Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tombola Of Dreams Update: Only 10 Tickets Left!

Hurry! There are only 10 more tickets available for the CGAA Tombola Of Dreams!  
Go here to purchase the final few!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Useful Lighting tutorials for maya

While looking for some help on how to light a candle lit scene in Maya I came across these useful tutorials. Their quite easy to follow and are really great for getting certain lighting effects.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Saturday 30th November - CGAA Suites Open For Business!

It's another UCA Open Day on Saturday 30th November, which means I'll be meeting with prospective students and their parents and 'talking the talk'.  The CGAA suites will be open for business between 10am - 3pm (or thereabouts), and I always prefer it when there's a buzz on the lower 4th.  It would be great to see you there, but do be prepared to answer any questions from visitors - or be the butt of my rubbish jokes!  Hope to see some of you in-situ.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tombola Of Dreams Reaches £800!

Wow! The CGAA Tombola Of Dreams has just reached £800! Well done all of you!  The grand total of £1,000 is in our reach!  We just need 10 more people to purchase 2 tickets, or 20 people to purchase 1!  Go on - if you haven't bought your ticket(s) yet, go here to the online store.  It's your chance to win a brand new iPad and other treats!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Year 1 Artist's Toolkit - Life Drawing

Hi everyone, we'll be working with colour again tomorrow, so please bring paints, ink, pastels etc.
We'll also be focusing on the face, hands and feet.
Here are a few images to pique your interest...


1. Albrecht Durer - Praying Hands
2. Raphael - Studies of the heads of Two Apostles and of their hands
3. Michelangelo - Study of three male figures
4. Michelangelo - Study for the Creation of Adam
5. Modigliani - La Belle Romaine
6. Francis Bacon - (from) Three Studies of Lucien Freud
7. David Mazure - Embrace Process part 2
8. Diana Schmertz - The cause of itself

CGAA One-A-Day: iDiots

Charming and depressing!  The idiocy of consumerism as fuelled by in-built obsolescence laid bare...  This is us.

IDIOTS from BLR_VFX on Vimeo.

Monday, November 25, 2013

FAO Year 3: Dissertation Tutorial Group 1 - Feedback Sessions Now On Monday 2nd December

Apologies for the scheduling change, but I have to attend a meeting at UCA Farnham on Tuesday 3rd Dec @ 11am.  If we could shift your Dissertation Feedback sessions to Monday 2nd - same times - that would be appreciated.

Ernesta @ 9.30am
Gabriel @ 10am
Sammy @ 10.30am
Lydia @ 11am
Alice @ 11.30am
Anthony @ 12 noon
Tom @ 12.30pm

I'll be in the CGAA office.  See you then & spread the word. Many thanks!

FAO Year 3: Film Screening: The Cabin In The Woods

I'm showing Drew Goddard's meta-mash-up The Cabin In The Woods as the finale to the year 2 postmodernism film programme this Wednesday @ 2pm in Lecture Theatre 1.  I thought some of you might be interested in coming along, as it's not a film I've screened before and it's a lot of fun.  You're welcome to attend.  Hope to see some of you there.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Q Pootle 5 Episodes

Hello everyone! Leo here once again with some episodes of Q Pootle 5 for you!

Q Pootle 5 is here!
It's been a while, but I'm happy to say that some of the episodes I've worked on for Q Pootle 5 on the CBeebies channel are finally up on BBC iPlayer. Catch them while you can before they're no longer avaliable!

The Eight-Eyed Thingy from Galaxy 7 
Q Pootle 5 is called into action when Groobie sees something lurking in his store cupboard. Is it really an eight-eyed thingy, or just some hungry space mice?
- Some great horror-esque lighting here.

Strange Sounds In The Night 
Q Pootle 5 and his friends have a camp out to discover what has been keeping Bud-D awake at night.
- Look out for the nightime shots in this one :)

The Cosmic Whipple 
It is the day of the Cosmic Whipple. But, when Oopsy gets stranded it looks like she is going to miss the most wonderful light show in the whole galaxy.
- Spectacular effects and colours make this one of most visually rich episodes yet!

New episodes are out next this week on the CBeebies channel at 7:35am, or check back on BBC iPlayer for daily new episodes. You can also keep up to date with Q Pootle 5 on the facebook page here.

Oh and this is nice to see after all the hard work :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

CGAA Tombola Of Dreams - Ticket Sales Update & New Deadline For Buying Your Tickets Announced!

