Welcome to Digital-Evolutions, Smoky Hill High School's digital creative center. Digital-Evolutions is a digital visualization and animation program, introducing students to design principles, new media design, basic programming, engineering/medical visualization, video production, compositing, and a heavy emphasis on 3D content creation.


AND most importantly, giving students the skills to become intrinsically motivated independent learners and creative leaders.

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Digital-Evolutions, is a public high school digital arts program, introducing students to digital sculpture, design principles, traditional art mediums, programming, visual storytelling, engineering/medical visualization, video production, and a heavy focus on 3D visualization and animation. Students can participate up to four years, with two possible advanced college accredited tracks, both IB and traditional. Our core philosophy, is to move past just teaching the tool, to empowering students to become intrinsically motivated, independent learners, story tellers, and artists. It challenges them to tap into both hemispheres and further develop their logical and creative abilities as an artist and critical thinker. The program is both exciting and challenging, providing students with a learning environment without limitations and opening the the door to artistic expression and conceptual exploration. Students become artists, visual story tellers, and technical problem solvers, further preparing them for the ever-changing digital landscape and future workforce. Digital-Evolutions is hosted at Smoky Hill High School part of the Cherry Creek School District. Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008/09 predicts that digital media design and animation will show tremendous growth ‘much faster than average’ through 2016 nationally. As of 2008, China has over 30 animation industrial bases, 5,400 animation companies, 450 high schools teaching certified animation courses, and 460,000 students studying animation related subjects. This was an increase of over 36% in comparison to 2006. (Aldric Chang 2008) According to Robi Roncarelli industry expert, China’s growth is not even due to outsourcing, but huge local demands. So it can be said that, our local industry is just at its infancy and this perpetual growth is blending together multiple disciplines, blurring the line between art, science, math, and technology. But our underling goal is to develop intrinsically motivated creative learners with the skills to succeed in their chosen career path; whether it be engineering and the sciences or entertainment and the arts.
 
 
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3D Design Checklist

Skill Development Checklist: Things that need to be done  . . .    

  •     Pay LAB Fee $15 ✓                       
  •     Create Blog and Share Address ✓                       
  •     Write Life Vision ✓               
  •     CNC (Padlet) ✓                      
  •     Temple Tutorial  ✓      
  •     Extrude Face Along a Path ✓       
  •     Extrude Curve Along a Path ✓
  •     Initial Interest Direction (Padlet) ✓               
  •     Write Skill Objective ✓
  •     Beveling ✓
  •     Hole ✓ 
  •     Non-Linear Deformers ✓
  •     Revolve Practice ✓
  •     Lofting Practice ✓
  •     Lighting Subject  ✓
  •     Character Generator ✓
  •     Character Posing 
  •     Juice Glass 
  •     Write Design Objective
  •     Create Design Objective Inspiration Board
  •     Fun w/ Duplicate Special          
  •     Rorschach Inspiration : Alchemy
  •     Boolean Operation - first part
  •     Boolean Operation -  FORM                     
  •     3-Point Light
  •     Materials

  
Independent Skill Development & Projects
 
1- Skill Objective
2- Final Summary & Reflection 

 

Concept Design Project  

1- Intrinsic Influence Board
2- Design Objective
3- Initial Background Story

4- Inspiration Board
5- Thumbnail Sketches
6- Development Sketches
7- Final Background Story
8- Final Concept Design



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    IB Project Report


    Give your post a title of "Project (#) Semester (#)” and give it a label of “P(#)-S(#)
    IB Project Required Information:

    Title:

    Medium used:
    Size of original (cm/mins):

    Text/Topic/work focus:

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    State All Resources Used:  (MLA format)      

    Text/Topic/work focus:   Basically, in  a short paragraph write a summary of what you did. 
        
