Chocoholism or just a bit of room left?

Richard Allport Miss Burroughs cakes

Miss Borrows (of a local school!) was spotted out recently breaking the West Midlands record for eating too many deserts (!!!) after a meal.

The Guinness Book of Records organisation is as yet to comment and await her release from accident and emergency.

Paramedics at the scene attempted to talk to Miss Boroughs but were pushed aside by her flailing arms as she scribbled “More chocolate cake!” on nearby napkins!

The manager of the restaurant where she appeared to be celebrating some sort of special event said “I am very shocked, nobody has eaten more than twenty-four slices of chocolate cake before tonight, I’m excited to print the bill out though!”

The image above was taken in a flurry of activity around Miss Burrows table and has not been digitally altered in any way.

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Ferndale School’s winning dragons!

 A quick post to show you the winning dragon designs from Ferndale School’s “Design me a Dragon” workshops. Many thanks go to Sue Petrie and Bernie Offerdal for their assistance and participation on the days!

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Richard Allport dragon winner 2

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“Design me a Dragon” swoops into Ferndale School!

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon logo

Last week saw two days of claws, scales and teeth as students experienced the first official Design me a Dragon workshop!

The two classes took their ideas and realised them as designs by using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets to great effect, distorting their own features to turn themselves into mythical snarling creatures of every shape and description imaginable.

The results were nothing short of brilliant and a huge thanks goes out to the teachers involved and the amazing IT support (how many wires can one person keep track of!) and especially the Head, Nigel Edge, for his commitment to developing creativity within the school’s students and teachers alike.

Images from the two winning pupils will be posted soon!

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Q3 Academy “hush hush” talks continue…


A quick update to the project we’re involved in with Q3 Academy to follow on from the news post a while ago.

Without giving too much away (again) talks continued with Q3 staff about the multimedia installation project and this time introduced a select group of students (all sworn to secrecy) who will take part in the project’s design and realisation.

There was an audible buzz as ideas were thrown around and brainstormed and students seemed enthused and excited about the project’s potential to break new ground and showcase their ideas.

More posts will follow as the development process takes shape and the whole project’s creative development will be documented for release upon the installation’s opening.

Check back here soon for more details.

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“Make me a Monster” grows a tail, claws…..and breathes fire!

Richard Allport dragon sculpt design 

Due to popular demand the “Make me a Monster” workshops have been developed to involve a new element, named suitably enough “Design me a Dragon”.

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon logo

The theme of dragons and mythical creatures is so prevalent amongst many of the schools, and included in their curriculum in other areas such as literacy, that it prompted the addition of a dragon element to the presentations.

The top image shows the first visualisation of a four-foot dragon puppet that will be created to accompany the “Design me a Dragon” workshops. Progress of its creation will be posted in this news section so check back soon to see it take shape bit by bit!

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Yew Tree School goes tech!

Richard Allport Design technology

The students that were glooped, splodged and blotched during the Make me a Monster workshops, recently followed through with two amazing days of technical learning at Yew Tree School.

They were shown how to take their sketches of monster designs and realise them in full colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets and the phrase “ducks to water” wouldn’t be out of place to describe the results!

These were easily the most eye-popping workshops so far as everyone battled on with new software and hardware and tackled the process of learning something totally new.

The students were nothing short of amazing and the teachers and head of Yew Tree should feel proud of how their school ethos and implementation of ECM ethics were clearly visible with results shining through the images the students produced.

I look forward to seeing some of the completed results in the following weeks and working with Yew Tree School next term.

Many thanks to everyone involved!

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Australia Monster update

Richard Allport Australia development

Just a couple of additional images en-route to the Australia monster sculpture. Firstly an orthographic projection of the front view image to measure up for the profile shape.

Then some colour variations. Even though the sculpture isn’t even begun yet it can be useful to get a clearer feel of the character you’re going to make or design by thinking about colouring, characterisation and mood.

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Q3 Academy multiple images from one source…

A quick regression to the Searching for Creativity workshops many months ago, and a shot of the students who themselves were busy taking photographs. In more recent workshops I have been asked if it is possible to get more than one image from a picture or set of scribbles. The answer is a 100% yes!

Below is the one picture of the students, one set of line shapes found within that picture, that was then developed into two totally different images by rotating the lines and flipping them vertically.

Richard Allport Pupils pics

From top to bottom you can see an explorer in a cave with a pistol (Shot left) then the line work…then the original photograph taken in class…then the flipped line work and finally an image of someone checking digital readout in some sort of futuristic setting.

I hope this gives you some how idea of how much you can get from a quick scribble over one image!

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E.M.A Models


Just a quick note on the back of my receiving my clear hemispheres from EMA models today, for the Australia monster’s eyes (See below), to say what a great company they are. Most of my time in the film industry was spent making things from their brilliant range of creative model making products. The people there are very nice too and ship your order very fast!

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