3/27/09: Created Gloves Tutorial III, made possible with some help from www.NiteLifeDesigns.com. Credit is given to them because of equipment received.
3/26/09: Shot footage for gloves tutorial III, will be released by April 1st.
3/8/09: Created Gloves Tutorial II, Update to Definitions/Moves List
2/8/09: Fractured my wrist from snowboarding, no more gloves for a while
2/6/09: Created First Tutorial/This Thread
I know there's a thread about making gloves, so I'm going to skip that. My latest obsession is born by the overcrowding I see at raves. When there's no room to string...what can you do?
You could give lightshows to people if you're a freehander, but since I'm not skilled with my hands in that way (take that out of context, bishes), I decided to make some photon gloves.
My goal is to watch videos, test some things, practice finger flexibility (lol) and create what I believe is the perfect glove lightshow. I'll try to review photons that I've used as well.
GLOVES TUTORIAL I:
COVERED IN THIS SECTION:
+What the photons in a starter set look like, what I recommend.
+An overview of stages/themes
+Finger rolls, digits, finger waves
+Having an encompassed theme: animal creature stances
http://www.dealextre...ils.dx/sku.4241 ($4.00 for 7 photons)
http://www.dealextre...ls.dx/sku.16511 (~$2.00 for 2 photons)
Lightshows are split up into different "stages." A stage is where a certain "theme" or group of moves are used. Stages are split up often by some all encompassing theme, which could be almost anything. I prefer to use a "creature stance" to separate my stances, something that makes the lights on the gloves look like an animal or monster. By having something you continually come back to, it almost tells a story, and alerts the lighshowee (lol.) that something new is going to happen.
Learn how to do some small finger tutting (digits). Making boxes (GINSENG STYLE WOOT) with you fingers may be a start. This is a hard move to start out with; may restructure the tutorials I post once i get enough of them up. I strongly recommend this because many of the gloves users DON'T do this: it's unique and trippy, even if you just throw it in there as one move inside your stage.
Learn how to do a finger roll. The finger roll is easy: see the video for that. Once you can do it in a straight line, invert it, be creative, split your hands up. Very beginner friendly move, and looks cool if done correctly b/c the lights vanish in front of your eyes.
Again, this may be a bit more advanced, but its somewhere between digits and finger roll. A finger wave is when you an isolate each finger on your hands.
A good place to go if you want to really learn all that you can about digits and finger waves is: HERE
GLOVES TUTORIAL II
COVERED IN THIS SECTION:
+Splitting/Cross Eyed Moves
+My bootleg/easy version of liquiding for you to practice
+Conjuring/Introducing How to Use Conjuring Elements w/ non conjuring lights
+My amazing haircut (it's distracting, I know.)
Keep in mind that gloves it's a bit more difficult to teach just because it is all about style and less about "moves" persay.
-Conjuring can be studied in depth here: http://www.glowstick...uring-t142.html
-My conjuring is terrible. Sue me.
-Liquid is a good staple thing to fall back on, but don't do it for too long at a time. It takes time to make it look passable.
-Use freehanding elements in your gloving! Go to the freehand forum NOW.
-Tracing can be done on anything above the waste. Make the lightshowee's (lol) eyes follow your gloves.
-NOTE: Updated Key Terms
Gloves Tutorial III:
-Single Digit Moves: Just make sure to realize that you don't just use your whole hand. Using single fingers to split eyes. Try to move back and forth. I talked a little bit about this in the conjuring part, but it gives you some other ideas. Take it or leave it.
-Progression: When the DJ is ripping it sickKkkKk, make your lightshow emulate that. Good lightshowers (lol.) know when to go off of a routine and make up original content based on their surroundings
-Multi-Person Lightshows: It doesn't go into extreme detail, but it gives you a gist: pay attention to everyone, don't linger too long, be unpredictable.
-Personally, Multi-Person lightshows are just stupid. Try to avoid them. If not, then...try to chain moves to the people around you. Being fluid is what is going to make you shine.
(KEY TERMS UPDATED)
Random Notes/Dictionary/Key Terms/blahblahblah
The good light shows I've seen have different "stages". For my defining purposes, a stage is a time increment of a lightshow that has a special 'theme'. Themes are pretty much a set type of moves that you have that you feel match each other. What will define "style" is how you group your moves into themes.
So far, the parts of a good gloves lightshow that I've identified so far are: (note: these are moves that may be grouped into themes)
It's advanced. Yes. But having at least a little bit of understanding and coordinating this will make all of the difference. I strongly recommend being able to consistently and effortless do a finger wave both ways.
Anything from smily faces to alies with mouths to a spideresque thing with eyes. What I do is have a main "creature" repeatedly come back throughout the lightshow. It's as if the gloves have a spirit in an animal form that cause the next round of events to occur.
What most "lightshow" people do. In a sense, you need to some of your stuff go fast, because a lot of people just like the effect of a fast liquid. What makes it effective is if you switch directions, maybe stop a hand, have the other hand come back to it, etc.
-Stairs: Another term for when you are liquiding w/ your hands and make "stairs", or extra platforms
-Cross Eye Moves/Splitting
Any time you're splitting your hands or lights and bringing them close to the eyes, but splitting them off so they go behind their head. You can enter a stage or end a stage via this.
-Tracing: A move where you are "tracing" a body part with your gloves. See glowsticking.com freehanding traces. Really the only practical traces that you can do are arm and head traces - unless you're giving a full body show (take that out of context, baby.)
-Conjuring: A form of lightshow where a user uses two lights and turns them on and off in creative patterns. You can borrow elements of it to help expand what you're doing in a certain stage of a lightshow. See glowsticking.com's conjuring thread (LOCATED IN THIS SUBFORUM!) for more info.
-Progression: When the music has a break that is peaking, make lots of noise and shaking with your gloves to emulate a build in the music.
Edited by The Rage, 27 March 2009 - 02:04 PM.