    Related Screens:  Post all screens related to your final projects


    General Writing: Grammar, punctuation, general writing

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    Concept Design

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    Create ONE post and give it a title of "Concept Design {#1} Summary"  and give it a label of “CD 
        
    CONCEPT DESIGN PROCESS
    What is Design? It Starts with a Sketch, an Automotive Design Documentary
    Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5VGVKPg6KY

    Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1ksrjRA678

    Other Resources:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRr_GyD1fqY


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWTDsHKaBwM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHWOVdQ62Uo&t=0s&list=PLlXe5n2YiBzofeXigf56zEtk2wfRFITh0&index=9         
             
             
            
             
     Process Elements:


    Initial Interest Direction (Padlet)

    1. Design Objective & Descriptors
    2. Inspiration Board (Padlet)
    3. Thumbnail Sketching (2+ Pages)
    4. Development Sketches (3+ Development Sketches of different designs Annotated)
    5. Final Development Sketches
    6. Final Concept Design – Backstory
    7. Final Concept Design
        
         
      INITIAL INTEREST DIRECTION (Padlet)
      What are your interests?  What inspires you? What do you want to make? Create an initial idea/project direction “Inspiration Board”  using Padlet.  An inspiration board is a collection of images, ideas, words, blueprints, games, movies or anything that may inspire your direction. Search google and cross-reference your interests and explore.  Find at least 20-30 images.
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      DESIGN OBJECTIVE

      Write a brief design objective including general details.  This should include a list of eight to twelve descriptive words that will guide your direction.  The design or concept should be ORIGINAL or a 'complete' rehash of another design.
      Character Design:  I have been playing video games all my life and I want to explore how to make one.  I understand that video games are generally made by a team, not by individuals, and taking years to create.   I probably will not be able to finish an entire game myself, but that is the end goal.   To start, I want to focus and learn the character design process, design my own character, create a 3d model of the character, and learn the basic features of importing the character into a game engine.  I will design simple robotic character driven by the following, but not limited to, descriptors:  fun, charismatic, 1950s Sci-Fi inspired , insect'ish, samurai influenced , med-evil armor, etc.
      Objective Descriptors: Fun, charismatic, 1950s Sci-Fi, insects-ish, samurai, med-evil armor, steam-punk, industrial, toys, illustrative/cartoon, hero, modern, etc.
      Initial Concept Overview – Backstory
      Write an initial concept overview / backstory.
      Example description of Coyote Tango from Pacific Rim:
      Coyote Tango is designed to resemble naval warships and Cobra attack helicopters in both color scheme and appearance. Coyote Tango's light armor allows it to perform various deadly maneuvers and has great speed to evade Kaiju attacks. It is also armed with twin long-range ballistic mortar cannons to damage Kaiju from afar; these were supplemented by a forearm-mounted, retractable V-PI EnergyCaster with five modes of modulation - this weapon in particular being considered highly experimental at the time of the Jaeger's launch.  Coyote Tango is also tied with Cherno Alpha for the tallest height on a Mark-1 Jaeger.

      As a Mark-1 Jaeger, Coyote Tango runs on the power of a nuclear reactor. Given the short amount of time the Pan Pacific Defense Corps had to build the first series of Jaegers in response to the Kaiju threat, none of the Mark-1 series Jaegers were reinforced with protective measures to prevent radiation poisoning. Consequently, the Rangers piloting Mark-1's were at an increased risk of contracting cancer-related illnesses from exposure. Both Tamsin Sevier and Stacker Pentecost developed cancer as a result of the Jaeger's poor radiation shielding and were retired from active duty.
      INSPIRATION BOARD
      You need to get inspired!  This is one of my favorite stages.   Basically you explore what is out there and possible directions you can go.  Collect /research reference images, current designs, inspirational, blueprints etc. Basically find as many as you need, which is at least 20+ sources.  I call this phase, the Inspiration Board”.  I have found that the best way to do this is to create a Padlet with all your resources.  This is not only a dynamic collection of resources, but it also retains the source information for later documentation.   


