Here is a list of the deadlines for MAs and exams for the coming year. I will update it with specifics on what the tasks are when we get the details. This is mainly for me so I can easily get a good overview.
Aside from writing a first entry in the blog about how we ended up as students at Noroff and making the Moodle Map we also had to write an introduction and create our profile on the website. I made my introduction short on the forum focusing on specific interests so that if there is someone in my class that has similar interests they can find me easily, same with my profile introduction. Writing about these very short assignments in the blog seem redundant to me, but if I try to reflect over it as to why we should do it I assume it is to familiarize ourselves with WordPress and also getting the habit of writing about what we learn. Having worked as a teacher myself I try to see the point and value in each task I am given.
The final assignment I have to do this week is to write a report about the first week, what I’ve learned and what was challenging. It’s going to take me some time to get into the academic language but I am very excited to begin this new journey fully.
As our second assignment we, the students, had to learn how to use the school platform Moodle and make a map of it.
“Use a pencil and paper to draw a map of the different areas and elements within Moodle.”
This task was quite challenging for me. As a person with ADHD I need things to be clear and simple or I start pressing everything within sight and let me tell you this: moodle is not clear and simple. There are several pages with the same names showing different things and on certain pop-up windows you can not go back, so if you click the wrong thing there you have to find what you first pressed, open it again and hope you click the right link this time.
My first idea was to make a medieval style map in the lines of something you find in the start of a fantasy book. I quickly realized that would not work out.
I tried to make the map simple, but my lack of experience might have made it as confusing as the site itself. I thought “What would I want to look at trying to figure out this wormhole of clickable things?”
I decided to only color some details so that your eyes will be drawn to them. In the center we have GRA1 which is my course and the most important for me to find as I use Moodle. It is in neon orange as is the GRA1 on the door. My eyes directly move there and then to the green color where I see the word HOME. This tells me I can find my courses under Home. I then look at the two people chatting and their colors redirect me to the same colors on the map: blue; Forum. It’s easy to see that the forum is found under activities. At least, this is what I intended when I made the map and only you can tell me if you looked at the same things I did. The Moodle logo is inspired by the Noroff logo.
As I look at this map I want to fast forward some months when I will be better at this kind of work. As I look back on my first digital drawings and compare them to my newest ones I am certain that I soon will be able to make a better version of this.
It all started in 2017 when I decided to start streaming on Twitch. There were many things I needed for my channel. I needed a frame for my camera, overlay to show new subscribers and different goals, panels for my bio and eventually even emotes. Since I’m a cheap bastard I didn’t want to pay anyone else to do something I probably could do myself (as I was raised by two artists). I didn’t have Photoshop, but at the time I was editing videos using Sony Vegas. I did some weird edits in there, took screenshots and then used those images for the Overlay. It was hard work for not the greatest outcome.
These were all made using paint and Sony Vegas (and I cringe every time I see them). Seeing as I enjoyed making my own designs I decided to upgrade to Photoshop and I proceeded to make overlays and eventually I even started drawing in PS using a mouse.
In march (2018) I got a drawing tablet for my birthday and this is where my journey as a digital artist really started. As my work got better I started getting commissions which eventually resulted in this website. I really enjoy designing things for people and there are so many things I still need to learn, which is why I ended up applying for the Graphic Design studies at Noroff.
In the past I’ve always liked to draw but it wasn’t until the end of 2014 I really started getting serious and painted almost everyday until 2016 where my love for games took over me. I however like everything that is creative, so when I wasn’t drawing I was writing and when I wasn’t writing I was singing. Creativity flows in my family where everyone is an artist of some sort.
Here’s some of my most recent work and a work in progress of a self portrait. I look forward to documenting my journey and getting better at doing something I love! In the future I see myself as a Twitch Partner working in Graphic Design.