Used Illustrator for the first time today. Just playing around at first and then we had to replicate a logo using a template. Lots of fun!
Friday, 27 February 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
So we had Brian as our life model again today. We started off with some quick standing poses and then moved on to reclining poses using collage. Enjoyable as always. :)
10 and 5 minute sketches in charcoal
(I want to call this one 'Get off my ball'!)
2 minute poses in chalk
50ish minute pose initially in charcoal, then worked into with collage and then ink over the top
20 minute pose in charcoal, chalk, collage and ink
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Very excited to be briefed on our new project today - Fantastic Voyage! From the four choices of virus/parasite we were given, I've decided to focus on the Influenza Virus. From the description and images that Dr Klappa has given us, I could envisage lots of hands grabbing from the cell to the virus and pulling it in (possibly with a theme park feel to it?! I still have lots of thinking to do about this!). The nucleus of the cell I could see as a 'room of mirrors' where the RNA replication happens. Some of the RNA would then 'sneak out the back door' into the main part of the cell where the 'translation' happens, before they punch their way out of the membrane and go on to create a new virus in the body.
Diagram of the Influenza Virus
Initial thoughts are to aim this towards a younger audience, maybe 8-10 year olds. I'm not sure this subject would be as appealing to Key Stage 3 children as they may struggle to grasp the concepts and lose interest. I'm planning on doing a little bit of early market research to see how aware children around 6-12 years old are of Influenza and this will hopefully help me to target the right audience.
Another thought I had was to aim this at a slightly wider audience and create a (possibly interactive) video that can be played in doctors' surgeries or maybe science museums which will be shown on a continuous loop. I would need to ensure that any music or voices used weren't too irritating; that they could be listened to several times in a row without getting annoying. Obviously it would need to be family friendly and not too scary for more vulnerable audiences.
Any thoughts very welcome.
So happy to have lessons with Jordan again and really excited about the things he has in store for us to do! This week we looked at master painters and tried to begin replicating several famous paintings by mapping in blocks of colour. The exercise really made us look carefully at the particular colours used instead of what we might immediately imagine them to be. Very interesting and enjoyable. I hope to carry on with these studies at a later date.
We spent about 15 minutes on each of these three paintings. Am pleased with how they turned out.
We began by flipping this painting and blocking in the main colours upside down. It really helped to get the proportions and positioning correct. We spent about 15 minutes working upside down and then another 15 minutes fine tuning with the painting the right way up.
I chose to work on just a small section of the original painting here and only worked on it for about 10 minutes, mapping out the larger shapes. Will hopefully carry on with it later on.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
We drew a new model for today's session - Lydia. She was beautiful to draw and we also got to try using some collage in our work.
6 x 3 min poses in charcoal
3 x 10 min turnaround poses in graphite and pastel
10 min in pencil
30 min in chalk pastel and collage
Monday, 16 February 2015
I began the pre-viz of my story today in Maya. It seemed to come together pretty quickly as the kitchen is mainly made up of planes and cubes. I've used the pre-modeled characters from Alan's tutorials but just adapted them to suit my characters. Both have been given chequered trousers and white chefs jackets. I've tried to make the pot wash boy slightly shorter and plumper and the pastry chef taller and thinner with an added tote and moustache! I need to add more props and textures and then I will begin animating.
Once added into the scene, I made him even plumper and much shorter
Once in the scene, I made him much taller and slightly thinner
The beginnings of modeling the kitchen and trying to gauge scale and spacing
Monday, 9 February 2015
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
We drew Callum again today. We started with 10 minute sketches and then moved onto a few 3 and 1 minute sketches. I really enjoy the quick sketching. The last two were 20 minute poses.
3 mins in charcoal
1 min in chalk
10 mins in charcoal
Both 20 min, chalk, pastel and charcoal on black paper and ink on white paper
Monday, 2 February 2015
These are the ideas I have for the bully chefs in my story. I want a main 'ringleader' and am thinking of something like number 2. He will be the opposite of the main character in my story, so will need to be tall, skinny, arrogant - a stereotypical French pastry chef. The other guys will be his cronies. Am looking at maybe number 6 being the butcher etc. It doesn't really matter what job they do but I want a bit of a mixture.
The guy is roughly how I envisage the main character in the story, the poor potwash boy who is bullied by the others. I'm working on before and after sketches on him at the moment to show how he looks when he begins the story compared to how he ends up at the end.
As always, feedback much appreciated. I know the work needs cleaning up and I'll do this once I've got a definite 4 or 5 characters.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Sketch of the kitchen just to get my head around where everything is. I referred to the layout of a 1920s restaurant kitchen to help me as I wanted it to make sense. This is where my whole story will be set. Working on developing characters next...