      THUMBNAIL SKETCHING
      Thumbnail sketches are a simple and quick way to get thinking, start planning your shot and help solve problems early on. Sketching can really help you to be inspired and get creative. Even if you don't draw well, crude thumbnail sketches can help you plan your poses and timing. The extra time spent on planning your work will be worth it in the long run. You wouldn't build a house without architect's plans, would you?
      Watch this video on thumbnail sketching with Von Glitschka:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV4Pn-wr4oE
      &
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc6jsfdrf4M
       
       
      Create a few pages (at least 2+ depending on the size of your thumbnails) of well developed thumbnail sketches to help workout your design.  Here are some thumbnail examples, some are more elaborate than others.   Don’t be intimidated by the examples, these are just supposed to be light sketches.  Play with design implementing the 'Elements of Art', line, shape, form, space, color, and texture.  Each sketch should be quick and no longer than a minute or two.  You are just visually exploring directions . . . Also annotate your sketches.
      Optional videos on thumbnail sketching:
          


      Development Sketches 
      Choose three of your best or favorite thumbnails and further explore these designs.  Basically, these sketches are more detailed version of your best thumbnail designs with thoughtful annotations. Create 3-5 fully development sketches.  You may have multiple pages . . . Here are some thumbnail examples, some are more elaborate than others.   Don’t be intimidated by these examples, these are from professionals or post-secondary students.

      Development Sketches   
      The creation of Wall-E was highly complicated as they had to design him to be mechanical and have the mechanisms of a robot while still maintaining a level of humanity. 
      FINAL DRAFT SKETCH
      Choose one of your best or favorite development sketches and take it to the next level.  Refine and further develop the details of your design.  Fully annotate your designs. 
      Here are three examples of final concept design drafts.
      Angular-cd    Round   Spider
      PROJECT OVERVIEW & BACKSTORY
      Write a complete concept overview.
      Example description of Coyote Tango from Pacific Rim:
      Coyote Tango is designed to resemble naval warships and Cobra attack helicopters in both color scheme and appearance. Coyote Tango's light armor allows it to perform various deadly maneuvers and has great speed to evade Kaiju attacks. It is also armed with twin long-range ballistic mortar cannons to damage Kaiju from afar; these were supplemented by a forearm-mounted, retractable V-PI EnergyCaster with five modes of modulation - this weapon in particular being considered highly experimental at the time of the Jaeger's launch.  Coyote Tango is also tied with Cherno Alpha for the tallest height on a Mark-1 Jaeger.

      As a Mark-1 Jaeger, Coyote Tango runs on the power of a nuclear reactor. Given the short amount of time the Pan Pacific Defense Corps had to build the first series of Jaegers in response to the Kaiju threat, none of the Mark-1 series Jaegers were reinforced with protective measures to prevent radiation poisoning. Consequently, the Rangers piloting Mark-1's were at an increased risk of contracting cancer-related illnesses from exposure. Both Tamsin Sevier and Stacker Pentecost developed cancer as a result of the Jaeger's poor radiation shielding and were retired from active duty.
      FINAL CONCEPT DESIGN 
      TRON: LEGACY
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      Robot Concept Design


      Create ONE post and give it a title of "Robot Concept Design Summary"  and give it a label of “CD 
                        
      Evaluated Elements:
      • Inspiration Board (Padlet)
      • Initial Concept Overview / Backstory
      • Thumbnail Sketching (2+ Pages)
      • Development Sketches (3+ Development Sketches Annotated)
      • Final Concept Overview / Backstory
      • Final Concept Design  / T-Pose
                   
        Initial Concept Overview – Backstory
        Write an initial concept overview / backstory.
        Example description of Coyote Tango from Pacific Rim:
        Coyote Tango is designed to resemble naval warships and Cobra attack helicopters in both color scheme and appearance. Coyote Tango's light armor allows it to perform various deadly maneuvers and has great speed to evade Kaiju attacks. It is also armed with twin long-range ballistic mortar cannons to damage Kaiju from afar; these were supplemented by a forearm-mounted, retractable V-PI EnergyCaster with five modes of modulation - this weapon in particular being considered highly experimental at the time of the Jaeger's launch.  Coyote Tango is also tied with Cherno Alpha for the tallest height on a Mark-1 Jaeger.

