Week 13: Project Update

During this week I am still working with my Comic book – “Inside Me”, which I try to express the personal understanding about his course with my major in drawing. In the past week, I finish the basic setup of the book. For instant, like the numbers of page in book, the narrative and the hero, the style of drawing, the pace the story and the simple way to present the theme clearly. This is the most important and difficult part in the process of creation. At the same time, I will declare more details about my book.

There are 24 pages in my book. The reason is there are 24 frames in a second real-time in animation. It reminds me that some time the dark thoughts flashed through our mind just in one second. Therefore, the whole story happen in 24 frames and the most essential point is I will illustrate the story, as well as the pace of the storyline in the total number of pages.

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In next week, I will finish the drawing. Fortunately I have already finished 1/3 part of the book. Hopefully I available finished before next Friday. I also think about the comic book is only use ink technical or add some color.

Week 12: Personal Ethos

The Golden Rule” as a border line to reminder us never cross the reminder line. It is the basic line. There are more details and deep in social life and personal disciplines. Due to the different disciplines we belonging, some of the rules we are not familiar with. As the incident happened in Virginia Tech shown on the material of this week. Normally there is not a exam in design department, but we enable to imagine the scene in creative drawing class like that: The tutor illustrate the theme of new project is Egg. After whole week working, students present their drawing works with different personal ideas, may be an ostrich, sun, ball, baby and Da Vinci. This is the result when students works individually, may be they are inspired by the previous works, but they combine all together.

I believe everyone has individual Golden Rule in mind. It likes an alarm to reminder personally never cross the line. I have no idea about how it works in other disciplines. But in art and design area, cheating and copy are easy to recognize. The ability of creation is the most important part fro artists and designers during the process of create. Image and color are the most popular ways to present ideas and concepts. At the same time, visual is the essential and impressive way in memory. Thus, when we found some art works are familiar with, which means that it is appeared in previous experience. Given the original creation of artworks is the basic rules for the artists and designers.

Week 11: My Impression of High Education

After watched the two videos, it reminds me tall the memory about my experience in universities. Before I began my university life, I imaged a huge number of pictures about what amazing life will be like and what kind of professors and classmate I will meet, as well as what kind of acknowledge I will learn. But when I graduated I realized that all are the different.

I experienced three period times that I study in university. First of all, I study fine art in China Academy of Art, one of the best art institutes in China. Plenty of experiences of all professors have their specific understanding and variety background guide the students in the process of create. In my opinion, broaden the horizon and access acknowledge in diversity disciplines is necessary and important in undergraduate step. It will offer an exactly direction when narrow down. Therefore, after I graduated from CAA, I apply MA in curating contemporary design in Kingston University London. Due to the four years studied in CAA I realize that exhibition display is my research area. The discipline of curating and museum exhibition has a long history in London and high reputation. During I studied in London, I tried to attend the real project in museums to know how to running an exhibition as a curator. After I graduated I worked in Beijing as a curator. Two years later I think I need to back university to learn more skills to support my future works. Then I choose Tech.

Students have different requires and expects for universities in different situation. It is hard for professors to find the balance in class. Sometimes the research area of most of my classmates is not mine. Thus the aims of why we studies in graduate school are need to clear. Also communication is also important not only with professors also with students form different areas. As I understand, the goals of high education previously, may be 100 years, is offer an access for students to learn acknowledge and information. Along with the development of technic, there are a great many ways students received and learned acknowledge. So, the duties of high educations are not only a platform to show the development of social society and civilization but also promote far more behind it. Given the experience I have, the impression of high education is a place to stimulate searching and hunting what I am interested and need.

Week 10: Ethics Code In Art and Design

I have not found ethics core about art and design through this week material. Thus I search previous information to find the college art association states the standards and guidelines of ethic of discipline of art and design. These standards include six sections:

  • Artists Code of Ethics
  • Recommendations on the Safe Use of Materials and Equipment
  • Recommended Use of Copyright Notice
  • Employment of Studio Assistants
  • Exhibition and Sale of Artwork
  • Contracts for Public and Private Art Commission

Part III, IV and V are the sections I most interested in. Part III highlights the protection of the law to the original art pieces during process of creator and artists. For instant, the primary ideas and concept of artwork are unable to copyrighted. At the same time, all document including sketching, drawing, note taking, drawing are be the significant parties during the process of artwork created, which is be protect inside.

