Layers

Whilst waiting for Youtube to upload the Audi video, I checked out a few more of the tutorials available to me now.

The tutorials I looked at and worked through were on how to import documents from the other Adobe programmes, including Illustrator and Photoshop. I think it is very important as a designer to be able to use the Adobe software, since it is industry standard.

I was upset when I found out that we would be combining our course with the animation course. Looking into these tutorials in particular, it became clear that actually it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Using After Effects, although associated with animation, can benefit us, not only if we choose to specialise in motion graphics. When presenting work to a client, for example, we can now import it to a video format to give it a more dynamic feel. Videos are more easier accessed, thanks to the likes of Youtube, than ever before.

This medium can help us boost our opportunities. The times are changing, we must keep up with them since it’s survival of the fittest.

The Monuments Men

I have sadly had to take this week off due to a bereavement, but I have been keeping up to date with as much work as possible. Last night, with my father, we went to see the new film “The Monuments Men”. I must say that before watching this I did question if it was merely a more believable Indiana Jones with bigger guns. I wasn’t too wrong, it was probably the truth behind Indiana Jones.

Moving on, in a brief over view, the film follows a group of men, sent by the USA military to recover and protect art that the Nazi’s stole, during world war 2. Two men out of the original seven, lose their lives for this cause.

This made me rethink about what art and their artists are. At the end of the movie, George Clooney is asked if the art was worth losing lives for. Of course, he answers yes. His character continues: “They tell us, “who cares about art?”. But they’re wrong, it is the exact reason we are fighting, for culture, for a way of life.”.

Thinking about this, the monuments men are seemingly forgotten about in the history books, but we a subconsciously thankful to these men who recovered the lost artwork. Art makes up culture in many ways. Years from now, what we once worked on will one day be a collectors item, up in a museum, or worth a lot of money. People are fascinated by history. Art is one form of history that seems to be the most popular. Works dating from the 1800’s, now a days, is scarce and a high in demand commodity. We cannot go back in time and ask the likes of Michael Angelo and Picasso to merely paint one more master piece, so future generations can admire it.

A painting, a sculpture, an art piece, is a moment in time. At that specific moment that that piece was imagined and crafted something was it’s trigger. The likes of the blue period styled painting of Picasso and the invention of cubism, demonstrate that outside influences write the stories behind the work.

Many people may shrug off the fact that a painting of a flower or a statue of a random model, were destroyed by the Nazi’s, but we must consider what that piece meant at the time. Art is like the periscope into the day and age it was created. One day people will see that in our own works.

In my own course, we must learn to critique art. We have to look at historical pieces, even if they are only 5 years old. It helps us mould our own work. What if we never preserved what we worked on or even distributed it. How would anyone learn? A world without art, is a world without history. The protection of art is not only worth dying for, but it is just as worthy as dying for most other causes. We must protect our history, all of it, not just the things we think the texts books will appreciate. Without looking back, we cannot decide where we want to be or go. We need history, even if it’s for the sole purpose of learning from our mistakes.