Launching a Digital Literary Competition Throughout Lockdown

Like all of us, March 2020 was a gradual decline into horror on the information of Covid-19. Whereas the British authorities dithered about what to do, I cancelled some occasions I’d been booked to carry in promotion of my novel The Blame Recreation. Fairly frankly, I used to be afraid to journey (from Glasgow to numerous components of England), given the information studies concerning the virus, however I used to be dissatisfied to must scupper these long-held plans – what a pity, I believed, that I couldn’t organise a digital occasion rather than a bodily one.

 On 13th March I tweeted one thing to this impact – it appeared possible that locking down the nation was going to be vital (although the British authorities would dither for one more 10 days about it) and I posted that it could be a good suggestion to have a literature competition that was solely on-line. The tweet had an enormous response, so massive, actually, that I felt I’d must put my cash, or no less than my experience, the place my mouth was. Having convened the Distance Studying MLitt in Inventive Writing on the College of Glasgow since 2015, I’ve expertise in working digital occasions, and in utilizing the know-how. Briefly, I knew each the professionals and the cons of digital occasions fairly intimately, and so I felt comparatively assured about doing a little on-line writer occasions for individuals who have been caught at residence to entry. Paper Nations, a well known Inventive Writing incubator, obtained in contact with me and requested to associate on the competition, which I made a decision to name the Keep-At-Residence! Literary Competition. I created a google doc and cascaded it to writers who’d expressed curiosity, to which they added their proposed occasion with a date and time. I used to be astounded at how shortly and enthusiastically individuals responded to my name. Along with over 100 writers shortly filling up the google doc (forcing me to increase the size of the competition to 16 days), an organisation referred to as the Skilled Writing Academy obtained in contact, providing a variety of fabulous writing workshops without spending a dime.

 Inside 11 days, the Google doc had exploded with workshops, talks, open-mic nights, panel discussions, and showcase occasions. Phrase unfold shortly to publicists, who have been keen to search out new routes by which to publicise new books and substitute cancelled occasions. I needed to scramble to search out slots for authors; I knew all too nicely how disappointing it was to must cancel a tour. I additionally needed to make sure that minority voices have been heard; I really like attending e-book festivals, however all too typically I’ve felt pissed off by their lack of range. I’m additionally deeply conscious of how festivals can exclude individuals with caring duties, with disabilities, and with work commitments. I’m very conscious of people that really feel misplaced at literary festivals, and who merely can’t afford to attend.

The Keep-At-Residence! competition was programmed on zero price range. I made it clear to everybody who expressed curiosity that, whereas I imagine fervently writers ought to all the time be paid for his or her work, this was a professional bono competition; everybody concerned, except 7 Writers in Residence who have been paid a small honorarium by Paper Nations, contributed without spending a dime. By programming this competition, I used to be in a position to platform a various vary of authors. I needed to make sure that minority writers have been heard, and that writers in any respect phases of their careers might be concerned. Certainly one of my MLitt college students on the College of Glasgow supplied to host an open-mic session; the accessible slots crammed up inside hours. Equally, writing workshops attracted crowds of 500+ – an excellent feat, and an inconceivable one in bodily type. I used to be witnessing the start of one thing really unprecedented – the potential of digital reside literature in all its awkward, sensible glory.

There have been many studying curves. One was the phenomenon of Zoom-bombing. Naively, I believed that sharing the Zoom hyperlink to an occasion on social media was danger-free. Because it occurs, there are people on the market who get their kicks from troll-bombing such occasions with the intent to both shout racist slurs throughout the microphone, or use the screen-share facility to splash porn throughout the display of unsuspecting attendees. That is horrifying to expertise, and I discovered quick how one can stamp it out. However even once I had a deal with on muting attendees and stopping screen-sharing, trolls would use the chat field and, on one sickening event, their very own video display to share inappropriate content material.  