        As a Mark-1 Jaeger, Coyote Tango runs on the power of a nuclear reactor. Given the short amount of time the Pan Pacific Defense Corps had to build the first series of Jaegers in response to the Kaiju threat, none of the Mark-1 series Jaegers were reinforced with protective measures to prevent radiation poisoning. Consequently, the Rangers piloting Mark-1's were at an increased risk of contracting cancer-related illnesses from exposure. Both Tamsin Sevier and Stacker Pentecost developed cancer as a result of the Jaeger's poor radiation shielding and were retired from active duty.
        INSPIRATION BOARD
        You need to get inspired!  This is one of my favorite stages.   Basically you explore what is out there and possible directions you can go.  Collect /research reference images, current designs, inspirational, blueprints etc. Basically find as many as you need, which is at least 20+ sources.  I call this phase, the Inspiration Board”.  I have found that the best way to do this is to create a Padlet with all your resources.  This is not only a dynamic collection of resources, but it also retains the source information for later documentation.   


        THUMBNAIL SKETCHING
        Thumbnail sketches are a simple and quick way to get thinking, start planning your shot and help solve problems early on. Sketching can really help you to be inspired and get creative. Even if you don't draw well, crude thumbnail sketches can help you plan your poses and timing. The extra time spent on planning your work will be worth it in the long run. You wouldn't build a house without architect's plans, would you?
        Watch this video on thumbnail sketching with Von Glitschka:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV4Pn-wr4oE
        &
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc6jsfdrf4M
         
         
        Create a few pages (at least 2+ depending on the size of your thumbnails) of well developed thumbnail sketches to help workout your design.  Here are some thumbnail examples, some are more elaborate than others.   Don’t be intimidated by the examples, these are just supposed to be light sketches.  Play with design implementing the 'Elements of Art', line, shape, form, space, color, and texture.  Each sketch should be quick and no longer than a minute or two.  You are just visually exploring directions . . . Also annotate your sketches.
        Optional videos on thumbnail sketching:
            
        Development Sketches 
        Choose three of your best or favorite thumbnails and further explore these designs.  Basically, these sketches are more detailed version of your best thumbnail designs with thoughtful annotations. Create 3-5 fully development sketches.  You may have multiple pages . . . Here are some thumbnail examples, some are more elaborate than others.   Don’t be intimidated by these examples, these are from professionals or post-secondary students.

        Development Sketches   
        The creation of Wall-E was highly complicated as they had to design him to be mechanical and have the mechanisms of a robot while still maintaining a level of humanity. 
        FINAL DRAFT SKETCH
        Choose one of your best or favorite development sketches and take it to the next level.  Refine and further develop the details of your design.  Fully annotate your designs. 
        Here is an examples of final concept design draft.
            Round 
         
        FINAL CONCEPT DESIGN  OVERVIEW / BACKSTORY
        Write a complete concept overview.
        Example description of Coyote Tango from Pacific Rim:

        Coyote Tango is designed to resemble naval warships and Cobra attack helicopters in both color scheme and appearance. Coyote Tango's light armor allows it to perform various deadly maneuvers and has great speed to evade Kaiju attacks. It is also armed with twin long-range ballistic mortar cannons to damage Kaiju from afar; these were supplemented by a forearm-mounted, retractable V-PI EnergyCaster with five modes of modulation - this weapon in particular being considered highly experimental at the time of the Jaeger's launch.  Coyote Tango is also tied with Cherno Alpha for the tallest height on a Mark-1 Jaeger.

        As a Mark-1 Jaeger, Coyote Tango runs on the power of a nuclear reactor. Given the short amount of time the Pan Pacific Defense Corps had to build the first series of Jaegers in response to the Kaiju threat, none of the Mark-1 series Jaegers were reinforced with protective measures to prevent radiation poisoning. Consequently, the Rangers piloting Mark-1's were at an increased risk of contracting cancer-related illnesses from exposure. Both Tamsin Sevier and Stacker Pentecost developed cancer as a result of the Jaeger's poor radiation shielding and were retired from active duty.

        FINAL CONCEPT DESIGN in T-POSE 

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