Thursday, 30 March 2017
Thursday, 23 March 2017
So, I've been doing more of the pre production side of this project because unfortunately, for me, animation is just a no no. However, I thought to myself, I wont be good at animation unless I practice, so although a few of the other members of the group already have the animation sorted, I thought i'd do a quick test of a windmill - baring in mind I haven't animated since before Christmas, and I haven't used flash since first year so about a year ago. To be honest, It turned out okay except for the fact that it's shaky and it kinda moves around a bit but it wasn't a complete disaster at least! I think I might do more of this kind of stuff because I do need to get into animating a bit more even if I am more of a pre production kinda girl. Challenge accepted.
Monday, 20 March 2017
Friday, 17 March 2017
So, I have a bit of an idea for a film, it's quite a personal one. I have a form of epilepsy and I was researching trying to find animations about or to do with epilepsy and there was barely any, the only ones I found were 10 second ones on the NHS website and they were just informative animations. I spoke to Kathy and Derek and they liked the idea and to just do some sketches and concept art. my coursemate told me to watch a few films which I'm going to do for inspiration.
During seizures I blackout and it made me think, what happens during this blackout? (apart from shaking and weird stuff of course) So I thought my main character could be epileptic and go into this dark and creepy dream world during the seizure and then wake up in the hospital? it's not set in stone yet and I still need to figure out a proper story but I definitely want to centre it around epilepsy, lets see what comes of this! :)
Thursday, 16 March 2017
So as well as Fern's project, I've decided to join Amy's gang as I really liked her idea from the very start and just had to work on it! This is a bit of concept art I did on Photoshop. This project is still very early on in terms of a story and environments - but hey, it's a start!
Monday, 13 March 2017
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Monday, 6 March 2017
So I thought about how i usually outline my drawings in black and decided to try something different with the characters, so i tried the cut out style and i think it was a success! I'm actually really happy with this and I'll definitely have a go at this with other characters.
Some car designs playing around with different colours. Trying to stick to the same colour theme as the street. Not the best clean ups, for some reason I struggle to get my lines smooth? maybe I need to play around with photoshop a bit more and see if there's anything I can do to change that, there may be some settings or something that'll change the smoothness
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
So, I'm really into idea generation at the moment and basically, Moana is my new favourite film, I love it so much and I literally play the soundtrack on repeat. I did some research on it and found out that Maui originates from a Polynesian myth and they developed the story from that. So i was inspired by this and read a load of mythology books and also researched and looked at some Celtic Welsh myths and there was one that i saw that had potential to be a short animation:
Gwion and the Witch tells of the birth of Taliesin, one of the earliest British poets whose name we know. The witch is Ceridwen. Gwion, her servant, must keep the fire burning for a year and a day under the cauldron where the magic brew simmers. Ceridwen has made the potion to bestow on her son, Morfran, the gift of poetry. But as the cauldron boils nearly dry, the last magic drop jumps onto Gwion’s finger. He sucks his scalded finger, and it is he, not Morfran, who will become the great poet. In an exciting chase, he escapes the witch and all her evil spells, and becomes Taliesin.
so yeah, I just did a quick drawing of a witch but it doesn't look that great because the colours looked different on the wacom tablet i was using. Hey ho!
Monday, 27 February 2017
This is a background I did for the James Henry Bug Whisperers story. I was thinking along the lines of Winnie the Pooh - except, there is definitely a lot more depth in the Winnie the pooh backgrounds. I'm still quite happy with mine though. The shadows - maybe a bit wrong and could be a lot cleaner but it looks alright on the whole. I can imagine the mouse character living here maybe, I've always wanted to draw a little house inside a tree so this was pretty cool :) Below are two examples of the Winnie the Pooh backgrounds:
This is a practice background I did to get me started and help me get used to the techniques and brushes. I think it actually turned out okay, I just followed Elitsa's tutorial but I think I might try and put my own spin on it for more practice. I'm feeling good about this :)
Friday, 24 February 2017
This is snippets of the new storyboard I did for the Eco project, it's safe to say I'm glad that's over! It was so hard to get every detail from the script and translate it into the storyboard, I kept drawing frames and then seeing something further in the script that should be in the previous frames and ahhhh it was mind boggling. I just hope the guys animating can understand it!
In Luis Cook's talk on Monday about idea generation, He told us that he sometimes gets ideas from other people. For example, he would go to a cafe and listen to other people's conversations and sometimes some mad stuff comes from it. So I decided to do it myself, I went down to Gylly beach cafe and there were two ladies there - mid sixties maybe? It looked and sounded like they just met for a catch up. Anyway, I only caught snippets of their conversation because unfortunately I was sat right next to the music speaker and I didn't want to move or it would be obvious that i was listening. Nothing really interesting came from it because it was mostly just small talk but I will definitely do it again. This is some of the stuff that I heard:
"I'm going away, I'm going by myself, I'm going to Florence for four weeks in June"
"Yes four weeks."
"We all got together for breakfast the morning after the wedding and we met at this restaurant and it was just like a Korean except it was American, John's dad was saying "now the secret is to have your children really early." If it was her, she would say to us "Mum, Dad, shut up" but she just had to sit there and put up with it."
"I don't like Halloween"
"No but the children do"
(Sorry but WHO DOESN'T LIKE HALLOWEEN?)
So yeah, that was pretty much it, it was actually quite nice to listen to other people's conversations, I just found it pretty interesting. I didn't get any ideas from it but I'm glad I did it!
In all honestly I don't really like these ideas but I might as well put them up on here and add them into my bible as research and experimentation, I just feel like they could be a lot more imaginative and developed, they seem quite boring, I just struggle so much because my lack of self confidence holds me back a lot, I'm trying though! I think I might do a 100mph thinking session - one of Luis Cook's methods of generating ideas. The brief said we could go wild with what powers the figments have and there are endless possibilities so I think i'll write whatever comes to my head, make a list and start drawing!
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
So Luis Cook is here to talk to us all week about various things and today's session was all about generating ideas. It was so inspiring and I spent the rest of the day doing different idea generating things. These are some pictures to show the kind of stuff I was doing. I wrote a load of random words on paper and cut them out, then randomly picked two at a time and put them together to make these crazy ideas. I actually like some of them and might do a bit of sketching and thumbnailing maybe? Luis also said he often sits in cafes and public places and listens to peoples conversations then jots them down. So I went down to Gylly Beach Café and overheard two ladies speaking about their upcoming holidays and weddings and other small talky things. Luis also talked about inspiring images and explained the importance of having a notebook or sketchbook. It was an eye opener and I feel so much better about idea generation. I'm ready to explore!
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Really wasn't feeling life drawing today. I think it just feels quite repetitive - same model, same poses, same medium. I might try using ink next time and mix it up a bit. I quite like this sketch which was the first pose we did. Every other pose I drew from today was just....meh. Hopefully next week will be better.