practicum week 7

This week at Production Road was my last week at my practicum and was it ever bittersweet. 

Production in Production Road studio, full team helping out to shoot the album cover!

Production in Production Road studio, full team helping out to shoot the album cover!

My time at the Production Road studio working under Carson Ting was so much more than I had expected. I expected more dirty work, but I was pleasantly wrong. I got lots of free lunches (thank you), I was given fantastic feedback, critique and invaluable guidance.I expected more grunt work like fixing photoshop documents and exporting files, but instead my responsibilities evolved over the seven weeks from a few smaller tasks to multiple new projects and rising deadlines. These tasks pushed my abilities I had learned in IDEA and taught me new skills. It was so exciting to use all my knowledge and apply it to real employment situations. Thankfully, I was able to use any Adobe suite program that my coworkers used, so IDEA had prepared me well. It was fun to use industry jargon around the workplace and to be involved in ‘office life’. I wanted to exceed my coworkers expectations so I took projects home (with permission) to complete them after hours, like the Fairmont project, for example. In the end, I was rewarded in the end with a gift card and a good reputation so all the work was worth it. The entire experience showed that work hard and the desire to produce the best outcome for a project yields fantastic rewards. Most of all, and to my surprise and elation, my practicum gave me the tools to become a freelance artist. 

My verbal communication to my coworkers improved as my time there elapsed. At the start, I was nervous and worried my ideas would get shot down if I spoke out. But as time went on I was more confident in myself and knew that I was certified, so my ideas and concerns for projects were legitimate. I still find myself explaining ideas with the help of visual aids and continue to struggle communicating project ideas through written means. I was able to push past this hurdle by taking time out of the studio and get in a quiet space where I could distill what I needed to say into basic brainstorming bubbles and then use that as my jumping off point. I presented ideas with poise and was able to conduct myself in a professional matter, including the grunting labour of me building an Ikea desk, and stay sharp and on task. 

My goodbye lunch! :(

My goodbye lunch! :(

All things considered, I had an amazing practicum. It was the right fit for me and I now know a bit more about myself. I was given the opportunity to work under a successful Vancouver illustrator and I learned so much about the industry that will be very valuable to me in my future. I made valuable contacts and connections to people I will always be in touch with. I enjoyed my time at Chairman Ting and will be returning for future freelance projects and I am welcome back anytime I want to work/hang out in the studio space.

A sneak peak of our project for the NAC.

A sneak peak of our project for the NAC.

American Televisions album cover coming along.

American Televisions album cover coming along.

 
 

practicum Week 6

The end is approaching..

I only have one more day to complete until my hours are done! 240 hours have gone by so fast its unbelievable. The week started on a fluffy note when Carson brought in his adorable 15 year old blind bunny Bella and we bonded big time. He had to drop Bella off at the bunny care taker because he is going on a little trip to Las Vegas with his wife and adorable girl Audrey. Part of my job here is to cuddle cute animals and its the best. 

From his box to his bed all day

From his box to his bed all day

New best friend? Should I get a bunny? So cute.

New best friend? Should I get a bunny? So cute.

We also had the opportunity to get our hands dirty! Aiken and I were given the task of going to Cossette to repair a piece that Carson had done for them that had reacted to its environment and cracked. We came prepped with food filler and paint, spending the morning in the accounting department filling, sanding and painting over the cracks in the wood to make the piece look new again! 

Fixing all the cracks!

Fixing all the cracks!

The end result!

The end result!

Carson then treated us AGAIN for our hard work with a nice lunch and we ate it thinking of him having a blast in Las Vegas! Crazy guy escaping from his intern for the last couple days! Luckily Its not going to be the last time I work with him as I will be coming in after my grad show to finish up some projects and then also later in the summer I will be helping out on some murals! 

The remainder of the week was spent building all the rest of the buildings and props for American Televisions album cover we were commissioned to create. I took pleasure doing the tedious jobs of cutting out tiny pieces of fire out of recycled paper to soon attach to the tops of the buildings. I made trees, smoke coming out of the chimneys, balconies and a backdrop to make the scene look perfect for the client all while laughing at the scenes that Aiken was putting in the windows (including a streaker! Il explain later..)

Sneak peak of part of the building process!

Sneak peak of part of the building process!

Lastly from our brainstorming session of our ideas that we gathered for NAC competition we did a peer review with Hubert and Annie and had a great critique session where they brought up some points and ideas that brought us in another direction for our project. Getting more perspectives has allowed the project to become even stronger conceptually. I then drew out our ideas in refined form and we sent that off to Carson who’s still working even on vacation for feedback. 

My weekend is going to be spent prepping for my grad show and finding the perfect outfit to wear for the big event. The Grad Show event takes place at the Harbour Centre Lobby @6:00pm if you are able to join! Hope to see you there! 

 

Practicum Week 5

The weeks are going by so fast.. too fast! 

This week was super full with full on production for our album cover for the band American Television. Our concept of cutting out our designs with paper and drawing everything by hand and photographing it is in full swing and its looking great so far! Plus we got approval from the client and they are super excited about it which makes it even more fun to work on. It has been so nice to be able to have a real project to handle so I can learn all the steps of working with the client (even if you have never met them and they live over-sees!) 


