Week One- My Life as a Spacecraft Introduction

In this first session of my new constellation study group, we attempted many different activities.

We began with self analysis, in which we discussed as a group what we would do differently from last term in order to achieve a more successful result in our essays this time around. I managed to come up with 10 personal objectives which I believe would assist me in becoming more efficient work wise.

  • Begin research sooner (Read more books, document useful websites, etc.)
  • Keep on top of learning journal submissions
  • Work in the afternoon once back from university after a 20 minute break as that is when I seem to be at my peak of concentration.
  • Get more rest to improve my concentration
  • Balance constellation and subject work more effectively than last term
  • Get reading/ work done at the library (I seem to concentrate better in that particular setting)
  • Become better at analytic work by analysing poetry or other books which don’t particularly have to relate to the subject of space, primarily to improve my skill in writing.
  • Summarise each session in one large paragraph after each session to help myself in a future review of my studies.
  • Stay hydrated/ fed to keep energy and concentration at its pinnacle.
  • Come into each session prepared (Read materials given/ analyse plenty of time before hand so I have the opportunity to ask questions before the session begins.

We then discussed our personal goals with the rest of the study group and documented some of the responses, which are shown in the below image:

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We later went on to test our analytical skills by examining an art piece named “The Fall of Icarus, thought to be done by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, whom was the lead painter of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance; the particular painting is depicted below:

Fall of Icarus

In the session I managed to make the following analysis in a 10 minute writing exercise:

On first sight, this painting could be perceived as a simple documentation of the daily life and struggles of villagers living in the particular time that the painting was set. The day of work of a farmer, fisherman, shepherd or sailors. 

It may also be seen as something vicious, such as the violent act of pushing someone  into the ocean with the intent of causing harm or worse.

Or perhaps you may think that the painting is displaying something as simple as the inhabitants preparing for a natural disaster/ change in weather.

Although, this is not true. This painting dictates ‘The Fall of Icarus’, which is the story/ myth in which a man named Icarus builds his own wings and flies through the sky, which is inevitably ended when the sun melts his wings causing him to fall from high above. 

The fact that the villagers seem to not have noticed the man struggling for his life could be displaying an even deeper meaning.

Potentially, this painting’s aim is to show how people are so set on achieving their own goals that they turn a blind eye to those who may need a hand up/ a helping hand. 

This equated to 198 words written in 10 minutes.

This writing exercise helped elucidate the fact that I am able to write at a rather good pace, although if I was to spend more time on the work, I believe I could write an even  larger response and could use more powerful words in my descriptions.

After completing the 10 minute writing exercise, we were given some news paper and were given with the open task of “designing a spacecraft”.

Once we completed creating our spacecraft, we were told to imagine ourselves as our creations, and were told to ask our imagination questions such as how were we built?; who came up with the initial idea for the design of spacecraft that I was? Where did they come up with it? Who built me? What planet did I come from? Where am I going? What is the purpose of me?

I found this exercise to be awe inspiring as I managed to realise how much my imagination is able to create, as I was able to visualise my own world and own time frames in which each action took place. This helped me regain confidence in my ability as an illustrator/ artist to think creatively.

Upon completing the open thinking/ creative thinking activity, I was then paired up with a fellow illustration student who is in the same study group, and discussed how our subject of illustration is implemented in space culture and the importance of it.

We managed to come up with such points as illustration being used to give more descriptive visuals of a design of a spacecraft (blueprint) to give a better understanding of the aim of the particular craft in mind and the functions, simplifying  designs to be understood by a wider audience, therefore if someone was to join the build team at a later date they would be able to understand the design sooner by looking at an image rather than reading an incredibly large, detailed description.

Illustration can also be used to get the public involved in space events by getting them more involved emotionally, as illustration is used to provoke a reaction from an audience, hence making it suitable for the task at hand.

Finally, illustration can be used to give a more precise image of space where photographs are not available; for example getting information from reliable sources (astronauts whom have been to space) and images which may not be completely clear to aid an illustrator in their piece to make a clear image of what was seen by the astronauts. This could prove to be revolutionary in further understanding space and the solar system.

This made me become conscious of the importance of illustration in science and the evolution of technology/ mankind.

To summarise, this session has helped me alter the way I think about myself in terms of creativeness and analytical approaches, in addition to this it has helped me realise in further detail how important my subject is to important movements in understanding space technology and the Universe itself.

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