Posts Tagged ‘cogswell’

Dare of the Week: 012

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Draw a Monster
Hey Students!

This week we have a special dare that caters to your world right now: Finals Week. I know that finals week can be a terrible and horrifying monster that is only nearly rivaled by the Mid-Terms Monster and that can really stunt creativity. So what kind of solution can we come up with to battle that creative block? Well, how about a dare that helps you visualize what YOUR Finals Week Monster looks like. Make it scary, ugly, mean, sad, cute, fluffy, slimy, alien, dark, gruesome… it doesn’t matter! It’s your monster! Maybe making it cute will help you feel better about your finals!

Dare of the Week: 012
What did your “Finals Monster” look like???

Source File Here: www.cogswell.edu/picts/Monster.psd

I have uploaded the guidelines file (above) that the people over at Eat Sheep used to make their monster. I thought maybe having a similar “rig” would be fun to see how people fit the parameters with their monster. The only thing I ask is…FINISH YOUR FINALS FIRST, please. Good luck on all your tests, projects and papers! Can’t wait to see your monsters! (P.S. – I included some examples and even a video tutorial)

Monsters from Eat Sheep

And remember, once you are finished, post those monsters here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Cogswell on CG Society

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CG Society Article

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to bring you some really cool and exciting news that just came across my desk. You have all been seeing the success that the latest Project X film, Worlds Apart, has been seeing. A few of you have even seen how cool it is by having the privilege of watching the whole thing. This next bit of news is huge for Worlds Apart and for Cogswell..

Recently, a couple crew members from Worlds Apart contacted CG Society and inquired about getting the film featured on their site in some way. They never expected anything crazy, just a link, maybe a small summary on their list of animated shorts. After they send some material to the editor they couldn’t believe his response. He decided that he wanted to do a full 2 page article on the film!

If you don’t know who or what CG Society is, it is probably about time that you checked the site out. They are one of, if not the biggest, online CG Art and VFX websites in the world. They not only feature individual artists work but also professional studio work as well. They get thousands of hits on their site everyday and host some of the most beautiful cg art that I have ever seen. It is not only and honor to be featured on their site but a privilege and the crew of the film couldn’t be more happy.

If you want to check out the article and more about Worlds Apart, follow the link below.

http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/worlds_apart

Congratulations to the Worlds Apart crew! Hope you just as much success in your coming projects!

-Zombie

Dare of the Week: 011

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Hello once again readers!

Ok people, so this week’s dare is one that I personally have been wanting to do and I figured making it a dare would help me get to it. I have been on massive 8-Bit kick lately and have really always been a fan of the art style since I kind of grew up on the stuff. I also love photography, well, portraiture specifically. Also, with the age of social networking and the avatar craze, combining the two art forms is almost a perfect blend. So… this time…

Dare of the Week: 011
Do an 8-Bit digital portrait!

The guidelines this time are, no using Photoshop filters! I can tell and it takes away all the creativity from the dare, so don’t do it! Have fun, I can’t wait to see them!

8-Bit Portrait

And remember, once you are finished, post that 8-bit goodness here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Year Up with Cogswell Entrepreneurship

Monday, April 9th, 2012

On Friday March 23rd the Entrepreneurship Program was asked to visit Year Up, an organization dedicated to closing the “Opportunity Divide” by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The students that are enrolled into the program participate in classes that prepare them for jobs in IT, managerial, and technology-based positions.  YearUp asked entrepreneurship instructor Bret Sweet to speak on his career past, present, and future and provide perspective to the current YearUp classes. YearUp has been around since 2000, originating in Boston acquiring 22 students their first  year. By 2002 the first internships organized by the program start to form and the first graduating class walked out into the world in 2004. From then on, expansion led to sites appearing in Rhode Island, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.

The YearUp SF campus was located in a brick building on Spear Street in San Francisco; the lobby hosted a very bright blue wall with a very kind greeting staff. Bret was no stranger to Year Up since he had gone to business school with the host of the speaking event. Praise awaited him around every corner and he had received a round of applause with his entrance into the event room. As per the usual charisma that Mr. Sweet gives at all of his talks, it was no surprise that students were left almost speechless. You could see the different emotions and lessons that Bret was presenting to the young adults in their faces with his stories of hardships, early ventures into entrepreneurship, and even family troubles. To say it was an inspiring motivational talk would be an understatement. Almost immediately after the talk, the room filled with questions for Bret about if he had advice for creating a successful business, what milestones they should aim for, and questions for his student ambassador about Cogswell. Needless to say it was quite the experience for everyone.

After his talk, Bret stayed behind to experience what YearUp calls their Feedback Session where all the students and teachers take a moment to reflect on the positive events and the areas for improvement that week so they can all improve personally and professionally. This  involved every person in the room and required input from each person in order to be effective.  In YearUp’s eyes, total immersion gives the best result.  Before Bret’s departure, the students begged for his contact information so they could ask him for advice at any time and Bret being the kind man he is gave everyone a way to reach him easily.

The Entrepreneurship Department here at Cogswell would like to thank Year Up for having us at their campus and hope that they come visit us sometime in the near future!