Ive also been totally getting spoiled at work and lets just say that many jokes were made about us all gaining a LOT of weight. One day Hubert brought in a box of cookies and brownies and sweets then the next day Aiken brought in another box of sweets and then the next day Carson brought in a whole Lindt chocolate bread cake! It was so much, I didn’t know I would be having cookies for breakfast every morning and I am not unhappy about it. On top of that Hubert and Amy, owner of Kindred & Scout Productions thanked me for helping on their project for the fairmont with a sweet box of chocolates and a nice card. No complaints here! 


Everything has been moving so fast, even projects the team has been working on are already out in the public. I saw a project I worked on already in the movie theatre for the aquarium! And Carson’s pin line he designed for Nike was released and they express shipped 3 sets for Carson, Aiken and I so now I have an absolutely dope set of pins. 

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Friday was field trip day as we worked in the studio in the morning, had lunch, then set off downtown to visit Kabam’s office space to take photos of where new illustrations would be going and to also photograph some art of Carsons that hadn’t been documented yet on his website. It was so great seeing the office there, we were given the grand tour by the lovely Eva. The space even had napping bunks for people that were getting too tired! I really wish they had this at school… man would those ever be used! (cap get on this!)

Had to snag a selfie with Carsons wall Vynl!

Had to snag a selfie with Carsons wall Vynl!

Floor graphics

Floor graphics

Aiken working her photography magic on capturing the illustration’s of Carsons at Kabam in Vancouver.

Aiken working her photography magic on capturing the illustration’s of Carsons at Kabam in Vancouver.

After the tour was over and I very slowly walked through some low shutter speed photos for Carson for his website we headed over to 1000th Parker street. If you don’t know what that is, check it out during the Art Crawl! It is an amazing building that hosts many talented artists in studios there, including the very talented Carla Tak. We dropped in on her studio and she talked about some of the new art she is producing and how she is playing with dried art from off of of her tarps as a new medium. She also told Aiken and I a bit about her life and her story of how she became an artist at age 50 and how you should always follow your passion. It was very inspiring and lovely to meet her. We then moved on to another studio called Tangible Interaction, where we got to play with their digital graffiti wall, see their OH! Science world globe project, a model of their marshmallow cloud, mini halo swarm and more.

The final piece of artwork Carson drew for the Tangible photoshoot.

The final piece of artwork Carson drew for the Tangible photoshoot.

I assisted for Carson in filling in his drawing on the Graffiti wall with electronic paint cans (don’t ask me how they did that I still don’t understand) but it was super cool. 

Carla Tak uses layering techniques, paint buckets, etc!

Carla Tak uses layering techniques, paint buckets, etc!

I think I need one of these in my dream house!

I think I need one of these in my dream house!

Carla Tak, Aiken Lao, Me, and Carson Ting. Her artwork is amazing!

Carla Tak, Aiken Lao, Me, and Carson Ting. Her artwork is amazing!

Carla’s new works

Carla’s new works

The week ended with that awesome field trip and I cant wait to continue production for American Television next week!

 

Practicum Week 4

Plague is that you? 

This week was a little rough, I ended up missing two days of my practicum because I was very sick :(  Little did I know half the people at other agencies were also sick and quite a few other practicum students were sick as well. I was very sad to miss two days of work but luckily I was able to make up my time working at home between naps and popping cough drops like candies. I made sure to be well enough (cough cough) to make it into work on Friday because Friday was my practicum takeover day on our grad instagram page @idea19 ! I had no photos of me to post so Carson pulled out his camera and snapped a few awesome pics in-between blowing my nose and he somehow got some good ones! (I tried not to look like death as I was for sure feeling it) here are a few.. 

The front of the studio is a little boutique full of Annie’s, Aiken’s and Carson’s products.

The front of the studio is a little boutique full of Annie’s, Aiken’s and Carson’s products.

The amount of times I boil the kettle and forget is incredible.

The amount of times I boil the kettle and forget is incredible.

Sometimes I go to the storefront to brain storm!

Sometimes I go to the storefront to brain storm!

Trying not to look sick

Trying not to look sick


The week continued steadily with working on our rough sketch for the album cover and sending that in to client for approval. We were able to send it in early and get our critique that will be implemented on Monday. Our concept for the album cover is very exciting and as a hint… it will include a lot of paper and exacto blades..! I also asked for my first deposit for a job and am learning how to better handle a freelance client, it has been so helpful having Aiken there as she is the best with this stuff! 

I am so close to getting Frank’s website up and running and I cant wait to see when it is live! We have struggled a bit with the domain transferring etc and ive realized that its more complicated that it looks! (I do not like transferring domains!) so the waiting continues on that front but that job is pretty complete! Excited for my client to see it :) 

Everything in the studio has been so much fun, so many brain storm sessions and awesome lunch breaks too. The team treated me on Thursday to a birthday lunch out to my first full Korean meal and it was amazing! It was so sweet and nice of them to think of me. It has been a great week and looking forward to the next one (sickness free!) Now time to go enjoy my birthday! 


See you next week

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