Final Propel Blog…

So, this is my final blog. I never expected it to come so fast. My project is going so well. So far I have done four personal art pieces and completed most of my client pieces. all be found in my Art tab. I am very happy with the results and the improvement I have made. I am getting ready to work on my final art piece which I will put lots of time and care into for the rest of this week. I will be using all of the techniques I learned this semester to fully develop my ideas. My project will continue for a little while longer. I am having my English exam this week and will be starting final presentation prep after that so my next few weeks will be just a lil crazy.

I feel so lucky to have been in Propel for 2 full semesters. I’m already starting to get emotional because I know my time in high school is coming to an end. I wasn’t expecting my time to be so good but the community propel builds is only something you can only experience here. I would like to thank Mr. Hansen and Mr. Patrician for making my time here super exciting and for providing a great learning experience.

Legacy Artefact :

Gantt Timeline Progress

Hello! Over these past few weeks, I have been following my “Gantt chart” timeline to complete my project work. The Gantt chart is a great visual way to organize a project to show the necessary steps that need to be done by deadlines. In my timeline, I am given 19 weeks to fully complete my project. These Gantt charts are comprised of milestones and action steps. Milestones are the bigger accomplishments in our projects while the action steps are smaller and more in depth to complete the milestones.  

My Gantt chart has 12 milestones (labelled in red). One of the main driving factors in my Gantt chart which is unique to others is the -Workflow- a milestone, this is meant to be repeated for each of my Art Piece milestones. My workflow consists of 11 steps, these steps help me improve efficiency in completing my art. The large art pieces are based on landscapes and fantasy design. I also have several client tasks which take different directions depending on the client. A good example of one of my client pieces is a design I made for a classmate called “Writers In bloom” where I created book cover art for their project.   

According to my Gantt chart, I am currently two days behind because the direction of my last client piece didn’t pan out. My Ubisoft milestone didn’t work out as planned because of proprietary issues. This won’t affect the rest of my project and hasn’t put me behind. I will be adding some more client tasks to my Gantt timeline because I have been gaining more clients, this will push me to work harder and I will have less time to work on my project.   

During these next few weeks, I will be adding some more tasks onto my timeline as well as pushing forward on my large-scale art pieces. Following my workflow to complete these on times. I will be working hard to get my client work done while juggling my large art pieces. During week 17 will be printing many of my art pieces and posting them to Instagram, signified by green at the top of the timeline. 

Almost repetivive?

These past 2 weeks have been stressful for me. I have been trying to decide what direction I want my project to be heading in. I have been breaking my project down into steps and milestones. I Currently must complete 5 main art pieces and roughly 6 client pieces. I am going to get a lot of feedback between steps. This is what will be taking up most of my time. After I am done most of my art pieces, I will get in contact with someone working at Ubisoft. have a conversation with them about my artwork, what the world of art is like and how working at Ubisoft is. After I am completed all my art pieces, I shall have them sent off to print.

I found that my project was going to get repetitive, very repetitive. like, almost too repetitive. Since I am creating an art portfolio and would consistently be creating art pieces. Why not break my project down into a workflow! This shows my art process from sketching, colouring, shading and many feedback sessions. I chose a workflow because I found working in a rhythmic flow of steps increases my working speed. and lets me apply solid feedback. I want to have my conversation with Ubisoft after I’m done my fourth drawing. So I can get as much information as possible to enhance my final art piece.

During these next few weeks, I will be working hard to get as much quality work done. I am setting myself a goal to complete 2 major art pieces, 2 client tasks and to start crafting an email to Ubisoft. I am in the phase where I need to start grinding out artwork. Sitting down with a nice coffee in the morning, listening to music, chilling and drawing is what will keep me calm during these stressful times. I feel like I have given my project some ground to work off now. I believe it is time to push my negative thoughts aside and just start doing.

Proof of concept

lots of energy to draw for a full week and to revive and apply feedback. I spent my time wisely putting full effort into school. But I’m happy to say I completed all the tasks that were given to me.

For my proof of concept, I had created a landscape fantasy art piece. The Proof Of Concept is a mini project that helps decide if our large-scale projects are possible to complete for the end of the year. I learned many things while creating my art. I now know that I want to create my art while looking at references to help better my designs and ideas. I took a full week to do line art, colouring and effects while getting peer feedback to help improve the visuals of my drawing. creating perspective in the drawing was difficult because landscapes are new to me. I need to go more in-depth into colour theory whilst taking more time on my art to create cleaner looking details. The proof of concept gave me a good idea of where my project will be heading. and that it’s possible for me to do what I have planned.

I have a long way to go until the end of the year, so my project idea has a lot of room to grow. For the end of the semester, I want to create around 10 finished art pieces for my portfolio and post them to Instagram. I would like to have a large portion be a fantasy landscape with some sort of large monster roaming the lands. and probably some portraits of people with little doodles sprinkled in. My proof of concept helped me define a direction I would like to head with my art. I want this year to give me a large kick start into the art world and to help me get work in the near future.

Starting of a journey.

Getting by my last semester of normal school felt slow and jarring, every day felt like a chore. I knew Propel was around the corner and getting past my semester was my only goal. I knew that I would have a good family again. We would cry together and help each other up when our heads go through rough places. Propel is where my mind was at. counting the days until I could start on a project with new people around me to give and take feedback. We would be truthful to each other and all try our hardest to push one another to strive for greatness. Its where I am most at home and most comfortable. 

My work ethic has drastically improved, like my last semester from Propel. I have been feeling good about myself again, my work has gained meaning to myself. My mentality about my place in my life has made substantial growth over the past years. Working in Propel and travelling to Japan, helped me in many ways I cannot describe in this short blog post. 

These past three weeks have lived up to all my expectations. I can already feel myself growing socially and academically. I know this first blog doesn’t have much detail into my first weeks, But I’ve barely started my journey. Time flew by and my new friends keep my mind busy, I spend less time overthinking my problems when I’m around them. This semester will be a challenge, but I accept it!

Mr. Hansen and Mr. Patrician are two of the most phenomenal teachers that I have the privilege to learn from. Their admiration, talent and strive helped me and many students alike in life. All they want is for us to see what’s best in ourselves, as they do. Time management is one of the greater things we learn during our short time in propel. they push it upon us because they know it’s best for us. Having a schedule and a to-do list is very important to keeping track of the little things.

I can’t wait to see what everybody’s projects develop into this semester. I will love to help in any ways I can if possible. My project will most likely be digital drawing (Not to give away too much). So, this means I can make art and graphics for any other projects. I would love to implement myself in as many projects as possible to help advance their end products.

Propel has advanced my life, in every way. I hope I will see as much improvement to myself and to others during this semester, as my last. This is a super important part of my life, and it will not let it slip away and become a memory. They gave me this power to help others, so that I will!