Bret Sweet for Cogswell Entrepreneurship

Dare of the Week: 010

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Self Portrait

Hello once again readers!

So we took a little break from the Dare of the Week because everyone has been so busy. After a nice little rest I think we are probably all ready to get back at it again. I am going to ease us back in with a simple dare. This time around we are going to do a photography challenge! This one should be accessible by everyone, if you don’t have a camera, chances are you have a phone and that phone probably has a camera on it. So enough talking you into it, let’s find out what the challenge is…

Dare of the Week: 010
Do a fun or interesting self-portrait!

My only requirement for this dare is that it needs to be well composed! So put a little thought into it, maybe even take it into Photoshop and check all the levels? Who knows, it could come out better than you thought it would (below is an example of mine).

Dare of the Week: 010

And remember, once you are finished, post those final images here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Tornado Season Coming!!!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Student Project

Attention Dragons and Dragonettes- we’ve received notice of incoming storms next week. Windows are scheduled to be boarded over in attempt to prevent the front door from shattering and putting out an eye. You guessed it, it’s Tornado season. A Local meteorologist managed to weasel a paper airplane past the guard dogs and onto the front desk. After we ensured his remains were fed to the hounds, the note informed us we’re due to expect unusual debris across the school. In an effort to recover from the tornado damage, students are requested to participate in clearing the school of the artifacts left by the tempest. Keep an eye out for paper dragons guarding their treasured tickets, and for the love of the approaching singularity find and protect our future robot masters. Other such efforts that contribute to ensuring the integrity of our facility may include recording your participation in assigned tasks, or doing the bidding of your professor(s) for rewards. If you’re the competitive type then be sure to keep an eye on the front lobby television for daily details. What’s that, you want to collect points with a friend? How about three? Make some matching uniform and name to identify yourselves and bonus participatory happiness points will be awarded- but any more than four to a team and the stamp of frown-sadness will descend upon your final score. Take pictures and we’ll keep track of your deeds- who knows, perhaps those who live through the apex of the storm here on Saturday 14th will earn some eternal glory in the halls of Cogswell. Rations? Check. Dueling ART? Check. Fighting to the last breath with boffer swords? All bets are off boys and girls- it’s Tornado Season.

Genre Electronica Preview 2

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Genre Electronica Preview 2
Hey everyone!

One of the Genre Electronica guys popped by my office yesterday and gave me another preview track for you to check out! He told me everyone is working hard to get this album ready for you! I personally can’t wait! I love good music and have a real hard time sitting and doing work if I don’t have something playing in my ear. On top of loving good music, if I know the artist, it makes it that much better for me! I hope once this album is released you will all support the talented artists and purchase the album. On a side note, I have some inside information for you, if you end up buying the physical copy of the album, I know the guy who is doing the album art and I know that its going to look awesome! So, if you are like me and enjoy displaying your albums, this will definitely be a great addition to your shelf.

Ok, I have rambled long enough, onto the next preview, this one is called Bad Advice by Jase Fase.

The first preview was called Switch Up and it was by Francesco Grieco.

Cogswell in 3D World Magazine

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Cogswell in 3d World Magazine

Recently a couple members of the Worlds Apart crew reached out to 3D World Magazine to see if they would be interested in doing a story on the making of the film. The people over at 3D World loved what they saw and were very excited to do a story. The director of Worlds Apart, Michael Huber, got in contact after and went about answering all the questions they had for him and the crew.

The article full article is on sale now and I have the link to the short version right here: http://www.3dworldmag.com/2012/03/21/short-cuts-worlds-apart/

Cogswell is really proud of the Worlds Apart crew for getting accepted into 3D World Magazine. 3D World is one of the biggest CG Arts publications in the world and it is considered to be a great honor to be featured in such a prestigious magazine. Way to go Worlds Apart! Can’t wait to see what kind of attention the next Project X film gets!

-Zombie

Epic Tutorial: 004

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Instragram Photos

With the Spring right around the corner and everyone being all creative lately, I thought I would post a tutorial on how to make your photos all “summery” and “instagramy”. I am sure many of you have seen the photos flying around the internet that look vintage and cross processed. It’s a really popular look right now and I personally love when people notice that things in the past still hold up to today.

So for our Epic Tutorial of Epic Epicness today I bring you a quick and easy way to turn your photos into that cool instagram look that is featured in the image above. Alright! Let’s get to it!

http://abduzeedo.com/quick-tips-instagram-your-images-using-photoshop

-Zombie

Genre Electronica Preview

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Demo from Genre Electronica
Exciting news here!

I recently got the giant privilege in being invited to the preview of the Genre Electronica class here at Cogswell. The class is all about creating a studio level album by collaborating with your classmates while also doing some solo tracks. It’s a small group of artists working on the album right now but every one of them is extremely talented and it wasn’t hard to hear while sitting in the preview that every one of them will be famous someday.

A name for the album hasn’t been released yet but as soon as it is, I will be sure to let you know. Hopefully we will get a couple additional tracks to listen to before they release the full album, but for now, I leave you with their teaser track. Enjoy!!!