It’s saying one thing, nonetheless, that suggestions from our attendees – of which there have been 14,689 from everywhere in the world – hardly ever talked about the occasions that had been subjected to trolling. As an alternative, suggestions targeted on the sense of neighborhood that had been created by the competition, and it’s this which I’m most happy with. One thing was created on 27th March 2020, on the very starting of lockdown and once we have been all staring into the surreality of a world pandemic, that has triggered a number of different digital occasions. Whereas Edinburgh Guide Competition initially introduced that it was cancelling the 2020 competition, it has completed a U-turn on this choice, with a extremely profitable digital competition instead. A number of of the authors who led occasions on the Keep-At-Residence! Competition went on to run their very own festivals – for instance, Dr Pragya Agarwal (writer of Sway) led a competition on South Asian Writing, Virginia Moffatt ran a New Authors competition, and I used to be happy to seek the advice of on various others. 

The Keep-At-Residence! Literary Competition was an exquisite experiment. I had the uncommon privilege of bringing collectively a variety of authors and audiences from everywhere in the world to speak about literature in a second once we have been all going through the terrifying prospect of quarantine and a lethal virus stalking our streets. Lockdown additionally permitted me a uncommon privilege of experimenting with out an excessive amount of concern of failure – as one of many very first digital festivals, I used to be venturing out on to new territory. We have been all confined indoors, and due to this fact my audiences engaged with authors – and one another – from their inside areas. And but, I discovered a richness in encountering excessive profile authors of their workplace, kitchen, or spare bed room. Keep-At-Residence! Competition facilitated a levelled viewers expertise. In the course of the venture I used to be eager to encourage authors to embrace the intimacy, immediacy and even the informality fostered by an internet platform like Zoom, and I imagine this labored nicely to attract down sure obstacles. Going ahead, I don’t suppose we ought to be too fast to eradicate this from digital occasions. It’s one of many many strengths of digital reside literature.

I’ve little doubt that the panorama of reside literature has without end been modified by Covid, and probably for the higher. I might bristle barely once I’d hear individuals say ‘sadly we’ve to carry this occasion on-line’ – bristle, as a result of for many individuals, on-line was the one method by which they might be included. In the course of the suggestions plenaries that I held after the competition, lots of the SAH competition’s attendees commented that they discovered the accessibility of the competition ‘gold normal’. Some posted photos of themselves with infants on their laps whereas they engaged in occasions. If we proceed to place thought and experimentation behind our efforts to make literature extra inclusive, digital reside literature can boldly take us locations that we by no means knew potential.

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立中式速繪 動態姿勢繪圖技巧 ポーズが描ければ 動きも描ける たてなか流クイックスケッチ


作者: 立中順平  
出版社:楓書坊 |譯者: 游若琪
出版日期:2020/09/30
ISBN:9789863776314
規格:平裝 / 217頁 / 19 x 25.7 x 1.08 cm / 普通級 / 部份全彩 / 初版
定價:420元|優惠價:79折332元
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●本書特色
  ◎從心態及觀念養成開始,1-5分鐘,新手也能立馬上手的「立中式速繪教學」。
  ◎58部插圖教學影片免費下載,新手可一步步反覆學習,書末更附有作品集供創作者參考。
  ◎3大章節、逾200張速繪圖,講解觀察人物技巧、速繪重點及提升風格的小撇步。
速繪人物的基礎三堂課:
  ➊ 建立正確的心態
  不要想畫「正確」,而是要「輕鬆地多畫一些」,
  所謂的觀察力,只是「知識」和「經驗」的累積,
  熟悉自然就會,真的畫不出來的時候,只觀察也行。
  因為#魅力十足的圖,和技巧或常識毫無關係。#
  藉由觀察獲得的經驗和記憶,會轉換成「現實感」並活在作品中。
  不斷畫速繪,就能培養出短時間內掌握特徵的能力。
 
  ➋ 練習簡單畫全身的速繪技巧▁▁火柴人練習
  ⑴ 將全身分成15個部位,
  用2D畫全身,
  「頭 部、胸部、骨盤」是橢圓形。
  「上臂、下臂、大腿、小腿、手、腳」是線條。
  用D字形畫胸廓、軀幹和髖部,塑造印象,
  部位和部位之間留下空白,
  就能輕鬆畫出姿勢。
 