Part IV illustrates the main rules in contract about the assistant of studio. Due to the assistants are the directly to contact with the works and all documents, artists need to acknowledge how to protect their original thoughts and ideas.

Part V shows the duties between artists and museums in exhibition, which is the most important part for me. I studied curating in London before, and work in museums for almost to years in Beijing. I study in 3D modeling design and exhibits display which learn more skills to support my job for museum in future. Different museums have different rules in contract between artists and exhibition organizer. This part highlights the general duties in American, which is a great opportunist to understand the running of exhibition. For example, there are several aspect shown, duration and coverage, expenses, exhibition, commissions, sales and accounting and termination. These all above help me understand and respect the rules and protect the art pieces I created.

Week 9: Copyright Issues

I have not ever experienced copyright issues before. Each time when I use the images in my presentation, essay and exhibition I will written down the name of the image and other details, as well as where I found the image in reference. If the image from the book I also will show the number of page. It is the reason that the writing tutor highlights the copyright issues, especially for students in our major previously. (I learn curating contemporary design in London, which is focus on the exhibition display and design) Most of exhibitions I designed are retrospective exhibition about artists and designers base on the universities. The audiences of exhibitions are students. Therefore, the aims of exhibitions are educational, not commercial. I know, this is the gray area. Even the reference part includes all the details of material show in the exhibition.

Through the material this week, I just realize that the library Website illustrate the details about copyright. For instance, the information and material available to allow used. This is very essential for me to prepare for my final project. In particular, in the game design, students from creative technology are professional in 3D modeling, animation, rendering and video editing. But for the background music, it is hardly for original composition. Hence, one of the solution is to find the sounds from website which is free to download and use. Through the reading material this week I understand the important of copyright in America.

Week 8: Ideas about Final Project

Through previous 7 weeks reading and studying all the materials about plagiarism and ethics, there are several ideas appeared in my mind about the final project. As a MFA student I prefer to express the understanding and thoughts about this course through drawing. Due to the limit time I give up to display in 3D animation, I will show my concept in 2D drawing in a short story, almost like the comic book, which is easy to explain my image about final project. In other words, there are 10 to 15 pages in the comic book. But I have no idea about the name of the book. In this primary step, my design for the comic book is each page is coherence and illustrate the story basic my experience and the true life that my friends shared with me. All the stories are around the topic of plagiarism and ethics. Therefore I will demonstrate the personal opinion about ethics and show the effects when cheating and plagiarism happened in art and design discipline. All the materials I will draw in my comic book are basic on the real life. It is easily acceptable. I will also use color to highlight the theme of the book cause, in my experience, drawing with color are more attractive. At the same time, in my comic book, I will also think about the composition, frame, pace and narrative. All the previous elements will helps reader to understand twhat is the main purpose of my comic book.

Please let me know if you have any ideas and suggestions about my ideas of final project.

Week 7: Steal Like An Artist

Austin Kleon sharing his experience of creating his first book Newspaper Blackout, which is a way to highlight the words based on the newspaper and hide the words he did not want to see under the maker line. After Austin posted his works online, individuals written message to him that he steal the ideas from someone others. Therefore, Austin does a huge research that want to find out the person who owns the original idea. Then Austin found almost 200 years ago, Cabel Whitford, the original idea holder, read the newspaper cross the column which inspiring the idea finding poetry in newspaper. I do not like the words “steal” even it is truth. Celebrities admit their outstanding and effective ideas are not original, and all the ideas are inspired by the thoughts before.

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There is a great example which able to support my point. As shown on the two paintings are all named “ The Marriage of Virgin”. The left one created by Pietro Perugino(1446-1523). The right one is belonging Raffaello Sanzio(1483-1520), which is the architect of High Renaissance, also, Raffaello is the student of Pietro. No one denounced Raffaello copy Pietro’s idea about the imaginiation of the wedding cause Raffaello add something new to make the art piece looks different and better. One of the most important parts is Raffaello change the angle that makes the painting looks more wide and extended. It representative the understanding of perspective view in specific era. Besides, the composition of Raffaello’s work is vivid than his master’s. Audiences are not stand in a line, some one in front and others at the back with the nature posture. Thus, Raffaello’s work build on the idea of his master’s, but, at the same time, he combine with his own ideas, thoughts, point, technical and talent which make his art works more better than before. The inspiration always comes from predecessor and what the artist and designer need to do next, definitely not copy, is to represent and combine with personal understanding and style.

