally like the outcome. I just wish I had had more time to make a stop-motion animation with this model because both the head and the ears move.
I thought that coming up with a character based on our self would be easy because who know us better than ourselves? But it wasn’t. In the begging I was struggling and the only idea I had was to make my model an animal and not human shape. I guess I started my project quite late because I couldn’t decide what to do.
After a few days ideas started to pop-up. I chose to do a fusion of animals, a fox, a sloth and a dog and everyone of them has it’s meaning concerning my personality.
Fox: “It is noteworthy to observe the fox while it is on the hunt. We see its entire body is pointed like an arrow – straight and tightly aimed. This is a symbolic message for us to set a determined, and powerfully focused mindset in order to “hit the target” of our desires.” Fox’s meaning and symbolism’s are:
I can see most of these qualities in myself and the fox is an animal I always loved.
Sloth: “they are extremely friendly to the point of seeming a bit naive. That paired with their tendency to avoid confrontation” and they are of course known by their slowness on doing things which I can relate to. Either the slowness or their naivety.
Dog: Mostly because they are SO CUTE but also because of their companionship, loyalty and intelligence.
After choosing the animals I wanted to fuse I started to experiment on my A1 idea development sheet. I studied the physiognomy of the sloth and the fox and how to mix them. Then I thought about some detail such as putting my eye color on the character and my earrings.
It was quite easy to think about the armature and after a while I had my character designed as well as some color tests and cartoony facial expressions !