  ⑵ 注意基本結構,不要注意輪廓和細節
  看全身:那個人在做什麼?你有什麼感覺?
  看部位:位置和傾斜度?有什麼功用?
  簡單大膽地畫,鎖定在動作和使用身體的方式。
 
  ⑶ 立體化
  畫出火柴人的2D表現方式,稱作Shape,
  接下來要把平面添加立體的資訊,
  讓Shape有厚度(深度),
  只要畫出縱向的中心線,以及表示膨度的橫向曲線,
  就能變成有厚度和方向性的立體物。
 
  ⑷ 創造不對稱平衡
  全身的節奏和動線是一種流線感。
  盡量避免線條左右對稱,
  大原則是:弧線的對面必然是直線。
 
  ➌掌握印象,最後的風格和情緒添加
  這個人正在做¬「什麼」(動作)?他有「什麼樣」的感受(感情)?
  動作和感情,就是本書所說的動態。
  習慣用少量線條畫全身的思考方式後,就加入動線(flow)的觀點吧!
  不同的曲線會流暢地引導視線。
  彎度深的曲線會用慢節奏,彎度淺的曲線會用快節奏來引導視線。
  將線條加上粗細,就會產生強弱,成為更有趣味性的圖。
 
  本書從心態建立到步驟教學,
  不到20秒就能完成一幅速繪,
  附上58張速繪插圖影片,
  從空白至完稿,一筆一畫的繪畫過程全呈現,
  供學習者一遍一遍觀看臨摹,
  零基礎也沒問題。
 
  每次畫的速繪都是僅有一次的體驗,
  是當下你所能畫出的線條所構成的,
  請輕鬆享受速繪的樂趣吧!
 
◆作者簡介    
立中順平    
  日本岡山縣人。
  1993年開始在Disney Animation Japan擔任動畫師。
  後來進入Answer Studio,目前是自由工作者。
 
  曾參與《跳跳虎歷險記》(Disney)、《棒球大聯盟》(電視版)、《鑽石王牌》、《YURI !!!on ICE》、《佐賀偶像是傳奇》等作品。
 
  目前以動作作畫導演的身分參與各個作品的製作,是負責運動動畫動作表現的資深動畫師。
▼黑介紹
由曾經在華特迪士尼動畫工作室與日本動畫公司Answer Studio的日本資深動畫師立中順平撰寫的速繪教學書
教學主張「不要只在意正確,而是要畫出具有魅力的人物。」
在正確的觀念下,不斷的練習速繪,來培養出掌握特徵的能力。
本書分3個章節
第一章節:速繪繪畫 P1-73.
1-1:速繪的觀念介紹
1-2:速繪人物的重點
1-3:掌握印象
第二章節:繪畫技巧P75-145.
2-1:速繪的各種技巧
2-2:身體局部與衣服
2-3:邁向下一步,動態的掌握
第三章節:速繪作品集P151-218.
收錄立中老師3年來的速繪作品。
▼黑書評
多數速寫教學書都很吃繪畫基礎,在沒有人物基礎的前提下會很難入門。
本書教學另闢蹊徑在以沒有基礎的前提下,講解如何學習速繪
內文資訊量雖然大,但搭配簡化好上手的範例
對新手來說比較好入門,實際操作也不會太挫折
推薦給想讓人物動態更有魅力的學習者們~
這本很不錯用~~~

Design College students’ Summer season Break

With summer break fast approaching, graphic design students like me are trying to figure out productive ways to spend their time. Work for money? Work for experience? Summer classes?

I’ve spent the past few months doing everything I can to
find an internship this summer. Finding a company that isn’t an MLM and will
actually pay good money for your design work is tough. Luckily, graphic design
is a field that’s in demand, so there are a lot of good options out there.

The other option for getting design experience during the summer
break is freelance work, but that comes with its own slew of issues. There’s
nothing worse than beginning to work with a client and getting excited for a
project just for them to look at you with a face like the Surprised Pikachu Meme
when you start to discuss cost.

With two weeks left in the semester, here’s hoping we figure
something out soon!