Call of Duty got a playable dog character before it got any playable women characters
Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)
I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.
For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin
Hyrule travel cards
Watched the Xbox One announcement today, I still have no idea how I feel about it. The presentation was slightly over one hour long, and almost none of it appealed to me whatsoever. I’ve never been a huge PlayStation fan, and loved Xbox Live since
Xbox onethe first Xbox, but I’m still undecided as to what console is next for me. My gaming life has become pretty much all about playing Battlefield, and so I definitely want to be on a next-gen console for Battlefield 4, but so far both Sony and Microsoft aren’t exactly wowing me. Today Microsoft’s focus was all about the Xbox becoming the main device in living rooms, but I really don’t care much about that. The gestures and voice controls seem like gimmicks to me, and what in the heck is up with all this cable integration?
This Xbox presumably will be around for around 7-10 years, and I would love to see just where exactly Microsoft sees cable TV going in that time. I’ve personally seen it as on it’s way out, especially in the younger generations, but Microsoft made it one of the first and longest featured points in the show today. Amazon and Netflix seem content on making it obsolete with their own shows, and now even Microsoft is bringing original shows, starting with Halo, to the Xbox. Microsoft is helping to kill its own feature!
So one rumor I’m starting right now is that the Xbox One might even play games, but that feature was pretty hidden today, and while they plan on showing more of that at E3, perhaps a little bit more info on that wouldn’t have killed them? EA Sports announced that their standard set of games are coming to the Xbox One, I’m sure a lot of jaws dropped at that one. Forza was shown off, you can’t launch a console without a racing game to “cheat” at having good graphics, and also some Quantum Break game was shown which I legitimately thought was going to be a comedy game as the trailer went on. And then they finished off with Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was essentially the opposite of what I was hoping to see, waiting for Battlefield 4 to appear.
Anywho, Microsoft just didn’t impress me yet, I’m hoping for a better showing at E3, but I’m afraid it will mostly be about how using the new Kinect will let me shake my arms or something in Call of Duty to pet dogs. While Sony didn’t even show the PlayStation 4 at their announcement, their one feature of having a share button on the controller is cooler to me than the Kinect gestures and being able to Skype while I watch TV. The two good things that Microsoft did announce were that 1) They didn’t fuck up the controller, a legitimate huge concern of mine as they’ve pushed more and more forward with Kinect, and 2) The thing, although reminiscent of a VCR that had sex with PS3, at least is rectangular so I can put my other stuff on top it.
DICE, just tell me which to buy. I just can’t join the PC Gaming Master Race, so just tell me which console will be better for Battlefield.
I dunno, do you have any sources to back up your claim that the new Xbox can play games?
more upset things about the xbox one
they don’t even care about gamers who happen to be siblings/family members or couples or anything that live together
my brother & I shared games all the time, but with this dumb “tied to a single account” thing, that’s gonna be kinda ruined. /: why not have the option to tie it to an account OR system?
First impression of the Xbox One
- looks like an old (albeit shiny) VCR
- “you can still have used games we promise but not exactly”
- why the hell did you pair it with football
- why are you pushing the kinect
- are you really making this for gamers
First World Dog Problems