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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Concept Design Checklist


  • Write 'Life Vision'
  • Possible Initial Directions
  • Write Design Objective 
  • Create Design Objective Inspiration Board
  • Rorschach Inspiration : Alchemy
  • Thumbnail Sketching
  • Development Sketches (3+ development sketches)
  • Final Draft Sketch
  • Final Concept Design


Write your ‘Life Vision'.   What does that mean?  Basically, as of today, what do you want to do with your life?  I know this can be a really difficult question, some have known since they were 2 years old and others have no clue;  that is okay.  I want you to really think about it.  What do you really enjoy doing? What can you see yourself doing for the rest of your life?  What do you do in your spare time for fun? Your goal can be based on career direction, hobbies, or special interests.  Basically, in a paragraph or two, write a detailed description of what you want to do or could do with your life.  The goal does not have to be related to this course, but related to you and your life.   Also included how technology or design play or could play a role in your future. Give this post a label of “Life”.

Concept Design Objective:  Write an initial design objective including as many details as possible.  The design or concept should be ORIGINAL. 

Initial Design Direction: Looking at your 'life' goal, come up with at least 10 things that you could do that can help you achieve your goal.   Write a list of at least 10 tasks that will support your goal.  They can be design, skill, or research related.   

2D Design Checklist

Checklist: Things that need to be done  . . .

3D Design Checklist

Checklist: Things that need to be done  . . .

  • Pay LAB Fee 
  • Create Blog 
  • Write Life Vision 
  • Temple Tutorial 
  • Extrude Face Along a Path 
  • Extrude Curve Along a Path 
  • Beveling 
  • Fun w/ Duplicate Special 
  • Write Design Objective 
  • Create Design Objective Inspiration Board
  • Rorschach Inspiration : Alchemy
  • Revolve Practice
  • Juice Glass
    • Hole 
    • Boolean Operation
    •  Non-Linear Deformers

Design Objective

Concept Design Objective:  Write a brief design objective including some details.  The design or concept should be ORIGINAL or a rehash of another design.

Character Design I will design an original monster character to be adapted into an animatronic creature.  

Examples:

Original Concept Design (OCD)

First write a list of possible thing you want to design. About 3-5 possible directions.

  • Choppers: I love motorcycles.
  • Character Design: Robots?
  • Storyboard for a film.
  • Futuristic Spaceship
  • Modern Hot Rod
Concept Design Objective:  First write a brief design objective including details.  The design or concept should be ORIGINAL.

Create an Inspiration Board for your Concept Design.

The Grocery Getter


Most of these examples are not very descriptive.   Every Concept Design you turn in must be fully annotated

Each Concept Design should include:
Specifications
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Character Design (1-3+ Pages) 
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Vehicle Concept Design (1-3+ Pages)
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Product Concept Design (1-3+ Pages)
 
thinkTankPresApp Design Concept (1-3+ Pages)

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 stickfigures
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Production Design Storyboards (3-10+ Pages)

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Video Game Concept Design (1-3+ Pages)

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Introduction and Overview, by Edward Sargeant


 

Tool Usage and Workflow, by Edward Sargeant

Life Vision

Write your ‘Life Vision'.   What does that mean?  Basically, as of today, what do you want to do with your life?  I know this can be a really difficult question, some have known since they were 2 years old and others have no clue;  that is okay.  I want you to really think about it.  What do you really enjoy doing? What can you see yourself doing for the rest of your life?  What do you do in your spare time for fun? Your goal can be based on career direction, hobbies, or special interests.  Basically, in a paragraph or two, write a detailed description of what you want to do or could do with your life.  The goal does not have to be related to this course, but related to you and your life.   Also included how technology or design play or could play a role in your future. Give this post a label of “Life”. 



Example:
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 and create a 3d model of a character to be used in a video game.

Example:
Animatronics is the perfect blend of art and technology and I am passionate about both. Particularly, I love animatronics!  It has been a passion of mine for years.  Ever since, the movie ET was released, I have been obsessed with the visual effects behind it.   ET was one of the first movies to release a ‘making of’ documentary and after I watched it I was hooked.  I want to learn everything I can about the animatronics industry and make an animatronic creature.