Vision Board Project
When I was starting the project, I had a few ideas that I wanted to do, such as a living room space or a beachfront, but I somehow managed to settle on creating a dune buggy. As tacky as it might seem, I have always dreamed of owning one and driving in the desert. I originally planned to make a more flat diorama-esque dune buggy on a stand. So it would be sort of like a raised picture.
However, as I began working on the 3D element, I decided to scrap my old idea in favor of a fully 3D buggy that’d be the main focus. I spent time in and outside of class working on the buggy. I started by researching some images as well as using some ideas from memory. I began by creating the base. From there, I added the axils, roll cage, and wheels. I hadn’t done a 3D model in a long time, longer than I can remember, so creating the dune buggy was an interesting challenge. I was lucky that many things fell into place, even when I made mistakes such as I did when creating the roll cage. I was really happy with how the buggy came out. I really liked the little details I added, like the spare tire and foldable antenna. I feel like the 3D element was the strongest part of my piece.
The only issue I had with the project is that I spent a little too much time on the 3D portion and not as much as I should have on the photo portion, which is evident in my project. I managed to choose pictures that I liked, which were pictures of sunsets and beaches. I can argue that I really enjoy those things and don’t really want more than that. A buggy and a nice beach is all I need! In all seriousness, I wish I had allocated more time for finding better images, but I wasn’t sure what images to find. I looked through the pile of magazines and the only thing that popped was the album of beach photos. Again, I wasn’t sure what pictures would be considered “good” for the project, so I just did ones of where I’d like to be, which is the beaches of Hawaii or Tahiti. I could've asked for more clarification, but I feel the pictures I chose perfectly represent what I want in life: an easy going, relaxing, warm life by the beach with beautiful palm trees swaying in the wind. I specifically chose the warm, orange colors in the photos I used to present this mood (which you can see in the image below).
This project allowed me to see what I truly want for myself in the future, which might not be much, but it’s what I want. I want to live somewhere where I can experience those beautiful sunsets by the beach, whether it be Hawaii, Tahiti, or California. It also makes my dream of owning a dune buggy a physical object, which is a huge step in my opinion. It’s one thing to think of dreams, it’s another to take note of them. I am a believer that if you write something down, the more likely you are accomplish it. Building it is the same thing. If the goal of the project was to realize my true dreams and aspirations (which if I recall correctly, it was), than I personally feel like I have achieved that goal. Picture-wise, I could've have used more variety, but I feel I chose the right ones to represent what I want. As for the 3D model, I love how it evolved into a full 3D model from the original diorama.
One of the projects we were assigned was the Contest. We had to find a contest to participate in and submit either a video or photo. I opted for a photo contest that was the focus of peace. For my submission, I asked fellow students what peace meant to them. I had them then right it down on a piece of paper and took a photo of them holding it.