Over recent days, you might have seen me stalking the halls with a box of orange ping pong balls and a permanent marker; the ping pong balls correspond to tickets already purchased by CGAA students, staff and alumni, with their names and ticket number written on the ball, before the ball is added to the tombola in readiness for the grand draw on Friday 13th December @ 6pm in the CGAA Baseroom.  If you've purchased tickets, but haven't yet written your name and number on a ping-pong ball, don't worry, I know who you are, and I'll find you next week :)

Only 45 tickets remain at the UCA online store, so it's time to purchase yours now.  With a grand prize of a brand new Apple iPad Wi-Fi 64 GB, the CGAA Tombola Of Dreams is your chance to get your hands on some great stuff - and help crowd-fund our graduates' exhibition stand at New Designers 2014.   

If everyone purchased their 2 x £10 tickets, we'd meet this term's fund-raising target of £1,000!   So, "Roll up! Roll up!" 

I have now extended the deadline for purchasing your tickets: revised deadline is Monday 2nd December.

Purchase Your Tombola Tickets Here

*Alumni & staff welcome!  Just visit the online store, register, and purchase your tickets! Your continued support of the CGAA community is appreciated.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

FAO CGAA Year 3: Draft Dissertation Hand-in Reminder

Submission of DRAFT Dissertation:


11.00 am-12 noon to the Campus Registry, Ground floor

Reminder: you must also submit an electronic copy of your dissertation as one document to Turnitin, by the deadline.  This is available through myUCA, under ‘Assessment’ in the relevant unit area.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Roll up! Roll up! Buy Your Tickets Now For The Tombola Of Dreams!

With a grand prize of a brand new Apple iPad Wi-Fi 64 GB, the CGAA Tombola Of Dreams is your chance to get your hands on some great stuff - and help crowd-fund our graduates' exhibition stand at New Designers 2014.*

If everyone purchased their 2 x £10 tickets, we'd meet this term's fund-raising target of £1,000!   So, "Roll up! Roll up!" Deadline for purchasing your tickets is Monday 25th November.

Purchase Your Tombola Tickets Here

*Alumni welcome!  Just visit the online store, register, and purchase your tickets! Your continued support of the CGAA community is appreciated.

The Supplement: Hyperrealistic Painting

While exploring the realms of hyperreality within my  postmodernism research, I came across an interesting article showcasing a selection of hyperrealistic paintings from artists around the globe, discussing their techniques. The attention to detail and realism within to their work provoke a self induced argument that make you question whether or not they are photographs or paintings. There are plenty of examples out there, these are a just a select few, take a look!

Off the Track, by Denis Peterson (Urenthanes on Wooden Panel)

Berkeley Pinto, by Robert Bechtle (Oil on Canvas)

Volkswagen, by Don Eddy (Acrylic on Canvas)

Gap Outlet, Waterside Shops, by Tom Blackwell (Oils on Canvas)

Supersandwhich! by Tjalf Sparnaay (Oil on Linen)

Monument Square by Anthony Brunelli (Oil on Linen)

1908 Indian Racer by Peter Maier (Oil on Canvas)

Bahama Surf by Charles Hartley (Oil on Polyester)

DJ #2. by Matteo Mezetta (Oil on Canvas)

Sushi! by Hubert De Lartigue (Acrylic on Canvas)

 Autonno 2. by Luigi Benedicenti (Oil on Panel)

 Rosies Diner by Robert Gniewek (Oil on Canvas)

 Midway by David Parrish (Oil on Canvas)

 Beach 125 by Hilo Chen

42nd Street, Sunday Morning by Clive Head (Oil on Linen)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

CGAA One-A-Day: Hound

Just look at this  - absolutely stunning art direction - and clever use of non-linear story-telling to create an engaging narrative out of a largely unremarkable event.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

CGAA One-A-Day: Invention of Love

"A love story from the world of gears and bolts".

Invention of Love, from Andrey Shushkov on Youtube

FAO CGAA Year 3: Message From Chris Hunt

Tuesday 19th November – Chris Hunt will be doing the morning's dissertation tutorials in the CG office instead of the usual place. Times are unchanged: 11am – Sean, 11.30 – Jamie; 12.00 – Natalie; 12.30 – Stitch.

Trailer: Noah (2014)

Dir. Darren Aronofsky

Year 3 CGAA Maya Class Postponed 19/11/2013

Due to the dissertation draft hand-in on Friday 22nd Nov next weeks Maya class will be postponed. However, normal service will be resumed the following week.

Use the time productively and good luck with your dissertations.

CGAA The Supplement: Agatha Christie's Poirot

The BBC has a nice article on the set design in the long running Poirot TV series with David Suchet, in particular focussing on the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne elements.