Voiceover

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Assignment: Write and record a voiceover capturing the core concept of your project. Post your voiceover script to your blog. You can use your “About This Blog” or a favorite post for material. Add music and/or sound design as needed.

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Cosplaying, or “costume playing”, is the art of dressing up and imitating a character from a comic book, manga, anime, movie, or other media. A cosplayer will typically buy or create a costume to wear for photoshoots, comic and anime conventions, and various other events.

Sexism in cosplay is a relatively unknown topic to the general public. While many males are forgiven for relative unattractiveness and/or poor costume design, females are thrown into the spotlight whether they like it or not. When a female is considered unattractive, she is ridiculed and shamed both in person and on the Internet. When a female is considered attractive and fits her costume well, she is told she is “fake”, not a true fan, and is cosplaying simply for the attention it brings her from male admirers. She is often verbally harassed. Shouldn’t women be able to dress up as the character without the backlash?

I plan to document various incidents, opinions, and photos related to the topic of sexism in cosplay. I will interview amateur and professional cosplayers for their views on this. I also plan to interview people who are unfamiliar with the community in order to find out more mainstream views.

Typography

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Assignment: Create a layout in Photoshop using only type elements. Image size: 800w x 1200h. Consider things like scale, color, balance and texture. Consider the background / negative space.

typography

Logos

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Assignment: Use Illustrator to create the following logo designs

  • Iconic/symbolic: use image only (simple shapes).
  • Logotype/wordmark: use type only.
  • Combination: image+type.
  • best of 1, 2 or 3 with color.

Wee_Gabrielle_logos

The first logo is for a personal website, Elletricity.com. Elletricity is a play on words with my name – Elle (which can be a nickname for Gabrielle), and electricity. In the lightbulb, which represents electricity, the wire inside that powers the lightbulb is shaped like an E for Elletricity.

The second logo is a personal one – 嘉恩 is my Chinese name, pronounced Jia En. The logo resembles a seal or chop – Chinese people use these to sign official documents, similar to signing with a signature. Most chops are carved with the bearer’s name; others can have words or even pictograms to represent the bearer. In this case, I used my name.

Sexism in cosplay is my official topic for LMW 1. The cat ears represent the cosplay aspect. The font for “Sexism” is light and script-like to represent the feminine aspect of the topic, while “Cosplay” is in a bold, masculine typeface, to represent the sexist aspect of the topic.

I colored my “chop” logo red because Chinese people usually use red ink with their chop.

Proposal

Cosplaying, or “costume playing”, is the art of dressing up and imitating a character from a comic book, manga, anime, movie, or other media. A cosplayer will typically buy or create a costume to wear for photoshoots, comic and anime conventions, and various other events.

Sexism in cosplay is a relatively unknown topic to the general public. While many males are forgiven for relative unattractiveness and/or poor costume design, females are thrown into the spotlight whether they like it or not. When a female is unattractive, she is ridiculed and shamed both in person and on the Internet. When a female is attractive and fits her costume well, she is told she is “fake”, not a true fan, and is cosplaying simply for the attention it brings her from male admirers. She is often verbally harassed. Shouldn’t women be able to dress up as the character without the backlash?

In recent news, comic book artist Tony Harris pushes this agenda by emphasizing that most girls don’t know anything about the comic book community and should not be cosplaying at all. At New York’s 2012 Comic Con, Mandy Caruso was verbally harassed in a public interview while dressed up as Marvel Comic’s Black Cat. Incidents of harassment, abuse, and plain shaming have escalated as comic conventions and cosplaying become more and more popular.

I personally planned to dress up as a character from the manga/anime Sailor Moon with one of my best friends for the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, but a friend convinced both of us to choose other costumes because of such misogynist views. Sailor Scouts wear revealing outfits that are often sexualized in media, which would bring us much unwanted attention during the convention. I have wanted to cosplay as Sailor Saturn, one of Sailor Moon’s sidekicks, for many years, yet am unable to because I don’t want to be harassed and perhaps ridiculed if I don’t resemble the character.

In this blog, I plan to document various incidents, opinions, and photos related to the topic of sexism in cosplay. I will interview amateur and professional cosplayers for their views on this. I also plan to interview people who are unfamiliar with the community in order to find out more mainstream views. Upcoming anime conventions include San Francisco’s Animation on Display in February and Sac-Con in March. I hope to attend at least one of them.

Slideshow

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Assignment: Create a slideshow of at least five photos using the NextGen gallery plugin.

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Picture 1 of 5


My process of Photoshopping the collage is the previous post.

Collage

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Assignment: Using Photoshop, create a 1280×720px collage that answers the question, “Where am I?”. This could be literal or fantasy, but think in the present.

