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Intro To FMP

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Making it in the little leagues of Graphic Design with Aaron Draplin

Overview of week 1

– Monday: General introduction to Final Major Project, assignment given and state whether you are a intending to do Experimental Media or Graphic Design. Jeremiah will introduce you to what is meant by an Statement of Intent.

– Tuesday: Instead of your 12.50 class you will be expected to go to the Visiting Artist & Lecturer Series. The artist’s name is Jesus Palomino and the location is Room 001 in Blanicka at 5pm which is after your first EMD class with Franco. Check the noticeboard for further details…

– Wednesday: Everyone must have at least 2 potential ideas ready to discuss for your Final Major Project, along with some initial research to help explain your ideas. Groups are then announced.

– Friday: Everyone will meet for further discussion of your ideas along with further research with Sean in relation to writing a formal Statement of Intent (SOI) One idea will be selected from the two. Groups are then announced.

This week Students will firstly be expected to suggest at least 2 potential ideas for a Final Major Project (FMP) on Wednesday during Sean’s session. They must then do some further initial research about both ideas to explain and justify their 2 concepts and have this ready for their class with Sean on Friday.

It is important to come up with ideas that have a strong concept or theme and a depth of thought so that a number of pieces or a very in-depth and involved single piece of work can be produced. Remember this piece of work is also ultimately about achieving merits and distinctions.

During your classes with either Sean or Jeremiah you should agree with your lecturer which of your 2 concepts will be the final version to work up into a proper SOI (statement of intent) and you should bring a first typed draft of this to your next class. You will also be expected to produce your own realistic working timeline of how you envisage your work progressing.

When you prepare your final SOI you must also create a planner for the whole semester. This must be submitted with your final SOI and its creation must be taken seriously


What’s a statement of Intent?


“The statement of intent: a reflective, concise piece of writing which details, evaluates, and contextualises each student’s self- authored project designed to identify and build upon personal aptitudes and strengths and articulate ideas clearly. An essential and transferable skill required for career progression as an artist practitioner.

You must create a plan, which can be managed, reviewed, and evaluated, and this will show how your own development will be articulated. You must choose proper resources to inform your work, create a way of collecting all of your information (via a blog or a sketchbook) and DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT all of your process. Did I mention you need to DOCUMENT your process? Yeah. Because if you don’t you’ll fail. 

Reflect on what drives you as an artist. Whether you are driven by the beauty of nature or rebelling against government oppression, search your past for any defining moments that may have shaped your perspective. Write these memories down on scrap paper as a reference source while writing your statement of purpose.

Research the artistic benefits of study in each studio art program you wish to apply to. Review the artwork of the instructors and read their personal biographies. This information should be available on the program website. Be certain to note how each program has the potential to enhance your artwork. Identify anything about your art or your personal character that may be an asset to these programs.

Open your statement of purpose with a compelling statement in three sentences that sums up your passion, your direction and your motivation for being an artist.

Explain your artwork and your experience as an artist in one to two paragraphs. Discuss any important courses taken in college that helped to shape your art, including any professors who influenced you.


Here’s a link with a couple hundred examples of blogs which focus on certain genres and fields relating to art and design. However, you’ll also be combining your research, with your own documentation of your work.




Drawing Class Lesson 11: Self Directed Project

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Today you will begin preliminary research about what artists will influence you, and the materials you will need to begin your final Self Directed Project. You will be given the entire semester, and 13 total class times devoted just to working on the project of your choice.

This means that you are allowed to create your own assignment, and your own schedule to create a project which will help you in your future goals. In the past I’ve had students make comic books, sculptures out of plastaline, character design, traditional painting in oils, digital painting, ZBrush, Flash, Stop Motion Animations, Paper cut out animations, studying anatomy, Toon Boom Studio, Blender, etc. Basically if you think it involves drawing somehow, then we will discuss your project ideas and I will say whether or not they are acceptable. However as you can see I’m very open. The most important thing is to set goals which we can work together on. At the end of your project you will be giving a presentation of your work, as well as research into both technique, as well as process which should be documented in your sketchbook.

For this assignment you must submit the following. Research on an artist in your field of interest. This can be done digitally and submitted on a pdf, or you can print out images of the work, and paste them into your sketchbook. There must be no less than 15 pages of research.

Your sketches and preliminary stages must be shown. This will vary depending on the medium you choose.  There must be at least 15 sketches showing the progression of your projects. If working with digital media it will be important to document the step by step process of the creation of your work.

The final work.

Your Calendar and Statement of Intent


Your statement of intent should cover logistical concerns. Materials needed, programs needed, etc.

Writing a statement of intent may seem like a task which has little to do with your work, when in reality, it actually has everything to do with your work. It is important to overcome technical limitations of your work, however, it is also important to learn how to synthesize your ideas and make sure they also relate to the work which you are creating. Some things you can start to think about include. Your intended work should have a concept and thought process behind it and answering the questions below will help you define what your FMP will be…

  • What are your major interests and why?
  • What do you want to communicate, and what other artists/designers have been successful in communicating the ideas which you are interested in to an audience/viewer?
  • What is the subject and/or content of your work? In other words, what is it about?
  • What kinds of things inform your work? This can include other pieces, politics or society, and your own experiences.
  • What materials do you use and why?
  • What is your process and how does it affect the way you work?
  • How do you want your audience to view your work? Do you want them to react in a certain way?


It is important to differentiate between writing an Artist Statement, and writing a statement of intent. As they are two different things. However, by looking at sample artist statements we can begin to examine the thought process required for formulating a statement of intent. With an artist statement the work has already completed, and the artist is attempting to sum up in words, what was the intent of the work to communicate it to the audience. You will be formulating a statement of what you intend to create and the ideas which you wish to explore.


Your statement of Intent MUST Include the following:

1. What are your creative intentions.

2. What materials are you going to use? Why does this medium lend itself to the concept you are trying to explore?

3. What techniques are you going to use? How does technique effect how the piece will be read by a viewer?

4. What processes will be implemented and why?

5. What methods are you going to use to record your review progress and outcomes? This means that you must have a schedule you are following in which there are deadlines which must be met.


Here’s some inspiration for possible avenues to pursue.

Paper Cut Illustrations

Working in Blender/3dsMax/Maya or any other 3d program.

The Spine by Chris Landreth, National Film Board of Canada


Traditional Painting

Character Design


Sculptures with projection mapping