Week 6: Owner of Copyright and Citation

The article “Should A Monkey Own A Copyright” debates the owner of copyright of photo which Naruto take by himself and it is also remind me that animal also have the right to own a copyright. Actually, I saw the photo and news before, but the point I focus on how Naruto, the black macaque monkey, is, and the perfect composition, great shoot focusing, as well as the fabulous smile face. I never think about the question about the copyright. Definitely Naruto owner the copyright of this photo even the camera belonging photographer David Slater. Naruto click the shutter and face the lens smiling without pressure and cooperation. As general understand, Naruto unable to present his idea and opinion clarifies through language of humanity. But this is not a reason to deprive his right.

The material of citation is necessary to read and understand. As a MFA student, in most of part of our paper are basic the fact of history of art and design then support our own concept and idea. Therefore citation is the most important common use method in writing. But, it is the most difficult part to me. How to paraphrase the meaning I received from books clarify, in former sentient structure and without grammar mistake. I think it is also a big challenge for international student. There is a huge different between English and our mother language such as thinking and present ways, narrative and logic. Given the proof writing is essential and review the paper state the opinion accurately.

Week 5: Plagiarism (section II)

The interactive video “The Lab” is the most impression part for me in the material of this week. It is provide the different situation in different roles when we faced the plagiarism, as well as shown variety choice and result in each stage. Maybe it is a little bit different than the real situation, but, in this video, it is highlight the process will be experienced when the plagiarism happened. I select the role of Kim Park, a graduate student in research Laboratory, which is same as me. Actually, it is extremely contradictory when I face the questions that Kim to meet RIO face to face and the situation to leave and stay after Kim meet RIO in person. I shrink from the effects after the truth is disclosed. However, the voice in my mind reminder me to be brave even it is mad. In particular, in my words, to accuse cheating and plagiarism of my colleague is a hard decision. But I understand this is the only and right method to protect my research and the achievement of other scholar.

The video “why student plagiarism” analyze the reasons why plagiarism happened, and also demonstrate the data collection in details, such as the ratio, the different level of student and the sections student plagiarism. It is shown that pressure and stress is one of the significant reasons. Due to the goals are too hard to reach and the bad time management, which lead to cheating and plagiarism. I understand the situation the students faced, even in the time closer to the deadline, all students fighting with papers and exam. But it is not the excuse for cheating and plagiarism. Therefore, to avoid this happened, I design a timetable at the beginning of the semester, add schedule in each section and, most important, highlight the deadline. I recognize that I am a deadline person, so in my schedule the deadline always ahead than professors marked on the syllabus. In our department, cheating and plagiarism is not common cause art and design is basic on personal idea, experience, creative, style and technical. Sometimes, it is like a personal symbol and hard to copy.

Week 4 : Facebook and Graduate Honor Code

For my previous experience for hunting job, I not only submitted CV, Cover Letter and recommendation letter, but also need to hand on portfolio and/or personal Website to support the application. But, at the first day I working for my previous company, my employer told me he check all my personal information on my social media, without any reminder before. I was totally shaken and site visibility for only my friends I accepted. I completely against and rarely tolerate that employers use social media in order to know the personality. In my opinion, I follow all requires and submit the recommendation letters to reflect more background in professional field. The news I written and shared on social media only faced my families and friends not as a tool to support job application, in other words, I prefer to separate the personal life and work.


The material this week indicates honor system including cheating, plagiarism, falsification and academic sabotage, as well as the solutions when these occurred. I heard several stories before in other majors. The most important ability for students in art and design department is idea and technical. For instance, for the studio class, when professor create an assignment on Canvas. Students will display their art works differently even the theme is the same. Sometimes it is hardly for plagiarism cause the style as the unique personal stamp. It is obviously to duplicate others works. In particular, some master artists clarify the symbol in personal style partly basis on nature. Furthermore, the points highlight on the honor system reminder me to think about plagiarism, falsification and academic sabotage. It is hard for me to restraining people’s behavior. Therefore, to remain my ideas and though, as well as to protect the process during creation and art works is the primary rules I need to follow.