My collage is based on how I visualize my ideas bouncing around in my head. The eyes are actually a photo of my own eyes! You can see the original image in my first post. In the same way that the images are exploding from between my eyes, I feel that my ideas spring forth from my mind. Well, something like, that, anyhow. I’ve actually been officially diagnosed with ADHD so I figure my mind is pretty chaotic and full of random things!

So where am I? Exploring the land inside my mind 😉

Possible Documentary Topics

Here’s a few that I’d like to work on!

HTML5

HTML5 has been a big controversy over the last few years. Should we use it now, for its great new features and cleaner markup? Should we wait for backwards compatibility and more fleshed-out features? As a freelance web designer, this topic is near and dear to my heart. I personally use HTML5 in my website design and themes, but not everybody has subscribed to it yet. Others use it but only utilize a few features. Yet others are still using HTML4 to ensure compatibility on older computers or even because they’re not ready to move to a new form of markup. I think interviewing designers around Ex’pression and Emeryville in general would provide some interesting insight.

SEXISM & RACISM IN COSPLAYING

Cosplaying is short for “costume play” – when a person or persons dress up to represent a character from a movie, book, game, or other media. I’m personally planning to cosplay as a character from Sailor Moon for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Something that always bothered me was the inherent sexism, racism, and other negative bias in cosplay. So what if you do not have the ideal body for your desired character? So what if you have fair skin and your character is darker, or vice versa? So what if you are a guy cosplaying as a female character, or a girl cosplaying as a male character? I see no problem with any of these so-called “issues”.

GANGNAM STYLE

How many of you have heard of Gangnam Style? Do you know who sings this catchy song? Can you do the horse dance and sing along?

It’d be interesting to see how this viral video has hit the United States. I’ve been listening to Korean music – or “k-pop” – for over four years. My favorite groups and artists are from the same entertainment company that produces Psy, the man behind Gangnam Style. Whenever my American non-Asian friends talk about k-pop, they almost always refer to this video. Why is this so popular, and how does it transcend culture differences?

Hello, world!

Who are you? What brings you to Ex’pression College? What drives you creatively? What would you like to be doing ten years from now? What are your biggest influences? What do you create?

你好,我的名字是李嘉恩。You can also call me Gabrielle. I’m a twenty-two year old college student currently studying Game Art & Design at Ex’pression College for Digital Media.

Artwork at Ex’pression – the tools I use to create!

For a long time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I started out at George Fox University up in Oregon majoring in Communications. After a year, I returned home to the Bay Area and bounced around local community colleges. I took a lot of studio art and design classes. Photoshop classes were my favorite. In my spare time, I started brushing up on the elements of web design – HTML, CSS, Javascript, and even some PHP. I had always wanted to be an artist, but I eventually realized that I wanted to work specifically in the design field.

Playing a GBA game on my iPad emulator

As a child, I always loved video games, but my parents did not allow me any games. I got my first GameBoy Micro as a Christmas present when I was a senior in high school. Ever since, I have been hooked. I’m not so much of a gamer, surprisingly – I just don’t have the coordination. I do love well-made games, however, and I’d often play strategist while my sister gamed.

I eventually decided to choose Game Art & Design because it was a field that is both interesting and challenging to me. While I have had almost ten years of web design experience, I have not had nearly the same amount of experience with graphic design and media, let alone game art. This led me to search for schools in the Bay Area that had my major, and I chose Ex’pression. The school appealed to me – a small group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about their work. It’s the first place I’ve ever truly felt at home; the place where I feel that like-minded classmates are pursuing the same dream as me.

Art I created, based on da Vinci’s Il Condottiere.

What drives me creatively? My search for the perfect aesthetic. I see something and I automatically think how I could make it look better, work better. In my web design, I constantly edit my website to find the perfect balance of beauty, accessibility, and minimalism. I see beauty in the details and I enjoy pushing myself to create even better design work.

Ten years from now, I’d like to be working at a small but passionate game company and creating games that my family and friends can enjoy. I’d be working as a freelance web designer on the side and hopefully reading something awesome. Married, kids? Who knows? Those are the details I haven’t worked out yet.

My biggest influences include my father (who shares the same aesthetic views), my sister and mother. As far as web design goes, I admire Trent Walton, Jonathan Moore, and many others. Audrey Kawasaki has amazing artwork!

One of the walls outside my classroom

Most of what I create these days is design tailored for the web – you can check out my websites at Elletricity.com and gabriellew.ee. I also enjoy creating in terms of crafts – knitting, macrame, origami, among others.

I hope you enjoy my blog and what I share!

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