CubeeCraft vs Blockheads

This week, I thought it would be fun to have the students tackle traditional versus digital art. As a warm-up exercise, students constructed cubeecraft figures made from paper. Cubeecraft figures are small block designs based on a variety of pop culture characters. For our assignment, we focused on the characters Ray: Star Wars the Force Awakens and Ness: Earthbound. Working meticulously, students had to cut out the individual parts of their character and assembled it together.  


The students were then tasked with constructing a blockhead figure in 3D using the software Google SketchUp. The blockhead figures are similar in design to the cubeecraft figures: they both consist of three cubes stacked on top of each other with two rectangular arms sticking out the side. The blockhead assignment was a self-portrait exercise. Students created a blockhead avatar that uniquely represented them. The students were able to add small details such as clothing or glasses to their blockhead to give it more character.

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